Freeloader Friday: June 19-21

Freeloader Friday: June 19-21
(Brianna Lane photographed by Tony Nelson)

So, you couldn't afford a Rock the Garden ticket. No big deal. Check out these totally free weekend events.


Hootenannay: A Community
(The Gallery @ Fox Tax, 503 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.824.2829)

Musician and writer Jim Walsh (aka the Mad Ripple) has been hosting the his Hootenanny for the past three years. During that time an impressive list of artists have performed sets, from blossoming musicians to seasoned vets of the local scene. Photographer Tony Nelson has documented the ongoing performance process with "Hootenanny: A Community." You can check out a slide show of his work here, and see his photography in person at tonight's opening reception from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  

8th Annual Dances at the Lakes Festival
(Lake Harriet Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Rd, Minneapolis; 612.670.0839,

Christopher Watson Dance Co. returns to the Rose Garden once again for two nights of free dance. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and perhaps even a flask and enjoy great performances and collaborations by groups including Kinetic Evolutions, BallareTeatro Dance Theatre, Ray Terrill Dance Group, the Youth Dance Ensemble, and many many more. The Friday and Saturday shows both start at 7:30 p.m.

11th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival
(Mears Park, 221 E. Fifth St., St. Paul; 612.343.5943,

Can't afford to go to a jazz show at the Dakota? No problem. Lowertown St. Paul's Mears Park (located right by the Bulldog and Loto) will host this festival loaded with great local jazz. Performers include the legendary Allen Toussaint, Esperanza Spalding, the New Standards, Alex Han, Irv Williams, and many more. Music runs Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.


Paws for Peace Dog Fest
(Minnehaha Park and Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S, Minneapolis; 612.230.6400)

Bring your pooch to this fest specifically dedicated to man's best friend. There will be a dog parade, vendors (including pet adoption agencies), and demonstrations all at the Wabun Picnic Area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photographing Journeys: A Family Day
(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis; 612.625.9494,

This daylong celebration of Somali culture will feature interactive family activities, art by photographer Abdi Roble, henna art, storytelling in both English and Somali, live music, refreshments, and screenings of documentaries made by local Somali immigrant girls from noon to 4 p.m.

Stone Arch Festival of the Arts
(Stone Arch Bridge, 219 S. Main St., Minneapolis; 612.230.6400,

This two day festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will showcase over 250 juried artists exhibiting and selling their work. The festival also has an epic music lineup loaded with killer local acts including Roma di Luna, the Idle Hands, Dan Israel, Spaghetti Western String Co., Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps, Jenny Dalton, Chastity Brown, as well as theater, dance, and youth performances.

(Clubhouse Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.2686)

The normally mantastic Menergy goes femme this weekend as host the Nightstalker teams up with DJ duo Tendercakes. Video artist Time Squid with provide lady visuals to keep you dancing and gawking into the night. Show up around 10 p.m. This party is for 21+.


Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe: Improv in the Park
(Lake Harriet Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Rd., Minneapolis; 612.825.1832)

Another great free show in the park, Stevie Ray and his troupe of funny guys and gals will put on a free improv show for all ages. Bring that flask again, and your blanket and be prepared to laugh. The hilarity starts at 5 p.m.

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