Freeloader Friday: August 21-23

Freeloader Friday: August 21-23

(photo by [puamelia])

It's a good weekend for those looking for free food, free music, free movies, and fashion.


CRAVE Sushi Demo
(Mall of America, First Floor Macy's Court, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, 952.883.8800,

Normally, I would tell people to stay far away from the MOA on the weekend. However, this event sounds pretty cool. Friday and Saturday sushi lovers and the sushi curious can take this half-hour mini-course from Chef Tony Lam on the basics of sushi. Watch sushi making demonstrations, try samples, learn the basic lingo, pick up ordering tips, and take a chopsticks crash course. Classes are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Wants Vs. Needs
(Club Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.2686)

This dance party will feature sets by DJs Petey Wheatstraw, So Gold!, Anton, and Espada. Dance till you drop, chill on the patio, and score a free t-shirt. 21+. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


(Palmer's Bar, 500 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.7625)

Spend the day at this awesome dive bar, which is over 100 years old. Performers include Knotwells, Cadillac vs. Cornbread, Chooglin', Spider John Koerner, Fuck Knights, and more. Noon to 2 a.m.

The Wrestling Show
(Back Alley Gallery, 262 4th St., St. Paul)

Check out wrestling-inspired art at this public reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

CHAT's 8th Annual Hmong Art and Music Festival
(Western Sculpture Park, Marion Avenue, between  Interstate 94 and University Ave. (across the street from Sears), St. Paul,

This festival will feature Hmong art, dance, music, youth art, games, vendors, resources, and food. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Red Stag Block Party
(Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.767.7766,

Hey look! Another block party! This one's got music by Mark Mallman, E.L.nO, Romantica, Roma di Luna, Heiruspecs, Chooglin, and Black Blondie; host Foxy Tann; street entertainment by North Star Roller Girls; Familia Skate Shop; hula hoop contests; and local artist market. 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

St. George Greek Festival
(St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.222.6220)

Featuring traditional food and drink, family activities, and performances. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Fair Trade Chocolate Banana Split
(Ten Thousand Villages, 867 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651.225.1043)

Learn about fair trade while enjoying a free banana split. 1 p.m.

Screenprinting Night
(Arise! Bookstore and Resource Center, 2441 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.7110,

Bring some fabric from home to print on and stencil. Afterwards guests can enjoy an outdoor screening of the font-fanatic film, Helvetica. 8 p.m.

The Sartorialist Publication Party
(Magers & Quinn Publication Party, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.822.4611,

Party with local fashionistas, and celebrate the publication of the beloved, influential, and respected blog-turned-book. Get your pick taken by the huge stack of fashion books, and snack on Japanese street food by sake restaurant Moto-I . 5 p.m.

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