Things To Do

Free and cheap things to do in Miami - Jan. 30-Feb. 1

The Burger Beast is the go-to source for where to hunt down Miami’s juiciest must-have burger and on Saturday he’s hosting his Sixth Annual Burgie Awards so eat light that day because 25 food trucks will be lined up to fill your belly. Or skip the burgers and bundle up to watch the New World Symphony on the Wallcast in South Beach. Pack a thermos with hot chocolate in the picnic basket instead of wine this time.

The Homestead Trolley is running for free to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks all weekend where nature trails, tram tours and plenty of alligators await or you can bend, stretch and downward dog it at several free yoga classes.

It’s the last Friday of the month so pick between a cultural salsa fest at Cultural Fridays on Calle Ocho or smooth jazz at MOCA in North Miami. We can’t forget the sports fans this Superbowl Sunday, and if you love the gridiron battle there’s plenty of cool bars and restaurants to watch the ultimate match-up.

It’s a burger-fest and everyone’s invited

Milander Park in Hialeah will see a Burger Beast take-over Saturday from 5-10 p.m. when the Sixth Annual Burgie Awards are set to take place. Sef Gonzalez, aka The Burger Beast, started blogging about burgers in 2008 and he’s become Miami’s burger aficionado. The people will taste and then he’ll crown one lucky winner with the People’s Choice Best Dish Burgie Award. 25 food trucks (yes, Ms. Cheezious, Jefe’s and Dim Saam A Go Go will all be there) will be on hand along with DJ Volksmusik and bands Miller & The Revolvers and Cuban Pete & the Hialeah Hooligans to round out the fun.

A gratis night at symphony with Wallcast at Soundscape Park

Pull out the sweaters, leather jackets and boots and hot cocoa while you’re at it. That’s what you’ll need for Saturday’s New World Symphony Wallcast at Soundscape Park at 7:30 p.m. Watch as they perform New Work on the 7,000-square-foot projection wall. The fellows will wow you with their passionate performance so you’ll want to plan for the next one on Feb. 21 when conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will be waving his baton. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on and it is always strongly encouraged to arrive early as the space fills up quickly.

Board the trolley down south for a day in nature

Take advantage during this cooler weather to drive down south to Homestead and take a free ride aboard the trolley for a visit to either Biscayne National or Everglades National Parks either Saturday or Sunday.  With Homestead designated as “the Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks,” it’s no wonder the trolley is a perfect fit. Expect to see plenty of alligators and where comfy shoes to walk the Anhinga nature trail or take two-hour canoe or kayak trips and do a jetty walk. Pack a picnic, do some fishing or let the kids run around in the playground. The trolley depot is at Losner Park.

Bend, stretch and do downward dog in the great outdoors

Sweating it out on all those machines at the gym just isn’t for everyone so for those who prefer their exercise outdoors and with a bit more zen, there are several yoga classes to choose from. For just $5 per class you can Namaste on 3rd St. on Miami Beach everyday at 7 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Or take a free class at Peacock Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.The downtowners can choose from free classes Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. or Saturdays at 9 a.m. at Bayfront Park.

A pair of fun events at Hollywood Arts Park

Music and classic cars are the perfect pairing and this weekend both are featured at Hollywood Arts Park. Friday from 7-11 p.m. is the Hollywood Arts Park Experience featuring a concert by the jam band Galactic, who play funky hard grooves and up tempo melodies. Monophonics opens for them. Then Saturday classic cars, trucks and motorcycles are on display during the Dream Car Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both events are free.

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