Here are the eight best free things to do in Miami this week:
The Faena Hotel is a pretty art-filled spot on any given day, boasting rad installations and an aesthetically pleasing theater. This Monday, it'll kick things up a notch with the launch of its second-annual Faena Festival: The Last Supper. The experience is multifaceted, spanning everything from videos and performances to installations from local heavyweights such as Sophia Al-Maria, the Propeller Group, and Emeka Ogboh. Hotelier Alan Faena and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber will be onsite for remarks, and artist Xhang Huan will unveil Miami Buddha, his latest masterpiece. 6 to 11:30 p.m. Monday, December 2, at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; eventbrite.com. Admission is free with RSVP.
weammuseum.com. Admission is free.
Trenton Doyle Hancock is a fascinating guy. With a career spanning more than two decades, the Oklahoma City-bred artist has made a name for himself with his Mounds and Vegans series, which depict a war of good versus evil using his colorful creatures. Tuesday at Locust Projects, he'll mingle with fans and reveal his latest project, Made a Mound City in Miami-Dade County. If you start hankering for some suds, Concrete Beach Brewery will be onsite to quench your thirst. 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, at Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-8570; locustprojects.org. Admission is free.
Art and music have a way of coming together during Miami Art Week. Case in point: BaseCamp at Magic City Innovation District is kicking off the city's biggest art week with a disco-infused art party Wednesday evening. Disco attire is encouraged for BaseCamp Unveiled, featuring fun installations such as Illumina (a light and sound sculpture powered by attendees) and Frequency, a healing planetarium of sorts. And, yes, there will be a disco experience via the Gramophone Stage, offering jams from the likes of DJs Bender and Kaz Janes. 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, December 4, at BaseCamp, 298 NE 61st St., Miami; basecamp-miami.com. Admission is free.
Stellar local talents — from musicians and visual artists to dancers — have been scouted, and they're waiting to mingle with you. Creator's Lounge Miami is kicking off its 2020 season Thursday with the exhibit "Outside the Lines," which will elevate a TBA lineup of artists who are navigating the fields of art and entertainment to make a truly unique impact. It's billed as a party with free drinks and bites, so be sure to make the rounds with local artists, take in their talents, and buy their goods directly. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 5, at CIC Miami, 1951 NW Seventh Ave., #600, Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
If you're already over the Art Basel madness by Friday, perhaps it's time to start looking ahead to Christmas. Get into the holiday spirit at the Park and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Doral Park this Friday evening. Both the park and the nearby government center will be lit with thousands of holiday lights, making for a scenic weeknight stroll. If you haven't had your photo snapped with Santa yet, St. Nick will be onsite to take pictures for just five bucks. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 6, in Downtown Doral Park, 8395 NW 53rd St., Doral. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
coronaelectricbeach.com. Admission is free.