Free and cheap things to do in Miami this weekend – Nov. 20-22

Sweat Records held an unveiling party for the music store's new mural, titled The Wall of Idolatry. Photo: Jipsy.

This weekend is your chance to enjoy the Miami Book Fair International’s street fair, the perfect opportunity to buy books for holiday gift-giving. 

Folks in the Design District can catch four different performances, ranging from electronic music to theater.

Art admirers can enjoy the Bird Road Art Walk this Saturday before the Art Basel craziness commences. The warehouse area has made a name for itself among art enthusiasts. 

And collectors can check out the city’s premier collection of vinyl and enjoy a free concert at Sweat Records.

Bookish fun at the weekend street fair

The Miami Book Fair International’s three-day street fair is the final blowout of the week-long festival. While adults can buy books and literary holiday gifts, kids can play at Children’s Alley, make arts and crafts, meddle with science, listen to storytellers and watch theater and dance performances. Opening day of the street fair is Nov. 20 and it’s free. On Nov. 21 and 22, admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids (13-18) as well as seniors (62 and over). Kids under 12 are free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fair is at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave.  

Culture on site in the district

Who needs a traditional performance venue when art comes to your neighborhood? That’s the idea behind the Site Specific Performance Series in the Design District, which provides four performances all on Saturday. It kicks off at 6 p.m. with Step-Miami-Repeat by Mad Cat Theatre Company, then electronic music duo Daniel Clapp and Juan Gonzalez perform Das SaD at 6:30 p.m. Multi-faceted performer Fernando Calzadilla then takes the stage solo at 7 p.m. in an interactive show presented by Miami Theater Center. The evening’s finale is a conceptual dance performance by Alma Dance Theater at 7:30 p.m. It all takes place at Palm Court, 140 NE 39th St. and at 3900 NE First Ave. Free. 

Art walk through the warehouses 

The Bird Road Art Walk from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday night is a good precursor to the upcoming Art Basel craze. Art admirers can find MANO Fine Art Project and the exhibition Red Bows, White’s Art Gallery and the work of Edo Sanabria, colorful and vibrant works at Tony Mendoza Art and For Everglades at Harris Art. The lively scene also includes live music and demos plus the ever-expanding murals in the area. The galleries and studios are located south of Southwest 40th Street near 74th and 75th avenues. Free. 

Sumo and DT7 at Sweat Records  

Taking the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday for a free show are Sumo and DT7. Sumo, which has nothing to do with the Japanese wrestlers, is a heavy instrumental rock trio. DT7 features the ritual ambient sounds of Orbweaver. While there, music lovers can stock up on or start a vinyl collection. Sweat Records is at 5505 NE Second Ave. Free. 

Live music and art walk in Hollywood

The darlings of 1990s twangy guitar alt-rock The Gin Blossoms play a free show at 8 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Hollywood at Hollywood Boulevard and Federal Highway. Hits include “Allison Road,” “Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down” and “Found Out About You.” You also can check out the Downtown Hollywood Art Walk starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 10. Admission to both is free. 

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