With the holidays and the height of “season” coming up — hello, Art Basel and New Year’s Eve — now is a good time to stay a little conservative with your weekends. Drink water, rest up, and consider some more wholesome fun before you start leaking dollars and brain cells for real. Luckily, this weekend offers a few fun activities around South Florida that don’t involve partying, create good intellectual karma, and leave your wallet at exactly the same weight.
Friday, November 2: Day of the Dead Celebration @ FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale
FAT Village has been impressively holding it down in Fort Lauderdale with regular open gallery nights and events to promote the local arts, crafts, and music communities. This extra-special event combines traditional Dia de los Muertos traditions with updated, FAT-appropriate flourishes. Head here tonight for a skeleton procession, the construction of altars to deceased love ones, and a fine art exhibit, along with music, circus performers, vendors, and more.
3:30 to 11 p.m. at the FAT Village Arts District, at the corner of NW 1st Ave. & NW 5th St., Fort Lauderdale. Visit dayofthedeadsouthflorida.com
Saturday, November 3: Red Bull Flugtag @ Bayfront Park, Miami
Remember that whole thing about climbing a mountain, just because it’s there? Well, the human brain is full of ideas on things to do that don’t really have a purpose, but are damn entertaining anyways. File the Flugtag in that category. The Red Bull-sponsored shebang involves a bunch of teams coming together to create non-flying machines. Basically, these crazy contraptions get launched off a pier, and the goal is just to stay airborne for as many seconds as possible before crashing into the bay.
Yes, it’s patently ridiculous on purpose, and the proceedings are highly, highly caffeinated and fun. Come out for free — and to save on parking and traffic and crowd headaches, consider riding the Metro-Rail/Mover or riding your bike.
Hangars open at noon, first flight is at 2 p.m. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Visit redbullflugtagusa.com
Saturday, November 3: Books & Books’ 30th Anniversary Celebration @ Books and Books, Coral Gables
There’s no other way to put this: Without Books and Books, Miami would be a whole lot dumber. The little bookstore that could, the original Coral Gables location has expanded into a mini empire across South Florida and the Caribbean while other, large chain bookstores (boooo! hisssss!) have epically failed. Chalk that up to B&B’s community boosterism (the Book Fair!) along with a slate of constant readings, signings, and other programming that draws in a broad cross-section of folks who want to feed their brains.
Appropriately, this birthday party goes down at the Coral Gables location, which isn’t the very first, smaller one, but just around the corner from there. Come from 7 to 9 p.m. for live music, free food and drinks, and the smell of printed pages — which you can score all day for 30 percent off.
7 to 9 p.m. at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Call 305-442-4408, or visit booksandbooks.com
All Weekend: To Beauty: A Tribute to Mike Kelley @ the Frost Art Museum at FIU, Miami
Artist Mike Kelley provoked, shocked, and thrilled in equal measures through his sculpture, drawings, performances, and video. Often fixated on skewering American notions of class and culture, he frequently reveled in the gross and disturbing, especially in his collaborations with artists like Paul McCarthy. Kelley died earlier this year, creating a huge loss for American contemporary art. To celebrate his life, the Frost Museum at FIU has put together an exhibit of rarely seen works culled from private collections. We’re including this in our weekend roundup, but admission to the museum is always free!
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami. Call 305-348-2890, or visit thefrost.fiu.edu
All Weekend: Bank of America’s Museums on Us @ various institutions throughout South Florida
Let’s be real — whenever Bank of America shows up in the news lately, it usually ain’t nothing nice. If you’re still banking with BoA, though, there’s a small silver lining, at least this weekend. Through a promotion dubbed “Museums on Us,” you can show up to one of the participating institutions, show your Bank of America card, and get free entry. That includes a number of art, history, and science museums, but among the best bangs for the buck comes at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science. There, you can check out the newly expanded and refurbished ecological exhibits and catch an educational IMAX movie, too. Other options include the Miami Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and more. Check the full details on Bank of America’s Museums on Us site.