The Super Bowl and its accompanying craziness are officially over. Though the big game and the activity surrounding it may have been fun, there's a solid chance you might've had a little too much excitement and dipped a little too deeply into your bank account. Fortunately, plenty of free happenings taking place this week will help offset your losses without leaving you starved for entertainment. Kick things off Monday night with Rock Star Karaoke at the Clevelander, where you can sing with a live band and maybe even earn a $200 bar tab. This Tuesday through Saturday, the reliably loud and offbeat International Noise Conference will take over Churchill's Pub. Friday will see two big outdoor events: Giralda Under the Stars will take over Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables, and you can camp under the stars in Doral's Central Park. After all of that excitement, end the week on a namaste note with Full Moon Detox Beach Meditation on the sand in South Pointe.
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If you're ready to take your shower and car singing to the next level, bring your A-game to the Clevelander Monday nights. The weekly shindig Rock Star Karaoke has quickly become an entertainment destination, boasting a live band backing up singers and a $200 bar tab for the karaoke king/queen of the evening. If need some liquid courage before stepping up to the mike, take advantage of the selection of half-priced drinks during the event. 9 p.m. Monday, February 3, at the Clevelander South Beach Hotel & Bar, 1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; clevelander.com. Admission is free.
What's all that noise you hear coming from Churchill's Pub? Well, if it's any time between Tuesday and Saturday evening, it's the International Noise Conference. The brainchild of Miami icon Rat Bastard, the fest this year is anchored by the likes of Seizure Machine, Arturo Garcia Guitar Quartet, Prima Donna, and Ghostflower. The shows kick off at 9 nightly and runs till 3 every morning. 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, through Saturday, February 8, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; churchillspub.com. Admission is free.
The Seven Best Free Things to Do in Miami This Week
Presenting sets by emerging artists and cool cars under one roof, Acura x Genius: Precision Crafted Performances has already hit Los Angeles and Brooklyn. This Wednesday, the tour will make a pit stop in the Magic City. At Gramps in Wynwood, catch intimate performances by Kansas City-bred rapper Eladio Carrión, Mariah, and DJ Bodega Flee. In addition to delivering the tunes, Acura will offer free refreshments and photo stations. 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; gramps.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
The first Friday of the month means Giralda Under the Stars. Every month, Coral Gables' beautiful, restaurant-lined Giralda Avenue hosts outdoor dining opportunities and live tunes. For this edition, enjoy music along the promenade with a special "Vintage Vibes and Gypsy Rhythms" theme. Pro tip: Diageo, a big-time liquor conglomerate, will offer plenty of free samples along the Giralda Under the Stars stroll too. 7 p.m. Friday, February 7, in Giralda Plaza, Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables; shopcoralgables.com. Admission is free.
Maybe you're not quite ready for an ultraprimitive camping trip in the Everglades. A perfect foray into the camping world for you and/or your family will be the City of Doral's Camping Under the Stars this Friday. As part of the event, you can pitch your tent (bring your own camping supplies) in the city's Central Park, roast marshmallows with your neighbors, and watch a movie on a giant outdoor screen. 7 p.m. Friday, February 7, in Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave., Doral; cityofdoral.com. Admission is free with registration.
Eight festivals in one? It's a thing, and it's happening this weekend in the form of the sixth-annual Coral Gables Mega Festival of the Arts. In a nutshell, five of the festivals are free to attend, including a fine art fest (with more than 200 vendors), kids' fest (with art stations, face painting, and more), home show, fashion show, and pet fest (with training, demos, and contests for Fido). If you're looking to splurge, pay to enter the fests for spirits, craft beer, and seafood too. Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9, in Coral Gables, 355 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables. Admission is free for select events; tickets/packages are available via eventbrite.com.
A bit of evening meditation never hurts to prepare you for the workweek ahead. South Pointe Park will see the latest Full Moon Detox Beach Meditation, anchored by a 5:30 yoga class, 5:50 meditation ceremony, and 7 flower ceremony to carry it home. Typically 500 or so folks show up for these events, so arrive early to claim your spot on the sand. For the superearly birds (or if you just want to help keep our beaches clean), the group will host a beach cleanup at 3. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 9, in South Pointe Park, 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
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