Free and cheap things to do in Miami – July 3-5

Watching fireworks and listening to music for the Fourth of July is a time-honored tradition. You can find a big free Independence Day celebration at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, as well as free fireworks and celebrations all over South Florida.

Zoo Miami is offering reduced admission prices this weekend, the final weekend of the dinosaur exhibition. And music lovers have choices: a free classical music concert or a bluegrass jam on Sunday.

Also, yoga enthusiasts always have plenty of places to practice with free classes around town.

Stars & stripes forever
America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on July 4 is by far the biggest celebration in Miami, and it’s free. Adults can imbibe at the Samuel Adams Beer Garden from noon to midnight, and the kids can enjoy activities in the Kids’ Zone from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be live music and DJs, and the event ends with a bang at 9 p.m. with a fireworks show. If downtown is too far for you, there are at least 14 other free July 4 celebrations.

Cheap entry and dinosaurs all weekend at the zoo
Zoo Miami is dropping admission prices all weekend to $10 as part of its Red, White & Blue Days and its 35th anniversary. You must wear those colors in order to receive the discount, and there will be free goodies from IKEA, Ford, Tampico and Nesquik. This is the last weekend to catch the Dinosaurs LIVE! Exhibition, a zoo-wide Jurassic adventure featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs from the ferocious T-Rex to adorable dino babies.

Free Three Sundays concert series
Music in Miami is all about exposing audiences to great classical music, and the group’s  summer concert series features three performances in July and August. It kicks off this Sunday with a string program of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” featuring violin soloist Adam Diderrich. The free concerts (donations are welcome) take place at the beautiful Trinity Cathedral at 6 p.m. and there is free parking available behind the church.

Bluegrass under the trees
Greynolds Park has been the site of monthly Bluegrass Jams for years. Once you pay the park admission of $6 per car, you can enjoy music by locals jamming bluegrass tunes, both plugged in and acoustic. The rotating schedule of 13 bands includes Cruddy Puppets, Shade Tree Pickers and Alligator Alley. Food and beverages are available for purchase so bring a blanket or lawn chair and sprawl out for a good time from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Jazz brunch on the Riverwalk
The shade is a welcome sight along the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk, especially for jazz lovers coming to the free jazz brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Performing this weekend are the Dee Dee Wilde Band at the Esplanade Pavilion and the Jackson Bunn Group at the Connie Hoffman Gazebo. It’s a beautiful setting under the canopy of trees along the path, so packing a picnic is encouraged or you can grab lunch at one of the many restaurants nearby.

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