Free and cheap things to do in Miami – Oct. 2-4

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means Gables Gallery Night, time to ride the trolley to museums in downtown Coral Gables. And it’s officially October, so you can raise your stein at the four-day Sam Adams Octoberfest in Wynwood.

 

You can also play tourist and enjoy a variety of attractions in October during Miami Attractions Month. There are 21 to choose from, and bring a friend because it’s buy-one-get-one-free at most venues. Over in Little Haiti at Sweat Records, it’s all about the vinyl and also live music on Saturday night.

Hop on and off the trolley during Gables Gallery Night

There are 19 points of interest listed on the City of Coral Gables website for Gables Gallery Night and the trolley takes you to or near all of them. Friday’s event is from 6-10 p.m. so you’ve got four hours to enjoy all those spots, which include mainly galleries but also Books & Books and the Coral Gables Museum. The event is free and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres at some of the stops.  

Raise a stein (or two) at Sam Adams Octoberfest    

Mana in Wynwood is usually a fenced-in area that’s filled with food trucks, but from Thursday to Sunday it will be converted into the Sam Adams Octoberfest. If you RSVP, you get a free beer. You can also listen to live bands and other entertainment and buy Bavarian-inspired food. Spend the night raising your stein in honor of this German tradition. Event is 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. 

BOGO deals at 21 area attractions       

October is Miami Attractions Month. That means that 21 attractions, including Zoo Miami, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, HistoryMiami, Pinecrest Gardens and Deering Estate at Cutler, to name a few, are offering buy one, get one free admission. That’s great savings for an entire month of playing tourist in your hometown. 

 

Break a sweat over these great tunes

Sweat Records sells records, but it’s also a great spot to catch live bands. This Saturday at 7 p.m., it’s Pure Imagination Live XXI. The show is a reading with musical accompaniment featuring storyteller Matt Gajewski and live music by Mountain Dew Code Red Terror Alert. Admission is free. 

Keeping the pooch cool on muggy days       

Let your dog splash around and cool off at two K9 water festivals in Broward this weekend. Both festivals are Saturday and Sunday and include 50-minute play sessions where your dog can splash around with other dogs its size. At Quiet Waters Park, the event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. At T.Y. Park, the event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.

 

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