Freeloader Friday: Free stuff to do Christmas weekend

May your holidays be free, where ever you may be.

May your holidays be free, where ever you may be.

This week in free stuff to do we have a few rock shows, a few places to bring the kids, and a couple fun art shows. Come take a look.


Craft Collective Night: Festivus Edition

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424) 

Host Rick Weaver invites beer lovers to come for samples and venting. Red Table Meat Company and the Lone Grazer Creamery will be on hand with salami and sandwiches for sale. Fulton will have its Old Fashioned- Libertine, barrel-aged Maitrise, and a special firkin. Craft cocktails made with Bittercube will also be available. The Humbugs will play acoustic tunes. 6 to 8 p.m.


The Gin Twins

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

With the Stringdingers. 9 p.m.

The April Fools

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

7:30 p.m.


(Clubhouse Jager: 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-332-2686)

With DJ Jake Rudh. 10 p.m.

53rd Annual Macy's Minneapolis SantaLand

(Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis, 700 Nicollet Mall (skyway level), Minneapolis, 612-375-2200,

Featuring holiday decorations, animated elves, Mrs. Claus' Holiday Bakery, Make-A-Wish Wishing Well, and daily visits from Santa. Through Dec. 24. 

Wells Fargo Winter Skate


(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111)

Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Closed Christmas.) $4 skate rental (bring your own, or score a free rental when you flash your Wells Fargo check or credit card).  


Christmas Staraoke

(Triple Rock Social Club: 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399)

21+. 8 p.m. 



Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Curtiss A & the Dark Click

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)  

8:30 p.m.


Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424) 

Watch soccer matches from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. P,us $4 Surly's during the game. 


I AM READY: Images of resiliency from Uganda’s gay & transgender community

(Five Watt Coffee, 3745 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-259-7519)


Images by Katie G. Nelson. 7 to 10 p.m.

Lucky Jason's Holiday Hangover Pageant

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

9 p.m.

The Starfolk

(Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, 651-487-8200)


4:30 p.m. 

Minnesota Comic Book Convention

(Mermaid Event Center, 2200 Highway 10, Moundsview, 763-784-7350,

Dealers displaying variety of comics from past to present, with related collectibles. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  


(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)


9 p.m.

WACTAC Turns 20

(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151,

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council. 7 p.m.