Tickets & Events in Duckpond


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  • Cinema Verde
    Each year, the Cinema Verde festival celebrates environmentally conscious films and art. Visitors flock to the four-day event to watch more than 30 films on issues such as water access, waste disposal, and sustainable practices. The festival also features live music, art exhibits, and eco-tours that highlight the lush, natural environment of north central Florida.
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    301 North Main Street
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Sweet Mel's
    Sweet Mel's combines food and drink in a way not seen since the invention of the banana milkshake, offering a lengthy lineup of burgers, beers, and mixed drinks inside a red and black bar. From their perches on exposed-brick walls, hungry TVs can only dream of sampling what they see?pork chops, deep-fried Oreos, beef patties sandwiched between funnel cakes (The Sweet Mel), and foot-long hoagies packed with slabs of ground beef and bacon (The Boss). To wash down big meals, bartenders pour a steady stream of martinis and specialty cocktails, and fill 100-ounce towers with beer, the only beverage that does not immediately curdle when poured into a tower. A wide array of events puts the corner stage to use, with $1 drafts on Mondays, trivia on Tuesday, and Shakespearean-style readings of the menu specials every day.
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    1 West University Ave
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Gator Stompin' 5K
    As a nonprofit organization that organizes philanthropic events for other nonprofit organizations, the Pledge 5 Foundation conducts food, clothing, and public-service pledge drives for its numerous charity partners. In conjunction with each of these charity drives, it hosts community-centered promotional events—pub crawls, pet adoptions, and tailgating parties—that aim to inspire people to give back to their community. Pledge 5's staff, interns, student association, and service chamber all work to create positive change throughout the Gainesville community by stimulating local commerce and planting popsicle gardens.
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    18 SW 2nd Ave.
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Pathways Arts
    Through hands-on learning, Pathways Arts aims to help students build well-rounded skill sets in the arts. The team of instructors are professionals in the areas they teach, meaning they're adept at teaching students the basics and then helping them plunge right into experimenting with different types of movement or media. Classes for teens and adults and kids, for example, cover topics as diverse as painting, photography, art history, drama, yoga, and capoeira.
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    2032 Northwest 6th Street
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Sushi-2-Go
    The chefs at Sushi-2-Go's new location on the University of Florida campus wrap both classic and signature eight-piece sushi rolls to remedy hollow tummies. Guests can unseal an appetizer of pork or vegetable dumplings ($3) after requesting that they be fried, steamed, or bedazzled with rock-candy rhinestones. Chopsticks airlift the tampa roll's ($5) fried tilapia and cucumber to tongue runways, and the Flying Dragon roll ($7) drapes bites of eel over crisp cocoons of imitation crab, avocado, cucumber, and fish roe. Feel free to take a sabbatical from being a carnivore by opting for the sweet-potato roll ($5), which nestles mushrooms and avocados against fried sweet potato and a sassy supplement of spicy sauce. Fried shrimp and smoked salmon wear caps of seaweed sprinkles in the Hulk roll ($7), which transforms into a green seaweed fist and upends bottles of soy sauce if angered.
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    1412 W University Ave
    Gainesville, FL US
  • 101 Cantina
    Whether you're in a hurry or want to linger with old friends, 101 Cantina Mexican restaurant is quick and casual. It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options. The bar at 101 Cantina is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. Tots and tykes will be right at home at 101 Cantina with its kid-approved food and ambience. Enjoy discounted food and drinks at 101 Cantina's happy hour. 101 Cantina is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups. 101 Cantina is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting). A dance floor is on hand for folks ready to boogie the night away. Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard. Weeknights are busy for 101 Cantina, so call ahead and make a reservation if you can. Good luck spotting a suit and tie at 101 Cantina — casually-dressed diners are the norm here. If you're strapped for time, take out food from 101 Cantina. 101 Cantina will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours. 101 Cantina's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street. For those who prefer to travel by bike, 101 Cantina is a great option due to its generous bike parking options. Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy 101 Cantina since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    1632 W University Ave
    Gainesville, FL US
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