Happy New Year, Miami! Odds are you're splurging all your cash on NYE festivities, whether it's a set by J Balvin at the Fontainebleau, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne at LIV, or just a whole lot of bottles of champagne. But once the hangover wears off, you'll want to continue the fun during the rest of the week even as your wallet recovers. Continue the party at the Wharf's New Year's Day Picnic. The booze will run you a few bucks, but the event is totally free to attend. If you fear you'll spend your remaining money on more champagne, head to PAMM on Thursday for a free screening of Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl.
Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week.
Happy new year, Miami! Keep the party going with a few glasses of champagne at the Wharf's Veuve Clicquot New Year's Day Picnic. Rally your friends and head to the Miami River for a full-day of champagne specials, live music, and food from Miami's best, including La Santa Taquería, Mojo Donuts, King of Racks BBQ, and Cracked by Chef Adrianne. Various bottles will be priced from $100 to $150, and glasses will start at $25. Cocktails and beer will be available too. Noon Tuesday, January 1, at the Wharf, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; 305-906-4000; wharfmiami.com. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
The SoundScape Cinema Series continues into 2019 with free film screenings on a 7,000-square-foot wall. The first flick of the new year will be the 1955 drama Pather Panchali. The debut feature by Indian director Satyajit Ray, it follows the plight of a son named Apu. The "Apu Trilogy," with two sequels, went on to become a cultural icon in India and beyond. 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, at SoundScape Park, 400 17th St., Miami Beach; mbartsandculture.org. Admission is free.
You may know Kate Nash as a singer-songwriter, iconoclast, and rebel. You may also know her as Britannica on the hit Netflix show, Glow. But you'll probably look at her in another light after attending a free screening of the documentary Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl at Thursday's PAMM community night. Enjoy a happy hour and all-vinyl DJ set by Lagrimas de Oro as well as a conversation about the film with director Amy Goldstein, producer Anouchka van Riel, and Lolo Reskin of Sweat Records. 5 p.m. Thursday, January 3, at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., pamm.org. Admission is free.
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A bunch of clowns and mimes down by a river? In most towns, that would sound like a horror movie. However, all of this and more will happen at the beautiful Wharf Miami during the Riverside Circus. Through Sunday, the waterside space will boast stilt-walkers, jugglers, acrobats, magicians, and other performers, all to help kick this year off on a wild and wacky note. Acts such as Paul E, Kid Nemesis, and Hushmoney will provide the tunes for this 305 spin on a circus. Noon Thursday, January 3, and daily through Sunday, January 6, at the Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Giralda Under the Stars returns to Giralda Plaza this Friday with live music, entertainment, and local eats. Participating restaurants include Pasión del Cielo, PokeBao, the Local Craft Food & Drink, Threefold Cafe, and Divino Ceviche. The event is held every first Friday of the month and is now anchored by the recently transformed and expansive Giralda Plaza. 7 p.m. Friday, January 4, on Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables; shopcoralgables.com. Admission is free.
You might think rock 'n' roll as we know it is dead in Miami (and everywhere else, for that matter). But you'll likely change your mind after watching a set by Palomino Blond. Their Saturday night show at Spanish Marie Brewery in Kendall is their first-ever acoustic gig, but you shouldn't fear that the tunes will lose their muster once the band goes unplugged: The band's song, "Supergalore," was just named one of New Times' best Miami songs of 2018. 8 p.m. Saturday, January 5, at Spanish Marie Brewery, 14241 SW 120th St., Ste. 109., Miami. Admission is free.
There are so many gifted folks in Miami, including talented playwrights. Last year, the Fantasy Theatre Factory at Sandrell Rivers Theater launched New Year, New Works! The series, taking place every Saturday in January, promotes new works by South Florida playwrights in the form of play readings. This Saturday's event is a reading of Kris L. Baushe's Simon Says. 8 p.m. Saturday, January 5, at Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Reserve free tickets via tickets.ftfshows.com.