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The Best Free Events in Miami This Week

The Best Free Events in Miami This Week
Photo by Karli Evans
click to enlarge PHOTO BY KARLI EVANS
Photo by Karli Evans
It's time for your last pool party of the season, 'cause fall is officially here. That doesn't necessarily mean there won't be anymore pool weather, but swimming will probably go out of style until all the Art Basel celebrities get here, so squeeze in South Beach Brewing's Pop-Up Brunch Pool Party. While you're at it, head to Plantainfest at Concrete Brewery to savor the last non-pumpkin-flavored beer to be released for the next three months.

Wynwood Shop Grand Opening. By gathering local craftspeople and other artisans in one place, the folks at Wynwood Shop provide exposure for makers while keeping their costs low through shared retail space. Lucky for you, that means there's a one-stop shop for unique clothes, jewelry, accessories, and art made right here in the 305. At this event Thursday, the Wynwood Shop will unveil work by more than 30 creatives and provide complimentary beer from Concrete Beach and Veza Sur Brewery and cocktails from Deep Eddy Vodka. 1 p.m. Thursday, October 12, at Wynwood Shop, 196 NW 24th St., Miami; wynwoodshop.com. Admission is free with RSVP. 

Nerd Nite Third Birthday at Gramps. Though past Nerd Nites might have been on your radar, this one is extraspecial. Not only can you participate in three informative and fun lectures — "Hurricanes Now and the Future" by Canes on Canes, "Keeping Dade County Wild" by Lloyd Brown, and "Stress and the Mind-Body Connection" by Tina Parlato — but you can also drink alcohol to celebrate the local chapter's third year of educating the populace. Come nerd out and party. 6 p.m. Thursday, October 12, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; miami.nerdnite.com. Admission is free.

Brian Kuan Wood at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Maybe math isn't your strong suit. Thankfully, we can look at numbers conceptually and still feel supersmart and engaged in something vaguely like arithmetic. Brian Kuan Wood, editor of the journal E-flux and professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, will give a lecture about the significance of numbers in our computing age. "Perhaps we should look more closely at the great power that numbers hold," Wood says. "Do numbers in fact reflect forces that are extremely difficult (or even impossible) to control?" 7 p.m. Thursday, October 12, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-901-5272; icamiami.org. Admission is free with RSVP.
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Plantainfest at Concrete Beach. 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 offer plantain dishes, Azucar will be onsite with plátano maduro ice cream, and Conjunto Pepe Montes will play tunes, all in celebration of the release of Concrete Beach’s sweet-plantain Dunkelweizen, Plantain Pícaro. 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.
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