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

Nov 242015

Even in sunny South Florida, kids are able to frolic in frosty snow.

Several events include snow mountains and snow fun  for mitten-wearing youngsters. Some events include a fee for snow activities.

  • Snow play areas for kids ages 12 and younger are featured  at a free event in Davie, 6 p.m. to about 9 p.m. December 5 at Davie Town Hall, 6591 Orange Drive, Davie, includes Santa on fire engine, train rides and inflatables, 954-797-1163
  • SnowFest, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 5, 7400 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, includes snow play areas, Santa, rides, performances, live music, ice skating, photos ops and food trucks, 954-435-6525, entry to the event is free; $5 fee for snow play areas for kids up to age 12;  $5 fee for ice skating for ages 5 and older
  • Margate Winter Festival, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. December 18, on Margate Boulevard west of U.S. 441, art projects, food vendors, entertainment, snow play for kids and Santa, 954-972-6458, free entry
  • Winter Wonderland, December 17, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Villages of Hillsboro Park, 4111 NW Sixth St., Deerfield Beach, snow play area for kids,   food vendors, free entry with fee for some activities, 954-480-4495
  • Snow Day, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 19, 445 SW Second St., Deerfield Beach, entertainment, food vendors, photos with Santa, snow play area for kids, free entry with fee for some activities, 954-480-4481


Nov 232015
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.

7 p.m. December 5   Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach,  954-357-5100
6 p.m. December 11 Long Key, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797
7 p.m. December 12  Saw Palmetto Natural Area,  954-357-5100
7:30 p.m. January 22 full moon Fern Forest,  201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek, 954-357-5198
6 p.m. January 23  full moon  Pine Island Ridge, 954-357-8797
6 p.m. February 14 Long Key, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797
6 p.m. February 22 Secret Woods 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach, 954-357-8884


Nov 232015

For free weeknight entertainment, savor the sounds of a band performing at the beach in Deerfield Beach.

Music and dancing are most Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

The venue is the Deerfield Beach Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach, 954-480-4200

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Nov 232015


The free Tow To Go program, a partnership of AAA and Bud Light,  works to keep drunk drivers off the road on holidays.

It’s a good reminder to think before you go out, and designate a driver who’ll stay sober.

Tow To Go, which is offered during many holidays in Florida, provides AAA tow trucks — when possible based on the  workload — to transport inebriated drivers and  vehicles to a safe location.  To request a ride, phone 855-2-TOW-2-GO or 855-286-9246

Nov 222015

Tree lighting festivities in a park in Pompano Beach feature kid-friendly entertainment and activities.

“Light Up” is a free event 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. November 28 at a municipal park, 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Pompano Beach.

Activities for kids include a play area, decorating sugar cookies and making ornaments.  Santa rolls in on an antique fire truck.

After the free event, gospel recording artist Giel performs at Ali Cultural Arts, 353 Hammondville Road. Entry is $10, or free with a donation of blankets or shower supplies.

For information, phone 954-786-7824

Nov 222015
broward bcycle

Opportunities for discounts on fun activities and lodging are featured on the LauderDeals pages of the Greater Fort Lauderdale tourism website.

Some of the deals are accessible using promo passwords. Restrictions and exceptions may apply.

Some of our favorites are

  • 30 minutes free with Broward B-Cycle, self-serve bike rentals from various stations, 754-200-5672, use promo code 43215
  • 2-for-1 deal at Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave.,  Davie 33325, 954-424-0085, use promo code SUNNY
  • $2 off fee for Museum of Discovery and Science exhibits and IMAX film in Fort Lauderdale, use promo code 18
Nov 222015
einstein bros bagels

Einstein Bros. is offering a weekday deal on 13 bagels at participating shops.

The price for a baker’s dozen is $6 on Mondays.

Before venturing out to buy a bunch of bagels for your office mates, it’s probably a good idea to phone your favorite Einstein’s shops to determine which are offering the deal. Information about Einstein Bros. locations is on the website.





Nov 222015

For frugal folks who appreciate saving a few bucks on entertainment, discount tickets are on sale for The Nutcracker ballet in north Broward and other events in South Florida.

Information about the money-saving deals from Groupon, Goldstar and Living Social is on the links.

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

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Nov 212015
Gulfstream Symphony of Lights

Exciting and festive, Symphony of Lights is a free outdoor light show in an open-air plaza in southeast Broward.

The dynamic display dances to seasonal tunes for a visual and musical treat.

The light display at The  Village at  Gulfstream Park is every hour on the hour 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. most nights November 27 to December 31.

Extra activities 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. November 27 include stilt walkers and other street performers and train rides.

Gulfstream Village is 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach 33009, 954-378-0900

Nov 202015

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 free open-mike nights most Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and karaoke is 8 p.m. most Wednesdays.

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

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Nov 202015
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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.

  • 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,

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

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


Nov 202015
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 several evenings during the week.

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

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.



Nov 202015

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 First Street and First Avenue, Pompano Beach, 954-786-7824
  • Dania Beach PATCH, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Saturdays, except November 28, 1200 N.W. First St.,  954-924-6801
  • 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., 954-426-8436
  • 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

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