New Year's Eve Freeloader Friday... on a Tuesday

This Wednesday is the best Hump Day of the year, as the world will celebrate the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. We're getting the party started early with Freeloader Friday, with holiday lights, ice skating, New Year's Eve parties, and other happenings to keep you entertained the whole long weekend.

Come take a look at our list.



(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)


With Eyt Trio. 9 p.m.

331 Blingo

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

This pimped-put bingo offers you the chance to win free drinks, pimp chalices, and other flashy booty. 7-9 p.m. Music by the Lowland Lakers follows at 10 p.m.

Dead Disco

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

Old-school tunes with DJ FooLProof, Garrison Grouse, and special guests. 9 p.m.

Tuesday Night Comedy Open Mic

(Golden's Cafe and Deli, 275 E. 4th St., 1st floor, St. Paul, 651-224-8888,

7 p.m.

Wells Fargo Winter Skate

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


Get out of the house and hit the ice. For info on leagues and open skating hours, visit Free; $2 skate rental if you don't have a Well's Fargo checking card. Through Feb. 1. The rink is open every day this week except New Year's Day.

Holiday Lights in the Park

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

Skating not your thing? Check out the lights, which includes a giant, LED-lit tree and winter wonderland. Through Jan. 1, 2015. 

Acadia 64

(Acadia Cafe, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702,


Classic Nintendo game competition. All ages. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 


The Drug Budget, Doug Otto and the Getaways

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

10 p.m.

Kids New Year's Eve Celebration

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,


Featuring the Roe Family Singers, snacks, and drinks. 10:30 a.m.

Mystic Lake's New Year's Eve Celebration

(Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, 800-262-7799,

With music by Maiden Dixie, Ray Evangelista, and DeeJay St. Joel & the Mystic Dancers. 18+. 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m.

Back Alley New Year's Eve Party

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


9 p.m.



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

With Billy Morrisette. 10 p.m.


Walker Fields, Old Desert Road, Big Lake

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

Come early for Laura and Sean's Movie and Music Trivia at 7 p.m. Music is at 10 p.m.

Meat Raffle Road 

(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

With Molly and the Blacktops and the Low Road. 10 p.m.



Sticky Valentines

(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151,

Recent paintings by Mark Ostapchuk. 6-8 p.m.

Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band, Pink Mink, Whiskey Jeff & The Beer Back Band

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

Come early for the Match Game with Ian Rans at 7 p.m., with music at 10 p.m.

Free First Saturdays

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. This month's installment features b-day cake, tours on the history of the museum, craft activities, and special theater performances. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


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(Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-225-8989,

Monthly series explores short stories and the real life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 4 p.m.