Miami on the Cheap has the free and cheap fun for your weekend – Sept. 9-11

It’s a weekend full of arts and culture throughout Miami-Dade County, and it includes German and Indian festivities. Here are some of the notable free and cheap highlights: 

Arts and culture

Downtown Miami comes alive with art and culture Sept. 9-11 for the three-day DWNTWNArt Days, which is spearheaded by the Downtown Development Authority and participated in by most attractions in the neighborhood. Several free events will be held throughout the weekend, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts presents ArtsLaunch2016, a day of free events and no handling fees on Sept. 10. This event, with various activities throughout the day, kicks off the center’s performing arts season.
  • Miami-Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design presents free admission to Tower Treasures: Marché Aux Puces Extravaganza on Sept. 9-11 in recognition of the open-air markets in Paris in the 1860s. Special programming will be presented with a Parisian twist including a curated tag sale, children activities, vibrant live music, French silent films, and tasty treats.
  •  Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science presents for free Trash Detectives at Miami Science Barge on Sept. 10-11. Taking place onboard the Miami Science Barge, the public is invited to create biodegradable artwork that will be sent adrift on Biscayne Bay as part of a science experiment.
  • The Micro/Macro Cinema presents three free screenings of found rare footage, collage techniques and compilation filmmaking at the Olympia Theater on Sept. 9-11.

More arts and culture

Speaking of art, a traveling exhibit by the world’s largest museum and research complex, known to you and me as the Smithsonian Museums, will be opening Sept. 10 at the historic Curtiss Mansion in Miami Springs. Presented in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council, the exhibit is called Water/Ways and viewers can discover the central nature of water by exploring how water is used, how water unites communities and affects every element of life. The exhibit runs through Oct. 22 and there’s a list of activities and free events. There’s also free parking.

Coconut beer and polka 

Get your oompah on with the Larry Roberts Polka band at Concrete Beach Brewery’s Blocktoberfest event on Sept. 10. The event also launches the brewery’s new lager called Floridafest (a classic German Märzen with a tropical twist that includes subtle tones of coconut, toffee and vanilla). Food includes special handmade sausages by Miami Smokers. Games include a pretzel toss, pretzel-eating contest, and stein hoisting to show off those “beer muscles.” Then, after you’ve oompahed, hit the Butcher Shop for an after-party.


We’re highlighting the following two concerts, but there’s more music at

  • Lyric soprano Alexandra Marie and composer/pianist Roberto Lozano will perform “Songs of the Americas and Beyond” Sept. 10 in downtown Miami’s Main Library. The two will perform Latin American favorites, famous Broadway songs and opera arias. The concert is free to the public.
  • Recording artist Jessi Campo will celebrate the release of her latest album La Pasión de la Lupe on Sept. 9 at the Cubaocho Museum and Performing Arts Center in Little Havana. All ages are welcome and admission is $10. A limited quantity of CDs will be available for sale.

India in Miami

Get immersed in the traditional culture of India on Sept. 10 at HistoryMiami museum’s Family Fun Day. Enjoy cuisine, craft activities, storytelling, costumes, and an interactive music corner, all inspired by Indian traditions. Indian classical dancer Ranjana Warier and guest musicians will offer two performances, adapting an Indian folk tale to the stage. Free admission.

Broward and free beer

Margate is offering free family-friendly events that include live music, merchants, food trucks and family-friendly activities. Parking is free, and free beer is offered for the first 100 people to register at the CRA booth.  Bands Sept. 10 are: Crazy Fingers and  Artikal Sound System.

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