Things To Do

6 free and cheap things to do in Miami this weekend - April 15-17

A park ranger leads a group slog in the Everglades. Photo: Tim Chapman
A park ranger leads a group slog in the Everglades. Photo: Tim Chapman

Celebrate the magnificent outdoors with these free and cheap events this weekend. 

River Cities Festival

It’s only fitting that a city with water in its name, specifically Miami Springs, celebrates the Miami River, which forms the city’s north and east boundaries, in this weekend’s three-day River Cities Festival. Admission is FREE.

The celebration will include kid’s activities, crafts, food, drink, non-stop crowd loving entertainment in the Gazebo and Canal Street, a Bake-Off, the ever-popular Dog Show, Chili Showdown, 5K walk/run and more. Bring a kayak, canoe, or paddle boat and ride down the Miami River as part of the festival. Saturday night will be highlighted by the Mega Reunion for anyone who has ever graduated from Miami Springs High School since 1966 and calls himself a Golden Hawk. 

Either oar, it should be a roaring (river of a) good time. 

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National Park Week 

America’s largest celebration of national heritage, National Park Week, begins April 16 and that means FREE admission for seven days to any U.S. national park, including the ones we have right here in our backyard — The Everglades in West Dade and Dry Tortugas in Key West. (Biscayne in South Dade is always FREE to enter.) Take advantage of the week’s celebrations for Junior Ranger Day on April 16 and Earth Day on April 22. 

Go before the weather gets summer hot and the admission price returns. 

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Agricultural, Horse & Cattle Show

Steer yourself to Tropical Park on April 16-17 for the Miami International Agricultural, Horse & Cattle Show. The cost is $3 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Proceeds from the concessions and sales at the event benefit the South Florida Autism Charter Schools, which provides free education. Expect to see — you guessed it — a horse show and cattle exhibition, but there is more, including live music, food trucks and kids activities. 

We herd it’s udderly amazing. 

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Earth Day 

Leave the work for weekdays and head over to the Earth Day festival on April 17 in Pinecrest Gardens.  Admission is FREE. The day’s activities include food demos, plant sales, eco-fashion, children’s crafts, student performances, lady bud releases and more. 

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Final Night 

This may be the end for the monthly event, Big Night in Little Haiti, unless a title sponsor steps up, according to The Miami Herald. So perhaps we should all go to Little Haiti on April 13 to give it a proper send-off. The event will feature kompa band Gabel out on the plaza as well as the artistry of Vicki Pierre, kids activities and Kreyol cuisine. 

Broward County

Soak in the art scene at the Downtown Hollywood Art Walk on April 16, which includes a FREE guided walking tour of the Mural Project. Occasionally, street performers can be seen and some shops will provide refreshments. Street parking is free for three hours between 8 am – 8 pm or there is a $1 per hour parking garage nearby. 

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