comScore

Thanksgiving Weekend: Freeloader Friday (on a Wednesday)

This week in Freeloader Friday we have several family-friendly happenings, a few grown-up bar parties, some events featuring sparkly lights, and even a smattering of dance nights.

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

WEDNESDAY:

Drinksgiving Midweek Beer Geek Party

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424, www.nomadpub.com)

Brewery Omnegang will lead a beer discussion and special pours, followed by beer trivia and a performance from Danger Ron and the Spins. 6 p.m.

Tramps Like Us

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

With Nikki and the Ruemates. 9:30 p.m.

Qui

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

7 p.m.

Drinksgiving Party

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

With Dead Larry and Strange Friends. 10 p.m.

Minnesota Metal Night

(Minnesota Music Cafe: 501 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699)

8 p.m.

Sons of Soul

(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m.

Harriet's Thanksgiving Eve Special

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

With Circle of Heat. 7 p.m.

MiX: Thanksgiving

(Cafe and Bar Lurcat, 1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, 612-486-5500, www.cafelurcat.com)

Annual pre-holiday happy hour, supporting Toys for Tots. Bring a new, unwrapped toy in exchange for admission to the party. 6 p.m.

[page]

FRIDAY:

Brilliance! Made Here

(Marin Restaurant & Bar, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-252-7000, www.marinrestaurant.com)

New fall/winter series of nearly 40 storefront window showcases. Unveiling and public launch 6-7:30 p.m. at Marin. 

St. Paul European Christmas Market

(West 7th Place, West 7th, between Wabasha St. N. and St. Peter St., St. Paul)

Open-air event features handmade goods from local crafters, artisans, and vendors; European food; Glühwein; beer from Great Waters Brewing Co. For more info visit, www.stpaulchristmasmarket.com. Fri. 2-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ruben

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

With the Ultrasounds and A Model Home Life. 10 p.m.

Yoni Yum (Tour Kickoff)

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

With Breakaway and Larry Wish & His Guys. 7 p.m.

El Drifte the Drifting Reverend, Tyler Menton

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

10 p.m.  

[page]

SATURDAY:

Wells Fargo Winter Skate

(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-632-5111)

Get out of the house and hit the ice. For info on leagues and open skating hours, visit www.wellsfargowinterskate.com/skating-info. Free; $2 skate rental if you don't have a Well's Fargo checking card. Through Feb. 1.

Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats

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

With DJ Lazer Bob. 10 p.m.

More Is More, Crash Cuddle, Surgery at the Hands of Machines, Ghost Replicant

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

7 p.m.

Out of the Box, That Dude Trey & DJ B Rock

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

9 p.m.

Midwest Pantry's Shop Small Holiday Market

(St. Anthony Village Shops, 2922 Pentagon Dr., Minneapolis; 612-709-1982)

Twenty-five local small businesses offer artisan and organic foods, custom art and prints, health and beauty products, natural cleaning, and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

SUNDAY:

Made By Hands Holiday Sale

(Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis, www.bauhausbrewlabs.com)

Vending from 30 local artists, food trucks, live music, and Bauhaus beer on tap. Noon to 7 p.m.

A Toast to MN Futbol Fans: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton

(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424, www.nomadpub.com)

Featuring free Crispin and breakfast, followed by game watching. 10 a.m.

Handmade/Heartfelt MPLS Black Sunday Holiday Sale

(James Ballentine VFW, 2916 Lyndale Ave. S., Lyndale Ave., Minneapolis)

Featuring 40 local artisans, live music, and locally made foods. Noon to 7 p.m.

Toby Thomas Churchill (CD-Release Show)

(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

With the Grave Trio & friends. 9 p.m.

4th Annual One-Stop Holiday Shop

(Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Ave., Minneapolis, 612-821-9202, centerforperformingarts.net)

Gifts by local craft artists. 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Kill It! Comedy Open Mic

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454, www.hexagonbar.com)

7 p.m.