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Father’s Day discounts & ideas for free fun

Some attractions, restaurants and entertainment venues in South Florida offer deals and extra perks to delight dads for Father's Day.  For frugal fun, lots of lovely parks and delightful attractions in Broward, Dade and greater Palm Beach offer free or relatively inexpensive entry fees.

With Dad's Day deals, participation may vary, and restrictions and exceptions may apply.

Father's Day in 2023 is June 18, and deals are usually valid that day. Occasionally deals are valid extra days.

Free & Inexpensive Fun

Hollywood Bandshell

Free live entertainment featuring rock band Sippin Fire oceanside 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. June 18  in Hollywood. Hollywood Beach Bandshell on Hollywood Broadwalk is at 320 Johnson St., Hollywood.

Parking at the beach is $3 per hour Mondays – Thursdays and $4 per hour Fridays – Sundays. Residents of Hollywood may apply for a discounted rate. Parking information is available online.

Fern Forest. Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

Parks

Enjoy a picnic, Frisbee or a nature walk. For birdwatching,  Libraries in Broward & greater Palm Beach loan free equipment for birdwatching.

Some parks in Broward, Miami-Dade and greater Palm Beach are always free with free parking.  Others are relatively inexpensive.

Indoor fun in Hollywood

Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood 954-921-3274

Free entry day at the art venue  is usually 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. third Sundays. Free entry includes art exhibits and often an  family art project or activity.  The activity June 18 is decorating plant pots and planting wildflower seeds.

Regular entry fees are $7 for adults, $4 for kids, students & seniors, free for , free ages 3 and younger, teachers, military & members.

Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach

Interactive educational exhibits, solar trees and opportunities for selfies are featured at a waterfront attraction in Riviera Beach. Entry is free. Manatee Lagoon, 561-626-2833, is at 6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, parking is  free.

Outdoor Bingo in Sunrise

Sunrise offers free outdoor Bingo. Participants receive a game packet for about nine games, while supplies last. 

The events in 2023 include 5:30 p.m. June 18, and entry is free. Games are at 6 p.m. and prizes are offered. The park is at 6600 Sunset Strip, Sunrise. Parking is free. Bring a blanket or portable seat if you'd like.  For information, phone  954- 747-4600, Sunrise parks and recreation department.

Bubbles in Dania

Dania Pointe offers free Bubble Bash displays. Dania Pointe is a shopping, dining and entertainment plaza that offers free live entertainment and events, including outdoor bubble displays June 18 and other weekends. Bubble displays are on the hour 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Entry and parking are free.

Live entertainment in Hallandale

Gulfstream Park shopping, dining and entertainment plaza features live bands, including Entourage June 18, weather permitting. Bands usually play 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. outdoors, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale 33009. Parking is free.

Farmer's markets

If Dad likes fresh local food items, lots of farmers markets and vendor fairs offer an interesting array of items and produce, and sometimes entertainment and activities like free yoga.

Black Film Festival in Miami

Free American Black Film Festival movies in Miami at the Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Entry is free for the Botanical Garden. Other Father's Day ideas in Dade.

Boca Raton & Greater Palm Beach

Free: Father's Day ‘Downtown Drive Car Show' in Boca  

Other Free & Inexpensive Things To Do in greater Palm Beach

 

Restaurant deals

Legends

Kids eat free deal at Legends restaurants

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

Tuesdays- Sundays, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse offers 50% off any large Deep Dish or Tavern-Cut Pizza with promo-code HALFOFF. 

Olive Garden

If you take Dad to Olive Garden, nab an extra take-home entrée for $6.  Entrees include Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno or Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.

Other Restaurant Deals and Gift Bonuses for Father's Day

Photo/Water Taxi

Deals for Father's Day

Flamingo Gardens with LEGO  exhibit

Free for dads Father’s Day at Flamingo Gardens in Davie with a guest paying full price. Regular prices are  $21.95 for 12 and older, $15.95 for 3 to 11, and it's free for 2 and younger.   Other discount opportunities at Flamingo Gardens. The attraction features botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary. Sean Kenney's impressive Nature POP LEGO sculptures are on display. Flamingo Gardens is at 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie 33330. For information,  954-473-2955 or on the website. Parking is free.

Extra Events and Entertainment

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. June 17-18 guitarist Timothy Fisher

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 17 – 18 activities and projects for kids

LEGO sculptures inside and in the gardens and a table with LEGOs for interactive fun

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. & others  Animal talks and presentations

Photo/Bonnet House

Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale

Free entry for dads Father's Day  with another person paying regular full price.

Other deals &  information about Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale Discounts at Historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale

Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

Hop on a Train

Tri-Rail offers $5 all day fares weekends & holidays

Brightline’s Kids Summer Passport program: $5 kid fares & free admission to SoFla attractions

Train rides offered at Tradewinds Park in Broward, including June 17 and June 18. Rides are $1.50. Park entry fee weekends is $1.50 for ages 6 and older.

