Free and cheap things to do in Miami – April 11-13

Photo: Charles Trainor Jr

Poetry and parades are the highlight of this weekend’s free events, but you’ve also got a chance to see free movies and hear free music.

The O, Miami poetry festival continues, with readings, yoga, poetry karaoke and other literary events nearly every day, most of them free. The Wynwood and Design District art walks are Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m.  At noon Sunday, Gloria Estefan and Kenny Ortega will lead the Gay Pride Parade down Ocean Drive in South Beach.

Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun April 11-13:

Visit Florida’s rural roots
City slickers can see cows, horses and more during the Miami International Agricultural, Horse & Cattle Show Friday through Sunday at the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center at Tropical Park. Admission is free to the show, which will include a visit from the horses of Medieval Times, rodeo events, pony rides and talks on gardening.

Deering Estate Festival of the Arts
The Deering Estate at Cutler will celebrate arts of all kinds during its Festival of the Arts this weekend. On Friday night, you can see a free reading of the play “Messenger #4″ or “How to Survive a Greek Tragedy” at the visitor center. Saturday’s events from 3:30 to 10 p.m. will include art exhibits, activities for kids, a National Water Dance performance at 4 p.m. and a poetry circle from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission will be free during the event Saturday.

Free days at three museums Saturday
The new Perez Art Museum Miami offers free admission all day the second Saturday of every month, with special kids’ activities from 1 to 4 p.m. This Saturday, kids will have a chance to make a book with artist Carol Todaro, plus experience poetry, performances and mural creation. The monthly free day at HistoryMiami is 1 to 4 p.m., with activities focusing on Miami’s mural art. The Coral Gables Museum is open free from 2 to 4 p.m. as part of Family Day on Aragon. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, a chance to build a mosaic and a performance by music students at 3 p.m.

Three free and one cheap movie
This weekend’s free movies are “ParaNorman” at 7 p.m. Friday at the North Shore Park band shell in Miami Beach; “Furry Vengeance” at 8 p.m. Friday at Hollywood Arts Park; and “The Namesake” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Koubek Center Art Center, part of the Big Read project.  For $5, you can participate in Family Movie Night at Pinecrest Gardens on Friday. The night begins with a flashlight tour at 7:15 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. (gates open at 6:30) with the movie, “Frozen,” at 8 p.m.

Classical music of all ages, for all ages
Saturday’s free outdoor Wallcast of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach celebrates concertos for viola, flute, oboe and violin. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Kendall Sound Art’s monthly performance of new music at the Regional Public Library is at 3 p.m. Saturday featuring Dr. Lansing McLoskey, professor of music theory and composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. The Chopin Foundation will present free piano concerts this weekend featuring musicians ages 10 to 17 at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Broward County Main Library and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Granada Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables.

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