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Freeloader Friday: 30 Free Things To Do This Weekend

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"We Are Still Here"

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.

Bad Companions


The Bad Companions

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

Chroma Zone Mural Fest: Rodrigo Oñate

Check out a new mural in St. Paul, created by Rodrigo Oñate. Northwest Packaging Inc., 1996 University Ave. W., St. Paul.

The Haws, Chad Erickson & The Untimely

7 p.m. 612 Brew, 945 Broadway NE, Minneapolis.

Unscripted Stories

Documentary examines the experiences and stories of East African business owners during the unrest. RSVP for free here. 7 p.m. Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis.

Full Catholic, Lifestyle Shakes, Lucid VanGuard 

Blues, folk-rock. 21+. 9 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Family Fridays

Free music celebrating Black History Month. 5 to 7 p.m. Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.

Friday Night Open Mic

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

Adult Game Night

Featuring drunk specials, DJ tunes, and games, including giant Jenga, Uno, Connect 4, dominoes, and more. There’s also karaoke every 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Hyde Kitchen & Cocktails, 24 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis. 

Minnesota Songkran Festival


Minnesota Songkran Festival

สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์! For Racket’s vast English-speaking readership, that means “happy Songkran day,” the celebration of Thai New Year. The Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota expects up to 25,000 attendees at this year's event, which will aim to spread "Asian joy" during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month amid an atmosphere of increasing intolerance. Among the festivities set for outside the Capital: a whole lotta delicious Thai food, a papaya salad eating contest, cultural performances on a stage imported from Thailand, arts 'n' crafts, Thai boxing, Tuk-Tuk vehicles, a blessing booth for the soul, and a photo booth for the selfies. Free. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. State Capital, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul; find more info here.–Jay Boller

"We Are Still Here"

We Are Still Here

This group exhibition features Native artists Ray Janis, Sheldon Starr, Missy Whiteman, and mentor artist Jonathan Thunder. You might recognize some works as being recently featured as digital billboards in downtown Minneapolis along Hennepin Avenue. 6-8 p.m. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.

Queer Bazaar: Sexy Spring Edition

This afternoon, the Aliveness Project hosts a festival filled with artists, makers, health resources, queer vibes, and a marketplace featuring around 30 queer owned and operated businesses. That includes cool visual art such as intricate drawings from Casper Warren Art, beauty products from Hannah’s Paradise, and leatherwork from Datura Leather. Free health services include STD screenings, info on HIV programs, and acupuncture. There will also be podcasters, advocates, and some people who want to turn a golf course into a public sex forest. Sounds like fun! Free. Noon to 5 p.m. The Aliveness Project, 3803 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. –Jessica Armbruster

George Floyd Square

Rise and Remember Festival

Featuring a self-care fair, kids' zone, food trucks and stations, live music, community resources, mutual aid info, art installations, memorials, and more. Find more info here. George Floyd Square, 38th and Chicago, Minneapolis.

MAAHMG Community Quilt Project 

Join members in making quilt squares honoring Black people who have been murdered by police. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. George Floyd Square, 38th and Chicago, Minneapolis.

Summer Costume Party

Show up in costume and compete for prizes. Categories include best individual and group costumes. 7 p.m. 1 a.m. Up-Down Minneapolis, 3012 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.

MPLS Pet Market

Featuring local pet businesses and adoptable animals. Find more info here. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through August. 200 E Lyndale Ave N, 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. 

Sumo & Smoh

Free Ice Cream Extravaganza

Free treats while supplies last. 4-7 p.m. Sumo & Smoh, 1579 Hamline Ave. N., Falcon Heights.

Saturday Sounds

Free music celebrating Black History Month. Noon to 2 p.m. Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.

Battery Eyes

Super Flasher, Floodwater Angel, Battery Eyes

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

Richfield Farmers’ Market

Featuring live music, cooking demos, morning yoga, food, and more. Find info here. 8 a.m. to noon through October 15. 6335 Portland Ave., Richfield.

Northeast Farmers’ Market

Featuring fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, artisans, specialty foods, prepared foods, kids’ activities, live music, and community spirit. Find more info at Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 15. St. Boniface Church, on the corner of University Avenue NE and Seventh Avenue NE, Minneapolis.

Mill City Farmers’ Market

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


Backyard Boombox: Memorial Day Party

House/disco tunes from Immersa, Pearlescent, Agent C, Stereogo, Davilla, and Minidnts. Noon to 7:30 p.m. Falling Knife Brewing Company, 783 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis.

Death Cafe Twin Cities

Meet with friendly folks to discuss all things death and dying. 6 p.m. Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

American Primitive Guitar Series 

With Mike Gangeoff and Adam Kiesling. 21+. 3 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Linden Hills Farmers Market 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2813 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis.

Game Night

Chris H. stops 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.


JoJo Green, The Roe Family Singers, Matt Arthur Contraption

Music at 6, 8, and 10 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Top Shelf Band, Big Mike’s Retro Soul & The Westside Horns

Contemporary country rock, soul. 5:30 p.m. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis.

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