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

Feb 092016
ren fest

Our readers are eligible to win free tickets offered exclusively to us from the nice folks at Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

The popular event is Saturdays and Sundays at Quiet Waters Park to  March 27, and Presidents Day February 15.

Entering is easy, and two winners, each receiving a family four-pack of tickets, are selected by a random lottery. In the comments section for this post, write a note about your favorite feature of the Renaissance Festival, or mention another favorite event or activity in South Florida. Include an email address where we’ll reach you if you win.  Entries are due midnight February 12. You must be a subscriber to to win. If you’re not already signed up for the e-mail newsletters, subscribe using this link or use the Subscribe Me button on the right side of the main page.

Good luck. You might also want to read Discounts for Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

The event includes merchants, artisans and performers  showcasing food, activities and entertainment from the Renaissance Era. Regular prices are $9 plus fees for kids ages 6 to 11 and $21 plus fees for adults and kids 12 and older. Weekend park entry fee at Quiet Waters Park is separate, $1.50 a person for ages 6 and older.

The park is at 401 S Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach  33442, 954-357-5100



Feb 092016
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Food trucks and entertainment are featured at free outdoor events in Davie.

The family-friendly events, which include bounce house fun, vendor booths and live music, are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of most months.

Bands perform at 6:30 p.m.

The venue is a park setting at Old Davie School, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie, 954-797-1000

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Feb 092016
music pompano beach

Pompano Beach offers free live outdoor entertainment.

Music Under the Stars events are 7 p.m. the second Friday of most months on the Lawn at Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach

Feel free to tote along portable seats or blankets. For information, phone 954-786-4111

Performances include

  • February 12 Wild Fire Band, an eclectic and blues band
  • March 11 Speaker-Box band, an 80’s band

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Feb 082016
kids eat

Various restaurants in South Florida offer  family-friendly deals, including free food for kids.

Many free kid’s meal deals require purchase of at least one adult entrée.

With these deals, participation at individual restaurants may vary and restrictions and exceptions may apply.

  • Bru’s Room, Free kid’s meal with adult entree purchase at participating Bru’s Room restaurants in South Florida 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, many restaurants feature  kid-friendly entertainment
  • Ikea, One or two kids age 12 and younger eat free Tuesdays at Ikea in Sunrise with eligible adult entrée purchase of at least $4.99. The free  meals for youngsters are valued at $2.99 at  Ikea is at 151 NW 136 Ave., Sunrise, 888-888-4532
  • Ruby Tuesday, Kids eat free at participating Ruby Tuesday restaurants Tuesdays, after 5 p.m. with purchase of adult entrée
  • ROK BRGR, Kids eat free deal Tuesdays with eligible adult purchase  at participating ROK BRGR restaurants inlcuding 600 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach, 954-367-3970
  • Denny’s, Kids eat free deals are offered at participating Denny’s restaurants, usually 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Original Pancake House, participating restaurants offer free meals for kids with an eligible adult purchase Mondays to Fridays, including restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Aventura, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach
  • Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida offer a kids-eat-free deal Wednesdays, with purchase of an adult entrée. Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida include Fort Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and Coconut Creek
  • Some Lime Fresh Mexican  restaurants offer a free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entrée  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.  The offer is for kids age 10 and younger. Participating restaurants are 1535 N. Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, 754-200-6631, and 4425 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-586-2999

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Feb 082016
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Relax on a blanket or portable outdoor seat and savor the sounds of free live entertainment.

Music performances are offered occasionally at two outdoor venues in Lauderhill.

Jazz Picnic in the Park events are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. second Sundays of the month  in winter and spring at Lieberman Botanical Gardens, 3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill. Events include February 14, March 13 and April 10

Other live music events featuring tribute bands are 7 p.m. at Lauderhill Sports Park, 7500 W. Oakland Park Blvd., 33319

  • Beatlemanix February 27
  • Mark Anthony Band March 26
  • Dreams Crystal Vision of Fleetwood Mac the Tribute April 30

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Feb 072016

Images of U.S. President Barak Obama are featured in a photo exhibit at a gallery in southwest Broward.

The pictures are on display in Miramar to February 29.

The gallery is at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar 33025.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 6.

Information is online or 954-602-4500

Feb 072016

Fare from local restaurants and entertainment are highlights of Taste of Pines in south Broward, and tickets are less expensive if purchased before the event.

