Three free things to do this week


This week in free stuff to do we have a pop-up bike party, a downtown holiday happening, and Brit pub food. Come take a look and plan your weekend.

Holiday Pop-Up Bike Poster Shop

(Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-363-5612)

Folks familiar with the annual ARTCRANK bike-art party may be interested in this pop-up event organized by the same group. On display this week will be hand printed, limited-edition posters by U.S. and U.K. artists. Check out the cool work on display. See something you like? Have a bike-loving friend on your holiday gift list? Posters are priced at $40 a pop. The kick-off evening will be especially hopping, as Northrup King Studios will be hosting First Thursdays, its open studio event where artists and organizations open their doors for special gallery shows, demonstrations, live music, and more. Thursday 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reflection: Made Here


(Mayo Clinic Square, 600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Over the past few years, the Made Here series has transformed downtown Minneapolis, taking empty storefronts, building walls, and unused patios and turning them into works of art, creative spaces, and pop-up performance stages. The latest installment, “Reflection,” will feature a fresh wave of creativity from 60 local artists and 20 students. New to the event is “Radical Recess,” a dance series showcasing various troupes starting Fridays in January. The opening reception this Thursday will offer plenty of fun, including tours, DJ tunes from Venus DeMars, and dance from Hijack and Black Label Movement. Over at City Center there will be a local artist holiday market as well. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. 

Free Thursdays

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-375-7651)

The annual, super-popular British Arrows launches this week at the Walker Art Center. Tickets are hella sold out to the opening screening, but there's still plenty of free fun to be had at the museum. Sample British pub eats by Gather by D’Amico’s own chef Josh Brown, and explore the center's current exhibitions, which includes "Hippie Modernism," "Andrea Buttner," and "Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting." Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.