Congratulations: You've survived the first half of 2019. But if you partied too hard during Independence Day weekend, your budget might not have been so lucky. Good for you, then, that there's a wealth of free ways to have fun in the 305.
Kick off the week with a scavenger hunt in downtown Miami and an art exhibit for bookworms at the Frost Art Museum. Then spend your Saturday at Overtown's annual festival of music and arts. You can do it all without spending a penny (not that anyone uses pennies anymore).
Who's ready for an adventure? The kind peeps at Key2Mia have put together the urban escapade Eye Spy: Downtown Scavenger Hunt. Beginning and ending at Bayside Marketplace, the two-hour scavenger hunt takes you through downtown, where you'll have to solve puzzles, visit hidden gems, and figure stuff out. You might even learn a thing or two along the way. 7 p.m. Monday at Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
"Spheres of Meaning: An Exhibition of Artists' Books" is a visual spectacle displaying Miami-bred artists' books in a wildly creative and engaging way. The exhibit includes everything from sculptures to new narrative forms. Chief curator Amy Galpin will take guests on a special tour of the exhibit to dish on some fun facts about the compelling pieces. 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum — FIU, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami; frost.fiu.edu. Admission is free.
You might still be upset about the final season of Game of Thrones. But regardless how much you're still whining, it's time to put your series knowledge to the test. Growler USA Wynwood will host the Game of Thrones Trivia Night, with questions about all seven seasons of the hit show. To miss out on this evening would be nearly as mad as Daenerys on that dragon in King's Landing. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Growler USA Wynwood, 337 NW 25th St., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
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Last year’s Black Market Fest was so awesome it’s back for another whirl. The two-day affair will go down Friday and Saturday at Las Rosas. In addition to offering hip vendors galore, this year’s event boasts an impressive musical lineup. Friday, enjoy sets from the likes of Orlando’s the Grizzly Atoms, Philadelphia's Douse, and Miami's the Hoy Polloy. Sunday, jam to Nashville’s AAGAAZtheband, Brooklyn's Baby Fuzz, and Baltimore’s Thrillkiller. 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
Ready to move your ass all night? The Ground is your place Friday night. For Bound x Internet Friends, DJs and artsy peeps will come together to create a musical and visual spectacle. DJs slated to perform include curator and Brooklynite Katie Rex, Discosexo, Zei, and Bunny. The show is for party people 18 and older. 11 p.m. Friday at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
The Overtown Music & Arts Festival has attracted some big-time performers in years past, including Ginuwine, Estelle, Vivian Green, Monica, and CeeLo Green. This year’s lineup keeps the momentum going with headliners Melanie Fiona, “Let’s Get Married” R&B group Jagged Edge, Ne-Yo, and Mario. In addition to stellar tunes, there will be arts, crafts, and cuisine vendors selling cultural awesomeness. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at NW Second and Third Avenues between NW Eighth and Tenth Streets, Miami; overtownmusicartsfestival.com. Admission is free.