How much of your hard-earned dough have you dropped on holiday gifts so far this month? To help balance out that financial hit, add some free things to your schedule this week. Among the highlights is the oceanside Disco Frisbee this Wednesday courtesy of the folks at Freehand Miami. In the holiday realm, the Wharf Miami will host its Ugly Sweater Party this Friday, and a holiday edition of the Black Market will hit Las Rosas Saturday. As a wildcard, how about the Miami Symphony Orchestra performing film soundtrack cuts as part of the Miami Design District Performance Series this Friday evening? There's plenty to bring you cheer.
Here are the best free things to do in Miami this week.
By the end of another long Monday, you're probably looking for that right combo of winding things down and turning it up a notch. Bar Nancy's Team Trivia Mondays can help. Grab your friends and hit the Calle Ocho hot spot for some classic trivia and prizes. First place takes home $50, second gets $25, and there's even a "Lucky SOB" raffle after each round awarding a team with something special. 9 to 11 p.m. Monday, December 16, at Bar Nancy, 2007 SW Eighth St., Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
The worlds of Ultimate Frisbee and disco are magically coming together Wednesday evening. The Freehand is set to host Disco Frisbee, loaded with neon lights and disc-hurling galore on the sand. Meet at the hotel, head to the beach, and then get your game on. After your oceanside workout, late-night drink and food specials will keep the energy going. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, at the Freehand Hotel, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727; freehandhotels.com/miami. Tickets are free via eventbrite.com.
A queer astrology party? Hell, yes: Every third Thursday of the month, the beloved downtown Miami bar Mama Tried is converted into an Eleventh House experience, chock full of tarot card readings and other astrological goodness. Upon check-in, you get a name tag with your designated signs. From there, readings range from $5 to $25. After the reading and depending upon how things go, dance your ass off in either joy or sadness. 7 p.m. Thursday, December 19, at Mama Tried, 207 NE First St., Miami; 786-803-8087; eleventhhouse.org. Admission is free.
Iron out that ugly sweater, because it's time for it to shine. The Wharf Miami will host its Ugly Sweater Party this Friday evening, and wearing your holiday garb has its perks. If you RSVP online and arrive in your glorious (uh, heinous) sweater, you'll get a free drink at the door. Early birds can enjoy $1 Wharf lagers and $3 wine selections during a holiday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. The icing on the cake of all these deals is the Wharf's Holiday Village, featuring 500,000-plus lights and decor as far as the eye can see. Noon to 3 a.m. Friday, December 20, at the Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
You don't get to hear a world-class symphony play your favorite film tunes every day. And you sure as heck don't get to see it for free. Well, this Friday, you can catch the Miami Symphony Orchestra perform songs from Jurassic Park, Jaws, E.T., Superman, and other flicks as part of the Miami Design District Performance Series. In addition to the Maestro Eduardo Marturet-led orchestra, special guests will include Venezuelan harpist José Manuelo Melo and Latin American Idol winner Mayré Martinez. 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 20, in Palm Court Plaza, 140 NE 39th St., Miami; eventbrite.com. Admission is free.
If you've ever been to Medellín, Colombia, you know one of the most magical spots is Plaza Botero, a public square loaded with voluptuous statues, including a dog to a lady holding fruit. Now through March 31, catch some of Colombian artist Fernando Botero's most captivating pieces lining a hot spot right in Miami Beach: Lincoln Road. Thirteen bronze sculptures, including a massive head and a bird, have taken residence in the pedestrian mall. You simply have to see them to believe them. Saturday, December 21, and through March 31, 2020, on Lincoln Road between Washington Avenue and Alton Road, Miami Beach; lincolnrd.com. Admission is free.
Holiday shopping procrastinators, your time is running out. Rather than giving that big box store all your dough, head to a special holiday edition of the Black Market at Las Rosas this Saturday. You can peruse the usual selection of artisan goods, clothes, tunes, and other items, along with a special infusion of seasonal offerings. On the entertainment front, drag stars Opal Am Rah and Yoko Oso will perform, and music will come courtesy of Vetnough and Yr Glows. 9 p.m. Saturday, December 21, at Las Rosas, 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; lasrosasbar.com. Admission is free.