Free and cheap things to do in Miami – Dec. 6-8

Perez Art Museum Miami/ Photo: Carl Juste

It’s raining art in South Florida this weekend, as Art Basel satellite events pop up all over.

If you can’t get enough art, you can also join the monthly Coral Gables Gallery Night on Friday or the regular art strolls on Lincoln Road or Coconut Grove on Saturday night.

You can also see the new Perez Art Museum Miami free all weekend, visit the Gold Coast Railroad Museum free on Saturday or visit one of the participating museums in Bank of America’s Museums on Us program free Saturday or Sunday with your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card. On Friday night, you can see a free planetarium show at the Miami Science Museum.

This is another good weekend for free music, with free concerts of classic rock, salsa, holiday and classical music all on the calendar.

Here are Miami on the Cheap’s top picks for free and cheap weekend fun Dec. 6-8.

Classic rock at the right price
This weekend is the Classic Rock Legends Music Festival at Magic City Casino. You can see six bands of your youth (or your parents’ youth) in free concerts and four more for prices starting at $35. Friday’s performers are Foghat, Steppenwolf and Orleans. On tap Saturday are Blue Oyster Cult, Three Dog Night, Cheap Trick and John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. On Sunday, performers will be The Lovin’ Spoonful, Kansas and Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone. All ages are welcome at this event.

Tropical Nights/Noches Tropicales outdoor concert
Luisa Maria Guell, Cuban-born singer, songwriter, actress and author, will be the featured performer Friday night at the free Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concert presented by Miami-Dade Parks. The outdoor concert will be at 8 p.m. at Tropical Park.

Caroling, caroling and competing
Choruses from South Florida middle and high schools will perform holiday music this week as part of the Merrick Festival Caroling Competition. Performances are 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday on the steps of the 550 Biltmore Building in Coral Gables. Winners will be announced at a special performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Symphony concert larger than life
The New World Symphony is “Wallcasting” its concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the 7,000-square-foot SoundScape wall in Miami Beach. The concert, “Birds on a Wire,” features eighth blackbird, a contemporary sextet, playing Steve Reich’s Pulitzer-winning “Double Sextet,” Jennifer Higdon’s concerto “On A Wire” and John Adams’ “Guide to Strange Places.”

Chopin in Miami-Dade and Broward
The Chopin Foundation is presenting free piano concerts in both Fort Lauderdale and Coral Gables this weekend as part of its Chopin for All series. The concerts are at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Broward County Main Library and 3 pm. Sunday at Granada Presbyterian Church. Pianist Drew Peterson and his brother Erik, a baritone, will perform music by Chopin and Schubert.

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