Thursday, June 20, 2013

Minneapolis Parks - Free Movies & Music all summer!

Every year, Minneapolis kicks it up a notch! The Minneapolis Park and Rec board puts out tax dollars to good use and helps bring neighborhoods together with their Music & Movies.

This summer, over 250 FREE concerts and movies will be at several parks...

No matter the day, there is always a free concert or movie nearby!

Live music and movies in Minneapolis listed here:
Mondays: Lake Harriet Bandshell or Nicollet Island Pavilion or Bryant Square Park
Tuesdays: Lake Harriet Bandshell or Father Hennepin Bluffs
Wednesdays: Lake Harriet Bandshell or Minnehaha Falls Park
Thursdays: Lake Harriet Bandshell or Bryant Square Park or Minnehaha Falls Park
Fridays: Lake Harriet Bandshell or Minnehaha Falls Park

If you're looking for a film, check it out!  Almost every park has something going on, with movies like Jaws, Bourne Legacy, Toy Story, Life of Pi... There are plenty of things to do!

(Movie List) - and all the parks playing them


- map - website - schedule
Monday - Saturday @ 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm and 5:30pm

Here are some nights you should add to your calendar right away!

  • June 7: Carnage the Executioner (Hip Hop/Beat Box)
  • June 21 - (movie) Psycho 
  • July 18: Kenwood Slim and His Back-up Band (Blues/Country)
  • July 31: War Poets (Americana/Folk)
  • Aug. 2: John Mark Nelson
  • Aug. 7: Tortuga (World beats Jazz band)
  • Aug 17: Micheal Monroe (folk/reggae)
  • Aug 24: The Melvilles (Pop/Folk)


- map - website - schedule
Mondays @ 7pm

Every Monday, walk over the bridge or ride your bike in from nordeast! Here are some nights you won't want to miss:


- map - website - schedule
Tuesdays @ 7pm



- map - website - schedule
Wednesday - Friday: 7pm

Make sure to come real early and get your order in for Sea Salt! And don't forget about the nearby frisbee golf course.  Top picks at this park are:


- map - website - schedule
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 6:30PM

  • July 30: Elliot Roche (Rock)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Minneapolis Best Patio Bars with Happy Hour

Every summer, we feel it is our duty to inform you of the best places to get a drink! Here at ThriftyHipster, that means Happy Hour, a great patio, and lively people that will make sure you have a good time.

Minneapolis Best Patios & Happy Hours

The downtown Minneapolis Grumpy's also has quite a nice patio (and even a few free parking spots), but Grumpy's NE is still our go to on a hot summer day. The patio is enclosed with large shrubs and trees. There is also a shaded grassy area for when it's real hot. The best part; all happy hours are valid on the patio.
Best Day: Check out FRIDAY AFTERNOON! Starting at 4pm is "Firkin Friday's" where great breweries are featured each week. A special, rare, cask version of the beer is put out for happy hour, and the owner makes free gourmet grilling part of the whole event.

Brit's Pub & Bocce Ball

Really, almost no patio can beat the one in downtown Minneapolis at Brit's Pub. Their street level patio is always fun, and faces Nicollet Mall, but the real gem is upstairs, where they have a full length Bocce court!
Best Day(s): Sunday is always a good day, where Bocce is only $5/hour and $5 large bloody marys are on special the whole day. Regular late night and afternoon happy hours are good then too. Also check them out for Summer Movies and Yoga Happy Hours on the lawn!

Top Uptown Patios

This one is really a toss up and really depends on what you're looking for. 
Closer to Lake Calhoun you have Amore Victoria, which has a small patio on the street, but put in an amazing rooftop garden in 2012. Although they were barred from having a full bar up there last year, this will be the first year for them to do it full scale!
If you're looking to hook up or party down, Stella's Rooftop is always packed and they have late night specials (though its better deals to cruise downstairs for your drinks and bring them up). You can get a similar party at Uptown Cafeteria, though they do NOT have their typical specials that are served downstairs in the bar.  If you want the specials, best head to the Uptown Tavern, where the drinks are cheaper and the crowd is younger. They have some great late night specials as well (and you can ask for their regulars' card that will give you specials all the time).

Other Notable Patios with Happy Hour


Have a favorite happy hour patio in St. Paul? Let us know... and we'll publish next week!

Friday, May 10, 2013

MN Craft Beer Week 2013

Minnesota's Craft Beer week kicks off around the state with most Craft Brewers Guild members!
Each spot has an event, but there will be lots going on and lots of great beers to try.
Pick up a passport at the MN Craft Beer week site or FB Page.

You can also win tickets to various beer fests, including the hugely popular and most well organized St. Paul Summer Beer Fest.

All week May 13-19!

