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

Oct 082015

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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Oct 082015
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Entry is free to a festival in south Broward featuring live entertainment.

Latin Music Festival is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. October 10 at Miramar Regional Park.

Performers include  Ray Sepulveda, Orquesta Brava, Lefty Perez, Kynto Elemento Trio and  DJ Conga.

Food and beverages are offered for purchase. Blankets or portable seats are recommended.

The park is at 16801 Miramar Parkway,  Miramar, 954-602-3319


Oct 082015
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Festivals are plentiful in South Florida, with events in Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Southwest Ranches and other towns.

Many events are free, including

  • Free Latin Music Festival in Miramar October 10
  • Free Italian heritage festival in Hollywood October 11
  • Free Margate Under the Moon festival  October 10
  • Las Olas Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 17 and October 18, Las Olas Blvd between SE 6th Avenue & SE 11th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, free
  • Fall Festival, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. October 17, Pioneer Park, 501 NE Eller St., Deerfield Beach, includes pumpkin patch and live entertainment, 954-480-4429, free
  • Southwest Ranches art festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 17, Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park, 5840 SW 148 Avenue, Southwest Ranches, 954-434-0008, free
  • Holiday Festival and Green Fair and Holiday Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  November 21 and November 22, Bergeron Rodeo, 4271 Davie Road., Davie, 954-797-1150, free
  • Las Olas Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 9 & 10, Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6th Avenue & SE 11th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, free
  • Orange Blossom Festival 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. February 27 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 28, 6591 Orange Drive, Davie, 954-797-1076, free entry, fee for some activities, $5 for parking on site
  • Orange Blossom Parade, 10 a.m. February 27  Davie Road from Southwest 39th Street south to Orange Drive, free  954-797-1076

$5 or less entry fee

  • Fall Harvest Festival, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. October 18, Welleby Park, 11100 NW 44th Street, Sunrise, includes costume contests and fun activities, $5,  954-747-4600
  • Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival, December 5 & 6, Welleby Park, 11100 N.W. 44 St., St.,  Sunrise, $5 or 6 cans of food, age 11 and younger free







Oct 072015
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In South Broward, a waterparks is offering K9 Water Festivals, where dogs, instead of people, enjoy romping and splashing in the pools.

K9 Water Festivals are $5 for dogs, for 50 minutes. Weekend park entry fees of $1.50 a person apply. Kids age 5 and younger enter for free.

The events are

October 10 and October 11 at T.Y. Park  3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood;  50-minute play sessions start on the hour every hour 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., with the 4 p.m. play group only for dogs weighing up to 25 pounds, 954-357-8811


Oct 072015
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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., including

  • 90s rock with Zero Point Zero October 8
  •  Sekond Nature November 12

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

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Oct 072015
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Entry is free to an outdoor event in Fort Lauderdale featuring food trucks and vendors selling produce and baked goods.

Food in Motion presents Flagler Green Market the second Fridays of most months 5 p.m. to 11 p.m at a park, 310 NE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale.

Information is on the Facebook page for the event.

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Oct 072015
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Free films for the family are shown outdoors at the event stage at Weston Region Regional Park.

The featured movies include

“Home” 8 p.m. October 10

“Annie” 7:30 p.m. November 7

“Tomorrowland” 7:30 p.m. December 5

“Minions” in  January

Portable seats or blankets are suggested. The  Park is at 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston 954-389-4321

Oct 072015
hollywood beach theatre

Freshly reopened, Hollywood Beach Theatre is a venue for free entertainment with the ocean as backdrop.

The iconic open-air outdoor theater at Johnson Street on The Broadwalk features free music performances 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. usually Wednesdays to Sundays, weather permitting.

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


Oct 072015
italian heritage festival

In Hollywood, an Italian heritage festival featuring activities, entertainment and vendors is free.

Performers include The Mystics, who were inducted into the Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame.  Also on the roster of entertainers are Spanky and Dino, Josh Rowand’s Pitbull of Blues Band, Jimmy Cavallo and his House Rockers and Rockin’ Rich Bedford.  

Bocce is among the activities at the festival, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. October 11 at ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard and Federal Highway.

For information, email


Oct 062015

Free events featuring live entertainment are offered in Broward, including Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach and Pompano Beach. These are some of the regular events where the music and the fun are free.


Oct 062015

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 1st Street and 1st Avenue, Pompano Beach, 954-786-7824
  • 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.
  • 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

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

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Oct 062015
hot glass

The intriguing art of working with fiery liquid glass is showcased in free glass blowing demonstrations at a studio at ArtsPark in Hollywood.

The free glass-blowing demonstrations  presented by Hollywood Hot Glass are most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m

ArtsPark is at Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 1, 954-732-7231

Oct 052015
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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 Boulevard.

Featured bands include

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

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