North Star Grand Prix, Northern Spark, Stone Arch Bridge Fest: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have a ton of performances and happenings to take in at Northern Spark, an intense pro-bicycle race (with lots of freebies for spectators), theater in the parks, and lots of street fests. Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

Stephanie Williams

North Star Grand Prix: Uptown Minneapolis Criterium
(Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)

Featuring men's and women's races, kids' fun race, bike expo, more. For more info visit 4:30-9 p.m.

L&I Kickstand Lot Party
(Lake & Irving, 1513 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, (612)-354-2453,

With live music, food and beverage, more. 3 p.m.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival
(Stone Arch Bridge, 219 S. Main St., Minneapolis, 612-230-6400,

With art, live music, family activities, more. More info at Fri. 7-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

St. Louis Park Parktacular
(Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park)

With live music, family events, food and beverage, fishing, kayak and canoe rides, sports events, petting zoo and pony rides, art displays and sales, more. For tickets and info visit Fri. 2-11 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Twelfth Night

Theatre Pro Rata presents Shakespeare's comedy outdoors at various Twin Cities locations. 6:30 p.m. Friday's show is at Lake Phalen Amphitheater (1600 Phalen Drive, St. Paul), Saturday's at University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska, 952-443-1400), and Sunday's at Union Depot (214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-202-2700).

Maeth, Falcon Arrow, Strange

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

10 p.m.

Coax from Chuckanut, Mike Gunther, Inner Beauty Pageant, Almighty American
(Acadia Cafe: 329 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-8702)

All ages. 9 p.m.

Funky Friday  
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

With DJ Larry Englund. 5 p.m.

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Lutheran Heat, Braver, Now People, Pleasure Barons
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

(Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill: 1623 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis, 763-450-9999)

9:30 p.m.

32 Headshots
(Whiskey Junction: 901 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-9550)

9:30 p.m.

Lady Luck
(Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill: 33 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-224-8181)

18+. 9 p.m.

Tin Drum
(The Underground Music Cafe: 1579 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-9959)

7 p.m.

Midsummer Festival
(Dancing Dragonfly Winery, 2013 120th Ave., Saint Croix Falls, 715-483-9463,

Music, art, craft, and food vendors. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

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