If you can’t find something free to do this weekend, you’re just not looking. If it rains, you’ve got a chance to visit museums free. If the weather is nice, you can attend a Dragon Boat Festival, see an outdoor music or attend an outdoor concert, all free.
This weekend brings the popular arts walks in Coral Gables on Friday, Lincoln Road on Saturday and Coconut Grove on Saturday. You can also get 50 percent off admission to the Miami Seaquarium as part of the Read Con Migo promotion but you need to download a printable coupon. At the Aventura Mall on Sunday, chefs will attempt to break the world record for the largest chocolate mousse.
Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun Oct. 4-5.
Buy one, get one free deals
October is Miami Attractions Month, and that means you can get two admissions for the price of one to 18 South Florida attractions, including Zoo Miami, Jungle Island, the Deering Estate at Cutler, HistoryMiami, the Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya and more. To get the deals, you need a printable coupon from Miami Attractions Month website.
More culture for less money
It’s the first weekend of the month and that means you can visit a number of South Florida museums free with your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card Saturday or Sunday as part of the Museums On Us program. Even with no ties to bank of America, you can see a the planetarium show Friday night free at the Miami Science Museum or visit the Gold Coast Museum for the monthly free Saturday. The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is free every Saturday, and the Wolfsonian-FIU is free every Friday night.
Travel for free in film
If you’re in the mood for a free movie, take the kids to Normandy Isle Park in North Beach to see the animated film “Hotel Transylvania” at sundown Friday night. The adults have two opportunities to see the Italian film “Si Puo Fare” (We Can Do That): 7 p.m. Friday at the Wolfsonian-FIU on Miami Beach or 8 p.m. Saturday in the courtyard of the Coral Gables Museum.
Alive with the sound of free music
You have two opportunities to hear music free at Hialeah Park this weekend: Avana performs at 9 p.m. Friday during Salsa Under the Stars and Kike Sanchez heads up Jazz in the Park at 2 pm. Sunday. At Casino Miami Jai-Alai, Grupo Ara-Oko plays Friday night and Deskarga Jam Band takes the stage Saturday evening. Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. is the monthly bluegrass festival and acoustic jam at Greynolds Park. Bring your own banjo.
Travel to Asia and Peru (or at least their cultures)
South Florida’s free Dragon Boat Festival is all day Saturday at Haulover Park. You can watch Dragon Boat races, hear Asian music, taste international foods and participate in kids’ activities and an arts and crafts fair. HistoryMiami showcases the music and dance of black Peru in a special free presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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