It’s another weekend with lots of choices for free and cheap fun, because that’s how life is in South Florida.
The Wynwood and Design District art walks are Saturday night. October is Miami Attractions Month, which means 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 and Vizcaya. To get the deals, you need a printable coupon from Miami Attractions Month website.
Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun Oct. 11-13.
You say Octoberfest, I say Oktoberfest
However you spell it, it’s time to celebrate the joys of German culture, and beer might be involved. The German American Social Club is throwing its 22nd annual family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the German American Social Club, 11919 SW 56th St., Miami, Fla. 33175. Over in Coral Gables, Fritz & Franz is celebrating Oktoberfest all day, every day, through Sunday, with German food, beer specials and live music.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Patch, Charlie Brown
Yes, South Florida does have pumpkin patches, even if the pumpkins come by truck. Miami Lakes United Methodist Church is throwing a full month of free fall festival activities, which include the chance to buy a pumpkin. This Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a picnic in the patch and a bonfire, with a pumpkin-carving contest at 5. Bring your own food or buy from vendors. Miami Lakes United Methodist Church is at 14800 NW 67th Ave., Miami Lakes, FL 33014.
See the Seaquarium for less
Those who value teaching and learning can save money this weekend at the Miami Seaquarium. South Florida teachers and Miami-Dade Public Schools employees get in free Saturday and Sunday, with each allowed to bring up to four guests at 50% off. If you don’t have a teacher in your entourage, you can get in for 50% off Saturday as part of the Read Con Migo promotion with printable coupon. Teachers don’t need a coupon, but they need school ID.
Music from the oldies to the very new
Once again, we’ve got multiple opportunities to hear free music. On Friday night at 9 p.m., Roberto Torres plays Salsa Under the Stars at Hialeah Park. Sunday, Hialeah’s Jazz in the Park series features Julio Ferrer & Timepiece. On Saturday afternoon at 3, be among the first to hear brand-new pieces by South Florida composers at the free monthly Kendall Sound Art performance at the West Kendall Regional Public Library.
The party, dear readers, is in the stars
The Southern Cross Astronomical Society and the Fruit & Spice Park are throwing a free Fall Star Party at 7 p.m. Friday to celebrate the Hunter’s Moon. The event will include moonlight tram tours of the Fruit & Spice Park, star-gazing and storytelling around the campfire (bring your own marshmallows). Food and drinks will be available for purchase, but bring your own chairs and blankets.
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