St. Patrick's Day, Ninja Turtles: Freeloader Friday

Image from Minneapolis's parade last year
Image from Minneapolis's parade last year
Photo by Rachelle Carlson for City Pages

Whatever you end up doing with your weekend, the color green will most likely be involved. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with tons of happens between both cities. Plus, the Metro Transit will be free starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Mall of America will also be awash in a sea of green as folks attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (really). Fortunately, if you don't want to spend green you won't have to. There's plenty of free stuff to do. Check out our list after the jump.

St. Patrick's Day, Ninja Turtles: Freeloader Friday
"365 D"


365D: Three Hundred and Sixty Five Days of a Woman
(Icebox Quality Framing And Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE #443, Minneapolis, 612-788-1790,

In response to the exploitation and sexualization of women in the Italian media, Sham Hinchey and Marzia Messina photographed one woman day. 6-10 p.m.

The Running Scared, Rank Strangers, Brody, Hevy Syrup
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Robots from the Future, Matt Latterell Band, Ivy Spokes
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day, Ninja Turtles: Freeloader Friday
Sara Tieso, So Kiss Me

Inside Out: A Solo Art Show
(The Baroque Room, 275 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-705-6772,

Work by Tara Tieso. 7-10 p.m.

Jennifer Markey & the Tennessee Snowpants, Crown Vics
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Minnesota Book Awards Readers' Choice Event
(The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Ste 200, Minneapolis, 612-215-2575,

Meet many of the finalists for the 24th Annual Minnesota Book Awards as they give short presentations about their books. 7 p.m.

Reader's Art 12: Longing for Home
(Susan Hensel Design, 3441 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-2324,

7-10 p.m.

Readings by Writers' St. Patrick's Day Reading
(The University Club of Saint Paul, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-1751,

Featuring Michael Dennis Browne, Cass Dalglish, John Devine, Kevin FitzPatrick, Ted King, Ethna McKiernan, Thomas Dillon Redshaw. 7:30 p.m.

Zak Sally, Dale Flattum
(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611,

The authors discuss their new graphic novel collections with artist Andy Sturdevant. 7:30 p.m.

Native American Film Screening Series
(Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.330.1000)

Screenings and talks through Sunday. For a complete list of happenings, visit


St. Patrick's Day, Ninja Turtles: Freeloader Friday
Rachelle Carlson


Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade
(Nicollet Mall, From 13th St. to 5th St., Minneapolis)

Parade route starts at Nicollet and 13th Street and travels to 5th Street. Call 763.234.7111 or visit for info. 6:30 p.m.

46th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

Parade travels down 5th Street between Wall Street and Washington Street. For more info, call 651.256.2155 or visit Noon.

St. Patrick's Day
(Hot Rods Bar & Grill, 1553 W. University Ave., St. Paul, 651-646-3020)

With Curtis & the Kicks. 9 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746,

With the Jolly Groggers. 10 p.m.

World's Largest Gathering of Ninja Turtles
(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952-883-8800,

Participants receive a free ride on Shell Shock, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt, and a mask while supplies last. 8 a.m.

St. Patrick's Day
(Amsterdam, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990,

With Rumgumption, the Bellows Brothers. 2:30 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration
(Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365,

With Tony & the 45s. 9 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day, Ninja Turtles: Freeloader Friday
Colin Kopp, Malibu

Light/Dark Show: Isolating the Senses
(The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave. S. Studio B, Minneapolis)

Art show explores sensory deprivation. The first half will feature viewings in coplete silence, the second half will involve live music while bilndfolded. The reception will be followed by karaoke and ping pong until 12:30am. 7-9 p.m. The reception is free, but there is a $5-$10 suggested donation.

St. Patty's Day
(Station 4, 201 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-224-6372,

With McMetal Showcase, the Rockin' Hollywoods, more. Noon.

Zero Budget Records St. Patty's Day Show
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454,

With Earthrise, Morality Crisis, Speaker Eater. 9 p.m.

Miller Lite Free Rides

There will be free service on all Metro Transit bus and light-rail routes, as well as the Northstar commuter train starting at 6 p.m.

Nalah and the Pink Tiger
(In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-721-2535,

Anne Sawyer-Aitch presents her new children's book with a special puppet show. 10 a.m. & noon.

Belles Lettres
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Group show celebrate the power of language with artists, writers, and spoken word performers. There will be an artists' discussion panel 1 p.m. Sat., Mar. 17.

St. Patrick's Day, Ninja Turtles: Freeloader Friday
JakeSpriggs, Tabula Rasa


(Pepito's Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-3030,

Joe Minjares's celebrated Chicano story returns in an expanded, bilingual production. 3 p.m. Seating is free, first-come first served ($15 to reserve seats ahead).

Claps, Brief Candles
(Hymie's Vintage Records: 3820 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-8890)

3 p.m.

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