Zines, Uptown Art Fair, block parties: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have three huge art fairs, a few great small ones, plus dance parties, outdoor movies, ice-cream socials, and more.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend on the cheap.



(Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, 612-239-2047,

Featuring 60 zines and comics from artists around the world chronicling the last 30 years in politics, pop-culture, and history. 7-10 p.m.

Pennyroyal, the Add-Ons, Big Lake

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Don't You Feel it Too?

(Peavey Plaza, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)

Participatory public dance celebrates the first anniversary of marriage equality in Minnesota. Bring headphones and an mp3 player to listen/dance to. 5:30-7 p.m.

Sex Rays, L' Assassins, Tie Dyes, the Beavers

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.


(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.

Snak Attack

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

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

Uptown Art Fair

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

Featuring over 350 artists from around the world. More info at Fri. 12-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  

Mount Zion Sisterhood Garage Sale

(Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-3881)

12-4:30 p.m.

Riverfront Fest

(Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 Water St. NE, Minneapolis)

With live music, food trucks, craft beers, family activities, more. For more info visit 5:30-9 p.m.

Shakopee Derby Days

(Huber Park, 600 Bluff Ave., Shakopee)

Featuring live music, movies in the park, Senior Olympics, kids' carnival, Taste of Shakopee, soapbox derby, parade, fireworks, and more. For more info including complete schedule, visit Through Sunday.

First Friday Films: Really Short Film Festival: What is MN?

(Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space, 141 E. 4th St., Saint Paul, 651-222-6080,

Six-second videos center around definitions of Minnesotan identity and culture. 6:30 p.m.

Summer Outdoor Movies: Wonder Boys

(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-266-7000,

9 p.m.



Critique of Pure Reason: Paintings by Benjamin Rogers

(Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263,

6-9 p.m.

Also at SooVAC:

Lovesickness with Trees

Recent work by Sophia Heymans and Garrett Perry. 6-9 p.m.

Owamni Falling Water Festival

(Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis)

Indigenous music and culture festival. With Bluedog, Chase Manhattan, Keith Secola, Scatter Their Own, Tall Paul, more; art tent and fair; food; screening of the film The Jingle Dress. 2-9 p.m.

Take the Field & Northern Spark Re-Do

(Midtown Greenway Coalition, 2834 10th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-879-0103,

An encore of events and projects that were postponed or rained out due to weather during Northern Spark. Events appear throughout the Greenway. 9 p.m.-midnight.

Tracks in the Snow: The Minnesota Muslim Experience since 1880

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Community reception 1-4 p.m.

Also at the Walker:

Free First Saturdays

Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  

Afrifest 2014

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

Multicultural pan-African outdoor festival features local artists, music, family events, food and beverage, more. For more info visit 12-9 p.m.

Festa Italiana MN

(Island Lake Park, 3611 N. Victoria St., Shoreview)

Featuring Italian food, music, singers, dancers, heritage and genealogy exhibits, children's area, mass and procession 4:30 p.m. Sat., and a bocce tournament. For more info, call 651-765-1813 or visit Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam

(Merriam Park, 2000 Saint Anthony Ave., St. Paul)

With live music by the Hounds of Finn, the Falderals, Pill Hill, Elizabeth Ghandour, the Auto Body Experience, more; family activities, more. 12-9 p.m.

Loring Park Art Festival

(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Featuring work from over 140 artists, strolling musicians, kids' activities, stage performances, food, and more. More info at Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hot Metal Pour

(Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, 651-257-6668,

Watch art be made live. With food and activities. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Buildings, Deleter, Debasers

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Nikki Matteson & Rich Rue

(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

8 p.m.

Honeystick, the Van Gobots, Dirty Banks, the Anthony Novak Band

(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Jack Knife & the Sharps

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

6 p.m.

Powderhorn Art Fair

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

Featuring 180+ regional and national artists, a community showcase, group exhibitors from Powderhorn. More info at Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



7th Annual Caffetto Arts & Crafts Fair

(Caffetto Cafe & Gallery, 708 W. 22nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612-872-0911,

Local artists, food trucks, live music, and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Irregular Readings

(Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,

With Courtney Algeo, John Henry, Jesse Sawyer. 18+. 8 p.m.

Local Author Day

(SubText: a bookstore, 165 Western Ave. N, St Paul, 612-387-8803)

Featuring readings from Emily Urness, Jim Martin, Sarah Hayes, Steve Jacobson, Marly Cornell, more. 12-4 p.m.

Paws on Grand

(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651-699-0029,

Festival for dogs and their owners features giveaways, pet-friendly restaurant patios, pet adoption info, pet photo contest, more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Open Field

Featuring campfire music; drawing sessions; talks; demonstrations; books, sports equipment, games, and more available for checkout; special happenings; more. Visit for a complete schedule. Starting June 14, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Aug. 14.

In Cahoots Block Party

(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

With Sonny Knight & the Lakers, E.L.nO., Shiro Dame, Alpha Consumer, Frankie Lee, more., free. 2-8 p.m.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

(Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908,

Check out all of William Shakespeare's plays -- in a little more than an hour and a half. Sundays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 10.

Farmers Markets:


Minneapolis Farmers' Market

(312 E. Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-333-1718,

May 24-Nov. 15, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kingfield Farmers' Market

(4310 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-207-7893,

Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26.

Mill City Farmers Market

(Mill City Farmers' Market, 704 2nd St. S., Minneapolis, 612-341-7580,

The Mill City Farmers' Market kicks off. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25.

Midtown Farmers' Market

(2225 Lake St. E., Minneapolis, 612-724-7457,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28.

Fulton Farmers' Market

(4301 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.207.7893,

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25.

St. Paul:

St. Paul Downtown Farmers' Market

(5th St. and Wall St., St. Paul, 651-227-8101,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Nov. 23.

Farmers' Market

(Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-227-7669,

Fridays, 1:15-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31.

The suburbs and beyond:

Gerten's Farmers' Market

(Gerten's Farm Market, 2900 65th St. E., Inver Grove Heights, 651-450-0001)

Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 30.

Richfield Farmers' Market

(64th St. and Portland Ave. (Veterans Memorial Park Shelter), Richfield, 612-861-9396,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon; Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 25.

Farmers' Market

(Anoka County Growers, 707 89th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-792-4025)

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. Continues through Oct. 25.

Prior Lake Farmers' Market

(Pleasant Ave. & Highway 13, Prior Lake, 952-447-0263,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon. Continues through Oct. 31.

Farmers' Market

(Goose Lake Farm & Winery, 6760 213th Ave. NW, Elk River, 612-209-1721,

Starting May 24, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19.