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Freeloader Friday: 82 Free Things To Do This Weekend

Pryes throws a three-day party, Stone Arch Bridge Fest returns, and so many Juneteenth celebration are happening this weekend.


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.


Pryes Block Party

In a true Honey, I Shrunk event, the brewmasters at Pryes are celebrating Miraculum’s 10th b-day–and the brewery’s 5th–by zapping the flagship IPA’s ABV down to 4.6% and creating the adorable, sessionable Miraculite. The free, three-day riverside block party will also feature another speciality release (the Italian Ice, a fruited smoothie sour), plus a whole lotta eatin’ (brats, soft pretzels, waffle fries, arancini, ravioli, signature pizzas), concert enjoyin’ (top-notch locals like Nur-D, Monica LaPlante, Jaedyn James), and a craft market. VIP options exist. Pryes Brewing Co., 1401 West River Rd. N., Minneapolis; find more info and RSVP here. Through Sunday–Jay Boller

Harrison Juneteenth Celebration

With music, dancing, activities, and food. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Harrison Park 503 N. Irving Ave., Minneapolis.

Cabin Fever

‘80s and ‘90s acoustic pop/rock. 7 p.m. Minnehaha Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.

Prairie Fire Lady Choir

Acapella rock ‘n’ roll. 7:30 p.m. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis.

The Changeups

A rocking women band. 7-10 p.m. 612 Brew, 945 Broadway NE, Minneapolis.

Irish Diplomacy

6:30 p.m. Number 12 Cider, 614 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis.

Emma Beatrez

TechnoLust 3000

Local artist Emma Beatriz works with a variety of materials: rhinestones, Mountain Dew cans, paint on canvas, neon. The results are sculptures, installations, and paintings that may take you a moment to realize what you are looking at. But that is part of the fun. For this gallery-wide solo exhibition, the artist has provided a list of things that inspire her, including robots, indefinitely wet surfaces, mudflap girls, and glistening spider webs. See it for yourself at the opening reception this Friday from 7-10 p.m. on June 17. HAIR+NAILS, 2222 1⁄2 E. 35th St., Minneapolis. Through July 24 –Jessica Armbruster

Love’s Labor’s Lost

Various Locations

Classical Actor’s Ensemble is back in the parks this summer to bring free theater to the masses. This year’s production is Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, a comedy poking fun at masculine desire while celebrating feminine intelligence. The plot: The young King of Navarre forces he and his friends to swear off “worldly pleasures” for three years of fasting and academia. His virtuous goal gets completely fucked, however, when a French princess and her crew show up in town to talk diplomacy. Horniness ensues, and—spoiler alert!—wins. Find times and locations at This week:

Friday: 7 p.m. at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden

Saturday: 7 p.m. Lake of the Isles

Sunday: 7 p.m Matthews Park

Sewer Rat Studio

Sewer Rat Studio Open House

New studio space features art, clothing, vintage furniture, and jewelry. 5-9 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. 1830 E. 35th St., Minneapolis.

Save-a-Bull Summer Brewery Tour

Drink with and for dogs. $1 per pint will be donated to the rescue all day, with adoptable pups, merch, and prizes. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Inbound BrewCo., 701 N. 5th St., Minneapolis.

P.O.P at 50th & France: Heartfelt / Matthew French

Free music outside, curated by Katy Vernon. 5-8 p.m. 50th and France, 3945 Market St., Minneapolis.

Kick the Keg Triple Threat Match at Up-Down

Competing breweries bring a limited-release or rare beer keg and folks vote on their favorite. This week defending Champion Falling Knife Brewing go up against Inbound BrewCo and Pryes Brewing Co.6 p.m. Up-Down Minneapolis, 3012 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Juneteenth Kick-Off Party

Featuring food, entertainment, music, and the movie Summer of Soul, a documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, starting at dusk. Creekview Recreation Center, 5001 Humboldt Ave. N., Minneapolis.

Falcon Arrow, Cola Horse, Pelicant

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.

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. 

