Freeloader Friday: July 17-19

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(photo by roland)

There's never a dearth of free things to do this summer. After the jump I have free festivals, music shows, and birthday cupcakes. Come take a closer look.

FRIDAY:

Aquatennial Labor Neighborhood Block Party
(Nicollet Mall, between 3rd & 4th Streets, Minneapolis, 612.376.7669, www.aquatennial.com)

The Aquatennial kicks off this Friday with a block party and concert at Nicollet Mall. Show up at 5 p.m. ready to flash back to a time where "Found Out About You" and "Hey Jealousy" were on the radio. There will also be great local music with blues by the Lamont Cranston Band and rock with Rocket Club.

13 vs Summer Funk

(Gallery 13, 811 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, 651.592.5503, www.gallery13.com)

This huge group art show (I'm counting about 60 artists listed on the press release) opens with an artists' reception this Friday from 6-9pm. Even if only a fourth of the artists show up you are guaranteed a party. Larry & the Virtual Grass /Roots Artgarden Orchestra will be providing tunes.

Highland Fest 2009
(Ford Parkway, from Finn to the amusement rides at Kenneth Avenue, www.highlandfest.com)

Hey look! Another big street festival! This one will have several live music stages, included an acoustic stage where local musicians can recreate MTV's Unplugged. There will also be strong-man competitions, dance performances, fireworks, and juried art. 2-10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Fables from the New Frontier

(The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, 612.623.9176, www.soapfactory.org)

In response to "Frontier Preachers," a gallery show featuring 11 artists from New Orleans, local authors will read poetry and prose. With Taiko drumming. 8 p.m.
 
SATURDAY:

Tour de Fat
(Parade Field, 600 Kenwood Pkwy., Minneapolis, 612.370.4846, www.newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat)

Bike into the park (or walk or drive) and enjoy a festival dedicated to the joys of bicycle riding. Enjoy live music, a costumed bike parade, and watch someone give up their car in exchange for a pimped-out commuter bike. Proceeds from beer and merchandise goes towards local cycling non-profits. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

East Harriet Rosefest
(Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.370.4948, www.eastharriet.org)

This low-key festival will feature free activities including live music, kickball games, tours of the Theodore Wirth house and garden, and a car show. Noon to 8 p.m.

Nathan Rabin
(Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.822.4611, www.magersandquinn.com)

Part pop-culture overload (like Chuck Klosterman), part memories of a messed-up childhood and home life (like Augusten Burroughs), Onion-writer Nathan Rabin's autobiographical The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture tells a tale as heartwarming as it is harrowing. 7 p.m.

Anniversary Celebration
(ROBOTlove, 2648 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.871.9393, www.robotlove.biz)

Yeah, this is the store with all the cool collectibles and toys. Saturday during store hours they will be celebrating their 5th birthday party with cupcakes, prize drawings, music, and other fun surprises.

SUNDAY:

Sling Shot Hip Hop
(Bedlam Theater, 1501 S. 6th St., Minneapolis, 612.341.1038, www.bedlamtheatre.org)

Ever wonder what Palestinian hip hop sounds like? Check out this documentary. 9 p.m.

Roma Di Luna
(St. Anthony Main Summer Concert Series, 213 SE Main St., Minneapolis, 612.378.1226)
 
At the stroke of 5 p.m. Roma Di Luna will play their unique brand of Americana folk with a modern twist.

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