Free and cheap things to do in Miami this weekend – Dec. 4-6

New murals come to Wynwood at Smashed Canvas and Hive Pop-Up Art Village & Lounge, where there’s live art, cocktails and music.

Looking to admire art without the Art Basel madness? It is the first Friday of the month and that means Gables Gallery Night and Giralda Under the Stars.

Perhaps you’d prefer to watch live music and shake your hips to the Latin beat during Noches Tropicales at Tropical Park on Friday.

Or enjoy a bike ride through Coconut Grove on Saturday morning to discover the neighborhood’s colorful flowering plants.

More art-covered walls in Wynwood

You don’t have to break the bank at Art Basel and its Satellite Fairs. Instead, hang in Wynwood and watch as colorful art and murals are created on neighborhood walls. At Smashed Canvas, 13 street artists will converge at Northwest 28th Street and Second Avenue and at Northwest 29th Street and Third Avenue. Craft beers and handmade cocktails also will be for sale in the beer garden. At the Hive Pop-Up Art Village & Lounge at 2250 NW 2nd Ave., listen to live music, grab cocktails, and watch live art.  Admission to both is free. Times vary for each event each day so check the link.

Art and dinner in the Gables

Gazing at art followed by a delectable dinner on Giralda Avenue, or what’s become known as “restaurant row” in Coral Gables, is a great way to kick off Friday night. Board the Gables trolley and hop on and off at various galleries throughout the neighborhood. It’s the best way to get around and see the most diverse selection of artwork. Then grab dinner at one of many restaurants. At Giralda Under the Stars, one can dine al fresco while listening to street performers and the kids enjoy their special area. No cars are allowed. The Giralda event runs from 7 pm to midnight and Gallery Night from 7 to 10 pm. Gallery Night is free.   

Sway to the Latin beat at Noches Tropicales

Tropical Park transforms into a concert venue for the monthly Noches Tropicales series which continues at 8 pm Friday. Performing is Grammy-winning artist Marlow Rosado and La Riqueña Band. He will perform music from his latest release “El Salsanimal” and certainly from his 2013 Grammy-winning album “Retro.” The native Puerto Rican leads an ensemble of musicians in a fun, hip-swaying, salsa heavy show. The park is at 7900 SW 40th St. Admission is free. 

Learn about colorful flowering plants on Grove bike ride  

The lush, tropical landscape of Coconut Grove lends itself perfectly as the focus of Saturday’s morning historical bicycle tour through the neighborhood. Led by Urban Naturalist Frank Schena, cyclists will discover colorful flowering plants that attract a variety of fluttering butterflies and buzzing hummingbirds. Admission to the ride is free and all riders must bring their own bike and a water bottle. RSVP is required. Riders meet at 9:30 a.m. at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Dr.  

Get a jump on holiday gift-buying at Arts & Crafts Fest

Get started on holiday gift-buying this weekend at the Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival in Sunrise from 9 a.m. to 5 pm Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 pm Sunday. Choose from an assortment of handmade arts and crafts created by seasoned artisans, or pick from a variety of plants. Santa will make an appearance, musical groups will perform and food will be for sale. The event is at Welleby Park, 11100 NW 44 St. Admission is $5 or six cans of non-perishable food. Kids under 12 get in free. 

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