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Readers’ Favorite Free Things To Do in South Florida

Tons of free entertainment and activities are offered in South Florida, and readers enthusiastically provided some of their favorites.

It’s interesting to see what other South Floridians enjoy. It offers valuable ideas for residents and tourists who appreciate wallet-friendly fun.

These favorites were provided by readers when they entered a previous drawing for a free boat excursion. Their ideas are well-worth repeating.

Photo/Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

Attractions

Reader: “Our favorite thing to do right now is visit the free trains exhibit at Plantation Historical Museum. My 2yo (and I) loves seeing the train displays and talking to all the nice train conductors.”

Related feature: Plantation Historical Museum offers free entry & running model railroads

Reader: “The free Miami botanical gardens is my favorite free thing to do in South Florida.”

Related feature: Miami Beach Botanical Garden is now free

Reader:  “My favorite free activity in Miami is visiting all the museums and getting the 4 person pass at the Miami Dade Libraries. Especially during the summertime. We’ve visited the Children’s Museum, Frost Science Museum, the History Museum, Perez Art Museum and even The Fruit and Spice Museum. It’s a great way to say good times with our son and friends.”

Related feature: Free vouchers for museums, attractions at the library

Photo/Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach, an FPL eco-discovery venue

Other attractions with free entry opportunities:

 

Fern Forest. Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

Parks & Nature

Reader: “My favorite free thing to do is take a walk or exercise at one of our many parks. I have 3 parks very close to me and just to get to some of them, I get to walk along a canal filled with fish, turtles, ducks, etc. The wild parrots are my absolute favorite!”

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Beaches

Plenty of readers adore South Florida beaches. 

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Hollywood bandshell. Photo/Hollywood CRA

Free entertainment: Live music & outdoor movies

Reader: “My favorite free thing is Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell. So much fun!!!”

Reader: “We love the Hollywood Beach Bandshell free concerts!! Love to listen, enjoy and Dance with locals & tourists! Some amazing artists!”

Related feature: Free live music at Hollywood Bandshell

Reader: “My favorite thing that I’ve done using Miami on the Cheap has been watching a free outdoor family-friendly film with my family.”

Related feature: Free family-friendly films in Hollywood

Reader: “Free music Jazz on Las Olas free music on Fort Lauderdale beach free music (in downtown West Palm Beach)”

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Vendor markets

Reader: The most fun and splash we have is on the free farmers markets. Especially the one at Pinecrest Gardens on each Sunday is our favorite one. Smoothies, fresh bread, cookies, BBQ, lime juices, and on and on, delicious! It is a wonderful way to dive into Miami’s local diversity of cultures and food!

Reader: “My favorite free events around Miami, Aventura, Liberty City, Little Haiti and North Miami is to shop at the various free farmers and vendor markets. I also have loved attending free live music in Wynwood and Gulfstream, especially when the crowd breaks in a line dance. Relaxing and fun.”

Related feature: Farmers markets & vendor fairs 

Biking

Reader: “Best free thing to do in South Florida is bike riding on the Atlantic trail way overlooking the Everglades.”

Reader: “My favorite free thing to do in south Florida is biking on the Rickenbacker Causeway to one of the beaches at Bill Baggs State Park, having lunch at the Lighthouse Cafe and watching the friendly local raccoons eating out of the garbage cans before heading back over the big bridge at dusk as the skyline begins to glitter.”

Reader: “I live in Miami and my favorite activity is running. I run everywhere in Miami: Key Biscayne, South Beach, Kennedy Park. I also enjoy biking under the underline.”

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Other fun

Reader: “My favorite free thing to do in South Florida is attend various festivals where there is no admission. Like Starlight Musicals, Food Truck Wednesdays, etc. – and various free kids events that we take our family to. We all have a good time for relatively cheap.”

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Outdoor dining: Free events with food trucks

Reader: “My favorite free thing to do in Miami is to look at the skyline. If you drive to Key Biscayne, you can park and have this fabulous, cosmopolitan view.”

Other Free Things To Do

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Artisan Show

10:00 am | FREE | Dolphin Mall

National Night Out

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Merrick Park

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

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

Sip of History: Bearing Witness

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | HistoryMiami

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

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

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

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Sunny Days/Starry Nights at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale with free entry

11:00 am to 7:00 pm | FREE | NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Food trucks and music

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

Screening of In The Heights

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

In the Heights

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

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

City Theatre explores activism and civic engagement in free short plays

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Books and Books Coral Gables

Friday, October 7, 2022

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

First Fridays @ 5 concert in Boynton Beach

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

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

Downtown Delray Art Walk

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

Free Gables Gallery Night first Fridays

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

Free Gallery Night entry

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

Old Town Untapped in Pompano

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

Oakland Park Oktoberfest

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Funky Buddha Brewery

Fast Lane Friday

6:00 pm to 11:59 pm | $0-25.00 | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Giveaway alert! 'Familia Kitchen Cookbook': Latino family recipes

6:30 pm | FREE | Books and Books Coral Gables

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

48th Oktoberfest 2022

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | American German Club of The Palm Beaches

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Free outdoor family-friendly films

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

Salsa Nights

9:00 pm to 2:00 am | FREE | InterContinental Hotel

Saturday, October 8, 2022

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

Sensory Friendly Saturday

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

Big Toy and Truck Extravaganza in Fort Lauderdale

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Holiday Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Free Family Fun Day at HistoryMiami museum

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

Free family fun celebrating Ukrainian culture

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

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

GIPA's 31st Oktoberfest

12:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | German American Social Club of Greater Miami

Brazilian Festival in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 11:00 pm | $0-20.00 | Snyder Park

Rock-n-Fall Festival in Royal Palm Beach

1:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Commons Park

Oakland Park Oktoberfest

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Funky Buddha Brewery

Family Day free admission

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

48th Oktoberfest 2022

3:00 pm to 11:00 pm | $10.00 | American German Club of The Palm Beaches

Elevated vendor market in West Palm

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

Dania After Dark Street Festival

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania City Hall

Free Gospel Sunday concert

5:00 pm | FREE | Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Free Gospel Sunday concert

5:00 pm | FREE | Miami Gardens City Hall

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

"Haunted" house in Royal Palm Beach

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | $10.00 | Commons Park

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

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Tamarac Farmers Market

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

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

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Free live music & supplies drive in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

48th Oktoberfest 2022

12:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $10.00 | American German Club of The Palm Beaches

Brazilian Festival in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $0-20.00 | Snyder Park

Oakland Park Oktoberfest

1:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Funky Buddha Brewery

Rock-n-Fall Festival in Royal Palm Beach

1:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Commons Park

Tropical Sundays Live Music

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

Free Gospel Jam Session

6:00 pm | FREE | North Beach Bandshell

Live 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

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

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, October 10, 2022

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

Noche de Arte

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | InterContinental Hotel

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

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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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