Northern Spark Festival, Grand Old Day: Freeloader Friday


It's a great weekend for free stuff to do in the cities. In fact, if you plan your night right, you could have a series of adventures for 24 hours, free of charge.

This weekend in Freeloader Friday we have the Northern Spark Festival, a city-wide celebration featuring pop-up installations, parties, film screenings, and much more. There's also block parties like Grand Old Day, farm tours, rock shows, a Sunday morning breakfast, and boat rides along the Mississippi. Check out the list after the jump.

[jump] FRIDAY:

Bike Art VI

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

This group show featuring bike-themed photography, painting, sculpture, and interactive art. 7-10 p.m.



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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Rock & Roll Swap Meet II

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

With Red Pens, Kitten Forever, Lilian & the Harveys. 8 p.m.

Nicole Nelson: Land and Sea

(Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis, 612.587.0230,

Metal wire sculptures. 6-9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown, sixth and Sibley, St. Paul)

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

Edina Art Fair

(50th & France, 3925 50th St. W., Edina, 952.922.1524)

This three-day festival features hundreds of art vendors, food demonstrations, live music, and more. For more info, visit or call 952.922.1524. Through Sunday


Randy Weeks

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

Americana, country, rock. 10 p.m.

Maybe We're Dangerous, Bitchalittle, the Unmentionables

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

Punk, rock, indie, roots, 10 p.m.



Northern Spark Festival: Nuit Blanche

(various locations)

This huge, city-wide nighttime festival includes art on display by over 100 artists in various public locations. For more info, visit 8:55 p.m. Saturday to 5:28 a.m. Sunday.

Mississippi Megalops: A Floating Chautauqua

(Harriet Island, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd. (across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Paul), St. Paul, 651.266.6400)

Part of the Northern Spark Festival, this boat ride on the Jonathan Padelford features artists, scientists, historians, and storytellers as it makes its way down the Mississippi River. Tickets are free, but required. Click here to RSVP. 8 & 11 p.m. Sat.; 2 a.m. & 5 a.m.

Sideshow Soo

(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.2263,


This interactive carnival features games, art, and snacks from Chef Shack in celebration of SooVAC's 10th anniversary. Check online for other hours the event is scheduled. 4 p.m.-midnight.

Reckless Ones, Porch Knights, Phantom Tails, the Trends

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

Rock. 10 p.m.

Scattered Light

(Upper Landing Park, 25 West Fourth Street St Paul)

Jim Campbell's huge light installation features thousands of LED-lights that twinkle and move in reaction to commuters at Grand Central Station. 9:20 p.m.


G-Biz (LP-release), the Sex Rays (CD-release)

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

With the Running Scared, L'Assassins. 9 p.m.

Scion Installation 7

(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612.379.4151)

This touring show features film installations from up-and-coming and established design artists. 7-10 p.m.

Matt Latterell

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


Folk, rock. 10 p.m.

Minneapolis MOSAIC

(Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.339.7007,

This indoor and outdoor celebration features performances, a talent show, kids' activities, and more. For more info, visit 7 p.m.

Free First Saturday: Play the Field

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

Come check out Walker's Open Field at this family-friendly day featuring kids activities in the outdoors. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Art In the Hollow

(Swede Hollow Park, 650 Payne Ave., St. Paul)

This family event includes art, poetry, live music. Visit for more info. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Innuendo: New work by James Wraynge

(Rosalux Gallery, 1224 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.747.3942,

Abstract paintings. The artist's reception is from 7 to 11 p.m.

Pinewood Derby

(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952.883.8800,


Watch or compete. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Live Painting/Community Breakfast

(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.4444,

Were you out all night at Northern Spark? Come end the evening with a community breakfast at 5:28 a.m. It will be served by artist-in-residence Cocinero Karimi. Also, be sure to check out the new mural on the building's exterior (artists will be painting it throughout the night starting at 11 p.m.).

Farm City Day

(Autumnwood Farm, 19435 Granada Ave. N., Forest Lake, 651.249.9215,

Take creamery tours, enjoy a hayride, learn how Autumnwood milk is made, watch hourly cow milking demonstrations; pet baby animals, and meet Princess Kay of the Milky Way. 1-5 p.m.


Grand Old Day 2011

(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651.699.0029)

Featuring food vendors, parade, live music and performances, sporting events, art, and more. Visit for more info. 7:45 a.m.-5 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.


Kingfield Farmers' Market

(Kingfield Farmer's Market, 4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.4550,

Sunday marks the start of the farmers' market in Kingfield. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.