Pleasure Principle, Saint Paul Winter Carnival: Freeloader Friday

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Ice sculpture by Chris Swarbrick
This weekend is a great week for free winter festivals. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival started up this Thursday, so the capital city is bustling with activities including free sporting events, ice sculpting contests, outdoor yoga in the park, and more. Folks who like fancy sleds will want to check out the Art Sled Rally this Saturday in Powderhorn Park, and warm up on the dance floor at Rockabilly Night at 331 Club. Fans of pub trivia should also be sure to attend Trivia Mafia's five-year anniversary party.

Come check out our list of free stuff to do this weekend.

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126th Saint Paul Winter Carnival
(Downtown St. Paul)

This huge, city-wide celebration features ice-sculpting competitions, sporting events, barhopping, art exhibits, parades, scavenger hunt, and more. Many events are free, but some do have a cover charge. For info, visit

The Pleasure Principle
(Clubhouse Jager: 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-332-2686)

With Espada & Mike 2600. 10 p.m.

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WORKING TITLE: An Evolving Art Exhibit
( CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151)

This group show features four weeks of evolving artworks created collaboratively. 6-9 p.m.

Hot Freaks, Burglars
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Terracide, the Bloodshot, Ass Brigade
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

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Kathleen Waterloo, Fred Lisaius
(Circa Gallery, 210 N. First St., Minneapolis, 612-332-2386,

Paintings. 5-8 p.m.

Rat Catcher, Diesel Falcon, Earthman 666
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Children's Art Show Extravaganza
( AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-255-6624,

5-8 p.m.

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

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