Miami Music Week 2018 has finally arrived, and with it comes an onslaught of parties and showcases capped off by this weekend's Ultra Music Festival. It's an exhausting, show-hopping marathon for local and visiting music fans alike, but if you've outgrown the crowds or simply need a break between parties, the usual events will continue this week and provide you with worthy alternatives.
Slow the tempo with Spam Allstars at the Wharf Thursday, bring your own vinyl to PAMM, and, most important, march in solidarity with the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting at the various March for Our Lives demonstrations throughout the region. Here's a look at the best free events in Miami this week.
eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Miami is a city in flux. As with many major metropolitan areas around the world, economic development in the Magic City has accelerated in recent years. Though that change benefits some wallets, historic areas and building sometimes get the ax without consideration for what they contribute to the living history of the city. Join the Urbanism Summit in one such historic space, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, for a discussion on the challenges of preserving historic spaces and structures. A mixer on the museum's east terrace will follow the chat. 6 p.m. Wednesday at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Coconut Grove; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
pamm.org. Admission is free.
In spite of the many strides American women have made over the past few decades, it can be lonely at the top for those who have cracked glass ceilings in their respective male-dominated fields. Venture Cafe Miami's the Future Is Female: Founders, Funders, and Fighters aims to remedy this issue via a summit including demos, storytelling sessions, and workshops on branding, social media engagement, and other aspects of business and entrepreneurship. It's all by the women CEOs of today for the women CEOs of tomorrow. 4 p.m. Thursday at Venture Cafe Miami, 1951 NW Seventh Ave., #600, Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
marchforourlives.com to find the one nearest to you. Saturday at multiple locations, including Coral Springs, Doral, Fort Lauderdale, Key West, Miami Beach, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Palm Beach County, and West Palm Beach; marchforourlives.com. Admission is free.
The Magic City has long welcomed gender bending. But gender blending? That's gotten a celebration of its own only for the past year or so. This week, Gender Blender will celebrate its first anniversary. The monthly punk night will present drag performers and gay and queer musicians for an unforgettable dance party at Las Rosas in Allapattah. Special guests include host Abhora from Season 2 of Dragula, Andro Gin, and Persephone Von Lips. DJ Frankie will spin tunes, and live music will come courtesy of Holly Hunt, Antifaces, Death Lottery, and Zig Zag. 9 p.m. Sunday at Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; lasrosasbar.com. Admission is free.