Tour de Fat, FLOW, Red Hot Art: Freeloader Friday

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Awesome people show up for Tour De Fat

Parties in parks abound in this weekend. And the best part? You can hop on a bike and enjoy these events for free. Red Hot Art features 100 or so artists in Steven's Square Park, and Tour de Fat creates spectacle in Loring Park in honor of beer and bicycles. FLOW takes over Minneapolis's north side with cultural exhibits, theater, a beer garden, and an attempt to break the Guinness Record for the title of World's Longest Soul Train Line. And the list goes on and on.

Come take a look and plan your free time this weekend.

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North Shore Dragon Boat Festival
(Grand Marais Harbor, 13 N. Broadway, Grand Marais)

Featuring boat races and practice, pancake breakfasts, live music, dragon egg hunt, sunrise yoga, and more. For more info visit July 27-29.

104th Birthday Party Celebration for Joseph Mitchell
(Micawber's Bookstore, 2238 Carter Ave., St. Paul, 651-646-5506,

Come read some of your favorite passages. 7 p.m.

Angus McLinn

(Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611,

The author discusses Your Heart Really Does Explode. 7:30 p.m.

Andy Ulseth & Broken Bones, the Western Ridge, Clustercuss
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Wabasha Days #6
(Ecolab Plaza: 376 Wabasha St N, St Paul, 651-266-6400)

With Color Pharmacy, Courtney Yasmineh, Come Together Band. For more info call 612.285.3112 or visit 4 p.m.

Lord Cardigan Presents: A 21st Century Nervous Breakdown
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

The Smarts
(Lake Harriet Bandshell: 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)

7:30 p.m.

The Bootstrap Family Band, Calamity & the Owl

(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Pine Deluxe
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

Summer Music Festival: Voices Merging Open Mic
(Northrop Memorial Auditorium: 229 Northrop 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-625-6003)

On the plaza. 7 p.m. 

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