This week's free events are quintessentially Miami: Calle Ocho returns on Sunday for another year of kickass food and flag attire, Afro-Cuban jazz maestro Chucho Valdés hosts a master class at Le Chat Noir on Thursday, and Hialeah throws a belated 305 Cafecito Day block party with Trick Daddy over the weekend. There's no other city like the Magic City.
Here are the best free events happening in Miami this week:
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He's a figurehead in the world of Cuban music, responsible for some of the most well-known and beloved music to ever come out of the island. Now, award-winning pianist and composer Chucho Valdés is headed to Le Chat Noir to host a master class inspiring the city's working and aspiring musicians. It's not often one gets to be in the room with a legend of Valdés' stature for free. Please note, Valdés' class will be presented in Spanish. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Le Chat Noir, 2 S. Miami Ave., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free with RSVP but donations are encouraged.
Get ready, trans community members and allies: It's TransCon time. The event — boasting job training, workshops, and small group sessions — comes courtesy of the Aqua Foundation for Women, which has raised more than $800,000 for the South Florida community. The organization also created the popular LGBTQ Family BBQ. 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Barry University, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; transcon.miami. Admission is free.
March 5 is the best day of the year — it's 3/05! To honor Miami's area code, the sixth annual 305 Day Block Party is being put on by the kind folks at 3:05 Cafecito. Unfortunately, March 5 falls on a Tuesday this year, so this party is happening Saturday instead. The event will include a number of food, art, and craft vendors, as well as a performance by the one and only Trick Daddy. 3:05 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 1501 E. Tenth Ave., Hialeah. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
It's time to party it up in Little Havana: Carnaval Miami's Calle Ocho festival is this weekend. For 2019, there will be 20 blocks of food, vendors, and jams, with ten stages of tunes to get rumps moving. Maluma, Pitbull, and Nicky Jam all got their starts here, so which acts will you see this year before they become