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Free and cheap things to do on Labor Day weekend

The three-day Labor Day weekend is upon us and we’re here to help you plan an inexpensive way to spend it!

Lots of free events, including live music, and opportunities for discounts are offered in Miami-Dade, Broward and greater Palm Beach.

Free & Inexpensive Fun in Miami-Dade

  • Friday, Sept. 2 is the first Friday of the month and therefore Gables Gallery Night, one of Miami’s longest-running free events. Click here to learn more about this fun art-filled night in Downtown Coral Gables. It includes free entry into the Coral Gables Museum and into most of the art galleries around the neighborhood.
  • Keep the art-filled theme going on Saturday, Sept. 3 because that’s the first Saturday of the month and if you’re a Bank of America cardholder you can take advantage of free entry into several museums around Miami. Click here to learn more about Bank of America’s Museums on Us Program.

  • Have some fun two-wheeling it at one of our many bike trails throughout Miami. There are several on the island of Key Biscayne, in Coconut Grove, at Oleta State Park and Everglades National Park and even at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah. Click here to plan ahead and pick your favorite one.
  • Enjoy free admission to Gold Coast Railroad Museum on Sat., Sept. 3, their monthly “First Saturday of the Month” special. Click here for details.
  • Visit Deering Estate and take advantage of their $5 Labor Day weekend admission price on Sat., Sept. 3 or Sunday Sept. 4. Explore their extensive, lush grounds with bay vistas and expansive wildlife. Make a day of it! Click here for all the info. 

There’s all this and given that we’re in Miami, there’s always… the beach!

Free & Inexpensive Fun in Broward

Fun with Trains

Plantation Historical Museum offers free entry & running model railroad displays including September 3, when cartoon trains are featured, 511 N. Fig Tree Lane,  Plantation 33317, 954-797-2722

Festival in Fort Lauderdale

Waterslides. Auto Show. Kids Zone. Live entertainment including Queen of Kings and Studio 54. The fun is 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. September 3 at North Beach Restaurants & Shoppes in Fort Lauderdale. Feature: Free entry for festival in Fort Lauderdale Labor Day weekend

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Hollywood Broadwalk. Photo/Hollywood CRA

Hollywood bandshell

Popular local bands perform steps from the surf, weather permitting.  Free live music at Hollywood Bandshell includes 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on Hollywood Broadwalk. The entertainment is free. Beach parking fees apply.

Live Jazz in Fort Lauderdale

Soak in the entertainment and a relaxing vibe first Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free live jazz on Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale.

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Music in Margate

Roll The Stones performs Rolling Stones favorites 6 p.m. September 3, with food trucks on site. It’s at Margate sports complex, 1695 Banks Road, Margate. Feature: Free live music in Margate

Bubbles

An outdoor display of bubbles is offered at Dania Pointe shopping and dining plaza in Dania Beach. The displays are presented 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the hour September 3, 4 and 5, and it’s free. Feature: Dania Pointe offers ‘Bubble Bash’

Home Design & Remodeling Show

 Fort Lauderdale Home Design & Remodeling Show is an indoor expo September 2-5 featuring hundreds of exhibitors. Entry is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $1 for kids 4 to 12. Parking fees are extra. Venue: Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 

 

Free & Inexpensive Fun in Greater Palm Beach

Delray Art Walk Photo/Delray Downtown Development Authority

Art Walk & Art Trail in Downtown Delray

Delight in the Delray arts district, featuring outdoor public art displays, artists studios, galleries and other art venues. Feature: Art Trail & First Friday Art Walks in DelrayFirst Friday Art Walks in Delray

Live music in Boynton

Boynton Beach offers “First Fridays @ 5” events with live entertainment and fun. The free events include fun activities for kids and food trucks. Featured entertainment September 2 is The People Upstairs, performing party funk, reggae, rock and Latin tunes. It’s 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Boynton Beach Amphitheater, 120 E. Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach

 Grandview Public in West Palm Beach 

Live music & yoga are free weekends at Grandview Public food hall in West Palm Beach. Feature: Grandview offers live music, yoga and other fun.

Free entry at Boca Raton Museum of Art

Regular fees are waived and entry is free September 3 and 4 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton 33432, 561-392-2500

 

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Other things to do Labor Day weekend 

Tri-Rail offers $5 all-day fares on weekends & holidays

Scenic parks and natural areas in South Florida, plenty are free

Farmers markets & vendor fairs feature food, vintage wares & handmade goods

National Cinema Day: Sept. 3 movie tickets for $3

More free and cheap entertainment:

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park

Dream car classic in Hollywood

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

South Florida Garlic Fest

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $17.00-50.00 | Wellington Village Park

Kids' Graffiti Drawing Class

10:00 am | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Sunday Stories

10:30 am to 11:30 am | FREE | Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Greek Festival in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 7:00 pm | $5.00 | St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Bluegrass festival and acoustic jam

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Greynolds Park

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, February 6, 2023

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Comedy Night

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00 | Arts Garage

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | FREE | Stranahan Park

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Jazz at Jackson

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Perez Museum Floating Film

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

GOGO MOAD Art Making Workshop

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00 | IS Projects

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Friday, February 10, 2023

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

FREE | Seminole Hard Rock

Night market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live entertainment in Pompano

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Lawn at Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard

Jam on percussion for free

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Tunes 'n Trucks in Sunrise

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | City Park

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free outdoor film in Weston

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Weston Regional Park

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Boca Raton Beer Wine & Spirits Fest

Discounted | Mizner Park in Boca

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

FREE | Seminole Hard Rock

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Sensory Friendly Saturday

9:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Miami Children’s Museum

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Family Fest: Rita Finds Home

1:30 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Family Day free admission

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free GOGO MOAD Family Art Fun

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Surfside Town Hall

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Deep Fried Funk in Weston

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

More Miami-Dade events

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pinecrest Gardens

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

8:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Kids' Graffiti Drawing Class

10:00 am | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Sunday Stories

10:30 am to 11:30 am | FREE | Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Merrick Park

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Bluegrass festival and acoustic jam

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Greynolds Park

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, February 6, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Market Tuesdays at CityPlace Doral

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | CityPlace Doral

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Jazz at Jackson

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Perez Museum Floating Film

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Friday, February 10, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Jam on percussion for free

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Potter In Residence

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wolfsonian-FIU

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

All Day | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Sensory Friendly Saturday

9:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Miami Children’s Museum

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Family Fest: Rita Finds Home

1:30 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Family Day free admission

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Canes Baseball Fan Fest

4:00 pm | FREE | Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

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About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami, Biscayne Times, Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL.

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