Apr 152014

seminole-hard-rock-wine-and-food-festival-discountIt’s festival season in South Florida, with events celebrating music, fashion, food, art, spirits and more. With these discounts we found, you can get into food and music festivals in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach for less, most for 50% off. If you’re looking for promo codes or coupons for food festivals and music festivals, we’ve got you covered.

Here are discounts on upcoming festivals in South Florida:

Find more deals and discounts for South Florida dining and activities on the Entertainment Page, the Food & Drink page and at the Daily Deals headquarters.

Apr 152014

child reading booksThis post is by our friends at Munchkin Fun Miami.

South Florida is loaded with fun, free story times perfect for kids of all ages. Click here to check out a complete list and read below for some of our favorites.

  • The Bookstore in the Grove hosts a weekly Friday series at 4pm with crafts & a book.
  • Books & Books Coral Gables attracts children’s authors with some regularity – schedule changes frequently, click here for an updated list.
  • Most libraries offer weekly sessions with crafts, books and/or music, click here to search for your closest location.
  • Kendale Lakes hosts a weekly Thursday evening bedtime storytime. PJs, books & quality family time. Click here for details.
  • Atarah Montessori hosts a monthly “Books for Breakfast” Sunday morning series. Munchkins watch their favorite books come to life with interactive book theater and crafts. Bonus – snacks for the little ones and coffee for the adults. 90 minutes of free fun. Click here for details.
  • Seek solace in the mall as Aventura offers a monthly character storytime featuring interactive parent and child activities presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s hospital. Click here for upcoming dates and times.

munchkin-fun-miamiMunchkin Fun Miami is Miami’s kids calendar with listings of family-friendly activities, concerts and events.

Apr 142014

tim-lee-comedianHere’s a rock-bottom price to see scientist turned comedian Tim Lee at the Miami Science Museum (now the Frost Museum of Science).

Lee, described as “what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin,” is a comedian with a doctorate in biology. His popular shows apply scientific principles to everyday life, applying a comic look at everything from the hair that collects on the bathroom soap to the relationship between sexual attraction and length of abstinence. He is known as the “YouTube Comedian.”

Lee is performing April 25-26 at the Miami Science Museum. Regular price is $26.90 to $42.50. But, with a deal from Goldstar, you can see the show for as little as $7. Get discount tickets to see Tim Lee in Miami here.

You can read about how Goldstar works and see other entertainment discounts on our Entertainment Deals page and out Entertainment page. Find more discounts on sports and concerts here.

Apr 142014

If you’re looking for a way to entertain yourself in Miami-Dade this week without spending a lot of money, we’ve got some tips for you. We’ve got the scoop on lots of free and cheap ways to have fun. Here are some of the free events scheduled this week. Some events may require advance registration, and some deals may end before the event occurs, so plan early. We’ll add more as we hear of them, and you can always find a complete list on our Calendar page. If you know of a free or cheap event you think we should add, email us at news@miamionthecheap.com.

You can get free daily email updates of all the free and cheap events, plus deals and discounts on entertainment and dining, by subscribing to our daily newsletter. For even more cheap fun, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Here are free and cheap things to do in Miami this week:

For all our coverage of the free and cheap activities surrounding Art Basel, check out our Free and Cheap Art Basel Guide.

Apr 142014

If you want to take the kids to hunt for colored eggs and see the Easter bunny, you can find free and cheap Easter egg hunts all over Miami-Dade County this weekend. Most are on Saturday, but there are a few on Sunday.  Here are nine free and cheap Miami Easter egg hunts this weekend:

