10 free and cheap events in Miami this weekend – July 22-24

From virtual reality characters to Grammy-winning musicians to popular movies to jazz performers to illuminated art-making, Miami offers it all for free or cheap this weekend:

Pokemon Go

You know you gotta catch ‘em all. Miami-Dade College North invites all Pokemon Go enthusiasts to safely search for the virtual reality characters on their large campus with several days of free hunts and activities scheduled. Going on now, it culminates on July 22 with a 5K where participants can earn a medal while hatching their Pokemon eggs. There are 35 Pokestops on campus, and recharge zones where you can recharge your phone. I gotta give a badge to Miami-Dade College North for capturing the Pokemon limelight with this genius evolving marketing idea. 

Overtown Festival

The annual Overtown Music & Arts Festival celebrates the rich history of one of Miami’s earliest historically black communities and where some of music’s biggest stars — such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday — performed and stayed. Free to the general public, the festival will take place on July 23. It will include live performances by Grammy award winning talent including Estelle (pictured), Eric Benet, Jeremih and Ameriie as well as local artists; vendors showcasing artwork, ethnic cuisine, unique crafts, jewelry and a vast array of entertainment. Food and drinks also will be available for purchase.

Movies on the Cheap

Among the best things about summer are the free or cheap movie showings, especially if you like classics. Here are a few:

  •  Watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” for free on July 22 in Kendall’s Downtown Dadeland outside.
  •  Late-nighters can watch the favorite classic “The Godfather” movie on July 23 in Coral Gables for $7 and it includes a bucket of popcorn. 
  • Cobb Theatres are showing kiddie movies, like “Dr. Seuss,” for free on weekdays. (check the schedule we list)
  • Regal Cinemas offer kiddie movies, like “Alvin & The Chipmunks,” for $1 on weekdays (check the schedule we list).


Jazz music lovers may enjoy the free “Music in Miami” series on July 24 in downtown featuring musicians Karrie Griffiths (pictured), Ranses Colon, Modesto Marcano, Eugenia Mendez, Miguel Hernandez, and Saul Vera. They will perform a series of songs ranging from Claude Bolling to Venezuelan folk at the Trinity Cathedral.

Illuminated art

Here’s a unique workshop rarely offered and worth mentioning: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is collaborating with Processional Arts Workshop for an art program inspired by the works of Robert Winthrop Chanler, the elusive American muralist who created Vizcaya’s famed Swimming Pool grotto ceiling mural and the Vizcayan Bay screen. Program participants will collaborate to build large-scale illuminated art, which will then be featured in a performance. Workshops are free to the public and open to both children and adults. They will be held on July 23, 24, 25 and 28. Registration required.

Fort Lauderdale

Speakers, author presentations and panel discussions are featured at the South Florida Book Festival in Fort Lauderdale, and the main event on July 23 is free.

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