Things To Do

6 free and cheap things to do in Miami this weekend - March 18-20

Timbalive se presenta este fin de semana en Miami.
Timbalive se presenta este fin de semana en Miami.

There’s a whole lot of music going on this weekend in Miami. We highlight some of the free and cheap events. 


Live Timbalive

First, a dance lesson. Then, a live band. After, a DJ dance party. All under the stars outdoors. Yes, folks it’s the Little Havana Social Club. All for $10.  This Friday, March 19, Miami Dade College and the Koubek Center present the hugely popular Cuban timba band, Timbalive.  What is timba, asks the likely out-of-towner? Timba is a Cuban genre of music based on popular Cuban music along with salsa, American funk/R&B, and the strong influence of Afro-Cuban folkloric music.


Anyway, don’t miss this event. Sing it: Ya llegue…


Aroze Troubadou

Or how about this? 


First, a reading from Haitian women authors, like Edwidge Danticat. Then a live band performance. After, an art gallery stroll. And, after that, some delicious Haitian cuisine. Yes, folks this time it’s Big Night in Little Haiti. All for a $5 suggested donation. 


Danticat’s works — Brother, I’m Dying, Krik? Krak! and Breath, Eyes, Memory are, well, much-beloved in Miami. Add Haitian folk music by Aroze Troubadou, the band led by Bel Jazz singer and guitarist Jean Levelt Vital. Then add visual art from Florestal Evens. Don’t forget some creole food. Now that’s a compilation for a great night. 


Let the DJ play

So you couldn’t dish out the $399 all-access wristband to Miami Music Week?

Do not fret. Luckily, there are numerous free electronic dance parties to attend every night from now through Sunday, March 20. Let the DJ play. 


Cleveland Orchestra Miami

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Cleveland Orchestra Miami and the musicians will celebrate “on the road.” They will split into groups, duos and triplets, and perform at various libraries throughout Miami-Dade on Saturday, March 19. Go ahead and take the kids. Free. 


Hana Chu

This Sunday, March 20, acclaimed piano soloist and recording artist Hana Chu performs in Coral Gables. And it’s free, thanks to the Chopin Foundation’s “Chopin for All” series.  She also plays Saturday, March 19, in Fort Lauderdale. 


Tom Sartori 

With the surf and ocean breezes as a beautiful backdrop, Friday Night Sound Waves events offer free entertainment at Fort Lauderdale Beach. Catch Tom Sartori on March 19. 


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