Free and cheap things to do in Miami - March 28-30
Miami on the Cheap dishes on the budget-friendly fun in South Florida this weekend.
If you like music, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to indulge your passion this weekend without paying a cent, with free concerts of both classical and popular music.
Viernes Culturales brings music, art, food and more to the streets of Little Havana Friday night. Sunday afternoon is the regular monthly free family day at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach, with free admission and special activities from 2 to 4 p.m.
If you’re going to the Miami-Dade Youth Fair, be sure to check the website for discounts and coupons before you go.
Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun March 28-30:
Free Jazz at MOCA (and free art inside)
It’s Jazz at MOCA Friday night, a regular monthly event that includes admission by donation to the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami from 7 to 10 p.m. and a free jazz concert outdoors at 8 p.m. This month’s featured band is Jesse Fischer and Soul Cycle, which mixes electro jazz, funk, garage rock and “psychedelic soul” into a unique sound.
Pianist larger than life
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will play Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the New World Symphony this weekend, and you can watch it all free. The concert, which will also include Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” will be Wallcast to an outdoor audience on the 7,000-square-foot Soundscape screen. The event is at 8 p.m. Friday.
Still here in a free concert
The American funk bank The Commodores will perform a free concert at 9 p.m. Saturday at Casino Miami Jai-Alai. The band, whose members met as freshmen at Tuskegee University in 1968, has released a number of hits, including “Easy, Brick House,” “Three Times a Lady” and “Still.” The concert is free, but you must request tickets in advance here.
Two free classical music performances
Lovers of classical music have two choices on Sunday. The Alhambra Orchestra, led by Zoe Zeniodi and Thomas Sleeper, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Coral Gables Congregational Church. Zeniodi, a pianist, will play a new concerto by Sleeper, and group also will perform works by Bach, Mozart and British composer Gerald Finzi. Orchestra Miami will present a free outdoor concert, the last in its Beethoven on the Beach series, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Park in Sunny Isles Beach. The concert will include Rossini’s Overture to “La Scala di Seta,” Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
Free movies and more free movies
Yes, we will have free movie this weekend. Friday night you can see “Dolphin Tale” at 7 p.m. at the North Shore Park Bandshell in Miami Beach or “Angels in the Outfield” at 8 p.m. at Hollywood Arts Park. On Saturday, see a free screening of “Bride and Prejudice,” a Bollywood version of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” part of the Big Reed event, at 1 p.m. at the O Cinema in Wynwood. The first 50 moviegoers will receive a free copy of the book “The Namesake.”
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