Here are some events for MN Craft Beer Week 2013 in the Twin Cities

Monday, May 13
Tuesday, May 14
  • various happy hours and events. Click here for full list.
Wednesday, May 15
Thursday, May 16
  • Nothing like some outside baseball! Help the Beer Dabbler launch their Dabbler Bullpen at the St. Paul Saints! Which will feature Badger Hill and other national and craft taps.
Friday, May 17
  • Try the new 612Brew Taproom where they'll have live music, art from Dwitt, and special brews all part of NE Art-A-Whirl.
Saturday, May 18
  • It might be a little bit of a haul, but beer lovers will skip Art-a-Whirl and head to Stillwater, where you can ride the riverboat Avalon and drink up some Brau Brothers, RingNeck, Sheepshead & Bancraegie (info)
Sunday, May 19
  • Beer-Tasting for charity (Stillwater Rotary Club) on the St. Croix River. $35 gets you 4 hours of sampling over a dozen local breweries (and even some cheeses) on the River. Check it out

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Art A Whirl 2013 in Northeast Minneapolis

The 18th Annual Art-a-Whirl kicks of in Northeast Minneapolis, Friday, May 17th at 5pm at the Casket Arts Building and runs through 5pm on Sunday, May 19th.  This event showcases some of Minneapolis' most talented artists, as well as a host of food, snacks, drinks, and concerts a nearby venues. Here is ThriftyHipster's top picks for events during this 2013 Art-A-Whirl Season:

Thursday Night Art-A-Whirl (May 16, 2013)

Honey hosts a Art-A-Whirl pre party with Live Art & Canvas Collaborations and Live Music. It's $5, but lots of artists from the weekend will be there.

Friday Night is the Official Kick Off (May 17, 2013)

And the public reception; Kick off Party/Silent Auction is the place to be to get great art, listen to KFAI DJ's and get a preview of the different studios... The auction opens tonight and ends at 5pm on Sunday (also HINT: Stop in on Sunday to place your last bid!)  At the Northrup King Building #332
We'll for sure be at the Solar Arts Building where Liminal Phase (Adam Levy's experimental band) is teaming up with visual artist Chris Park for a special video installation (711 15th Ave NE).
The Newest party on the block is at 612 Brewery, where they'll feature bands Friday and Staurday, as well as Food Trucks and the art of DWitt.

Saturday, May 18th, 2013 - Art and Parties all Day!

Grumpy's NE is always one of our favorites! The lawn and patio open to an all day party will be their 15th year of Art-a-Whirl shenanigans, this year featuring L'Assassins, Ol' Yeller, Pennyroyal, Seawhores, and more.
Another popular stop off is the 331 Club, where their free concert series keeps getting better each year! Shows start at noon outside, and moves inside after 10pm. Featured acts daytime include Parlour Suite, Marijuana Deathsquads, STNNNG (ep Release) and more. At Night, don't miss the 12am show with Story of the Sea. Prissy Clerks and Sleep Study open.
Dog Lovers should check out Psycho Suzi's for a patio party and puppy kissing booth, including the 1st Annual Puppy Fashion Show (2pm). Costumes for your pets encouraged (register your pet: 612-788-9069)

Check out below for resources, ThriftyHipster's top gallery picks, and more...

Sunday, May 19th, 2013 - Parties end at 5pm

Make sure you stop over to the Northrup King Building #332 to put your final bid in, 5pm the Silent Aution Ends!
The 331 Club keeps the party rocking with Sunny Era, Night Moves, and more all day!

Art-A-Whirl Resources

Don't miss the Rivard Art Gallery, which will have custom designed skateboards, $10 prints, and usually is a great scene/party for those looking to enjoy art and a drink. (2205 California St NE building, #514) 
Also, Northrup King Building is hosting the MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibition, with over 20 graduates and their works for a steal!  Open all weekend, but the party goes down at 6pm - 9:30pm Friday night.
At Night, you might plan to head closer to St. Anthony Main, where you can visit the Fox Tax Gallery and then stick around for happy hour at the Red Stag, who will have music Friday and Saturday night
Some of Rivard Gallery's Skateboards

Monday, April 29, 2013

Minneapolis May Day Parade & Kentucky Derby

May 3-5 is going to be one of the best weekends for going out this year, so don't you miss it!


SUNDAY, May 5, 2013... ALWAYS a good time is the May Day Festival put on by the Heart of the Beast Theater. Its a time to celebrate the coming warmth with hand-built puppets and one of the biggest parades in the Twin Cities! Attended by over 50,000 people of all ages, this is not an event to miss!

This year, See the World. The story this year is inspired by a cantastoria called Hallelujah, created by the venerable Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont. This year is the 50th anniversary for that theater, one of the oldest puppet theaters in the country, and an inspiration for many puppeteers and artists of all stripes!


SATURDAY, May 3rd 2013... Don your best derby gear and head up to Brits Pub rooftop for a day of derby on the big screen (and multiple other TV's)! This free event will feature live bluegrass music with Pocahontas County, mint juleps a-plenty, and the 1st 50 ladies will get a rose corsage.

DJ Shadow at Mill City

We've been a huge fan of since Entroducing... DJ Shadow will be at Mill City Nights May 2nd for a huge concert, playing some of his best stuff, and in 5 studio albums, you know its going to be a lot.

We'll be giving away a pair of tickets for the show, so try to win them on our Facebook page or Twitter page.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Release Inner-Foodie, Dine Out For Life

Thursday, April 25th should be on your list for dining out in the Twin Cities! It's time to check out those new restaurants you've wanted to try, get together with old friends, and go big for the Aliveness Project! Their organization seeks to empower people living with HIV, and is a huge positive part of the local community.

A huge list of great local restaurants have agreed to donate a portion of the nights sales to the program.  The restaurants contributing the most from the night's dining (35% or more!)

There are lots of other restaurants as well that are donating (full pdf), as well as some suburban places.  Make sure you eat out this Thursday, April 25th!