Freeloader Friday: 49 free activities to do on the weekend

Freeloader Friday is your weekly guide to having fun no matter what your budget. Every week we have a slate of 100% free events like gallery concerts, music and movies 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.

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Collaborative paintings by Adam Marks, Johnny Kelson, and Matt Franzen. 7-11 p.m. Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

juice! Friday the 13th edition

It features art by Zac Kells, board games, a photo booth, dancing, and beats from Astrolex, DJ TNA, and MamaSauce. 8-11 p.m. Modist Brewing Company, 505 N. St. 3rd St. , Minneapolis.

Kinder Potion, Lulu and the Shoe

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

Soiree black cat

With tunes from DJ Dedicated Enemy and limited edition cocktails. Black clothing is encouraged. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Constantine Mpls, 1115 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis.

St. Paul RV Super Show

Look, you’re not going to buy a $70,000 RV. But you may have children. They may be fascinated by large vehicles. And this free, industry-promoting event promises “dozens of outdoor adventure vendors, family fun activities, speakers, and more!” And what else do you want? The idea of ​​someone giving a Ted Talk-y talk about the merits of a 2023 Jayco Jay Flight SLX 7 sounds funny to me, and they might even let you in and out of their RVs, which, honestly, sounds pretty cool. Some fanciers might even have creative features and dodds graphics that make the whole family notice: “Stylish!” Think retractable TVs, space-saving bathrooms… things like that. Have you ever seen “Mr. Smack” Smith’s $2.5 million RV? It is a sight you must see. (It wasn’t a chain thing; Mr. Slap’s RV wouldn’t be at the RiverCentre.) Would we be writing about this event if we weren’t in the doldrums of post-New Year’s activity? Absolutely not, but hell, I fairly convinced myself to check out the St. Paul RV Super Show. free. noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Friday; on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. St. Paul River Center, 175 Kellogg Street. W, St. Paul; Find more information here. during Sunday– Jay Bowler

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in / visual care

Artist-in-Residence Dr. Rachel Ebb-Poehler embroiders stories submitted by the audience onto tea towels for inclusion in her tapestry composition. 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday. Minnesota Book Arts Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Kara Nesvig Closet Sale

Beauty and style writer (and former fashion writer for City Pages) Kara Nesvig sells vintage and designer pieces. 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday; From 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Legacy, 1610 W Lake Street, Minneapolis.

Friday Night Music: Amanda Grace

6-8 p.m. Utepils Brewing, 225 Thomas Ave. N., Minneapolis.

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Chapter Three: Who is Heck Hoffmann?

When museum curator Emily Landberg responded to an ad on Craigslist inviting anyone to claim free artwork by the recently deceased Frank G. Hoffman, she ended up hauling more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, poems, and more home in a U-Haul truck. “I only had to see three canvases to know this collection was really special,” says Landberg. Now you can also learn more about this prolific man from Duluth, whose career spanned 50 years (some of his work is also in the permanent collection of the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian). Over the past year, Landberg has begun archiving and creating a timeline of his work, which you can see in this unique, 18+ show (some of the pieces are sexually explicit). 7-10pm Artista Bottega, 937 Seventh Street, St. Paul. Until January 27th– Jessica Armbruster

Winter scholastic

This free festival features a cozy house with Omni drinks and food, plenty of bonfires, and free ice rinks for skating, curling, and pond hockey (just bring your skates). Special events scheduled during the winter include trivia nights, live music, and more. Find tickets and more information at 4-10pm Monday through Friday; From noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Viking Lakes, 2645 Viking Circle, Egan. Open daily until February 19th.

John Scalea Acoustic Trio

7:30 p.m. Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 Third Street, Excelsior.

Tony Williams

A one-man cover band. 7-10 p.m. Steele and Hobbs, 2800 39th Street, NE, St. Anthony.

Purple Friday Rally

With performances from Minnesota Vikings fans, the SKOL Line, autographs from Vikings legends, tailgate games, photo shoots, and more. Hosted by Minnesota Vikings voice Paul Allen. 5-7pm Mall of America, Bloomington.

