About the deal
On Friday, June 1, from 6P to 10P, residents of the Gator Nation descend on the city for an evening of drinking, live music, and merriment. For today’s deal, you can pay only $17 for a VIP First Fridays wristband with a carriage ride—a $35 value.
First Fridays is your passport to downtown. This VIP wristband entitles guests to complimentary food, drinks, a 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.
First Fridays is hosted by Pledge 5 Foundation. 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, they host 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.