Free and cheap things to do in Miami – Oct. 31-Nov. 2

The scene from Lincoln Road on Miami Beach on Halloween night 2012. Photo: Tomas Loewy

Creepy, freaky zombies, ghosts and goblins will be out this weekend on Halloween night and even on Saturday with events at some of the best known spots in the Grove, Coral Gables and Miami Beach.

Once you’ve done the Halloween thing, get some culture at one of several free museums this weekend or hit up the craft festival in the heart of downtown South Miami. It’s prime time for farmers’ markets, too, most of them on Saturday mornings.

South Miami Art Festival
It’s one of the highlights of the craft festival season and has been around for 43 years. The ChamberSOUTH South Miami Art Festival takes over downtown South Miami on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Stroll among the work of more than 100 artists selling and displaying works of ceramic, clay, glass, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork and more. Several music and theater groups will perform, and you can buy roasted corn, Greek food, conch, crab cakes and cinnamon rolls, among other foods. Admission is free.

Spooky, fun Halloween happenings
Some of the city’s most popular areas are hosting free Halloween events on Friday night including Coconut Grove, Miami Beach and Coral Gables. Organizers at CocoWalk in Coconut Grove know adults want to celebrate like the kids, so kids’ stuff is from 2 to 7 p.m., followed by festivities for adults from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Kids can trick or treat on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables from 4 to 7 p.m. plus enter a costume contest. And on Lincoln Road, Halloween festivities run from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. (the action really starts after the sun sets), with night bringing an adult costume parade up and down the pedestrian mall with a main stage where costumed revelers will be judged. You can find free Halloween festivities all over Miami-Dade.

Get cultured at Museums for free this weekend
Whip out that Bank of America card and spend the weekend picking from your favorite cultural institutions because cardholders get in free this weekend, the first weekend of the month. You can check out the latest exhibitions and special events at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami Children’s Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami (MOCA) and Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

Salsa, merengue and dominos at Cultural Fridays
Yes, Friday is Halloween but you don’t need a mask to join the free monthly Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays celebration along Southwest Eighth Street between 14th and 17th avenues from 7 to 11 p.m. Watch cigar rollers at their craft, stroll along Cuban Memorial Boulevard and learn the street’s rich history with Dr. Paul George, view a variety of colorful artworks at one of the many galleries and listen to music, plenty of music. Miami’s own Carlos Oliva y los Sobrinos del Juez will perform and be honored with a star on the street’s walk of fame.

Free Halloween fun in Broward
There’s plenty to do in Broward for Halloween, including a Halloween hoedown from 6 to 10 p.m. at Villages of Hillsboro Park in Deerfield Beach and festivities at Westside Park from 6-8:30 p.m. with a costume contest, arts and crafts, games and music. Teens can party it up at the Teen Boo Bash at Osswald Park from 6 to 10 p.m. These are just some of the free Broward Halloween events.

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