The outdoor entertainment season is gearing up with more free movies and free concerts to add to the schedule. Free movies on the giant outdoor stage at Soundscape begin Oct. 2 in Miami Beach.
This weekend is your last chance to dine out for less with Miami Spice, see four attractions for one price with a Summer Savings Pass or take advantage greater Fort Lauderdale’s 2-for-1 Summer Savings deals.
Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun Sept. 27-29.
Free movies, in the pool, in the courtyard, inside
You’ve got five opportunities to see free and cheap movies this weekend, though you’re going to have to make choices. Friday night, families can attend the last “dive-in” movie of the season, “The Avengers,” at Grapeland Water Park. The park reduces the admission fee to $5 at 5:30 p.m., with the film at 8 p.m. Farther south, you can see “Wreck-It Ralph” at 7 p.m. Friday at Cutler Ridge Park. Or, in Hollywood, see “Hotel Transylvania,” at 8 p.m. Friday at Hollywood ArtsPark. Adults (and older children) have two opportunities to see the Italian film “L’Estate di Martino” for free. It will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday at The Wolfsonian-FIU (where admission is free every Friday night) and 8 p.m. Saturday in the courtyard of the Coral Gables Museum.
Free jazz (doubled) and Cuban folk music
Friday night begins another difficult choice for music lovers. Albita in Hialeah or Pablo Gil in North Miami? Albita, the Grammy-winning Cuban-American folk singer, performs at 9 p.m. Friday at Hialeah Park’s Salsa Under the Stars. Gil, A Venezuelan artist who plays saxophone and flute, is the featured performer for this month’s edition of Jazz at Moca, which starts at 8 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The museum will be open free by donation from 7 to 10 pm. Want more music? Felipe Lamoglia, a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and arranger, performs at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hialeah Park’s free weekly Jazz in the Park.
Celebrate nature and culture
Saturday is both Smithsonian Museum Day and National Public Lands Day. That means free admission to 15 South Florida museums as well as Zoo Miami – but you have to request tickets in advance. For National Public Lands Day, you can join a project to improve a state or national park. Find a local project here.
Friday? Viernes? Let’s dance
The monthly Viernes Culturales (Cultural Friday) celebration brings music, art and more to Little Havana from 7 to 11 p.m., with music spread from 13th to 18th Avenues on Southwest Eight Street (Calle Ocho). Among Friday night’s performers are Picadillo, a Cuban band based in Spain and known for its “son electrico,” JA Trio, a Miami-based jazz band, and Fusian Gitana, with a flamenco fusion presentation. Historian Dr. Paul George will lead a free walking tour of Little Havana starting at 7 p.m. in front of the Tower Theater.
Food, crafts and museum fun
Two free museum events this weekend promise fun and edification. From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, The Wolfsonian-FIU will present a free artisanal food fair, showcasing local farmers and products. There will be free food samples and food for sale. The Bass Museum of Art celebrates IDEA@thebass from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with crafts for children and free admission.
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