Uberfest, Caramelpalooza, ping pong: Freeloader Friday

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Terrence Payne for "The Myth of Utopia

There's lots of fun parties and festivals happening this weekend that are loaded with plenty of free entertainment. Folks who love sweets will want to head over to Caramelpalooza, a daylong celebration of the stickiest sweet. Uberfest features beer, snacks, and live music in an Oktoberfest-style street party. Other quirky, free happenings include a ping-pong tournament, the Twin Cities Book Fest, the Saint Paul Art Crawl, and an indie craft fair.

Come take a look at our list.

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Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba
(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis, 612-625-9494, www.wam.umn.edu)

The photojournalist records the architecture and infrastructure of colonial and post-colonial Africa. Artist's dialogue via Skype at 6:30 p.m. The post dialogue reception is $15-$20.

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

10 p.m.

Doomtown, Breakmouth Annie, Ex Nuns
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl
(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

This citywide event features art exhibitions and sales, demonstrations, pop-up galleries, performances, more. Visit stpaulartcrawl.org. Fri. 6-10 p.m.; Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Ping Pong Tournament
(Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 E. Lake St., Minneapolis)

Screw football. Ping pong is where it's at. The event will feature the Chef Shack food truck, music by the Parlour Suite and Brad Senne. 5-10 p.m.

Steven Hobert, Jim Chenoweth
(Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523)

7 p.m.

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Next to Normal
Next to Normal
(Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 4th St. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-0937, www.mixedblood.com)

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winner about a woman's struggles with mental illness. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Through Nov. 11. Tickets are free on a first come first served (or reserve online for $15).

Andy Elwell, Tungsten, Mages
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

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Leo Simmer
Leo Simmer Studio Collection: Nostalgic Minnesota (1960's-1980's)
(The Baroque Room, 275 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-705-6772, www.thebaroqueroom.com)

Photography. 6:30 p.m.

Fiddlers on Fire
(Ginkgo Coffeehouse: 721 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-645-2647)

7 p.m.

Patrick Harison Duo
(Cafe Maude at Loring: 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, 612-767-9080)

9 p.m.

Unseen Travels: New artworks John Largaespada
(Traffic Zone Center For Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-247-1244, www.trafficzoneart.com)

Digital photography. 5:30 to 9 p.m.

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John Largaespada, Stump with Flowers

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