Katherine is a lover of delicious food, good wine and discovering new gems in her local community. In addition to writing for Palm Beach on the Cheap, she is also the editor of Dine Magazine (dinemag.net) and blogs about her travel experiences at The South Florida Traveler (thesouthfloridatraveler.com)

Nov 302015

palmtreeAre you looking for some free and cheap things to do this week? We have compiled a list to help you out of some of our favorite free events, discounts and deals to keep you busy this week in Palm Beach County. Whether you’re a seasoned local or are just down visiting, this list is sure to liven up your week.

Please note that some events may require advance registration, and some deals may end before the events occur, so remember to plan early. We’ll add more to our list, as we hear about them — and you can always check out our complete list on our Calendar page. If you know of a free or cheap event that you think we should know about, email us the details.

You can get free daily email updates of all the free and cheap events, plus deals and discounts on entertainment and dining, by subscribing to our daily newsletter. For even more cheap fun, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Here’s our list of the top free events, discounts and deals to have fun in Palm Beach County this week.


Nov 292015

snowglobeEnjoy holiday festivities on Thurs, Dec. 3rd at the city of West Palm Beach’s holiday tree lighting. This event — taking place in conjunction with Clematis by Night on the waterfront — starts at 6:00 and goes until 10 p.m. The holiday tree lighting features “Sandi,” the world’s only 35-ft tall holiday tree that’s made with 600 tons of sand. In addition to the tree lighting, there will be a free country music concert featuring local American Idol contestant Emily Brooke, up-and-comer Bobby McClendon and national recording artist Parmalee, who you may recognize from their top 10 country hits like “Carolina” and “Close Your Eyes.”  

There will also be a variety of free kid’s activities offered, a visit from Santa and guests can also “sync with Sandi” using LED snowflakes that bring the audience into the show creating a unique and interactive experience.

When: Thurs., Dec. 3 from 6-10 p.m.
Where: Clematis by Night at the West Palm Beach Waterfront
Cost: free to attend

For more information, please visit wpb.org/holiday.


Nov 282015


The Office Depot will host a friends and family night / cookbook launch party on Fri., Dec. 4 from 5-9 p.m. and you are all invited.

This free, fun-filled evening will be a celebration of the release of the new Office Depot Foundation cookbook “Home to Home, Food for Thought.” During the event, guests will enjoy tasting of select items from the cookbook, while tickets for beer, wine and raffles will be available for purchase.

In addition, there will be live entertainment, free gift wrapping, holiday bingo and more.

The cookbook will be available for purchase for $20 each or three for $55 — and the proceeds will go to support the foundation, Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue and Memory Trees Corporation. Those who purchase the cookbook will also receive a free Memory Trees to Go Tree Kit, giving you everything that you need to grow something from the seed.

Office Depot’s cookbook launch party will take place at Office Depot Foundation, 6600 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton.

Nov 272015

Are you looking for some things to do this weekend, but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Check out our list of the top free and cheap things to do this weekend in Palm Beach County.

To keep up with latest news on deals, discounts and free events in Palm Beach County, sign up for the daily Palm Beach on the Cheap newsletter.  You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

Here are our top picks for free and cheap weekend fun:

Nov 252015


Gone are the days of the early morning wakeup calls on Black Friday. This year, all it takes is for you to plan your Thanksgiving dinner early, so you can escape to your favorite shops and get your shopping started on Thursday.  Many stores will be opening their doors on the evening of Thanksgiving, while others will be opening up on Black Friday — so take your choice. Here are the hours for area malls:

  • The Boynton Beach Mall will be open on Thurs, Nov. 26 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will reopen on Fri, Nov. 27 at 6 a.m.
  • Town Center in Boca Raton will be open on Thurs, Nov. 26 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will reopen on Fri, Nov. 27 at 6 a.m.
  • CityPlace will be closed on Thurs., Nov. 26 and open during regular business hours (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.) on Friday.
  • Downtown at the Gardens — Closed on Thanksgiving and open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday
  • The Gardens Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and reopen on Friday at 8 a.m.
  • The Mall at Wellington Green will be open from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving Day and from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Palm Beach Outlets will be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.

For hours on some of the national chains, visit Living on the Cheap.

Nov 232015

palm beach outletsHow would you like some discount coupons to start off your holiday shopping? Palm Beach Outlets is bringing them to you — in the form of a free coupon book. In order to get the coupon book and enjoy the saving, readers of Palm Beach on the Cheap, must print out the coupon on the right.

