Jun 182012

On Monday, June 25, at 6 p.m., Whole Foods Market promises to teach you how to pack the perfect picnic. This free class features fast, easy recipes. Space is limited. To register, call 305-421-9421 or visit Customer Service at 6701 Red Rd., Coral Gables.

Feb 122011

Love and romance are great.  Also great —  plenty of ways to spend Valentine’s Day weekend in South Florida without forking over a fortune.

We’ve put together a mix-and-match assortment of free and cheap activities to savor with your favorite sweethearts. Or just take a friend.

Miami-Dade County
  • Free outdoor music: Latin jazz artist Kiki Sanchez  performs as part of the Noches Tropicales concerts at 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 11  at Tropical Park, 7900 S.W. 40th St., Miami,  305-271-0812.
  • Guided Nature Walks: 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturdays at Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway, N. Miami. Fee is $3 a person. Reservations are required, 305-945-3425.
  • Flying kites: Seaside kite-flying 10 a.m. to sunset every day at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave. Skyward Kites sells kites, windsocks and wind spinners for $5 and up, 305-893-0906 or 305-947-3525.
Broward County
  • Stargazing: The Fox Observatory in Markham Park  is free on Saturdays after dusk, weather permitting. Members of the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association are available to assist with the equipment, 954-357-8868.
  • Free music with a fabulous ocean backdrop at Hollywood Beach Theatre at Johnson Street on Hollywood’s Broadwalk 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Valentine’s Day, Andrea G performs.  Other free concerts at the theater are Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12. Also, the theater offers free music Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Palm Beach County
  • Free Valentine’s theme musical show: Love American Style, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real in Boca Raton, 561-393-7827. Bring a chair, or rent a chair for $2.
  • Picnic & music: Pre-order a picnic basket of treats for two from Whole Foods at Downtown at the Gardens,  11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. in Palm Beach Gardens. Prices are  $15.99 to $19.99.  Folks who purchased the picnic brunches  are invited to stroll over to Downtown Park  for the Valentine’s Day Jazz Brunch Sunday, Feb. 13, noon to 2 p.m., 561-340-1600.

For a deal on Valentine’s Day dining, about 55 participating Pollo Tropical restaurants in South Florida are offering two dinners for $9.99 on Feb. 14.  To receive the offer, text SWEETHEART to 30241.   The deal is available at  company-owned restaurant in Florida.

Nov 052010

On Saturday, Nov. 6, from 2 to 6 p.m., Total Body Wellness Center of Miami Lakes offers free health screenings.
Get your blood pressure, BMI and HIV status checked. Mammograms are available by appointment.
Also offered for free are food and fun (bounce houses, face painting and more).
Donations accepted for the Gildiana Foundation benefitting children with cancer.
It all happens at Royal Oaks Park Lot B, 16500 NW 87 Ave., Miami Lakes. More information at 786 235-9096.

Sep 082010

Miami New Times is hosting another tweetup on Friday, Sept. 10 in Miami Beach. Head over to Picnic between 7 and 9 p.m. for the get-together, and enjoy a free open bar hosted by Bacardi and Don Q. There will be free light bites as well.

Picnic is located at 1400 20th Street, in Miami Beach.

Click here to RSVP.

Aug 102010

Miami Beach Appreciation Day at Picnic means free light bites and an open bar at the restaurant this Thursday, Aug. 12.

Picnic is a New York style diner on South Beach, and the owners want to thank Miami Beach residents, and other locals for their patronage.

The event,  running from 7 to 10:30 p.m., is branded as a chance to unwind among local neighbors at a top neighborhood diner.

Free food and bev from 7 to 8 p.m.

Picnic Miami is located at 1400 20th St corner of Bay Rd, in Miami Beach.

Jul 012010

Fourth of July (a.k.a. Independence Day) is right around the corner, and there’s no shortage of cheap, family friendly, fire-cracking things to do in and around the Magic City.

Here are some of the events scheduled. All are free or wallet-friendly.

First up: Miami Beach’s Fire on the Fourth. The Greater Miami Youth Symphony will provide the soundtrack to Miami Beach’s July 4th Celebration this year.  The youths will perform a variety of patriotic and American selections, and perform alongside with Elizabeth Caballero from Florida Grand Opera on Sunday, July 4.

The free event kicks off at 8pm at 8th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, but you’re encouraged to arrive early. Bring your beach chairs and towels.Free bus shuttle transportation will be available from 5  to 11 p.m. from Collins Avenue and 72nd-81st streets to Washington Avenue and 11th St. For more information, call 305.673.7400, visit www.miamibeachfl.gov or the Greater Miami Youth Symphony website  and/or check out the event promo on Youtube.

In the city of Miami, check out  America’s Birthday Bash Celebration at Bayfront Park. It’s free. The park is open all day, and the free Kids’ Zone runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fireworks shoot up starting at 9 p.m.

The park is located at 301 N. Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. You’re encouraged to use public transportation—Metrorail and/or MetroMover are probably best—since parking will be limited.

As we posted earlierCoconut Grove is having an all-weekend cirque-themed festival called “Cirque Du Grove: A Busker’s Carnival.” There will be fireworks as well. Those happen during the Grove’s 4th annual 4th of July Celebration. The fun — by fun we mean hot dog eating contests, picnics, a wild boar roast off competition and a free concert — takes place all over the Grove between 11 a.m. and showtime on Sunday, July 4. Fireworks kick off sometime between  sundown and 10 p.m. at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarland Road, Miami.

There are also events in Homestead, North Miami Beach,  Aventura, Hialeah and a bunch of other cool places across South Florida. Check out these Fourth guides for the deets for other events.

Miami New Times

Miami.com Fireworks

Miami.com Non-Firework festivities

Jul 022009

fireworks2Tons of free fun is planned in Miami-Dade on Saturday, July 4. Here are a few of the larger celebrations:

* Coconut Grove plans to party all day. A scavenger hunt for painted coconut begins at 3:15 p.m. A free concert at Peacock Park is at 4 p.m., with music by Ryan Stone Music, First October, JT4 and Campo Deluxe Jazz Quartet. Fireworks start about 9 p.m. A street party goes on into the night and the next day. The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce has all the details, including hotel specials for those who want to stay over.

* Miami Beach: Fireworks display at 9 p.m. at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive, plus an all-day expo on the beach.

* Key Biscayne Fourth of July Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Crandon Boulevard. The Old-Fashioned Picnic follows on the Village Green. Fireworks at the beach begin at sunset.

* Bayfront Park, Miami. America’s Birthday Bash includes fireworks shot from a barge in Biscayne Bay at 9 p.m. Food and beverages for sale, free Kids’ Zone 3 to 7 p.m.

* Hialeah. Free concert by Carlos Oliva y Los Sobrinos del Juez at 6:30 p.m., followed by laser show and fireworks display at Milander Park, 4700 Palm Ave.

* North Miami: Event starts at 6 p.m. with concert of patriotic songs by the North Miami Community Concert Band and games for children, ending with fireworks at 9 p.m. at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151 St.