Free and cheap things to do in Miami - May 16-18
Miami on the Cheaps gives us the scoop on this weekend's free and cheap things in Miami.
Chopin or Haitian roots music? “Frozen” or “The Great Gatsby”? You won’t have to choose this weekend but can partake of free and cheap entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
May is Miami Museum Month, which means buy one, get one free admission at 24 participating institutions, plus a chance to see all the museums if you buy a membership at one. Friday night is the regular Target Free Third Friday event at the Miami Children’s Museum.
The Bird Road Art District presents its monthly art walk from 7 to 10 p.m.
Here are our top picks for free and cheap weekend fun May 16-18.
Free Big Night in Little Haiti
It’s Haitian Heritage Month and what better place to celebrate than Big Night in Little Haiti? The monthly event is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Haitian Cultural Center, with art activities for children, art exhibits, food and music. The featured band will be the rasin (roots) group Boukman Eksperyans. Haiti by Design, an art exhibit presented with the Haitian Cultural Alliance, is in the gallery. After the event, there will be an after-party with the Moksha Roots Allstars and special guest at 7th Circuit, just down the street.
Free movies every day
The outdoor movie season is winding down, but you can still catch a few family-friendly films under the stars this weekend. “Thor: The Dark World” is 7 p.m. Friday at the North Shore Park band shell in Miami Beach; “Zookeeper” is 8 p.m. Friday at Hollywood Arts Park; “Lilo & Stitch” will be shown at an event that includes food trucks from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Country Walk Clubhouse in Kendall; and “Frozen” is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cooper Park in West Miami. There also are some indoor free films, aimed at an adult audience. "The Great Gatsby” will be shown at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Miracle Theater (but you need free tickets in advance). A program of European short films will be shown free at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Key Biscayne Community Center and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
Free Chopin concerts in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Gables
The Chopin Foundation will present the last Chopin for All concert of the season this weekend. Micah McLaurin will be joined by the Miami Virtuosis String Quarter for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Performances will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale and 3 p.m. Sunday at Granada Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables.
Take a bet on food trucks and music
Magic City Casino hosts the monthly Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the casino. At 8 p.m., you can hear a free concert at Secada’s by the 1960s rock group the Lovin’ Spoonful, known for such hits as “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Summer in the City.” The group features two members of the original group, Joe Butler, the drummer and vocalist, and Steve Boone, the bass player, plus two new members.
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