5 best events in Miami this weekend for the budget-conscious – Feb. 19-21

Music, kreyol food, art, nature and puppet shows are some of the highlights of this weekend’s things-to-do. 

Ethan Parker Band

Music under the moonlight 

Enjoy an evening of rhythm island music under the moonlight on Saturday, Feb. 20, when the Ethan Parker Band kicks off Regatta Days in The Barnacle in Coconut Grove. Regatta Days is the 20th annual revival of Washington’s Birthday regatta. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic, and relax to the Caribbean sounds of the band, whose leader is a Tennessean who became a Florida surfer. 

The Rhythm Foundation’s monthly event

Big night in Little Haiti

Go big or go home is the likely mantra of this monthly event called Big Night in Little Haiti, and it has a special Black History theme this Friday night, Feb. 19. The featured musical performer is Chardavoine & Creole Jazz Project and Belmol Telfort. The featured visual artist in the gallery is Florestal Evens and his exhibition is Symbols of Freedom: the Power of Revolution. The event includes activities for children, such as arts and crafts, and dining on kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Restaurant. 

Miami Herald archives

Tour the Freedom Tower 

The Freedom Tower, a national landmark favored by many locals, opens its doors Saturday, Feb. 20, for a free tour for the first 20 people who RSVP. The Freedom Tower is Miami’s version of Ellis Island because it is where Cuban exiles from 1960 to 1972 were processed and documented, and where they first received dental and medical care. The beautiful 1925 building in downtown, with its Mediterranean Revival design, was originally built as the headquarters for The Miami News, which occupied it until 1957. It is now the home of Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design, where visitors can see the current exhibition on the second floor. 

Daniel Bock/Miami Herald

The great outdoors 

Outdoor enthusiasts may enjoy the free Homestead Eco-Fair this Saturday, Feb. 20. Activities include organic cooking demonstrations, nature photography tours, live music and more. Teach the children about South Florida’s ecosystem and art from the Perez Art Miami Museum. 

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

Thimbelina puppet show 

See dance performances, theater and puppet shows, including Thimbelina, and more for free in Hollywood this Saturday, Feb. 20. Thimbelina is a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina and features 9-foot-tall puppets presented by Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre. 

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