You may need extra caffeine to get to all the fun and free activities this weekend. Music? Art? Museums? Movies? The season is in full swing, and you’ve got lots of choices every day and night.
Sunday is Calle Ocho, the giant free street and musical festival on Southwest Eighth Street, with musicians playing on nine stages from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You can join the Coral Gables Gallery Night on Friday (and hear a free jazz concert by Troy Anderson at 7:30 p.m. in the Coral Gables Museum Plaza) or do art walks at Collins Park in Miami Beach or in downtown Miami. On Saturday night, the big Wynwood and Design Distric art walks will fill those two popular neighborhoods.
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Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun March 7-9:
Tropical Nights with Caribbean reggae
Wyle Fyah will perform Caribbean and reggae numbers at the Miami-Dade Park Department’s free Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The event is at Goulds Park in South Miami-Dade.
Free and cheap family movies
You’ve got plenty of opportunities to see free and cheap movies this weekend. Friday night brings “Beetlejuice” at 7 p.m. at the North Shore Park Bandshell in Miami Beach (free); “Tangled” at 8 p.m. at Hollywood Arts Park (free); and, for $5, “The Birdcage” at 8 p.m. as part of Pinecrest Gardens’ Cult Movie Night series. In Sunny Isles Beach, you can see “Monsters University” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Heritage Park and Saturday at Town Center Park, also free. Some of the venues offer kids’ activities before the films.
Beethoven on the Beach
Orchestra Miami will present the first of three free outdoor concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the North Shore Park Bandshell in Miami Beach. The program will include Rossini’s Overture to “La Scala di Seta,” Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with soloist Mei Mei Luo and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major. Future concerts will be March 16 at Pinecrest Gardens and March 30 at Heritage Park in Sunny Isles Beach.
Free museum visits and family fun
You can enjoy the new Perez Art Museum Miami free all day Saturday. HistoryMiami will feature a celebration of Bahamian culture with the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue during its monthly family fun day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. At the Coral Gables Museum, admission is free from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday with a presentation on bike safety for kids at 2 p.m. and a performance by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony chamber ensemble at 3 p.m. The regular free First Friday evening at the Miami Science Museum features a planetarium show at 7 p.m.
Free Miami Made Festival with plays and dance.
The Miami Made Festival, a free annual celebration of theater and dance works being created by South Floridians, is Thursday through Sunday at the Arsht Center in Miami. Admission requires free tickets, which you can get only in person at the box office beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the show. Works include Shira Arbegel’s “Appalachian Squall”; Johnathan Spikes’ “I am What I am and Not What You Call Me”; Stuart Meltzer’s “Better Than Damn Good” and Dellaventura, Hammad and Sirios’ “Two-Merz.”