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. For our picks of the week’s best events, price be damned, click here.
Are you looking for more holiday markets and local shopping opps on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday? Check out our mega-list of happenings here.
Nights with Tim
DJ tunes. 8 p.m. White Squirrel Bar, 974 W. Seventh St., St. Paul.
The Festival of Trees
Walk through a winter wonderland of 80 holiday trees decorated by various local businesses and organizations. Through January 4 at Mall of America.
KFAI House Party Presents
With Nikki Matteson and Rich Rue. 7 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.
Tramps Like Us
9:30 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.
DJ Overdrive’s Dark Meat
Post feast industrial tunes. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Front, 15 Fourth St. NE, Minneapolis.
This ongoing holiday fest features local foods, a beer garden, shopping, entertainment, Santa visits, rides, Saturday-night fireworks, the Holidazzle Yeti interactive art installation, performances, dog-friendly fun, and more. 5-9 p.m. Fridays; noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through December 18. Find the complete schedule here. Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. S., Minneapolis.
6-8 p.m. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis.
8th Annual Leftovers Ride with the Joyful Riders Club
This 10-mile friendly-paced bike ride features a bonfire with a flaming table and friendship. 3 p.m. Graze Provisions and Libations, 520 N. Fourth St, Minneapolis.
European Christmas Market
This indoor/outdoor market features hot drinks, entertainment, and local and international makers. Check out stpaulchristmasmarket.org for special events and hours. 4-9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18. Union Depot, 240 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.
Escape from Black Friday
Featuring gift card deals and the tapping of Dark Fatha Brewer’s Reserve Banana Cream Pie. 2 p.m. Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Dr., Roseville.
Matt & Laurel
A husband and wife acoustic duo. 7 p.m. Inbound BrewCo., 701 N. 5th St., Minneapolis.
Black Friday at Mia
See “Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi” for free, enjoy free coffee and pastries in the lobby, and shop special deals at the museum store. Tickets are first come, first served and available on-site only. The rest of the galleries will open at 10. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis.
The Sparks, Francis Emil Johnson, Haute Boys
21+. 9 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.
Friday Night Open Mic
21+. 10 p.m. The Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis.
Holiday and Farmers’ Markets
Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at Midtown Global Market
Featuring food demos and samples from market chefs, a holiday selfie station, Frog Tree Farm pop-up with handmade wreaths, live music, Santa, and prizes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.
Holiday Gift mART
Featuring 50+ local artists and makers, including jewelry, ceramics, candles, bodycare, and more. There will be an opening reception on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., with the mART closing on December 17. Northern Suburban Center for the Arts, 110 77th Way NE, Fridley.
Linus, M.A.Y., Paul Cerar
10 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.
Housegiving at Inbound BrewCo.
Featuring tunes, beer, and thankful vibes. 2-11 p.m. Inbound BrewCo., 701 N. 5th St., Minneapolis.
Saturday is Instrumental, Big Trouble
6 p.m. White Squirrel Bar, 974 W. Seventh St., St. Paul.
Yoga at Union Depot
Hosted by Studio 9-to-5. Bring a mat and some water; sign up here. 9 a.m. Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul.
Holiday and Farmers’ Markets
Small Business Saturday Artist and Writer Mart
Featuring over 30 writers, artists, and makers plus shopping and other activities at MCBA and Milkweed Books. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open Book, 1011 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis.
Small Business Saturday Celebration
Visit Homespun Gifts and Decor, Tare Market, Studio Emme, Atuvava Bakery, Curly Girl Boutique, and Key West Bistro for prizes, holiday carolers, holiday wreaths, gift shopping, and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 38th Street and 28th Avenue, Minneapolis.
NE Neighborhood Makers Market & Bar Hop
Shop from 48 makers while drinking at Indeed Brewing Co. (711 NE 15th Ave.), 612 Brew (945 Broadway St. NE), Tattersall Distilling (1620 NE Central Ave.).
DANKSGIVING ‘Hook Holiday Bazaar’
THCMinnesota and Yummi.Life host a day of local THC-themed crafts, products, and artisans of all types. 2-8 p.m. The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.
Holiday Maker’s Market
With beer plus crochet, bags, glassware, ceramics, leather purses, and Yule bottle gift boxes. Noon to 5 p.m. Boom Island Brewing, 5959 Baker Rd., Minnetonka.
Holiday Saturdays at the Northrup King Building
Featuring open studios, special sales, receptions, and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 26; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through December 10; noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 17. Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis.
Keg & Case Holiday Market
This weekend market boasts 20 local artisans, as well as a tree farm. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through December 23. Keg & Case, 928 Seventh St. W., St. Paul.
The Vintage Village
Featuring an ever-changing lineup of vintage seller and makers every weekend throughout the holiday season. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December 18. 50th & France, Edina.
Pup Popup Market Series at Holidazzle 2022
Yep, this is a dog-focused popup market taking place each Sunday of Holidazzle inside the heated Fulton Beer tent. Noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through December 18. Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. S., Minneapolis.
Karaoke with Carla. 8 p.m. White Squirrel Bar, 974 W. Seventh St., St. Paul.
3 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, 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.
Linden Hills Farmers Market – Extended Season
Featuring live music and a selection of local products through Nov. 27. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Settergren of Linden Hills, 2813 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis.