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Freeloader Friday: 29 Free Things to Do This Weekend

Artists' receptions, justice rallies, and a corgi beer night.

Rock Johnsen at Gamut Gallery

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.


Justice For George Floyd Rally

Hosted by Racial Justice Network, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), and others. 5-7 p.m. 316 Robert St. N., St. Paul.

#Play Fridays

A 21+ game and karaoke night every first and third Friday. With board games, giant Jenga, music, drink specials, and more. 6-10 p.m. Hyde Kitchen & Cocktails, 24 University Ave. NE, #125, Minneapolis.

2nd Annual Forgotten Star Bonspiel Block Party

Multi-day event features a curling tournament, live music each evening, food trucks, beer poking, ice sculptures, bonfires, a pop-up market, and more. Find a complete schedule of events here. Through Sunday. Forgotten Star Brewing, 38 Northern Stacks Dr., Fridley. 

Kinda Fonda Wanda

Kinda Fonda Wanda

With Holm & Tanz. 8 p.m. White Squirrel Bar, 974 W. Seventh St., St. Paul.

Loss Leader, birdhole, Goodbye Mordecai

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

Corgi Night

Hang out with corgis and introduce them to your own. 3-11 p.m. Lakes & Legends, 1368 Lasalle Ave., 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.

Jennifer Eddins at Praxis


Praxis Artists’ Reception

The gallery hosts three new photographic exhibitions: “Empty Places : Abandoned Spaces,” “Motion < Blur,” and “2021 Artist Member Showcase.” 6-8 p.m. Praxis Gallery, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis. 

Murder, Fraud, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

Sean Kean discusses his latest book. RSVP here. 3 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 900 Mt. Curve Ave., Minneapolis.

Embrace the North Festival 2022

With snowshoeing, winter birding, frozen art, bonfires, marshmallow roasting, games, fat biking, and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Mississippi Gateway Regional Park of Three Rivers Park District, 10360 W. River Rd., Brooklyn Park.

Winter Fun Fest 2022

Free arctic activities include sleigh rides, snowshoeing, boot hockey, ice golf on the frozen pond, otter sliding, kicksledding, bonfires, food, music, and more. 2-5 p.m. Dodge Nature Center,1701 Charlton St., St. Paul.

Earth's Alchemy Artist Talk

With artist Rock Johnsen. This event is free, but tickets are highly recommended to secure a spot. Visit here for more info. 10 a.m. Gamut Gallery, 717 S. 10th St., Minneapolis.

Black Business Explosion

Shop from 16 small Black-owned businesses at this pop-up market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 470 Western Ave. N., St. Paul.

Gus the Bard

8 p.m. Dubliner’s Pub, 2162 University Ave. W, Minneapolis.

Time Room

Time Room, Wish Wash, Sparkling Review

331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

The Traveling Blues Orchestra

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

Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook

Boxing. 3:30 p.m. Brit’s Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Ben Aaron

Acoustic guitar. Noon. Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., 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: February 19, 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.


Amir Locke Justice Rally

Hosted by Women Against Military Madness, Black Lives Matter, and more. 3-5:30 p.m. Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul.

Snow Tubing

Sign up here. 10 a.m. The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park, 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy., Minneapolis.

Dakota Dave Hull

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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