These free events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. will take place during the holiday weekend:
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Liberty City starts at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, along Northwest 54th Street from 10th to 32nd avenues, and ends with a celebration at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 6000 NW 32nd Ave. Expect to see high school marching bands, athletes and cheerleaders, floats, cars, fire trucks, local politicians, union leaders, activists, and dancers. Once the parade reaches the park, revelers can enjoy food, activities for kids, and a variety of vendors and entertainment. For more info, call 305-835-2464
MADD About Nomi: The Community Redevelopment Agency of North Miami will honor King at the “MADD About Nomi” event from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. The free event will feature R&B artist Angie Stone and other local entertainment. The event will be at the MOCA Plaza. It will include barbecue from local chefs, a “Hungry Black Man’s Mac and Cheese Showdown” competition, workshops and food demonstrations, kids’ zone with arts and crafts (3 to 6 p.m., all kids must be accompanied by an adult), entertainment by local youth groups (4 to 7 p.m.) food pavilion (5 to 8 p.m.). Angie Stone will perform at 8 p.m. Get free tickets here.
The annual MLK Business Expo will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Cutler Bay. Attend this free community event and learn about products and services in South Dade, network with key business professionals, gain insight on a wealth of government services and find out the latest on real estate, personal finance, tax breaks and more. There also will be refreshments, entertainment and raffles. The event will be at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 10701 SW 184th St, Cutler Bay, FL 33157.
The 8th annual “Florida City, Love Yourself” involves more than 150 volunteers who will beautify Florida City and revitalize three homes, helping Branches families in need. Volunteers will also work on various projects at Florida City Elementary. The activities will take place from 7:30 am to 2 pm on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, around Branches Florida City, which is located at 129 SW 5th Ave., Florida City. Breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-442-8306 x1002.
The 5th annual SoMi lights MLK day of service involves more than 100 volunteers who will clean up the neighborhood. Projects will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 pm on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, near Branches South Miami at Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 6316 SW 59th Place, South Miami. Breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided. For more information, please contact email@example.com or 305-442-8306 x1002.
Gospel Shabbat-Legato Vocal Ensemble celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with music from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., in Coral Gables. 305-667-5657.
MLK Day of Service in Allapattah involves volunteers who will work on projects in the community. Register to volunteer here.
Free concert about jazz and civil rights at Coral Gables Congregational Church.
Free entry to national parks on Monday, Jan. 15.