Nine free things to do in the Twin Cities area this week

  • November 11, 2023

Free food for veterans

The Flynn Restaurant Group, owners of Applebee’s, is honoring veterans for their service this Veterans Day. All veterans and active duty military can order a free meal from a special menu featuring seven of the chain’s most popular items. A valid military ID is required. (Sat. Dine-in at area locations.)

Active duty military personnel and veterans can enjoy a “real Grand Slam” breakfast at a joint Denny’s diner in honor of Veterans Day. Don’t forget a valid military ID for breakfast. (5 a.m.-Fri., local areas)

Kinderstube Laternenfest

The Germanic American Institute celebrates St. Martin for the Laternenlauf parade. It re-enacts the story of Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who shares his coat with a beggar on a cold winter night. (5 pm Fri. 301 Summit Av., St. Paul. gaimn.org)

Boss Lady Shoetique Turkey Giveaway

In addition to free turkeys, the day includes a coloring contest for children, crafts and performances by a local choir, and dance and cheer groups. (11 am-7 pm Sat. Northtown Mall, 398 Northtown Drive, Blaine. northtown-mall.com)

Say hello to the Grinch

The Grinch won’t just be on stage in the Children’s Theater Company’s holiday show “How the Grinch Caught Christmas.” This mean green fellow will also be making an appearance at Bachman’s, so take a picture with him. (10 am-1 pm Sat. 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. bachmans.com)

Michael Migizi Sullivan Sr.

The author discusses his new book, “Plums or Nuts: Ojibwe Stories of Anishinaabe Humor,” as narrated by Larry Amik Smallwood. The bilingual collection includes Smallwood’s adventures, learning to speak English and comic tales. (7pm Fri. Birchbark Books, 1629 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. birchbarkbooks.com)

Fall Open Studios

Artists from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association will open their studio doors to display paintings, ceramics and sculptures. The weekend will also feature special events, including a botanical print exhibition, readings and musical performances. (5-10 pm Fri.; noon-8 pm Sat.; noon-5 pm Sun. See maa.org for a studio map.)

Field & Festival Holiday Market

Get a jump on seasonal shopping and avoid the crowds. The new weekly market offers one-of-a-kind items from local artisans and food vendors. (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Dec. 18. Wagner’s Garden Center, 6024 Penn Av. S., Mpls. fieldandfestival.com)

You can do a Canines Open House

The rescue organization welcomes potential volunteers to learn how service dogs can improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. Self-guided tours include demonstrations, meeting staff and learning about programs. (Noon-2pm Sat. 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope. candocanines.org