Free and cheap things to do in Miami – May 15-17

You’d think things would be slowing down in Miami now that it’s mid-May but “season” seems to be stretching further into the summer every year. Take this weekend for example. On Sunday, the Leah Arts District debuts in Hialeah with an afternoon block party filled with live art, murals, music and of course, food trucks.

Plus, there’s never a shortage of flamenco anything in Miami and this weekend is no exception with the FlamenGo series at downtown’s Centro Cultural Espanol. Perhaps soothing jazz sounds are more your vibe, then head to Mary Brickell Village for their Ventana al Jazz performances Friday night. And for the kiddies, let them run around the Miami Children’s Museum on Friday night, admission’s free.

Saturday’s a great day to get ready for summer with free boating safety classes at the Key Biscayne Community Center and the Summer Safety Splash event at Haulover Beach Park.

Hialeah gets artsy with Leah Arts District
Wanting to join in on the arts district boom, the City of Hialeah is unveiling their Leah Arts District on Sunday afternoon. The free block party from 4-8 p.m. is a showcase of local street art talent. Debuting will be murals by Miami street artists Atomik, Trek 6, Abstrk, Kazilla, NM Salgar and several others. Hialeah’s own Ernesto Maranje will be live painting the VW “Hialeah Art Bus.” And it’s not a block party without food trucks including Pincho Factory and Daddy’s Grill selling their fresh made grub and music by Milk Media Co., Feral Fraction and Klangbox Radio. They’ll also be pouring free Heinekens from 4-5 p.m.

Finger taps and foot stomps at FlamenGo series
Let’s face it, the connection between Spain and Miami is strong so it’s no wonder there are so many fans of flamenco in the city. That’s why the Centro Cultural Espanol in the Omni area is dedicating an entire month to the dance movement during their FlamenGo series. On Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. there are two chances to enjoy both the moves and sounds of flamenco when master flamenco composer, guitarist and singer J. Enrique Morente performs on Friday and Juan Habichuela Nieto plays a flamenco guitar recital on Saturday. Both concerts are free.

Let the kids enjoy a free night at the museum
It’s Friday and the kids want to let off some steam from the school week so why not let them run around the Miami Children’s Museum since it’s free from 3-9 p.m. They’ll love leaving their colorful drawings on the virtual Sketch Aquarium, one of the Museum’s newest hands-on activities. Once they’re done with that they can always shop at the Publix store, fish in the colorful Sea and Me exhibition area or be ship captains for the day at the Carnival Cruise Ship.

Smooth jazz sounds at Mary Brickell Village
Wanting to expose music lovers to the world of jazz, the Miami Jazz and Film Society hosts a free weekly Friday night Ventana al Jazz series at Mary Brickell Village. They present several jazz artists performing sets between 5:30 and 10 p.m. so you get a taste of various styles of the art form. Playing this weekend is guitarist Hal Roland, Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes and their Brazilian jazz and jazz steel pan player Othello Molineaux.

Colorful dragons & thumping drums at Hollywood ArtsPark
Dragons and drumming go hand in hand, especially during the Asian-Pacific themed entertainment happening at Hollywood ArtsPark on Saturday night. The highlights of the evening’s show are the Ronin Taiko Drummers, Samoan fire dancers and lion dancers all dressed in colorful Asian-inspired costumes performing the ancient traditional dance moves. The event is from 8-10 p.m. and admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to the outdoor venue.

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