Crawfish, LARPing, dogs on Grand: Freeloader Friday

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There are plenty of pup-friendly activities this weekend, including Paws on Grand

The weekend is almost here, and with it comes tons of free summertime activities. There will be many dog-friendly happenings, including an art show and a street festival with treats for pets and humans. Bachelor Farmer, the Red Stag, and the Seward Co-op will be throwing block parties, and Michael Gaughan will say goodbye to Minnesota for grad school with a fun celebration. Minneapolis will also be super busy as the Uptown, Powderhorn, and Loring Park art fests take over the city. Plan on going to all three art fairs? Download a Metro Transit pass at and ride the bus between events for free.


Uptown Art Fair
(3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Featuring over 360 artists from around the world, cooking demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more. Visit for more info. Fri.12-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Fuck Knights, Fret Rattles (vinyl-release)
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

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Art by Sid Tincher
Bark at Art
(Gallery 122 At Hang It, 122 8th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-874-7222)

Bring the dogs to this pet-friendly art show benefiting the Pet Project of MN. Pet food and kitty litter will also be collected. 7-10 p.m.

August Music & Movies: So I Married an Axe Murderer
(Lake Harriet Bandshell: 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, 612-661-4785)

With music by Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps. 7:30 p.m.

Fairfax, AK, Tights in the Taxi, Business Man
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.

Sara Keane, Man
Anger, Angst, and Art
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Group show celebrates the angrier emotions that drive art and expression. The opening reception will will feature spoken word, poetry, and storytelling with a good dose of rage. 7-10 p.m. 

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

This monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info, visit 6-9 p.m. 

Chants & Seas, the Wives

(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

8 p.m. 

Umami, Tickle Torture, Rupert Angeleyes (tape-release), Speeds the Name
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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Linnea Doyle
Friends With Benefits
(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-255-6624,

5:30-10:00 p.m. 

(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800) 

With Jonathan Ackerman.

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