Six Free Things to Do in January 2014

By: Dalia Colon


The holidays were a time for overindulgence. But let’s get back on track in the new year. Here are some things to do that are so fun, you won’t feel the pinch.

On Jan. 1 at 9 a.m., catch a reenactment of the first commercial airline flight in St. Petersburg. The plane will take off from Vinoy Yacht Basin and land at Peter O. Knight Airport.

All the world’s a stage, and in the Miami area, the performances are free. On select afternoons and evenings in Hollywood and Pinecrest Gardens, pack a picnic and catch Shakespeare in the Park.

For a doggone good time, grab your four-legged friend for a free Pet Walk PUP Crawl through St. Augustine. These historic walking tours are offered on the second Saturday of each month, including Jan. 11.

In mid-January, the Sarasota Keys Piano Project will place six pianos on the sidewalks of downtown Sarasota so the public can tickle the ivories.

Barbecue lovers will be like pigs in mud at Lakeland’s annual PigFest. The event takes place Jan. 24 and 25, and the free admission includes live music. Of course, you’ll want to bring along some cash so you can pig out.

On Jan. 25, the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee celebrates its annual Children’s Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to free admission, guests can enjoy live performances, face painting, balloon animals and more.

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