With your coupon in hand, head over to Palm Beach Outlets Customer Service Center in the Food Pavilion and present your coupon. In return, you’ll get a free coupon book worth hundreds of dollars in savings.

This offer is valid through December 30, 2015. There are some restrictions on this so be sure to take note — Limit one coupon book per person, per day and this offer is subject to change.

Here’s to kicking off your holiday shopping.

Palm Beach Outlets is located at 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach.

Nov 222015


It will be a winter wonderland at Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres from now until December 30th. That’s because their 25th Annual Winter Wonderland has returned bringing nightly shows; more than 75,000 LED lights; holiday displays; live entertainment; photo opportunities with Santa Claus and the Mrs.; and some delectable chocolates from Hoffman’s Chocolates.

Visitors to the Winter Wonderland in Greenacres will also have the chance to win free Hoffman’s chocolate for a year ($100 worth of chocolate per month for 12 months). You can enter into this during the Winter Wonderland hours and the winner will be announced on January 2.

During the event, Hoffman’s Chocolate will also feature seasonal ice cream flavors, available for purchase, that you are sure to enjoy — and holiday gift options will be packed and ready to bring to your holiday party. 

What: Winter Wonderland
Where: Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens in Greenacres
When: Nov. 21 – Dec. 30 from 6-10 p.m. and from 6-11 p.m. from Dec. 18-23. Winter Wonderland and Hoffman’s Chocolates will be closed on Nov. 25 and 26 and on Dec. 24 and 25.
Cost: Free for all guests.



Nov 182015

deck 84Five years in business for a restaurant is “kind of” a long time — so Rapoport’s Restaurant Group’s Deck 84 is going all out and throwing a five year anniversary party this Saturday, November 21 with drink specials, giveaways, live entertainment and more. The official party will take place from 2-4 p.m., but there will be activity going on all afternoon.

During the party, guests will enjoy complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres, $5 drink specials, free commemorative t-shirts (available to the first 50 people who check in on Facebook and show their check-in), a Jack Daniels Fire ice luge, adult snow cones and more.

In addition, Jah Steve and the Counteract Crew will be performing from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. and the Mizner’s Dream, The Yacht Club and Daily Boat Rental family, based out of Marina One, will be docked at Deck 84 with their historical charter boat, Mizner’s Dream, for guests to hang out on.

 This event is free to attend, but you will be responsible for the food and drinks you order.

Deck 84 is located at 840 E . Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach. 

Nov 172015
Vianey Painting

Vianey Painting

Meet, drink and paint happy at Uptown Art, with locations in West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. This popular venue, known for their hands-on art instruction, continues their Tuesday special this month. On Tuesdays, join in the painting fun and do so for only $20. Bring a friend or two or three — and a bottle of wine, if you’d like — and you have the start to a fun-filled night out.

Other classes at Uptown Art are available on other days during the week and are typically priced between $25 and $35.


510 Evernia St.
West Palm Beach
(561) 899-3980

6018 SW 18th St., Suite C4-5
Boca Raton
Shoppes at Village Point

1695 W Indiantown Rd., Suite 14
(561) 295-5255

Nov 102015

Henry's music

Jazz up your Thursday nights and head to Henry’s in Delray Beach. For the month of November, Henry’s Restaurant will welcome in Mary Eiland on Thursday evenings from 8-10 p.m. Gather your friends or make some new ones and enjoy live acoustic performances at the bar at Henry’s. To liven up your evening even more, pair the music with $8 Tito’s vodka cocktails. Cheers to a spirited evening.

Henry’s is located at 16850 Jog Road in Delray Beach.

Nov 062015


Enjoy $5 classic films at The Palm Beach Theatre located at 262 South Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan. These movies will be shown Thursdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and include classic trailers, cartoons, serials, newsreels and more. For information visit www.pbifilmfest.org or call 561-362-0003.

Thursday, November 5 – Saturday, November 7 at 10 AM

THE ROAD TO BALI (1952) stars Hope & Crosby along with Dorothy Lamour, plus cameos by Humphrey Bogart, Jane Russell, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis. The feature film will be accompanied by Hope & Crosby in the black & white short ROAD TO HOME and the cartoon HAWAIIAN BIRDS (1936) from Max Fleischer’s Color Classics.

