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Free & cheap things to do this weekend in Miami & South Florida

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Miami – well, all of South Florida, really – always has plenty of options for the weekend. 

We continuously update this post to bring you new picks for free and cheap things to do to enjoy your weekend, whether you want to be indoors or out, accompanied or flying solo.

Whatever you choose, here’s hoping you get to unwind from the long work week and have fun. Have a good weekend! 

FREE & CHEAP THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN MIAMI

Look up at the sky! It’s Kitetober!

Expect the skies over Haulover Beach Park to get quite colorful on Saturday, Oct. 23, during the annual Kitetober Festival. From noon to 5 p.m., spectators can take in kites of all colors, shapes and sizes as they soar high above. There will even be giant show kites.

The event – presented by Skyward Kites and Miami-Dade County’s Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department – invites people to watch or participate. Spectators are invited to bring a blanket, enjoy the sights, listen to music and buy food, drinks – even kites will be available for purchase!

Admission is free, but there’s a $7 parking fee. The park is at 10800 Collins Ave. Click here for more information.

Ranky Tanky. (Photo courtesy of Jay Gilbert)

Have a Backyard Bash!

It’s finally time for the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s annual Backyard Bash!

Kicking off SMDCAC’s season, the free annual celebration is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the concert lawn and plaza, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. 

The headliners: the Grammy Award-winning quintet, Ranky Tanky. This Charleston, S.C.-based band perform “timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands,” according to the organizers.

So bring your lawn chairs and blankets – but leave the coolers at home – and get ready for some tunes! While admission is free, a ticket is required for all ages. Click here for more information.

Get spooky with the symphony

The Alhambra Orchestra will go live this year with its annual Spooky Symphony Halloween concert.

After organizing a virtual show in 2020, the orchestra is now scheduled to perform before an audience at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St.

Presented in collaboration with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and The Children’s Trust, the Spooky Symphony is a free, one-hour performance featuring “frightful and fantastical movie themes and eerie classics,” according to organizers. 

But don’t worry, the works are appropriate for young audiences. In fact, families are invited to attend in costume, if they so choose! Click here for more information.

Drive to Miami International Auto Show 

Yes, we mentioned this one last week, but we know how much car enthusiasts were looking forward to this event – so here it is again!

The Miami International Auto Show began last week and is taking place every day through Sunday, Oct. 24. Presented by the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, the event typically features more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, displaying cars, trucks, vans, sport utility vehicles, hybrids and concept vehicles by the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. 

Regular admission is $13 for age 12 and older, $6 for children age 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger. A few special ticket offers will be available. Click here for more information.

Looking for similar types of events throughout the rest of the year? Check out our Miami guide to fun events every month in 2021! 

 

Staff writer Noelani Soto contributed to this report. 

 

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Find free and cheap things to do this weekend in Broward here.

 

More Free & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend

Friday, October 22, 2021

Miami International Auto Show

All Day | $6.00-13.00 | Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Spa Months

All Day | Discounted

Miami Sweet

All Day | $0-29.00 | Aventura Mall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Halloween Goodie Bag

FREE | Dolphin Mall

Haunted Circus Miami

Tropical Park

Nightmare at the Curtiss Mansion

$29.00 | Curtiss Mansion

House of Horror Haunted Carnival

Miami International Mall

No Way Out Haunted City Miami

$25.00 | Westland Mall

The Berry Farms Harvest Festival

$9.00-17.00 | The Berry Farms

The Vampire Circus

$40.00 | Aventura Mall

Hogwharf

FREE | The Wharf Miami

The Little Farm Fall Festival

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $12.00 | Little Farm

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

Haunted Circus Miami

5:00 pm to 12:00 am | Discounted | Tropical Park

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Dinner and a Show at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Miami International Auto Show

All Day | $6.00-13.00 | Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Spa Months

All Day | Discounted

Miami Sweet

All Day | $0-29.00 | Aventura Mall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Halloween Goodie Bag

FREE | Dolphin Mall

Haunted Circus Miami

Tropical Park

Nightmare at the Curtiss Mansion

$29.00 | Curtiss Mansion

House of Horror Haunted Carnival

Miami International Mall

No Way Out Haunted City Miami

$25.00 | Westland Mall

The Berry Farms Harvest Festival

$9.00-17.00 | The Berry Farms

The Vampire Circus

$40.00 | Aventura Mall

Hogwharf

FREE | The Wharf Miami

Upper Eastside farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Virtual

Fairchild's Mango Days of Summer

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

The Little Farm Fall Festival

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $12.00 | Little Farm

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

Witches of Westward

11:00 am to 8:30 pm | $6.00-10.00 | South Miami

Free Kite Festival

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Haunted Circus Miami

5:00 pm to 12:00 am | Discounted | Tropical Park

Free guided tours of art in the Design District

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Fly’s Eye Dome

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free Backyard Bash concert

7:00 pm | Discounted | South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

Live Music Saturdays at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $8.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Miami International Auto Show

All Day | $6.00-13.00 | Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Spa Months

All Day | Discounted

Miami Sweet

All Day | $0-29.00 | Aventura Mall

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Halloween Goodie Bag

FREE | Dolphin Mall

Haunted Circus Miami

Tropical Park

Nightmare at the Curtiss Mansion

$29.00 | Curtiss Mansion

House of Horror Haunted Carnival

Miami International Mall

No Way Out Haunted City Miami

$25.00 | Westland Mall

The Berry Farms Harvest Festival

$9.00-17.00 | The Berry Farms

The Vampire Circus

$40.00 | Aventura Mall

Hogwharf

FREE | The Wharf Miami

Free community bike ride

6:30 am | FREE | Jungle Plaza

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

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

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

Lincoln Road Mall market

9:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road

Fairchild's Mango Days of Summer

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

The Little Farm Fall Festival

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $12.00 | Little Farm

Deering Seafood Festival: discount

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Deering Estate

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

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

Witches of Westward

11:00 am to 8:30 pm | $6.00-10.00 | South Miami

Hocus Pocus Screening

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm | $5.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

Spooky Symphony

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Miami-Dade County Auditorium

Spooky Symphony Halloween concert by Alhambra Orchestra

4:00 pm | FREE | Miami-Dade County Auditorium

Haunted Circus Miami

5:00 pm to 12:00 am | Discounted | Tropical Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

More Events This Weekend

These events are submitted by readers, venues and event organizers and are not necessarily free or cheap.

 

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About Melina

Melina I. De Rose is a veteran editor and communications specialist with a special love for all things Miami. The longtime resident spent 22 years at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in roles such as section editor, department head, social media specialist and web producer. Melina has much experience in the freebies-and-bargains arena, having edited the popular Sun Sentinel feature, “Doreen’s Deals,” for many years. She also is editor of ArtburstMiami.com, a media hub for local music, theater, dance, visual arts and independent arts coverage. Contact her at editor@miamionthecheap.com.

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