Skip to Content

Freeloader Friday: 31 free things to do this weekend

Block parties, beer fests, and pop-up artists' markets round out our list.

Richard Anderson|

Open Streets

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.


Pleasure Horse, Jackson Atkins, Jeff Larson 

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

‘90s Night

Featuring trivia, music from Of the Orchard, food vendor Tandoor. 5 p.m. 612 Brew, 945 Broadway NE, Minneapolis.

Bonfire Bike Ride

A chill 5-mile ride ending in a bonfire. 6 to 9 p.m. Behind Bars Bicycle Shop, 208 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Hold Us Tight

A group exhibition curated by Minneapolis-based artist Benjamin Merritt. 6 to 8 p.m. Fresh Eye Gallery,  4238 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis.

The Confused, Minor Mischief, Dog Gamn, Northern Hammer

Music outdoors. 6 p.m. Broken Clock Brewing Collective, 3134 California St. NE, Minneapolis.

Falling Knife


365 Days of Incidents: Falling Knife Turns 2

Falling Knife Brewing Company has had one hell of a two year run. Nothing like opening a half year before COVID hit to complicate everything! So what can you expect from their second birthday party? What can’t you expect! They’re pulling out every possible stop to celebrate year two, including live music in their outdoor “amphitheatre” (feat. Sunless, Dead History, Products, and more TBA). Three food trucks’ll be there, including Parlour, and UP Coffee Roasters’ onsite coffee bar. Wanna shop? There’s a craft market with local vendors. Wanna game? Enter the single-day Super League pinball tournament. Yes, there are prizes. And of course, there will be beers: a bunch of anniversary releases, including two barrel-aged guys and a new bottle release. For FK’s sake, you won’t wanna miss this. Falling Knife Brewing Company, 783 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis. —Em Cassel

Twin Ignition Presents: October Art + Music

Featuring art by Joe Gallup, Seth Peter, TJ Beagan, and Kim Garretson, plus live music at 7 p.m. by Little Man. 5 to 9 p.m. Twin Ignition, 1317 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis.

Ghost Notes: Fall Music Block Party

Outdoor concert and block party featuring the bands Turn, Turn, Turn and Pants ½ Off, with solo sets by Jason Chaffee, Chad Kostner, Kayla Zoltak, and Seth Gamble. 3 to 8 p.m. 5620 S. 13th Ave., Minneapolis.

String Activists Meetup

A monthly meetup focusing on crochet and knitting as mediums for social change, art making, and community building. 5 to 6:30 p.m. On the lawn of the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul. 

Ugly Daisy Studio

The Artists of Ugly Daisy Studio

Opening night reception 6 to 8 p.m. Ugly Daisy Studio, 900 Seventh St. W., St. Paul.

Goodbye Mordecai, Jung Yeller, Anita Velveeta

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

Arbeiter Brewing Oktoberfest

Another weekend in October, another variety of Oktoberfest parties. The two-day party at Arbeiter looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. A few local businesses will be stopping by to serve up eats, including smoked meats with Bark and the Bite and fresh pretzels served with Oktoberfest beer cheese from Geek Love. On tap will be Gayderhosen, Arbeiters team-up with Deviant Minds, a cooperative working to make the service industry safer for LGBTQ folks. Other fun to be had include bar games (bean bags, nails, and stein hoisting) and limited edition T-shirts for sale. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Arbeiter Brewing Co.,3038 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis. –Jessica Armbruster

Angela Two Stars’s Okciyapi

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden continues its glow-up with its latest addition, a new piece designed by Angela Two Stars. Okciyapi is a circular sculpture made up of benches for seating, all centered on a water installation. The shape is meant to be reminiscent of ripples that spring from a drop on the water. Two Stars was inspired by her grandfather’s legacy as a Dakota language preservationist. It’s a work that is as practical as it is poetic. “Language revitalization is a healing medicine for Dakota people,” says Two Stars. “Without our language, we would lose an integral part of who we are as Dakota people.” The unveiling celebration will include notes from Two Stars, kids’ activities, and more. Free. 11 a.m. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis. –Jessica Armbruster


That cute maypole dance is mere child’s play for the Hårga commune in rural Hälsingland. That’s where four grad students find themselves for a week of ancient Swedish-themed hell in Midsommar. The things you do to get a great thesis, right? What at first appears to be a quaint tradition from ancient times turns out to be far more sinister, starting with a bad psychedelic trip, followed by an ättestupa, skin masks, and a can-never-unsee Blood Eagle, which you might remember from Viking-era skaldic poetry. This Saturday, you can watch it on the big screen outdoors. Franconia will have snacks and beverages for sale. And, uh, you’ll probably want to leave the kids at home for this one, unless they’re Children of the Corn-type kiddos. It’s free, but you’ll need to pay $5 to park. 7 p.m. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer. –Jessica Armbruster

Owamni Falling Water Festival

This celebration of Indigenous culture features local artists, hands-on activities, and demonstrations for all ages. 1 to 5 p.m. Father Hennepin Park, 420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis.

