Best free things to do in Miami this week 15.-21. November 2021

The art of architecture at the Marseilles Hotel

The Miami Design Preservation League continues its Art of Architecture series on Monday with a talk focusing on the preservation of the Clay and Casa Mantaza hotels on Español Way. Florida International University professor and CEO of FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studios John Stuart will moderate the discussion, which includes Infinity Real Estate partner David Berg and founder Steve Kassin. The couple is behind the new Esmé hotel, which occupies several buildings on Español, including Clay and Casa Manataza. 6pm to 8pm Monday, November 15 at the Marseilles Hotel, 1741 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; mdpl.org. There is free access with RSVP via eventbrite.com.

Friendsgiving bike ride

On Wednesday, you can take a bike ride through Miami’s historic Coconut Grove neighborhood as part of the Friendsgiving Bike Ride. The tour will be led by City of Miami Police, and cyclists of all levels are welcome to participate – just be sure to bring a helmet. The tour is organized by the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District and promises to get you in the mood for the upcoming holidays. 5pm to 7pm Wednesday the 17th starting at Coconut Grove Playhouse parking lot, 3514-3518 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; coconutgrove.com. There is free admission.

Give Miami Day Celebration with Palo! at Oasis Wynwood

Local nonprofit Community Arts and Culture (CAC) celebrates Give Miami Day with a free concert at Oasis Wynwood with Palo! The organization strives to use art as a tool for education with programming throughout the city, with the crowning achievement of the annual Afro Roots Fest. On Thursday, part of the proceeds from the beverage sale will benefit CAC, and donations will be accepted during the event. 5pm Thursday, Nov. 18 at Oasis Wynwood, 2335 N. Miami Ave., Miami; oasiswynwood.com. There is free admission.

He Beyli and the Miami City Ballet at North Beach Bandshell

On Thursday, North Beach Bandshell hosted yet another edition of its North Beach Social. On Thursday, the Miami City Ballet will make a pop-up performance during the event, giving attendees a rare chance to capture the great dance company in intimate surroundings. The Ukrainian performance Han Beyli will take the stage in the second half of the night, bringing an eclectic set to the stage that combines his Azerbaijani heritage with world rhythms, R&B, techno and jazz. 7pm Thursday, Nov. 18 at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave. Miami Beach; 786-453-2897; northbeachbandshell.com. There is free admission with RSVP.

Caribe Arts Fest in Griffing Park

Present by the North Miami CRA, Caribe Arts Fest celebrates art, music, food and culture in the Caribbean. On Saturday you can head to Griffing Park to enjoy Junkanoo bands and performances by Boukman Eksperyans, Gio Beta and Agape with Nadia Harris. The family-friendly event will also feature a dedicated Kids Zone, food trucks serving Caribbean dishes, and special giveaways. Dinner until 9pm Saturday, November 20 at Griffing Park, 12220 Griffing Blvd., North Miami; caribeartsfest.com. There is free admission.

Electric Kif at Lagniappe

On Saturday, local band Electric Kif will perform at the New Orleans-inspired hot spot Lagniappe in Edgewater. Like all wine bar shows, this one is free. The quartet released their latest album Dreamlike earlier this year, which came together during the quarantine when the band had time to sit down and experiment. “It was all written while we were locked up in quarantine, so maybe you just feel that energy because it represents what we went through back then, our moment in time,” guitarist Eric Escanes told the New Times earlier this year. 21.00 Saturday, November 20 in Lagniappe, 3425 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-0108; lagniappehouse.com. There is free admission.

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