by Molly Priesmeyer - 262 Reviews - 117 List
Slumping economy got you down? Stash your money under the mattress and check out these always-free great places to gather in the Twin Cities.
Updated: April 03, 2009
Local brews are all the rage, and it doesn't get much more local than Summit, which has made St. Paul its home for more than two decades. The local institution offers free tours and samples on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays. You can sip on a bubbly Northern Porter and Pale Ale, learning all about what makes them taste so good.
This modern and splendid concert hall on the campus of the U of M overlooks the Mississippi River and is in itself a fun and free destination. But the concert hall also hosts plenty of free events throughout the year, including concerts by gospel choirs, jazz ensembles, symphonies and more.
The first Thursday of every month, this world-famous art museum opens its doors/robot mouth for free. Enjoy the permanent collection of Rothkos and Yoko Onos and more, check out traveling exhibits that explore architecture and landscapes and everything in between, and enjoy a free film or stage event--all in one night.
The famous spoon is still missing its cherry as it waits to ripen in the repair shop, but that's all the more reason you should visit this unique and free sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center. Checking out the grounds and the ultra-modern works also makes for the perfect and ultra-cheap date in the spring and summer months.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, the exhibits at this gorgeous and world-famous Frank Gehry-designed art museum are always free. The permanent collection is extensive, and includes works by Georgia O?Keefe, among others. And the exhibits, like a recent one exploring artwork of the WPA, always offer a fresh perspective on current events.