Northern Spark, pet parties, 40-foot monsters: Freeloader Friday

This week in free stuff to do we have an epic all-night party, a horror movie casting call, and a fitness dance party outside the Walker. Come take a look and plan your weekend.


#PFsummer Series: CONSTANT

(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave NE, Minneapolis)

Teen-focused art, music, and performance curated by 17-year-old Ellie Brown and Shanti Moreano. 7-11 p.m.

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend: The Great Session Experience


(The Celtic Junction: 836 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul, 612-722-7000)

7 p.m.


(Sound Gallery: 414 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-501-8223)

9 p.m. With Har-di-Har, Yingthi (album release), and Devata Daun. Free, but RSVP required

MIA Musician-In-Residence Series: Joey Ryan

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131)

6-8 p.m. In the lobby.  

Tipsy Talent Show

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

10 p.m.

Wildcat, Moon Command

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

9 p.m.




Northern Spark 2015

(Various locations in Minneapolis)

This massive event takes place all around Minneapolis, including hot spots around the MIA, the Walker, the Convention Center, and Notheast. Al's Breakfast and the Bachelor Farmer will serve pancakes at Aria in the morning. For a complete list of events and locations, visit Or check out our recommendations here and here. 9 p.m. to 5:26 a.m.

Northern Spark Opening Ceremony: Featuring Cloud Cult

(Minneapolis Convention Center: 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-335-6000)

8 p.m.

Casting Call for Vorehemoth/Vore King

(Premises MPLS, 3449 N. Second St., Minneapolis)


Show in up swimsuit wear (or whatever you are comfortable in) and get eaten by a 40-foot monster for a movie. They're looking for ladies, mostly. Noon to 4 p.m. More info here.

Hey, That's My Jam: '90s Dance Party

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

Featuring Hey There Handsome, and Slow Moe. 10 p.m.

Pictures from a Trip/Love Letters from Artists/Summer Series 2015

(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis; 612-377-7800)

5-8 p.m.

Summer Concert Series: Featuring Glow Mechanics


(612 Brew: 945 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-217-0437)

2-9 p.m. With Dustin Hatzenbuhler, CSL, the Whiskey and Rock and Roll Club, Jack and the Coax, and Jake Jones, Free.

The Rashita Joneses

(Christensen's Big V's Saloon: 1567 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-645-8472)

9 p.m. With Filter Free Rodeo, Good Colonels, and the Elder Gods.

Reggae Festival

(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

Featuring Dred I Dread, the Non-Prophets, Van Nixon, and KFAI DJs. 1-11 p.m.



(Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-874-3700)

Book art from the college's collection, plus some new pieces from Location artists and Revolver. 7 to 9 p.m.

Yolks, Teenage Moods, Cozy, the Rugs

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

9 p.m.

Dynacraft's Color Ride

(Raspberry Island Park, 1 Raspberry Way, St. Paul)



It's like fingerpainting on a bike. Kids and families with be gently blasted with colorful powder. More info here. 11 a.m.

Deutsche Tage

(GAI, 301 Summit Avenue, St. Paul)

Featuring traditional ceremonies, fun runs, kids' activities, beer garden, food, and more. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Minnesota Pet Expo

(Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis)

With exhibitors, demos, pet-friendly activities, and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.


Midtsommer Fest

(Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis )

Entertainment, food, makers' mart. Noon to 10 p.m.

Artists del Norte:  Artists and the Sea

(Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley; 763-574-1850)

Sea-themed art. 1 to 3 p.m.



Epic Rooftop {Fitness} Dance Party

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

The MBK Experience + DJ Omaur Bliss  throw a morning fitness party. Registration required: Click here. 11 a.m. to noon.

Central Park Blues Fest

(Central Park Frank Rog Amphitheatre: 2540 Lexington Ave. N., Roseville, 651-792-7000)

4:30-8 p.m. Featuring Rich Williams, and the Groove Merchants with Jimi "Primetime" Smith, and special guest Dee Miller.

Skan, Population Zero, Censer, Plagued Insanity

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

10 p.m.