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Top 7 free events at Dwntwn Art Days 2017

Updated: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5: Due to Hurricane Irma, all DwnTwn Art Days events have been postponed save ArtsLaunch2017, which the Adrienne Arsht Center has canceled. Miami’s Downtown Development Authority hasn't rescheduled any of the events.

We can think of no better reason to make a Miami pilgrimage than for a weekend of free stuff, and Dwntwn Art Days will provide that excuse Sept. 8-10.

Miami’s Downtown Development Authority will host an overstuffed bill of 50 special exhibitions, art parties, theater shows, pop-up concerts, cocktail mixology demonstrations and walking tours at 28 venues around the downtown area, including the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Perez Art Museum and the Miami Center for Architecture and Design. All events are open to the public, and many are free.

Below are the top seven Dwntwn Art Days gatherings. For the full list of events, go to

The Hub

Sept. 8-10 at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, 100 NE First Ave.; free; 305-448-7488

The hub of activity for most Dwntwn Art Days gatherings, MCAD will host a free “Drink and Draw” (4-8 p.m. Sept. 8) with cocktails and a drawing activity with illustrator Emerson Calderon. The venue will also host free T-shirt designing and sidewalk coloring events (all day Sept. 10) and “Miami Mix: How Brazil Became Part of Miami” (through Sept. 15) an exhibit about the Brazilian influence on Miami’s architecture and urban design.

Art + Hack + Data: Miami Media Art Weekend

10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8-11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd.; free via Eventbrite; 305-375-3000 or

The two-day conference for art enthusiasts, digital media artists and tech hobbyists will feature talks and workshops on Internet surveillance, virtual reality and data collection. The conference will culminate with a closing party at Bakehouse Art Complex (7 p.m.-midnight Sept. 10) with DJs, art-video projections and a reception for the new exhibit, “Media Under Dystopia,” which will incorporate results from the Art + Hack + Data talks.

"Feel Free" by Roc Sol

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Mindwarehouse Connect, 111 NE First St., 8th Floor; $15 at the door;

Miami-based Cuban artist Adrian Gonzalez, better known as Roc Sol, will display 100 of his hip-hop- and graffiti-themed artworks. (A separate opening reception for “Feel Free” will take place 6 p.m.-midnight Sept. 30).

Downtown ARTchitecture Tour

3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St.; free;

HistoryMiami historians will take visitors on a guided tour of Miami’s history along the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, with an emphasis on the Tequesta tribe and the city’s early pioneers.

“Miami: A Very Funny History”

6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W. Flagler St.; $20-$30 via; 305-375-1492 or

Miami standup Freddy Stebbins, a voice actor and recent Brickell Comedy Festival headliner, will offer an evening of costumes and impersonations tracing the history and cultures of the city. The performance will benefit Comic Cure, which uses comedy to raise money and awareness for local nonprofits.

MDC Live Arts Presents LALA

7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd.; free; 305-237-3010 or

The six artists of Miami-Dade College’s Live Arts Lab Alliance will rehearse and workshop new performance-art works in progress for the public. The artists are: Rosie Herrera, Juraj Kojs, Claudio Marcotulli, Ana Mendez, Adele Myers and Pioneer Winter.


9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Adrienne Arsht Center, 601 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-949-6722 or

The Arsht’s official kickoff of its arts season is a massive music, arts and food festival overstuffed with family-friendly gatherings, including mini-concerts inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House (10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.); a “Sing Like Gloria” contest in the Peacock Foundation Studio (4-5 p.m.) ahead of the Oct. 5-15 Arsht run of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s “On Your Feet!” musical; an interactive dance choreography workshop in the Carnival Studio Theater (10 a.m.); cooking and mixology demonstrations from Bradley Kilgore at his Arsht restaurant Brava by Brad Kilgore (11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.); and a Closing Party on the center’s plaza with local bands and DJs (7-10 p.m.). or 954-356-4364

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