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 262016

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 262016
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For kids, families and playful adults who enjoy active recreation, an assortment of deals are offered at indoor venues in Broward.

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

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May 262016
flamingo gardens

Flamingo Gardens in Davie is offering discount entry and extra fun for KidzFest.

The event is 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 30, including pony rides, live entertainment and activities.

Entry for kids is half price, and the website features  a voucher for 25 percent off the regular adult fee.

With discounts, the fee for kids ages 3 to 11 is  $6.45. Adults and teens ages 12 and older pay about $15, with the discount. A narrated tram tour is included.

Flamingo Gardens is at 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie 33330, 954-473-2955





May 262016
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Designer duds, furniture, apparel, appliances, toys, electronic items and decorative items are sold at bargain prices at thrift stores in South Florida

Some stores sell a wide array of merchandise and others are more focused and limited.  For those interested in selling,  several thrift stores in Broward accept items on consignment. If the item sells, the store and the original owner split the profit.

In Broward, thrift stores include


  • Thriftarella’s, 4300 SW 64th Ave, Davie 33314,  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays,  sells furniture and decorative items on consignment, 954-587-0818,
  • Re Wear Gear and More, 7605 Davie Road Extension, Davie 33024,  10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, sells furniture, appliances, clothing and home items and jewelry. Includes items on consignment, 954-239-8937.  Special events first Sunday of most months, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • This and That Thrift Boutique,  6506 SW 39th St., Davie 33314, 954-321-9274, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, sells apparel shoes, jewelry, designer handbags and décor. Includes items on consignment.


Fort Lauderdale

  • Downtown Thrift Store, 1507 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33316, 954-763-1074, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day
  • Faith Farm Thrift Store, 1980 N.W. 9th Ave.,  Fort Lauderdale  33311, 954-763-7787, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, sells furniture, electronics, appliances, apparel, etc.
  • Habitat Re-Store, 505 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 33312, 954-763-7771,  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, sells furniture and building materials
  • Oddballs Nifty Thrift, 530 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale 33304, 754-422-7623 , 10 a.m. to 6  p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, sells wide array of items, some on consignment
  • Salvation Army Family Store, 1801 W. Broward Blvd.,  Ft Lauderdale,  954-467-5816, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, half-price apparel Wednesdays, 25 percent of items except furniture and electronics Saturdays

Hollywood and Hallandale Beach

  • Salvation Army Family Store, 2300 S.W. 56th Ave.,  Hollywood, 954-961-7523, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, half-price apparel Wednesdays, 25 percent of items except furniture and electronics Saturdays

Margate & North Lauderdale

  • Salvation Army Family Store, 320 N. State Road 7, Margate, 954-979-6999, 10 a.m. to  7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Extra deals, Wednesdays and Saturdays, half price apparel on Wednesdays, 25 percent off items, except furniture and electronics
  • Women in Distress Thrift Store, 1372 North State Road 7, Margate 954-975-7425, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays

Pembroke Pines

Pompano Beach

  •  Salvation Army Family Store, 451 E. Copans Road, Pompano Beach, 954-782-3925, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Extra deals, Wednesdays and Saturdays, half price apparel on Wednesdays, 25 percent off items, except furniture and electronics
  • St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, 2323 N. Dixie Highway, Pompano Beach 33060, 954-942-2242, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, sells apparel and household items


  •  Salvation Army Family Store, 7707 Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, 954-721-0705, 10 a.m. 7 p.m., Extra deals, Wednesdays and Saturdays, half price apparel on Wednesdays, 25 percent off items, except furniture and electronics


May 252016
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Focusing on a theme of water as a valuable resource, Eco/Art Film Festival  in Fort Lauderdale features documentary films, art displays and other events.

The festival is presented by Trash to Treasure, a non-profit organization in Fort Lauderdale promoting opportunities to re-use discarded items for art pieces and other projects.

Eco Film festivities are  May 26, May 27 and May 28 at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 33304.

Films include “Planet Ocean” 7:30 p.m. May 26.

