Patti Roth

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

Jul 272015
fl museum

Sometimes it’s nice to skip the ticket line and stroll into an attraction for free.

The Museums On Us program offers free entry the first weekend of each month at participating museums, including several in South Florida, with eligible Bank of America or Merrill Lynch accounts. It’s a good idea to phone ahead, especially on a holiday weekend, to be sure the museum is open and participating in the program the day you want to go.

The free access requires an appropriate credit or debit card.

Participating museums in Broward are:

Participating museum in Palm Beach is:

Participating museums in Miami-Dade are:

It’s a good idea to phone a particular museum to be sure they are participating the day you intend to go to make sure it is still participating in the program.


Jul 272015

Live bands perform at a free event this weekend in Deerfield Beach.

In addition to music, the event includes art vendors, food vendors and an auto show.

Deerfield Beach County Music Festival, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. August 1, is at the Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 S.E. 21st Avenue, Deerfield Beach, 954-480-4429

Performers include —

  • Maggie Baugh 12 p.m.
  • Nash Carey Band 1:30 p.m.
  • Ocoee River Band 3:15 p.m.
  • Samantha Russell Band 5:15 p.m.
  • Drake White and the Big Fire 7:30 p.m.
Jul 252015
food truck events

by Patti Roth

For a great outdoor activity to savor lovely South Florida weather, several food truck events are offered in Broward, including Hollywood, Tamarac and Plantation.

Some of the events include music, or other entertainment.  Most food truck events are free to attend, with food for purchase.

Jul 252015

For National Lasagna Day, participating Brio restaurants are offering a discount on lasagna dishes.

The offer is valid for dine-in patrons July 28, while supplies last.

Brio restaurants in South Florida include


  • Gulfstream Park, 600 Silks Run, Suite 1205,  Hallandale Beach, 954-362-1600
  • The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, 14576 SW 5th Street,  Pembroke Pines, 954-431-1341
  • 499 South University Drive,  Plantation, 954-370-0491

Palm Beach

  • Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle,  Boca Raton, 561-392-3777
  • Gardens Mall 3101 PGA Blvd.,  Palm Beach Gardens, 561-622-0491
  • CityPlace 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-835-1511


  • The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St. Miami, 305-234-0012




Jul 242015

Eligible electronic equipment, school supplies and apparel are sold without state sales tax during a tax-free event in Florida.

The tax-free shopping week is August 7 to August 16 for back-to-school and other purchases.

During the week, eligible items are exempt from the regular 6 percent Florida sales tax.

Qualifying items include

  • eligible apparel, shoes, backpacks, purses and accessories that are $100 or less per item
  • eligible school supplies that are $15 or less per item
  • the first $750 for eligible desktops, laptops, tablets and accessories such as printers and flash drives purchased for personal use



Jul 232015

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.

Special events and monthly events

Free events, most weekends

Low-cost events & deals

Also in South Florida

Food and dining deals in Broward

Miami weekend roundup of free and cheap events

Free activities and deals in Boca Raton and Greater Palm Beach

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

Jul 232015
humane society foster

In an effort to link adorable pets with wonderful families, animal shelters in Broward are offering adoption deals.

Broward animal officials are waiving adoption fees for kitties in July and offering a name-your-price deal for adopting dogs.

The fee-free adoptions include kittens and cats at Broward Animal Care and Adoption, 1870 S.W. 39 St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-359-1349

The Humane Society of Broward in Dania Beach is featuring half-price adoption deals and gift cards in July for adoptable dogs and cats residing in foster homes.

The discount is $12.50 for cats and $50 for dogs. Browse the adoptable pets on the Humane Society website using the “Adopt” tab.  The pets that are part of the foster program are designated  “In a Foster Home”.  To meet the pets you’re interested in in person, phone  954-989-3977 ext. 6

The shelter is at 2070 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, 954-989-3977 and some of the Humane Society  pets are at PETCO, 9960 Glades Road, Boca Raton.

Photo/Humane Society of Broward

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Jul 232015

If you and your dogs enjoy being out and about, indoor events for people and pets are offered in Fort Lauderdale.

The events are at Galleria mall,  2414 East Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale,  954-564-1036

  • August 12, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Forever Homes Pet Adoption Expo showcasing pets from an assortment of local shelters and rescue groups
  • August 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fashion Hounds, pet-and-owner fashion event. Participants pay $25 to register, event includes prizes for Best Dog Walk, Best Dressed, Dynamic Duo and Best in Show. Proceeds from registration fees go to pet rescue organizations.  Sign up at
  • August 26 5 p.m.  Bow Wow 100 Photograph Gallery: Bow Wow 100 Photograph Gallery, a Broward 100 event.  Showcases a social media initiative of shoppers who post images of their pups to Instagram and Facebook using #GalleriaFtLaudDogDays.  The top 100 images will be included in the on-mall photo installation.

Dogs who attend the events must be friendly and on leashes.


Jul 232015
rio 2

Films for kids and their families are shown for free in Pembroke Pines.

The movies are 10 a.m. most Saturdays in July and August in the theater at River of Grass ArtsPark, 17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, 954-986-5027

The movies are PG or G rated. No food or beverages are allowed in the theater.

  • July 25, Despicable Me 2
  • August 1, The Smurfs
  • August 8, Rio 2
  • August 15, Planes: Fire and Rescue
  • August 22, Worms

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Jul 222015

produceShoppers who are picky about produce are treated to an assortment of outdoor and indoor set-ups in Broward. Some farmers markets are occasional events embellished with free music and other activities. Others are more like regular stores that are accessible every day. If you’re venturing out to a specific farmers market, it’s a good idea to phone first because dates, hours and locations sometimes are modified.



  • Hollywood, Josh’s Organic Garden, 101 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, year-round 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. most Sundays, 954-456-3276
  • Las Olas Sunday Market,  year-round at 333 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, most Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Yellow Green Farmers Market, indoor venue, year-round 1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 954-513-3990
  • Tamarac Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. most Sundays, 7825 Southgate Blvd., 954-540-6593 or 954-597-3620

Other specific days


Most days

  • Brothers Farmers Market, year-round at 4191 N State Road 7, Hollywood, 954-962-9250 and 6807 Stirling Road, Davie, 954-585-2225, Davie
  • Flamingo Road Nursery and Farmers Market, year-round at  1655 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. . 954-235-9397
  • Marando Farms, 1401 SW First Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, year-round, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, 954-294-2331
  • Stiles Farmers Market, 5920 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, year-round, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays
  • SW Ranches Farmers Market, 5150 S Flamingo Road, Southwest Ranches, 754-423-3786, Fridays, Saturdays Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

If you’d like to suggest other farmers markets in Broward, please send the information to


Jul 212015
sophie rollerskates

For a price break on a fun activity,  Galaxy Skateway venues in Broward offer $6 skating Wednesdays.

The $6 deal is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. most Wednesdays and includes skates.

Galaxy Skateway rinks are in North Lauderdale and Davie.

North Lauderdale, 7500 Southgate Blvd., 954-721-0580

Davie, 3737 N. Davie Road Extension,  954-435-3300

artwork by Sophie Roth-Knigin

Jul 212015

The Funtastic Fridays For Kids events in downtown Hollywood feature free activities such as bounce houses and face painting.

The events are 5 p.m. to 8  p.m. most Fridays at ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard at U.S. 1. While at the park, you might want to take advantage of free family-friendly movies  most Fridays at 8 p.m.

For information, phone 954-921-3500

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