November is around the corner, we finally get a break from the hellish summer heat, and it’s the calm before the storm of the busy December holiday season of artsy parties, galas, and more reasons to toast it up with a glass of wine. Until then, Noire Miami knows that sometimes you need the in between thing to do – no clubs, no South Beach scenery, and something chill to do. So we’re hooking you up. Introducing you to new things, and helping you to expand your horizons. Thank us later.
Miami Critical Mass (every last Friday)
Fri, October 25th, 6:30pm – Government Center, 111 NW 1st St, Downtown Miami
When’s the last time you rode a bike? Imagine a mob of hundreds of bicyclists getting their Lance Armstrong on and cruising for about 12 – 18 miles through the community. It’s funny, different, healthy, and something different to do. The rides are held on the last Friday of every month and meet up at 6:30pm and the ride departs at 7:30pm.
Don’t have a bike? There are many bike rental shops around Midtown and downtown. Check out the details and rules to riding at www.themiamibikescene.com.
Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays (every last Friday)
Fri, October 25th, 7pm – 11pm – Southwest Eighth Street aka Calle Ocho — between 14th and 17th avenues
Little Havana holds a lot of treasures including a best kept secret in Cultural Fridays. This free monthly event features dancing under the stars, a free art tour of Little Havana, and plenty of Cuban food. Don’t forget to check out The Domino Plaza where you’ll find old men playing dominoes and rolling cigars. is filled with works by local artists and artisans. While you’re at it, check out Cuba Ocho, a Cuban art gallery/bar/lounge. I recently attended an event there and was impressed and mad that I’m just now discovering it.
For more information, visit www.viernesculturales.org.
Expressions presented by The Black Archives
Sat, October 26, 7pm – 11pm – The Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery, 249 NW 9th St in Miami’s historic Overtown
It’s a little bit of spoken word, arts and culture, live music, a DJ, and the world famous Keith the Conch Man selling his mouth watering conch salad. This month kicks off the second season of the Expressions spoken word and live music showcase in anticipation of the remodeling and reopening of the historic Lyric Theater. Until then, Expressions is hosted at the Historic Ward Cultural Tourist Gallery, which recently went through a complete transformation from historic rooming house to a chic poetry lounge under-the-stars.
Saturday’s event is hosted by international poet and spoken word artist Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns and features open mic and sets from local spoken word artists Rachel “Flow Diva” Finley, Kimani Trapp and Poet Tampa. Live music is provided by Ed the World Famous and Jody Hill and the Deep Fried Funk Band.
Admission for Expressions is $10.
Free Gospel Sunday concert
Sun, October 27, 4pm – The Adrienne Arsht Center, Knight Concert Hall, is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
We just love gospel Sundays…and we love FREE! This month’s Gospel Sunday features John P. Kee and New Life, featuring the Miami Mass Choir. If you haven’t gotten your first-access passes for guarantee entrance (which are sold out by the way), the stand-by line opens at 3 p.m. on the day of the concert. Patrons will be let in on a first-come, first-served basis as seats become available. Patrons are usually able to get in.
Check out a farmers’ market
Love healthy food, organic products, and arts and crafts? In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, South Florida offers a plethora of farmers’ market and you can never get bored or tired of checking them out. This could easily be a cute date or an alternative to shopping a mass grocers. And you can get plenty of locally grown, good food products for the low.
Yellow Green Farmers’ Market
Every Sat & Sun, 8am-4pm – 1940 N 30th Rd, Hollywood (off Taft St and I-95)
Features over 300 under-roof booths of fresh foods and specialty foods, along with artisanal goods created by local artists and craftsmen.
Upper Eastside Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday, 9am – 2pm – NET Office at NE 64th St and Biscayne Blvd, Miami
In addition to produce, vendors offer local honey, orchids and bromeliads, breads and crackers, fresh juices, and more.
Miami Springs Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday, 9am – 1pm – All Angels Church in Miami Springs, 1801 Ludlam Rd, Miami Springs
More than 30 booths of fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods ,and much more. Kid and pet-friendly.
Southwest Community Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday, 9am – 2pm – Tropical Park 7900 Bird Rd, Miami (near the Bird Road entrance)
Shop for local and organic vegetables and herbs, fruits, honey, and more from among 12 vendors. EBT benefits are doubled up to $10.
Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday, 9am – 6:30pm – 730 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach (between Meridian & Washington Ave)
Features locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, local honey, jams and jellies, fresh ceviche and guacamole, artisan baked goods, teas and spices, plants, orchids, cut flowers and tropical fruit smoothies.
Coconut Grove Saturday Organic Market
Every Saturday, 10am – 7pm – 3300 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove (SW corner of Grand Avenue & Margaret St)
Features 15 vendors and a variety of organic fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, and raw vegan foods.
Brickell Flatiron Park Green Market
Every Friday & Saturday, 9am – 5pm – Brickell Flatiron Park, 1001 S Miami Ave
Locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, local honey, artisan baked goods, pastries, vegetable & herb plants, smoothies and more.
Sistrunk Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday, 10am – 2pm, 603 NW 10th Ave, Fort Lauderdale (on the NE corner of Sistrunk Blvd (6th St) and NW 10th Ave)
Fresh, local and organic produce and products. Accepts EBT.
North Miami Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 11am – 5pm – Plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 770 NE 125th St, North Miami
Open seasonally from October to May with 20 vendors featured.
** Bonus thing to do and a cute (and free) date night:
Free outdoor jazz at MOCA
Last Friday of every month, 7pm – 9pm – Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125 St., North Miami
Bring your lawn chair, picnic basket, and even a bottle of wine to make it an official date night for jazz under the moonlight. The museum is open by donation from 7 to 10 p.m. during this event. (Admission is always free for children under 12, North Miami residents and city employees.)