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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 free things to do in the Orlando area this weekend (July 18-20)

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click to enlarge >a href="">25 fun things to do in Orlando this week (7/16 – 7/23)
  • >a href="">25 fun things to do in Orlando this week (7/16 – 7/23)

>a href="">25 fun things to do in Orlando this week (7/16 – 7/23)

The City Beautiful has some hidden freebies for you to uncover this weekend. From an ice cream social to a Belgian Independence Day celebration, you can have unlimited fun on a limited budget.


CityArts Factory is premiering a new gallery this week. Check out Mystique, an exhibit that explores the topic of feminine allure from both a female and male perspective.

When: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday, July 18

Venue: CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.

La Chouffe Party

Head on down to The Gnarly Barley for a Belgian Independence Day celebration. Score some free swag, and be sure to get your picture taken in the giant gnome chair.

When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, July 18

Venue: The Gnarly Barley, 7431 S. Orange Ave.

click to enlarge 22 hoppy photos from Beer Camp Across America Takeover at Gnarly Barley
  • 22 hoppy photos from Beer Camp Across America Takeover at Gnarly Barley

22 hoppy photos from Beer Camp Across America Takeover at Gnarly Barley

Business as Community Life: Winter Park 2013

Check out a collection of black-and-white photographs of  Winter Park landmarks at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. The community center pays tribute to the past, present and future contributions of Winter Park’s historic African-American community.

When: 7 p.m., Friday, July 18

Venue: Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park

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Hannibal Square Heritage Center

Stephen Heywood and Sarah Alexander: Material Systems

View a two-person exhibition entitled Material Systems, featuring sculptures created by Stephen Heywood and paintings by Sarah Alexander. The gallery is located in New Smyrna, and the exhibit will be on display through July 26.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 19

Venue:  Arts on Douglas, 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach

2nd Annual Ice Cream Social

Tackle the heat with a cooling treat at Whole Foods' second annual Ice Cream Social. At the Winter Park Whole Foods, guests can celebrate National Ice Cream Month with complimentary cones and sprinkles.

When: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, July 19

Venue: Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park

Cuisine Corner: Artisan Cheeses By La Femme Du Fromage

Get your cheese on at the Orlando Public Library. An expert will show you how to make a perfect artisan cheese plate, and then you can eat your masterpiece afterwards.

When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 19

Venue: Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.

Lakeside Inn Street Palooza

Crash a party without repercussions. Mount Dora's Lakeside Inn is hosting a street party with arts and craft vendors, food, drinks and family-friendly activities. A concert will start at 7:30 p.m. with The Wholetones performing.

When: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 19

Venue: Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora

Star Spangled Summer Concert Series

The Star Spangled Summer Concert Series is a recurring Saturday event of tribute bands and evening fireworks from Memorial to Labor Day. This weekend’s live entertainment is Rocket Man, the Premier Elton John Tribute Show.

When: 7:15-9:45 p.m., Saturday, July 19

Venue: Daytona Beach Bandshell, 70 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach

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Quilts from My Paintbrush

Attend a quilt exhibition by modern primitive artist Ken "Blacktop" Gentle. This show features large scale replicas of quilts that are painted on lightweight packing blankets and some of Ken's memory paintings.

When: noon-5 p.m., Sunday, July 20

Venue: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St.

Sundays with DJ Smilin' Dan

Jam out to DJ Smilin' Dan, one of Orlando's best table turners. Hear downtempo beats at  a low key establishment, The Falcon in Thornton Park.

When: noon-5 p.m., Sunday, July 20

Venue:  The Falcon, E. Washington St.

Addison Frei

Hear live entertainment from up-in-coming solo pianist, Addison Frei. The young musician has made his mark with haunting compositions and loose arrangements. The evening will also feature a live art demo by Lisa Rodriguez.

When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 20

Venue:  Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave.

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