'Paper Art II,' Open Street Minneapolis, Partick's turns 25: Freeloader Friday

Summer is always a great time to find free stuff to do on the weekends. In this edition of Freeloader Friday we have outdoor festivals featuring blues, barbecue, and politics; block parties on the street; and hundreds of dancers in the Lyndale Rose Garden (which is starting to bloom). Indoors, there's a paper art show at Pink Hobo, a jewelry bazaar at Cliche, and tons of free concerts. Oh, and the farmers' markets are in full swing, of course. Take a look at our list after the jump.  

[jump] FRIDAY:

10th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival

(Lake Harriet Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Rd., Minneapolis, 612.230.6400,

Christopher Watson Dance Co. presents this two-night celebration featuring nearly 100 dancers from 14 dance groups. 7:30 p.m.

The Teenage Moods, the Anchor Windlass, the Sundowners, Choplifter


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

Garage, punk, emo, indie. 9 p.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. 2-7 p.m. Fri.; 12-5 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

2011 BioBlitz

(Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, 9550 Inver Grove Trail, Inver Grove Heights)

Joins hundreds of volunteers as they race to document all the flora and fauna of the region in 24-hour. For more info, visit 5 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Geoff Herbach

(Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651.224.8320)

The author celebrates the publication of Stupid Fast. 7 p.m.


Moments Extended

(Stevens Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.879.0200,

This show features collaborative work by father and daughter team Joe and Kara Hendershot. 7-11 p.m.

The Royal Vale, Sell Outs, Ponyboy


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

Rock. 10 p.m.

HAUS Salon Opening Soiree & Art Reception

(HAUS Salon, 4240 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.827.4287,

This party features music, a photo booth, swag bags, refreshments, and work by artist Drew Peterson. 6-9 p.m.

Deutsche Tage: German Days

(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.222.7027,

This two-day celebration includes the Lederhosenlauf 5-K Run & Walk at 8 a.m. Sat.; the Sommerparty featuring live music, dancing, and German food and beer Sat. from 5-10 p.m. followed by an after-party indoors with Euro pop. The next day, Deutscher Tag includes German bands, food, retail vendors, antique German car show, kids' activities, and more from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Festival

(Peavey Plaza, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.673.2427)

With Lonnie Brooks, Chubby Carrier, Mojo Buford, the Cory Stevens Band, the Root City Band, more. 12-10:30 p.m.

Paper Toy II

(Pink Hobo Art Gallery, 507 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.216.3924,

This group show features paper sculptures, toys, and wall hangings from artists both local and international. 7-11 p.m.

The Central Division, the Dirty Hits, Shores, Bottle Kids

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


Alternative, rock, drunk, punk. 9 p.m.

Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

With the Jerry Rau Band, DL Cajun Trio, Jack Klatt & The Cat Swingers, Mikkel Beckmen & Steve Kaul, Town Hall Stompers, more. For more info call 952.996.6490. 12-8 p.m.

25th Anniversary Celebration

(Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.724.6273,

This indoor/outdoor block party features a colorful parade from Matthews Park, vendors, live music, street performances, tarot readings, indoor cabaret performance, workshops, activities, and more. The evening cabaret has a $10 suggested donation. 3-11 p.m.

National "Get Outdoors" Day GO! Celebration!


(Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave., Maplewood, 651.249.2100,

With hiking, biking, nature fun, and a parade around the pond. 9 a.m.

Blue BBQ 2011

(Painter Park and Neighborhood Center, 620 W. 34th St., Minneapolis, 612.370.4911)

Enjoy food while meeting your elected officials. Also with live music, games, and friendly political chit chat. For more info, visit 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

5th Annual Baby Fair

(Shakopee High School, 100 17th Ave. Shakopee, Shakopee)

With crafts, vendors, food, information, and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Rhythm & Words Family Music and Book Festival

(Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, 952.895.4685,

Featuring music by the Teddy Bear Band, the Sweet Colleens, the Bazillions, and Koo Koo Kanga Roo; authors and illustrators include Derek Anderson, Lynne Jonell; activities provided by Kindermusik of the Valley; more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Alison Scott

(Apple Store, 3018 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 952.229.1460)

7 p.m.


Open Streets Minneapolis


This Sunday, Lyndale Avenue from 22nd St. and 42nd St. will be open only for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Along the way you'll find recreational activities, yoga, dancing, games, musical performances, and classes on bike safety and repair. Visit for more info. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Jewelry Bazaar

(Cliche, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.870.0420,

Featuring jewelry from over 20 designers based in the Twin Cities, Chicago, Iowa, Los Angeles, Brussels, and Belgium. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dr. Kate Levinson

(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.4611,

The author discusses Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money. 4 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.


Open Field


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

This ongoing event features workshops, performances, community activities, information, games, free Wifi, and much more. For a complete schedule of events, visit Through Sept. 4.