Here are the best free things to do in Miami this week:
carta.fiu.edu/mbus. Admission is free.
More than 250,000 lights are waiting to dazzle you: Don't let them down. The Village at Gulfstream Park officially gets in the holiday spirit (and hopes you will too) with its Symphony in Lights spectacular Tuesday evening. In addition to an immaculately decorated Christmas tree, the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida will be on-site to add some musical goodness to the periodic light shows. For when the tummy rumbles, there will be vendors galore serving up cookies, cocktails and hot cocoa. If you haven't sent Santa Claus your wish list just yet, he'll be there to hear you out. 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, at the Village at Gulfstream Park, 901 Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; gulfstreampark.com. Admission is free.
eventrbite.com. Admission is free.
After inhaling pounds upon pounds of food on Thursday, you and your loved ones will want you to get moving. The Confidante in Miami Beach is hosting a variety of Workout Pop-Ups throughout the weekend, kicking off with a complimentary Green Monkey Yoga Class on the property's tenth floor on Friday morning. If you can't make that session, there's a yoga session taking place on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. too. If you're not a yogi, the Confidante has a volleyball tournament and kickboxing class scheduled as well. By the time the weekend rolls around, you'll have no excuses to work off that stuffing. 11 a.m. Friday, November 29, and 9 a.m. Saturday, November 30, at the Confidante Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; hyatt.com. Admission is free.
If you have yet to experience the unique theatrical magic that is Microtheater Miami, Friday might be your ideal day to do it. The experience is built from a bunch of 160-square foot shipping containers in an open lot, where you usually pay six bucks a performance to see the spectacular happenings take place inside. But on Friday, the first performance of each work (at 8 and 8:15 p.m.) is totally free for the special Microtheater Miami Black Friday event. #MicroHorrorStories is the theme, so prepare to be spooked. We're told there will be free beer as well, at least for as long as supplies last. 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 29, at Microtheater Miami, 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
mocanomi.org. Admission is free.
New York City's frigid winters may have the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink and a big ole tree to heat things up. Well, here in our more humid paradise, we do things a little differently. On Saturday, there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bayfront Park to officially ring in the season. In addition to a 50-foot LED Christmas tree light show, the Bayskate roller skating rink will officially open (and stay that way through Christmas Day!). So make sure to grab your skates; If you don't own some, rentals will be available. On the grub and shopping front, a number of holiday season-appropriate vendors will have your back. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, November 30, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
In the blink of an eye, Art Basel and Miami Art Week have already arrived. Among the multiple happenings and eye-catching works to check out, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora (MoCAAD) is hosting an Art Week Kickoff Event with artist Juan Roberto Diago and a special reception. The Cuban contemporary artist will sit down for a conversation focusing on art and race in his homeland. Afterward, be among the first to check out the new "Diago: The Pasts of This Afro Cuban Present" at the museum. 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, December 1, at University of Miami Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.