Freeloader Friday: 70 free things to do this weekend

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This weekend in free stuff to do we have a ton of dog and beer parties (there's also one for kitties), Oktoberfest fun, and hip art crawls for artists and literary folks. Come take a look and plan your next three days on a budget. 


Flip Phone at Fashion Week MN
This week, Fashion Week MN continues with installations, receptions, and more. The highlight of the week involves Flip Phone. The group is known for its fab dance parties, queer-bomb bar crawls, and hangover-cure drag brunches. At Fashion Week MN, they’ll be hosting a panel talk at the Foshay on the epic world of drag queen fashion and makeup. Take in tips, ask questions you always wondered about, or just add a little sparkle to your heart as Julia Starr, Genevee Love, Nocturna Lee Mission, and Max Malanaphy (from RuPaul’s Drag Race) chat about the triumphs and tribulations of the art of drag. The Living Room will host a cocktail gathering before and after. 7 p.m. The panel talk is free; there's a ticketed rooftop party at Union with Kim Chi later in the evening. W Minneapolis - The Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis; 612-215-3799.

Park[ing] Day*
Six parking stalls in front of the Copham will become a park for one day. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Copham and Smack Shack, 600 Block North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis.

Actual Wolf
Live performance and record signing. 5 p.m. Sept. 15; Free. Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-9300.

Imperial Wheat Wine Release
The third beer in the Breaking Boundaries series is an American strong ale-style brew. Artist Shawn McCann, who designed the label, will be signing posters from 4-6 p.m. Uncle Franky's food truck will be on site. 4-9 Friday. Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-227-9635.

Mari Mansfield
Illustrations and paintings. Opening reception 9-midnight Fri., Sep. 15. Sept. 15-Nov. 18; Free. The Fox Den Salon, 704 W. 22nd St., Minneapolis; 612-872-4556.

Joe and Vicki Price
10 p.m. Sept. 15; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

Modist Hop Showcase at Stanley's
Freebies and beer sampling with Dreamyard, German Fatcap, False Pattern, and Indacouch brews. 4-7 p.m. Stanley's Northeast Bar Room, 2500 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-2529.

Sketch Cinema: Monster Vs. Monster
Double feature screening with art sketching. The first film will be 1989's Godzilla vs. Biollante, the second flick will be selected via audience vote. Bring a sketchook. 18+. 6:30-9 p.m. Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis; 612-239-2047.

Illuminate the Lock
Illuminated art at the Upper Saint Anthony Lock & Dam. Featuring work by Aaron Dysart, 'Surface' (Sep. 15-16), and Andrea Carlson, 'The Uncompromising Hand' (Sep. 29-30) 8-10:30 p.m. Daily from Sept. 15-16; 8-10:30 p.m. Sept. 29-30; Free. Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, 1 Portland Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-5336.

St. Paul Oktoberfest
Featuring craft beers, opening ceremony honoring Bruce Larson, food, beer wagon parade, and live music from Doctor Kielbasa Polka Band and Polka Police. More info at 4-10 p.m. Sept. 15; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 16; Free; $5 wristband for beer. Schmidt Artist Lofts, 882 7th St W, St Paul.

The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
10 p.m. Every Fri. Free. The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-339-4333.

Utepils Brewing Oktoberfest Celebration
Games, contests, food trucks, nondenominational vow renewal ceremony on Saturday (11 a.m.; sign up at, and the release of Receptional Oktoberfest. All ages. 12-11 p.m. Daily from Sept. 15-16; 12-8 p.m. Sept. 17; Free. Utepils Brewing, 225 Thomas Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-249-7800.

Seeking Arrangement
Figurative paintings by Caitlin Karolczak. There will be an artist’s reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 15. 12-4 p.m. Sept. 9-30. Free. Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-3889.

