Need some activities to keep you busy this weekend? From drinks and ice cream to music and Pokemon, the Avenue has you covered.
Friday, July 15
Drink for the Global Good at OAK: Gainesville’s Original American Kitchen, or OAK, located at 15 SE First Ave., will host a fundraiser Friday in conjunction with UF graduate Yunfai Ng for her mission to create a mobile health education program in rural India. Drink specials will be $5 and include wine, Bud Light, Miller Lite and single liquor call drinks. All proceeds will go to benefit the cause.
“Pokemon Go” at the Florida Museum: From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Florida Museum of Natural History will host a free “Pokemon Go” event. According to the Facebook page, visitors are invited to stock up at the Florida Museum PokeStop, battle for control of the Museum Fries Pokemon gym and participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Lures will also be placed every 30 minutes. The event is free, and Wi-Fi is available.
Saturday, July 16
Gainesville Arts Market: This month’s Gainesville Arts Market is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at 601 S. Main St. There will be a special feature section for Toxic Florida: An Environmental Arts Movement and Call for Artists, where visitors can submit their own “toxic art.” Check out the work of local artisans and enjoy wandering through downtown.
Band Roulette: It’s that time once again, when The Backyard at Boca Fiesta, located at 232 SE First St., hosts its Band Roulette session. For those who have never been, five weeks ago, names were put in jars (one each for singers, guitarists, bassists and drummers), and by choosing one name out of each jar, makeshift bands were formed. Over the last few weeks, the bands have rehearsed and will perform in a Battle of the Bands at The Backyard. The showcase is at 10 p.m. with a $3 cover.
Sunday, July 17
Free Ice Cream at Cold Stone: Both of Gainesville’s Cold Stone Creamery locations will hold a Free Ice Cream Day on Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. in honor of National Ice Cream Day. Visitors can get a free fun size and topping at either 3822 W. Newberry Road or 3443 SW Archer Road when they download the Gift Certificates & More app for free and create an account.
Crazy Flavor Night: Also in honor of National Ice Cream Day, Sweet Dreams of Gainesville will replace its usual flavors with 35 of its most unique options. The store, located at 3437 W. University Ave., will release the flavors on Facebook the morning of the event, which will run from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.