Free and cheap things to do in Miami – Oct. 24-26

Fall is officially upon us, even though the humidity may make it seem otherwise. Pumpkin patches are popping up everywhere, and the one in Miami Lakes has plenty of activities going on this weekend. If you want to keep the Oktoberfest celebrations going, the German American Social Club has its 57th annual celebration continuing this weekend.

If screaming your way through a frighteningly real haunted house sounds like fun, get our coupon and head to the House of Horrors at Miami International Mall. Or, visit one of 17 Miami attractions and museums at a discount (most are buy one, get one free) during Miami Attractions Month. You can see local talent at the YoungArts concert where the program’s alumni perform on Saturday night or do the time warp again at Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables.

Oktoberfest fun
This is the original and, at 57 years, billed as the longest running Oktoberfest celebration in Miami. Get your oompah on at the German American Social Club from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Ride free carnival rides, enjoy German-themed entertainment and, of course, get your fill of beer and German food, which is for purchase. There are also all types of kids’ activities. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-20 and children under 6 are free. Any active military in uniform are admitted free. On Friday, Miami-Dade employees with Miami-Dade identification are admitted free.

Pumpkin patch and more at Miami Lakes United Methodist Church
There’s no shortage of pumpkins here, so you’ll have your pick of the most perfect pumpkin for carving and displaying. Head over there any day this weekend between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. to pick a pumpkin. Friday night at 7 p.m., you can watch a family-friendly free movie. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. attend the Fall Festival and Craft Show with live music, games and prizes. Admission is free.

YoungArts alumni performance
Miami has produced some incredible talent over the years and many of those performers graduated from the YoungArts program. This weekend, they come back to their alma mater for a free performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the YoungArts Building for the “Outside the Box” concert. Two-time Grammy nominee Dave Eggar and YoungArts dance winners Allysen Hooks and Michele de la Reza will grace the stage, along with several others. Jugo Fresh and Illegal Bakery provide treats and Trio Yoga teaches yoga moves.

Do the time warp again
Never has there been a more interactive movie than the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It’s showing Saturday night and Oct. 31 at 11:30 p.m. at Actors’ Playhouse. The 1975 flick stars then-unknowns Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as the couple who get stranded and sucked into a wild romp at a castle filled with freaky characters, featuring ringleader Tim Curry in full drag glory. While admission is free, tickets are required.

Free live music on Hollywood Beach
There are several venues around Hollywood Beach where concerts take place every weekend. At the Hollywood Beach Theatre, Driving Force performs its rhythm & blues sounds on Friday, and Juke plays the blue on Saturday. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. At the ArtsPark near Young Circle the Joey Gilmore Band plays the blues at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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