10 free things to do in the Orlando area this weekend (July 18-20)
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.
Redefine Gallery is premiering a new show this week. Check out Mystique, an exhibit that explores the topic of feminine allure from both female and male perspectives.
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.
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
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
Quilts from My Paintbrush
Attend a quilt exhibition by modern primitive artist Ken “Blacktop” Gentle. This show features some of Ken’s memory paintings as well as large-scale replicas of quilts that are painted on lightweight packing blankets.
When: noon-5 p.m., Sunday, July 20
Venue: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St., Sanford
Sundays with DJ Smilin’ Dan
Jam out to DJ Smilin’ Dan, one of Orlando’s best table turners. Hear downtempo beats at this low-key establishment, The Falcon in Thornton Park.
When: noon-5 p.m., Sunday, July 20
Venue: The Falcon, E. Washington St.
Hear live entertainment from up-and-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.