Freeloader Friday: Blues, punk, jazz, and funk

Don't panic! There are plenty of other things to do besides seeing Twilight this weekend. Save your money for the dogs. Check out our free list after the jump.

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Bi-Annual Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo

(Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.339.3433)

Interested in outdoor camping, sports, and other activities? This weekend event will feature presentations, exhibits, sales, lectures, and film screenings. Check out the full schedule at 4-9 p.m. Friday; 9-6 p.m. Saturday; 11-5 p.m. Sunday.

Coming Together on 5

(California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.788.5551,

Head up to the fifth floor for an open studio celebration. 5-8 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday.

Zombie Season, Sundowners, Ogre Smash Death Boom

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

Punk with a dash of garage and country tonight. 10 p.m.

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Do It Green: Green Gifts Fair

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

With over 70+ local eco-friendly artists and businesses, educational activities, an eco-fashion show featuring local boutiques, low-carbon cook-off. Alright. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Vital Organ


(Hell's Kitchen, 80 S 9th St., Minneapolis, 612.332.4700)

Which vital organ? We don't know. But this CD-release show for the jazz/funk/soul group should be pretty good. 8 p.m.


(Caterpillar Lounge, 2550 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612.813.1200)

Get your groove on with Soulfeather, DJ Nola, and Odogg. 10 p.m.

Falcon Arrow

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

Tonight's the night that this rock group releases their EP. The Nina, the Pinta, Kill to Kill, and the Yoleus also perform.


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GAI Christmas Open Haus

(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.222.7027,

With grilled Bratwurst and Glühwein (mulled wine), historical tours, German Christmas and gift items, art, and culture booths. 12-5 p.m.

Open Blues Jam with Moses Oakland

(Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.9900)

It's best to end the weekend with the blues. 8 p.m.