Sir Coyle & His Asthmatic Band
With Borrachoz, Getting Stabbed, and Murrietta. 9 p.m. Sept. 15; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Six Towns: New Ceramic Work by Ginny Sims
Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri., Sep. 15. Sept. 15-Oct. 15; Free. The White Page, 3400 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 413-478-0455.

Oktoberfest 56 Style
Featuring live music, games, food trucks, and a marzen lager. Noon to 8 p.m. September 15-17. 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-404-0056.


Todd Norsten: Nowhere
Survey of monoprints. Artist reception 6:30-9 p.m. Fri., Sep. 15. Sept. 15-Nov. 11; Free. Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-871-1326.

Tappy Hour
Group tap dance lessons. 4-6 p.m. Every Fri. from Aug. 4; Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

Can Can Wonderland Karaoke
Hosted by Silly Miss Tilly. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Every Fri. from Aug. 4; Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

Emerson Fall Food Truck Fiesta
Featuring local food trucks, dancing, games, prizes, kids’ zone, and DJ. 4-9 p.m. Sept. 15; Free. Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center, 1421 Spruce Pl., Minneapolis; 612-668-3610.

Erin Paradis: Impetus of Entanglement
New ceramic sculpture/installation. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri., Sep. 15. 3-6 p.m. Sept. 15-Oct. 19. Free. Hair and Nails Gallery, 2222 1/2 E. 35th St., Minneapolis; 612-229-0585.

Harrison Street
9 p.m. Sept. 15; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Hope Now Benefit
Featuring live music from Good Morning Bedlam, silent auction, games, beer, and food trucks. 8 p.m. Sept. 15; Free. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis; 612-999-6020.

Peter Schimke Trio
7 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.

Vinyl Club
All vinyl nights with variety of DJs. 10:30 p.m. Every Fri. and Sat. from March 9; Free. The Lexington, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-5878.

West Broadway Farmers Market
Featuring locally sourced food and informational community presentations. More info here. 3-7 p.m. Every Fri. from June 9-Oct. 6; Free. West Broadway Farmers Market, 300 W Broadway, Minneapolis; 612-353-5178.


Lit Crawl MN
This Saturday, Lit Crawl MN returns for a night of beer, books, pop-up shopping, and performances in a variety of locations (mostly) in south Minneapolis. Bryant-Lake Bowl will host a slew of happenings throughout the evening, including literary quote-themed bingo with Coffee House Press, “speed-dating” sessions where folks will be paired up with books, a Books and Bars reading group meet-up, and a talk hosted by the Current on Minnesota music history with local authors Andrea Swensson, Jim Walsh, and Cyn Collins, moderated by Jay Gabler (who is also City Pages’ theater critic). Barbette will host competitive storytelling, as well as a few readings from poets and other POC writers, including one notable talk, titled “Black Poets on Building a Spaceship to Get the Fuck Out.” Other participating businesses include Magers & Quinn, Soo Visual Arts Center, and the Soap Factory. For a full schedule and more info, visit 3-10 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-825-3737.

Pleasure Wounds (Album Release Show)
With Good Doom, Trash Catties, and Chub. 9 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-722-3454.

Electric Feel: A 2000s Indie Dance Party
With DJs FøøLPrøøF and CLOUD. 21+ after 9 p.m. Saturday 8 to midnight. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste 004, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.

9 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Field Trip
This Saturday, Minneapolis Craft Market will be teaming up with Three Rivers Park District for a day of hands-on fun, nature, and performance for all ages. Take a stroll along the trails to discover poetry installations and new sculptures, or take to the lake with free canoe and kayak rentals. At the Field Trip market, you’ll be able to meet with and shop from Minnesota makers offering candles, soaps, jewelry, and art. Out on the grassy lawn there will be giant Jenga, bubble blowing, and hula hoops, or watch stilt walkers make their way around. Authors and musicians will take the stage throughout the day, and sustenance will be available from food trucks and Insight Brewing. All ages welcome. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Silverwood Park, 2500 Cty Rd. E, St. Anthony; 763-694-7707.

