Freeloader Friday: MENergy and Arts Orbit turn 1, artists race derby cars, and Eric Inkala heads to NY


(Pictured: Eric Inkala manages to make a parking ramp awesome)

This week in Freeloader Friday we have tons of music shows, including a performance by Grant Park, dudes dancing at MENergy, and a send-off party for Eric Inkala. Check out the free list after the jump. 


The Autumn Art-Quinox

(Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th St. NE, Minneapolis; 612.465.0234)

Come see what studios and artists have been up to this summer at this event filled with film screenings, lectures, art sales, demonstrations, live music, and performance. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Party in the Park

(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul; 651.632.5111)

Still going strong after the Concrete and Grass Festival, this two-day concert in Mears Park features Grant Hart, the 757s, Magic Castles, Unicycle Loves You, the Brat Brothers, and others Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Keep an eye out for roller derby players, as they will be pub hopping as well as part of the Brawl of America after parties.

Arts Orbit 1 Year Anniversary

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

Come celebrate the birthday of the Twin Cities Daily Planet blog with Unknown Prophets, Josie from Tendercakes, DJ Fundamentalist, and Mayda. 10 p.m.


Pine Wood Derby Art Car Show

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

Check out artists' take on the infamous model car built yearly by thousands of Boy Scouts. Later in the evening artists will race their cars for world supremacy (or personal glory). 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

MENergy's 1 Year Anniversary

(Club Jager, 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.332.2686)

Come out to the North Loop to celebrate MENergy, a man-tastic dance party hosted by DJ Nightstalker, featuring manly visual art and stimulation by Time Squid. 21+. 10:30 p.m.

The Schubert Club Signature Songs

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3267,

Maria Jette, Sonja Thompson, Peter Halverson, and Jeffrey Van will be performing at this free noon concert.

Lakeville Art Festival

(Lakeville Area Art Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, 952.985.4640,

The summertime art fests are coming to an end. This one features art exhibits, demonstrations, a youth art tent, food, and local talent. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Mill City Oktoberfest

(Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612.341.7555,

Taste samples of beer and learn about the art of brewing from members of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, view a display of Minnesota brewing collectibles with the North Star Chapter of the American Breweriana Association, listen to live music by the Elk River German Band and the Squires Band, and take in other activities. Some events charge an admission fee, but hanging out in the Farmers' Market area is free. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

E-Rock-Out? A Going Away/Arty Party

(First Amendment Gallery, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612.379.4151)

Minneapolis-based artist Eric Inkala is Brooklyn bound. Wish him a good luck and goodbye at this send-off party featuring new paintings as well as artwork by 47 artists that have been inspired by him. The night will also include live music by the Millionth Word, and DJ sets from Paper Tiger and BRLSQOTHEQUE. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Ukrainian Heritage Festival

(Ukrainian Event Center, 301 Main St. NE, Minneapolis, 612.379.1956,

Come enjoy traditional dance, live music, craft activities, games, and more. Noon to 5 p.m.

BONUS FREE: MNFashion Week

Get stylin' for free at these events.


Clothing Swap

(Textile Center, 3000 University Ave., Minneapolis, 612.436.0464,

Bring clothing to trade. Leftovers go to the Salvation Army. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

KOKOON Grand Opening

(KOKOON Headquarters, 2508 24th Ave. S, Minneapolis,

Drink wine and check out clothes. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.



(Second Debut, 4300 W. 36 1/2 St., Minneapolis, 952.922.9640,

Get advice on how to thrift shop. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.