Farmers’ Markets:

House of Hope Farmers’ Market

1:30 to 5 p.m. Fridays through October 28. House Of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Ave. (parking lot on Portland Ave.), St. Paul;

Minneapolis Farmers Market

Arguably the city’s largest and most famous market, with hundreds of vendors weekly. 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, EBT hours 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu.-Sun. June through Oct. 312 E. Lyndale Ave. N. (near International Market Square), Minneapolis;

Signal Hills Farmers Market

Featuring fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables sold direct from producer to consumer, located in the lot of West St. Paul’s Signal Hills Mall. 8 a.m. to noon Fridays, through October 28. 1225 S. Robert St., St. Paul;

West Broadway Farmers Market

Featuring local foods, arts, and community development, promoting healthy food access for North Minneapolis, with fresh produce, artisanal goods, grab-and-go eats, and locally grown plants. 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays, June 17 through Oct. 14. The Plaza @ the Capri, 2027 W. Broadway Ave. N. (Broadway and Oliver Street), Minneapolis;

Stone Arch Bridge Fest


Stone Arch Bridge Festival

Father’s Day weekend means the return of the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, a multi-day event featuring art, food, fashion, and music. Over 200 artists will come together to showcase their creations and wares. Fun markets to explore include the Black Market, featuring Black-owned businesses; the Vintage and Vinyl Market, where you’ll find retro tunes and duds; and the Culinary Arts Market, where local makers and artisans serve up Minnesota honey, cured meats, coffee, hot sauces, and more. The car show features vintage cars, modded oddities, and other colorful modes of transportation. Live music on two stages will offer sets from Matt Jennings, Mary Bue, the Violet Nines, Katy Vernon, and more. For more info, visit 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Stone Arch Bridge, 212 SE Second Ave., Minneapolis. June 18-19 --Jessica Armbruster

Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project

7:30 p.m. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis.

June Market

Two-day market features art, apparel, jewelry, gifts, pottery, and Minnesota United merch, and plus free Summit beers on Sunday for Dads (while supplies last). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Malcolm Yards Market, 501 30th Ave. SE, Minneapolis.

Inaugural Mississippi River Boat Parade

Inaugural Mississippi River Boat Parade 

Head out to the river to see people on pirate boats. The route: West toward Ramsey/Dayton up river, turning around after Elsie Stephens Park in Dayton, and heading down river back toward Champlin/Anoka. 11:15 a.m. Find more info here.

Backyard Boombox

Featuring Cafe Disko. 2-10 p.m. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis.

Comic Crossover: Up-Down's 6th Anniversary Party

Featuring special cocktails, photo ops, local comic shops, and more. Costumes are encouraged. 21+. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Up-Down Minneapolis, 3012 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. 

The Skalectric Company, Brandon Evilla of birdhole, Sleepy Eye

7-11 p.m. 612 Brew, 945 Broadway NE, Minneapolis.

The Swongos

Surf rock. 3-6 p.m. on the patio. Psycho Suzi’s, 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis.

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Downtown White Bear Lake

Not a play; this is a fest. Street entertainment includes live music by Sycamore Gap, jugglers, balloon artists, a scavenger hunt, and prizes. 5-8 p.m. Downtown White Bear Lake.

Juneteenth Celebration

A family-friendly day filled with entertainment, food, vendors, art activities, power bungee, lawn games, teen activities, Covid-19 vaccines, face painting, and more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Park.

Big Fun Day/Taste of Shakopee

Featuring food, family fun, an Ironman bike ride, and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Huber Park, 600 Bluff Ave. E., Shakopee. 

Record Store Day Strikes Back

Featuring live music and special releases throughout the day. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Know Name Records, 6009 Portland Ave., Minneapolis.

Unmapped 5-Year Anniversary Party

Live music, food trucks, and special releases. 11 a.m. Unmapped Brewing Co., 14625 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka.

Excelsior Outdoor Flea Market

Excelsior Outdoor Flea Market

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10 Water. St., Stillwater.

Black Business Week: Northside Marketplace

Shop local small businesses. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Capri Plaza, 2027 W. Broadway Ave. N., Minneapolis.

Beauty on a Budget’s Juneteenth Celebration

Featuring food, games, vendors, and more. Noon to 5 p.m. 1711 West Broadway Ave., Minneapolis.

Pride Makers’ Market

Featuring beer, food trucks, and LGBTQ+ makers. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. OMNI Brewing Co., 9462 Deerwood Ln., Maple Grove.

Juneteenth at Midtown Global Market

Featuring storytelling at noon with Auntie Beverly, readings by author Crown Shepherd of her new book Black Boy, Black Boy and Black Girl, Black Girl, music, dance, free kids’ crafts, and food specials. Noon to 3 p.m. Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.

sota x Omni Backyard Bash

Stop by sota clothing’s back alley for cold beer, food, lawn games, and live music by The Strohs, Taylor Bongard & Friends, and Erik Christenson & His Support Group. Noon to 7 p.m. sota clothing, 6518 Walker St., Minnetonka.

