Boom Island beer, sandcastle building, Mad King Thomas: Freeloader Friday

L-R: Boom Island Beer, Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow, Aquatennial Beach Party
This week in Freeloader Friday we have freaks on motorcycles, an outdoor beer festival, a beach party, and a nighttime dance performance.

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


Boom Days
(Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.227.9635,

With special brews, Belgian cultural activities, live music, Triviasco with Ian Rans, food trucks, and more. Fri. 4-9 p.m.; Sat. 1-9 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.

Brian Fanelli
Spinning Stories, this Saturday at noon

Crowd-sourced citywide bike festival features bike tours, art, storytelling events, music, more. Read more about it here, and visit for the full schedule. Through Sunday.

Minneapolis Aquatennial
(Various locations)

This huge, city-wide festival features sporting events, a torchlight parade, fireworks, concerts, street parties, beach bashes, and more celebrating summertime in the city. Things kick off Friday with a water-ski show featuring the Cities River Rats on the Mississippi River. For more info, including a complete schedule, visit July 18-26.

Cristopher the Conquered, Jim Crego & the North Electric, Mike Nicolai
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Miriam Rudolph, My Minneapolis
S I L V E R: The 25th Cooperative Exhibition
(Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-1326,

6:30-9 p.m.

Highland Fest
(Ford Parkway, St. Paul)

Featuring a juried art fair, live music, food, amusement rides, a 5K, home expo, more. For more info visit Fri. 4:45-11 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Log Jam
(Lowell Park, Water St. from Mulberry St. S. to Nelson St., Stillwater)

With live music, family activities, sports, lumberjack demonstrations, food and beverage vendors, fishing tournament, more. For tickets and info visit Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

(Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive, Minneapolis, 763-682-4590)

The Public Theater of Minnesota presents Shakespeare's violent tragedy outdoors. Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 27.
A Natural Measure of Time
(Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-436-1151,

New drawings by Howard Oransky. 6-8 p.m.

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

With live music and entertainment, cuisine, traditional marketplace, silent auction, family activities, camel rides, more. For more info visit Fridays-Sundays, 12-10 p.m.

(Bloomington Center For The Arts, Inez Greenburg Gallery, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, 952-563-4777,

Work by Sally Brown. 6-8 p.m.

80th Hopkins Raspberry Festival
(Hopkins Central Park, 101 17th Ave. S., Hopkins, 952-935-8474)

This city-wide celebration features a parade, sporting events, scavenger hunt, live music, and more. For a complete schedule, visit Through July 20.

Gene Luen Yang
(Wild Rumpus, 2720 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis, 612-920-5005,

The author and graphic novelist discusses his recent work Boxers and Saints and takes part in an audience Q&A. 7 p.m.

Summer Outdoor Movies: Stranger Than Fiction
(St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-266-7000,

9 p.m.

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