Things To Do

Free and cheap things to do in Miami - Feb. 5-7

Line dancing, mechanical bull rides and chili 

Get ready for a hoedown at the 4th annual Chili Cook-off in Pinecrest on Feb. 6 from noon to 4 pm.

Prepare yourself for the line dancing, mechanical bull ride, pie-eating contest and, of course, the tastiest lip-smacking chili this side of the Florida-Georgia border.

And, for the first time, “Chili in the Village” in Pinecrest Gardens will be the venue for the Florida State Championship Cook-off. The winner will advance to the World Championship Chili Cook-off. There also will be a separate contest for amateur chili cooks. Expect to taste from the three categories: chili, chili verde and salsa. 

The 18 Wheelers, a hard driving honky-tonk country band, will perform and KISS Country Radio 99.9 FM will broadcast from the event. Admission is $5 and parking is free. 

Orchestra Miami and Babar the Elephant 

Orchestra Miami’s Family Fun Concert series performs “The Story of Babar the Elephant,” on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Ronald Reagan High School in Doral and Feb. 7 in Pinecrest Gardens. The concert is narrated in English & Spanish with music by French composer Francis Poulenc and performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Orchestra Miami conducted by Elaine Rinaldi.

Tickets are $10 for kids (ages 3-17) and $15 adults and are available at Babar first appeared in 1931 the French children’s book Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff. The book is based on a tale that Brunhoff’s wife, Cecile, had invented for their children. In the story, a young Babar escapes the jungle from hunters who kill his mother and goes to the city. He returns from civilization to teach his elephants.  

Super Bowl 50 watch parties  

Whether you root for the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos or Cold Play at the half, Super Bowl 50 on Sunday,  Feb. 7 likely will not disappoint and the hot spots will be the watch parties at various bars. Many of the establishments have worked up some specials for the Big Game, like the chorizo meatball sliders at Batch GastroPub, the homemade guac at JW Marriott Miami, the drool-just-thinking-about-it barbecue at Uncle Tom’s or the French cuisine at Brasserie Central. Or perhaps you’d rather be with the bikinis at the pool party at Repour & the Albion Hotel. Check out our list with more info.  

Giralda Under the Stars 

Love is in the air on Feb. 5 as Coral Gables’ Restaurant Row (located on the 100 block of Giralda Avenue between Ponce de Leon Blvd. and Galiano Street) will be bustling with al fresco dining and live entertainment on from 7 p.m. to midnight as part of Giralda Under the Stars presented by Zacapa Rum. The 100 block of Giralda will be closed to vehicular traffic so pedestrians can enjoy live music, art and the stars. 

Free Family Fun Day and cars on display in Coral Springs

Entertainment, food trucks, an auto show, vendors and bounce house fun are included in Family Fun Day, a free event in north Broward. The festivities are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 6. To display a vehicle,  pre-register for $15 or pay  $20 on the day of the event. Trophies are awarded. The venue is Downtown Coral Springs, 9400 W. Sample Road, 33065. Information is online or call 954-345-2119

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