Urban Cowboy, Minne-Motor Fest: Freeloader Friday

Urban Cowboy, Minne-Motor Fest: Freeloader Friday

(Pictured: Past entrants hope to achieve flight for Red Bull's Flugtag)

This week we have multiple CD-release shows, an art fest on the north side, and some DIY flying machines that will (most likely) crash into the Mississippi.


Urban Cowboy, Minne-Motor Fest: Freeloader Friday


Lumberjack Days
(Lowell Park, Water Street from Mulberry St. S. to Nelson St. (along the St. Croix River), Stillwater, 651.430.8800;

This festival is worth the road trip. Watch lumberjack and lumberjill competitions that test strength, agility, and balance in a variety of nail-biting ways. There will also be live music, a parade, fireworks, tasty food, and much more. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.; 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.; 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.

Coffee Grounds Roots Music Festival
(Coffee Grounds, 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651.644.9959,

This three-day festival includes music by Dan Newton, Orchestra Jam Inc., Ivory Bridge, Laura Underwood, Ken Duvio, and more. There will also be food and beverage vendors, family activities, games, arts and crafts, and a used book sale. 5-10:30 p.m. Fri.; 2-10:30 p.m. Sat.; 2-10 p.m. Sun.

Summer Dance Series: Urban Cowboy
(Outdoor screening at Kellogg Blvd. Courtyard, St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651.266.7000,

Yep, it's John Travolta in one of his many iconic roles. In this flick he plays a small-town country boy who learns about love through dance at a Houston country bar. Yee-haw. 9:30 p.m.

Tuesdays Robot (CD-Release)

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

Folk rock, acoustic. 9:30 p.m.

Ten Centuries, Themes, Wive, Drawing Rooms
(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Indie, folk, acoustic rock. 10 p.m.

Telepathos (CD-Release)
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454)

Shoegaze, indie, goth. Also with Red Pens, Kill to Kill, and Is/Is. 9 p.m.

Halloween, Alaska
(Peavey Plaza, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.673.2427)

Indie rock. 9:45 p.m.


Minnesota Art Car Parade
(Lake Harriet, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis, 612.661.4785)

This low-key celebration of art cars includes live music in the bandshell before the vehicles take to the streets and drive around Lake Harriet. Grab an ice cream cone and stay afterwards for Aquatennial fireworks at dusk. 6:30 p.m.

Urban Cowboy, Minne-Motor Fest: Freeloader Friday

Red Bull Flugtag
(Harriet Island, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd. (across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Paul), St. Paul, 651.266.6400)

At this humorous event, teams will attempt to fly homemade contraptions off a 30-foot high flight deck. Expect funny machines, including an airplane with bacon wings. Teams will be judged on distance, creativity, and showmanship. Visit for more info. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Urban Cowboy, Minne-Motor Fest: Freeloader Friday

FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl
(West Broadway, from Penn Avenue North to 2nd Street North, Minneapolis;; 612.521.4405 )

Stroll along West Broadway for this afternoon festival. You'll find live music, art projects by both professionals and emerging youth talent, live performances, and family-friendly activities. 3-8 p.m. (P

Open Field
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600, This totally awesome summer-long event promises to entertain people of all ages and interests. Sip a local beer or enjoy some BBQ from Wolfgang Puck at the Open Lounge. Stop by the Tool Shed and check out sports equipment, picnic blankets, books, games, art materials, and more. Throughout the season there will also be lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings, including computer-making demonstrations from Free Geek, film screenings on the lawn, and live music. Do you want to host your own event on the lawn? Sign up on their website. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays through Saturdays. Through September 5.

Stevie Ray's Improv in the Park

(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis)

Bring a picnic blanket and a flask to this improv show filled with laughs. The yearly improve in the park is moving this year from the Lyndale Rose Garden to the falls. We recommend stopping by Sea Salt and making a date evening of it. For more info call 612.825.1832 or visit Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through August 29.

Live Racing
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee, 952.445.7223,

To celebrate their 25th anniversary Canterbury Park is offering free admission to the races all spring and summer long. Other deals include free pony rides for kids on Sundays, and $1 deals on Thursdays. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays (and Thursdays starting June 3); 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 29.

Urban Cowboy, Minne-Motor Fest: Freeloader Friday

Uptown Market
(29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues in Minneapolis)

Last year's event was more sporadic, but was such a hit that the market will be happening every Saturday this year through September. There will be more produce this year, so go ahead and plan a little grocery shopping if the mood strikes. You'll also find tasty prepared food, local stores, and organizations with info to share. Visit for more info. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Roxie Speth)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Upright Egg Theatre Company presents free Shakespeare. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 10 at Matthews Park and Community Center (2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.370.4950) and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting July 10 at Powderhorn Park (3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.823.1141) through August 1.

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