The diversity and variety of free and cheap events in Miami this weekend ranges from a gay pride festival to a world-renown horse show to a gospel concert to a mezzo-soprano singer from Poland to a night of poetry. Here they are in more detail for your enjoyment:
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Last year’s Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival drew an estimated 130,000 people so don’t say I didn’t warn you — it’s definitely a par-tay! Popular Y100 radio personality Elvis Duran is the grand marshal. Expect to see celebrities, musical and dance performances, food, drinks, hunky guys, colorful flags and more. The festival, which runs April 9-10, includes a parade and beach party. And it’s free admission!
Horses and riders from as far away as Australia will be on the beach April 7-10 for the Longines Global Champions Tour, billed as the world’s premier jumping event. The shows are free and open to the public with unreserved seats in the grandstand on a first-come first-served basis. There also will be areas for people to stand and watch along the side of the arena where one will be up-close to the incredible jumps as the horses and riders take to the course. In addition to the beautiful horses, spectators can enjoy a shopping village, entertainment and refreshment.
Miami Gardens and Coral Gables are bringing it with two musical treats this weekend: Gospel Explosion 2016, a concert featuring gospel singer Jonathan Nelson and others on April 9 in Miami Gardens, has free general admission, as well as donation admission and VIP tickets. And, for a suggested $10 donation, Mezzo-soprano singer Agnieszka Rehlis, who is in town from Poland to sing in the Florida Grand Opera’s The Passenger, will sing in Coral Gables on April 10.
Join lovers of poetry under the stars April 8 for a free 7,000-square-foot wallcast with state-of-the-art surround sound featuring Juan Felipe Herrera, the nation’s first Hispanic poet laureate. Born in California as the child of migrant farm workers, Herrera has written 14 collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children totaling 21 books, including Calling the Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award in 1997, and Half the World in Light, which won 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. Herrera’s signed books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Books & Books. The event is part of the O, Miami poetry festival lasting all month long.
Celebrate Earth Day in Sunrise on April 9 with this family friendly festival that includes live music from Bushwood and SunGhosts.
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