Taste of Pines in Pembroke Pines is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. February 18, with local restaurants offering tastes of select dishes, desserts and wine.

The tickets are $35 for food & wine for adults if purchased early and $40 at the door, tickets for food only are $30 early and $35 at the door and $15 for kids age 10 and younger.

The event is at the SW Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue, Pembroke Pines. Tickets are sold at Pembroke Pines Special Events Office, Pembroke Pines Recreation Offices and Pembroke Pines charter to the  Pembroke Pines Charter schools. For information and schools where tickets are sold, phone 954-435-6525


Feb 062016
ren fest

Florida Renaissance Festival offers several opportunities for discount tickets to attend the event in Deerfield Beach.

Discounts are featured on the Ren Fest website.

The festival, featuring Renaissance-era performances and activities, is at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach,  Saturdays and Sundays in February 13 to March 27 and Presidents Day.

The regular prices are $21 plus tax for guests age 12 and older, $9 plus tax  for ages 6 to 11, and younger kids enter for free. In addition to the event fees, weekend park entry fees are $1.50 for ages 6 and older.

The website includes these discounts

  • $4 off for adult tickets and $1 off fee for kids ages 6 to 11 purchased at participating Walgreens stores
  • $2 off for adult tickets purchased at Muddy Waters in Deerfield Beach, 2237 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach 33442, while supplies last
  • $3 off at the box office for seniors ages 65 and older and active military staff in uniform
  • $3 off with coupon from select Broward Transit routes
  • free before noon on Presidents Day for teachers, guests age 65 and older, active duty military personnel and kids 11 and younger. ID is required for teachers, military and seniors

For information, 54-776-1642 

The festival includes theme weekends

  • Swashbucklers & Sirens Weekend  February 13 – 15
  • Vikings and Valkyries  February 20 – 21
  • Fantasy and Adventure February 26- 28
  • Voyage to the Orient  March 5 – 6
  • Kilts & Colleens  March 12 – 13
  • Time Travelers’ Weekend  March 19 – 20
  • Carnivale Masquerade  March 26 – 27


Feb 062016

Relax and savor live performances at free outdoor events in Broward.

Other free events with live music

Feb 052016

produceFor those who enjoy browsing for succulent tomatoes, bunches of basil and other fresh produce, a rich assortment of outdoor and indoor shopping options are offered in Broward.

Some farmers markets and green markets are enhanced with free music and activities. Others are more like regular stores.

If you’re venturing out to a specific farmers market, it’s a good idea to phone first because dates, hours and locations may change.


  • Plantation Farmers Market, year-round, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturdays, Volunteer Park,  12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, 954-452-2558
  • Green Market Pompano Beach  9 a.m. to 2 p.m., seasonal,  most Saturdays to April 30,  Northeast First Street and First Avenue, Pompano Beach, 954-786-7824
  • Dania Beach PATCH, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Saturdays, except November 28, 1200 N.W. First St.,  954-924-6801
  • 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


  • Josh’s Organic Garden, 101 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, year-round 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. most Sundays
  • Las Olas Sunday Market,  year-round at 333 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, most Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 954-426-8436
  • 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
  • Wilton Manors green market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. most  Sundays, 2020 Wilton Drive, 954-531-5363
  • Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Farmers Market at Town Hall, 4501 N. Ocean Drive, most Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Varied Sundays

  • Parkland Farmer’s Market, 8350 Ranch Road, seasonal November to April, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., usually the  first and third Sundays of the month, 954-757-4105
  • Deerfield Beach Green Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. select Sundays, including December 27, January 3, January 17, February 14, Februrary 28, March 13, April 10 and April 24, at Pioneer Park, northeast 2nd Street and Northeast 6th Avenue, Deerfield Beach, 954-429-0378
  • Coral Springs Farmers Market,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. seasonal November to May, January 31 and most second and fourth Sundays, at ArtWalk, 9405 Northwest 31 Court, Coral Springs, 954-618-9977

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

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Feb 042016

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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Feb 042016

banana republicLots of shops and restaurants at the popular Sawgrass Mills shopping and entertainment attraction in Sunrise offer deals.

The outlet mall’s website has a page of Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall coupons and deals for merchandise and food.

You can find our guide to navigating Sawgrass Mills Mall here.

The Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall is at 12801 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise,  954-846-2300

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