Free and cheap things to do in Miami – Jan. 9-11

Winter in South Florida is perfect for outdoor festivals, and the season for them is upon us. This weekend’s Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival is the perfect way to kick it off. Or hop on the Homestead trolley to Biscayne National Park, where this weekend there is a free Family Fun Fest.

If you’d rather stay indoors, there are free or cheap movies this weekend at Actors’ Playhouse and Coral Gables Cinema, both in Coral Gables. If you want to get in shape in the New Year, there are plenty of free fitness classes, including yoga, tango and boot camp classes.

Meandering among art at Pinecrest Gardens
14 acres is a lot of ground to cover but when that land is native forested wetland, tropical hardwood hammock and native cypress slough hammock, the scenery makes it all worthwhile. That’s the setting for the South Motors Fine Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where 65 local and national artists display their work in a juried art show in the gardens. Grab lunch at one of the participating food vendors and visit the Little Sprout Zone with the kids. The event is free.

Free Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park is kicking off its 15th season of the free Family Fun Fest on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Grab the free trolley at Homestead’s Losner Park and head over where the festival focus is “Biscayne Bowl.” Kids will receive a passport that’s stamped at five stations and receive a button once they’ve visited them all. During their visits they’ll learn about dolphins and which plant has the best defense against the elements.

Kids’ flick or a silver screen classic
Coral Gables seems to be a mecca for frugal film lovers. This weekend there are two choices. For just $5, kids and parents can marvel at the majesty of soaring on a dragon in How to Train Your Dragon, showing Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Kids under 12 get a free popcorn and soda.  Actors’ Playhouse has two free showings of the classic 1981 drama Ragtime: Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Still plenty of chances to get in shape
So you slacked off last weekend and figured you could wait a week to start getting in shape. The excuses end now. There are endless options for free exercise classes and here are a few of them. At the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center you can tango the night away starting at 7 p.m. Friday or sweat it all out in boot camp class led by a team of Navy Seals at 11 a.m. Saturday. If getting limber and stretching are more your pace, there are yoga classes at 7 a.m. Friday at 14th Street and Ocean Dr. or at 8 a.m.  Saturday at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove or 9 a.m. Saturday Bayfront Park.

Free tribute concert to the legendary Tina Turner
Her story of triumph over tragedy, her legendary voice and her killer stage presence make Tina Turner a music icon. On Friday at Music Under the Stars in Pompano Beach, you can her a tribute to her legacy. The Tina Turner Tribute concert starts at 7 p.m. and will include greatest hits from her days with Ike and her long and successful solo career. “What’s Love Got to do with It” and “Proud Mary” are sure to be in the line-up.

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