Freeloader Friday: New Year's weekend


This week in free stuff to do we have ways to ring in the New Year's, places to party later on if you're not too hungover, and plenty of other fun stuff that won't cost anything. Come take a look. 


UnderCurrentMPLS Presents: Bae Tigre

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454,


With Nightosaur, Strange Relations, Wretch, and Daisy Chains. 10 p.m. 

Hey, That's My Jam!: A Very 90s New Year's Eve

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

With Hey There Handsome and Slow Moe. 10 p.m.

Back Alley New Year's Eve Blast

(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

8:30 p.m. 

Free Rides

All area MetroTransit routes are free. More info at 6 p.m.-3 a.m. 

Noon Year's Party

(Como Zoo, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, 651-487-8200,

Featuring noise-maker making, zookeeper talks, giveaways, music, and a beach ball drop at noon. Held in the Visitor Center. Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  



Lowertown First Fridays

(Lowertown, 5th St. E. & Sibley St., St Paul)

Monthly event features open studios and galleries, food and drink specials, performances, music, more. For more info visit 4-7 p.m. 

Tin Can Gin 

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

With Mike Munson. 10 p.m.

"Rouge" by Joanna Kotze
Photo by William Cameron

"Rouge" by Joanna Kotze Photo by William Cameron


(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

With Jonathan Ackerman. 9 p.m.


Open House

(Zenon Dance Company And School, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-338-1101,


Featuring free classes for adults and kids, with enrollment discounts, and giveaways. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Ross Kleiner & the Thrill

(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Free First Saturdays

(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,


Featuring special activities for families themed with the current exhibits. This month's installment includes Young Americans, a kid dance party featuring DJ Jake Rudh. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Meat-Free Meat pop-up with The Herbivorous Butcher

(Sisyphus Brewing, 712 W. Ontario Ave., # 100, Minneapolis)

With beer and eats. Sample vegan meats and cheese. Pre-order online early if you plan on taking something home. Noon to 3 p.m.


Nancy’s Raygun

(Kitty Cat Klub: 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-331-9800)

9 p.m.


(Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-225-8989,

Monthly series explores short stories and the real life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. First Sunday of every month, 4 p.m.  

Monkey Bar Dance Residency

(Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 651-209-0597,

Featuring choreography duo Non Edwards and Missa Kes. Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 2.