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Free & cheap Valentine’s Day fun

Whether it’s an emphasis on romance, hanging out with friends and family, or treating yourself, Valentine’s Day is a perfect occasion to do something special. South Florida offers plenty of things to do, including free and inexpensive activities, and deals.

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2023 Valentine’s Day & Weekend ideas, including free & inexpensive fun

Pose With Your Sweetie

Photo/Dania Beach

A public art sculpture in Dania featuring a red heart weather vane is a perfect place for a sweet photo with your sweetie.

It’s outside of Dania city hall, 100 W. Dania Beach Boulevard in Dania Beach. Sculpture artist is Lloyd Goradesky.

Wedding vow renewals

Register to participate in a group wedding and vow renewal event in Fort Lauderdale. The event is free. Fees apply for licenses.  Free Valentine’s Day wedding & vow renewal event in Fort Lauderdale

Pack a picnic

Toss sandwiches and other scrumptious portable foods into a sack & savor a sunny outdoor afternoon activity at a favorite park. Entry fees at lots of South Florida parks are free, or relatively inexpensive. Enhance your excursion with  a nature walk. Play with a Frisbee. Or read poetry. Use the websites below to pick a perfect park.

Examples of delightful parks and scenic venues in Broward County include:

  • Secret Woods, featuring a boardwalk overlooking the New River, and other nature paths, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach; 954-357-8884; free entry
  • Fern Forest, features several nature paths, including its elevated boardwalk into cypress/maple swamp, 201 Lyons Road S., Coconut Creek; 954-357-5198; Nature Trails & Free Entry at Fern Forest in North Broward
  • Quiet Waters Park, includes a butterfly garden and nature path, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach; 954-357-5100; entry is free on weekdays 
  • T-Y Park in Hollywood, includes tennis, picnic tables and a 2-mile paved path, primarily around a lake, for walking, running, biking and skateboarding, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood; 954-357-8811; entry is free on weekdays
  • Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is a lovely 2.5-mile length between waves rolling ashore and shops, hotels and restaurants
  • Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk is a delightful stretch along the New River from about Southwest Fifth Street east toward Federal Highway, incorporating Esplanade Park; Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale offers scenic setting for walks & outdoor recreation

 

 

Love Songs

Romantic songs are performed by vocalist Jennifer McClain 2:30 p.m. February 10 at branch library, 954-357-7830, 3250 NE 2nd St., Pompano Beach 33062. Entry is free. Information is online.

Orchid Show

February 11-12 Orchid show in Boca Raton. Feature: Discount: Valentine’s Orchid Show in Boca Raton for $3

Kids event

Valentine’s Day with Marci Poppins for ages 3-7 11 a.m. February 11 at Weston branch library, 4205 Bonaventure Boulevard, Weston 33332. Register online.

Art Projects & Fun

Palm Beach County libraries offer a variety of projects and activities for kids, teens and adults. Information is online.

Attractions, Recreation & Shopping

 Free Entry

  • Valentine’s Bash at Broward Mall, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. February 11, includes live entertainment featuring Jen Martinez-Bre, Rudy Fernandez and Show Mexicanismo, 8000 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation 33388, 954-473-8100, information is online.
  • Studio 18 In The Pines displays the work of local artists; entry is free; 1101 Poinciana Drive, Pembroke Pines; 954-961-6067
  • Delray Art Trail showcases vibrant outdoor public art displays, art studios and other art venues in the downtown district. Log into the Art Trail on the website
  • Downtown Hollywood Murals features about 45 murals on buildings and sidewalks in easy walkable route, and it’s free. Information about the artwork and artists is online.
  • Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach includes exhibits and a deck overlooking the waterway where manatees occasionally hang out. Entry and parking are free. Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach offers exhibits & webcam & it’s free 
  • ArtServe  exhibits & shop feature the work of South Florida artists & artisans, 1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8190
  • Swap Shop flea market with variety of vendors indoors and outdoors and a free indoor Ferrari display,  3291 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-791-7927; information online
  • Museum of Art in Coral Springs, free entry for exhibits and shop, venue is inside Coral Springs Center for the Arts,  9 a.m. to 5:30  p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; 954-340-5000; website
  • Outdoor art exhibits 

 

Photo/ArtServe

Other Free & inexpensive things to do this weekend in South Florida

Valentine’s Events if you’re spending a little more

Florida Grand Opera

Hearts and Arrows: Opera’s Great Love Songs performance by Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists of best known arias and ensembles plus musicals including music from “West Side Story,” “La Boheme” and “Carousel.” Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m., First Miami Presbyterian Church, 609 Brickell Ave. Tickets $25. Click here for info and tickets.

Ginuwine in Fort Lauderdale

Ginuwine, singer, songwriter and dancer, is the featured performer February 10 and February 11 at The Venue Fort Lauderdale, 954-765-6968, 2345 Wilton Drive, Fort Lauderdale 33305. Tickets are $47.14, including fees. Information and tickets are online.

Deering Estate

Moonlight & Music Valentine’s Day Concert featuring the jazz sounds of Bianca Rosarrio and Nikki Kidd bring a lawn chair or blanket to listen on the lawn. Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., 16701 SW 72 Avenue, Miami, FL 33157. Tickets $60. Click here for info and tickets.

Curtiss Mansion

Candlelight concert featuring the music of “Romeo & Juliet” and other romantic classics. Feb. 14 at 6:30 and 9 p.m., Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs. Tickets $50. Click here for info and tickets.

Other ideas

  • Water Taxi in Fort Lauderdale offers rides along the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, with hop-on, hop-off opportunities.  After 5 p.m., discounted Happy Hour fares are offered. Feature: Water Taxi offers deals
  • Xtreme Action Park, 5600 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale 33309,·is an indoor arcade and recreation venue. Deals are offered, including two activities for $22 Mondays to Thursdays.
  • Boomers Boca Raton, arcade and recreation park, 3100 Airport Road; 954-347-1888, promotions in February and other deals featured on Boomers website
  • Frost Science Museum, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-434-9600, website.
  • Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., 305-251-0400; website.

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Other free and cheap things to do

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | FREE | Stranahan Park

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

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

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

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

SoundScape Cinema Series: Free outdoor movies in Miami Beach

8:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Jazz at Jackson

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

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

Perez Museum Floating Film

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

GOGO MOAD Art Making Workshop

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00 | IS Projects

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

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Friday, February 10, 2023

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

11:00 am to 11:30 pm | FREE | Seminole Hard Rock

Night market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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 entertainment in Pompano

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Lawn at Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard

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

Tunes 'n Trucks in Sunrise

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

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

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

Free outdoor film in Weston

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Weston Regional 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 | ArtsPark

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Boca Raton Beer Wine & Spirits Fest

Discounted | Mizner Park in Boca

Plantation Farmers Market

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

Sensory Friendly Saturday

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

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

9:00 am to 11:30 pm | FREE | Seminole Hard Rock

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Family Fest: Rita Finds Home

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

Family Day free admission

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

Rock n' Ride in Tamarac

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac Sports complex

Free GOGO MOAD Family Art Fun

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Surfside Town Hall

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

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

Deep Fried Funk in Weston

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

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

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Discount late-night movies

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

Sunday, February 12, 2023

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

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Kids' Graffiti Drawing Class

10:00 am | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | Seminole Hard Rock

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe

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

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

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

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

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

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, February 13, 2023

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

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

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

All Arts Open Mic Night

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

 

Ginuwine performs in Fort Lauderdale
When
February 10, 2023 @ 9:00 pm
Cost
$47.00
What
Ginuwine performs in Fort Lauderdale
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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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