North Star Grand Prix, Northern Spark, Stone Arch Bridge Fest: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have a ton of performances and happenings to take in at Northern Spark, an intense pro-bicycle race (with lots of freebies for spectators), theater in the parks, and lots of street fests. Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.


North Star Grand Prix: Uptown Minneapolis Criterium

(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Featuring men's and women's races, kids' fun race, bike expo, more. For more info visit 4:30-9 p.m.

L&I Kickstand Lot Party

(Lake & Irving, 1513 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, (612)-354-2453,

With live music, food and beverage, more. 3 p.m.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

(Stone Arch Bridge, 219 S. Main St., Minneapolis, 612-230-6400,

With art, live music, family activities, more. More info at Fri. 7-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

St. Louis Park Parktacular

(Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park)

With live music, family events, food and beverage, fishing, kayak and canoe rides, sports events, petting zoo and pony rides, art displays and sales, more. For tickets and info visit Fri. 2-11 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Twelfth Night

Theatre Pro Rata presents Shakespeare's comedy outdoors at various Twin Cities locations. 6:30 p.m. Friday's show is at Lake Phalen Amphitheater (1600 Phalen Drive, St. Paul), Saturday's at University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska, 952-443-1400), and Sunday's at Union Depot (214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-202-2700).

Maeth, Falcon Arrow, Strange

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

10 p.m.

Coax from Chuckanut, Mike Gunther, Inner Beauty Pageant, Almighty American

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

All ages. 9 p.m.

Funky Friday  

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

With DJ Larry Englund. 5 p.m.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Lutheran Heat, Braver, Now People, Pleasure Barons

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Tumblin' Dice

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

9 p.m.


(Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill: 1623 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis, 763-450-9999)

9:30 p.m.

32 Headshots

(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

9:30 p.m.

Lady Luck

(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

18+. 9 p.m.

Tin Drum

(The Underground Music Cafe: 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-9959)

7 p.m.

Midsummer Festival

(Dancing Dragonfly Winery, 2013 120th Ave., Saint Croix Falls, 715-483-9463,

Music, art, craft, and food vendors. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.



Northern Spark: Projecting the City

This city-wide celebration features art installations, performances, interactive happenings, and other fun. More info at 9:01 p.m. to 5:25 a.m. 

9th Annual 38th & Chicago BBQ and Music Festival

(Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, 3749 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-294-0400)

With live music by Joel Schaan & Friends, Cornbread Harris, Bossa Jazz Band, the Anchormen, De'Monica D'Flye; free BBQ, family events, more. Spans the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue. For more info visit 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

MetroTransit METRO Green Line Opening Day Celebration

(Various locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Want to experience the new Green Line? It's free this Saturday. There will be plenty of special happenings along the way as well, so get off and hop back on at your leisure. Rides start at 9 a.m.

Open Field

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

Featuring campfire music; drawing sessions; talks; demonstrations; books, sports equipment, games, and more available for checkout; special happenings; more. Visit for a complete schedule. Starting June 14, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Aug. 14.

Also at the Walker Art Center this Saturday:

Art Expanded, 1958-1978

Exhibition surveys a phase in 20th century art when artists began to challenge, critique, and upend traditional media and disciplines. See it for free during Northern Spark.


Christian Marclay: The Clock

Runs continuously through one complete cycle 11 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 14-15.

Juneteenth Celebration

(North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 N. Mississippi, Minneapolis, 763-694-7693,

Featuring live music, cultural and family activities, storytelling, food and beverage vendors, more. For more info visit 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Kinetic Aesthetic

(Mason's Restaurant & Barre, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-516-3344,

6-9 p.m.

Toni Wolff's Dream Wedding (cassette release), the Hood & the Lyre, Craig Weatherhead, Sleeper & the Sleepless

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

9 p.m.

Black Dog Block Party

(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

With the Maurice Jacox Band, the Brass Messengers, Person & the People, Orkestar Bez Ime, Zacc Harris Group, more. 2-9 p.m.

Green Line Grand Opening Celebration

(Textile Center, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis, 612-436-0464,

With demos and activities, more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Audible Edge

(Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-624-6518,

This group exhibition explores the relationships of architecture and sound. Public reception with Northern Spark 9 p.m. to midnight.

