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

Oct 242014

Savor the weekend without emptying your pockets. These are some of our favorite deals and free things to do during the weekend in South Florida, including events in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach. 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. Here are our top picks for free and cheap weekend fun on the cheap: Free events

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Oct 232014

Travelzoo is featuring a deal on tickets to Beerfest in Fort Lauderdale.

The event, which includes live music and tasting a wide variety  beers, is October 25 in Esplanade Park.

The deal price is $15. The regular value of the tickets is $30.

Information is featured on the link, discount tickets for Broward/Palm Beach New Times Beerfest in Fort Lauderdale.

Lots of other deals like this are featured on the Entertainment Page and at the Daily Deals headquarters.


Oct 232014

Happy Halloween.

It’s always a treat to save some money. Various municipalities in South Florida offer free events and some restaurants feature deals.


Restaurant deals & more


Oct 232014

Shoppers browse for bargain prices on toys, baby furniture, games, apparel and other items for kids at a sales event presented by Lolliposh in Sunrise.

The items for sale include new and gently used merchandise.

Lolliposh is presenting a consignment event 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. October 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 25 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 26 at the Jewish Community Center, 6501 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. For information, phone 954-401-3747

Oct 222014
boca wine and food festival

For a budget-friendly approach to festivals in South Florida, snap up tickets at discount prices.
These are some of the deals from Living Social for local events.

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

Oct 212014

Youngsters trick or treat for Halloween loot among decorated vehicles at an event in Pompano Beach.

Trunk or Treat on Halloween Street is free to attend, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. October 24

The festivities include games, slime station, bounce houses, crafts, costume contest and car contest at Pompano Beach Community Park,  2001 NE 10th St.,   954-786-4111


Oct 212014
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Our readers are eligible for a BOGO deal at a bakery shop in North Broward.

Guests who mention this website receive the deal October 24, 25 and 26, and restrictions or limitations may apply.

Tell the staff you read about the offer on Fort Lauderdale On The Cheap to receive 2-for-1 cupcake deal at Chloe’s Cupcakes at Coral Square, 9469 W. Atlantic Blvd.,  Coral Springs, 954-534-4089




Oct 212014

boat showPurchase tickets to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show online for discounts.

The boat show website features  $2 discounts on various types of tickets.

The International Game Fish Association is offering opportunities for  $5 discounts on its website.

General adult tickets are $22 online and $24 at the event.

The boat show events are October 31 to November 3 at various venues in Fort Lauderdale, including Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina and The Sails Marina, 954-764-7642

Oct 202014

Entertainment, puppet shows and games are among the activities at a Halloween & Safety Festival in Plantation.

The entry fee is $3 for adults and kids age 2 and older.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 25 at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, 954-452-2510

Other activities include inflatables, costume contests and refreshments on sale .

Oct 192014
water trolley

For a fresh approach to navigating Fort Lauderdale, hop on a  free water trolley.

The trolley is expected to be in service as of October 21

The Riverwalk Water Trolley, offered by Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, Fort Lauderdale government and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale,  ferries guests to an assortment of stops along the New River.

The trolley runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 11 p.m. and accommodates guests with bicycles.

The ferry pulls up to various access points, including Esplanade Park, Riverfront Plaza, Huizenga Plaza, Smoker Park and Downtowner Saloon. Information about schedules and access points is on the website for the water trolley.





Oct 192014
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By Patti Roth

Shows at JAZZIZ Nightlife in Boca Raton are among the deals for discount tickets from Goldstar.

More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters. The post Discount tickets for shows at JAZZIZ Nightlife in Boca Raton appeared first on Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap.


Oct 182014

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Hayrides and s’mores are featured at events at  Broward parks.

The fee is $3.50 for guests ages 3 and older, and most of the hayrides are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The hours are different at TY Park in Hollywood.

The Hayride and Campfire events require guests pre-register and pre-pay.

The events include

Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., 954-357-5190, October 24 and November 21

 Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, 954-357-5100, November 7, December 12

T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood,  954-357-8811, October 31, November 14, December 19, January 16, February 13
Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, 
Coconut Creek, 954-357-8870, January 9, February 6, February 20, March 6



Oct 152014

For a fun, unique and relatively inexpensive family activity in Broward, hop aboard a petite train.

A functioning model steam train runs at Tradewinds Park for kids and adults typically the third weekend of the month. Tickets are $1.50 for train rides, and admission to the park for anyone 6 and older is an additional $1.50.

The train, provided by Tradewinds Park and the Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad Club, runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the third Saturday and Sunday of each month. You can see the schedule of train rides here.

Parents must accompany kids 10 and younger, and pregnant women are not allowed to ride.

Tradewinds Park North is at  3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. For information, phone the park at 954-357-8870.