Hmong Arts and Fashion Expo

Featuring free workshops, music, prizes, exhibitions, an embroidery activity for kids and adults, and local vendors selling unique merchandise and crafts. Presented by Fresh Tradition and CHAT. Tickets are free; just register here. Noon to 8:30 p.m. Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul.

Jeromeo's Grand Re-Opening Party

Featuring live music, snacks, beverages, prizes, and artist meet and greets. 3 to 9 p.m. Jeromeo Massage, Wellness & Curated Design, 250 Third Ave. N., Minneapolis.

Within, Between, and Beyond

Film Festival: Within, Between, and Beyond

Ryan Stopera of Free Truth Media will host a free film festival featuring short films from local artists exploring the topic of identity. Excerpts from video interviews Stopera filmed of 16 subjects who identify as mixed race people or transracial adoptees will also be included. Click here to RSVP. 3 p.m. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Monster-Themed Coloring Book for Grownups Launch Party

Paranormal comedy author Scott Burtness and illustrator Harold Torres sign and sell their monster-themed coloring book. 3 to 7 p.m. Lake Monster Brewing, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul.

'Sleep Above Home' by Peng Wu

Put It in the Chat

This group show celebrates the work of artists spent while hanging out virtually during the first year of COVID. Featuring work from Ta-coumba T. Aiken, Alyssa Baguss, Rachel Breen, Christi Furnas, Amina Harper, Syed Hosain, Amy Rice, Laurie Van Wieren, and many, mony others. 6 to 9 p.m. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Art Build for #646DropTheCharges Protest

Meet new friends and make your signage for the protest/dance party on October 16. 2:30 p.m. Painter Park, 620 W. 34th St., Minneapolis.

Neighborhood Embrace

A celebration of new art by Seitu Jones on the 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge. Intersection of 40th Street and Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis.

Visual Language

Work by four artists. The opening reception features tunes from Musicians Mike Salovich and Mikkel. 6 to 9 p.m. 801 Gallery, 801 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis.


Featuring food, dogs, vendors, prizes, and beer. 2 to 6 p.m. Unleashed Hounds and Hops, 200 E. Lyndale Ave., Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Vintage Market


Minneapolis Vintage Market

Featuring two floors of vintage clothing, accessories, and home goods, plus we'll have coffee, beer, and food available for purchase. Darin Kamnetz will host a pop-up photo booth, and DJ Buster Baxter spins tunes. Tickets are required for entry; click here for info. Noon to 5 p.m.; 11 a.m. for $10 early bird tickets. Machine Shop, 300 Second St. SE, Minneapolis.

Bro Bros Closet Block Party (Vol. 2)

Featuring breaking battles, a vendor market, live DJ sets, and food trucks. Noon to 6 p.m. La Doña Cervecería, 241 Fremont Ave. N., Minneapolis.

Open Streets Minneapolis: Lyndale

Lyndale will be closed to cars, so walk, bike, rollerskate, or whatever in the streets today. With pop-up concerts, sidewalk sales, fun for kids, and more along the way. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lyndale Avenue South, from 22nd Street West to 54th Street West, Minneapolis.

Welcome to my World

Images by Lark Gilmer. Tickets are free; RSVP here. Noon to 3 p.m. Atrium Gallery, Schmidt Artist Lofts, Door #5, 900 Seventh St. W., St. Paul.

Sensory Friendly Sunday

This monthly event is designed for kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disabilities. The galleries will be closed to the general public, allowing visitors to enjoy the museum in a calm environment with accommodations such as quiet spaces, fidgets, and sunglasses available. It’s free; but you’ll need to sign up at the Walker to reserve a time. 8 to 11 a.m. Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis. 

Micro Art Market

Join DARE Minneapolis for a market in the courtyard featuring seven artists and makers working in fiber arts, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and screen printing, with a few special spoopy Halloween treasures for good measure. Noon to 4 p.m. DARE Minneapolis, 406 E. 48th St., Minneapolis.

East Metro Food Truck FunDay

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 1669 Arcade St., St. Paul.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Racket

The Threat of News Deserts Looms in Outstate Minnesota

Plus talkin' about the new Prince book, the fight for better education, and Barkley's local shoe ad in today's Flyover news roundup.

Anyway, Here’s Caterwaul—Plus the Rest of Your Complete Concert Calendar: May 21-27

Pretty much all the music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

May 21, 2024

Happy Summer! Did Your Kid Get Into the Twin Cities’ Most Exclusive Day Camp?

Inspired by Tolkien, 'D&D,' and video games, Adventures in Cardboard is all about empowering creativity—provided you can secure a spot.

The 6 Best Bakery Pop-Ups in the Twin Cities

From apple cinnamon rolls to zucchini goat cheese puff pastries, these are the pop-ups to hunt down.

Wanna Buy Here’s Your Guy.

Plus 3M's forever chemical cover-up, kids win ice cream shop, and a legislative recap in today's Flyover news roundup.