Cinco de Mayhem, unicorns, Kentucky Derby, free maibock: Freeloader Friday

Can afford to make it to Comic Con? No worries. There are a ton of free things to do this weekend that are completely awesome. There's a party celebrating unicorns, three Town Hall breweries offering a pint of free beer (no, really!), a handful of Cinco de Mayo festivals, and plenty more.

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

Holly Grimsrud

(Flow Art Space, 308 E. Prince St., Saint Paul, 612-564-3569,

Group show exploring gender and femininity. 6-9 p.m.

The Blind Shake, Seawhores, Myrrh, Dentist
(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. 9 p.m.

Reilly Chance, Martin (Solo Album Release), the Further Adjustments
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Image courtesy of the MIA
Art in Bloom
(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-3131,

Floral artists interpret pieces in the MIA's collection with flowers. With talks, tours, activities, demonstrations, more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. The main show is free; but some events require fees and reservations.

MCAD 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition and Reception
(Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-363-5612,

6-9 p.m.

Andrew Gramm, Mantis Men
Man Up
(Grey Gallery 901, 18 1/2 Ave. NE, Minneapolis)

Group show, curated by Altered Esthetics, explores masculinity in the modern era. 7-10 p.m.

Passing Strange
(Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 4th St. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-0937,

Mixed Blood brings a local production of the Tony Award winning musical to the stage. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through May 11. Free; $20 guaranteed seats.

Janice Reuland, Evolution 01
Ruckus Art Spring Show
(Waterbury Center, 1121 Jackson St. NE Ste. 106, Minneapolis)

Featuring over 100 pieces of art. 6-9 p.m.

Blue Dog

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

9 p.m.

Lowertown First Fridays
(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

Monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit 6-9 p.m.

A Is for Afton, Z Is for Zippel Bay: An Exploration of Minnesota State Parks
(AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651-255-6624,

6-9 p.m.

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