Friday, November 6 at 2 PM and Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14 at 10 AM

THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS (1954) stars Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Donna Reed, Walter Pidgeon, Eva Gabor, and Roger Moore. The feature film will be accompanied by the cartoon TIME FOR LOVE (1935) from Max Fleischer’s Color Classics.

Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14 at 2 PM and Thursday, November 19 – Saturday, November 21 at 10 AM

PRIVATE BUCKAROO (1942) stars The Andrews Sisters, Harry James and His Music Makers, Shemp Howard, Donald O’Connor, and Joe E. Lewis. The feature film will be accompanied by Frank Sinatra performing on Lucky Strike’s YOUR HIT PARADE, the Popeye cartoon I’M IN THE ARMY NOW (1936), and the cartoon JAPOTEURS (1942) starring SUPERMAN.

Thursday, November 19 – Saturday, November 21 at 2 PM and Friday, November 27 – Saturday, November 28 at 10 AM [Closed Thanksgiving Day]

MEET JOHN DOE (1941) stars Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, and Gene Lockhart. Directed by the legendary Frank Capra. Screenwriters Richard Connell and Robert Presnell Sr. received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Original Story.

Friday, November 27– Saturday, November 28 at 2 PM [Closed Thanksgiving Day] and Thursday, December 3 – Saturday, December 5 at 10 AM

$5 Classic Movies celebrates Thanksgiving Weekend with LIFE WITH FATHER (1947), starring William Powell, Irene Dunne, and Elizabeth Taylor. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Powell). Max Steiner’s score won the Golden Globe. The feature film will be accompanied by the animated short HOLLYWOOD STEPS OUT (1941).

Thursday, December 3 – Saturday, December 5 at 2 PM and Thursday, December 10 – Saturday, December 12 at 10 AM

HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940) stars Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy. Directed by Howard Hawks and based on the stage play, a remake of the 1931 comedy “The Front Page.” The feature film will be accompanied by a trailer for the 1937 serial ZORRO RIDES AGAIN, the Max and Dave Fleischer cartoon BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON (1931), and the 1935 cartoon SINBAD THE SAILOR.

Thursday, December 10 – Saturday, December 12 at 2 PM and Thursday, December 17 – Saturday, December 19 at 10 AM

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) was directed by the legendary Roger Corman (and shot in two days). This is the original, with Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, and a young Jack Nicholson. The feature film will be accompanied by Chapter 5 of THE PHANTOM CREEPS, the 1939 serial starring Bela Lugosi, along with the Tom and Jerry cartoon WOT A NIGHT! (1931). In addition, the program features trailers for several horror films, including TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE.

Thursday, December 17 – Saturday, December 19 at 2 PM

THREE GUYS NAMED MIKE (1951) stars Jane Wyman, Van Johnson, Howard Keel, and Barry Sullivan. The feature film will be accompanied by the Popeye cartoon I NEVER CHANGES MY ALTITUDE (1937), from the Fleischer studios, and the Paramount Screen Song cartoon BASE BRAWL (1948).

Special Christmas shows TBA Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23 at 10 AM and 2 PM. The Palm Beaches Theatre is closed Christmas weekend beginning Thursday, December 24. $5 Classic Movies are presented by the Palm Beach International Film Festival Thursdays through Saturdays at 10 am and 2pm unless noted. Admission is $5 and includes cartoons, serials, newsreels, classic trailers and more, along with the main feature.

Nov 012015
CANVAS-logo-blk1 Downtown West Palm Beach will be transformed into an outdoor museum park, called CANVAS, from Nov. 8 – Nov. 17. This outdoor museum park will include live artist installations and cultural events — and it will also add 20 dramatic, inspiring murals to buildings and infrastructure throughout Downtown West Palm Beach. These include the sides of condominium towers, a hotel, city-owned garage and the Royal Park Bridge. World-renowned artists participating in CANVAS include 2Alas; Bik-Ismo; Cheryl Maeder; David Walker; Eduardo Kobra; Faith47; Jean-Luc Moerman; Jeremy Penn; José Bedia; Kai; Katja Loher; Lonac; Michael Dweck; Registered Artist; ROA; Ron English; Sean Yoro (aka Hula); Zeus.
While the murals are free and visible to the public in Downtown West Palm Beach, there will also be a variety of ticketed events and VIP experiences available for purchase. For more information about the CANVAS experience, visit canvaswpb.org.
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