This weekend is all about getting your freebies on. The only thing that tastes better than the most expensive caviar is the most expensive caviar when it's given to you for free --amiright
For the next few days, enjoy free suds at Gramps, free barbecue from Sparky's Roadside Barbecue, free Mezcal frozen cocktails, and free laughs to pair with it.
Throw in some art, and a few bites from Miami food trucks and you've got yourself a fan-flippin'-tastic weekend perfect for those will shallow pockets.
Free Beer and Barbecue at Gramps
There's only one great thing about being broke in Miami, and that's that there are plenty of free things to do, see, eat, and drink, almost all the time. We can't think of one day when someone isn't shelling out free bites somewhere. It's great to be broke here. Gramps will be offering free Duvel Single and Sparky's Roadside Barbecue from 6 to 9 p.m. Within that time frame, if you've got a couple loose dollars crumpled in your pocket, you can cash in on the rest of the beer garden specials from 2 to 6 buck brews (6-7 p.m.), 3 buck brews from 7 to 8 p.m. and 5 buck brews from 8 to 9 p.m. The first 50 people to buy a $5 Duvel will receive a limited edition Duvel Collection art glass. RSVP before you hit the garden!
Second Saturdays (and First Fridays and Third Thursdays, etc) have become an institution in cities across the country where art and creativity reign supreme. For just one night a month, we can hang up our pinstripe suits, unbuckle our belts, remove the pins holding up our hair in a tight bun, and just relax. It's quite easy being human, we're the only ones who make it difficult. Miami's Artwalk is a reminder that not everything is about numbers and the bottom line. Other stuff counts too. Check out this incredible Cuban art exhibit (we'll be there!) and munch on food and drinks from the food trucks parked in the lot.
Hatch Chile Fest
On Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., Fresh Market Coconut Grove will be hosting a pepper party. Hatch Chile Fest will include chile roasting, cooking demonstrations, and hatch chile products throughout the store. If you can't handle the heat, fret not, hatch chiles (named after the Hatch Valley) pack a variety of heat levels. But the only way to know if you can tolerate it is just to try them all for yourself.
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Mohawks, Mustaches and Mezcal
Contrary to popular belief, Mexico's independence day is nowhere near Cinco de Mayo. It's actually recognized on September 16 when Mexico gained its independence from Spain. El Grito de Dolores, which is how it's usually referred to south of the border, is a festive time of year where paisanos bust out the good tequila, and moms and abuelitas whip up chiles en nogada, a traditional independence day recipe. But Sunday, September 15, The Social Club at the Surfcomber in South Beach will be hosting a pool party in honor of El Grito instead. Bartenders will take part in a competition of frozen Mezcal drinks while donning faux staches. Whoever loses has to has his head shaved in front of everyone. Drinks are complimentary for party-goers. There will be a $12 Mexican menu available in case you get the rumbles, too.
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