Whether the weather is sunny or rainy this weekend, you’ll be able to find plenty of free and cheap fun, both indoors and out. It’s Miami Museum Month, which means 2-for-1 admission to participating museums. We’ve got a free movie (and a movie discount), plus art walks, festivals and free comic books. Friday is also the last classical music Wallcast of the season.
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Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun May 3-5.
Free comic books for all
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day around the world, and that means you can get a free comic book from participating shops. You can choose from one of 53 titles, though you may not find all titles in all stores. At least two shops in Miami-Dade and five in Broward are participating.
Free (and discounted) movies
We found one free outdoor movie this weekend. It’s at the North Shore Park Bandshell in Miami Beach, where you can see “Raiders of The Lost Ark” at 8 p.m. Friday. If you’d rather see a film indoors, you can get a buy one, get one free movie ticket deal on Fridays through Aug. 2 using Fandango and your Visa Signature Card.
Museums on Us (and for less)
If it rains this weekend, plan to visit a local museum. It’s Miami Museum Month, which means buy one, get one free admission at 23 Miami-Dade museums. Plus, if you have a membership at one participating museum, you can get in free at all the others in May. It’s the first weekend of the month, which means free admission to a number of South Florida museums for Bank or America and Merrill Lynch debit or credit card holders. The Miami Science Museum has its first Friday free planetarium show, and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum is free on Saturday. The Wolfsonian-FIU is free every Friday evening.
Festivals for all
Two free festivals this weekend will provide entertainment for both adults and children. The free All Kids Included Family Festival, for kids of all abilities, is Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Sunday is the free Spring Festival at the Japanese Garden on Watson Island near downtown Miami. The festival will include Japanese banjos and more than 100 costumed anime enthusiasts.
Do let the rain come down
The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Service is holding a rain barrel workshop Saturday afternoon at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and the first 50 people to register in advance will get a free rain barrel. If you’d like to s/pend the day, you can participate in a free nature walk and talk starting at 10 a.m. Find the details here.
Art walks, wine and whine
Friday night brings the free Coral Gables Gallery Night starting at 6 p.m. and the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Miami, also at 6 p.m. On Saturday, you can visit the ArtCenter South Florida Studio Crawl on Lincoln Road at 6 p.m. or the Coconut Grove Gallery Walk at 7 p.m.
Photo by Robin Hill