Bacon Fest, beer, Hotpants East: Freeloader Friday

L-R: Lift Bridge throws a b-day bash, John Bruggeman creates imaginary landscapes, and Altered Esthetics explores fables
It's crunch time for enjoying summer, as we only have a precious few weekends left. Thankfully, there's an insane amount of free stuff to this weekend, including parties celebrating bacon and beer, gallery shows honoring local artists, and dance parties to get your weekend bumping.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

Kiri Ostergaard Leonard, Red Riding Hood

(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

Group show explores tall tales, legends, and more. 7-10 p.m.

Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Hotpants East
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

10 p.m.

Javier & the Innocent Sons, Cooker John
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

7 p.m.

Heidi Swanson, Taste of Thailand
City Seen
(Urban Village SalonSpa, 134 Western Avenue N., Saint Paul, 651-330-8404)

Photography by Heidi Swanson. 6-8 p.m.

Strait A's, Rad Payoff, Meat Wave, the Rafters
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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

With Jonathan Ackerman.

The Histronic, Mike Moilanen, Four Feet
(Memory Lanes: 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-721-6211)

10 p.m.  

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

10:30 p.m.

Sons of Soul

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Dan Bruggeman, Park Hill and Overlook
Dan Bruggeman
(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800,

Fictional landscapes. 5-8 p.m.

(Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum: 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis, 612-625-9494)

With Charlie Van Stee, William Within, Beasthead. 7:30 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.

Sougwen Chung: Chiaro/Oscuro
(Public Functionary, 1400 12th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, 612-978-5566,

This show features 30+ works of traditional drawing technique, digital reproduction, video animation, and projection mapping. The gallery will host special activities each weekend on Friday evenings from 8 p.m. to midnight through Sept. 27. Read more about the exhibition here

Concrete & Grass Lowertown Music Festival
(Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul)

With Lucy Michelle, Marimba Africa, Alison Scott on  Fri.; Halloween Alaska, the Sphericals, MN Opera, and more on Sat. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 4-10 p.m.

Tom Maakestad, Hill Top Farm
Tom Maakestad
(Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, 612-377-7800,

Landscape paintings. 5-8 p.m.

Taste of Greece

(St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-9595)

With wine tastings, food, live music, coffee crawl, 5K run, art, dance, more. More info at Fri.-Sat. 12-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-6 p.m.

First Friday Films: MN Original
(MMAA Project Space, 334 N. Robert St., Saint Paul,

Screening of the popular TPT program features artists Harriet Bart, Anthony Caponi, Frank Gaard, Mary Griep, and Warren MacKenzie. 6:30 p.m.

Goodbye Kaunas
(Nina's Coffee Cafe, 165 N. Western Ave., St. Paul, 651-292-9816)

Works by Peter and Solvei Stohl. 7-9 p.m.

Just Curious: MCAD Faculty Exhibition
(MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700,

Public reception 6-8 p.m.

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