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Florida waives taxes on lots of recreation items & tickets

Florida shoppers rev up your wallets for a tax-free shopping spree.  Eligible outdoor & recreation items and entry to eligible venues & events are exempt from  usual Florida state sales tax. You'll save at least 6 percent on qualifying purchases.

For some items, such as sunglasses, the price needs to be within a designated amount.  For sunglasses, taxes are waived for items with prices up to $100.  The regular state sales tax on $100 is usually $6. Some regions in Florida also waive local sales taxes during the event.

Florida Tax Freedom event in 2023 is May 29  – September 4 on eligible items. Recreation events and attractions are included, such as  tickets for  sporting events, state parks, plays, fitness, fairs, festivals and other eligible entertainment.

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Examples of items & prices excluded from Florida state sales tax during the event include:

  • $15 or less for sunscreen & insect repellent
  • $30 or less for water bottles
  • $25 or less for goggles
  • $500 or less for kayaks
  • $1 off entry to Florida State Parks
  • $300 or less for paddleboards & surf boards
  • $200 or less for tents
  • $50 or less for portable hammocks
  • $500 or less for bicycles
  • $50 or less for sleeping bags
  • lots of others

Information is on Florida Department of Revenue website. Happy Shopping! 

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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"

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Free Improv class every Monday in Palmetto Bay

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Free movie night at Tea & Poets, South Miami

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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

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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

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Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

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Weston World Fest

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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

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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

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