Bikes, indie music, opera, Juneteenth: Freeloader Friday

Ruben Nusz at "2012/13 McKnight Visual Artists Exhibition" at MCAD
The weekend is finally here, and it might actually be sunny. Here's a list of free stuff happening this weekend. Start planning now; it will be Monday before you know it.

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Photo by Stephanie Williams

Nature Valley Grand Prix: Uptown Minneapolis Criterium
(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Men and women pro cyclists races at breakneck speeds around several blocks in the heart of Uptown. There will also be a kids' fun race, a bike expo, and more. More info at 4:30-9 p.m.

The Japhies
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Oaks (Release show), Leisure Birds, Diva 93, Hyax
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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Paper Darts POP-UP: A Storefront for Storytellers
(SOOlocal: A Division of SooVAC, 3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263)

Featuring special events showcasing over 25 different organizations, artists, and writers. Come for the free opening reception from 8:30-11 p.m. on Friday features live music from Black Diet, technicolor GIF art, photos, and a cash bar (the reading at 7 p.m. is $10). For a complete schedule, visit Read more about it here.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival
(Stone Arch Bridge, 219 S. Main St., Minneapolis)

Featuring 250 artists, 3 performance stages, family art park, Father's Day car show, food market. More info at Through Sunday.

Bike Walk Week

This city-wide event encourages folks to commute via bike and foot. With tune-up stations, safety classes, and other fun happenings. For a complete schedule, visit Read more about it here. Through Saturday.  

Jim Denomie, The Creative Oven
2012/13 McKnight Visual Artists Exhibition
(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700,

Read more about McKnight artist Jim Denomie and the painting right, which was an idea 15 years in the making, here. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Also opening at MCAD Friday:

Artists of All Ages

Tucker's Robot
(Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, 612-874-6338,

Young Tucker finds a robot in the garage, takes it home, and mayhem ensues! Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. Continues through June 15.

The Friendly Beers, Rob Stealcheat, Gary Pruitt & 2 1/2 Brains, Dragich & the Trainwreck
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m. 18+.

Coldwater Spring BioBlitz
(Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive S., Minneapolis)

Help count plants and animals over a 24-hour period. More info at 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Willie Waldman Project
(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

9 p.m.

James Wallace
(Red Stag Supper Club: 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-767-7766)

10:30 p.m.

MN Opera Under the Stars: La Boheme
(Harriet Island, 200 Drive Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul)

Puccini's classic opera outdoors. 7:30 p.m. Also at Lake Harriet Bandshell (4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis) Sat.

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

10 p.m.  

Poverty Hash, Crooked Saws
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

Midway-Frogtown Arborators
(The Coffee Grounds: 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-9959)

8 p.m.

Dead Larry, Sherbetty, Item 9 & the Mad Haters, Chants & Seas
(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

9 p.m.

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