Oct 262011

Enjoy Halloween festivities even if you’re sticking to a budget.

Plenty of parks and other venues in Broward are offering activities and entertainment.  Many are free or inexpensive. 

Here are some of the events, including a few Thursday and Friday.

  • Hollywood — ArtsPark Boo Bash in Hollywood Friday October 28 7 p.m.  Includes  trick-or-treating and  costume parade.   Free at ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard at US 1,  954-921-3500
  • Hallandale Beach — Hallandale Beach Outhouse Festival,  Bluesten Park, 501 SE First Ave., Hallandale Beach, Monday October 31, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Free event includes music, games and bounce houses. Costume contest is at 7 p.m.,  954-457-1452


  • Pompano Beach — Halloween Fun Fair  Thursday October 27 6 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1801 NE Sixth St. Includes kids activities, costume parade, bounce houses, games, refreshments, antique fire truck, contest for carved and decorated pumpkins submitted by 6:30  and magic show at 6:45 p.m. Entry is $2 per youngster, or two canned food items for a soup kitchen, 954-786-4111
  • Deerfield Beach — Family Halloween Hoe-Down October 27 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., includes games, activities, costume constest, carving contest. Fee for some activities, Villages of Hillsboro Park, 4111 NW Sixth St., Deerfield , 954-480-4495 
  • Deerfield Beach —  Halloween Festivities at Westside Park, 445 SW Second St.  Includes games and a constume constest. October 31 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, 954-480-4481, free


  • Fort Lauderdale  — Halloween Dance event with games, music and crafts for kids ages 5 to 12, October 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bass Park, 2750 N.W. 19th St., Fort Lauderdale, free, 954-828-5363
  • Fort Lauderdale — Trick-or-Treat Party, October 29,  4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Riverland Park, 950 S.W. 27th Ave. Free,  954-321-1234
  • Fort Lauderdale — Croissant Park Neighborhood Halloween Party,  October 29 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Croissant Park,  245 West Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Lauderdale — Trick-Or-Treat on Second Street and Kid and Pet Parade, October 29 1  p.m. to 4 p.m. at  Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale,  Includes bounce houses and face painting. Parade is at 4 p.m.
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Jul 282011

Enjoy entertainment and  browsing among displays of  shiny, fancy playthings for adults.

Motorcycles, auto accessories, exotic autos, high-tech gadgets, home theater equipment and games are among the items showcased at the free event.

Big Boys and Big Toys Expo is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday July 31 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, 954-585-5112

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Feb 252011

Entertainment, artists’ displays and kids activities are featured at a free event in Weston.

The fifth annual Weston Artwalk and Showtime Outdoor Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Feb. 27.

The event is at the Weston Town Center on Royal Palm Boulevard and Bonaventure Boulevard.

Two free festivals are on Saturday.

— Green Day Expo in Plantation

— Butterfly Festival is in Coconut Creek

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Dec 082010

Various venues in Broward are offering free holiday-theme attractions and events.

North Broward

  • Pompano Beach — Yuletide On Atlantic Holiday Parade and Event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 9 on East  Atlantic Boulevard, east of the Intracoastal Waterway, Pompano Beach. The parade moves west  on Altantic Boulevard to McNab Park, 2250 E. Atlantic Blvd. At the park, the kids activities, photos with Santa and food are featured. Those who donate  canned food or used eyeglass are eligible to win a bicycle. If it rains, the event is rescheduled for Dec. 10.  954-786-4111.
  • The Coconut Creek High School Chorus and Band performs at Cococnut Creek City Hall, 4800 W. Copans Road, Thursday Dec. 16 9 a.m. to noon.

East Broward

  • Hallandale Beach — Holiday Celebration Friday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Village of Gulfstream Park, 501 S. Federal Highway. The event includes kids activities, entertainment, Santa, balloon artists, face painting and music. Food vendors are selling snacks and a fee is set for amusement rides. 954-457-1452.
  • Fort Lauderdale —  Carter Park Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd. 954-828-4511.
  • Fort Lauderdale — Light Up Sistrunk, 5:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 10 at 914 Sistrunk Blvd., 954-828-4742.
  • Fort Lauderdale — Candy Cane Hunt, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at Riverside Park, 55 SW 11th Ave., 954-828-4610.


