Twin Cities Pride, BYOB Minneapolis: Freeloader Friday

Thanks to summertime festivals there's tons of free stuff to do this weekend. In this edition of Freeloader Friday we have pride happenings, from the big festival to street parties to DJ nights to the parade on Sunday. Also on desk is a one-night-only light installation, a bike swap, a refugee festival, dances on the Mississippi, and, of course, some Shakespeare in the park.

Check out our list after the jump!

7th Annual Uptown Pride Block Party
(Outdoors, around the corner from Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.825.3737,

Kick off Pride Weekend with this no-waste event. There will be music and performances by Maria Isa, Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses, Dykes Do Drag, Mrs. Smith, Chastity Brown, and more. 6-10:30 p.m.

2011 Twin Cities Jazz Festival
(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.632.5111)

This two-day festival includes performances by New Gary Burton Quartet, the Peterson Family, Danilo Perez & John Patitucci, Deodato, Seven Steps to Havana, more. For more info, visit Fri., June 24, 4:30 p.m.; Sat., June 25, noon.

Mass Portrait
(XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 651.503.8062,

This show features collaborative and individual works by printmakers Anna Tsantir and Daniel Luedtke. 6-10 p.m.

49er Days
(Fridley Common Park, 6250 7th St. NE, Fridley)

Summer festival season is here. This one has live music, food vendors, sports tournaments, craft show, kids' activities, climbing wall, hot-dog eating contest, and more. For a complete schedule, visit Fri. 5-11 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

(Jetset Bar, 115 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, 612.339.3933,

With DJs JR & Punchy. 18+. 10 p.m.

Identities Explored: GLBT Art Show
(Hennes Art Company, 1607 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.436.2077)

Group show.

Blaine's Blazin' Festival

(Aquatore Park, 9150 Hwy. 65 NE, Blaine)

Summer festival number 2 has a carnival, craft shows, helicopter rides, recreational activities, food, and live bands. Visit for more info. Fri., June 24, 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat., June 25, 10-midnight; Sun., June 26, 12-4 p.m.

Dan Patch Days
(Savage Community Park, 13500 Dakota Ave. S., Savage)

Summer festival number 3 has live music, food, sport competitions, petting zoo, business expo, and more. For more info, visit Fri., June 24, 6-11 p.m.; Sat., June 25, 12-10:15 p.m.; Sun., June 26, 12-4 p.m.

(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000,

9:30 p.m.

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

The Cromulent Shakespeare Company presents outdoor performances of Julius Caesar--William Shakespeare's glimpse into ancient Rome's turbulent political climate. For more info, visit 6:30 p.m.

(Spotart, 1828 Marshall Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.296.3689,

Group show includes an artists' reception from 7-11 p.m.

A Conscious Divide, Goodnight Ritual, Torch the Spires, Lesser Known Saint
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

9 p.m.

Andy Ulseth & Broken Bones, the Western Ridge, Villa
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

10 p.m.

Alive After 5: Shoot Lucy
(Peavey Plaza: 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.673.2427)

5 p.m.

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

With Bootstrap Family Band & Friends. 10 p.m.

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

The author celebrates the publication of 2009: An Autopsy. The party will also feature art from Deuce 7, Dan Jaffe, and Tomas Villasenor. 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY:

Twin Cities Pride Festival
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

The big event during Pride, this weekend Loring Park will be filled with live music, food, info on activism, sports competitions, a beer garden, family activities, wedding ceremonies, and more. For more info, visit Sat., June 25, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., June 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

BYOB Minneapolis
(Thorp Building, 1620 Central Avenue Ne, Minneapolis, 612.721.2455)

Over 30 local, national, and international digital artists will create a pop-up projection exhibit for this one-night-only project. 9 p.m.-midnight. Check out a previous BYOB event below:


BYOB Dublin @Irish Museum of Contemporary Art from recyclism on Vimeo.

Solstice River XV
(Stone Arch Bridge, 219 S. Main St. (Mississippi Riverfront, near St. Anthony Main), Minneapolis, 612.230.6400,

This event is part of the worldwide Global Water Dances. Forty-five cities around the world combine art and education to raise awareness of issues surrounding access to clean water. Visit for more info. 5 p.m.

(Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651.288.4400)

Animals rule this expo with live music, pet entertainment, exhibitions, demonstrations, pet health expo, and vets from the U of M. Visit for more info. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Recovery & Re-Cycle Bicycle Swap
(Re-Cycle Warehouse, 2718 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.216.2072)

This ongoing series features live music, maintenance workshops, vendors, and more. 1-5 p.m.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day
(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.230.6400,

This daylong celebrating includes live entertainment, food and vendors from around the world, children's activities, a community resource fair, and interactive educational displays. For more info, visit 12-6 p.m.

(Jetset Bar, 115 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, 612.339.3933,

With DJ Bryan Gerrard & JR. 9 p.m.

Julius Caesar
(Dickman Park, 636 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis)

The Cromulent Shakespeare Company presents outdoor performances of Julius Caesar--William Shakespeare's glimpse into ancient Rome's turbulent political climate. For more info, visit 7 p.m.

Ringo Deathstarr, Mojo Pinup, Lightfoils, Chatham Rise
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

9 p.m.

Frizzle Fry, Smashed Pumpkins
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.721.6211)

10 p.m.


Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Come early to get a good spot. The parade runs down Hennepin Ave. starting at Third St. S. and ends at Loring Park. Visit for more info. 11 a.m.

The Goondas, with the Rockford Mules, Dreamcrusher
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar: 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

6 p.m.

Midwest Regional Yo-Yo Competition
(Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952.883.8800,

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

ADOGO Grand Opening and Canine Carnival
(ADOGO Pet Hotel, 6133 Baker Rd., Minnetonka, 952.933.5200)

Featuring hotel tours, expert Q&As, dog activities and games, family activities, hors d'ouevres, and more. 12-6 p.m.

Civil Lizard, Burn Fetish, Toby and His Train Wrecks, Beargun
(Fine Line Music Cafe: 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.338.8100)

7 p.m.

To Here Knows When
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

With DJs Ev & Ryan Olcott.



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.