Between GroundUp Music Festival, III Points, and Valentine's Day, the first two weeks of February are shaping up to be pricey for outgoing Miamians. But you don't need to break the bank to have fun in this city: There are plenty of free events to choose from during any given week. Music fans who don't have hundreds of dollars to shell out on festival tickets can head to the International Noise Conference at Churchill's. Spruce up your Bumble profile with a professional headshot ahead of Valentine's Day, and celebrate PAMM's third anniversary at the art museum's free community night.
Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week:
What's that noise you hear coming from Churchill's Pub? It's the International Noise Conference! The five-day affair, kicking off this Tuesday, features more than 200 artists performing 15-minute-or-less sets. The bulk of the bands will play Thursday through Saturday, but you can check out a good chunk of acts Tuesday, including Two Coin, Dog Heat, and Fatplastik. 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; churchillspub.com. Admission is free.
The jury is still out on whether online dating has complicated the dating world or made it easier to navigate. But just in time for Valentine's Day, Brickell City Centre and Bumble want to boost your chances of making a promising connection. Glean relationship advice from author Nikki Novo and take a professional headshot with hair and makeup courtesy of MAC, Sephora, and Sean Donaldson at the dating app's Mix, Mingle & Match. 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free with RSVP.
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Happy birthday to Pérez Art Museum Miami! The beloved local art institution is turning 35, and it's time to party. This month, PAMM's Free Community Night (which happens the first Thursday of each month with free admission) is dubbed "Our Birthday, Your Party." Millionyoung and DJ Ray Milian will perform, and in true PAMM fashion, there will be themed art-making activities. 5 p.m. Thursday at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; pamm.org. Admission is free.
The year 2019 marks 400 years since the first African slaves were kidnapped and forcefully brought to North America for slave labor. As part of South Florida People of Color's four-part Black History Month event series, Brockway Memorial Library will host the exhibit "Black Migrations" and a reception. The exhibit explores forced migration from Africa, migration patterns of blacks in America that occurred after slavery until the 1970s, and Caribbean migration to South Florida. Saxophonist Corey Jones and Haitian spoken-word artist Mecca will perform. 6 p.m. Thursday at Brockway Memorial Library, 10021 NE Second Ave., Miami. Admission is free; register at eventbrite.com.
Lots of art forms will come together Saturday at ArtCenter/South Florida. During an evening co-presented by IlluminArts, the music program Terence Price II: Here After will own the stage. The work is inspired by the recent photographic exhibition "Dancing in the Absence of Pain," an intimate look at family and community that zooms in on contemporary black life and the often harsh realities that come with it. The program's tunes include classics such as "Amazing Grace" and contemporary pieces like Bill Withers' "Stories." 6:30 p.m. Saturday at ArtCenter/South Florida, 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; artcentersf.org. Admission is free.