There's an absurd amount of free things happening this weekend. Come take a look.
Now in its 24th year, Art-A-Whirl is the biggest open-studio festival in the nation. Over three days, artists, galleries, and even dining establishments will host a variety of happenings showcasing the talented creatives living, working, and doing business in northeast Minneapolis. You could easily kill a day wandering through a larger studio building like Northrup King, or make your way to some of the smaller gallery spaces scattered throughout the area. In addition to art, demonstrations, and receptions, many venues will also host a variety of hands-on fun. That includes Casket Arts, which will have a bicycle scramble, marching band sprints, and a giant slide in its parking lot. Indeed Brewing will have Chuck U painting a giant mural as revelers try special beer releases. The Food Building will mix art with eats, as there will be plenty of free sampling. Other happenings include neon glass blowing, live printmaking, and a variety of classes, workshops, and take-home crafts. Travel options this weekend are bountiful, too: MetroTransit will give free rides to those who download passes from the event site, and three free trolleys will make their way through a few key areas. Find all the crucial details at nemaa.org. 5-10 p.m. May 17; 12-8 p.m. May 18; 12-5 p.m. May 19; Free. Northrup King Studios, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-363-5612. –Jessica Armbruster
Twin Cities Bike to Work Day
Folks across the Twin Cities metro ride to work, with special activities hosted in a variety of locations. Hennepin County Government Center Plaza will offer free treats and resource fair and Black Dog Café will have free treats and coffee from 7-9 a.m. Find more info at www.tcbiketoworkday.org. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2010 ArtBlok Art-A-Whirl Open Studios
Tour open studios with work for sale, with food trucks, and family-friendly art events and demonstrations. 5-10 p.m. May 17; 12-8 p.m. May 18; 12-5 p.m. May 19; Free. 2010 Artblok, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.
612Brew Art-A-Whirl 2019
Featuring artwork from NEEMA members, specialty brews, food trucks, pop-up tattoo shop, and live music from the Big Wu, the Usual Things, American Revival, Hot Pink Hangover, the Morning Kings, Loons in the Attic, SlipMats Radio DJs, and more. 5-10 p.m. May 17; 1-10 p.m. May 18; 1-5 p.m. May 19; Free. 612 Brew, 945 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-217-0437.
Arff A Whirl at Art-A-Whirl 2019
Featuring a weekend of canine-themed events with personalized dog art, dog trivia, vendors, and representatives from Midwest Animal Rescue, with snacks, specialty beers, and prizes. 5-9 p.m. May 17; 1-9 p.m. May 18; 12-9 p.m. May 19; Free. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-444-3209.
Art-A-Whirl 219 at 331 Club
Art booth vendors, food, drinks, and three days of outdoor and indoor music, featuring Dua Saleh, Porcupine, Mark Mallman, Red Daughters, Brianna Kocka, Self-Evident, Rad Owl, and Deep Dark Lake on Friday, Tribute Saturday featuring Pleezer, Nivrana, Ready Freddie: A Queen Experience, Tramps Like Us, Heartless, and Blaze Bordeaux, and the Goondas, Blaha, Witch Watch, Tacky Annie, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, and Little Lizzard on Sunday. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. May 17; 12 p.m.-12 a.m. May 18; 1-9 p.m. May 19; Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.
Art-A-Whirl at Food Building
Featuring food sampling; live music from Maybe Nebraska (7 p.m. Fri.); Jim Stapley, Pelham, and Dreamboat (noon to 5 p.m. Sat.); and Old Desert Road (3 p.m. Sun.). 5-10 p.m. May 17; 12-8 p.m. May 18; 12-5 p.m. May 19; Free. Food Building,1401 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-545-5555.
Art-A-Whirl at Q.arma Building
Featuring Mostly Trees, Erik Christenson, Zaq Baker Quartet, Handsome Traveler, and Empty Alters (Fri.), Collapsing Stars, Red Eye Ruby, July Fighter, Adam Country Record, Versend, Sweater Weather, Athereal Rose, Amanda Standalone, and Chad Erickson and the Untimely (Sat.), and Noodle & Tiger, Sexy Delicious, Theyself, Keybow, and Tony Williams (Sun.). 5-10 p.m. May 17; 12-9 p.m. May 18; 11-5 p.m. May 19; Free. Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-623-3782.
