With III Points in the mix, the weekend is sure to be magical in Miami, but you don't need to spend big bucks in Wynwood to get the most out of the next few days. DWNTWN Art Days offers exhibits and tours all over the city for little to no money, and other large-scale events — Grovetoberfest and the Yes and Kid Cudi concerts — are worth shelling out a few extra clams. So go forth and make the most of your fleeting freedom!
DWNTWN Art Days.
Hurricane Irma forced DWNTWN Art Days to reschedule its events for this weekend. For three days, you can visit the hub at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design (100 NE First Ave., Miami) for activities and information about the citywide exhibitions, performances, tours, and workshops that aim to connect the community with Miami's myriad cultural institutions. Highlights include kite-flying at the Frost Science Museum, a Fringe Projects guided tour, and Microtheater Miami's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Friday, October 13, through Sunday, October 15, at various locations; dwntwnarts.com. Admission varies by event, but most are free.
III Points at Mana Wynwood.
So many institutions, venues, and organizers have been working for years to expand Miami's cultural offerings. The result: Most kids these days are less likely to flock to Collins Avenue than they are to say, "South Beach? Why?" III Points originally set out to combat Miami Beach's domination of the local music scene; in light of the festival's success, that mission now seems moot. Instead of cramming into a cluster of clubs, attendees will flock to Mana Wynwood for three days to see performances by Gorillaz, the xx, Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, and others. The Ship,
Brian Eno's audio installation, will also be on display. 5 p.m. Friday, October 13, through Sunday, October 15, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; iiipoints.com. Tickets cost $125 to $345.
Plantainfest at Concrete Beach Brewery.
Let's be real: We all wish the maduro sides at Pollo Tropical were larger. But instead of hoping to change the unchangeable, we can get our sweet-plantain overload at Plantainfest. Jimmy'z Kitchen will sell plantain dishes, Azucar will peddle plátano maduro ice cream, and Conjunto Pepe Montes will play tunes, all in celebration of the release of Concrete Beach's Plantain Pícaro, a sweet-plantain Dunkelweizen. And if you're really serious about those banana cousins, sign up for the plantain-eating contest. One dollar of each special beer sold will be donated to the Unity Coalition. 8 p.m. Friday, October 13, at Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; concretebeachbrewery.com. Admission is free
South Beach Brewing Company Pop-Up Brunch at Kimpton Surfcomber.
Need a little hair of the dog after all of that Friday-night partying? South Beach Brewing Company has a cure: the Pop-Up Brunch Pool Party, pairing brunch and brews. Let the pool rehydrate you, dance to the sounds of DJs, and munch on food that's infused with the brewery's signature beers: South Peach Shandy, Strawberry Orange Mimosa, and Sunset Blood Orange IPA. And if you want a little privacy, you can rent a cabana. 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14, at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; surfcomber.com. Admission is free.