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DWNTWN Art Days: Ten Awesome Free Events to Attend

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For anyone who's into art, DWNTWN Art Days can leave you feeling like a kid in a candy store: totally overwhelmed, overstimulated, and about to embark on an epic sugar high. So many options, so little time.

So to keep you on track for the third annual incarnation of this art extravaganza, we've put together a list of the most awesome events happening this weekend. From an I Love Lucy look-a-like contest (yes, seriously) to bike tours, there are all kinds of adventures to be had.

See also: DWNTWN Art Days Kickoff Features Exhibits, Short Films, and Food Trucks


Invader Invades the Olympia

Olympia Theater at Gusman Center

11 a.m. to noon

Renowned graffiti artist and all-around cool kid Space Invader is hitting the screen at the Olympia Theater with his flick, Art4Space.

Community Mural

Artisan Lounge

4 to 8 p.m.

Embrace artistic inclusivity with friends and neighbors. No need to be the next Van Gogh -- even your chicken scratch smiley face will be a welcome addition.

I Love Lucy Look-a-Like Contest

Adrienne Arsht Center

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Don some polka dots, pile on the red lipstick, and grab the nearest Ricky Ricardo. This evening of "kitsch, comedy and classics" will culminate in one lucky doppelganger scoring tickets to see I Love Lucy® Live on Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center, a pin-up style photo shoot courtesy of TerriblyGirly.com, and other stuff.

Drawing Class by Emerson Calderon

Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD)

2 to 4 p.m.

Get schooled by a master painter on how to sketch stuff with oil crayons. RSVP to dwntwnarts@miamidda.com.

The Drive In Studio

Christopher Carter Studios

6 to 10 p.m.

Check out short films and commercials, play ping pong, and chow down on corn on the cob, popcorn, turkey and beef hot dogs, ribs with potato salad, and greens. It's like your childhood summers all over again.

Saturday & Sunday

City Magic Bazaar

DWNTWN Art House at Miami Worldcenter

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Not your average flea market, this two-day shopper's paradise will feature artist-created activities, yummy foodstuffs, curated tunes, and other diversions.

First Draft: A Literary Social

MDC Museum of Art and Design at the Freedom Tower

4 to 6 p.m.

Write, imbibe, and write some more. This cocktail party cum writer's workshop will feature short writing prompts, optional read-alouds, and lots of post-cocktail second drafts. The theme is one we can all relate to: Endless Summer. RSVP required to fcla@mdc.edu or 305-237-3940.

Art Days Beached Miami Bike Tour

Tour starts at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation - CIFO

4 to 7 p.m.

See the city's Art Days installations on two wheels. The curated route will include art spaces, a sound show, and a bazaar (plus a post-ride meal courtesy of Pollo Tropical). RSVP is essential to jordan@beachedmiami.com.


Bike Miami-Dade's Cultural Trail

Brickell Metrorail Station

8:45 a.m.

Haul yourself out of bed early for a scenic cruise around downtown. Everglades Bicycle Club will lead riders around cultural and historic landmarks, including a PAMM presentation at the halfway point.

The Art Hackathon

National YoungArts Foundation

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who says art and technology can't be bedfellows? Artists and programmers will create art and apps side-by-side while onlookers gawk.

Oh, and forget driving around while at Art Days. You can take the Metrorail and once on site, there's the Freebee. Flag the driver down anytime you see it coming.

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