This weekend calls for jackets and blankets for night-time movies and concerts outdoors, though the daytime events should find the weather nearly perfect.
This is a great time for year for biking, hiking, visiting the Everglades and other activities that we avoid when it’s too hot.
Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun Jan. 24-26.
Blues, blues, the music is blues
It’s the last weekend of the 16th annual Coral Gables Bluesfest at the Bierhaus Plaza in front of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables. The music starts at 6 p.m. Friday with Deck 52 followed by Iko Iko. Music starts at noon Saturday and runs through 11 p.m., with the Eric Austin Blues Band, the Wade Baker Group, the Joey Gilmore Blues Band and Little Mike & The Tornadoes scheduled to play. On Sunday, the music is 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with The Liz Sharp Blues Band, the Bobby Nathan Blues Band and Sean Chambers on the bill.
Is this film really Despicable?
Miami Beach’s family-friendly Friday night movie series features “Despicable Me 2” at 7 p.m. at the North Shore Park Bandshell. The animated film features the voices of Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove and Marshall Brand.
This ‘Star’ is the original version
Actors Playhouse is showing free movies once a month, with this weekend’s feature the original 1954 “A Star is Born” starring Judy Garland and James Mason. Screenings are at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. While the showing is free, you will need to get advance tickets online from Actors Playhouse. The screenings are at the Miracle Theater.
Free symphony concert in the park
The Miami Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert at Collins Park in Miami Beach on Sunday as part of the festivities for the 50th anniversary of the Bass Museum of Art. Festivities begin at 3 p.m., with the concert at 4 p.m. Seating is first-come, first served.
South Florida’s Got Talent, and you can see it free
The Alhambra Orchestra, led by Zoe Zeniodi, will perform with the three young winners of the orchestra’s annual concerto completion at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ransom-Everglades School in Coconut Grove. Performing will be 15-year-old pianist Jacob Mason of Miami and two violinists from Palm Beach County, Tinca Belinschi and Taisuke Yasuda. In addition, the orchestra will play the Peer Gynt suite by Grieg. While admission is free, donations will be accepted.
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