Suggested donations for the event are $10 for individuals, $5 for students and $15 per family. For information,  888-828-8242 or log into the website.

May 252016
fat village

Local artists open their studios and exhibit spaces to showcase their work during artwalk festivities in an arts and technology district in Fort Lauderdale.

FAT Village Artwalk is the last Saturday of most months  6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the arts district around  Northwest  First Avenue and Northwest Fifth Street, 521 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

For information, phone 954-760-5900

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May 242016
gulfstream music

For free entertainment, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach is offering outdoor performances featuring an assortment of bands.

The free music is presented most Saturdays 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  and  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays at the open-air shopping, recreation and dining plaza, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000

The featured  performers on the venue’s website, including

  •  May 28  Joey Dale Band
  •  June 4    Atlantis
  •  June 11  Happy Daze Band
  •  June 18   Cachet
  •  June 25   Wayne L Experience

Most Sundays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.,  the performer is jazz artist Travis Bridges.

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May 242016
design and remodeling show fort lauderdale

Tickets to the Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show are offered at discount prices when you buy them online.

The show is May 27 to May 30. The discount of $3 off regular adult price is offered for tickets bought by May 26 on the Home Show website

The online price is $7, and $1 for kids ages 11 and younger. The price at the door is $10 for ages 12 and older.

The show is  4 p.m. to  9:30 p.m. May 27; 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 28; 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 29 and 12 p.m. to 7:30 pm May 30

The event features vendors exhibiting products and services focusing on renovation, design and improvement projects.  The event also includes speakers.

  •  Sara Bendrick of DIY Network’s I Hate My Yard,  discussing How to Plan for Outdoor Living and When to DIY or Hire a Contractor. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. May 29 and May 30
  • Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves, discussing  How to Turn Home Renovation Dreams Into Reality. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. May 28
  • Brittany Bailey of Pretty Handy Girl discusses DIY home improvement tips; Rose Béchard Butman (Natural Resource Specialist Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department) presents, Designing a NatureScape; and Florida Power & Light’s Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness, Ed DeVarona discusses Hurricane Preparedness: Getting your life back to normal, fast.

The show is at The Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard,  Fort Lauderdale, 305-667-9299



May 242016
nite hike

For a fun twist on nightlife action, how about an evening nature walk in a Broward park.

Several parks offer guided moon-lit night hikes for a fee of $5 a person. Pre-registration is typically required. Phone the park you’re interested in for additional information and registration.

The full schedule of  night hikes  is online, including

  • 8 p.m. June 3 Long Key, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797
  • 8 p.m. June 4  Pine Island Ridge Natural Area, Davie, 954-357-8797
  • 8 p.m July 19  Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach, 954-357-8884
  • 8 p.m. July 22 Long Key Nature Center,  3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797
  • 8 p.m. August 19  Long Key Nature Center, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797


May 242016
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 27  Sucker Punch Band
  • May 28 Resolvers
  • May 29  Bounce
  • May 30 Jason K and The Signal Fire Band
  • June 1 Latin Hot Swing Band
  • June 2 Jason K and The Signal Fire Band

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May 232016
open mic

Opportunities to enjoy local residents showcasing their talents are offered by ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.

Open Mic events are 7 p.m. most fourth Tuesdays of the Month. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Entry is $5.

ArtServe is at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale,  954–462-8190. Information and tickets purchasing is on the website.

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May 232016
fort lauderdale beach party

Whooohooo, the Great American Beach Party is a free event on the beach in Fort Lauderdale.

Live music, a U.S. military parachute team, kids’ activities, an art show and sand sculpting are included in the festivities 10 a.m. to 8:30  p.m. May 28 at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.

Beach games and a classic car show are part of the event.  Featured bands include Sister Hazel, Six Foot Swell Surfband, Pocket Change, Blues Brothers Soul Band, Tom Jackson, The Long Run and Big Harvest.

Fees apply for parking lots and optional shuttles by the Water Taxi and Sun Trolley. Information about parking and shuttles is on the event website.



May 232016
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.

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