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

Jun 232016

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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Jun 232016
kids dining

Kids and teenagers are eligible for a program that offers free lunches or snacks at select Broward libraries, including Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale, North Lauderdale and others. The Free Food and Fun at Your Library program is presented to August 20 by Broward libraries, Florida Department of Agriculture and Meals on Wheels. For dates when meals are provided, phone the participating library. Information about all participating libraries is on the website.

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Jun 232016

Films for kids and their families are shown for free in Pembroke Pines.

The Summer Film Festival  is 10 a.m. Saturdays June 18 to August 13.

The G and PG movies include “Home” June 18,  “Minions” June 25, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” July 2, “The Good Dinosaur” July 16, “Big Hero 6” August 6,  “Toy Story 3” August 13 and others.

No tickets or reservations are required.  The films are shown at the theater at River of Grass ArtsPark, 17189 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, 954-986-5027

No food or beverages are allowed in the theater.



Jun 232016
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. Information about the events and featured performers is  online.

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Jun 232016
bso weston

Online purchases require doing business with strangers.

For an added element of safety, Broward Sheriff’s Office is offering  venues to exchange merchandise and money.

The designated transaction zones,  parking lots and lobbies of some BSO district offices, are free to use. The district offices generally are open specific hours and it’s wise to meet during the district office’s business hours when BSO staff is onsite.

Some of the participating BSO district offices include

  • Weston District Office, 17300 Royal Palm Blvd., Weston, 954-389-2010
  • Tamarac District Office, 7515 Pine Island Road, Tamarac, 954-720-2225
  • West Park District Office, 3201 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd.. Pembroke Park, 954-985-1953

Other BSO offices include Central Broward, Cooper City, Court Services, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pompano Beach, Port Everglades and unincorporated West Broward



Jun 232016
westfield Broward caribbean fashoin

Entertainment and a fashion show are featured at a free indoor event at Westfield Broward in Plantation.

The event is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 at Westfield Broward (formerly the Broward Mall), 8000 W. Broward Blvd., Planation, 954-473-8100

The focus in on Caribbean designers, and includes Caribbean music and dance.

  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  includes a beauty, travel and commerce expo
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. music and cultural Showcase, feature music and dance
  • 4 p.m. Caribbean Fashion Experience featuring fashions by Caribbean designers

The events are in the mall around the entrance to JCPenney.  Information is on the Westfield Mall Facebook page.




Jun 232016
jungle queen

Groupon is offering discounts for the popular Jungle Queen sightseeing boat tour on the New River to a tropical isle in Fort Lauderdale.

The discount prices and information about the deals are on the links

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


Jun 222016
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

  • June 22 Deep Fried Funk, 80s party music
  • June 23 Hard Liquor Band, rock
  • June 24 Sucker Punch Band, Southern rock
  • June 25 The Resolvers
  • June 26 Bounce, party rock
  • June 30 Ocoee River Band

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Jun 212016

When kids are out of school on summer break, parents in South Florida appreciate ideas for fun things to do. Especially, if those activities are free. Or offered at a discount.

We’re pleased to offer some nifty suggestions.

Free things to do

Inexpensive things to do & deals

Other family-friendly and budget-friendly things to do

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Jun 212016

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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Jun 212016

Listen or play along at free acoustic jamming events at a park in south Broward.

The events at Secret Woods are free for participating musicians and those who want to tap their feet and enjoy the music.

Jamming at Secret Woods is the fourth Sunday of most months, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Entering the park and parking are free. Secret Woods,  2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach, 954-357-8884,

Jun 212016
artsPark Live

Free live entertainment is offered outdoors at parks in Hollywood.

The style of music varies with different featured bands and artists.

Supply your own portable seats or blankets.



Jun 202016

Dazzling bubbles and laser and smoke effects are featured at Gazillion Bubble Show in Fort Lauderdale, and Groupon is offering a discount.

The discounts, featured on the links,  are offered for shows at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.