Oktoberfest, 'hot 3-way action,' Cowles opens: Freeloader Friday

There's an insane amount of free stuff to do this weekend, so there's no excuse to overdraw that bank account. Our list this week includes live, outdoor music fests in Minneapolis and St. Paul, free dance at the brand-new Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, over a dozen gallery shows,  and even a mini-fair in honor of North Dakota.

Come plan your weekend with our giant list.

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North Dakota State Fair/Como Avenue Jug Band CD-Release Party

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

North Dakota had to cancel its state fair this year due to flooding, so the fine folks of the Como Avenue Jug Band decided to host their own North Dakota fair as part of their CD-release show. Stop by for outdoor games, baking contests, and other fair-type activities followed by live music by Roe Family Singers, the Brian Just Band, the Prairie Fire Lady Choir, and the Como Avenue Jug Band starting at 9 p.m. 7 p.m.-1 a.m.


Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival

(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul, (651) 632-5111)

This free two-day music fest in St. Paul features Dave Pirner, McNally Smith College of Music, and MN Opera on Friday; Freedy Johnston, Alison Scott, the New Primitives, and others on Saturday; and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and more on Sunday. For more info, visit Fri. 5:30-10 p.m.; Sat. 1-10 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.

Flights of Fancy

(Gallery 13, Highland Bank Court Building, 811 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, (651) 592-5503,

Prints and paintings by Corinna Button. 7-10 p.m.

Laura's Birthday Party

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

The lineup at this b-day party includes Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons, Phantom Tails, Chickadee Mountain Martyrs, the Knotwells. 9 p.m.

Minneapolis Greek Festival

(St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis, (612) 825-9595,

This three-day fest features cultural performances, food, church tours, cooking demos, wine tasting, and more. Fri.-Sat. 12-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-6 p.m.

Thomas Friedman

(Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St S, Minneapolis, (612) 624-2345)

The Pulitzer-prize winning author and New York Times columnist discusses That Used To Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. 5 p.m.

Art-i-facts: An Unconventional History of MCAD


(MCAD Auditorium, 2501 Stevens Ave S, Minneapolis, (612) 874-3700,

MCAD turns the big 150 this year. 6-8 p.m.

Kathy Mogelson: Drawings and paintings

(Robbin Gallery, 4915 42nd Ave N, Minneapolis, (763) 537-5906,

5-8 p.m.

Teague Alexy, Molly Dean

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651.222.3990)


9 p.m.


(Spotart, 1828 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, (612) 296-3689,

Group show. 7-11 p.m.

Rod Massey: Mill City

(The Annex @ Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terr, Minneapolis, (612) 377-7800,

Paintings. 5-8 p.m.


Rape Door, Battlefish, President Ben Franklin

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

10 p.m.

Night Moves, Yohuna, Ryan McKeever

(Whole Music Club: 300 Washington Ave SE (Coffman Union), Minneapolis, (612) 625-2272)

8:30 p.m.

Vapor: Work by John Fleischer and Jennifer Nevitt

(The Gallery @ Fox Tax, 503 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, (612) 824-2829,


7-10 p.m.

Sena Ehrhardt Band (CD-release)

(Shaw's Bar & Grill: 1528 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, (612) 781-4405)

5 p.m.

Debbie Duncan

(Hell's Kitchen: 80 S. 9th St., Minneapolis, (612) 332-4700)

Jazz. 6 p.m.

Jennifer West: Mascara and Muscles


(Franklin Art Works, 1021 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, (612) 872-7494,

Film projections. 6-8 p.m.

... also at Franklin Art Works:

John Houck: Aggregates

Archival pigment prints. 6-8 p.m.



(XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, (651) 503-8062,


New work by Nate Young. 7-10 p.m.

Matt Latterell

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

10 p.m.

Julie Johnson & the No-Accounts

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651.222.3990)

9 p.m.

Jet-setter Hideaways: The Utopian Propaganda


(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 S Lyndale Ave, Minneapolis, (612) 871-2263,

Paintings by Melissa Loop. 6-9 p.m.

