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Harry Potter, Hotel: Freeloader Friday

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We're excited that the long weekend starts today. And while folks will be hitting the Minnesota State Fair in huge numbers, there are plenty of other things to do instead if you already broke the bank on cheese curds. So save the rest of your money for beer when you grill out, and check out our list of free stuff to do.

On the schedule this week there are plenty of concerts, including two at a new St. Paul venue. Or check out an art show, head over to the rooftop of Brit's for Harry Potter, and hit up a farmers' market. The list goes on and on.

[jump] FRIDAY:

Home

(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888, www.alteredesthetics.com)

For this group show artists will explore the meaning of home. 7-10 p.m.

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The Goondas

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul)

Check out this new downtown bar and restaurant. With Ghostmouth. 9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown St. Paul (aim for the corner of Sixth and Sibley streets))

This monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info, visit lowertownfirstfridays.com. 6-9 p.m.

Hotel

(Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman.

The Saint Paul Almanac

(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651.255.6624, www.theazgallery.org)

Take a look at some of the art to be included in the 2012 edition. The party features live music. 6-10 p.m.

Kinda Kinky

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

Kinks tribute band. 10 p.m.

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Is/Is, the Bombay Sweets, Teenage Moods, Hollow Boys

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

9 p.m.

Johnnyrook, Torch the Spires, Lazeret

(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

10 p.m.

Sab the Artist & Mr. Chief

(Fifth Element: 2411 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.377.0044)

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7 p.m.

SATURDAY:

Call and Answer

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org)

This event features square dancing, a photo booth, and family-friendly activities. 1-3 p.m.

Flavor Crystals, Iguano

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

9 p.m.

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Head Eclectic, the Chord & the Fawn, Foreston

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

10 p.m.

The Bitter Spills, Germaine Gemberling, Rich Mattson

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul)

9 p.m.

Rock the Link

(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424, nomadpub.com)

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With Solid Gold, Me and My Arrow, Howler, Kanser, and Desdamona. Proceeds benefit the Youth Service Network. 4 p.m.

Gary Cook

(Dreamhaven Books & Comics, 2301 East 38th St., Minneapolis, 612.823.6161, www.dreamhavenbooks.com)

The author celebrates the publication of Misfit Angels, a book featuring tattooed ladies. 18+. 7 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Uptown Market

(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues, Minneapolis)

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With produce, jewelry, beauty products, flowers, gifts, food stands, and more. Visit www.uptownmarket.org for more info. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25

Kingfield Farmers' Market

(Kingfield Farmer's Market, 4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.4550, www.kingfieldfarmersmarket.org)

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Vegas Lounge Karaoke

(Vegas Lounge, 965 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.1873, www.vegasloungemn.com)

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Cadillac Kolstad & the Flats

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424)

With the Union Suits, Calamity & the Owl. 10 p.m.

MONDAY:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908, www.britspub.com)

8:30 p.m.

Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival

(Minnehaha Falls Outdoor Concert Series, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.2220)

This daylong festival features Norah Jane Struthers, the Middle Spunk Creek Boys, Sawtooth, Ivory Bridge, Platte Valley Boys, and more. For more info, visit www.mscb.com. 1-7 p.m.

Children of Euler, Wild Child, Delicious

(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

10 p.m.

ONGOING FREE:

DAILY:

Open Field

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, www.walkerart.org)

This ongoing event features workshops, performances, community activities, information, games, free Wifi, and much more. For a complete schedule of events, visit blogs.walkerart.org/openfield2011. Through Sept. 4.