Things To Do

5 free and cheap things to do in Miami April 1-3

It’s all about the outdoors this weekend with numerous free events celebrating Miami’s wonderful spring weather season. Here are just some of the free and cheap highlights:

1. Junior Ranger Day in the Everglades

Got a future park ranger in your household? Kids ages 8-12 can be a Junior Ranger for a day at Shark Valley or Royal Palm both inside Everglades National Park this Saturday. There will be free walks, talks, games and tours for the whole family to enjoy. And if you ride the Homestead trolley into the park from either the city or Ernest Coe Visitor Center, the $20 vehicle entrance fee is waived. Take advantage of these two offers before the hot summer begins and before the trolley rides stop for the peak visiting season in May.

2. Miami River Festival

The free festival this Saturday celebrates the Miami River, which runs 5.5 miles from the Everglades through downtown Miami to Biscayne Bay. Recently, a number of residential and mixed-use developments have been built along the river and the area seems to be making a comeback and generating more public interest.  Festival goers can enjoy boat rides, historic tours, paddleboat and kayak races, and live music entertainment in the Lummus Park historic district.

3. Poetry Festival

All that we see or seem

Is but a dream within a dream

–Edgar Allen Poe in “Dream Within A Dream”

The month-long O, Miami poetry festival, which celebrates both poetry and Miami, kicks off on Friday in downtown Miami with the event “Flip the Script,” which includes a breakdancing crew flipping advertising signs that read from Miami native Donald Justice’s  poem, “Twenty Questions.” The festival includes more than 35 free events throughout April in venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach. Poetry lovers can enjoy open mics, workshops and readings. Some events include hip, contemporary music and dancing to capture the attention of those in your party who may have short attention spans.

4. Barbecue Festival

The Grillin n Chillin Festival this Sunday in Wynwood will draw barbecue lovers from the region. And, while regular tickets cost $20 a person, Miami On The Cheap has found a way to bring that down to $8 for one person and $15 for two. Check out the deals here before they expire. Foodies will enjoy all styles of barbecue cooking, including Memphis, Kansas City, Texan, Brazilian and Argentine.

5. Free concerts

Where did the winter-spring season go? The final free outdoor concert in the Noches Tropicales series on Friday evening at Tropical Park features the wildly popular Conjunto Progreso, a traditional Cuban music and Latin jazz band. Ladies, bring shoes you can dance in because the beat will get you on your feet.

But that’s not all. Here are some more free live music concerts this weekend:

Karina Iglesia sings in Miami Beach on Friday,

Side-by-Side features on the giant wall Friday in Miami Beach, 

Federico Bonacossa plays guitar Saturday in the West End,

Viva plays in Hialeah on Saturday,

Ex-Norwegian sings in North Beach on Sunday,

Broward County

Broward’s free events this weekend include the Las Olas Art Fair in Fort Lauderdale, Tamarac Art Festival and the car show in Pompano Beach.

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