The Weekend: 12 free events in the Twin Cities

Does the thought of vintage VW bugs make you salivate? Are you exhibiting pre-pubescent signs of super powers? Do you secretly wish you lived in France?

If you answered, “Yes!” to either of these questions and you live in or around the Twin Cities, then the last weekend in May might make all your dreams come true.

Art

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Rivertown Art Festival
Saturday, May 30 – Sunday, May 31 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The 38th annual Rivertown Art Festival features artists and vendors who share their talent with Stillwater, Minn. With photography, wood designs, and hand-crafted jewelry, art lovers are sure to find an artifact or two to bring home.

14-free-eventsManifest: Pop-Up Arts Festival
Saturday, May 30 | 1-6 p.m.
Indulge all senses as you visit the Dow Gallery this Saturday. Listen to spoken-word poetry, sample ice cream and beer, witness local art, and participate in interactive activities during the Manifest: Pop-Up Arts Show.

Roleplay

14-free-eventsGeek Archery
Saturday, May 30 | 2-4 p.m.
Gather in Lauderdale Community Park to try your hand at nerdy-themed archery for free from 2-4 p.m.

13-free-eventsVillains & Super Heroes Party at Rouge
Saturday, May 30 – Sunday May 31 | 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Dress as your favorite superhero or villain and get into Rouge at the Lounge free.

14-free-eventsPique-nique Francophone/Francophile
Sunday, May 31 | 12:30 p.m.
Come to Kenwood Park and divest yourself of all American ties during a quaint picnic, French-style.

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Wenchfest VII Costume Contest
Sunday, May 31

Fancy yourself a seaman’s first mate? Do you like chugging PBR and playing guitar? Well. now’s your chance to dress up like a pirate or bar wench for a chance to win a PBR guitar.

Nature

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Northside Greenway and Garden Tour
Saturday, May 30 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Annual walking/biking tour of the St. Vincent Greenway communities, including parks and gardens in the West End, Skinker-DeBaliviere, Wellston, Pagedale, St. Vincent Park, and Normandy.

Vintage

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Ladies Thrift Shopping
Saturday, May 30 | 1 p.m
Make friends and pick up vintage doilies and knick knacks during this free event. The featured spot for the occasion is Unique Thrift Store in Crystal, Minn.

14-free-eventsTwin Cities VW Club Bug-In 29
Sunday, May 31 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Annual gathering of Volkswagen beetle fans flock to the Luther Westside VW dealership for food, drinks, music and a shared love of vintage 5-speeds.

Theatre

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Commedia Workshop
Saturday, May 30 | 2-5 p.m.
Directors and some of the players teach commedia style acting techniques during this weekly workshop.

Music

free-eventsDead Bundy, DJ Bob, and Riverside Trio.
Saturday, May 30 | 10 p.m.
Feelin’ froggy? Jump around to an eclectic mix of psychobilly rock every last Saturday of the month.

Literature

14-free-eventsBody as Vehicle – 2015 Cracked Walnut Literary Festival
Sunday, May 31 | 10 a.m.
Listen to excerpts of poetry, non-fiction, and sci-fi literary works from local authors at Blue Ox Coffee Company in Minneapolis, Minn.

Featured image via mediaQmood.

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