Art-A-Whirl at Twin Ignition
Fundraiser for Diverse Emerging Music Organization, featuring art by Scott West and Nghia , beer, food, and live music from Lolos Ghost, Heavy Sixers, the Wreck, and Steel Cheat (Fri.), and Famous Volcanoes, Dylan Hicks, Terry Easons' Portable Devices, Rude Girl, and Umbrella Bed. 5-10 p.m. May 17; 4-10 p.m. May 18; Free; $5 suggested donation. Twin Ignition Startup Garage, 1317 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis.
Bauhaus Brew's Liquid Zoo 2019
Featuring food from Revival, Travail, and Parlour, and music from George Hadfield, Throw the House, and Viva Knievel on Friday, music festival on Saturday with the Suburbs, Nooky Jones, Solid Gold, Black Market Brass, Chris Koza, Mina Moore, and Static Panic, and Made By Hands Art & Crafts Extra-Vaganza on Sunday. 3-11 p.m. May 17; 12-11 p.m. May 18; 12-6 p.m. May 19; Free. Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-276-6911.
Indeed Brewing presents Whirlygig 2019
Three-day festival over Art-A-Whirl weekend, featuring specialty beers, food, art gallery, live painting from Chuck U, tented Biergarten, and live music from the Bad Man, Har Mar Superstar, Happy Apple, Alpha Consumer, Kiss the Tiger, Halloween, Alaska, Sam Cassidy, and more. Proceeds benefit Indeed We Can. 5-11 p.m. May 17; 12-11 p.m. May 18; 12-8 p.m. May 19; $1 drinking wristband; Free. Indeed Brewing Company, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-843-5090.
Cosmic Collections: Audio/Visuals by Partial Traces
With contemporary porcelain by Brynne Macosko Paguyo. Daily from May 17-19; Free. Casket Arts Community, 681 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-5551.
Hotpants Soul & Funk Dance Night
10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fri. Free. James Ballentine "Uptown" VFW - Post 246, 2916 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-823-6233.
Catherine Sullivan: The Startled Faction
Lean in, or resist? That is a question of extreme contemporary relevance, especially for women, and it’s at the heart of Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Catherine Sullivan’s film. Presented in an installation format at the progressive Hair + Nails gallery, the work features nine characters examining the costs of uncompensated labor, sensitivity training, and scenes from a 1954 film about a New Mexico zinc mine strike. How each character expresses complaint, resistance, passivity, anger, or suffering comes through clearly. Mirroring many of today’s most pertinent social issues, the performance (which includes gallery co-founder and dance artist Kristin Van Loon) defines and transgresses boundaries. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Hair and Nails Gallery, 2222 1/2 E. 35th St., Minneapolis; 612-229-0585. --Camille LeFevre
Billy Dankert and the High Mids
7 p.m. Fri. Free. Driftwood Char Bar, 4415 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-354-3402.
Can Can Wonderland Karaoke
Hosted by Silly Miss Tilly. All ages. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Every Fri. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.
MCAD MFA Exhibition
Group show featuring student work. Public reception 6-9 p.m. Fri., May 17. Free. MCAD - MFA Building, 2201 First Avenue S., Minneapolis; 612-874-3700.
McKnight Discussion Series at Mia: Irene Hofmann, Harriet Bart, and Jeremy Lundquist
RSVP and more info at ticket.artsmia.org. 6:30 p.m. May 17; Free; RSVP required. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131.
Off the Hook Festival
Family-friendly fishing festival featuring hands-on instruction, educational opportunities about nature and conservation, games, snacks, and photo opportunities. 4-8 p.m. May 17; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily from May 18-19; Free. Thomas Beach, Bde Maka Ska, 3700 Thomas Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-230-6400.
Organ Celebration Weekend
Celebration of Colonial's newly rebuilt organ, with performances, reception, a recital from St. Olaf students, and dedicatory hymn festival. 7 p.m. May 17; 2 p.m. May 18; 9:30 a.m. May 19; Free. Colonial Church, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina; 952-925-2711.
Spring Open House and Celebration
Featuring the new owner, Nick Ballas, and new staff, drinks and snacks, book-related games, and giveaways. 4-7 p.m. May 17; Free. Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; 651-225-8989.
Summer Flower Show
Featuring a mixture of roses and lilies, with filler plants augmenting the main colors of lavender, purple and peach. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily from April 27-Sept. 29; Free. Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul; 651-487-8200.