  • Hialeah Egg-stravganza, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Goodlet Park, 4200 West 8th Ave., free. Egg hunt, live entertainment and food.
  • Coral Gables Eggstreme Egg Hunt and helicopter egg drop, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, five parks throughout Coral Gablesfree. Children will be ale to enjoy egg hunts at five Coral Gables parks, a helicopter egg drop at the War Memorial Youth Center, carnival, concerts, and prizes.
  • Mall of the Americas Easter Celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Mall of the Americas, 7795 W. Flagler St. Miami, FL 33144, free. Kids activities, face painting, door prizes, and music by Mix 98.3 FM. You can also visit the Easter bunny from April 16 to April 19.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza Party on Miami Beach, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 501 72nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33141., free. Crafts and photographs with the Bunny. Carnival rides and concessions sold. Egg Hunt for children 10 and younger at 11:00 am.
  • Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park Spring Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 1725 NE 135 St., North Miami, FL, 33181, $1. Easter egg hunt, face painting, prizes, and music. For kids 12 and under. Inexpensive pony rides also available in the park’s stables.
  • Village of Biscayne Park Easter Egg Hunt and more, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 11400 NE 9 St., Biscayne Park, FL, 33161, free. Easter egg hunt, hoola hoop, dance and sack race contests for prizes, live DJ, rides, arts and crafts and food for purchase from various food trucks.
  • Homestead Egg Drop, 11 a.m. Sunday, April, 20, 1034 NE 8th St, Homestead, FL 33030, free. Easter service followed by helicopter egg drop for children ages 2 to 11.
  • North Shore Park Spring Eggstravaganza and Earth Day Event, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, North Shore Park, 8101 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141, free.  The Easter egg hunt is at 11 a.m.
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Cutler Ridge Park, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 10100 SW 200 St,
    Cutler Bay, FL 33157, free. Children 9 and under can enjoy an egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, the Miami Balloon Guy, a bounce house and a DJ. The first 100 children will receive a free framed photo with the Easter Bunny.


Apr 142014

Cafe-Prima-PastaCafé Prima Pasta is celebrating its love for garlic with $4.19 specials on Saturday, April 19, for National Garlic Day.

The three garlic-infused appetizers are the Bruschetta, Italian bread topped with chopped vine-ripened tomatoes, basil and garlic (originally $9.95); Calamaretti Fritti, fresh calamari fried in a mixture of Italian bread crumbs and roasted garlic (originally $12.95) and Spinach Sautee, baby spinach sautéed in garlic served over cannellini beans (originally $9.95).

Repellent vampire cocktails will also be available for $4.19, including the Baby Prima Martini, Dracula Red Bloody Mary, Vampire Vodka Surprise and Chef Arturo’s favorite Pinot Noir.

The restaurant has a special discount menu from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day (4 p.m to 6 p.m. Sundays). 

Café Prima Pasta is at 414 71st Street, Miami Beach, FL. Phone: 305-867-0106.

Apr 142014

3d movie audienceActors Playhouse is offering free movies once a month, with screenings of vintage films on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

While the movie screenings are free, you need tickets to attend. You can get your free movie tickets here. Popular films may sell out in advance, so you may want to order early.

The films are shown at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida 33134.

Here’s the schedule of upcoming films:

  • Jan. 25-26: “A Star is Born” (1954), 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
  • March 15-16: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
  • April 19-20: “Midnight in Paris” (2011),  8 p.m. Saturday (new time) and 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • May 17-18:” The Great Gatsby” (2013),  11:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • June 28-29: “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003),  11:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.


Apr 142014

arts-in-the-parks-miami-beachMiami Beach’s Arts in the Parks, a free family-friendly arts program, is presenting free music and other arts events this spring in the city’s parks. Here is the schedule:

  • French Film Nights FREE. Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m.; Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m.; Thursday, May 8, 8 p.m.; Thursday, May 15, 8 p.m. Exostage @ Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17th St., In partnership with the French Consulate, Tigertail Productions FLA FRA Festival, and the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
  • Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m.: THE 400 BLOWS / Les quatre cents coups Directed by François Truffaut (1959), starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier and Labert Rémy.
  • Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m.: JULES AND JIM / Jules et Jim Directed by François Truffaut (1962), starring Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre.
  • Thursday, May 8, 8 p.m.: A CAT IN PARIS / Une vie de chat Directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli (2010), starring Dominique Blanc, Bruno Salomone and Jean Benguigui.
  • Thursday, May 15, 8 p.m.: THE RABBI’S CAT / Le Chat du Rabbin Directed by Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux (2011), starring François Morel, Maurice Bénichou and Hafsia Herzi.
  • International Jazz Day Concert FREE. Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave. Featuring Will Calhoun Trio and hosted by WDNA.
Apr 142014

everglades-snake-bight-trailEntry to all 392 U.S. national parks will be free April 19-20, in honor of National Parks Week. The deal includes Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, off Key West.

The National Park Service also reminds us that admission to many of our national parks, including Biscayne National Park in Miami, is always free.

You can also get in free at other national parks in Florida that charge admission. Some Florida national parks are always free.

Photo of Everglades National Park Snake Bight Trail by the National Park Service.

These are the fee-free days at U.S. National Parks for 2014:

  • Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb. 15-17, Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20, opening weekend of National Park Week
  • Aug. 25, National Park Service Birthday
  • Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11, Veterans Day
Apr 142014

big-night-in-little-haitiBig Night in Little Haiti takes place on the third Friday of the month, with children’s activities as well as artists, arts and crafts and food vendors from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free admission and free parking.

