Free and cheap things to do in Miami this weekend – June 3-5

It’s easy to save your money when Miami offers numerous free entertainments. Check out the weekend’s highlights of free sweets, music, art, theater, kids’ entertainment and more.   

National Donut Day

Start the weekend off sweetly with a free doughnut on June 3 as the first Friday in June is National Donut Day. (My applause goes to the marketers who create these free food events!) Although we enjoy the “holey-day,” it was first created during the Great Depression to raise money and awareness for the Salvation Army’s social services, which among other things provided donuts and coffee to American soldiers during World War I. Who knew?

Batuke Samba Funk


No matter what you listen to, chances are someone is playing it for free in Miami, so keep your wallet in your pocket or purse. Here are just a few of the many music scenes to hit: 

Karina Iglesias and Nu-Thang perform June 4 in Collins Park on Miami Beach. Iglesias, a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” and a Miami native, is singing in a celebration of the countdown to the 2017 World Out Games. 

Batuke Samba Funk, a high energy Brazilian band, performs June 3 for the First Fridays at the Fountain. That’s Normandy Fountain in Miami Beach. 

Composer and musicologist Armando Rodriguez Ruidiaz discusses and plays traditional Cuban music at the West End Regional Library in West Kendall on June 4. 

Leah Arts District


This weekend’s art scene also has a few free events: 

Enjoy an evening of art, food, and music at the Hialeah Art Walk at the Milander Center in Hialeah on June 3. 

Gables Gallery Night, where local galleries present their artwork to the public, will be held on June 3 in Coral Gables. Take the free trolley to the different galleries or walk from gallery to gallery. Many of the galleries offer free wine.

If you’ve got a Bank of America card, then you get in free this weekend to a number of participating museums. 


June is Miami Film Month, which means you can see movies for just $8 at Miami’s independent cinemas. Sometimes the movies at the independent cinemas are even more interesting than the ones shown at the chain movie theaters. Grab the coupon, check the listings and go. 

Orchestra Miami


Miami has to entertain its hundreds of thousands of kids so here are a few ideas: 

The new Miami Science Barge celebrates World Ocean Month in June with a new theme one day each weekend. On June 5, the topic is Coral Reefs. Free for kids; $5 suggested donation for adults.  

Orchestra Miami presents its last performance of Brundibár, an opera for children by Czech-Jewish composer Hans Krása, in Miami on June 5. $10 tickets. 


Alumni from the YoungArts program occasionally return to Miami for an “outside the box” performance that is free to the public. On June 4, Jay Scheib & Co. presents “Carmen,” a new adaptation of “Carmen” based on the opera of Bizet, an homage to the adaptations of Godard, Preminger, and the spirit of Hemingway. This show has adult content and it is standing room only.  

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