Mighty River Bluegrass Festival

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

With the Platte Valley Boys, the Barley Jacks, the Dumpy Jug Bumpers, Five Miles from Town, Switched at Birth. On 4th St. between Wall & Wacouta. 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Deutsche Tage (German Days)

(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027,

With live music, German food, family activities, dance party, more. Sat. 6:50-1 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WARM: Small Works

(Banfill-Locke Center For the Arts, 6666 E. River Road, Fridley, 763-574-1850,

Work by Women's Art Resources of Minnesota. Conversation and closing reception noon to 2 p.m.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day

(Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building, 179 E. Robie St., St. Paul, 651-789-2500)

Featuring food, entertainment, resources, and more. For more info visit 12-5 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

(Scott County Historical Society, 235 S. Fuller St., Shakopee, 952-445-0378,

With free ice cream, lawn and board games, more. In the Stans Garden. 1:30-3 p.m.

National Get Outdoors Day

(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

Featuring canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, geocaching, fishing, nature crafts, nature crafts, archery, mountain biking, marshmallow roasting, birding, family and kids activities, more. With bike technicians offering free safety checks. For more info visit 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Open Door 10

(Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-747-3942,

Group show. 7-10 p.m.

Free Second Saturdays

(Bakken Library and Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-926-3878,

With special activities and happenings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

All Our Friends Are Artist

(Carleton Artist Lofts, 2285 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-646-5692)

Art show and sale, and celebration of the Green Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Big Birthday Bash

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

With the Brass Messengers. 10 p.m.

Blue Dream Journeys: Ananya Dance Theatre

(Northrop, 229 Northrop 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-625-6003,

Performances are every hour, on the hour, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

School's Out: Teens Rock the Fetus

(Electric Fetus: 2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-9300)

With Stereo Confession, Jesse Pedersen, Platypus. 1:30 p.m.

CLAPS, Rhythm of Cruelty, Cross, Surrogates

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project

(Lake Harriet Bandshell: 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)

With Debbie Duncan, Pippi Ardennia, Thomasina Petrus. 7:30 p.m.


(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

9:30 p.m.

War Poets, Scary Numan, MFG, Michael Pink

(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

18+. 8 p.m.

Beez Kneez Kids' Saturday

(St. Anthony Park Branch Library, 2245 Como Ave., St. Paul, 651-642-0411,

With stories, hands-on activities, honey samples, live music, more. 1 p.m.



North Star Grand Prix: Stillwater Criterium

(The Rivertown Inn, 306 W. Olive St., Stillwater, 651-430-2955,

Featuring men's and women's races, kids' fun race, bike expo, more. Yes, this is the race that goes up Chilkoot Hill every lap. For more info visit 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Keg Wine Sampling Event

(Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2360,

4 p.m.

Flip Phone Presents: Spice Up Your Life

(Crave Rooftop, 825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

21+. 5 to 9:30 p.m.

The Twin Cities Comic Book Convention

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

For more info visit 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Molly & the Dreamers, Portage, Devata Daun

(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000,

10 p.m.

Planning for Burial, Liar in Wait, Temple, Dreamless

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Robots from the Future

(Hymie's Vintage Records: 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-8890)

4 p.m.

Joey Molinaro, Fire Drill, Jon K, Growth Spert

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

9 p.m.

Farmers Markets:


Minneapolis Farmers Market

(312 E. Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-333-1718,

May 24-Nov. 15, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kingfield Farmers Market

(4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-207-7893,

Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26.

Mill City Farmers Market

(Mill City Farmers' Market, 704 2nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580,

The Mill City Farmers' Market kicks off. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25.

Midtown Farmers Market

(2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis, 612-724-7457,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28.

Fulton Farmers Market

(4301 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.207.7893,

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25.

St. Paul:

St. Paul Downtown Farmers' Market

(5th St. and Wall St., St. Paul, 651-227-8101,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Nov. 23.

Farmers' Market

(Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-227-7669,

Fridays, 1:15-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31.

The suburbs and beyond:

Gerten's Farmers' Market

(Gerten's Farm Market, 2900 65th St. E., Inver Grove Heights, 651-450-0001)

Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 30.

Richfield Farmers' Market

(64th St. and Portland Ave. (Veterans Memorial Park Shelter), Richfield, 612-861-9396,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon; Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 25.

Farmers' Market

(Anoka County Growers, 707 89th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-792-4025)

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. Continues through Oct. 25.

Prior Lake Farmers' Market

(Pleasant Ave. & Highway 13, Prior Lake, 952-447-0263,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon. Continues through Oct. 31.  

Farmers' Market

(Goose Lake Farm & Winery, 6760 213th Ave. NW, Elk River, 612-209-1721,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19.