Freeloader Friday: Holiday neighborhood celebrations, reindeers, and a band called Schitty Weezer

This week there's bar and gallery hopping in Lowertown St. Paul, ten hours of awesomeness at the Walker, and '90s tribute bands. 

(Photo by Rick Harris)


Friday Night at the Hexagon


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

Tonight's free show starts at 9 p.m. and features experimental indie rockers Self Evident, progressive/experimental group Sleeping in Gethsemane, rock/pop artists Kill to Kill, and the Drug Budget.

No Coast Craft-o-Rama

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

Check out work by local print artists, jewelry makers, clothing designers, and more. You don't have to spend money but if you do you might find some deals that wont break the bank. For more info visit 3-8 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.

Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown St. Paul (aim for around 300 North Broadway))

Kick off the weekend with open studios, drink and food specials, live performances, and more. If you're already burned out on the holidays check out the Anti-Holiday Show for a jingle-free art zone. For more info call 651.765.8071 or visit 6-9 p.m.


Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.4611,

Learn a little about wine from this award-winning local food and wine critic as she discusses Drink This! Afterward walk around the corner to Lucia's (or any other bar you like) and test your new knowledge. 7:30 p.m.  





(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

The Walker opens its doors for 10 hours of free activities. Make art, take a mini-tour, sample chocolate, watch short films on toys, and enjoy a performance from cellist Eric Friedlander.

Rockin' for the Tots!

(Bar Fly, 711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.6100,

Do you have an extra toy from Christmas shopping? Little Tommy or Sally will be ok with one less thing to open. Instead, bring your new children's toy to donate and get in for free at this music benefit. Frequency Fifty Four, Electric Eye, Poisoned, and One are on the bill. 18+. 7 p.m.

Reindeer Day

(Linden Hills Business District/Park, 43rd and Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.805.1154,


This family-friendly festival features horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, caroling, holiday treats, advent wreath-making, and local author book readings. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The First Annual Franklin Frolic

(Triangle Park, corner Of Franklin Ave. and 26th Ave., Minneapolis)

Check out open studios, food sampling, restaurant deals, a tree lighting ceremony, and music by Brass Messengers. Noon to 6 p.m.

Grand Meander

(Grand Avenue, from Dale to Fairview, St. Paul, 651.699.0029,

Be the first to view the St. Paul Winter Carnival Button as it is unveiled (oooh!), meet some reindeer, listen to carolers and other musical groups, ride the free trolley, sample soup, and watch performances by Saint Paul City ballet. For more info visit 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Straight 90's


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

Have you been wanting to hear "The Sign," "No Rain," "No Diggity," and "Possum Kingdom" live again? This band will make your dream come true. Weezer coverband Schitty Weezer also performs. 10 p.m.

MN Orchestra Free Family Concert: Hansel and Gretel

(Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.371.5656,

Spend a day with your favorite budding musician or music enthusiast at this free concert. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre will also perform. 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.


(Photo by Ginnerobot)


Monthly Hoot

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

Join Jim Walsh and friends at the December installment of this music series. 4 p.m.

1850s Holiday Party

(Ard Godfrey House, 50 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.870.8001,

Come celebrate the holidays as they were almost 160 years ago. 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Still going strong, and still free:

Target Holidazzle

(Nicollet Mall, between 12th and 4th Streets, Minneapolis, 612.375.SNOW,

Sparkling floats, furries, and marching bands. Stand outside with a mug of hot chocolate or watch from the window of a nearby bar. 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday. Continues through December 20.

Wells Fargo Winter Skate

(Landmark Plaza, W 5th St. & N. Market St., St. Paul, 651.291.5608,

There are two ways to do this thing free. If you have skates, simply show up with them and take to the ice. If you don't have skates but bank at Wells Fargo, flash them your debit or credit card for a free rental. Check online or call in case the rink is on special holiday hours but generally open skate is Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Mondays through Thursdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through January 31.