Free and cheap things to do in Miami – Nov. 21-23

Get bookish listening to authors, hearing six-word poems and hanging at The Swamp during Miami’s premier November event, the Miami Book Fair International, which is surrounded by free events plus offers a free day on Friday. This weekend also brings the free closing night party of the Miami Nice Jazz Festival and two classic films at different venues.

If you don’t mind getting into the holiday spirit before Turkey Day, check out the falling snow at Dolphin Mall, the 50-foot tree at Village of Merrick Park or the towering, moving holiday display at Aventura Mall. You can beat the holiday crowds and get early shopping done.

The Swamp at the Book Fair
Miami doesn’t feel much like a swamp with the Polar Vortex dipping our temps to freezing, at least by Miami standards. Nonetheless, the Miami Book Fair International is hosting The Swamp, an area dedicated to everything local, with free performances and presentations all weekend. The Book Fair Street Festival is Friday through Sunday. Admission is free for all on Friday. Saturday and Sunday, admission is $8 for adults, $5 for youth 13 to 18 and seniors 62 and older and free for children 12 and younger.

Miami Nice Jazz Fest closing party
Jazz fans will be sad to see the Miami Nice Jazz Festival end, but at least it’s going out with a bang with a free closing night party on Sunday at 6:30 at Moreno’s Cuba Restaurant & Club in the Riviera Hotel South Beach. Performing that evening is Latin Grammy winner Jorge Moreno with his brand of Afro-Cuban jazz. The events will include complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Classics on the screen
If boxing’s your thing and you want to watch Sly Stallone as the underdog, head to Actors’ Playhouse for a free screening of Rocky Saturday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m. Perhaps you’re an early riser and prefer an animated classic you can see with the kids. For that, there’s O Cinema in Miami Shores, which is showing the Disney classic An American Tail at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets purchased online are discounted to $8 (with a $1.43 convenience fee) from the regular $11 admission. For kids 12 and younger, the price is $5 (with a $1.27 convenience fee).

Nothing small about Big Night in Little Haiti
It seems Little Haiti is becoming a regular in the rotation of essential monthly events. Friday night from 6-10 p.m. the streets come alive with performances by Haitian roots and soul revue band Lakou Mizik and folkloric ensemble Zetwal Kreyol. DJ Mac keeps crowds moving between sets. Plus, don’t miss the exhibition Local Artists Series V.

Free Brazilian fest in Pompano Beach
Prepare to spend Saturday immersed in everything Brazil during the third annual Brazilian Fest in Pompano Beach from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Maria Vai Drum Ensemble and vocalist Ellen Oleria will grace two stages while skateboarders tear it up on a couple of half pipes at the X-Zone. The younger set can slide, run through obstacle courses and enjoy rides in the kids’ zone, and everyone can enjoy Brazilian specialties and art in the exhibitors’ zone. Admission is free.

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