The winter whirl of activities continues. Luckily for the budget-challenged among us, many of the best things to do are free or cheap.
The first Friday of the month brings the popular Coral Gables Gallery night, plus art strolls in downtown Miami and in Collins Park in Miami Beach. If you’d like to see still more art, drop by the second Saturday art walks in the Design District and Wynwood. At the NWSA Artseen in Wynwood on Saturday night, the documentary “Horn Please,” about the truck art of India, will air every half hour from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.
You can also see a free planetarium show Friday night at the Miami Science Museum and Saturday afternoon participate in family-friendly free events at the Coral Gables Museum or at History Miami. Admission also is free Saturday to the new Perez Art Museum Miami.
Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun Feb. 7-9:
Outdoor movies with the kids
If you’re looking for free and cheap family movies under the stars, this is the weekend for it. In Sunny Isles Beach, you can see “The Smurfs 2” free at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Heritage Park and Saturday at Town Center Park. Kids’ activities start at 7. The free film at the Hollywood Arts Park at 8 p.m. Friday is “Planes.” Friday night at Pinecrest Gardens, you can see “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at 8 p.m. for $5. Flashlight tour of the garden starts at 7:15 p.m.
Middle Eastern fun and food
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Coral Gables is putting on its annual Middle Eastern Festival. There will be activities for kids, plus a chance to buy favorite Middle Eastern food such as baklava, falafel, kibbi and kabobs. Admission is free until the entertainment starts at 7 p.m., when it rises to $10.
Free piano concert at the Bakehouse
The Bakehouse Arts Complex and the Miami Piano Circle are presenting a series of free (but donations accepted) concerts on Saturday afternoons at the Bakehouse. This weekend’s performance, from 3 to 5 p.m., will feature pantomime and piano vignettes with pantomime artist/actress Nina Hlava and pianist Mia Vassilev.
Step back in time at Merrick House
If you couldn’t make it when Eunice Peacock married George Merrick in 1916, you have another chance to experience the event Sunday, at the latest Sundays on the Porch with George. The free event is 1 to 4 p.m. and includes a chance to see the historic home.
New music from South Florida composers
Kendall Sound Art presents a free concert showcasing new music on the second Saturday of every month at the West Kendall Regional Public Library. This week’s program, at 3 p.m., will feature Ferdinando De Sena, a contemporary composer and professor at the New World School of the Arts, with flutist Carol Nicholson and violist Vivian Torres. Also on tap will be pieces by Liza Seigido and Lawrence W. Moore.
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