Culture can be affordable, and you can visit the Wolfsonian-FIU for free on Friday night and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free on Saturday. For a fun event, head south and check out the Wilandia Festival at Cauley Square.
The last Friday of the month means Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays for music, art and domino playing on Calle Ocho or smooth jazz sounds at Jazz at MOCA in North Miami.
Free museums this weekend
The crowds on South Beach have now subsided so it’s the ideal weekend to visit two museums for free. If you still haven’t gone, check out The Wolfsonian-FIU on Friday night when it’s always free and both the traveling and permanent exhibitions are top-notch. Then Saturday, the Jewish Museum of Florida, also affiliated with FIU, is free and features a 20th anniversary exhibition of the museum’s collection as well as a show featuring works by several international artists with their interpretation of Shabbat.
Festival at the Square down south
Cauley Square is known for quaint antique shops, a spot to enjoy English high tea and a beautiful canopy tree-lined street. This Sunday, it plays host to the Wilandia Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The square will be overtaken by vintage cars and motorcycles for enthusiasts to obsess over. While you ogle, kids can jump in bounce houses, slink down a water slide or ride ponies. Grab a bite from one of several food trucks and dance to music by DJ’s Wi-Wi and Jorge. Enter a raffle for some great prizes or play chess or dominoes. Admission is free.
Cool off, then watch a movie
Arrive right at 5:30 p.m. Friday because the lines at Grapeland Water Park for the dive-in movies can get long. Plus, this is opening weekend, with the Disney mega-smash hit Frozen. So let it go and enjoy the waterslides and cool pools at Pirate’s Plunge and Shipwreck Island. Those pools will close at 7:30 and everyone moves to the recreation pool to watch Anna, Elsa, Olaf and the rest of the gang in their winter wonderland adventure. Admission for dive-in movies is discounted to $5 per person.
On-screen mystery and Sunday barbecue
The A+E District Entertainment Series is presenting a movie and barbecue. Thursday night at 8 p.m. catch the seductive romantic horror film Only Lovers Left Alive starring Oscar-nominee Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampires whose love endures for several centuries. Complimentary wine and snacks will be served. On Sunday, the space is back in action with the Lazy Brunch BBQ from 1-5 p.m. Mexican food from Coyo Taco will be for sale, free beer samplings will flow and Aura, The Wynwoods and Juke will perform.
Free jazz in Pembroke Pines
A free jazz concert in Pembroke Pines will be Sunday from 5-7 p.m. Gracing the stage at William B. Armstrong Dream Park is Eric and the Jazzers featuring JuJu Johnson on sax, Jose/Doc on drums, Ken/Elijah on keyboards, Sergio on bass, Manny on conga and Yamin on trumpet. The band will play its blend of upbeat jazz, and there will be refreshments for sale. Bring blankets and chairs for this outdoor concert.
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