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

May 052016

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 052016
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Listen or play along at free jammin’ events at parks in north Broward and south Broward.

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

  •  Fern Forest, second Sundays of most months, except summers

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

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

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

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May 042016
jazz jam

Jazz enthusiasts, jazz pros and jazz students enjoy free jam events in Fort Lauderdale.

Entry is free for the musical events 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.usually on the first Friday of the month in winter and spring to June.  Events include May 6 and June 3.

The venue for the jams presented by Gold Coast Jazz Society is  ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Information is online or  phone 954-524-0805

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May 042016
hollywood fire department

Firefighters, beach safety workers and police offers demonstrate techniques of their trade at a free event in southeast Broward.

The Open House featuring Hollywood Police Department and  Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety Department is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7.

The event is in the  Public Safety Training Facility, 3400 N. 56th Avenue,  Hollywood.

The includes opportunities for youngsters to sit in police and fire vehicles and participate in fire safety instruction, and participate in other hands-on activities.

For information, 954-967-4248


May 042016
ronin taiko drums

Ronin Taiko Drummers, Samoan fire dancers and lion dancers are highlights of Dragons & Drums, a free event at ArtsPark in Hollywood.

The Asian Pacific-theme entertainment  is 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 7  at the park amphitheater.  Supply your own blankets and portable seats for the outdoor venue.

The park is on Hollywood Boulevard at Federal Highway in downtown Hollywood.

For information about other free and inexpensive things to do in Broward, read Free & low-cost things to do this weekend in Broward





May 042016
hollywood beach theatre

Offering free live entertainment, a bandshell on the beach is an iconic venue in Broward.

The open-air outdoor theater at Johnson Street on The Broadwalk features free music performances several evenings during the week, most Wednesdays to Sundays.

Entertainment at the bandshell is managed by Margaritaville Beach Resort, which is on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. The schedule of bandshell performances is on the Margaritaville website.  The phone number for the resort is 954-874-4444

Parking options include metered spaces on side streets at $1.50 an hour Mondays to Thursdays and $2 an hour Friday, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays; parking garage at 300 Connecticut St., $1.50 an hour. Margaritaville Beach Resort parking garage, 1111 N. Ocean Drive, is $3 an hour weekdays and $4 an hour weekends.

The Bandshell entertainment schedule includes

  • May 5 Bounce
  • May 6 Havoc 305
  • May 7  Sucker Punch Band
  • May 8  rock music
  • May 11 The Resolvers
  • May 12  music
  • May 13 Havoc 305
  • May 14 Sucker Punch Band
  • May 15  Shin Dig Band

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May 032016
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We love sharing posts about free entertainment.

Margate is offering free family-friendly events that include live music, merchants, food trucks and family-friendly activities.

The events are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the northwest corner of Margate Boulevard and U.S. 441, 954-972-6458

Parking is free.

Featured bands are:

  • May 7 Tom Jackson
  • June 4 Orange Sunshine, 60s songs

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May 032016

If you enjoy showcasing your talents, or sitting back while others do their thing, a sports bar in Fort Lauderdale offers opportunities.

Marina 84 Sports Bar, 2440 W. State Road 84, features open-mike nights most Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and karaoke is 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. most Wednesdays. The event is free for patrons of the restaurant and bar.

Information about Marina 84 sports bar is on the website or phone 954-734-2424

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May 032016
Ft lauderdale air show

For premium and VIP seating  for the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, discounts are offered for early purchases.

The air show features U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other impressive aerial spectacles soaring over Fort Lauderdale beach.

The event is May 7 and May 8 at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

For premium and VIP seating sections, discounts are

  • $34 for Drop Zone, which is $40 on event day. For youngsters ages 6 to 12, the early purchase fee is $22. Kids 5 and younger enter for free. Food and beverages are offered for purchase.
  • $169 for Flight Line VIP seating, which is $250 on event day. Includes lunch.

Information about the Fort Lauderdale Air Show  and seating area discounts is on the website or 321-395-3110



May 032016
friday sound waves

With the surf and ocean breezes as a beautiful backdrop, Friday Night Sound Waves  events offer free entertainment at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Featured musicians and bands, which vary by event, perform 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. most Fridays March 18 to November 18 at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, right off the beach. The events are family friendly.

  • May 6 Mr. Nice Guy

Information about the events and featured performers is  online.

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May 022016

For Mother’s Day weekend, moms enter Butterfly World in north Broward at a discounted rate of $10.

The deal for moms is offered  May 6,  May 7 and May 8 at Butterfly World in Tradewinds Park.

The regular rates are $26.95 for ages 12 and older, $21.95 for ages 3 to 11 and free for kids age 2 and younger. For a discount on those rates, the Butterfly World website features a $3 off voucher. In addition to the fees at the attraction, the weekend rates for Tradewinds Park are $1.50 for age 6 and older.

The attraction hours this weekend are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tradewinds Park South is at  3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek, 954-977-4400


May 022016

Educators deal

No need to do the math on this Teacher Appreciation Day from Chipotle. It’s big savings for educators. On May 3, from  3 p.m. to closing at participating locations, when educators, including teachers, faculty and staff, purchase a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos, they can get a second one (of equal or lesser value) for FREE. Of course, a proper school faculty ID must be presented. Limit one FREE menu item per teacher customer. Some teachers might enjoy a burrito instead of a shiny, red apple.

Gift card purchase deal

With purchase of at least $25 in gift cards by June 10, receive a free burrito, tacos or salad by showing the original receipt. The free offer needs to be redeemed by June 30.



May 022016
gulfstream park

For a fun frugal activity on a week night, Gulfstream Park in southeast Broward is featuring free performances as well as dining and drink deals.

Some restaurants are offering vouchers for $20 off a $20 purchase on Tuesdays. The vouchers are distributed in the outdoor plaza as the live music is performed, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. most Tuesdays.

Entertainer Benji Rafaeli provides an international twist, performing in songs in a variety of languages.

Nab the restaurant deals on Tuesdays by mentioning “Gulfstream Park’s International Tuesdays” or display a voucher obtained at Champions Plaza, where the music is featured. Some restrictions and exceptions may apply.

Participating restaurants include

  • Adena Grill & Wine Bar,  certificate from Champions Plaza offers $20 off eligible  purchase of $20 or more
  • Bomba Tacos & Rum, free taco with a purchase of equal or greater value. Limit one per guest.
  • Frankey’s Sports Bar, certificate from Champions Plaza for $20 off  purchase of $20 or more
  • Mijani Lebanese Cuisine, free falafel plate with purchase of an entree
  • ROK:BRGR Burger Bar + Gastropub, kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entrée. For dine-in guests only
  • Strike 10 Bowling & Sports Lounge, 2-for-1 Margaritas
  • Williams-Sonoma, free coffee tasting, limit one per person

Gulfstream Park Champions Plaza, 901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 33009, 954-454-7000