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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

Monday, February 6, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Free group bike ride in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tarpon River Brewing

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Market Tuesdays at CityPlace Doral

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

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

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

Comedy Night

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Garden tour

10:00 am | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | FREE | Stranahan Park

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Volunteer Park Plantation

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

$9 deal for roller skating in Davie

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

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

SoundScape Cinema Series: Free outdoor movies in Miami Beach

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

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Jazz at Jackson

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

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

Perez Museum Floating Film

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

GOGO MOAD Art Making Workshop

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00 | IS Projects

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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, February 10, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

11:00 am to 11:30 pm | FREE | Seminole Hard Rock

Art After Dark at Norton in West Palm

4:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Norton Museum of Art

Night market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

Friday Films in Palm Beach

5:30 pm | $10.00 | Society of the Four Arts

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Food In Motion vendor fair in Fort Lauderdale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Feldman Park

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live entertainment in Pompano

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Lawn at Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard

Jam on percussion for free

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Potter In Residence

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wolfsonian-FIU

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Tunes 'n Trucks in Sunrise

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | City Park

Free movie in West Palm Beach

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Waterfront Commons

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free outdoor film in Weston

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Weston Regional Park

Chamber Music

7:30 pm | $15.00 | Black Archives Historic Lyric Theatre

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

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

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

All Day | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Boca Raton Beer Wine & Spirits Fest

Discounted | Mizner Park in Boca

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Sensory Friendly Saturday

9:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Miami Children’s Museum

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

9:00 am to 11:30 pm | FREE | Seminole Hard Rock

Woofstock in Sunrise

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | Sunrise Sportsplex

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Free Family Fun Day

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | HistoryMiami

Valentine's Weekend Orchid Show & Sale.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Safe Schools Institute

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Free Zumba in Wellington

10:30 am to 11:30 am | FREE | Mall at Wellington Green

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Family Fest: Rita Finds Home

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Free Marlins Fan Fest

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | loanDepot Park

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Family Day free admission

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Free GOGO MOAD Family Art Fun

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Surfside Town Hall

Canes Baseball Fan Fest

4:00 pm | FREE | Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Deep Fried Funk in Weston

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Night sky viewing with telescopes

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Discount late-night movies

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

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

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

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

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

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

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

Las Olas Oceanside Park vendor market

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

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Valentine Orchid Show & Sale

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Safe Schools Institute

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Kids' Graffiti Drawing Class

10:00 am | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

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

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | Seminole Hard Rock

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Concert for Kids

11:30 am | $20.00 | New World Center | New World Symphony

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

 

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