Food-and-drink festivals allow people to diversify their palates in one day, a feat previously attainable only by cramming five frozen dinners and a variety pack of juice boxes into a blender. Savor expanding horizons with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for a First Fridays VIP wristband (a $20 value)
- $17 for a VIP First Fridays wristband with a carriage ride (a $35 value)
On Friday, June 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., students and residents of the Gator Nation band together to descend on the city for an evening of drinking, live music, and raucous merriment. A VIP wristband entitles guests to complimentary food, drinks, an optional carriage ride, and valet service at 20 participating locations. Highlights include a free wine tasting at Half Cork'd, casino games with sponsored prizes at Main Street Bar & Billiards, and live music at Smokehouse Downtown. To sweeten the deal, guests earn raffle tickets for sponsor-provided prizes by getting their passport stamped at participating venues. Upon the event's completion, participants receive a souvenir photograph that both commemorates their experience and reveals any mustard that might have been trapped in their mustache bristles.
Pledge 5 Foundation and Thrift 5
As a nonprofit organization, 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. Pledge 5 is dedicated to increasing the number of volunteers in the community and encouraging the community's public service participation.
The Pledge 5 Foundation, in addition to working with charitable partners to inspire others to give back to their communities, also hosts a bargain shop known as Thrift 5, providing gently used and brand new goods to the denizens of Gainesville. The store stocks everything from brand name clothing to home decor and many other products. Patrons may also make tax-deductible donations to the store and volunteer at the shop. Thrift 5 also features local artist showcases.