Free and Cheap things to do in Miami Sept. 18-20

There are a couple of events for you music lovers this weekend whether you prefer indie or booty-shaking salsa. Ushering in fall and our upcoming shorter days, the Death to the Sun Underground Music Fest features a line-up of indie local artists playing 10-minute sets and at MOCA Plaza, Grammy-winning Latin artist graces the stage.

Car aficionados finally get a chance to check out vintage cars while buying fresh produce at the re-scheduled (due to Tropical Storm Erika) Classic Car Show and Farmers Market on Sunny Isles Beach. Also, Deering Estate is free for their Play Day on Saturday where this time around they’re featuring several yoga sessions.

Local indie acts rock the stage
Getting 10 minutes to make an impression on the audience, 27 bands will rock out during the Death to the Sun Underground Music Festival Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell. With names like Dyslexic Postcards, Snakehole, Crud, Bruiser and Juju Pie, it’s bound to be an entertaining day. Also featured at the festival — a visual installation by artist Clavilux, temporary tattoos by 777 and urpdurp, and clothes from Tropishop. Jolt Radio will be broadcasting live and Dim Saam A Go Go food truck sells their tasty Asian-inspired grub. Admission is free.

Grammy winner shakes things up at MOCA Plaza   
Shaking things up at the MOCA Plaza, where the monthly jazz concerts are held, is Grammy-winning Latin artist Marlow Rosado y La Riqueña, headlining the Gran Fiesta at MOCA Plaza Saturday from 7-11 p.m. Also performing that night are musical and dance groups Charanga Tipica Tropical, Da’Zoo featuring Fat King Bulla, Kikinpacha and Hora Loca Show. And you can’t have a party without food so local restaurants will be selling their tastiest Latin-inspired dishes. Admission is free.

Some fresh fruit to go with your classic cars?   
Normally farmers markets are just that, a place to buy locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey and other goodies but definitely not a place to see classic cars. Except on Sunday at Heritage Park in Sunny Isles Beach where, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can do both. That means while you’re perusing tomatoes, sunflowers, berries, peppers and even homemade arts and crafts, you can also check out classic and vintage American chrome including Chevys, Fords, Pontiacs and Dodges on display alongside imports like VW’s. Admission is free.

Play for free at Deering Estate   
The final Free Play Day at Deering Estate is happening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Besides free admission, hands-on science activities and historic house tours you can adopt a pet at the HOPE express mobile pet adoption unit courtesy of Miami-Dade County Animal Services Dept. and check out a book at the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s book mobile. Also, enjoy pioneering project demos put on by the Boy Scouts of America’s South Florida Council and yoga sessions, in honor of National Yoga Month at 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Bargain hunters, head to Fort Vintage Flea Market   
Early risers will snag the best finds at the Fort Vintage Flea Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale. This event is tailor-made for lovers of midcentury furniture, vintage finds, upcycled furnishings and handmade products. It’s held inside the C&I Studios which are part of the F.A.T. Village Arts District. Don’t forget to head next door for a cup of java at the cool studio/coffee shop/lounge. Admission is free.

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