Things To Do

The Best Free Events in Miami This Week

Keith Johns
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NBC's Summer Games at Bayfront Park

Promising an evening of summer fun, NBC's Summer Games lands at Bayfront Park on Tuesday. The family-friendly event will feature a performance by America's Got Talent winner Kodi Lee and an American Ninja Warrior inflatable obstacle course. There will also be an exclusive screening of America's Got Talent followed by NBC's new show Capital One College Bowl. 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; nbc.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.

Miami Poetry Club at Veza Sur Brewing

How's your prose? Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, the Miami Poetry Club takes over Veza Sur Brewing in Wynwood, allowing writers to share their work and receive constructive feedback from other attendees. Those who aren't ready to share their work are welcome to attend, as long as they're respectful to the other writers. If you decide to share, please bring ten copies to share with the group so everyone can follow along and take notes. This week's theme is "The Shadow," so feel free to share pieces that talk about fear, destruction, and rebirth. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Veza Sur Brewing, 55 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-362-6300; vezasur.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.

Pitch Night MIA at the LAB Miami

Looking for some inspiration to jumpstart that great idea that's been living in your head for years? Pitch Night MIA at the LAB Miami allows attendees to learn from startups working on the next big things and the investors who evaluate them. Everyone is free to offer up their own ideas while also allowing a space for networking and questions to the expert panel of judges. If you have an idea you think is ready for investors, apply to pitch here. Otherwise, consider the event an opportunity to learn from some of the city's best creative minds. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at the LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Miami; 305-507-3660; thelabmiami.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.

Intro to Voguing at Adela MiMo Bay

Listen: Madonna did not invent voguing. The highly stylized dance percolated from the ballroom scene in Harlem pioneered by Black gay and trans people in the 1980s. If you're interested in learning more about the art form, the Movement is holding a free class at Adela at MiMo Bay. The class will be led by instructor Andrés Berreondo, who has more than ten years' experience as a professional choreographer and gymnast. Berreondo founded the Movement as a way to bring down the barriers into dance and make it accessible to all. 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at Adela at MiMo Bay, 6445 NE Seventh Ave., Miami. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.


Keith Johns at the Anderson

On Thursday, catch a special acoustic solo set by musician Keith Johns at the Anderson. Johns is a physicist turned folk musician who released his debut EP, Maps & Plans, in 2014. Two years later, the Miami native released his full-length debut, Grateful Fool. Johns recently announced that he'll be releasing a new album this summer that will reflect all the transitions in life he's seen in the last few years, from becoming a father to dealing with the pandemic. 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at the Anderson, 709 NE 79th St., Miami; 786-401-6330; theandersonmiami.com. Admission is free.

BOYBike Street Art Tour

Every Saturday, the Museum of Graffiti invites you to BYOB — as in, bring your own bike — for a free street art tour of Wynwood led by Ryan the Wheelbarrow. Bring your bike, water, and helmet and meet promptly at 10 a.m. in front of the museum. Learn the stories behind the murals that have made Wynwood the tourist hotspot it is today. 10 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Museum of Graffiti, 299 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-580-4678; museumofgraffiti.com. Admission is free with RSVP via showclix.com.

Pata Sucia Palooza at Kush Hialeah

There's no shame in being a pata sucia at Kush Hialeah on Sunday. Dubbed the "Hialeah Summer Olympics," Pata Sucia Palooza will see six teams of hospitality mavens compete for the Golden Chancleta. Competitors will be tested for strength, accuracy, and basic chancleta-wielding power. Guests can enjoy the competition from the sidelines and wager on their favorite team for the chance to participate in a spectator lightning round with a Jim Beam-sponsored prize at stake. Radio personality Lucy Lopez hosts the event with free food provided by the Gator Caja China. 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at Kush Hialeah, 1000 E. 16th St., Hialeah; 305-887-8863; kushhospitality.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
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