Now that we've emerged from the frigid abyss that is winter in Miami, it's time to enjoy some hot free happenings in the city. This Monday, if you've mastered the art of stationary meditation, you'll dig the MindTravel SilentHike Tour, which includes tunes, an ocean view, and a mobile version of meditation. Tuesday, get your belly laughs with some of the best Hispanic comedians in the area via the weekly Viva la Comedia show at Miami Improv. Looking ahead to this weekend, the killer Prince tribute band the Purple Madness will play a free show at North Miami Beach Amphitheater Friday evening. To close out the weekend on a healthy note, head south to Pinecrest for a six-and-a-half-mile urban bike adventure with food trucks, yard games, and other diversions greeting riders midway.
Here are the best free things to do in Miami this week:
Sure, you could just sit there and meditate. But how about a little mobile meditation? Monday evening, the 70-city MindTravel SilentHike Tour will stop at Miami Beach's Lummus Park. The experience will be led by MindTravel creator Murray Hidary, who will take folks on a musical walk along the beach (guests will be given headphones to listen to some pleasant music). Prepare for intention setting, and be ready to peacefully home in on the broader environment. 6 p.m. Monday, March 2, in Lummus Park, 1130 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; mindtravel.com. Admission is free.
Every Monday evening, you can jam with hip-hop royalty at 1-800-Lucky. Beginning at 8 p.m. and running through the wee hours, A Tribe Called Quest founding member Jarobi rocks the turntables alongside Tillery James. The shindig is also 1-800-Lucky's industry night, so you'll usually find rad guest bartenders creating stellar concoctions. Pro tip: If you're in the biz, be sure to ask the bartenders for exclusive deals. 8 p.m. Monday, March 2, at 1-800-Lucky, 143 NW 23rd Street, Miami; 1800lucky.com. Admission is free.
In the heart of this heinous election season, we could all use a major laugh. And, if you're up for some Spanish-language comedy, the Miami Improv is your spot to do it on Tuesday. Featuring local comedic staples Julio Rodríguez, Wilmer Ramirez and Ivan Camejo, Viva La Comedia is billed as "the Spanish comedy party". In addition to the regulars, you never know who will pop in on the action either, spanning stand-up stars, magicians, improv wizards and more. 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Miami Improv, 3450 NW NW 83rd Ave., Doral; vivalacomedia.com. Admission is free.
It's been four years since Prince and his musical excellence left God's green Earth. Fortunately, groups like the Purple Madness, a totally rockin' tribute band featuring frontman Bobby Miller, is keeping that spirit alive. The band has more than 100 years of collective musical experience under its belt and it always shows through its killer, high-energy sets. Hear all of your Prince faves from "Raspberry Beret" through "Kiss" during a special free show at NMB Amphitheater. 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, at North Miami Beach Amphitheater, 16501 NE 16th Ave., North Miami Beach; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
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That dress or shirt you're not digging anymore? It's time for a trade-in. Local institutions Starloop and Pivot Mkt, which specialize in sustainable products and brands, are teaming up for the Swap Party. Attendees are asked to bring up to six items to swap with fellow guests. The swap will take place at 4:30, but an hour before then, Pivot Mkt cofounder Valeria Savino will lead a chat about sustainability. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pivot Mkt at the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami; thecitadelmiami.com. Admission is free; more information is available at eventbrite.com.
Art, music, fashion, and food will come together in the most beautiful way this weekend. Carnaval on the Mile will take over Miracle Mile this weekend. At its core is the expansive Artists Village, boasting work by more than 150 artists and 50 vendors. Notable music performers for this year's fest are country crooners Ryan Montgomery (Saturday at 8:45 p.m.) and Jenny Tolman (Sunday at 5:15 p.m.). 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, on Miracle Mile, Coral Way between LeJeune and Douglas Roads, Coral Gables. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Pedaling in the same old bike lanes can grow boring. So grab your ride, head to Pinecrest, and prepare for an adventure. During the tree-shaded village's family-friendly Pedal to the Park, enjoy a police-guided six-and-a-half-mile urban bike adventure. The trek will begin and end at the Pinecrest Community Center and include a pit stop at Coral Pine Park for music, yard games, and food truck grub. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. Admission is free; register via eventbrite.com.