2nd Annual Pints & Purrs
Cat-themed activities, beer, take-home cat toys, raffle, food trucks, and more for a good cause. All ages. 1-9 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-227-9635.

ABR After Party
Featuring beer tappings all day and live music by Linus and Pleezer. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

With Extraterrestrials and Witch Watch. 10 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.

9th Annual LoLA Art Crawl
How well do you know the art scene in Longfellow? This weekend, you can explore all of its nooks and crannies at the annual LoLA Art Crawl, where more than 103 artists will be sharing works in 63 locations. Stops on this self-guided tour include galleries, private homes, and studios, plus pop-up happenings in restaurants, pubs, and cafes. Artists include painters, potters, jewelry designers, and folks who make greeting cards using letterpress. Figure out your route at at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily from Sept. 16-17; Free. Longfellow, 2727 26th Avenue S., Minneapolis; 612-722-4529.

Celebration Saturday at MCAD
Open house with hands-on art activities, salsa lessons, self-guided tours, and free Izzy's ice cream pops. 4-7 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. MCAD, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis; 612-874-3775.

MSP Music Expo
Featuring dealers from the Midwest selling vintage and new albums, 45's, and music memorabilia. For more info, visit 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16; Free; $10 early-bird admission at 8:30 a.m. Wold-Chamberlain American Legion Post 99, 5600 S. 34th Ave., Minneapolis; 612-724-9909.

Bark Park Expo
Benefit for Midwest Animal Rescue & Services featuring Wiggle Butt 5K, dog games, pet supplies, face painting, craft stations, training exercises, demos, and speakers. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Brookdale Park, 7650 June Ave. N., Brooklyn Park; 763-493-8333.

Can Do Woofaroo
Featuring a fundraising walk, live music, frisbee dog demonstration, dog games, and dog costume contest. More info at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Can Do Canines, 9440 Science Center Drive, Minneapolis; 763-331-3000.

Poetry of Resistance & Change
Letterpress poetry installation by Monica Edwards Larson. Opening reception 7:30-10 p.m. Sat., Sep. 16 featuring readings from local poets. Sept. 16-Oct. 9; Free. The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-623-9176.

Adrian Matejka
Poet presents his new collection, 'Map to the Stars.' 8 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-871-2263.

Armenian Festival
Featuring food, presentations, dance, family activities, and interactive exhibits that celebrate Armenia's culture and history. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. St. Sahag Armenian Church, 203 N. Howell St., St. Paul; 651-603-1940.

Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival
Featuring handmade items by local artists and makers, literary salon, food trucks, family activities, parade, and live music. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley; 763-593-8000.

Hmong Arts & Crafts Fair
Featuring arts and crafts from local Hmong artists, with food, kids activites, and door prizes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Gethsemane Lutheran Church and School, 2410 Stillwater Rd. E., Maplewood; 651-739-1264.

Lakeville Art Festival
Featuring over 70 artists, food, youth art tent, community projects, and more. More info at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily from Sept. 16-17; Free. Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville; 952-985-4640.

Lakewood Cemetery Lantern Lighting Celebration
Featuring floating lanterns of remembrance, live music, self-guided tours, food trucks, and streetcar rides. Check here for registration and to reserve a lantern. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 16; Free; $5 lantern reservation. Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-822-2171.

Normandy Kitchen Jazz Night: Charmin Michelle
7 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. The Normandy Kitchen, 405 N. 8th St., Minneapolis; 612-370-1400.

Can sculpture competition featuring local architectural and engineering firms, with all cans eventually donated to Second Harvest Heartland. Daily from Sept. 16-18; Free. Mall of America Best Buy Rotunda, 365 N. Garden, Bloomington; 952-883-8800.

Tessellations: Paintings by Mary Lingen
Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Sat., Sep. 16. Sept. 16-Oct. 22; Free. Douglas Flanders & Associates, 818 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-791-1285.

