Freeloader Friday: Bars, parties, and music for Halloween

This week we have an overload of free stuff to do on Halloween, from barhopping to music to stuff for the kids. We've also got free art shows, free opera, and a free final show at the Uptown Bar. There's so much free stuff to do this weekend, it's spooky!

(Renegade art at the old Shinders space)


Shinders: An Exhibition


(Shinders, 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.767.6824)

Friday is your last day to check out this cool group art show in the vacated Shinders space. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

2nd Annual Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists Exhibition

(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.363.5612,

Cool ceramic work by artists from Minnesota. The opening reception is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight.

Eric James's Birthday Party

(Bar Fly, 711 Hennnepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.6100)

Ever wanted to get into an event using a secret password? At this birthday party you get in for free when you use the phrase: "Everything's Happy When Ya Dealin' With Pappy." Sure, it's not a cool password, but it does get you into a party where DJ Pappy GaNuga, Eric James, Tyree, Greedy Gonzo, Mazta I, and others will be spinning tunes. 18+. 9 p.m.

Haunted House (CD-Release), Vampire Hands, Capgun Coup, Mute Era

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

Jam band Haunted House releases their CD at this pre-Halloween gig. 9 p.m.  

(Photo by ЕленАндреа)



Tonight We Abide: The 2nd Annual Big Lebowski Party

(Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.825.3737,


Show up dressed like your favorite character from The Big Lebowski (perhaps zombify your look for more of a Halloween feel), and enjoy movie screenings at 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11:30 p.m., DJ Christian Fritz spinning tunes from the Coen Brothers' film catalog, karaoke, a costume contest, prizes, and Dude-a-reenos drinks. Things get awesome around 8 p.m.

The Halloween Party

(Pink Hobo Geek Art Gallery, 507 E Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.216.3924,

This opening reception and party features monster-themed art from a variety of artists, DJ Kenny Kingston, prizes, and drinks. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Red Carpet To Hell

(W Minneapolis, the Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, 612.215.3700,

Enjoy a posh party that costs nothing. Featuring DJ music, special cocktails for the evening, costume contest, and prizes. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Halloween Night

(OM Restaurant, 401 First Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.338.1510,

Come in costume for this restaurant party. Throughout the night there will be drink specials, costume contests, and cocktail sampling. 9 p.m.

(Photo by karlfrankowski)

SATURDAY, cont.:



Halloween 2009

(501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.3848)

Rock out with Mystery Palace, the Blind Shake, and Brutal Becomings. 9 p.m.

Halloween Party

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

This show features transgender rock band All the Pretty Horses, No No's, and Uzza. 9 p.m.

Halloween Party

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


Wear a costume and bowl while Sweet 'Stache jams out. 10 p.m.

Hot Roxx Halloween Hextravaganza

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

The lineup tonight features Invisible Boy, To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, Teenage Moods, Is Is, DJs Nick & Jen, and more. 9 p.m.


Skylark Opera: Gilbert and Sullivan a la Carte

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3293,

Free opera. 2 p.m.

The Day of the Dead: The Final Show

(Uptown Bar & Café, 3018 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.823.4719)

Pay your respects to the historic bar and music venue at their last show. The Twilight Hours, Happy Apple, and the Hawaii Show are all scheduled to perform. 9 p.m.

(Photo by Wonderlane)



Ghosts and Goblins go Global

(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612.872.4041,

Trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, live entertainment. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Halloween Carnival

(Jaycee Hall, 5 Seventh Ave. N, Hopkins, 952.931.0132,

Games, prizes, coloring contest, and costume contests. 10 a.m. to noon.

World's Largest Indoor Trick-or-Treat

(Mall of America, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, 952.883.8800,

Costume contest, magician, animal show. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.