Open Streets, Grand Old Day, Artcrank: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have a variety of street fests in both St. Paul and Minneapolis, a big opening party that Bedlam is throwing, and plenty of rock shows, family celebrations in parks, and gallery receptions, too.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.


The Omnibus Treasury: An Illustrated Jewelry Exhibition

(Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, 612-239-2047,


Featuring a variety of handmade, illustrated jewelry collections. 7-10 p.m.

Fret Rattles, the Setters

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

10 p.m.

The Funeral & the Twilight, Prizehog, Yog-Sothot

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

9 p.m.

Johnstock Movie Night and Craft Fair

(Johnson Street Northeast, between 28th and 29th Streets, Minneapolis)

Friday night features a screening of PeeWee's Big Adventure at dusk, and Saturday offers over 40 art and craft vendors, live music, food, and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.

The Most Interesting Band in the World

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


9:30 p.m.

Minne Film Fest

(SpringHouse Ministry Center, 610 W. 28th St., Minneapolis, 612.353.6292,

Featuring short films by Twin Cities filmmakers. 7 p.m.

Vietnam: A Window to War

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


Photography by James R. Thompson. In the Quarter Gallery. 5-7 p.m.

Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally

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

With merchandize vendors; bike contests; music by Firehouse, Warrant; appearances by Erik Estrada, Paul Teutul Sr.; food and beverage vendors; more. Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Witch's Hat Tower

(Prospect Park/Pratt Community School, 66 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis)

The tower is open for visitors in honor of its centennial. At the elementary school there will be an ice-cream social and fundraiser with fair games, food, ice cream, live music, entertainment, a silent auction, and plant sale. 5:30-8:30 p.m.




Open Streets Minneapolis: Greenway Experience

(Girard and Humboldt Avenues, from West Broadway to 42nd Avenue North, Minneapolis)

Both streets close to cars. With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. For more info visit 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


(Shelter Studios, 721 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-877-4377,


Featuring posters by 40 Twin Cities artists, valet bike parking from Nice Ride, and 30 kegs from Deschutes Brewing. 4-10 p.m. Read more about it here

Crossing Guards, Deleter, Hotelecaster

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

10 p.m.


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


Artwork by past and present interns at the gallery. 7-9 p.m.

Walt Whitman's 155th Birthday Bonfire Invite

(Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St., Minneapolis, 651-642-1049)

Featuring Patrick Scully. 9-11 p.m.

The Jelly Project, Sexy Ester, Annabel Lee, Catastrophe Icicles

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


9 p.m.

Let's Celebrate: One-Year Anniversary & Art reception for Amy Rice

(Showroom, 615 W. Lake St., Minneapolis)

5-8 p.m.

Twin Cities Heart Walk

(Target Field, 550 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-659-3400)

Featuring one-mile and three-mile routes through Target Field. With family activities, live entertainment, health screenings, and more. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. For more info visit 7-11 a.m. It's free, but donations are encouraged.


Bedlam Lowertown Grand Opening

(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, 213 E. Fourth St., St. Paul, 612-341-1038,

Featuring family activities, tours, cabaret, music, dance party, more. Read more about it here. Noon-2 a.m.

Ladyboi EP-Release Party

(Bunkers Bar & Grill, 761 Washington Ave., Minneapolis)

With Glean, City of Sound. 21+. 9 p.m.

Hit and Run, Sacked and Bagged (Running out of Balance)

(Shoebox Gallery, 2948 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-3833,


Work by Daniel Kerkhoff. 7-9 p.m. 

2014 Flint Hills International Children's Festival

(Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222,

It's $5 to watch performances at the Ordway, but there will be free happenings featuring performing artists, family activities, horticulture displays, storytellers, music, and more outdoors in Rice Park, at Landmark Plaza, and at Hamm Plaza. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also Sunday.

Minne Faire 5: Maker and DIY Expo

(Hack Factory, 3119 E. 26th St., Minneapolis,


Family-friendly event features crafts and building exercises and projects. Live music Saturday. For more info visit Sat. 12-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Bonafide: Sex, Religion, and a Trip to the Circus

(Gallery 13, 811 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis, 651-592-5503,

Paintings by Greg Green. 7-9 p.m.

Also opening at Gallery 13:

In a New Light: Lakes, Creeks, Ponds, and Lagoons From Northern Minnesota

Paintings by James Burpee.

If These Walls Could Talk


(Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612-701-8272,

Photography by Cameren Torgerud (a.k.a. "Light the Underground"). Closing reception 7-11 p.m. 

WaterFest 2014

(Lake Phalen Amphitheater, 1600 Phalen Drive, St. Paul, 651-774-5422)

With outdoor hands-on learning, canoe and solar pontoon boat rides, fishing lessons, sailing demos, geocaching, climbing walls, live animals, water games, art exhibits, more. Visit for more info. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Discover Aviation Days


(Anoka County Airport, 8891 Airport NE #5C, Blaine, 763-786-9490,

With vintage aircraft, aviation exhibits, aircraft and helicopter rides, Hangar Dance, more. For more info visit Saturdays, Sundays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Sunday.

Audrey Phillips: Parallax

(Circa Gallery, 210 N. First St., Minneapolis, 612-332-2386,

5-8 p.m.



Grand Old Day 2014

(Grand Avenue, from Wheeler Avenue to Dale Street, St. Paul)

Street fair with parade, live music, food and beverage vendors, family events, more. For more info and full music lineup, visit 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Most events are free, but it is $6/$8 for an entertainment district wristband (where the beer and bands are). 

Operation Kidsafe

(Delmonico Dance, 650 Commerce Drive, Woodbury, 651.493.7897)

Child safety event featuring digital fingerprinting and safety tips by law enforcement officers. With live dance performance, family activities, ice cream truck, prize raffle, more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Children's Day Festival

(Webber Park Community Center, 4400 Dupont Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-370-4916)

With crafts, games, music, more. For more info visit 1-4 p.m.

T Collective

(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

9:30 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.