Three free things to do this week


This week in free stuff to do we have a few movie screenings, games in a park, and a giant citywide festival. Come take a look and plan your week.

Movies in the Park

(Various locations)


Free movies in the park are a summertime tradition as beloved by many as the outdoor concert. Bring a cooler of beer, pop, and other picnic treats and head out to a screening. On Monday, Linden Hills (3100 W. 43rd St.) will host a screening of the original Ghostbusters. Meanwhile, the critically acclaimed Selma will screen Wednesday in the Calhoun neighborhood at the corner of West Calhoun Parkway and West Calhoun Boulevard, and on Thursday at Sibley Park (1900 E. 40th S.). All screenings start around dusk (9'ish). 



Recess Games V: Capture the Flag

(Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis)

Just because you're a grown-ass adult doesn't mean you can't still play children's games. This week the Grown-Up Club invites adults to play a game of the gym-time classic Capture the Flag out on the Sculpture Garden lawn. Bring your own team or make new friends. There will be battle cries, frantic running, and strategizing. Oh, and unlike grade school, there will be a trip to a bar for ice-cold beer afterward. Take that, Capri Sun. For more info, click here. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Minneapolis Aquatennial

(Various locations in Minneapolis)

This year's event has been shortened to four days, but there's still lots of free fun to be had. On Wednesday, things kick off with a family friendly festival in Loring Park. Starting at 5 p.m. there will be food trucks, canoe rides, dance music, and carnival games for the little one. Later that night the streets will glow by candlelight at the annual Torchlight Parade, which will march along Hennepin from Dunwoody to Fifth Street starting at 8:30 p.m. On Thursday free things include a yoga session at Target Station at 5:30 p.m., and the Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show will be on the Mississippi River at 6 and 8 p.m. Finally, the Aquatennial closes out with a variety of festivals (Tour de Fat, Carifest) and the big fireworks show on Saturday. For a complete schedule, visit