Group tap dance lessons. 4-6 p.m. Every Fri. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261.
The Art of High Style: Minnesota Couture 1880-1914
Featuring historic dress from the Minnesota Historical Society collection set in context with paintings and works on paper from Mia's collection. May 16-Aug. 4; Free. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-3131.
The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night
10 p.m. Every Fri. Free. The Corner Bar, 1501 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-339-4333.
Who Is She
Comedy variety show hosted by Kate McCarthy, featuring Tommy Bayer, Lieutenant Sunnie, Shannan Paul, BollyProv, and Jeb Shrub. 7:30 p.m. May 17; Free. Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-746-0306.
Part tiki party, part dog pageant, Art-thou-Luau returns this weekend for a freakin’ cute day of pups and drinking. This year, the canine pageant is being expanded to three contests, meaning there’ll be triple the parade of pets in funny getups. Past years have included dogs in tutus, dogs in Hawaiian shirts, dogs with top hats, a dog sporting water wings, and even a dog with his own tiki hut. Local comedian Maggie Faris will lead the ceremonies, and there will be a dog park/lounge area where you and your furry buddy can chill out and make friends. 12 p.m.-2 a.m. May 18; Free. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-9069. –Jessica Armbruster
Flow, Coffee, Whirl
Free yoga with CorePower Yoga. Saturday, 10 a.m. Dogwood Coffee Company.
Art-A-Whirl at Sovereignty Recording
Open studio event at the recording studio inside the Waterbury Building, featuring live performances by DENNY, Purple Funk Metropolis, Jillian Rae, Elle PF, and Bora York. 12-8 p.m. May 18; Free. Sovereignty Recording, 1121 NE Jackson St., Minneapolis; 269-598-4681.
Grumpy's Art-A-Whirl 2019
Featuring the Blind Shake, the Bad Man, Tongue Party, Killer Hill, Green/Blue, Calvin Krime, China City, Lutheran Heat, Sam Cassidy, and Go For Retro. 1-11 p.m. May 18; Free. Grumpy's Northeast, 2200 4th St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-789-7429.
Doors Open Minneapolis
This weekend is an urban explorer’s delight, as over 100 buildings, businesses, and areas normally closed to the public will open their doors and invite you in to wander, take tours, and see parts of Minneapolis you may never have access to again. No matter what your interest, there’s something for you to check out. Lovers of theater arts can venture into cast-only areas at the Ritz, Music Box, and Mixed Blood theaters. Or check out Hennepin Theatre Trust’s office space downtown. Foodies may appreciate stopping by Kramarczuk’s, Gluek’s, and the Food Building. Political buffs and the civic-minded should dig having access to lesser-traveled spaces in the Minneapolis Convention Center, Hennepin County Government Center, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Other places that sound pretty exciting: Suburban World Theater, Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, and Lakewood Cemetery. Get to know your city in a brand-new way. For the complete list of happenings and locations, visit www.doorsopenminneapolis.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily from May 18-19; Free. Hennepin Theatre Trust, 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-455-9500. –Jessica Armbruster
VFW Flea Market
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. James Ballentine "Uptown" VFW - Post 246, 2916 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-823-6233.
Resonance: A Sound Art Marathon
Daylong experimental music marathon featuring Tarek Atoui, Philip Blackburn, Jules Gimbrone, Walter Kitundu, Haroon Mirza, Matana Roberts, Christine Sun Kim, Craig Taborn, and Camille Norment. 12-10 p.m. May 18; Free. Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis; 612-375-7600.
Summer Brewery Tour: Lakes & Legends
Dog friendly brewery party featuring treats from Beer Paws Dog Treats, raffle prizes, and $1 per pints sold donated to a dog rescue. 3-6 p.m. May 18; Free. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis; 612-999-6020.
North Star Chapter's Summit Brewery Show
History is more than the war stories told in classroom textbooks. It can be found in what we wear, how we talk, what we eat, and what we drink. Beer bottles, for example, show off how technology has changed over the years, and the labels reveal art and design elements from the past. While Minnesota is fast approaching 200 breweries today, each with their own style, it’s all rooted in the past. See how by examining relics of bygone eras, courtesy of the North Star Chapter Breweriana Club. This event takes place at Summit, St. Paul’s oldest continually running brewery. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18; Free. Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul; 651-265-7800. –Loren Green
Twin Town Guitars Music Showcase
Featuring an Eagles tribute band, with students of Twin Town Guitars performing. 4 p.m. May 18; Free. Mortimer's, 2001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-871-5591.
