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

Classical music, popular music, art, family activities at museums – it’s a good weekend to experience a little culture.

The popular Wynwood and Design District art walks are Saturday night, and the Ikea Cafecito Truck will be handing out free cups of coffee from 6 to 11 p.m. at the food truck lot in Wynwood to promote the upcoming opening of the Miami Ikea store this summer.

Film lovers can get 2-for-1 movie tickets from Fandango on Fridays with a Visa Signature card. And, July and August are Miami Spa Month, with spa treatments at special prices at more than 30 Miami-Dade spas.

Two free chamber music concerts
Music in Miami is presenting several free concerts as part of its “Three Sundays in July” series. The program for this Sunday is “Classical to Latin,” featuring works by Beethoven, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Sergio Assad and Jose Lezcano on guitar, flute, viola, violin and bass. On Sunday, July 20, a woodwind quarter will perform Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” as well as a medley inspired by video game music. The concerts will be at 6 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Miami. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.

Hot Nights, Cool Jazz at the Bass Museum
The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach is celebrating Miami’s hot summer with its Hot Nights Cool Jazz series of concerts on select Friday nights. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. Museum exhibits will be open until 9 p.m. The music starts at 7. The exhibits at the museum are now open until 9 p.m. Fridays. This Friday’s band will be the Mike Orta Trio. On July 25, the series will feature the Gary Thomas Quintet. Other concerts will be Aug. 8 and Aug. 22.

Free concerts in Fort Lauderdale
The 36th Bank of America Starlight Musicals concert series is under way in Fort Lauderdale, bringing free rock, pop, country, rhythm and blues and more music to Holiday Park from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday nights through Aug. 1. Residents are encouraged to bring a picnic as well as their own chairs and blankets. No pets, however. This Friday’s band is Turnstiles, a Billy Joel tribute band.

2-for-1 one deals in Broward
More than 30 businesses and attractions in Broward are offering 2-for-1 deals this summer as part of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 2-for-1 Summer Savings promotion. The deals are good through Sept. 30, and you can get deals at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Mai Kai restaurants and more. To take advantage of the deals, you need a coupon from the website.

Free museum entry and activities for families
It’s the second Saturday of the month, which means free admission for special family days at three museums. At HistoryMiami, the event is 1 to 4 p.m. with a celebration of Miami’s 118th birthday. From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Perez Art Museum Miami, kids will get an opportunity to conquer El Bibliobandido (The Book Bandit) by writing stories. The Coral Gables Museum will focus on soccer with arts, crafts and story time from 2 to 4 p.m., with a performance by City Theatre at 3 p.m. On Friday night, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will celebrate Fabulous First Friday a week late, with free admission in the evening, with a planetarium show at 7 p.m. and observatory viewing.

Miami on the Cheap has a list of 24 free or cheap things to do with kids in South Florida this summer. Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap has a list of free things to do with kids and deals in Broward. To keep up with latest news on deals, discounts and free events in South Florida, sign up for the daily Miami on the Cheap newsletter or the daily Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap newsletter. For more tips on what to do this weekend, read the frequently updated Miami on the Cheap weekend roundup of free and cheap events. In Broward, check out the guide to a fun and frugal weekend.