Friday Night Open Mic

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

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Winter Art Market

With two floors of art, live music, over 40 artists, Prince’s Secret Museum, and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

The second Saturday

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

california building second saturday

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. California Building, 2205 California Street Northeast, Minneapolis.

Open studio on Saturdays

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northrop King Building, 1500 Northeast Jackson Street, Minneapolis.

Ways to save just

With samples, budget tours, cooking shows, special savings, and prizes. Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op, 740 Seventh St. E., St.Paul.

MLK NOW 2023: Impact of the improvement on Rondo

Featuring keynote speakers Karen Wells (Amir Luke’s mother, MPPD killed him) and YouTuber Michelle “Mechee X” Kulczyk, plus 36+ guest speakers (policymakers, activists, educators, business owners, and more), and shop from 70+ Black owned Business, food from local black-owned restaurants, a mini-carnival for kids, electronic games, and more. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wilder Convention Center, 451 North Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul.

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Olio Vintage Wellness Event

Featuring kombucha, self-care and wellness products from local makers, guest vendors Hausle Shop and High Desert Modern Vintage. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Olio Vintage, 21 NE Fifth St., Minneapolis.

Keep your glass

MN MN Makers Market

Shop from BIPOC, Vendors and Queer Allies. 1-6 p.m. Indeed Brewing, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Sections at the Winter Makers Market in Dayton

Last call for MN’s pop-up market featuring over 65 local makers and businesses, including Red Wing Shoes, Faribault Woolen Mill, GiftyWrap (wrapping paper), Worker B beeswax skincare, Larissa Loden Jewelry, and Leather Works Minnesota. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday through January 14. The Dayton Project, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Halfway to the Twin Cities Pride Celebration

Featuring live entertainment and information on the upcoming festival. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St. , Minneapolis.

Manchester Derby

Sports at the crack of dawn. 6:30 a.m. Brett’s Tavern, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Crimson Boys, Queen Jane

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

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New work by Avigail Manneberg

The paintings explore performative expressions of sadness and joy. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, January 14, from 7-10 p.m., Rosalux Gallery, 315 West 48th Street, Minneapolis.

Spin cycle

9:30 p.m. Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar, 16 N. Sixth St. , Minneapolis.

Second Saturday: North Gales

7:30 p.m. Merlin’s Rest Pub, 3601 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.

ASL Night Out

7 p.m. Headflyer Brewing, 861 E. Hennepin Ave. , Minneapolis.

voltage control unit. 13

Ambient and experimental music. 3 p.m. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

Susie plays the guitar

7-10 p.m. 612 Beverages, 945 Broadway Northeast, Minneapolis.

adoption event

Adoptable dogs and puppies from Healing Hearts Rescue MN. 1-4 p.m. Forgotten Star Brewing, 38 Northern Stacks Dr., Fridley.

Yoga at Union Depot

Hosted by Studio 9-to-5. bring a mat and some water; Register here. 9 am Union Depot, 214 E. Fourth Street, St. Paul.

Farmers markets

Winter market for neighborhood roots

This monthly indoor/outdoor market features vendors from the Kingfield, Fulton and Nokomis farmer’s markets. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14, Feb. 4, Mar. 11, Bachmann’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Northeast Winter Farmers Market

Featuring fresh produce, handcrafted foods, art, and items from the makers, all indoors 11am-3pm Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, Earl Giles Distillery, 1325 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis.

Downtown Winter Market

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Paul Farmers Market, 290 East Fifth Street, St. Paul.

Mill City Farmers Market

With over 40 local farmers, crafters and more. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mill City Museum, 704 S. Second Street, Minneapolis.


Vikings vs Giants Watch Party

3:30 p.m. O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co., 600 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis.

North London Derby: Tottenham vs A ***** L

9:30 a.m. Palmer’s Bar, 500 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Robert Wilkinson

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

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