Three Free Things to Do This Week


This week in free things to do we have a birthday party where beer will be plentiful, a grown-up nerd gathering at the MIA, and a celebration honoring a new holiday. Come take a look at our list and plan your week.

UPDATE: Third Thursday has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 30

Minneapolis Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

(Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis)


This past April, Minneapolis moved to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. To celebrate, the Minneapolis America Indian Center is hosting a community party for all. At the gathering, folks will be welcome to enjoy food by Native chefs Sean Sherman and Cheo Smith showcasing indigenous foods from both North and South America. There will also be a film screening of the locally made Women Are Sacred, by bfreshproductions, as well as community speakers and cultural performances. Commemorative posters and T-shirts will be handed out while they last. Monday, 4 to 7 p.m.

Third Thursday: Nerd Thursday

(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131,

October's installment of Third Thursday will be nerd-tastic. Dress in your geeky best, whether that entails thick glasses with cool rims or your favorite fandom T-shirt. At the party, guests will be able to go on an art scavenger hunt through the galleries, do some cross-stitching paying homage to the likes of Dr. Who or Game of Thrones, take in improv presentations at Powerpoint Karaoke, and play some Magic: The Gathering. Folks from the Tangential, Autoptic, and Crafty Geeks will be on hand. There will be beer, too, and funk music from Suzie. Thursday, 6-9 p.m.


(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

This week, the Walker Art Center is celebrating its 75th birthday in style with a multi-day festivities. Inside, folks can check out the major retrospective exhibition, which features iconic pieces from the collection, including works from Chuck Close, Robert Gober, and Cindy Sherman. There will also be kid-friendly activities each day until 4 p.m., free screenings in the cinema, and more. Outside, guests will be able to party it up on the Open Field with cocktails, local craft beer, and DJ music. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.