Huge Bargain Book Clearance Event

Shop thousands of books from the store’s basement. Bargain marked books are $1, kids’ books are 50 cents, and 5% of the proceeds will benefit Family Tree Clinic. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Irreverent Bookworm, 5163 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis.

Munir Kahir, Genie Castro, Christopher Palbicki

Group show. The opening reception features live music by SeKAWAN. 6-9 p.m. 801 Lofts, 801 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis.

Nicole Houff

Praxis Gallery Celebrates Pride Month

Three shows explore plastic toys, abstract images, and the aftermath of food. 6-8 p.m. Praxis Gallery, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis. 

Minneapolis Craft Market at Pryes Block Party

Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Pryes Brewing, 1401 West River Rd. N., Minneapolis.

Black Father Nation 5th Annual BBQ

Free BBQ, fun, and games. 1-5 p.m. Bryn Mawr Meadows Park, 601 S. Morgan Ave., Minneapolis.

Goodbye Mordecai Vinyl Release Show

With Super Flasher, Ghost Kitchen. 8 p.m. White Squirrel Bar, 974 W. Seventh St., St. Paul.

Rare Plant Summer Camp, Cryote, Clementine

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

Sip and Make DIY Party at Community Commons

Featuring a DIY wallet workshop with Mars Jameson, clothing personalization by Corazon Clothing, a jewelry cleaning workshop with Susana Mendez, brand raffles, a live performance by Tristan Price, and a mini fashion show highlighting the small, BIPOC-owned brands carried in Community Commons. 1-4 p.m. Mall of America, Community Commons on level 2 South.

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, 

International Yoga Day at Union Depot

Multiple yoga sessions, vendors, and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul.

Farmers’ Markets

Apple Valley Farmers Market

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through October 29. 7100 147th St. W., Apple Valley;

Fulton Farmers Market

Traditional and heirloom vegetables, fruits, breads, and pastries. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through October 29. 4901 Chowen Ave. S., Minneapolis;

Lakeview Terrace Farmers’ Market

Formerly known as the Camden Farmers Market, this small market has teamed up with Robbinsdale to offer fresh produce and artisanal goods. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through September 17. Find it on the northeast corner of Bottineau Blvd. (CR 81) and Lakeland Avenue in Robbinsdale, across from HyVee;

Midtown Farmers Market

Urban market serving produce and more to Powderhorn, Phillips, and Longfellow. In a new location this year. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct.; 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 2225 East Lake St., 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.

Northeast Farmers’ Market

Featuring fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, artisans, specialty foods, prepared foods, kids’ activities, live music, and community spirit. Find more info at Saturdays 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.

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.

St. Paul Downtown Farmers’ Market

Lowertown’s pride and one of the state’s largest markets. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Through Nov. 20. 290 5th St. E., St. Paul;

TC Pride Family Day


TC Pride Family Fun Day

Featuring hot dogs, chips, games for kids, sports team mascots too. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Pkwy. N., St. Paul.

Juneteenth Celebration

Featuring food, music, entertainment, shopping, and more. Noon to 4 p.m. St. Louis Park Rec Center, ROC, Aquatic Park, 3700 Monterey Dr., St. Louis Park.

Juneteenth Movement Yoga and Healing Event

Featuring yoga, Black health vendors, and more. 10 a.m. to noon. Target Field Station, 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis. 

Salsa Sundays

With free lessons with Rene Thompson. 11 a.m. to noon. Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.


Men's vocal ensemble. 2 p.m. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis.

Soul of the Southside Juneteenth Festival

Featuring live music indoors and outdoors, spoken word artists, food trucks, a family-friendly stage, and a Black-owned business marketplace. All ages. 1-6 p.m. The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis. 

Fat Beach Day

This monthly series invites people of all shapes and sizes to make friends and relax at the beach. 1-4 p.m. Lake Nokomis, 4800 E. Nokomis Pkwy., Minneapolis.

Brass Menagerie

Ten-person band covers tunes from the 1920s to the 2020s. 5:30 p.m. Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis.

Guitar Summer, Dakota Dave Hull

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

Farmers’ Markets

Inver Grove Heights Farmers Market

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through October 9. 8055 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights;

Kingfield Farmers Market

Featuring a large selection of local produce, artisanal crafts, and prepared foods in a new location this year at MLK Park. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30. MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. (40th and Nicollet), Minneapolis;

Linden Hills Farmers Market

Featuring ethical meats, baked goods, ready-to-eat items, locally grown veggies and fruits, and live musical entertainment. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30. Settergrens of Linden Hills, 2813 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis;

Woodbury Farmers Market

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through October 30. 8595 Central Park Pl., Woodbury;

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