The Best Free Events in Miami This Week – Miami New Times

Party with DJ Hottpants at Double Stubble on Thursday.

Photo by Monica McGivern

The LAB Miami x Backroom Sessions Open-Mic Night

Wynwood coworking space the LAB Miami is partnering with Backroom Sessions for its first-ever open-mike night on Monday. The event welcomes any kind of performance, from standup comedy to singing. The only caveat is that performances are limited to five to ten minutes.) You can sign up before you here.) The partnership with Backroom Sessions is smart; the collective has been putting on events to showcase local creatives since 2016. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 28, at the LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Miami; 305-507-3660; Admission is free with RSVP via

Lotería Mexican Bingo at the Anderson

Is luck on your side? Test it out at the Andeson’s weekly bingo night, Lotería, hosted by special guest and drag queen extraordinaire Adora. Expect plenty of laughs as you try to complete your card. Prizes include everything from drink tickets to a “borrowed” Soho House beach towel. Party promoter Panther Cordts will be behind the decks, while the bar serves up drink specials all night long. 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Anderson Miami, 709 NE 79th St., Miami; 786-401-6330; Admission is free.

Double Stubble at Gramps

Every Thursday night, Gramps goes queer for Double Stubble. The event features drag performances that push the art form to new limited thanks to its inclusivity of trans and nonbinary artists. As always, expect DJ Hottpants and friends to be spinning tunes while you scope out the diverse shades and expressions of the local LGBTQ+ scene. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, July 1, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 855-732-8992; Admission is free.

Twilight Fridays at Coral Gables Museum

Every first Friday of the month, the Coral Gables Museum hosts Twilight Fridays. At dusk, the museum rolls out a cash bar and live music, as it invites everyone to explore the exhibits for free. Performing this month is Afro-Cuban funk outfit Palo! Afterward, don’t miss the soon-to-close exhibit “A Matter of Time: Examining Forty Years of AIDS While Living through a Pandemic,” which takes a multidisciplinary approach to the emergence and development of AIDS 40 years after the first reported case. Meanwhile, “Adrian Soca: VelcroRealism” explores the postwar invention of Velcro as a way to present the potential of transformation. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603-8067; Admission is free with RSVP via

The Butcher Shop’s Eighth Anniversary

Eight years ago, father-and-son team Igor and Fred Niznik opened a German-style biergarten, the Butcher Shop, in Wynwood. To celebrate, the Nizniks are inviting everyone to stop by for free drinks and an extended happy hour on Friday. The first 100 guests will receive a complimentary Veza Sur beer starting at 3 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. expect free shooters of Ojo del Sol Tequila palomas and Tromba Tequila passionfruit margaritas along with passed bites. The extended happy hour runs from 3 to 9 p.m. featuring half-off all cocktails. 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the Butcher Shop, 165 NE 23rd St., Miami; 305-846-9120;

The Brother of Others at the Doral Yard

The Doral Yard promises good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll and drinks on the Fourth of July. Brother of Others will kick off the celebration at 5 p.m. while you enjoy bites and drinks from the culinary vendors. Food options include dim-sum purveyor Yip, fast-casual poke from Pokekai, and plant-based bowls from Della Bowls. Jack Daniel’s is sponsoring the event, so make sure to stop by the bar for craft cocktails, beer, and wine. 5 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at the Doral Yard, 8455 NW 53rd St., Doral; 305-744-5038; Admission is free with RSVP via

Independence Day Sunset Public Art Tour

What better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than getting a bit more familiar with the public art strewn around the Design District? Local artist Thom Wheeler Castillo will lead a walking tour that points out some of the neighborhood’s iconic pieces, including the Buckminster Fuller-designed Fly’s Eye Dome, located in the Palm Court; and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Nuage, the pergola that provides shade to passersby on the Paseo Ponti. 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at Palm Court Place, 140 NE 39th St., Miami; Admission is free with RSVP via