Freeloader Friday: July 3-5

Americans love their free shit. Actually, most humans with a pulse love free stuff. Let's celebrate humanity this weekend with free activities and things to do for all.


Live Harness Racing

(Running Aces Harness Park, 15201 Zurich Street NE, Forest Lake, 651.925.4600)

Unlike Canterbury Park, this racetrack has a free admission. And while yeah, you might want to gamble, but it's also totally fun to bring a picnic and just watch the horses prance along. The races kick off Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays, 4 p.m.

The Captain's Farewell

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

Show up at 9 p.m. and enjoy shaking your baby maker with Dance Band as they perform their last show with lead vocalist and space alien Captain Octagon. Best Friend's Forever, Military Special, and others show up to sing their farewells as well.


Fantastic Fourth

(Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 726 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis, 612.375.7600,

Kill some time before the evening BBQs and fireworks start up. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Walker is inviting groups to stop by for family-friendly activities for kids and kids at heart. Enjoy live music by the Sumunar Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, Haley Bonar, and M.anifest. Decorate your bike and take part in the Art Bike Parade, pick up a tour packet and wander the garden, or just enjoy the sun.

Ten Second Film Festival

(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176,

Show up around 10 p.m. for the Red, White, and Boom fireworks, stay for the awesome short films. There'll be beer, live music, celebrity judges, tiki torches, and film screenings.

Fireworks for the Fourth

Yeah, those are mostly free too. Check your city's websites for parks and beaches hosting fireworks shows, or check out this list for some of the bigger ones around town. Unless otherwise listed, the explosions go off at 10 p.m.

Red, White, and Boom!

(Main Street, between St. Anthony Main and Riverplace, Minneapolis, 612.331.6224)

This is the big one, folks. It features live entertainment, children's activities, food, street performers, and fireworks. Lots and lots of fireworks. Visit for more info. 6 p.m. to after 10 p.m.

Blaine's Blazin' Fourth Fireworks Spectacular

(National Sports Center,  1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763.785.5600,

41st Manitou Days Fireworks Show

(Memorial Beach, 4980 Lake Ave. N., White Bear Lake)

RoseFest Fireworks

(Central Park, 2540 N. Lexington Ave., Roseville, 651.792.7006)

St. Louis Park Fireworks

(Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S., St. Louis Park,


Cadillac vs. Cornbread

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

Check out these two kickass local musicians for the price of none. Blues and rockabilly musician Cadillac Kolstad jams out tonight with Cornbread Harris, who is still has the blues at 82 years old. The venue is also awesome, Palmer's Bar was serving beer and diving it up before other dive bars around town even existed. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Movies and Art at Arise!

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

Show up for art activities. Learn about zine making, or make some stickers for your windows and cars. Followed by an outdoor screening of $100 & a T-shirt. 8 p.m.

Bonus Free:

Free Hotdogs

(Cecils Delicatessen and Restaurant, 651 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651.698.0334,

In honor of its 60th Birthday, this St. Paul deli is giving away free mini-dogs daily from noon to 2 p.m. through Sunday.