Minneapolis Aquatennial, Bastille Day parties: Freeloader Friday

The festival onslaught is in full-effect this weekend with neighborhood celebrations, music block parties, and Bastille Day festivities. There are also plenty of free Shakespeare in the park productions, film screenings, rock shows, and trivia nights around town to keep your calendar full until Monday morning.

Come take a look at our full list.

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Minneapolis Aquatennial (

This huge, week-long festival features sporting events, parades, block parties, exhibits, and more. Things kick off with the Aquatennial Block Party featuring sets from Tonic, the Irresistibles, and Tim Mahoney at 5 p.m. on Nicollet Mall, between 3rd & 4th Streets. 5 to 11 p.m.

Highland Fest 2011


(Corner of Cleveland and Ford Pkwy., St. Paul;

This three-day party on the Ford Parkway features live music, games and rides, a petting zoo, kids' parade, a strong man competition, fair food, and more. Fri. 2-10:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

The Final Triple Rock Trivia

(Triple Rock Social Club: 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.333.7399)

Trivia! Bingo! Sad goodbyes! What more could you want out of a Friday night? 18+. 8 p.m.

The Evening Rig, Silicone Cells

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

9 p.m.

Staycation Music Festival

(The Coffee Grounds, 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651.644.9959,

Take a road trip to St. Paul for some free music from Atomic Flea, Ben Woolman, B.L.T., Frogtown Midway Arborators, Hula Peppers, and more. Fri. 4-10 p.m.; Sat. 2-10 p.m.; Sun. 2-9 p.m.

Batman (1989)

(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000,

Come see the original dark Batman movie... which now looks pretty cheesy. 9:30 p.m.

Unsound Logic, Speedboat Girls, the Han Dynasty

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


10 p.m.

Mshale Anniversary Poetry/Spoken Word Open Mic

(Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.215.2600,

Mshale African Community Newspaper celebrates 15 years of words with an open mic. 6:30 p.m.

David Rich and Paulette Myers Rich

(The Acme Academy of Arts, 937 Seventh St., St. Paul, 612.709.2777)

Paintings, photographic prints. 5:30 to 9 p.m.



Community Open House

(Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.339.8007,

Featuring BBQ treats, pottery sale, fun games, and more. 1-4 p.m.

Love Cats

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

9 p.m.

The Commons: A Community Resource Parlor Launch Party

(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.1141)


This event features skill shares, music, homemade soda, food, and discussion about what you'd like a resource center to look like. 3-6 p.m.

Dance Band

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

Pop. With Dial Up. 10 p.m.

An Interim Report on the Excavation of ZONE 5

(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612.436.1151,

What's going on with ZONE 5? Find out at this area 51-inspired gallery show. 6-9 p.m.

Dakota Street Fest


(Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.1010,

With Sharon Little, Seven Steps to Havana, Maud Hixson Quartet, A Love Electric, Cedric Burnside, and more. Noon to 11:30 p.m.

Twelfth Night

(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.1141)

The Strange Capers present Shakespeare's classic comedy in the great outdoors. 2 p.m. Also Sunday.

Canon Chorus, Queen of France, Pat Dougherty & the Second Hand Opera

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

10 p.m.


Hope of the Union

(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888,

Artists discuss their politically inspired artwork. 1 p.m.


(MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612.321.0100,

Featuring an Instrument Petting Zoo, opportunities to try out a variety of musical instruments, make an instrument to take home. 10 a.m.-noon.


(Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.370.4948)


Come meet your neighbors with local bands, food, and games. 12-6 p.m.

Twin Cities Film Fest Rock the Block Party

(The Shops at the West End, 1621 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, 763.450.0554)

With Postina, Grayshot, Action vs. Action, 9tomorrows, the Farewell Circuit, and more. 4 p.m.-midnight.

The Pirates of Penzance

(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis, 612.661.4785)

The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra present a concert version of the famed operetta. 7:30 p.m.; also Sun. at 5:30 p.m.

Journey to the Door of No Return


(Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, 651.224.3180,

A new work by Psalmayene 24. Part of Penumbra's Word(s)PLAY! 2011 new play festival. 7:30 p.m.

Ramsey County Fair

(Ramsey County Fairgrounds, 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood,

With food, animals, rides, games. Noon-midnight Saturday; 12-9:30 p.m. Sunday.


Sunday's Star Tribune Beach Bash

(Lake Calhoun)


With milk carton racing, sand castle building, and canoe paddling. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bastille Day Celebration

(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908,

This daylong party features a performance of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) at 3 p.m., Brit-rocker Graham Parker at 6 p.m., and a screening of Amelie at dusk. There will also be food and drink specials.

StellaRouge, Feral Oath, Project Film

(Fine Line Music Cafe: 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.338.8100)

7 p.m.

Bastille Day Block Party


(Barbette, 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.827.5710,

With music by Clementown, Brass Messengers, The Evening Rig, National Bird, Pink Mink, and more; local artists; street performances; organic foods. A portion of the proceeds benefit People Helping People. 3-10 p.m.

Environmental Fair

(John H. Stevens House, 4901 Minnehaha Ave. S. (at Minnehaha Park and Falls), Minneapolis, 612.747.3904,

This event is a celebration of early environmentalists John and Helen Stevens and features tours, info on current green groups, talks, family activities, and more. 12-4 p.m.



Mill City Farmers' Market

(Mill City Farmer's Market, 704 Second St. S., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580,

Call and Answer Project: 9 p.m. until 5:28 a.m. Sat., June 4, free. Minnesota Center For Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S, Ste 100, Minneapolis, 612.215.2520,

8 a.m.-1 p.m.


Uptown Market

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

With produce, jewelry, beauty products, flowers, gifts, food stands, and more. Visit 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,

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


Open Field

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

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