Things To Do

Free and cheap things to do in Miami this weekend - Jan. 22-24

From last year's Shakespeare Miami production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
From last year's Shakespeare Miami production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Art enthusiasts will head to the Coral Gables Art Festival, history buffs may get a kick out of a the Abraham Lincoln symposium in Downtown Miami and the Mark Twain storytelling for children in Miami Beach, and music lovers may want to participate in the jamming at Dania Beach. Here are just a few of the many events going on this weekend.


Where art thou? 

Spend the weekend in Coral Gables looking at art, listening to music, eating and drinking during the Coral Gables Festival of the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission when you register.  


Local artists will sell and display all types of art including paintings, sculptures and multi-media pieces. There will be food for sale from various gourmet food vendors. There will also be cooking demonstrations and live music.


Thou is here at Shakespeare in the Park  

Shakespeare Miami actors will perform the comedy Much Ado About Nothing for free at performances in Coconut Grove this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23, and in Hollywood next weekend, Jan 29-30. Tickets are not required, first come first served. Gates open at 7 p.m. Expect to see and hear wit, naughty jokes, period costumes from the Civil War and more in this comedy.


Mark Twain’s adventures and more 

Enjoy a day of family fun at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, where admission is always free. This Sunday, Jan. 24, the garden will have two free activities for children. Art in the Park with Marie will be from 10 am to 1 pm. Supplies will be provided for the little artists under the shade of the Banyan tree. 


Then, from noon to 1:30 pm, Fantasy Theatre Factory actors will perform American Stories with Mark Twain.  Expect to see and hear imaginative stories with Early American humor on the determination and ingenuity of pioneers.  



Abe Lincoln on immigration 

The HistoryMiami museum and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation will host a free symposium on Abraham Lincoln and immigration on Jan. 24 from 1 to 3:30 pm. 


The keynote lecture on “Lincoln, the Press and New Americans” will be presented by Harold Holzer, the Jonathan F. Fanton Director for the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College and award winning author of Lincoln and the Power of the Press.


Following the reception, a panel discussion and audience conversation on Lincoln, immigration, and the meaning of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution will be had with moderator Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island; Dr. Edna Greene Medford, Professor of History at Howard University and author of Lincoln and Emancipation; and Dr. Michael Bernath, Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor at the University of Miami.

Jamming in Dania Beach 

Listen or play along at free acoustic jamming event in south Broward. The events at Secret Woods are free for participating musicians and those who want to tap their feet and enjoy the music. Secret Woods, fourth Sundays of most months, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach, 954-357-8884,

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