The Eight Best Free Things to Do in Miami This Week

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Sure, you may have hit up a Halloween party this past weekend — or ten, but it’s not officially Halloween until Thursday. For the Halloween evening purists, there are plenty of freebie options, including North Miami Beach’s Monster Mash Bash, Double Stubble’s extravaganza at Gramps, and a special performance by Richie Hell at the Citadel. Post-Halloween, enjoy some First Friday action with the Institute of Contemporary Arts Miami and Giralda Under the Stars’ tenth-season kick-off in Coral Gables.

Here are the best free events in Miami this week:

Halloween is getting a lot of love this week, but let’s not forget about Día de Los Muertos. The Mexican holiday honoring friends and family who have passed kicks off on Thursday and runs through November 2. To celebrate, the kind peeps at Modelo beer have installed an augmented reality-flaired mural on North Miami Avenue in Wynwood with illuminated candles, skeletons, and beer. To experience it in its fullest, pop open on your mobile device, aim it at the mural and crank your volume. Monday through November 2 at 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami; Admission is free.

Your trivia night should have a Halloween-y theme this week. Check out Growler USA in Wynwood and its Hocus Pocus Trivia on Tuesday evening. The spot has hosted everything from Harry Potter to The Office-themed evenings, and for this one, you’ll want to gather your peeps and brush up on everything about the 1993 flick and all the evil witches involved. Note: Your team can only have eight people, so choose wisely. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, at Growler USA, 337 NW 25th St., Miami. Admission is free with RSVP via

The Monster Mash Bash returns to North Miami Beach. See Thursday.

The Monster Mash Bash returns to North Miami Beach. See Thursday.


On the family-friendly Halloween gathering front, the Monster Mash Bash in North Miami Beach is a stellar option. Among the free activities for everyone to enjoy, there will be carnival rides, a DIY “Danger Zone” where you can make your own slime, cookies and ghost decor, and live reggae jams from the likes of Jah Steve and the Counteract Crew. If you’re looking to splurge (this is a free events column after all), haunted ghost tours will be available for a buck. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, October 31, at North Miami Beach City Hall, 17011 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach; Admission is free.

Double Stubble is always a spectacle at Gramps, but few evenings are as wild as its annual Halloween extravaganza. Madonovan, Opulence, Persephone Von Lips, and Regina Black will be on-site for drag performances (10 and 11:30 p.m.). DJ Hottpants, Mystic Bill and Sunburn Collective will deliver the tunes all night long. The Florida Department of Health’s Getting 2 Zero campaign will be there too with HIV education and PrEP referrals. 9 p.m. Thursday, October 31, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; Admission is free.

You already know you can have a stellar meal at the Citadel any night of the week. Well, Halloween is only one night a year, and the bustling, multifaceted food hall is shaping up to be a stellar option for that too. On the musical front, electronic maven Richie Hell will be joined by a full band for what is shaping up to be quite a unique and colorful set. He’ll be joined by DJ Eveava and other special guests as well. 7 p.m. Thursday, October 31, at the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave, Miami; 305-908-3849; Admission is free.

Once Halloween is in the books, it’s time for the best Friday of the month: First Friday! Over at ICA Miami and for its Uprising shindig, the local institution will host several artists inspired by Brazilian Paulo Nazareth’s uber-politically infused “Melee” exhibition. With tunes by Brazilian composers Hector Villa-Lobos, Francisco Mignone, and others, pianist Mary Adelyn Kauffman, baritone Jorell Williams, and others will perform. 6 p.m. Friday, November 1, at ICA Miami, 61 NE 41st St., Miami; 305-901-5272; Admission is free.

A special Daybreaker 'Friendsgiving' event is happening at a TBD location on Sunday.EXPAND

A special Daybreaker ‘Friendsgiving’ event is happening at a TBD location on Sunday.

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It’s time for the tenth season of Giralda Under the Stars in Coral Gables. If you’ve never experienced one of these monthly happenings, it goes down every First Friday through April, with local band performances and al fresco dining on Restaurant Row from the likes of PokeBao, Talavera, Coyo Taco, and others. Restaurant reservations are highly recommended. 7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 1, at Giralda Plaza, 100 Block of Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables; Admission is free.

Thanksgiving isn’t too far away, so kick off the holiday spirit with good vibes. On Sunday afternoon, Daybreaker MIA will host Dusk: Friendsgiving Fest. And, of course, what Turkey Day-inspired gathering is complete without oodles of yummy grub? Manitoba Harvest will be on-site with a massive culinary spread, and, in true Daybreaker fashion, there will be yoga and a big garden party. Stay tuned for the confirmed location closer to the event. 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 3, at a location to be announced. Admission is free with RSVP via

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