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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.

*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!


Orlando’s top chef’s and restaurants are coming together to bring you Bite Night, an event that will give you the chance to sample all the best food from the best restaurants around town! Some of the big names here will be Cask & Larder, K Restaurant, The Rusty Spoon, Sweet!  and many more. The event will take place at Orchid Garden at Church Street (amazing venue) and will also have a drink selection.

This is a ticketed event with part of the proceeds going to The Edible Schoolyard Project which helps build awareness and bring edible education curriculum to K-12 students. There will also be a silent auction at the event with all of the proceeds going to the same cause.

Bite Night will be on Monday, June 30th at 7pm at Orchid Garden at Church Street. The event is 21+

*Image from facebook.com/OrlandoShuffle

*Image from facebook.com/OrlandoShuffle

Shuffleboard isn’t just for senior citizens anymore! That’s right, the sport of shuffleboard is making a comeback – and all Orlandoans can be a part of it. Every first Saturday of the month, the Beardall Courts hold the “Orlando Shuffle” and invite everyone to come out and play. You don’t have to be a pro, heck – you don’t even have to know much to get started! All levels and ages are welcome to attend, and for free. There are no concessions at the court, but attendees are allowed to bring coolers and snacks. Get out there and do something different!

The Orlando Shuffle – Saturday, June 7 – 7-9pm – Beardall Courts (800 Delaney Ave)


Want some local fun in the beginning of your week? Tasty Tuesdays will give you just that! With a rotating schedule of about 12 food trucks each Tuesday (they usually announce them on their faceboook) and a family friendly environment you can’t go wrong. Tasty Tuesdays happens in the Milk District at 2424 E. Robinson Street  in the back parking lots of the strip where The Milk Bar, Etoile Boutique and Spacebar are located (all of which have their doors open).

PS – Did you know Orlando recently was named the number one city for most food trucks per resident? Pretty cool! Be sure to get out there and get the best of all the local noms’.


*Image from lunafest.org

*Image from lunafest.org

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! As per usual, there’s a lot happening in the City Beautiful this weekend.

Lunafest is taking place tonight (Friday) at Leu Gardens. Lunafest is a traveling film festival comprised of short films by women, for women and about women. Tickets are $15 at the door and you can enter the gardens at 6:30 with the films starting at 8:30. Bring a picnic dinner and take a nice stroll before the films begin!

Saturday you can check out a Memorial Day Concert by the Orlando Concert Band at Cyprus Grove Park starting at 10am. You can also get your groove on later at Ember for their Memorial Day party starting at 9pm with live music.

On Sunday we have our open house from 2-4. After, we’ll be at The Dupster Dive party that we previously blogged about, come see us!




Winning submission by Randall Smith for the Dumpster Art Project

Winning submission by Randall Smith for the Dumpster Art Project

You won’t actually have to dive into a dumpster, but head over to Will’s Pub on May 25th (6pm) for some live music, burgers, hotdogs, and vegan dogs at the Dumpster Dive Fundraiser. Admission is $8 and goes towards the Public Art Project by Mills 50 and the City of Orlando. The project is the transformation of 15 dumpsters in the district which will be painted by local artists. Support the cause to make our city beautiful!  And don’t forget you don’t have to work on Monday – it’s Memorial Day.
PS – What are you doing this Sunday the 18th ? We have an open house at 745 Hempstead Ave from 2-4PM, more information here!


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