Fourth of July, pantless bike rides, beer parties: Freeloader Friday

Fourth of July makes this weekend blessedly long, meaning the Freeloader Friday is here on a Thursday. In this installment we have things to do to kick off your holiday celebrations right, including two different beer parties. We also have a ton of patriotic festivals, firework shows, rock concerts, dance and theater in the park, and A Prairie Home Companion's epic 40th b-day party.

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

Shana Berger & Nathan Purath

(The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-623-9176,

This exhibition features work from nine emerging artists from across North America. Hours Fourth of July weekend are 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 3, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 6.

Red, White, and Boom Movies and Music
(Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St., Minneapolis, 651-642-1049)

Featuring live music by Bomba de Luz and a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. For more info, visit 7 p.m.

Brewer-in-Residence: Kevin Welch
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-253-3410,

Kind of like an artist-in-residence, the Walker is hosting several brewer-in-residences this summer. This evening will feature special beer samples and flights with Kevin Welch of Boom Island Brewing Company. 5 p.m.

Kivi & Pray, the Heart Pills
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

9:30 p.m.

(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112)

9 p.m.

Aaron Davidson
The Growler Magazine 2nd Birthday Beer Bash
(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424,

Featuring a silent disco, food trucks, beer-themed films, special offerings from craft breweries, and more. 6-10 p.m.

The Mad Ripple Hootenanny
(Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184)

5:30 p.m.

The Jelly Project, Oxford Coma, Breed, Crooked Saws
(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

9 p.m.

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Love's Labor's Lost

The Classical Actors Ensemble presents an outdoor production of Shakespeare's play. Thu. 7 p.m. at Newell Park (900 N. Fairview Ave., St. Paul), Fri. 7 p.m. at Powderhorn Park (3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis), Sat. 7 p.m. at Lake of the Isles (2500 Lake Isles Pkwy., Minneapolis), and Sun. 2 p.m. at Centennial Lakes Park and Putting Course (7499 France Ave., Edina).

Apple Valley Freedom Days
(Johnny Cake Ridge Park, 5800 W. 140th St., Apple Valley, 952-985-3463)

Featuring carnival, food and beverage vendors, 4th of July fireworks and parade, family events, more. For more info, visit Thu. 5-10 p.m.; Fri. 1-11 p.m.

Eagan's July 4th Funfest
(Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, 651-675-5550,

With a carnival, live music, food and beverages, games, competitions, car show, fireworks, and more. Thu. 2 p.m.-midnight; Fri. 10-midnight.

Richfield 4th of July
(Veterans Memorial Park, 6400 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, 612-861-9385)

With family activities, car show, street dance, fireworks, live music, more. For more info, visit Thu. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 1-11 p.m.

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These are all sheeple events. Waaaaay too many home breweries. You can do just so much to fermented yeast. The mini breweries are way too expensive for what they offer, which is mainly bitter brew.

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