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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