Free and cheap things to do in Miami – July 10-12

Pet lovers and fans of time travel will have plenty to do this weekend in South Florida. History Miami is celebrating Miami’s birthday, while the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience hosts a mash-up of cultural offerings in one event.

Golfers can practice their putting at Palmetto Golf Course with a month-long BOGO offer, art aficionados can stroll through the Perez Art Museum Miami for free on Saturday, families can enjoy Grapeland Water Park for $5 per person on Friday night, and free yoga classes abound in the Grove, Bayfront Park and South Beach.

Woofing it up island style
Dog owners will want to head to South Beach on Saturday where from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a free Doggie Luau at Washington Avenue Dog Park. Owners can join their pooches in the luau costume and best trick contests and snap selfies in the photo booth. Doggies can also cool off in a splash pad and doggie pool. It wouldn’t be SoBe if a DJ weren’t spinning tunes.

Fly a DeLorean into the future
One of Michael J. Fox’s most memorable roles was in Back to the Future, which is coming back to the present for a free showing at Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Take a flash back to the ’80s and the ‘50s as Fox and wacky Christopher Lloyd and his time traveling DeLorean set off on an adventure with Marty McFly, with smokin’ guitar solos by Fox and kicky skateboard moves. Screenings are free but tickets are required for entry.

Urban cultural happening at MUCE
The Miami Urban Contemporary Experience is hosting its Summer Series Volume II event on Friday from 6:30 to 11 p.m., dedicating the event to the nine victims of the South Carolina church shooting. The cultural happening includes a screening of the film Goodbye Uncle Tom, a pop-up gallery of works by artists Lavish Looney, Tracey Guiteau and Gabrielle Berwick, plus music by saxophonist Corey Jones and opera singer Christine J. Admission is free, but they ask is that you donate a bottle for the open bar. There will be free light bites in the post reception plus R&B and soul music.

Celebrate Miami’s 119th at History Miami
History Miami hosts a monthly free Family Fun Day and for July the theme is Miami’s 119th birthday. As part of the day’s festivities, the museum is asking attendees to bring family pictures to participate in an interactive scrapbooking station and take home a book filled with memories. It’s also a great opportunity to take a guided tour of the current exhibition Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus, documenting the largest childhood refugee exodus from Cuba from 1960-62. Event is all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

Musical weekend at Village of Gulfstream Park
It’s easy to catch live musical entertainment every weekend at the Village of Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Performing Saturday at 8 p.m. outside in Champions Plaza is Cachet Band. The versatile group mixes it up with a blend of musical genres, including current Top 40 dance music, Latin-inspired tunes, disco and Motown hits.

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