ArtCars, Ghostbusters, art by Jaime Hernandez: Freeloader Friday

From left to right: Aquatennial fireworks, art by Jaime Hernandez, an ArtCar at last year's parade
There's a lot of free fun to be had this weekend, including film screenings in the park, fireworks along the river, and a retrospective show at MCAD featuring work by Love and Rockets' Jaime Hernandez.

It's going to be a good weekend. Come take a look at our list and plan it wisely.

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Highland Fest
(Highland Park Neighborhood Community, 2065 Ford Parkway, St. Paul)

Featuring a juried art fair, live music on two stages, food, amusement rides, a 5K, a strongman competition, and a craft-brew tasting. More info at Fri. 2-10:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tin Hare
(Ginkgo Coffeehouse: 721 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-645-2647)

Nikki & the RueMates

(Hell's Kitchen: 80 S. 9th St., Minneapolis, 612-332-4700)

10 p.m. 

Middle Eastern Festival
(St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1250 Oakdale Ave., West St. Paul, 651-457-0854)

With Middle Eastern cuisine, live entertainment, traditional marketplace, silent auction, children's games, camel rides, music by the John Khoury Band, more. More info at Fri.-Sat. 12-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-6 p.m.

Nate Stottrup, Ode to Mozo
9 til Midnight: The 23rd Cooperative Exhibition
(Highpoint Center For Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326,

6:30-9 p.m.

Vacation Dad, Richard Garvey
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

Bill Koncar
(Mario's Keller Bar: 2300 NE University Ave., Minneapolis, 612-781-3860)

9 p.m.

Voodoo, Porch Knights, Hot Damn, One Man Dan
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
(Minnesota Music Cafe: 501 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699)

(Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis, 612-230-6400,

I ain't 'fraid of no ghost. Film screens at dusk.

Toki Wright, Sarah White, DJ Don Cuco
(Northrop Memorial Auditorium Plaza: 229 Northrop 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-625-6003)

7 p.m.

Play Date, Volume 1: Coming Out Party
(SOOlocal: A Division of SooVAC, 3506 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2263)

The Buoyant Group showcases several original stories through video, models in bathing suits, flash fiction written on doll's torsos, and activities. 7-10 p.m.

All Tomorrow's Petty, Sam Cassidy
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Brad Bellows & Donald Washington Quartet
(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar: 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274)

8 p.m.

Nancy Olson, Laura Triplett
(The Coffee Grounds: 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-9959)

8 p.m.

Rita Corrigan, Rushing Water
Pastel Society's Annual Member Exhibit
(Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, 952-563-8587,

6-8 p.m.

Disacus, Stickysmash, the Darners
(Driftwood Char Bar: 4415 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3402)

9 p.m.

Switched at Birth
(Dulono's: 607 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-1726)

8 p.m.

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

10:30 p.m.

Crazy Chester, Groove Machine
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

8 p.m.

As You Like It
(Wolfe Park, 3700 Montery Drive, Minneapolis)

The Public Theater of Minnesota presents the Forest of Arden among the trees at Wolfe Park. Friday-Sunday, 8 p.m.

Teen Beach Party
(Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul)

With games, dancing, prizes. Movie screening starts at 7 p.m. 5 p.m.

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