Free Events This Week in Miami: Veterans Day, Fresh Kicks, and Nerd Nite

Nerd Nite at Gramps: Be there or be square.
Nerd Nite at Gramps: Be there or be square.
Photo by Alexander Oliva

While this week contains Friday the 13th, there's got to be some good luck at work with all the magic happening in Miami. From honoring the city's veterans to 19-story public art installations, Miamians are in for lots of treats, both edible and cultural. We've got sneakers, nail art, movies, ominous art, and more — all free of charge. 


  • Fresh Kicks: The History of Sneakers from the Nineteenth Century to Today at Fashion Project: Elizabeth Semmelhack,  senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, will discuss how sneakers transformed from specialized sports footwear to staples of street fashion and accessories central to expressions of masculinity.
  • The Underline Public Meeting at University of Miami: Get the scoop from Miami-Dade Transit and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Departments on The Underline, a proposed 10-mile stretch of biking and pedestrian trails and park spaces located beneath the county’s Metrorail, in the Transit Department’s Right of Way, between the Miami River north of Brickell and Dadeland South stations.


  • Caffeinated Conversations II at Canvas Miami: Enjoy fresh cold brew by Vice City Bean, Tea by Orteas Tea, and sweet morning treats from Mad Chiller as you learn about experiential storytelling from public relations star Dejha Carrington.
  • NEWT Unveiling Launch Party at Tina Hills Pavilion: Join the unveiling of Newt Miami: Experiments in Light, Color & Sound, a public art installation in Downtown Miami transforming the 19-story LED wall of the InterContinental Hotel into a digital canvas for performative architecture. 


  • Catch Me If You Can at Soundscape: Catch Steven Spielberg's con artist flick starring Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christopher Walken. 
  • Miami Beach Annual Veterans Day Parade at Flamingo Park at Flamingo Park: The annual parade along Washington Avenue from 17 to 11 streets begins at 11:11 a.m. with a lineup of floats, veteran marching bands, and a high-flying all veterans parachute team that will come in for a landing at Flamingo Park for a wreath laying ceremony and free picnic.
  • The Interrupters at Center 4 Social Change: Part of the Opa-locka'sArt of Transformation events, this award-winning documentary explores violence in America through the stories of three individuals who try to protect their communities from the escalating violence they once engaged.
  • Women In Technology: Present and Future Trends of Tech at University of Miami: This evening of networking and appetizers surrounds panel of business, health, and law professionals discussing promotion, social media, and innovation in their fields. 
Nerd Nite at Gramps: Be there or be square.
Nerd Nite at Gramps: Be there or be square.
Photo by Alexander Oliva


  • Nerd Nite at Gramps: Drunkenly badger the six brilliant finalists for the Frost Science Museum's CappSci Inventors prize, which seeks inventors working to restore coral reefs and detect carcinogens. 
  • Changing Spaces: Transforming space through technology and art at YoungArts: This evening of cocktails and Q&A features Women, Innovation & Technology (WIT) of emergeAmericas, Avra Jain (developer), Brandi Reddick (Miami Dade County Art in Public Places), and moderated by Dejha Carrington (NEWT, YoungArts). 
  • FP04: The Anniversary, 1965–2015 at Fashion Project: The fourth Judith Clark-curated exhibition at Fashion Project, The Anniversary celebrates the 50th anniversary of Bal Harbour Shops and explores fashion design inspired by nature.
Don't ignore the signs, especially this Friday.
Don't ignore the signs, especially this Friday.


  • Margin of Error at Wolfsonian: The Wolfsonian's latest exhibit examines Industrial Revolution-era and turn-of-the-20th-century mishaps, from the mundane risks of the newly mechanized workplace to dramatic catastrophes such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Titanic sinking, and Hindenburg explosion — infamous precursors to the train crashes, oil spills, and airbag recalls of today. Pretty fitting for Friday the 13th. 
  • Nail Art Yesterday and Today at Fashion Project: An expert panel discusses nail art in history and today as well as the psychological effects of manicures in this FP Talk. Joining the discussion are Rita de Alencar Pinto, curator and founder of Vanity Projects; Suzanne Shapiro, author of Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure; and Ayla “BRASS” Montgomery, director and creator of NAILgasm: The Nail Art Documentary. 
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The Wolfsonian-FIU

1001 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139



176 NW 24th St.
Miami, FL 33127


Fashion Project

9700 Collins Ave., 3rd Floor
Bal Harbour, Florida 33154


SoundScape Park

400 17th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

National YoungArts Foundation

2100 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137


Tina Hills Pavilion

301 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132


Canvas Miami

90 NE 17th St.
Miami, Florida 33132


University of Miami

1312 Miller Dr.
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Flamingo Park

1245 Michigan Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33109


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