Surly celebrates, Stone Arch Festival: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have festivals galore, from cultural celebrations at Juneteenth to mashed-potato wresting at Tater Daze to awesome music and art at the Stone Arch Festival. There also three parties celebrating beer; arts activities at Intermedia Arts, Altered Esthetics, and SooVAC; and much much more. Take a look at the epic list after the jump.


[jump] FRIDAY:

Nature Valley Grand Prix: Uptown Criterium

(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.824.1240)

This intense pro bike race features rider making sharp turns at fast speeds through Uptown. There will also be a free bike expo. Other races happening this weekend include rides in Stillwater and Menomonie. For more info, visit 4:30-9 p.m.


Cult Sisters II

(Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.965.9162,

This Friday's closing reception is the last chance to check out this group show by local lady artists. 6-10 p.m.

Mister Fister, Black Box Revelation, 500 Million Society, Machine 22

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

Rock 'n' roll, alternative, garage, blues. 10 p.m.

My Father's Religion

(Susan Hensel Gallery, 3441 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.2324,

Carolyn Halliday pays homage to her father's love of nature with a knitted forest of copper wire by. 7-9 p.m.

Alive After 5: Kubla Khan

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

Indie pop, rock. 5 p.m.

Brooklyn Park Tater Daze 2011

(Noble Sports Park, 4701 Oak Grove Pkwy., Brooklyn Park)

Hooray for potatoes! This weekend event includes carnival rides, a parade, live music, games, contests, a business and craft fair, food, mashed potato wrestling, kids area, bingo, fireworks, prizes, and more. Visit for more info. Fri., June 17, 6-11:30 p.m.; Sat., June 18, 1-11:30 p.m.; Sun., June 19, 12-6 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. 4 p.m.-midnight. Fri. 2-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., June 11, 12-5 p.m.

Cultural Perspectives: 100 Years of Chinese American History in MN from 1911 to 2011 - Story from Within

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

6-8 p.m.


Arty Garage Sale

(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888,


This daylong celebration features bike-inspired art on display from "Bike Art VI," a garage sale, an artists' discussion panel at 1 p.m., a bikini bike wash starting at 3 p.m., tune-ups and bike maintenance demos by Behind Bars, and more. Noon to 5 p.m.

With a Gun for a Face, Humanda, Sulk, Falcon Arrow

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

Alternative. 9 p.m. 

Stone Arch Festival

(St. Anthony Main Courtyard, 117 SE Main St., Minneapolis, 612.379.4404,

Yep, it's another big festival. If you didn't get tickets to Rock the Garden, this is a pretty awesome second choice. Musicians include Mayda, the Goondas, the Sex Rays, White Light Riot, and Blue Sky Blackout. There will also be art vendors, food and drink vendors, and other activities. For more info visit 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Sunday

Summer Kick-Off BBQ


(Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.4444,

With food, live mural painting, screen printing, button marking, youth activities, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, and more. Bring a t-shirt to create art on. 4-7 p.m.

Power of the Pint

(Surly Brewing Company, 4811 Dusharme Dr., Brooklyn Center, 763.535.3330,

The folks at Surly are celebrating the passage of the Surly Bill with a party featuring food; music by Pink Mink, Gay Witch Abortion, and Nightosaur; and, of course, beer. 2-6 p.m.

ArtSoup Community Art Festival

(Elk River Area Arts Alliance, 716 Main St. NW, Elk River, 763.441.4725)

This fest features art, live music, food, dance, theater, and art activities for children. For more info, visit 10 a.m.-9 p.m.


Leinie Lodge Family Reunion

(Leinie Lodge, 124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls, 888.534.6437)

Road trip alert: Mingle with the Leinenkugel family, take a tour of the brewery, enjoy complimentary food and beer samples, and take in entertainment by the Olson Dunn Band. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Xopantla: Summer Solstice

(Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.370.4919,

Free dance performance. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


(North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 N. Mississippi Dr., Minneapolis, 763.694.7693,


This daylong family event includes an Underground Railroad reenactment, paddling on the Mississippi, tennis, live music, exhibits, family activities, information on blood, bone marrow, and organ donation. For more info, visit 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Pickle Bucket Boat Race Regatta

(Ramsey Beach, 5050 Lake Ave., White Bear Lake, 651.426.7447)

Teams build boats out of 5 gallon pickle buckets. It cost $50 to participate, but it's free to watch. For more info, visit 2-4 p.m.

Open House

(St. Paul Yoga Center, 1162 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651.644.7141,

Try out some free yoga classes. There will be a family yoga class at 1:30 p.m.; samplings of ayurveda, acupuncture, and Thai massage; food and refreshments; and kirtan (chanting) at 4:30 p.m. 1-6 p.m.

The Criticial Thumbs: The Mississippi Project


(Banfill-Locke Center For the Arts, 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley, 763.574.1850,

Plein air paintings. 5-7 p.m.

Nicholas 'the Feelin' Mrozinski

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

10 p.m.


Northeast Pedal Pub

(Surdyk's, 303 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.379.3232,


Watch teams in costumes race the notorious pub on wheels. There will also be live music, beer, food, and other fun stuff. It's 18+ and $150 per team to race; but all ages and free to watch. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thousands & Thousands, Shakin' Babies, Miami Dolphins

(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

MN Sinfonia Father's Day Family Pops Concert

(Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Rd., Eagan, 651.454.9412,

7 p.m.

Canvas(ing) Against Torture

(First Unitarian Society, 900 Mt Curve Ave., Minneapolis, 612.377.6608)


The opening reception starting at noon features speakers and artists.



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.