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Freeloader Friday: 84 Free Things To Do This Weekend

Dog-friendly events, Oktoberfest block parties, and a shitton of makers' markets.

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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 a roundup of the week's best events, price be damned, click here.



Featuring lawn games, food trucks, a craft activity, and a bike parade. 7 p.m.; movie at dusk. Phalen Park Beach, 1400 Phalen Dr., St. Paul.

Rad Owl, Night Jobs, Sax, Short Timer

7 p.m. White Squirrel Bar, 974 W. Seventh St., St. Paul.

Hamline Midway Garage Sale

A neighborhood-wide garage sale. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Hamline Midway Neighborhood.

This Side Down Cartographer Release

Try this new pineapple upside down cake tropical smoothie sour. Noon. Pryes Brewing, 1401 West River Rd. N., Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Greek Festival: Taste of Greece

Featuring traditional food, performances, vendors, church tours, live music, and more. Find more info at 2-9 p.m. Friday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Twin Cities Volkswagen Club

Check out cool cars in the parking lot. 4-10 p.m. Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

View Point Gallery

Viewpoint Gallery’s Grand Opening

With food, live music, kids’ activities, and art by Gene Hartsock and Suyao Tian. 6-9 p.m. Viewpoint Gallery, 591 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

Featuring a Triwizard Tournament, music, photo ops, local food vendors, themed cocktails, trivia, crafts, and games. Movie at 8 p.m.. 6-10 p.m. Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul.

Reggae Night 

7 p.m. Number 12 Cider, 614 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis.

Phil Berbig

Music. 7 p.m. 612brew, 945 NE Broadway St., Minneapolis. 

Silly Miss Tilly


With Silly Miss Tilly. 9 p.m. to midnight. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul.

Harvest Moon Market

Shop from 25+ local vendors, including lots of vintage. With DJ tunes, vegan eats from Francis Burger Joint, and tarot readings. 4-9 p.m. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis.

Star Party at Bell

Stars: They’re just like us! Oh, wait… not these stars, sorry—the stars we’re talking about here are located a couple of light years away and probably aren’t all that relatable. Still, it’s pretty cool that you can head to the Bell Museum’s roof deck and peek at their shining gaseous masses via telescope, while inside the museum’s expert astronomy team takes you on a tour of the night sky via the planetarium. And speaking of the Bell, did you read our recent conversation with Lansing Shepard, who co-authored A Natural Curiosity: The Story of the Bell Museum? Free; register here. 7:45 p.m. Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul.—Em Cassel

Get Up, Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic

Sign up at 6 p.m.; show at 6:30 p.m. Mortimer’s, 2001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Jeff Ray and the Stakes

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

Rupaul's Drag Race: Secret Celebrity Viewing Party

Admission is free, but you gotta reserve at ticket at 7-9 p.m. LUSH Lounge & Theater, 990 NE Central Ave., Minneapolis. 

Open Mic Comedy Night

Sign up at 7:30 p.m.; show at 8:30 p.m. Dual Citizen Brewing Company, 725 Raymond Ave., St. Paul.

P.O.P at 50th & France: ShaVunda / Doug Collins / and Katy Vernon

Plus tunes from students. 5-8 p.m. 3945 Market St., Minneapolis.

Friday Art-Making in the Garden

Featuring free art-making activities for kids ages 4 and up. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, 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;

The Black Market


The Black Market

Shop from 60 local, Black-owned businesses, Black-owned food trucks, and music. RSVP here: 2-7 p.m. The Lab, 767 Eustic St., St. Paul.


We’re big fans of beer (see proof) and Gully Boys (additional proof), so we’re obviously excited for this free GB-headlined bash at one of St. Paul’s coolest breweries. Also on tap (beer term), musically speaking: DJ Abilities, Blood $moke Body, Fenixdion, Jack Brass Band, and Pine & Fire. Dual Citizen will, of course, be handling the suds, while BBQ & Cruz, iPierogi, and Kona Ice are on food duty. Free. Noon. Dual Citizen Brewing Co., 725 Raymond Ave., St. Paul; find more info here. –Jay Boller 


Yep, we’re entering that time of year when the summertime beer-based block parties segue into the fall lager-and-sausage fests. Case in point: Clocktoberfest 2022. During the day, Broken Clock will be releasing a few special German-style pints, and Sweet Lou’s Meats and Northeast Pretzels will be stopping by for some traditional eats. Nokomis Tattoo will be on hand if you’re looking to score some new body ink, and yard games will keep people busy in between live music sets. Tunes will be mostly chill, with singer-songwriter music and blues vibes from Jason Bradley, Lucy Red, and Abbot Blues Band. Free. Noon to 9 p.m. Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, 3134 California St. NE, Minneapolis. –Jessica Armbruster

St. Boni's Fall Festival

Featuring a kids’ parade, festival fun, egg rolls, car show, entertainment, and mass at Visit for the full schedule. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 901 E. 90th St., Minneapolis.

2022 Super Sale: East Isles & Lowry Hill

A neighborhood yard sale with over 50 participants. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find maps at sale sites or visit

Field + Festival Fall Market

Minneapolis Craft Market hosts this monthly fall market with local makers, food, and farmers’ market goods. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wagners Garden Center, 6024 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Juniper Lou Vintage

Makers Market

Vintage and makers market with Juniper Lou Vintage and 30 local vendors. Noon to 5 p.m. Able Seedhouse + Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis.

