Free and cheap things to do in Miami – Sept. 12-14

Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the New World Symphony. Photo: New World Symphony.

Become a tech innovator and learn to create your own household items at The LAB Miami’s MIAMade Maker workshop or get some fresh air with a morning bike ride through Coconut Grove to check out the area’s historic homes.

For the sci-fi fanatics The Wolfsonian Museum on Miami Beach is showing Terry Gilliam’s 1985 Brazil, about society’s over-reliance on mediocre technology. If you’re in the mood for music, you can hear free concerts at Casino Miami Jai-Alai with Soulkiss performing Friday and Surf Bandits on Sunday.

MIAMade Maker Saturday workshop at The LAB Miami
Power duo and architects Daisy Nodal and Tom Pupo, co-founders of Moonlighter Miami, host the MiaMade Maker Saturday workshop in Wynwood’s The LAB Miami from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’ll spend the day turning participants into creators of their own household items by teaching them to use 3D printers like Makerbot Replicator, Rhino and free autodesk web applications. To participate, you must bring a laptop computer.

Two-wheelin’ it through the Grove
Urban naturalist Frank Schena, owner of Royal Palm Tours of Miami, is hosting a free bike tour through Coconut Grove Saturday morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m. On this trip, Schena will take bikers through the lush and tropical landscape of Coconut Grove while showcasing the varied historic homes of the area. Riders will see styles of Florida Vernacular, Mediterranean Revival and, of course, the Grove’s quirky cottages. Preregistration is required.

Nomi Musical Nights Gran Fiesta
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this weekend’s Nomi Musical Nights on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. is themed Gran Fiesta. The Latin-inspired party on the Moca Plaza in the heart of downtown North Miami will feature performances by Grammy winner Marlow Rosado y La Riqueña and Lisset Morales y su Orquesta. Serving as host for the evening is Daniela Cenzano from the popular Hispanic television variety show Sabado Gigante. Latin-inspired food booths will have food available for purchase.

Free classical concerts by New World Symphony
Hear the commanding sounds of the brass ensemble on Friday and on Sunday the woodwind ensemble takes over during a weekend of classical concerts by the New World Symphony. Friday’s concert by the Brass Fellows and conducted by Ward Stare includes classics by composers Tomasi, Bach and Strauss while Sunday’s “Exotic Winds” concert features music by Haydn, Francaix and Milhaud. The concerts are free but advance tickets are required.

Music under the stars in Pompano
The Pompano Beach Parks and Recreation Department hosts Music Under the Stars on Friday on the Great Lawn, better known as the intersection of Pompano Beach and Atlantic Boulevard. Spread out a blanket and listen to the sounds of country music performers the Michael Wright Band starting at 7 p.m.

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