Beat those winter blues with buttercream icing and sprinkles as Sarkara Sweets hosts the first ever Frost Off! This event will take place in the Sun Center courtyard and feature a cupcake decorating contest with amazing prizes. Other attractions in the Sun Center include an indie craft show featuring local artists specializing in jewelry, home decor, and accessories; and more.
Free Show at The Backyard
Come see national recording artist Little Mike and the Tornadoes at The Backyard from 6:30-9:30pm. The show is free and open to the public! For more info about their music: https://www.facebook.com/LittleMikeandtheTornadoes
First Friday Passport
Your free First Friday passport can be picked up at the Opera House between Lillian’s Music Store and Harry’s Seafood, Bar, and Grille between 5pm and 10pm. The passport unlocks specials at over 35 downtown bars and restaurants!
Purchase a VIP wristband for $20 to get free food, drinks, carriage rides, raffle entry, valet parking and more! Stop at any of the designated VIP locations and get treated like First Friday royalty.
Find out why our community needs you! Learn about several local charity organizations from their directors and staff. Meet charity minded individuals and sign up for one of Pledge 5's upcoming service socials. Representatives from United Way, Shands Arts in Medicine, The Arc, Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, Catholic Charities, Gainesville Rabbit Rescue, and Pledge 5 Foundation will be present!
We will be accepting new and gently used blankets, towels, jackets, and food donations for the St. Francis House (those donations can be brought to The Opera House when you pick up your First Friday passport).
With over 35 participating businesses, First Friday is Gainesville's largest happy hour! Businesses include Sharab Lounge, Vellos Brickstreet Grill, Harry’s Seafood, Bar, and Grille, The Gelato Company, Dragonfly, Rockey's, Emiliano's Cafe, Tall Paul’s Brew House, Misty Edge Carriage Rides, Maude’s, Hippodrome Theatre, Lillian’s Music Store, Mark’s Prime, Main Street Bar & Billiards, Sweet Mel’s, Liquid Ginger, Clockwork Studios, Relish, The Midnight, and more!
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Carey Meldon, Attorney at Law
Alter Ego Fitness
Gainesville Downtown Owners & Tenants
Pledge 5 Foundation
The Independent Florida Alligator
Alter Ego Fitness
Pledge 5 Foundation is a non-profit organization that increases the number of volunteers in the community and encourages the overall participation in public service. To achieve these goals, Pledge 5 develops programs that introduce people to convenient yet meaningful giving opportunities. To learn about the programs that get people giving back visit www.pledge 5.org.
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