Free and cheap things to do in Miami – May 22-24

The long Memorial Day weekend is upon us, marking the unofficial start of summer. It’s also when Miami Beach is jammed with Urban Beach Weekend events so if you prefer to steer clear of the madness, here are some options.

If you want to go out on Friday night, the Wolfsonian Museum on South Beach is always free on Fridays. On Monday ride the Metromover to the Perez Art Museum Miami in downtown and admission is free.

Horror chills and thrills at Gables Art Cinema
The Coral Gables Art Cinema’s Secret Celluloid Society goes horror campy Saturday night during the $5 late-night movie series with a screening of The Evil Dead. Shown in 35mm, the low-budget 1981 horror film, which received rave reviews from horror master Stephen King, tells the story of five college students who become possessed by demons that are released when they discover an audiotape in the remote cabin in the woods where they’re vacationing. The movie screens at 11 p.m. and, if you can stomach it, there’s free popcorn.

Two-wheeling mural discoveries in Wynwood
Seeing the murals around Wynwood in broad daylight is the ideal way to truly appreciate the attention to detail street artists put into their work. If you want to get a free guided tour of the familiar as well as the lesser known ones, take the Sunday afternoon bike tour with Ryan “The Wheelbarrow” Ferrell. Meet the artist and bike enthusiast at 4 p.m. at Panther Coffee in Wynwood, grab a cup of java and then take off on the free one-hour tour. You’ll see the large commissioned pieces alongside smaller scale but just as impressive works of wall art.

Haitian authors and culture spotlighted at Book Fair & Fest
Always working to keep the rich Haitian culture and traditions alive and shine a light on the authors from the island, the Sosyete Koukoy of Miami is celebrating 50 years with a free Haitian Caribbean Book Fair Saturday and Sunday. The first day kick-off from 6-9 p.m. features author readings by well-known writers, including Edwidge Danticat and Gerard Ferrere. Sunday is an all-day festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with more author readings plus traditional dance and music performances, magicians and storytelling for the kids and Creole-inspired food for sale. Admission is free.

Yo Miami, we’re four years old
Event spaces around Miami have become a hot commodity, hosting arts-inspired events as well as concerts, hackathons and the like. Sunday night, the arts incubator and arts/event space Yo Miami in Little Haiti celebrates four years with a free party. That means from 6-10 p.m., everyone is invited to visit and enjoy the debut of the exhibit What Remains featuring work by 15 artists on seats from the old Miami Marine Stadium, a mural installation and pop-up show from Raul Santos, Jr., music by local performers Elastic Bond and Raffa Jo Harris plus brews from MIA, Wynwood and J Wakefield and eats for sale from Ms Cheezious and HipPops Handcrafted Gelato Bars.

Visit ArtServe and support local artists
ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale opens its doors free on Saturday nights and this weekend is the final one to catch the exhibit Art as Healing Therapy in the inSIDE/Out! Gallery. The show features oil paintings, acrylic on canvas, photography and watercolor. While there, inquire about art, dance, photography and philosophy classes and check out the jewelry and pottery handcrafted by local artists and for sale in the gift shop. The center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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