Wild Rice Festival
Family-friendly celebration of harvest season and Native American cultures, with food, activities, presentations, and exhibits. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 N. Dale St., Roseville; 651-765-4262.

Potential Unlocked:The Power of Poetry and Autism
Featuring poems and songs by students from a creative writing course taught by Brian Laidlaw and Chris Martin, along with guest artist Steve Healey, Sagirah Shahid, and Roy Guzman. Presented with the Center for Engaging Autism. 4-6 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Milkweed Books, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Ste. 300, Minneapolis; 612-332-3192.

R.T. Rybak
Author and former mayor presents the paperback version of his book, 'Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis.' 1 p.m. Sept. 16; Free. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Calhoun Village, 3216 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-922-3238.

Group show featuring work by Marjorie Fedyszyn, Mark Granlund, and Ellie Kingsbury. Artist reception 4-6 p.m. Sat., Sep. 16. Sept. 2-30; Free. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley; 763-574-1850.

7th Annual Shoulak BreastFest Music Festival
Fundraiser for local breast cancer charities featuring live music from Swallows, Flywheel, and the Sevilles, cancer survivor ceremony, food, drinks, games, and a live and silent auction. More info at 12-8 p.m. Sept. 16; Free; donations accepted. Corcoran Community Park, 20300 County Rd. 50, Corcoran; 763-420-2288.

Midtown Farmers Market
Featuring local produce, meats, and cheeses, with prepared foods, local artwork, and live entertainment. More info at 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 6-Oct. 28; 3-7 p.m. Every Tue. from June 6-Oct. 31; Free. Midtown Farmers' Market, 2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis; 612-724-7457.

New Hope Community Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from June 21; Free. New Hope Farmers' Market, 4300 Xylon Avenue N., Minneapolis; 763-531-5196.

Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market
Featuring locally grown produce, live music, children's activities, and food trucks. More info at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 20-Oct. 21; Free. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 629 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-379-2761.


Dogs of MSP September Meet Up
Dog owner meet up with merch for sale, treats for the pups, photos, food, and drinks. 1-4 p.m. Sept. 17; Free. HeadFlyer Brewing, 861 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-567-6345.

Blues Jam
7-11 p.m. Every Sun. Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.

Comedy Open Mic
Featuring local and visiting stand up comedians, hosted by Trish Cook. Sign up begins at 6 p.m. In the Poco Loco Lounge. 7 p.m. Every Sun. Free. Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill, 4820 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-2104.

Margi Preus
Author presents her new book, 'The Clue in the Trees.' 1 p.m. Sept. 17; Free. Wild Rumpus, 2720 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis; 612-920-5005.

Minneapolis Bike Tour
Friendly bike ride through parks and byway systems of Minneapolis. More info at 8 a.m. Sept. 17; Free. Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-230-6400.

Sunday Morning Market and Music Series
Featuring art, antiques, vintage items, furniture, henna, and music by DJ Kool Hanz. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Every Sun. from July 9-Sept. 24; Free. Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee, 3301 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-1613.

Rebel Donut Pop-up in the Growler Shop
Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. Dangerous Man Brewing Co., 1300 Second St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-236-4087.

Sunday School
Stand up comedy followed by late night karaoke in the Library lounge bar. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Every 3rd Sun.; Free. Mercy, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-252-7000.

Sweet Science Free Ice Cream Tasting
Featuring a variety of flavors to sample with pint purchases available. 3-6 p.m. Sept. 17; Free. Red River Kitchen at City House, 258 Mill St., St. Paul.

Twin Cities Ukrainian Heritage Festival
With traditional dance and music performances, homemade food, and family fun. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Ukrainian American Community Center, 301 Main St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-379-1956.

Pints For Pups
Hosted by the Minnesota Basset Rescue, $1 of each pint sold benefits the organization. Sunday, 6-9 p.m. Stanley's Northeast Bar Room, 2500 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-2529.