18th Annual Edina Fall into the Arts Festival

Featuring 225 artists and vendors. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Centennial Lake Parks, 7499 France Ave. S., Edina.

Jackalope Craft Fair

Featuring 100 local artisans. Find more info here: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Surly Brewing, 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis.

Richard Anderson

Open Streets Minneapolis: West Broadway

Open Streets are a lot like a block party, except instead of closing a side street these events shut down main drag. We’re talking Franklin Avenue, Minnehaha, Lake Street, and, this weekend, West Broadway. During each celebration the streets will be closed to cars but open to you, where you’ll find a variety of things to see and do, including sidewalk sales, parking lot concerts, chalk-art making, pop-up skate parks, impromptu yoga sessions, and summer beer patios. This installment includes free MetroTransit rides, standup comedy, health clinics, an artisan market, live radio broadcasts, and more at over 200 locations. Find the complete schedule at 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. West Broadway, from Penn Avenue North to Lyndale Avenue North, Minneapolis. –Jessica Armbruster

Waite Park Fall Festival

Featuring live music, local vendors and artisans, kids games, a fire truck, food trucks, and free food options from the grill. 3-7 p.m. 1810 34th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Waite Park Fall Festival After-Party 

$1 from every draft beer sold supports ongoing WPCC programs. 7-10 p.m. Fair State Brewing Cooperative

September Manga Club

Talk about new releases, enjoy Japanese snacks, and shop deals. 5 p.m. Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul.

Nick Mauer, Side Two, Of the Orchard

3-8:30 p.m. 612 Brew, 945 Broadway NE, Minneapolis. 

Greenway Glow Closing Reception

Photography celebrating the annual bike event on the Midtown Greenway. 4-10 p.m. Praxis Gallery, 2637 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis. 

3rd Annual Kegs for the Klondike

Featuring live music, silent auction, kids’ activities, sled dog demos, and more. 2-10 p.m. Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 3rd St., Excelsior.

Patio Party

Featuring new beers and tunes from Backyard Boombox DJs. 2 p.m. Insight Brewing, 2821 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Queer History Ride

Perennial Cycle and a local historian takes people on a friendly, slower-paced 10-mile ride through LGBTQ+ sites, sharing their histories. 1-3 p.m. 300 Kenwood Pkwy, Minneapolis 

Barely Bros Saturday Afternoon In-Store

Featuring tunes from Doug Collins and the Receptionists, Institutional Green, Tragic Hands, and Rank Strangers. 1-5 p.m. Barely Brothers Records, 783 Raymond Ave., St. Paul.

The Monarch Festival  

Featuring family fun, butterflies info, food, tunes from Salsa del Soul. 11:15 a.m. Lake Nokomis, 4800 E. Nokomis Pkwy., Minneapolis.

Mac-Grove Fest 2022

Featuring food trucks, live music, dance performances, arts and crafts, yard games, vendors, and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 Griggs St. S., St. Paul. 

Selby Avenue JazzFest

An afternoon of tunes and food. 11 a.m. Selby Avenue at Milton Street, St. Paul.

Solar Arts

Second Saturdays Open Studios & Galleries

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

4th Annual St. Louis Park Art Fair

With 70+ local artists, live music, food trucks, and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3700 Monterey Dr., Minneapolis.

TC Pagan Pride Fall Festival

Featuring 80+ vendors and community groups, a food and charity drive, fall rituals, vendors, and entertainment. Find more info at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Minnehaha Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.

46th Annual Real Runabouts Rendezvous

Lake Minnetonka antiques and classic boat show. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge, 3746 Sunset Dr., Spring Park.

Palmer Days 2022

Featuring a car show, live music, kids’ games, kids’ parade, raffles, beer garden, and more. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Palmer Park, 2800 69th Ave. N., Brooklyn Center.


Featuring tunes, food, and Oktoberfest brews. 3 p.m. 612brew, 945 NE Broadway St., Minneapolis. 

Voltage Controller Vol. 9

Electronic and ambient with Lo Mismo, Outcidr, and 4LF. 3 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Porch Knights, Super Flasher

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

Goodbye Mordecai, La Mamá Diabla, & The Skalectric Company

8 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.

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;



If, like me, you hastily scanned the event name here and thought, “Oh, a Godzilla screening,” please allow me to direct you to the Goldzilla event page and the incredible graphic advertising it. Truly great stuff! Goldzilla, with an “l,” is hosted by Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest, and organizers promise it’s one of the biggest golden retriever events in the nation. You and your pup are welcome to join ‘em for this fun fair and walk, during which any money raised will go to support the organization’s efforts to rescue and rehome golden retrievers and golden mixes. (Can’t make it but want to support RAGOM’s efforts? You can donate to the cause here.) Free. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Hwy. 8, New Brighton.—Em Cassel

Paws on Grand

Featuring lots of pet-themed fun, including vendors, samples, wiener dog races, adoptable dogs, and more throughout the area. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1600 Grand Ave., 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, and there will be 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.


Family Day: Dressed by Nature

Featuring kid-friendly activities related to the exhibition and take-home art kits. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Second Sundays Makers Market 

Featuring around 10 vendors. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Paul Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul.

Vintage Market

Featuring 12+ local vendors. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nolan Mains Plaza, 3945 Market St., Edina.

Minneapolis Craft Market’s Summer Market

Featuring 50+ Minnesota makers. Noon to 5 p.m. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. 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 Market8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through October 30. 8595 Central Park Pl., Woodbury;

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