Pride Fest, Chris Kluwe, MN Food Truck Fair: Freeloader Friday

Jessica Armbruster
A double rainbow visited the sky during last year's Pride weekend
Pride weekend is here, and there's plenty of reason to celebrate this year. We've got the low-down on where to go and what to do in the Twin Cities for free. There's also tons of free rock concerts, art gallery exhibitions, and the MN Food Truck Fair to check out.

Take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

See also:
Pride Week: 8 things to see and so besides the big parade

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Photo by Sasha Landskov

Uptown Pride Block Party
(Outside of Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-3737,

With music by L'Assassins, Chastity Brown, Sick of Sarah, Southside Desire; performances by Dykes Do Drag, Epitome No Question; appearances by North Star Roller Girls; Tipsy Bike Karaoke; food and beverage vendors. Proceeds benefit OutFront MN. 6-10 p.m.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival
(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul)

At several locations in downtown and Lowertown St. Paul. The main stage at Mears Park features Kenny Werner Trio, Ariel Pocock, the Illicit Sextet, and more on Friday; Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Matt Slocum & Walter Smith III, JazzMN Orchestra with Connie Evingson, and more on Saturday. For tickets and info, visit Fri. 4-10:30 p.m.; Sat. 1-10:30 p.m.

Little Man, Driftwood Pyre

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

10 p.m.

Prissy Clerks, With Teenage Strangler, NPC's, Wolf Mountain, Laos, Heaven on Howitzers
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Castor Coal, the Anglophiles, Eustice the Dragon
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m. 

Photo courtesy Twin Cities Pride
Woman by Shanna Allyn
2013 Pride Art Show: I Have Pride
(Aloft Hotel, 900 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-455-8400)

Through July 19.

Brutus, Mark Stone, Kick Acid Band, the Goodbars
(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

9 p.m.

Duels of the Iron Mic  
(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

With DJ Kool Akeim, Truth Maze. 9 p.m.

The Scott Bixby Band
(Mario's Keller Bar: 2300 NE University Ave., Minneapolis, 612-781-3860)

9 p.m.

49er Days
(Fridley Common Park, 6250 7th St. NE, Fridley)

Featuring a street party with Power of 10 Friday, music from Chris Brooks Saturday, plus senior and kids' activities, a beer tent, bingo, and more. More info at Fri. 7-11 p.m.; Sat.  1-11 p.m.

Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists 2013 Members Show & Tributaries
(Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson, 715-386-2305,

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Blaine Festival
(Aquatore Park, 9150 Highway 65 NE, Blaine)

Featuring nightly concerts, crafts, kids' activities, food and beer, softball tournament, car show, parade on Saturday, petting zoo, and more. More info at Fri. 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat. 11-midnight; Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Earle Brown Festival
(Brooklyn Center Central Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Pky., Brooklyn Center, 763-569-3382)

With a golf tournament and kids' jamboree Friday; craft and business expo, kids' activities, big-band concert, fireworks, and more Saturday. More info at Fri. 12:30-2 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Romeo and Juliet
(The Overlook, 145 Washington St., River Falls)

Shakespeare in the park! Visit for the full schedule and list of locations. 7 p.m. Also Sat. at 7 p.m. at  Kenwood Park (2101 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis) and Sun. at 2 p.m. at Lake Harriet Rose Garden (4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis).

The Afterwork Jumpoff
(Insert Coin(s): 315 1st Avenue N., Minneapolis, 612-564-4016)

5 p.m.

Love Free or Die
(St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis, 612-870-7800,

This award winning documentary follows Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. 7 p.m.

Love Free or Die, Official Trailer (2011) from Auburn Seminary on Vimeo.

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