It’s Memorial Day weekend in Miami, and for many of us that means backyard barbecues and pool parties. But if you’re in the mood to go out with friends, you’ve got opportunities to do that on the cheap.
If it rains, remember that Miami Museum Month continues through May 31, with two-for-one admission to 23 South Florida museums.
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Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun May 24-27.
Party on the sand
If you’re looking for a beach party, head to Fort Lauderdale for the Great American Beach Party from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. There will be free music on two stages (think classic rock and more), kids’ activities, a classic car show and an art show from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the intersection of A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. The event will end with a free movie at 8:30 p.m.
Free concerts, two night, two styles
Casino Miami Jai-Alai is presenting two free concerts this weekend: South Florida Caribbean band I Land Vibe at 9 p.m. Friday and Cuban troubadour Luis Bofill at 9 p.m. Saturday. I land Vibe plays reggae, soca, calypso, ska and other dance music. Bofill, a veteran of Cuba’s nueva trova movement, mixes elements of jazz, rumba, Latin and Afro-beat.
Cue the scary music
Nothing like a chance to see giant sharks on the beach. Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, Miami Beach is featuring a free outdoor showing of “Jaws,” at 8:15 p.m. Friday at the North Shore Park Bandshell at 7275 Collins Ave.
Show the kids some culture
The ongoing Mainly Mozart festival in Coral Gables features two free concerts for kids. The first is at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Coral Gables Museum. “String Fling” will feature the Sona String Quartet and young musicians from the ESMIA Leaders group. The second free concert is at 3 p.m. Saturday June 8, also at the museum.
$5 shows, $2.50 museums for students
If you’re a student 13 to 22, or your family includes a student of that age, check out this weekend’s agenda from Culture Shock Miami. The organization offers students discount tickets to all kinds of cultural events for only $5 each. Each student can buy two tickets at that price and take a companion of any age. Culture Shock also offers students discounted tickets for museums and attractions for $2.50 each, and again each student can take one guest at the discount price.