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10 free things to do in Broward

Some of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Deerfield Beach and other towns in Broward are free. Allow your wallet a break and browse these recommendations.

Enjoy music

  • Along New River on Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale, Sunday Jazz Brunch is a popular event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. most first Sundays of the month, featuring an assortment of performers and a breezy festive vibe, with picnicking and vendors.
  • Bands perform free 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. most Saturdays at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-378-0900; a schedule of featured performers is on the Gulfstream Park .
  • Friday Jazz Jam events presented by Gold Coast Jazz Society  are 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. select Fridays at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-0805, the schedule is on the Jazz Society website.
  • Hollywood Beach Theatre is an outdoor amphitheater on the Hollywood Broadwalk at Johnson Street. You can watch free band performances from 7 to 9 p.m. most Wednesdays through Sundays. Note: If you drive, you’ll need some money for parking.

Watch a movie in the park

Appreciate art

  •  Artists present free glass-blowing demonstrations at ArtsPark in Hollywood. The unique attraction is offered most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 954-732-7231
  •  ArtServe features a gallery and gift shop showcasing work from local artists, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8190. The gallery is open Mondays to Fridays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free Art Walk events include Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach

Pick a park

TY Park Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

  • Broward regional parks and natural areas offer free entry most week days, and several venues are free on the weekends also. Activities and features at the parks vary. Free amenities may include playgrounds, basketball courts, picnic tables, geocache treasures  and paths for hiking, biking and jogging, 954-357-8100.  T.Y. Park in Hollywood offers free outdoor fitness equipment for guests ages 14 and older.

 Play with high-tech gadgets

  • Broward Library in Fort Lauderdale offers Creation Station, featuring access to sophisticated computer and electronics equipment. Activities include 3D design and printing, and robotics. Hours for Creation Station usually are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays,  100  S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-356-7444.

Educate yourself

  • Free computer classes and workshops on business and other topics are offered on site at Broward libraries. Online non-credit courses via Universal Class on hundreds of subjects and other digital media are accessible with a Broward library card.

More Free & Cheap Things to Do

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show

$12.00-15.00 | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society Show

Discounted | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Upper Eastside farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Brickell City Centre

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Yellow Green Farmers market reopening

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Yellow Green Farmers Market

GoGreen community event

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | DHL in Plantation

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Art & Design Week event

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Weiner Museum

Free Fine Arts Festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Pinecrest Gardens

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

Free Power Yoga class from YO BK

11:00 am | FREE | Oasis Wynwood

Hollywood Pride street festival is Saturday

1:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

Friday Flicks event in Boynton

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | centennial Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free live music at Gulfstream Park Village

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live Music Saturdays at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show

$12.00-15.00 | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society Show

Discounted | Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pinecrest Gardens

Outdoor Yoga at Flamingo Gardens in Davie

8:30 am to 10:00 am | $15.00 | Flamingo Gardens

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

8:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Veterans Park

Lincoln Road Mall market

9:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road

Car Show in Coconut Creek

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Coconut Creek Community Center

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Free Fine Arts Festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Pinecrest Gardens

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Merrick Park

Free acoustic music jam

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Secret Woods Nature Center

Celebrate The Arts event in Weston

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Weston Town Center

Jazz In The Pines

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | City Center in Pembroke Pines

Friday Flicks event in Boynton

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | centennial Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Monday, January 24, 2022

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Farmer's market at Arsht Center

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Brickell City Centre

Friday Flicks event in Boynton

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | centennial Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Jam Session

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00 | Arts Garage

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

Discount Tuesdays at AMC Theatres

Discounted | AMC Theatres

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Friday Flicks event in Boynton

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | centennial Park

Market Tuesdays at CityPlace Doral

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | CityPlace Doral

Food truck gathering at Haulover Park

5:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Volunteer Park Plantation

Friday Flicks event in Boynton

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | centennial Park

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

$8 roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Free SoundScape Cinema movie

8:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Live Music Wednesdays

9:00 pm | FREE | Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

WAYUP STAYUP live music

FREE | Freehold Miami

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Friday Flicks event in Boynton

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | centennial Park

Food trucks and free concerts

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Wellington Food Trucks & Live Entertainment

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Friday, January 28, 2022

Free spay/neuter services for Miami-Dade pets

FREE | Robbie’s Feed & Supplies

South Florida Fair

Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

StoryWalk displays on nature paths

FREE | Pondhawk Natural Area

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Art Deco Walking Tour 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm | $30.00

Friday Flicks event in Boynton

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | centennial Park

Lakewood Market

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Twilight Fridays

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free live music at Gulfstream Park Village

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Northwood Village offers deals to attract visitors and shoppers

6:00 pm to 11:30 pm | FREE | Northwood Village

Free live music @ bandshell on Hollywood Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Drive-in movies at Doral Central Park

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | $5.00-15.00 | Doral Central Park

Free outdoor family-friendly films

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Dinner and a Show at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

 

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