Labor Day holiday weekend approaches and reminds us of the end of summer. But I say don’t let summer go quietly. Hang on to it like a pit bull by enjoying the following free and cheap events.
Battle of the Bands
Luckily, Miami bars are trying to get our attention and draw patrons from the sandy beaches into their establishments, and that means a lot of free live music for us to rock to:
- Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti celebrates its 37th year of being in business with five days (Sept. 1-5) of live music and no cover. The lineup includes more than 100 bands, including Telekinetic Walrus, Everymen, Askultura, Denudes, Message to Venus, Goddamn Hustle, Juke, Thrash or Die, Junkie Nurse, Cog Nomen, No Traffik, Swamp Rats, King Complex, The Gun Hoes, Grey 8’s, Pegasaurus, Kocosante, Menudo Death Squad, The Gazms, and more.
- Ball & Chain in Little Havana echa fiesta (Sept. 2-4) with its free Labor Day Weekend Music Festival also with more than 100 bands and DJs, including PALO!, Spam Allstars, Magic City Hippies, Electric Piquete, Tiempo Libre, The Politix, Lemon City Trio, Vlade Divak, Leslie Cartaya, Barrio Activo, Calle Sol, Lanzallamas, Sonlokos, Pepe Montes & Conjunto, Elastic Band, Nick Tannura Quartet, Art Official, Tony Succar featuring Mixtura, Aaron Lebos, Gene Paul, and Lucy Grau.
- A shout-out to homegrown band TILT Miami Rocks, who will play for the first time at Casino Miami on Sept. 2. There’s free admission and parking. TILT plays music from the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, Alternative, Modern and Spanish Rock.
Perez Art Museum Miami
Here’s one for the folks far from downtown. If you live in Hialeah, Homestead or West Kendall, you’re invited to the Perez Art Museum Miami for free this Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-5). Proof of residency required. Why the VIP treatment? It’s part of the museum’s outreach marketing program called Inside | Out, which thanks to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, allowed us suburbanites to see museum art in our own ‘hoods. On Sept. 3, the museum will celebrate the end of the inaugural year with live music on the terrace. It’s a great way to check out the architecturally beautiful museum and the breathtaking view on the bay.
All South Florida residents can take advantage of this deal: Jungle Island offers $15 general admission (that’s a more than 50 percent discount) for Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-5) for its “Nabor Day” special program. Proof of residency required. It’s also the last time one can cool off on the Rainforest Riptide, a massive water playground, before it closes for the season. There’s an extra cost for the Riptide, and prices vary according to packages.
Sweet toothers can get a pick-me-up from Dairy Queen, which is giving away a free small ultimate Oreo frappé from 2-5 pm on Sept. 6 at participating locations. Limit one per person. That’s not a bad way to end the summer.
Need to get away somewhere between Palm Beach and Miami? On weekends, Tri-Rail offers $5 all-day fares its train routes in South Florida. Tri-Rail runs from Miami to West Palm Beach. On weekdays, regular one-way fares are $2.50 to $6.90 for adults, depending on the route. Kids age 4 and younger ride for free.
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