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SantaCon, Santa Cycle Rampage, drag, pub caroling: Freeloader Friday

It's the last weekend before the holidays, but that doesn't mean you have to spend it at a mall. This week in free stuff to do we have a few great beer events, a handful of Santa-themed crawls, and two caroling parties.

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

FRIDAY:

Spinning Stories MN: Ghost Town

(Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-7110, www.boneshakerbooks.com)

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Featuring stories from Amy Salloway, Heidi Arneson, Ward Rubrecht, and Soozin Hirschmugl. 8-10 p.m.

Mrs.

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

With Lovely Dark and Orchyd. 10 p.m.

Outstanding Achievement in the Fields of Excellence

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

With Rapedoor, C.Kostra, and Model Hawk. 10 p.m.

Everett Smithson

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365) 

9 p.m.

North Hennepin Community College Holiday Concerts

(North Hennepin Community College: 7411 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, 763-488-0391)

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Featuring a tribute to MN Choral Director of the Year, Karla Miller. 7:30 p.m.

Eric Inkala: Chaos Complex Closing Reception

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

Featuring hip-hop music and dance, plus at artist talk. 7-10 p.m.

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SATURDAY:

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Lowertown SantaCon VII

Get dressed in your holiday best at this festive bar crawl, which will feature drinks, live music, games, funny costumes, and the ominous Krampus at various bars around the area. More info at lowertownsantacon.info.

Santa Cycle Rampage

(Longfellow Grill, 2990 W. River Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-721-2711, www.longfellowgrill.com)

Or, if you're feeling more in the mood for a Christmas bike pub crawl, join this Santa-themed (and craft beer themed) ride through Minneapolis. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats, DJ Lazer Bob

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

10 p.m.

Rupert Angeleyes, Whatever Forever, White Boyfriend, Panther Ray

(Hexagon Bar, 2700 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis)

10 p.m.

Feeding LeRoy

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

With Bill Giese. 7 p.m.

Holiday Caroling

(Gallery13, 811 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis)

Join the Arborators, an eight-piece brass band and a choral group led by Charlie and John Lehnen as they celebrate the holidays. 1 to 4 p.m.

Yuya Negishi and Aaron Brand

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

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5-8 p.m.

Holiday Hodown

(Day Block Brewing Co.: 1105 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-617-7793)

Featuring craft beers and a performance from Sabby White & the Furnace. 9-11:30 p.m.

Jazz Saturday

(The Normandy Kitchen: 405 N. 8th St., Minneapolis, 612-455-1204)

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Featuring the Maurice Jacox Trio. 7-10 p.m.

Coax From Chuckanut, Almighty American, Inner Beauty Pageant, A Model Home Life

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

8 p.m.

Snak Attack: Holiday Party

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

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SUNDAY:

Pub Caroling

(Merlins Rest, 3601 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-216-2419, www.merlinsrest.com)

[Editor's note: We previously reported that this was a caroling event in the neighborhood, it's actually inside the bar only. Patrons should be prepared to sing traditional English tunes.] 2-4 p.m.

Transcendental Strangers

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

With Driftwood Pyre. 8 p.m.

Holiday Freakshow

(The Saloon, 830 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-332-0835, www.saloonmn.com)

Featuring the Twin Cities drag and burlesque performers. 2-6 p.m.

Linden Hills Winter Farmers' Market

(Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 W. 44th Street, Minneapolis, 612-926-2654, sunnyside-gardens.com)

Indoor holiday market featuring Christmas trees, crafts, storytellers, and Santa. More info at www.lindenhillsfarmersmarket.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Darkest Day of the Year

(Uptown Tavern & Rooftop, 1400 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, 612-824-3333, uptowntavernmpls.com)

This tap takeover features dark brews Founders Russian Imperial Stout 2013, Deschutes Black Butte XXV, and Sierra Nevada Narwhal 2014. 21+. 5 p.m.