You might have also heard that Wigwood, Miami's increasingly popular drag festival, will host its kickoff party on a yacht this year. Hopping onto the ship isn't free, but the festival's poolside celebration this Sunday at the Broken Shaker won't cost you a dime.
Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week:
José Martí was one of the greatest intellectuals of the 19th Century. Though it's been more than a century since the poet's death, his Versos Sencillos are still routinely memorized and recited by Cubans both on the island and in exile. This Monday, FIU's Glenn Hubert Library will host a celebration of the freedom fighter's life on what would have been his 166th birthday. Guests will also learn about the university's José Martí scholarship program, and café con leche and tostadas will be served. 8:30 p.m. Monday, January 28, at FIU Glenn Hubert Library, 3000 NE 151 St., North Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
South Florida has a pending water crisis — with global warming threatening to destroy us all. Flint, Michigan, is in the midst of its own. Photographer and MacArthur Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier's latest exhibit, "Flint Is Family," zooms in on the town's crisis and the families affected by it. Specifically, it follows three generations of women and their day-to-day lives. It's an impactful warning to Miamians. 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through April 14 at Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami; frost.fiu.edu. Admission is free.
wigwoodmiami.com. Admission prices vary from free to $55.
LGBTQ BBQ. That's a lot of letters. But beyond having a great ring to it, the LGBTQ Family BBQ is an event happening Sunday at Greynolds Park. Families of all backgrounds are invited to join the fun, which includes drinks, a face painter, a bounce house, live entertainment, and other diversions in a comfy setting. The event was created by the Aqua Foundation for Women, which has helped thousands of local women through grants, scholarships, and various initiatives. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
eventbrite.com. Admission ranges from free to $500 with VIP options.