As summer winds down, we want to take advantage of the opportunity to see and do as much as we can while the kids are out of school and we can still get a parking space at South Beach.
It's the first weekend of the month, which means gallery walks Friday in Coral Gables and downtown Miami and Saturday in Coconut Grove and South Beach.
Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun Aug. 2-4.
Shop till you drop (less)
We don't normally recommend shopping for recreation, but Friday through Sunday is Florida's tax-free weekend. That means you can buy clothing and shoes that cost $75 or less per item, school supply items at $15 or less and personal computers and accessories selling for $750 or less – all with no sales tax.
Stay dry and get some culture
If it rains, this is a good weekend to visit South Florida's museums for less. Anyone with a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card can get one free entry Saturday or Sunday to the Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bass Museum of Art. In Broward, the program includes the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum. That's all through the Museums on Us program. Friday night, anyone can see a free planetarium show at the Miami Science Museum, and Saturday is the monthly free day for the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Friday nights are always free at The Wolfsonian. And, admission is free every day at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU.
Win at the 'battle of the bands'
Three South Florida bands will rock it out at the "Rock the Beach" event at Sunny Isles Beach on Saturday. Be part of the audience, and you'll not only get to hear all three free, but help pick the winner. The event will also include a classic car show. It's 4 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., with the music starting at 7 p.m.
Free 'Beats After Sunset' at the Bass
The Bass Museum of Art puts on a monthly "Beats After Sunset" musical event the first Friday of every month, free to members. Usually non-members pay $10, but this Friday admission is free for all. Not only can you hear DJ Antanas Jurksaitis from Rockit Sauce & DJ Seamstar, but you can see the museum exhibits. Attendees also get one free drink at the after party at rokbar.
Free and freestyle music
On Saturday night, you can see a free concert by Stevie B and Debby Deb, two artists of freestyle, at the Magic City Casino's new Stage 305. Music begins at 8 p.m., and you must be 21 to attend. If you prefer a little freestyle bluegrass, Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 5 p.m. is the free monthly bluegrass and acoustic jam at Greynolds Park (park admission is $6 per car).
Looking for fun with kids, your own or visiting relatives? Check out our list of 20 free and cheap things for Miami-Dade kids to do this summer. To keep up with latest news on deals, discounts and free events in South Florida, sign up for the daily Miami on the Cheap newsletter. For more tips on what to do this weekend, read the frequently updated Miami on the Cheap weekend roundup of free and cheap events.