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Free food distributions and turkeys for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is about food and kindness. In South Florida, various organizations and vendors are exemplifying those features with opportunities for free turkeys and other food for a holiday feast. 

For free food distributions in Broward, Miami-Dade and greater Palm Beach, eligibility requirements may vary. For an event at Lauderhill Mall, proof of a prior eligible purchase is required. Events in some towns are for residents.

Please return to this feature as other food distribution events are added.

Happy Holidays.

Farm Share

Farm Share is a nonprofit organization that distributes fruits, vegetables and other food items at different venues in Florida, often at drive-up events. Free food items provided usually include fresh produce, nonperishable items and water. To obtain food, you need to arrive in a vehicle with a trunk or cargo bed. Information on drive-through pickups is online. First-come, first served. Financial donations are accepted via FarmShare.org

 

Miami-Dade

Miami

Feast For The Streets features a drive-up turkey and produce distribution at 10 a.m. November 22 while supplies are available, 7090 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami. One per household. Vehicles usually line up about 7 a.m., organizers say. For information, info@southpromo.com or jay5fiveee@gmail.com.

Miami

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. November 19, Hadley Park at 1350 NW 50th Street, Miami 33142

Distribution of meal kits, including turkey, while supplies last. Presented by Vous Church.

Event includes inflatables and other activities.  Information and registration is online

 

Miami

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. November 19 is a distribution of fresh produce and turkeys at  The Urban, 1000 NW Second Ave., Miami 33136 while supplies last. Information is online. An organizer recommends an RSVP online for receiving a  free turkey and a lunch. Feature: Thanksgiving distribution of produce and turkeys

Miami

 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. November 19,  Vive City Chapel, 15651 NW 6th Avenue 33169

Distribution of free Thanksgiving dinners, while supplies last 

Emphasis is on providing meals for underprivileged, low-income, unemployed, elderly, and single-parent homes

Information and registration is online

 

2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1, a free referral line which offers free information about local resources and events, including food assistance in Broward, Miami-Dade and greater Palm Beach 

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Broward

Festival Marketplace

Free turkeys raffle 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. November 20, while supplies last at Festival Marketplace.

Festival marketplace, 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach 33073, 954-979-4555,  website . Free parking.

Lauderhill Mall, purchase required

Lauderhill Mall is distributing free turkeys 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. November 18 while supplies last.  An eligible purchase is required. Provide a receipt of $20 from a purchase dated November 11 to November 18 from any store at Lauderhill Mall. The offer is not valid for receipts for grocery products. Adults only. One per family. Information is online.

Miramar residents

Thanksgiving turkey and food distribution November 22 exclusively for Miramar residents. Information is online.

2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1, a free referral line which offers free information about local resources and events, including food assistance in Broward, Miami-Dade and greater Palm Beach 

Greater Palm Beach

211 Palm Beach

211 Palm Beach offers information on free Thanksgiving food distributions in West Palm, Delray and other neighboring towns.

Delray

ThanksFeeding Family and Fun Day is 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. November 19 at Hobbit Skate Park, 505 Southeast 5th Avenue, Delray Beach 33483. Event includes Thanksgiving dinner kit, while supplies last;  bounce houses; food for purchase; face painting and other fun.  Information and RSVP is online.

Other Food Distribution events

Feeding South Florida

Feeding South Florida and its partners offer occasional free food distribution events in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The website also offers a list of participating organizations. Information is on the website.

Other Free food distributions & resources

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Entertainment, including free and inexpensive events

Thursday, December 1, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Food trucks and music

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Village Park

Tamarac holiday lighting with tree, kinara and menorah

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Tamarac community center

Holiday lighting festivities in Dania

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Dania City Hall

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

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

Tree lighting festivies in West Palm

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Yuletide Parade in Pompano Beach

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

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

The Moth - Miami StorySLAM

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Friday, December 2, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

First Fridays @ 5 concert in Boynton Beach

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Boynton Beach Amphitheater

Light up Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

holiday market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Dania Pointe holiday night market

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

Holiday lighting in Sunrise

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sunrise Civic Center

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Downtown Delray Art Walk

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Free Gallery Night entry

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Old Town Untapped in Pompano

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Contemporary Arts

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Rock The Park in Plantation

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Central Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Lake Worth bonfires offer free music and fun

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Lake Worth Beach & Casino Complex

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Jam on percussion for free

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

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

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

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free outdoor film in Weston

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

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

First Friday Art Walk

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Arts Garage

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

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

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Namaste Indian Arts & Food Festival

FREE | Pompano Amphitheater

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Plantation Farmers Market

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

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Namaste Indian Festival in Pompano

10:30 am to 8:00 am | FREE | Pompano Amphitheater

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

Winter Kiddos Land

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

Vegan Winter Fest Block Party

2:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $0-13.00 | Esplanade Park

Holiday Parade in Boynton Beach

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm | FREE | Federal Highway

Elevated vendor market in West Palm

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free holiday concert at church

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Old Cutler Presbyterian Church

Ocean Way festival in Deerfield

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | main beach parking lot in Deerfield

Light Up Plantation

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Plantation City Hall

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Intracoastal Waterway

Palm Beach holiday boat parade

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Intracoastal Waterway

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Candy Cane Parade

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

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

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

South Florida Symphony Orchestra "Messiah" in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00-95.00 | Parker Playhouse

Free holiday concert at church

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Old Cutler Presbyterian Church

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Live in the Park! Tito Puente, Jr.

8:00 pm | Discounted | Westchester Cultural Arts Center

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

Discount late-night movies

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

Sunday, December 4, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Tamarac Farmers Market

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

dream car classic in Hollywood

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

Bluegrass festival and acoustic jam

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

The Art of Transformation

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

School caroling competition

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm | 550 Biltmore Building

South Florida Symphony Orchestra "Messiah" in Miami

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | $20.00-75.00 | Broad Center for the Performing Arts at Barry University

Carols on the Lawn

4:30 pm | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

FAU Tuba Christmas in Boca

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Mizner Park in Boca

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

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

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

Monday, December 5, 2022

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

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

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

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

Kwanzaa event in Dania

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Dania City Hall

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

School caroling competition awards show

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | 550 Biltmore Building

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

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

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Holiday Street Parade in Boca Raton

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Federal Highway

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Holiday Parade in Boca Raton fun

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE

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

 

Patti Roth

About Patti Roth

Patti Roth, the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, scouts out state and national deals, discounts and coupons for our readers, finding the real deals and presenting them in an easy-to-read format. A veteran newspaper and magazine writer and a longtime South Florida resident, she has written for The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Travel and Life, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and Earth911.com. Send your cheap tips to her at info@fortlauderdaleonthecheap.com.

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