Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week.
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.
pamm.org. Admission is free.
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.
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.