Downtown Lifestyle


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We’ve got your family fun Friday night plans! Lake Eola started offering a free movie night once a month in the park, appropriately named – Movieola. The film being featured tonight is The Lego Movie, and the film for August will be Monster’s University. The movie doesn’t start rolling until 8:30, but get there early to set up your blanket! There will be lawn games and food for purchase starting at 6:30pm. Thanks to the City of Orlando for providing a great fun and free event!

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If you haven’t been to this super fun local event, you are missing out! Every 2nd Thursday Thornton Park holds a wine and art walk. For $10 you get a cup, then visit the local bars/restaurants/business’ in the area to get their featured drink! Art is set up along the way and it’s a fun time had by all!

To see the full list of participating stops along with a map and parking information, click here.

Bands. Food Trucks. Local Vendors. Local Fun! Southern Fried Sunday is going to be a really big, really fun event this weekend. It’s the 6th annual Benefit for The Mustard Seed of Central Florida which helps families in need that have suffered from disaster or personal tragedy by collecting donations of furniture and other housing items to help families rebuild.  The charge for the event is $10, with all proceeds going to The Mustard Seed of Central Florida.

The venues for the event include  Will’s Pub (Indoor & Outdoor Stage ), St. Matthew’s Tavern at the Orlando Beer Garden (Outdoor in the “Band Garden” until 9pm), and The Peacock Room (Indoor stage after 8pm).

Don’t miss this great event!

 

What’s better than sipping on some Cabernet while getting your feets rubbed? Not much! The Barefoot Spa teamed up with our favorite winery, Quantum Leap to bring you a super relaxing start to your weekend.  The event will be  hosted at Quantum Leap on Thursday, July 17th from 4-9m. Foot massages can be made for 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions. To secure your massage time, call the barefoot spa at 407-539-1491.

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Time to bust out the Berets and get out to Bastille Day! The Audubon Park Garden District will be holding the 6th annual event this Saturday from 6-10pm.

The event is free and includes a whole lotta french fun, such as:

Marie Antoinette signing autographs, plus a guillotine photo op

Mini French-themed art show

Baguette fencing courtesy of Olde Hearth Bread Company

A French-inspired open air market

..And much more!

 

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We just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

If you’re still looking for some 4th fun, check out our blog post from last week!

 

*Image from Mills50District Instagram

*Image from Mills50District Instagram

The new Mills Brewpub (used to be Bananas) had a sneak peek event Monday night and we were in attendance to see what it was all about! The interior has been hugely upgraded and has a modern industrial feel. The food menu is nice with some of the typical pub fare plus some entree options. The drink menu includes some select draft beers, many bottles, a red and white wine list as well as cocktails.

All in all Mills Brewpub seems like it’s going to be a pretty fun after work spot to eat and drink! They open up to the public next week, be sure to stop in.

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*Image from cityoforlando.net

*Image from cityoforlando.net

It’s that time of year again when we bust out the Popsicles and american flags! 4th of July is one of the funnest holidays and there’s a lot going on around town this year.

Lake Eola has it’s annual Fireworks at the Fountain event which is always sure to impress. The event starts at 4pm with performances throughout the night from Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. There will be food and beverage vendors as well as a childrens area. The firework display starts at 9:10pm, get there early to get a good spot!

Winter Park will be having their festive day time event the Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. There will be live music by the Bach Festival Brass Band and the Bach festival Choir. Good news -  free hotdogs, water and watermelon while supplies last! There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides and childrens activities complete with inflatables!

Worried you won’t see enough fireworks on the 4th? Well you’re in luck! Baldwin park is having their 4th celebration on the 5th of July at Harbor Park. The Baldwin Park Rotary holds The Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash every year either before or after the actual holiday. The event is free to attend and will feature live music, a food & beer garden, and fireworks over Lake Baldwin after dark.

Have a happy and safe 4th, Orlando!

The City Beautiful is already a wonderful place to live, but what if it could be even better? That’s exactly the question the leaders of Project DTO are asking themselves and the community. Project DTO is a visioning process to create and develop the next stage of Downtown Orlando. The main objectives of the projects include a DTO Vision, DTO Marketing Strategy, and a new Downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Area Plan to set forth a roadmap to achieve the new vision.

The project has designated some key areas for focus: transit, parking, arts & culture, city identity and the social landscape of the community. Project DTO has a whole entire task force of 75 passionate individuals that will be movers and shakers in the cause.

The best part of all of this is that Project DTO is asking YOU, the Orlando community for ideas and input. They have made it really fun and easy to participate and here’s how you can:

1. Project DTO has an impressions survey for you to fill out and say what you think is valuable in a downtown area.

2. Oyes/Ono – See something cool in a different city that you would like to see in Orlando? Post it to social media with the hashtag #oyes, or if you see something you don’t like happening you can tag it with #ono.

3. Simply just drop an email and let Project DTO know what your ideas are.

Be sure to check out the Project DTO Facebook page to stay updated. Also, get rolling on some ideas!

business after hours may 2013Exciting news, Orlando – You have a chance to check out the newest business in the district before it opens to the public! Mills Brewpub will be holding a special business after hours event for residents to come out, network and mingle while enjoying some offerings from the new brewpub. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members, and you can RSVP by emailing director@mills50.org

The Mills Brewpub is going to have it all – an extensive menu of pub fare, many draft and bottle options, cocktails, red and white wine, happy hour on weekdays, ladies nights on thursdays, and sunday fundays. You can check out their full menu here. You can also follow their Facebook page for updates.

See it all at the event on Monday, June 30th!

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