Uptown Art Fair, Hotel, Hot Metal Pour: Freeloader Friday


It's a big weekend for art fairs. Folks will be biking, busing, and driving into town for the Uptown, Powderhorn, and Loring Art Fairs where they fill find art from around the country and plenty of free activities. However, if big festivals aren't you thing don't worry--there are still plenty of small gallery openings, DJ dance nights, low-key family events, and even a festival for dogs, which should keep you entertained until Monday morning.

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Uptown Art Fair

(Uptown Minneapolis, Hennepin Avenue, from 31st Street to 28th Street, Minneapolis)

The biggest of the three art fairs happening this weekend, the Uptown Art Fair features art, live music, food, family activities, and lots of wide-eyed folks visiting the city from the 'burbs. For more info, visit or call 612.823.4581. Fri. 12-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.



(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612.331.9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman.

Drafting Daydreams: Studies on Paper and Canvas by Rudy Fig

(Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.3889,

New work from Rudy Fig, who is number 77 on our 100 Creatives list. 7-11 p.m.

Just Add Ink

(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.378.8888,

Comic Conspiracy celebrate the publication of Just Add Ink, a graphic cook book featuring recipes and recipe-style comic strips. The exhibit will feature original work from the project. 7-10 p.m.

One Man Dan, Codger, the Whiskey Sournotes

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

10 p.m.


(The Cedar: 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.2674)

On the Patio. 6:30 p.m.

Fantastic Realities

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


This exhibit features new, surreal work by Brian Borlaug and Josh K. Winkler. Think obscure landmarks and historical moments spun on their heads. 7-10 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown, 6th and Sibley, St. Paul)

This monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info, visit 6-9 p.m.

Rochard Cottle, Todd Peterson

(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651.255.6624,

Paintings. 6-9 p.m.



(St. Anthony Main Event Center, 219 Main St. SE, Ste 100, Minneapolis, 612.623.0608)

This happening includes a parade, a street dance, family activities, sports competitions, theater. Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


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

Group show. 7-11 p.m.

The Soundtown Pre-Party

(7th St. Entry: 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.1775)


With More Than Lights, Apollo Cobra, Farewell Milwaukee. 18+. 8 p.m.

Imaginary Jack, Ellyse Wagener

(Acadia Café, 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.874.8702)

All ages. 9 p.m.

Teenage Moods, Teddy and the Turks, Juvie, Vag

(Hexagon, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.722.3454)

Shakopee Derby Days


(Huber Park, 600 Bluff Ave., Shakopee)

This city-wide celebration includes the Taste of Shakopee celebration, live music, a soapbox derby, the Senior Olympics, a teen dance, parades, and more. Visit for a complete schedule. Through Sunday.


Powderhorn Art Fair

(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.1141)

It's the 20th anniversary for this fair. It's also the most local of the three. Enjoy art from the state (and the neighborhood) while strolling around the lake. Visit or call 612.767.3515 for more info. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

No Sleeves at the Nomad

(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424)


Tonight's party features a CD-release for Crunchy Kids, plus the Tribe & Big Cats, Spyder Baybie, Antique Scream, Hardcore Crayons, and more. DISCLAIMER: To get in for free, you have to be sleeveless. Otherwise, it's $15. 4 p.m.

Hot Metal Pour

(Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, 651.257.6668,

Watch art being created. With music from found-object rhythm-based band Savage Aural Hotbed. (If you want to make your own art you can pay $25-$75 per mold). 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Ghost in the Water (CD-release)

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.331.1746)

10 p.m.

Minnesota Streetcar Museum's 40th Anniversary


(Linden Hills Station, 2330 W. 42nd St., Minneapolis, 952.922.1096,

This daylong party features tours, exhibits, rides (which are not free), and refreshments. 12:30-4:30 p.m.

China Insights: Unsettling Consequences

(Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.624.6518,

Group exhibition of contemporary photography from the People's Republic of China.

Open House

(Mulberry Junction Community Garden, 2301 California St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.379.0144)

Come hang in your neighborhood community garden. With garden tours, children's activities, and lemonade. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Loring Park Art Festival

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Featuring 140 visual artist, strolling musicians, stage performances, children's activities, food, and more. For more info, visit or call 612.203.9911. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free First Saturday: Live Action Role Playing

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

Bring the kids and fight like warlocks. This is a family-friendly continuation of last week's LARP-fest at the Soap Factory. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


(North View Junior High, 5869 69th Ave. N., Brooklyn Center, 763.585.7200)


Enjoy live music, performances, cultural exhibits, and more. Visit for info. 12-9 p.m.

Tell Martha Not to Moan

(Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, 651.224.3180,

Looking for free theater this weekend? This new work by Clinnesha Sibley is part of the 2011 Word(s)PLAY! program. 7:30 p.m.

Abstract Expressionist Show

(Hennes Art Company, 1607 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.436.2077)

6-9 p.m.

Aloha from Hell, Al's Rockabilly Trio


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

10 p.m.

Red Pens, Voytek, SULK

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.722.3454)


Paws on Grand


(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651.699.0029,

Bring your pup to this dog-friendly festival loaded with activities, sales, treats, and more. 12-4 p.m.

Dream Crusher

(Cause Spirits & Soundbar: 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.6000)

9 p.m.

Victory Neighborhood Annual Garden Tour

(Loring Elementary School, 2600 44th Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.529.9558)


Explore the private gardens in the Victory neighborhood in NW Minneapolis. With master gardeners, kick off picnic, more. 1-4 p.m. (picnic at noon).


(Dean's Tavern: 1986 Rice St., Roseville, 651.488.6868)

Hosted by StuperDave Hall, Phil Vogler, Shawn Burrington, and Rob Snidarich. 8 p.m.



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.