Best free things to do in Miami this week March 21-27, 2022

Big Decisions Talk: US-Russian Foreign Policy at the Miami-Dade Public Library System

With the situation surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changing daily and the Iron Curtain appearing to be lowered again, it may be time to review US-Russian foreign policy. On Wednesday, the World Affairs Council of Miami is hosting a Big Decisions Discussion with Dina Mouliukova on the subject. Mouliukova is a lecturer at the University of Miami’s International Studios and Deputy Director and Co-Founder of the Global Security Initiative. Topics to be discussed include the many areas of conflict and areas of mutual interest between the two superpowers. 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Miami-Dade Public Library System, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-2665; world affairs.miami. Admission is free with RSVP through eventbrite.com.

Wine Down Wednesday at Books & Books

Local podcast Pouring Over Pages and Books & Books teamed up for a happy hour at the Coral Gables store on Wednesday. Hosted by Alexa Ferra and Maritza Lacayo, the event invites everyone to mingle over books and special wine pairings. The happy hour follows the Pouring Over Pages format in which hosts choose a book and pair it with wine, using it as a catalyst for conversation about pop culture, politics, and current affairs. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-442-4408; booksandbooks.com. Admission is free with RSVP through eventbrite.com.

Contact 1-800-Lucky

If you want to knock out dinner and party in one go, you can sip some ramen at 1-800-Lucky, then take a few steps to the dance floor. The Wynwood food-hall-meets-nightclub is hosting the only free party on this list. Again, this takes place on a Wednesday. The New York collective Rvdiovctive brings together artists like Devon James and Felix Da Housecat. With Francesca Lombardo, Qrtr, Skream, Tara Brooks and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at 1-800 Lucky, 143 NW 23rd St., Miami; 306-768-9826; 1800lucky.com. Admission is free with RSVP through dice.fm.

Super-Natural Kitsuné Coffee in Itamae

The Parisian café and wine bar Cafe Kitsuné arrives in Itamae on Thursday with a selection of natural wines and a curated menu. Dubbed Cafe Kitsuné Super-Natural, the series of monthly events also brings in New York-based DJ Warner Case to add to the vibe. Cafe Kitsuné is one of three projects produced by Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki. The Franco-Japanese duo also operates the Kitsuné Musique label and the Maison Kitsuné fashion house. 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at Itamae, 140 NE 39th St. #136, Miami; itamemiami.com. Admission is free with RSVP via ckmiamimarch22.splashthat.com.

Aqua LGBTQ+ Family BBQ at Virginia Key Beach Park

On Sunday, the Aqua Foundation for Women hosts its LGBTQ+ Family BBQ, a staple event for the organization since 2011. The family event brings LGBTQ+ families together for beachside games, food and fun. As it is difficult for LGBTQ+ families to bond, the event helps foster friendships and a support network. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 27 at Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami; aquafoundation.org. Admission is free with RSVP through eventbrite.com.

A-Trak and Friends at Oasis Wynwood

Fool’s Gold frontman A-Trak reunites his friends for another free Miami Music Week event. A-Trak & Friends brings the epic party to Oasis Wynwood, featuring the Canadian solo producer and record player as well as part of Duck Sauce, his side project with Armand van Helden. The list also includes Mike Dunn, Felix Da Housecat, Soul Clap, Carl Craig, Uniiqu3 and Kenny Dope. 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Oasis Wynwood, 2335 N. Miami Ave., Miami; oasiswynwood.com. Admission is free with RSVP via tixr.com.

Lucas E. Kelly