Free Activities in Miami, FL
With work, kids and home responsibilities, going out to catch your favorite local bands can get tough. Enter Family Style Sundays at The Stage, a bar and live music venue in Miami’s Design District. Every Sunday from September through May, the whole family is welcome for an afternoon of music, drawing, dancing or just hanging out. Past Family Sundays have featured Easter egg hunts for kids and adults, a crawfish boil and breakdancing classes for the little ones. Admission is free but of course you pay for anything you consume at the bar. It’s a great place to unwind, whether you have kids or not, before Monday hits again.
Inhale, exhale and relax with free yoga in downtown Miami. Bayfront Park offers free 75-minute sessions taught by a certified yoga instructor on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never practiced yoga before; people at all levels of their yoga practice are welcome. Bring a mat, a towel and plenty of water. Classes are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park also offers free self-defense classes right after the weeknight yoga classes. And if Bayfront Park is not convenient for you, check the Free Yoga Foundation offers classes in other parks around town.
Retreat into the beautiful 4.5-acres that make up the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens for a relaxing time alone or with friends and family. Admission to the gardens is free all the time so you get to enjoy it at your convenience. Stroll through the peaceful landscape of tropical plants and trees, orchids and don't miss the living wall, the Japanese gardens and the autograph tree, a tree that has been signed by several celebrities that have visited the park. The garden sometimes holds events that are free of charge so make sure to check its calendar to find out what's happening on the grounds.
Every third Friday of the month, the Miami Children's Museum opens the doors to all of its interactive exhibits and galleries for free. Children and their moms -- or dads -- can take part in a variety of fun activities like craft projects, story time and more. Kids will also love the museum's visiting exhibits, like the recent Mr. Potato Head exhibit. If you work during the day, you can still visit the museum after work. Third Fridays takes place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Make an evening out of it as you get started with your weekend.
For a taste of Latin culture in Miami, pay a visit to Viernes Culturales (cultural Fridays). A monthly street festival started in 2000, this street party highlights the best of Miami's Little Havana. The famous Calle Ocho (8th Street) is closed off to traffic so pedestrians can stroll and take in the art around them. Several stages located along the stretch feature local bands, as well as free dance classes. The surrounding galleries feature local art and you may also catch dance troupes doing capoeira or African dance. It's a festive affair and one that features the richness of Miami's culture. The festival takes place the last Friday of every month from 6:30 to 11 p.m.