Urban Birding Festival
Featuring bird-themed crafts and trivia, presentations about bird-friendly practices and bird identification, and family-friendly activities throughout the day. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18; Free. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington; 952-854-5900.
Tarot Love: A Painterly Portrayal of a Tarot Card Deck
Paintings by Kei Gratton. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Sat., May 18. Free. Gallery 360, 3011 W. 50th St., Minneapolis; 612-925-2400.
Layers of Time
Paintings and works on paper by Clarence Morgan, Stuart Nielsen, and Howard Oransky. Opening reception 8-10 p.m. Sat., May 18. Free. Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis; 612-436-1151.
Hopkins Mainstreet Day
Arts and crafts fair featuring local and Midwestern artists and vendors, food booths, live music, family entertainment, train rides, and face painting. More info at mainstreetdaysartsandcraftfair.weebly.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18; Free. Hopkins Main Street, Between 7th and 12th Avenues N., Hopkins; 612-460-0522.
Mill City Farmers Market
Long running market in the shadow of Mill Ruins Park, featuring local, sustainable, and organic groceries and produce, with weekly cooking clinics and live entertainment. More info at www.millcityfarmersmarket.org. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. from May 4-Oct. 26; Free. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis; 612-341-7555.
Bruce Tapola: Free Spirit
7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Sadie Halie Projects, 3653 25th Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Clown Glass's 19th Anniversary Sale
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Daily from May 18-19; Clown Glass, 2114 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-870-6211.
Game of Thrones Series Finale Viewing Party
According to online security firm Kaspersky, Game of Thrones was the most pirated television program of 2018, and it still holds strong in 2019. Well, not everyone can afford cable or wants to “borrow” an HBO login from a relative or friend. This Sunday, fans can watch the show without committing a crime, as New Hope Cinema Grill will screen the series finale in its theater. Who is going to kick it? Who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne? Will you get closure on the hundreds of open threads? Watch and find out. There will also be GOT-themed drinks and giveaways. 7-10 p.m. May 19; Free. Cinema Grill & Outtakes Bar, 2749 Winnetka Ave. N., New Hope; 763-417-0017. –Jessica Armbruster
31st Annual Dandelion Day Celebration
Featuring dandelion arts and crafts, face painting, recipe booklet, tours, and period costumes. 1-4 p.m. May 19; Free; donations accepted. Ard Godfrey House, 50 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-870-8001.
45th Annual Linden Hills Festival
Featuring food and drinks from local vendors, beer garden, kids games, crafts, silent auction, used book sale, artist and vendor marketplace, live music, chess tournament, free yoga, and more. 1-5 p.m. May 19; Free. Linden Hills, 43rd and Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis.
7-11 p.m. Every Sun. Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365.
Como: Making a Global Impact
Lecture series featuring a different conservation champion sharing stories, photos, and videos from their work in the field. No lecture on Easter Sunday (Apr. 21). Lineup and more info at www.comozooconservatory.org. 10:30 p.m. Every Sun. from April 7-May 31; Free. Como Zoo, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul; 651-487-8200.
Ghost Stories In the Park
Ghost stories derived from Thai and African American culture performed by local actors. 6 p.m. May 19; Free. Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul; 651-224-4601.
Minneapolis Vintage Market
Featuring vintage pieces from collectors across the midwest. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19; Free; $10 early-bird admission at 11 a.m. Royal Foundry Craft Spirits, 241 Fremont Ave. N., Minneapolis.
Minnesota Boychoir Spring Concert
4:30 p.m. May 19; Free. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 N. Dale St., St. Paul; 651-227-8295.
Weekly residency with a variety of special guests and opening acts. 7-9 p.m. Every Sun. Free. Palmer's Bar, 500 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-7625.
Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen
Author and illustrator present their new book, 'The Lost Forest.' 5 p.m. May 19; Free. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-4611.
Birthday Celebration & Cheerful Farewell Party
North Loop boutique Hazel & Rose is turning three with a party. They’re also bidding a fond farewell to original store owner, Emma Olson, so pop over to celebrate the new chapter with discounts, drinks, and the coolest sustainable, responsible fashions around. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Hazel & Rose, 117 N. Eighth Ave., Minneapolis. –Kara Nesvig
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