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South Florida theater deals and discounts

South Florida has many excellent theater productions, but tickets are sometimes expensive. We've found a number of ways to get discount theater tickets in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

You can find theater ticket deals from a number of sources, including Goldstar, Groupon, Ticketmaster, Culture Shock, Cultural Connection, Golden Ticket and the theaters themselves.

Another way to save on theater tickets is to volunteer as an usher at the Kravitz Center in West Palm Beach, the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale or the Arsht Center in Miami. And don't forget to keep an eye on our latest entertainment discounts.

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Three tips for getting the best deals on South Florida theater tickets:

  • Check early for tickets and then check back frequently. Sometimes the best deals are offered well in advance of the performance and other times they come along later, if ticket sales are slower than expected. Discount tickets may sell out, and then more deals may be provided.
  • Make sure the deal is really a deal. Some deals offered by discount sites are the same deal you can get from the theater if you buy in advance or buy on certain nights. Check the box office prices when you're looking for deals.
  • Check multiple sites. A deal that is sold out on one discount site may not be sold out on another. Or a slightly different package may be available at a discount. Deals change frequently , too.

Here is the South Florida on the Cheap guide to getting the best deals and discounts on theater tickets. Before you buy a theater ticket, check out these Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and other theater ticket discounts.

1. Goldstar

tickets-300Goldstar contracts with performing arts companies and venues in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to sell unsold tickets at a discount, often 50 percent off and sometimes more. Sometimes you get the best deal if you buy in advance, but sometimes you can get a deal the day of the show. You usually receive etickets, which you can print out or show on your mobile device. (Make sure you read the directions because different venues set different rules.) There is a small service fee, which is disclosed before you buy the ticket. There are no hidden fees.

See all current Goldstar theater ticket discounts here.

2. Groupon

theater-masksGroupon frequently has deals for plays, concerts, festivals and other Miami events. The best deals are usually a few months in advance of the event, and then a deal may come along later if the event is not selling well. Either way, it pays to check before you buy a full-price ticket because Groupon can offer theater and event tickets for 50 percent off or better. The Groupon price almost always includes all service fees, so the price you'll see is the price you pay. You can sometimes earn credit by sharing the deal with friends after you purchase.

Find all the Groupon theater deals in Miami plus other event discounts here.

3. Ticketmaster

You might not expect to find deals at Ticketmaster, the giant company that handles ticket sales for many major venues and performing arts events. But the company sometimes offers deals, two-for-one tickets and “four packs” of tickets at a discounted rate. The base price of the ticket does not include service fees, which can be hefty, but those fees are disclosed before you buy the tickets.

See all the Ticketmaster theater deals here.

4. Culture Shock Miami

culture-shock-miamiCulture Shock Miami offers one of the best deals in town for theater tickets and other entertainment. Students 13 to 22 can buy tickets to cultural performances for $5 each. Best of all, each student can buy a second ticket and take someone of any age such as a parent. Culture Shock also offers discount entry to museums and attractions for $2.50 each.

See all the Culture Shock Miami deals here.

5. Cultural Connections and the Theatre League of South Florida (temporarily suspended)

You can buy tickets for 50 percent off on the day of the performance through Cultural Connection, a project run by WLRN Public Radio and Television, and the Theatre League of South Florida. Service charges totaling $5 are added. You must buy your ticket and pay with a credit card by 5 p.m. the day of the show.  The day's offerings are posted every day shortly after midnight,

To see today's Cultural Connection discount theater tickets, click here.

5. Arsht Center 

The  Adrienne Arsht Center offers $25 tickets to select shows, including theater events, to full-time, degree-seeking college students. Students need to register in advance to be notified of $20 ticket deals or they can visit the website for the ArshtPass deal. Students will need to register in advance.

Learn  more about the Arsht Center discount tickets for college students here.

7. Golden Ticket discounts for seniors

Miami-Dade County’s Golden Ticket program gives those 62 and older free entry to cultural events. The Golden Ticket Arts Guide lists eligible events and venues. When you find something that interests you, contact the sponsoring organization to make a reservation; Golden Ticket admission is available on a first-come, first served basis. The guide includes coupons, one of which must be presented per person, along with photo ID, for free admission. Call 305-499-8755 or email the Department of Cultural Affairs to get a copy of the guide or find one in a county library or commission district office.

Find out more about the Golden Ticket program here.

Find South Florida concert and music festival deals here.

Do you know of other ways to get discount theater tickets in South Florida? Email us the details at news@miamionthecheap,com.

Free and cheap entertainment this week

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: 1st Friday Jazz 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

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Florida Renaissance Festival

$0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

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

Delray GreenMarket

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Regal Cinemas Saturday Morning Kids Flicks for $2

10:00 am | Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Palmetto Bay Village Picnic

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef 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

Adventures of the Three Mess-Keteers, Miami

11:30 am | $5.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

Acoustic music & open mic jam, Coconut Creek

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | North Regional Library

Youth Music Festival, Miami Gardens

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex

Free movie night at Tea & Poets, South Miami

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tea & Poets, South Miami

Free live music in Margate

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Margate sports complex

Live Music on the Plaza

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

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

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

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, March 3, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Florida Renaissance Festival

$0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Regal Best Picture Film Festival

$5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas

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

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

Weston World Fest

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Bluegrass festival and acoustic jam

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

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

Market on the Plaza

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

CMX Classics discount film

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

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

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

 
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