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Pride Fest, Chris Kluwe, MN Food Truck Fair: Freeloader Friday

A double rainbow visited the sky during last year's Pride weekend
A double rainbow visited the sky during last year's Pride weekend
Jessica Armbruster

Pride weekend is here, and there's plenty of reason to celebrate this year. We've got the low-down on where to go and what to do in the Twin Cities for free. There's also tons of free rock concerts, art gallery exhibitions, and the MN Food Truck Fair to check out.

Take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

See also:
Pride Week: 8 things to see and so besides the big parade

FRIDAY:

Uptown Pride Block Party
(Outside of Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-3737, www.bryantlakebowl.com)

With music by L'Assassins, Chastity Brown, Sick of Sarah, Southside Desire; performances by Dykes Do Drag, Epitome No Question; appearances by North Star Roller Girls; Tipsy Bike Karaoke; food and beverage vendors. Proceeds benefit OutFront MN. 6-10 p.m.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival
(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul)

At several locations in downtown and Lowertown St. Paul. The main stage at Mears Park features Kenny Werner Trio, Ariel Pocock, the Illicit Sextet, and more on Friday; Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Matt Slocum & Walter Smith III, JazzMN Orchestra with Connie Evingson, and more on Saturday. For tickets and info, visit www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com. Fri. 4-10:30 p.m.; Sat. 1-10:30 p.m.

Little Man, Driftwood Pyre

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

10 p.m.

Prissy Clerks, With Teenage Strangler, NPC's, Wolf Mountain, Laos, Heaven on Howitzers
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Castor Coal, the Anglophiles, Eustice the Dragon
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m. 

Woman by Shanna Allyn
Woman by Shanna Allyn
Photo courtesy Twin Cities Pride

2013 Pride Art Show: I Have Pride
(Aloft Hotel, 900 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-455-8400)

Through July 19.

Brutus, Mark Stone, Kick Acid Band, the Goodbars
(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

9 p.m.

Duels of the Iron Mic  
(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

With DJ Kool Akeim, Truth Maze. 9 p.m.

The Scott Bixby Band
(Mario's Keller Bar: 2300 NE University Ave., Minneapolis, 612-781-3860)

9 p.m.

49er Days
(Fridley Common Park, 6250 7th St. NE, Fridley)

Featuring a street party with Power of 10 Friday, music from Chris Brooks Saturday, plus senior and kids' activities, a beer tent, bingo, and more. More info at www.ci.fridley.mn.us/recreation/49er-days-main. Fri. 7-11 p.m.; Sat.  1-11 p.m.

Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists 2013 Members Show & Tributaries
(Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson, 715-386-2305, www.thephipps.org)

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Blaine Festival
(Aquatore Park, 9150 Highway 65 NE, Blaine)

Featuring nightly concerts, crafts, kids' activities, food and beer, softball tournament, car show, parade on Saturday, petting zoo, and more. More info at www.blainefestival.org. Fri. 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat. 11-midnight; Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Earle Brown Festival
(Brooklyn Center Central Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Pky., Brooklyn Center, 763-569-3382)

With a golf tournament and kids' jamboree Friday; craft and business expo, kids' activities, big-band concert, fireworks, and more Saturday. More info at www.ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us. Fri. 12:30-2 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Romeo and Juliet
(The Overlook, 145 Washington St., River Falls)

Shakespeare in the park! Visit www.cromulentshakespeare.org for the full schedule and list of locations. 7 p.m. Also Sat. at 7 p.m. at  Kenwood Park (2101 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis) and Sun. at 2 p.m. at Lake Harriet Rose Garden (4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis).

The Afterwork Jumpoff
(Insert Coin(s): 315 1st Avenue N., Minneapolis, 612-564-4016)

5 p.m.

Love Free or Die
(St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis, 612-870-7800, www.ourcathedral.org)

This award winning documentary follows Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. 7 p.m.

Love Free or Die, Official Trailer (2011) from Auburn Seminary on Vimeo.

 

Pride Fest, Chris Kluwe, MN Food Truck Fair: Freeloader Friday

SATURDAY:

Twin Cities Pride Festival
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Featuring live music, info on activism, family activities, sporting competitions, entertainment, beer garden, wedding ceremonies, more. Parade on Sunday. More info at tcpride.org. Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

It's Getting Hot in Here!  
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

With Hey There Handsome, Slow Moe. 10 p.m.  

Earlier in the evening at 331:

The Drunken Talent Show

6 p.m.

The Rolling Blackouts, the Basement Kings
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Pride Fest, Chris Kluwe, MN Food Truck Fair: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Anna Min, Minn Enterprises LLC, 2010

TransDykeQueer March
(Walk starts outside at the Walker Art Center)

The Dyke and Trans marches have combined forces to create one giant, awesome march. Meet at 6 p.m.

John Kujda Band
(Mario's Keller Bar: 2300 NE University Ave., Minneapolis, 612-781-3860)

9 p.m.

Story City Presents: ESCAPE
(SOOlocal: A Division of SooVAC, 3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263)

Storytelling. 8 p.m.

Pride Fest, Chris Kluwe, MN Food Truck Fair: Freeloader Friday
Molly Yergens, Dr. Evermore's Sculpture Garden

Mythical Geographies: Referencing Landscape through Painting and Sculpture
(Banfill-Locke Center For the Arts, 6666 E. River Road, Fridley, 763-574-1850)

New works by Brandon Kuehn and Molly Yergens. 6-8 p.m.

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

7 p.m.

Citizenship Day of Welcome
(Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul)

Featuring a naturalization ceremony for new citizens, community picnic with international cuisine, music, family friendly outdoor activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  

Barra
(The Coffee Grounds: 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-9959)

8 p.m.

Pride Fest, Chris Kluwe, MN Food Truck Fair: Freeloader Friday

The Munich Baby House
(David Petersen Gallery, 2018 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612-276-6541, www.davidpetersengallery.com)

New paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Kristen Van Deventer. 7-9 p.m.

Blue Ox, Matador, I Am Vengeance, Trailboss
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

The Knotty Pines, the May North, Ginstrings, the Sterling North
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

9 p.m.

Rosefest
(Central Park, 2540 N. Lexington Ave., Roseville)

This city-wide celebration includes a camp-out, sports tournaments, parade, car show, live music, ice skating, and Fourth of July festivities in the park. More info at www.ci.roseville.mn.us. June 22-29.

 

Pride Fest, Chris Kluwe, MN Food Truck Fair: Freeloader Friday
Photo by Ka Vue

SUNDAY:

MN Food Truck Fair
(3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Featuring 28 local food trucks and vendors from around the Metro Area, craft beers, live music including Blueprint. More info at mnfoodtruckfair.com. 3-8 p.m.

Ellen Krug
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611, www.magersandquinn.com)

The author discusses Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change. 4 p.m.

Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Parade travels along Hennepin Ave. starting at 3rd and ending at Spruce. More info at tcpride.org. 11 a.m.

The 221s, Mommy Sez No, Ranger Ranger
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000, www.spiritsandsound.com)

9 p.m.

Chris Kluwe
(The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S Ste 200, Minneapolis, 612-215-2575, www.loft.org)

The former Minnesota Vikings punter and marriage equality activist discusses Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities. 6 p.m.

Lonesome Dan Kase
(Hymie's Vintage Records: 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-8890)

3 p.m.
 
ONGOING:

Live Harness Racing
(Running Aces Harness Park, 15201 Zurich St. NE, Forest Lake, 651-925-4600)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31.


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