Patti Roth, a veteran Broward freelance writer, is the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap. Patti, who has lived in Florida since her teenage years, was previously a staffer at the Sun-Sentinel for about 14 years. As a freelancer, she’s written for many publications, including The Miami Herald, Florida Travel and Life, New Times, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and

May 262015
jungle queen

Groupon is offering discounts for the popular Jungle Queen sightseeing boat tour in Fort Lauderdale.

The discount prices and information about the deals are on the links

More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.


May 262015
deerfield beach wine and food festival

Tickets to Deerfield Beach Wine and Food Festival are offered at discount prices.

The deals from Groupon and Living Social are featured on the links.


Living Social

The festival with entertainment and kids activities is May  30 at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road,  Deerfield Beach.


May 262015

Plenty of parents are browsing for free things to do with kids during their school break, and a shopping venue in north Broward is offering Fundays events.

The free events at Festival Flea Market Mall are 10 a.m. to noon Mondays June 8 to August 17 for kids ages 5 to 12. Different themes are featured, with games, activities and art projects. Lunch is provided for the kids.

To participate, kids need to be accompanied by a parent, and reservations are requested by sending a note to

Festival Flea Market mall, 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach, 954-979-4555, ext 135

May 252015
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Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach is offering Splashtacular festivities at the waterpark, with a fee of $6 a person.

The event is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 5. Babies 12 months and younger enter for free.  Reservations are required, 954-357-5100 or  online.

The event at Splash Adventure waterpark includes bounce house, games and popcorn. Quiet Waters Park is at 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach.



May 252015
broward animal department

Inexpensive rabies shots for Broward pets are offered at occasional events, usually at public parks, presented by Broward animal officials.

The events, which are only for Broward residents, include 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation.

Rabies shots and microchips are offered.

The fees are —

$25 for vaccination and tags for dogs and cats that are spayed or neutered

$35 for non-neutered pets

$15 for microchip

Information about occasional events with  inexpensive rabies shots offered by  Broward Animal Care and Adoption are on the website.

The low-cost rabies vaccinations are for pets of Broward residents, and only debit and credit cards are accepted.  Dogs need to be on leashes and cats need to be in carriers.


May 242015

Free family-friendly films are shown free at participating Paragon theaters, including Paragon Ridge 8 in southwest Broward

The free movies are 10 a.m. most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 23 to August 21 at the theater, 9200 State Road 84, Davie, 954-472-4940, with seating offered first come first served.

The free movies are —

“Rio 2″ June 23 to June 25

“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ June 30 to July 2

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” July 7 to July 9

“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” July 14 to July 16

“Penguins of Madagascar” July 21 to July 23

“Night of the Museum: Secret ” July 28 to July 30

“Book of Life” August 4 to August 6

“The Croods” August 11 to August 13

“Epic” August 18 to August 20

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May 232015


BSM_FB_banner.inddIf you’re in the military, you and your family can get free admission to museums across the country from Memorial Day (May 25) to Labor Day (Sept. 7) in 2015 through the Blue Star Museums program.

The program is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, plus more than 2,000 museums. You can read the rules and find participating museums here.

These are the museums with free admission for the military and their families through the Blue Star Museums program in South Florida in 2015.



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May 232015
dive-in movies pompano beach

With a refreshing pool as an appealing venue, Pompano Beach is offering several events featuring free films.

The dive-in movie events are at the pool at 901 NW 10th St., Pompano Beach, 954-786-4116

The events are

8 p.m. June 5, Journey 2 “The Mysterious Island”

8 p.m. July 17, “Are We Done Yet”

8 p.m. August 14 “Remember The Titans”





May 232015
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In the beach town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, bands perform at free outdoor events in a plaza steps from the surf.

The free music performances, weather permitting, include 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. May 22 and May 29 at the plaza known as Anglin’s Square.

The plaza, within a quaint downtown area of shops and restaurants,  is on Commercial Boulevard at El Mar Drive.



May 212015

Free events and deals on activities and entertainment offer budget-friendly things to do for the weekend in Broward. That includes free music performances, free movies and discounts for popular attractions. To keep up with latest news on deals, discounts and free events in South Florida, sign up for the daily Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. These are free events and deals for the weekend in Broward.

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May 212015
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Listen or play along at free jamming events at parks in north Broward and South Broward.

The events are free for participating musicians and those who want to listen.

  • Secret Woods, fourth Sundays of most months, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.,including May 24

Secret Woods,  2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach, 954-357-8884,

  •  Fern Forest, second Sundays of most months, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. including June

201 Lyons Road, South, Coconut Creek, 954-357-5198,