Things To Do

Free and cheap things to do in Miami - March 20-22

One of Miami’s veteran hipster hangouts, Sweat Records, is celebrating its 10th birthday, and the record store is celebrating early with a Sweatstock pre-party Friday night at Churchill’s Hideaway. The bicycling craze continues with the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival on Sunday in Homestead. 

There’s more than just art at the Bird Road Art Walk on Saturday night, and the line-up is hot at Noches Tropicales Friday night at Tropical Park with Miami’s top Latin performers. 

Other popular monthly events are back this weekend with Big Night in Little Haiti on Friday night, a free concert by the Alhambra Orchestra on Sunday and the Symphony Wallcast by the New World Symphony on Friday.

A hot tropical show at Tropical Park

Tropical Park gets hot and sassy on Friday night at 8 p.m. during the Noches Tropicales All-Star concert. This special show features the all-stars of the series, including 10 singers performing with well-known Miami musicians. Grammy-winning singers Edwin Bonilla and Marlow Rosado will be joined by Javier Merino Jr., Elaine Hernandez and Willie Panama, among others. Playing the tunes they’re singing to are Miami musicians Daniel Berroa, Robert Heredia, Pete Francis and Reinier Guerra. Admission is free. 

Hot night at Sweatstock pre-party

Going back to its original home, Sweat Records is hosting a pre-party fundraiser leading up to the annual Sweatstock music festival in April. The Friday night soiree at Churchill’s Hideaway begins at 8 p.m. and also celebrate’s the record store’s 10th anniversary. The $5 cover goes toward the big Sweatstock event April 18. Headliners at Churchill’s are Axe and The Oak and The Moon Caravan, and joining them are DJs Ashworth, Lolo and Hottpants. Knock back $3 Rolling Rocks and munch on free cupcakes courtesy of The New Tropic folks. Be one of the first 50 to walk through the door and enjoy a complimentary Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum punch. If you’ve got an unused instrument, you can donate it for the 1308 Productions musical education program for kids in Haiti. 

Strap on your helmet and bike the Glades

The Miami-Homestead Speedway gets a tad bit slower on Sunday when bikers take over the course on their way to Biscayne National Park for the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival. The free event has a couple of routes: an 11-mile loop from the speedway to Biscayne National Park and a 42-mile loop that goes as far as Everglades National Park. You’ll surely work up an appetite so hit up the food trucks for fresh made food, enjoy a cold drink and check out the bike vendors. Registration, which is free, is at 8 a.m. and rides begin at 9. 

Take flight at Bird Road Art Walk

Strolling from gallery to gallery is any art lovers’ dream, but at Saturday night’s Bird Road Art Walk there’s more going on than art. At White’s Art Gallery, Al Blanco performs live. They’re doing spoken word at MANO Fine Art Project Space and print-making demos at Miguel Rodez Art Projects. Join in the fun with Maria Patino and her interactive doodle project, and you can play with clay and enjoy live demos at Anhinga Clay Studios. The walk is 7 to 10 p.m. and is free.          

Plenty of free flicks throughout Broward  

The choices of free movies this weekend in Broward are impressive. On Friday night at 7:45 p.m. in Coconut Creek Park, it’s Angelina Jolie in all her devious glory starring in Maleficent, a beautifully shot story that combines several fairy tales into one plot twist. At 8 p.m. Friday at Hollywood Arts Park, you can see Apollo 13 with a star-studded cast that includes Tom Hanks, Ed Harris and Kevin Bacon. 

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