West Broward

  • Sunrise — Surfin Santa  is available in a tropical, beachy set at Sawgrass Mills, 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd. Talking with Santa is free. Photos are available for a fee. Mondays to Fridays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Sundays noon to 7 p.m. 954-846-2350
  • Plantation — Winter Wonderland exhibit at Plantation Historical Museum. 954-452-2506


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Nov 192010


Holiday light displays are the focus of free entertainment and events in Broward.

Fort Lauderdale

  • Musical entertainment is featured at the free Light Up The Beach festivities, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, 954-828-4746. 

                                 Hallandale Beach

  •  Symphony in Lights at The Village at Gulfstream Park, 501 S. Federal Highway,  features a  blinking display of  dancing lights set to recorded  music. The light show launches Saturday Nov. 20 at 6 p.m., and is featured nightly 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the hour to Dec. 31. For information, phone 954-378-0900.
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Jul 022010

* Hollywood — Hometown 4th of July  at the Beach Theatre, Johnson Street and  Hollywood Beach, noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.

The event includes music along with games such as limbo and apple stacking.

At Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut St. in Hollywood, music and games  kick off at 12:30 p.m. 

The offshore fireworks are at 9 p.m.  For information, phone 954-921-3404

* Fort Lauderdale  — 4th Of July Spectacular on Fort Lauderdale Beach, includes family activities and entertainment 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4. The family activities and  music are  on the beach across from 600 Seabreeze Boulevard. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. off A1A and Los Olas Boulevard.    For information, phone 954-828-5363.

* Weston — Hometown Parade, 10:30 a.m.  Sunday,  July 4, along Town Center Boulevard, Three Villages Road and Main Street. For information, phone 954-389-4321.

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Jun 212010

If you enjoy boating excursions — and deals —  let us direct your attention to this offer.

Pay $20 for one adult and a pal may tag along on the  1 1/2-hour tour for free.

The offer is from Riverftont Cruises, which is docked  at the Las Olas Riverfront Entertainment Complex in Fort Lauderdale.

 A coupon for the offer, and various other 2-for-1 deals, is available on the website for The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

The deals run through September.

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Jun 162010

The  Symphony of the Americas performs  during a free outdoor event at ArtsPark in Hollywood.

Savor the music at  at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 20 at the park, US 1 and Hollywood Boulevard. For info, phone 954-927-9851.

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Jun 122010

If you like entertainment with your dinner, here’s an offer.

The Mai-Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale  is offering a 2-for-1 deal on its Polynesian revue, featuring dancers and music.

The restaurant is at 3599 N. Federal Highway, 954-563-3272

A coupon for the offer, and various other 2-for-1 deals, is available on the website for The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

The deals run May through September.

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Apr 122010

Various exhibits, displays and performances are featured at a free arts event in Plantation.

The event, which includes a puppet show and other types of entertainment, is Thursday, April 15 at the Plantation Library and Historical Museum, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane.

Parking as available at the Community Center, 5555 Palm Tree Road, with a free shuttle across the street to the Cultural Arts Celebration event, which is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  For information, phone 954-452-2510 or 954-452-2506.

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Mar 192010

Savor the work of local artists during a free event at the Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts in Fort Lauderdale.

Music is also featured.

The event, which includes art work by Philip Curtis, is  7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 20 at the Artists Loft, 1310 SW Second Court, Fort Lauderdale. For information, email philip_curtis@hotmail.com or phone 305-297-3306

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Mar 192010

The Outdoor Adventure Extravaganza features an assortment of free activities.

The various water sports and events at Tigertail Lake in Dania Beach include kayaking, windsurfing and music.

The event is Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Broward College Tigertail Lake Center, 580 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach, 954-201-4500.

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