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The Best Free Events in Miami This Week

Karli Evans
It's Thanksgiving week in Miami, which means one thing: You're going to get shit-faced. An unfortunate side effect of this fact, one that cannot be solved by carb-loading leftovers, is the hit to your bank account. Whether you're buying rounds for old friends or forgetting your wallet at your high-school ex's parents' house before an awkward walk of shame, you'll need to pad your pockets. From the Turkey Turn-Up at Mana Wynwood to the Jack Daniels' Barbecue and Beats festival in Hialeah Park, we've got you covered.

Hub Port-au-Prince Fundraiser at Lab Miami. With hurricanes slamming the Caribbean and wildfires blazing out West, it can be difficult for shell-shocked Americans to think about one of the most devastating natural disasters of our time, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Deforestation, political instability and brutality, and extreme poverty made Haiti even more vulnerable to the extreme destruction of Hurricane Maria. To help continue to raise funds for the island, the Lab Miami in Wynwood will host a screening of Kenbe Fem — which follows a man in search of his mother after the quake — at an Impact Hub Port-au-Prince Fundraiser. The evening will offer light bites by Meals by Peggy and plenty to discuss about the island. 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 20, at Lab Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Miami; Admission is free.

Turkey Turn-Up at Mana Wynwood. Want to bust a move with an arepa in hand? Go to the block party, bro. This week, the night before the hungriest holiday, check out Turkey Turn-Up at Mana. The massive venue will host this official Wynwood Thanksgiving party. All of your old friends and acquaintances will be back in town, so try to look as good as you did in high school. This bash will be turned up, so have fun and embrace the holiday spirit. 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, at Mana, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; Admission is free.
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Bike Prom, Starting at Government Center Station. The annual '80s Prom was conceived and executed by Sweat Records' Lolo Reskin. Each year, the event offers an excuse to put on a fake perv-stache and your dad's Members Only jacket over your mom's Golden Girls sweater and dance to the cheesiest, most brilliant, and always memorable tunes of that neon decade. But why not add an element of exercise and the great outdoors to this rad party? The Bike Prom will zoom you from Government Center Station to the prom at Gramps. Hike up that pouffy Pretty in Pink dress or adjust your prom-king crown and get pedaling — you just might fall in love. Stranger things have happened. 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, at Government Center Station, 101 NW First St., Miami; Admission is free.

Yoli Mayor and Locos por Juana at the Wynwood Yard. The rest of America doesn’t know what’s up. Yoli Mayor, who became famous as a contestant on America’s Got Talent, is a vocal powerhouse who deserves to be celebrated beyond being the “Cuban Adele.” Her hometown is doing just that at the Locos por Juana and Yoli Mayor show. The whole night is dedicated to Miami pride with this group of local musicians. If you want more reason to get excited for the show, check out their collaboration on YouTube singing Bob Marley and the Fugees. 7 p.m. Friday, November 24, at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St, Miami; 305-351-0366; Admission is free.
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Jack Daniel's Barbecue and Beats at Hialeah Park. Miami’s own Oscar G and Armand Pena, along with New York’s Rob-Lo, are ready to make the ground shake in the Paddock Garden for the Jack Daniel’s Barbecue and Beats festival. Turns out Jack specializes in more than just the liquor you order when you know the well whiskey will make you puke. The fest will also offer grub from Coops Pit BBQ, Pirate Brothers BBQ, and King of Racks BBQ, along with a barbecue-eating contest. All of that slow-smoked ungulate flesh should guard against a hangover and fuel plenty of booty-shaking. Noon Saturday, November 25, at Hialeah Park, 2200 E. Fourth Ave., Hialeah; 305-885-8000; Admission is free.

Open Canvas Project Local Takeover. If you live in Broward, the Art Basel season can seem like a distant storm brewing blissfully far from your home. If you have a case of FOMO, however, you can experience eruptions of arts and culture right in your own backyard. The former "One Stop Shop" building is getting a makeover by local mural artists. To make it a party, live bands such as Milk Spot, Sleepbox, and Sweet Bronco will perform while food trucks serve grub. It's all the beauty and community you want without all the snobby art critics. 2 p.m. Saturday, November 25, at 301 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-336-6617; Admission is free.
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