Free and cheap things to do in Miami – Oct. 18-20


If you like music, it’s your weekend in South Florida, with so many free concerts you’ll have to make difficult choices. Add in a free movie, an art walk and a celebration of the bicycle, and you’re going to be busy.

The Bird Road Art Walk celebrates its third anniversary Saturday, with a free “Jazz Under the Stars” performance at 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Sandy Levy’s photo studio.

October is Miami Attractions Month, which means two admissions for the price of one to 18 South Florida attractions, including Zoo Miami, Jungle Island, the Deering Estate at Cutler, HistoryMiami, the Miami Seaquarium and Vizcaya. To get the deals, you need a printable coupon from the Miami Attractions Month website.

The pumpkin patch at Miami Lakes United Methodist Church is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with a free family movie at 7 p.m. Friday.

Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun Oct. 18-20.

Music all over, all weekend
Friday night is Big Night in Little Haiti, with konpa musicians T-Vice and Hector Lominy performing at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. It’s also “Creole spice,” night with a chance to sample foods from Haiti and the rest of the Caribbean. At Tropical Park, the Cuban American troubadour Albita will give a free performance at 8 p.m. Friday as part of the Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights series. At 9 p.m. Friday, Carlos Oliva y los Sobrinos del Juez perform at Hialeah park for “Salsa Under the Stars.” At Sunday’s 2 p.m. concert at Hialeah Park, the Sunday jazz series will feature Hilario Bell. If you’re looking for crossover, merengue singer Rubby Perez will present a Beatles tribute performance at 6 p.m. Friday at Bloomingdale’s at The Falls and 2 p.m. Saturday at Bloomingdale’s in Aventura.

Classical with a Latin flair
Lovers of classical music also get two opportunities to enjoy free concerts this weekend. The city of Hialeah is presenting pianist Jose Ignacio Diaz Gravier and tenor David Pereira in “Melancolía De Una Ciudad Perdida” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Milander Center. Music in Miami is presenting a chamber music concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Cathedral in Miami featuring works by Piazzolla, Schubert, Beethoven and Caliendo. Donations will be accepted.

Free darkly comedic play
Miami Dade college is presenting free performances of the play “Diaz y Flores,” a dark comedy about multiple generations of urban immigrants, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, with performances on the same schedule next weekend. The play is by Oliver Mayer and directed by Chaz Mena and will be presented at the Kendall campus.
Back to the past in Coconut Grove

Learn about Coconut Grove’s storied past with a free bike tour led by historian Frank Schena starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The tour is one of a several bike and walking tours offered by the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District and History Miami in celebration of the Grove’s 140th anniversary. Reservations are required; call 305-461-5506.

Let’s go ride a bike
Bicycles will also be the preferred mode of transportation in Coral Gables on Sunday, when Miracle Mile becomes the scene for Gables Bike Day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities will include a guided bike tour ($10 per person), antique bike show, live music by Nil Lara, Bob Bonnen and Oriente, a scavenger hunt, information booths and a bounce house and crafts for kids.

A play without words
The Centro Cultural Espanol will present a free performance of “Mandragora Circus,” a traveling Argentine production about two clowns who tell a story of love and humor without words, but with circus skill and music. The performance is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on the CCE patio, 1490 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132.  While there is no admission charge, donations will be accepted.

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