Xtreme Action Park

Father's Day deal offers 2-for-1 go-karting.  The 2-for-1 deal apparently requires an adult purchase of $28. Regular prices are $15 for ages 5-9, $20 for 10-12, $28 for ages teens and adults. It's valid at  Xtreme Action Park, 954-491-6265, 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, other deals,  Deals & Events at Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale

Movie discount

30% matinee discount on movies before 4 p.m.

Other frugal Father's Day ideas & deals for family-friendly fun

Please return to this feature as other deals are added.

Guest Post Father's Day BBQ recipe

 Other Food Deals

Free & inexpensive things to do this weekend in South Florida

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Other Fun Events & Activities, including free and inexpensive entertainment

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Florida Renaissance Festival

$0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Plantation Farmers Market

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

Junior flea market in Dania Beach

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Dania Beach Frost Park

Delray GreenMarket

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE

Free TurtleFest in Juno Beach

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Loggerhead Park

Orange Blossom Parade & Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival

10:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Lake Worth

Regal Cinemas Saturday Morning Kids Flicks for $2

10:00 am | Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Tri-Rail Fun Day in Dania Beach

10:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Tri-Rail Station in Dania

Celebrate our Families Festival

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | North Shore Park

Free family event, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Miami Beach

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | North Shore Park

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Reggae Jam in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

Miami Street Food Festival

2:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $7.99 | Dolphin Mall

Butterfly Festival Coconut Creek

2:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sabal Pines Park

Global Frontier Film Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Bill Cosford Cinema

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | $32.00-39.00 | Jungle Island

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

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

Fort Lauderdale Art Walk

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Music & Arts South of Sunrise district

City Reads on Key Biscayne

6:00 pm | FREE | Key Biscayne Community Center

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

Night hike at park in Davie, reservations required

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $5.00 | Military Trail Natural Area

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Free New World Symphony WALLCAST Concert

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | New World Center, Miami Beach

Broward Symphony Orchestra in Davie

7:30 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Hall in Davie

$10 Student tickets: New World Center, Miami Beach

7:30 pm | $10.00 | New World Center, Miami Beach

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Discount late-night movies

9:00 pm to 11:30 pm | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Florida Renaissance Festival

$0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Tamarac Farmers Market

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

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Lake Worth Beach Street Painting Festival

10:00 am to 7:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Lake Worth

Orange Blossom car show

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Old Davie School Historical Museum

Fur The Love Pet Fest

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | $10.00 | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free Mardi Gras event in Hollywood

1:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

African Drumming with Abasi, for kids, West Palm Beach

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Free Family Day at Bass Museum of Art

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bass Museum of Art

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe with entertainment & games

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

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

Miami Street Food Festival

2:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $7.99 | Dolphin Mall

$10 Student tickets: New World Center, Miami Beach

2:00 pm | $10.00 | New World Center, Miami Beach

CMX Classics discount film

3:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $6.00-7.00 | CMX Cinemas

Dancing by the Sea

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Anglin Square

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade, Miami Beach

Tropical Sundays Live Music

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

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Jungle Island

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Magic City Fronton, Miami

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

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, February 26, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Jungle Island

Free Screening of "There's Always Tomorrow"

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Bill Cosford Cinema

Free Improv class every Monday in Palmetto Bay

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Palmetto Bay Library

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill, Miami-Dade

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-7.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

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

Food Truck Tuesdays at Haulover Park

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

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Jungle Island

$5 Retro Replay Films

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $5.00 | Landmark Theatre at Merrick Park, Coral Gables

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Free Big Band concert: 'Montage,' Palm Beach State College

7:30 pm | FREE | Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

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

CMX Classics discount film

3:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $6.00-7.00 | CMX Cinemas

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

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

Art and Jazz on the Avenue in Delray

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co., Miami-Dade

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom, Miami-Dade

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Jazz at Jackson, Miami

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park, Miami-Dade

Food Truck Thursdays at Highland Oaks Park

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Highland Oaks Park

Live music: Clematis by Night, West Palm Beach

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

Free Twilight concert: Rock of ABBA, Delray Beach

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Old School Square, Delray

Black Arts Matter, West Palm Beach

6:30 pm | FREE | CityZen Garden, Downtown West Palm Beach

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

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Cuban cinema series with English subtitles, Miami

7:30 pm | FREE | Koubek Center at Miami Dade College

Friday, March 1, 2024

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

Best Picture Showcase, AMC Theatres

$5.00-19.49 | AMC Theatres

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Free concert: First Friday @ 5, Boynton Beach

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Centennial Park, Boynton Beach

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Tropical Park, South Miami

Art After Dark: Jazz Friday at The Norton, WPB

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00-10.00 | Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

Smorgasburg Miami weekly street fair with music

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach

Koubek Center open house, Coral Gables

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Koubek Center at Miami Dade College

Old Town Untapped in Pompano

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

Rock The Park in Plantation

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pine Island Park in Plantation

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

Free Coral Gables gallery night and free museum entry

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

Jazz Jams in Fort Lauderdale

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | ArtServe

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Magic City Fronton, Miami

Que Bacano!: Salsa lessons, dominoes tournament, WPB

6:30 pm | FREE | Clematis Street on the Waterfront, WPB

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

Groove on the Grass band & food trucks in Tamarac

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

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 | Hollywood ArtsPark

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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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