Things To Do

Don’t sit at home - free events are everywhere this weekend

Finding free events this weekend is easier than ever.

You can hang out with legendary former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning – whom we love for helping the team win its first championship – at his Winter Groove.

Or you can learn about everything Art Deco on South Beach, get lost in Shakespeare’s most famous play or watch floats and bands march down Calle Ocho in honor of Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings).

See? If you’re bored, it’s your own fault.

1. Zo’s Winter Groove Free Family Fun Day

Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning. Photo: Al Diaz.

Guess Zo decided his yearly Summer Grove wasn’t enough. So he’s hosting a Winter Groove at North Miami Athletic Stadium. The event promotes health and wellness and also includes bounce houses, food trucks, an obstacle course, live entertainment, giveaways, surprise celebrity guests, fitness classes and interactive fun zones. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 13, 2555 NE 151th St., North Miami

When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 13

Where: 2555 NE 151th St., North Miami

Cost: Free

2555 NE 151st St., North Miami, FL 33160

2. Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park

To be or not be -that is the question. William Shakespeare’s opening to his “Hamlet” soliloquy is one of the most recognizable phrases in all of literature. Imagine experiencing it outdoors in a lovely garden setting – and for free. That’s the goal of Shakespeare Miami, Florida’s professional Shakespeare Company, to bring the theater experience to all.

When: 8 p.m. Jan. 12;  Jan. 13 at 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 13; 6 p.m. Jan. 14

Where: Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest

Cost: Free

11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest, FL 33156

3. Live on Lincoln

Elsten Torres

There’s just something about strolling up and down Lincoln Road on Miami Beach. Yes, the restaurant menu hawkers can be annoying, but listening to live music sure isn’t. At the 1111 Lincoln Stage, you can catch two free performances this weekend. On Saturday, singer/songwriter/producer Elsten Torres performs music from his albums “Individual” and “Waiting for Clouds.” Then on Sunday the LeNard Rutledge Jazz Ensemble performs its brand of contemporary jazz.

4. Wynwood Art Walk Block Party

Jacob Katel

Art Basel madness is over, so this is the ideal month to attend the Wynwood Art Walk because of all the fresh murals. Plus you know you are craving that food truck grub, and there’s always cool live art being made, street musicians playing and an overall cool vibe in the air.

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 13

Where: 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami

Cost: Free

2250 NW Second Ave., Miami, FL 33127

5. Art Deco Weekend

Art school students strut their Art Deco-inspired designs during Art Deco Weekend. Candace Barbot Miami Herald Staff

This iconic (and free) event is in its fourth decade and has now grown to include 85 events over three days. You can stroll on a pedestrian-friendly Ocean Drive. Bring the pooch along for the Bark Deco Dog Show or get behind the wheel of one of many classic cars on display. You can also shop vintage everything and learn what makes Art Deco architecture stand the test of time.

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Jan. 12; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 13; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 14

Where: Ocean Drive between Sixth and 13th Streets, Miami Beach

Cost: Free

6. Japanese Festival


The Miami Friends of the Japanese Garden hosts three free Japanese festivals a year, and the Winter Festival is this weekend. Nestled in a quaint location on Watson Island, the Ichimura Miami-Japan Garden features delicate landscaping, a waterfall and Japanese bridge. The festival features Taiko drumming along with other musical performances, cosplay contests and martial arts and Ikebana (flower arranging) demonstrations.

When: 9 a.m. Jan 14.

Where: 1101 MacArthur Cswy., Miami

Cost: Free

1101 MacArthur Cswy., Miami, FL 33139

7. Three Kings Parade

Three Kings Parade
Three Kings Parade is on Jan 14 along Little Havana's Calle Ocho.

Bring a chair because this thing can stretch to almost four hours. Get comfy and watch as floats, bands, dance groups and of course, the Three Magi parade along Southwest Eighth Street. This parade is serious business – it celebrates the Kings who followed the North Star to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. You’ll want to grab some cafecito and snacks at the ventanita while you watch.

When: 1-5 p.m. Jan 14

Where: Southwest Eighth Street. from Fourth through 17 avenues, Miami

Cost: Free