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Freeloader Friday: 31 Free Things To Do This Weekend

Vintage shopping, more St. Patrick's Day parties, and lots of free music.

Darin Kamnetz|

MPLS Vintage Market

Freeloader Friday is your weekly guide to having fun no matter what your budget looks like. Each week we have a list of 100% free events like gallery parties, music, and films in the park, as well as free admission events like special happy hours, markets, and more.


Sudden Death

Improvised freestyle standup comedy. 6 p.m. Mortimers, 2001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Pearl After Dark

Featuring libations and new (vintage) spring items. 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Golden Pearl Vintage, 507 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Featuring live music from Paul Seeba and the Tim Malloys. 4 p.m. to midnight. Kip's Irish Pub, 9970 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park.

Poetry is Not a Luxury 

This group show features work by 26 book artists and is curated by Maymanah Farhat. 6-9 p.m. Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis.

Irish Diplomacy

Irish Diplomacy

Irish tunes for St. Pat’s weekend. 6:30 p.m. Number 12 Cider, 614 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis.

Vin, Trita, Crash Cuddle

21+. 9:30 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Back Alley

With Irish drink specials throughout the day. 8 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party

Hosted by B. Louise. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Black Hart of St. Paul, 1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul.

Friday Night Open Mic

21+. 10 p.m. The Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 

Featuring Shamrock Shakes and Coileáín, an Irish red stout, and corned beef, cabbage, and Irish stew is on the menu. 2-11 p.m. Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Dr., Roseville. 

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Special brews include green beer, plus an Irish Red and an Irish Stout. The Inland Seas and Northerly Gales will play Irish tunes, Ardaigh Suas Academy of Irish Dance will perform, and food truck Smashed Potatoes will be stopping by too. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. OMNI Brewing Co., 9462 Deerwood Ln., Maple Grove.

Jovan C. Speller, 'Cloaked'

Nurturing, and Other Rituals of Protection

Work by Jovan C. Speller explores the importance of self care in Black communities. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Holi Celebration

Featuring live music, henna tattoos, crafts for kids, Bollywood and traditional Indian dance, and colorful confetti throwing. Noon to 3 p.m. Midtown Greenway, from Hennepin Avenue to 29th Avenue, Minneapolis. 

Erin McCawley's Harrison Street Band

8 p.m. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Northrup King Nights

Artists open their studios up for casual gallery shows, demonstrations, chill hangouts, and more. 6-10 p.m. Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis. 

Vintage & Makers Market
Vintage clothing and home goods from local vintage vendors. Noon–5 p.m. Able Seedhouse + Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis.

Goodbye Mordecai

Jung Yeller, Goodbye Mordechai, Rat Castle Jazz Ensemble

10 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Betsy Ruth Byers: Scaffold

Artist’s reception 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Northrup King Building, Studio 395, 1500 Jackson St. NE,  Minneapolis.

Jake Jones, Cole Diamond

8 p.m. White Squirrel Bar, 974 W. Seventh St., St. Paul.

Local Maker Pop-Up
Featuring prints from artist Miku and smoke blends and herbal teas from Big Bubbe Energy. Noon–5 p.m. B. Resale, 2613 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis.

L-R: Kimberly Witham, promo for "Female Sight"

The Still Life; Female Sight

Dual gallery shows. Show one explores still lifes, show two featuring work by and about women- and nonbinary-identified artists. 6-9 p.m. Praxis Gallery, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis. 

Market Collective MN's Makers' Market
Shop from BIPOC and queer vendors and allies. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Surly Brewing Co., 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis.

Free Saturday Yoga at Union Depot

Bring a yoga mat, water, and towel if you need them. 9 a.m. Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul.

Neighborhood Roots Winter Market

Vendors from Kingfield, Fulton, and Nokomis farmers’ markets unite for an outdoor food mart. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upcoming dates are: March 19 and April 16. Fulton Farmers Market, 4901 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis. 

Mill City Farmers’ Market

With local farmers, artisans, ceramics, giftables, food, and more. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mill City Museum, 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis.


Minneapolis Vintage Market

Featuring vintage clothing, accessories, and home goods, plus food trucks, tunes from DJ Buster Baxter, and coffee, beer, and wine on tap. It’s free after noon, but you can buy early-bird tickets at Noon to 4 p.m. (pay $10 to get in earlier at 11 a.m.). Machine Shop, 300 Second St. SE, Minneapolis.

Octopus Consciousness

Part of Rebecca Krinke’s “Anomaly” gallery show, this salon talk features conversations with experts and the artist. 2 p.m. Rosalux Gallery, 315 W. 48th St., Minneapolis. 

Sundays at Landmark: Urban Expedition Peru

Featuring traditional dance, music, and food. 1-3 p.m. Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St. W., St. Paul.

The 78 Spot

21+. 3 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Game Night

Some guy named Chris H. is stopping by with board games. Or bring your own. Noon to 5 p.m. LynLake Brewery, 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Open Mic Night

Music, poetry, comedy, whatever is welcome. Sign up at 4:30 p.m. The Cave at Keg and Case Market, 928 W. 7th St., St. Paul.

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