Free and cheap things to do in Miami – Nov. 28-30

Allison Diaz / For the Miami Herald

If your idea of a happy Black Friday is to stay out of the malls, we’ve got some tips on live music, both day and night. Go outdoors for some fresh air at Greynolds Park at the Lumpy Sue Acoustic Musicfest during the day. Then if you need more al fresco music, spend Friday evening in downtown North Miami listening to Jazz at MOCA.

Friday might is also Viernes Culturales/Cultural Friday in Little Havana, with music, dancing art and more. On Small Business Saturday, you can knock $10 off your bill if you dine or shop at a participating small business with your registered American Express card.

Lumpy Sue Acoustic Musicfest at Greynolds Park
The Lumpy Sue Acoustic Musicfest has been held every Black Friday for the last 23 years. This year’s headliners include the Sarah Jacob Trio, Jam I Am, Joy Adams, Jen Kaiser and ExNorwegian. If you’re feeling brave, there are open mike performances from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The fest runs until 5 p.m. There’s a raffle benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Admission is free, but there is a charge of  $6 per car or $15 per RV to enter the park.

Free Jazz at MOCA
Jazz at MOCA, as well as Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, is alive and well and happening the last Friday of the month. Featured performer this month is Leon “Foster” Thomas, a native of Trinidad, who learned his craft in the pan yards of Trinidad & Tobago and combines modern jazz with pan steel.

Marching through the heart of Coral Gables
The Junior Orange Bowl Parade is a tradition in Coral Gables, and this year the organizers decided to schedule it back when it belongs, on Sunday night when everyone can attend (last year it was on a weeknight). At 6 p.m., marching bands, floats carrying the Junior Orange Bowl Queen and her Royal Court and others following this year’s “Route 66” will make their way down Miracle Mile along with dance troupes, martial arts teams and more.

Skip the Big Box stores and shop small
If you want to score some great deals while helping out small business owners around Miami, act quickly and register your American Express for its Small Business Saturday promotion, which is only good on Saturday. Register your American Express card, then for every $10 transaction you make at any of the participating store or restaurant you receive a $10 credit on your American Express billing statement. There is a limit of $30.

Trash to treasure art exhibit in Hollywood
Concerts are the norm on the weekends at the ArtsPark in Hollywood’s Young Circle but this Saturday you can also take in the exhibition Trash 2 Art 2014 on Saturday until 6 p.m. The show features artwork created from at least 75 percent of materials considered “scrap” like fabric, tile, plastic and wire. The show is presented by the Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center.

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