Also at the Soo:

hot 3-way action

Work by Scott Stulen, Bruce Tapola, Erik Ullanderson. 6-9 p.m.

Private Dancer, Birthday Suits, Child Bite, Tender Meat, Finger Pressure

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

9 p.m.


The Great Celestial Abstraction: Chinese Art in the 21st Century

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

6-8 p.m. (public lecture at 5 p.m.)

Advanced Extract Brewing

(Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies, 5825 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, 952.925.9854,

Looking to learn a little about home brewing? Ask an expert at this lecture. 10:30 a.m.

Grape Stomp Festival

(St. Croix Vineyard, 6428 Manning Ave N, Stillwater, (651) 430-3310,


This party includes tours, a grape stomp competitions, and live music. 12-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Amy Toscani

(Shoebox Gallery, Robert's Shoes 2948 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, (612) 825-3833,

5-7 p.m.

Pagan Pride Fest

(Minnehaha Falls Pergola Gardens, 4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, (612) 230-6400,

This festival features live music, ceremonies, information, and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Lyn-Lake Oktoberfest


(Herkimer Pub & Brewery, 2922 S Lyndale Ave, Minneapolis, (612) 821-0101,

Music by Mystery Palace, the Hood Internet, Marijuana Deathsquads, Zebulon Pike, Bloodnstuff, and more. In the parking lot. 1-10 p.m.

Waite Park Fall Festival & Push Cart Derby

(Waite Park Community Center, 1810 34th Ave NE, Minneapolis,

Family-friendly attractions include music, food, silent auction, and a push-cart derby. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

No Glory

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


Group show explores the material and emotional cost of war. 7-9 p.m.

Open House

(Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater And School, 3012 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, (218) 353-1362,

This party features free flamenco classes for children and adults, tapas, wine, and music. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Open House

(Alliance Francaise, 113 N 1st St, Minneapolis, (612) 332-0436,

Featuring sample classes for kids and adults, photography on display. 12-3 p.m.


Fresh Works MFA Exhibition

(Regis Center For Art, 405 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, (612) 625-8096)

6-8 p.m.

Pride of Vietnam: Legends & Rituals

(Mall of America, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, (952) 883-8800,

With lion dancing, a martial arts demonstration, T'rung musical performance, calligraphy, origami. 2-7:30 p.m.

Padma Hejmadi

(Nokomis Library, 5100 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, (612) 630-6700,


The author reads from her work and demonstrate movements of classical Indian dance. 1 p.m.

Vegetable Stock Readings

(Swandive Theatre Headquarters, 2313 E. 35th St., Minneapolis, Minneapolis)

A series of four play readings outdoors in Minneapolis continues. 5 p.m.

Angel Misfits Book Release Party

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

With Johnny Spade, the American North, L'Assassins. 8 p.m.



Community Day Celebration

(The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.206.3636,

Come check out the new performing arts space. Events include performances in the theater, open studios, and workshops in the Hennepin Center for the Arts. Performances include Matthew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES, James Sewell Ballet, Gretchen Larson and Friends, Buckets and Tap Shoes, Green Tea Productions, and the winners of the Cowles Center Groundbreaker Battle. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Show & Tel

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

With Eric Lovold, Nick Hegarty, Monolog, David Leduc.

The Rockford Mules, Silverback Colony

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

7 p.m. Followed by Dream Crusher at 9 p.m.

Pretend the World

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

Artwork based on the poems of Kathryn Kysar. There will be an artist demo and talk at 2 p.m.

Coming to the Neighborhood: Art at Rice Creek

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

This festival includes live music, performances, art demos, all ages art workshops, art exhibition, poetry, food, henna and face painting, art treasure hunt, quilt raffle, more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Six Pack Art Show

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

With Thug Mansion All-Starz, 25 Cent Tacos, Kermit's Corner. 4 p.m.

The Guys

(The Warren, 4400 Osseo Rd, Minneapolis, (612) 703-9609,

Reading of Anne Nelson's 9/11-inspired play by Workhouse Theater. 2 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.