Entertainment on Friday, April 18, will be DJA-Rara, a traditional Haitian processional band, with “rara” music; and Rara Kuyu, a Haitian artist/musician.

Oscar Thomas Foundation Exhibit will be featured in the gallery.

There’s free secured parking for the event at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59 Terrace; find a detailed schedule here.


Apr 132014

SoundScapeThe SoundScape Cinema Series screens free films on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall at the New World Center’s ExoStage, corner of 17th Street and Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Movies usually are at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays but there are also some films on Thursdays.

The new season begins Oct. 2, 2013 and will continue through May 28, with a break for the winter holidays.

Upcoming films:

  • Jan. 29:  TO CATCH A THIEF (1955), Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 2ith Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
  • Feb. 5: LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002). Directed byPeter Jackson, with Elijah Wood and Ian McKellan.
  • Feb. 12: LINCOLN (2012). Directed by Steven Spielberg, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field.
  • Feb. 13 (Thursday): MARY POPPINS (1964). Directed by Robert Stevenson, with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
  • Feb. 19: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2012). Directed by Joss Whedon, with Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof.
  • Feb. 26: HELLBOY (2004). Directed by Guillermo del Toro, with Ron Perlman and Selma Blair.
  • March 5: PACIFIC RIM (2013). Directed by Guillermo del Toro, with Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam.
  • March 6 (Thursday): LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962). Directed by David Lean, with Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn.
  • March 12: GYPSY (1962). Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, with Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood.
  • March 13 (Thursday): O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU (2000). Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, with George Clooney and John Turturro.
  • March 19: LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (2013). Directed by Lee Daniels, with Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
  • March 26: DESPICABLE ME (2010). Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, with Steve Carell and Jason Segal.
  • April 2:  BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961). Directed by Blake Edwards, with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.
  • April 9: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, with Farley Granger and Robert Walker.
  • April 16: GRAVITY (2013), Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
  • April 17 (Thursday): French Film Night. THE 400 BLOWS / Les quatre cents coups. Directed by François Truffaut (1959), starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier and Labert Rémy.
  • April 23: TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997). Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, with Pierce Brosnan and Jonathan Pryce.
  • April 24 (Thursday): JULES AND JIM / Jules et Jim Directed by François Truffaut (1962), starring Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre.
  • April 30: ANNIE (1982), singalong version. Directed by John Huston, with Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett.
  • May 7:  THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013). Directed by Francis Lawrence, with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.
  • May 8 (Thursday): French Film Night. A CAT IN PARIS / Une vie de chat Directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli (2010), starring Dominique Blanc, Bruno Salomone and Jean Benguigui.
  • May 14: THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013). Directed by Alan Taylor and James Gunn, with Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.
  • May 15 (Thursday): French Film Night. THE RABBI’S CAT / Le Chat du Rabbin Directed by Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux (2011), starring François Morel, Maurice Bénichou and Hafsia Herzi.
  • May 21: IRON MAN 3 (2013). Directed by Shane Black, with Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • May 28: WORLD WAR Z (2013). Directed by Marc Forster with Brad Pitt.
Apr 132014

friday-night-movies-at-the-bandshell-freeEnjoy free movies (downloads as a .PDF) under the stars at the North Shore Park Bandshell at 7275 Collins Avenue. The family-friendly movies start at 7 p.m. The Friday night series is organized by the Miami Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information visit www.mbculture.com and www.miamibeachparks.com

Upcoming films:

  • Jan. 31: The Smurfs 2
  • Feb. 14: Lincoln
  • Feb. 21: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Feb. 28: Rudy
  • March 7: Beetlejuice
  • March 14: The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • March 21: 42
  • March 28: Dolphin Tale
  • April 11: ParaNorman
  • April 18: The Perfect Game
  • April 25: Monster House
  • May 2: The Hunger Games
  • May 9: The Hunger Games Catching Fire
  • May 16: Thor the Dark World
  • May 30: Coraline

There will be no films on Feb. 7, April 4 and May 23.

Apr 132014

movies.jpgThe Miami Jazz Society screens two free films nearly every Tuesday at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami, FL 33142.

The films are preceded by snacks and beverages from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., with the films starting at 6:15 p.m. Here’s the upcoming schedule:

  • April 8: “Small Change” and “Cinema Paradiso”
  • April 15: “The Little Colonel” and “The Private War of Major Benson”
  • April 22: “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and “The Meteor Man”
  • April 29: “Father Goose” and “The Love Bug”