Welcome to our Circle

This effort wants to connect you to likeminded people - online and offline - with no membership fees, no product pitches, and a fresh look at networking. We're here to help you find your support group: the people you want to brainstorm with, who you call when you need a push in the right direction, who will give you an honest opinion when you need it most. Florida Creatives Happy Hours are for professionals, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, consultants and everyone else too - no matter what your creative pursuit is. This website and our other online presences reinforce the connections you make at events, and help our members discover and publish what's new.

Contribute to the Site

Our site is a container for lots of great content. The most common posts on the site are Discussions in the Forum and Events in the Calendar. Any member can add a Community or Meetup to the Directory or a Job Listing in a group. Members are also encouraged to record Podcast Episodes.

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If you want to be here, you belong. The first step is to register or login and join some groups. You'll get email updates about new posts and comments in all your groups.

Our groups are all over the state: we have long-running meetups in Orlando and Brevard County, and satellite efforts in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lakeland, South Florida, Southwest Florida, Tallahassee, and the Tampa Area. If you are interested in seeing these networks grow, get on the discussion list and shout out to the other creatives in your area. We also have interest-based groups for specific industries, disciplines and free event, forum and wiki hosting for meetup groups.

The Wiki on the site is broken out into several areas to collect information - places to get wi-fi, great local resources, companies or artists in your area, and more. Anyone who registers can edit pages or add new ones. There are some pointers in the Help wiki. We are collecting awesome tutorials in the Guides wiki.

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FLCreatives Happy Hour at BART

Location

BART // Bar + Arcade + Gallery
1205 North Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-796-2522
Community or Meetup: 
Nov 20 2013 6:00p - 9:00p

Florida Creatives Happy Hour returns! Video games! Craft beer! hanging out! Making new connections!

BART (Bar + Arcade + Art) is a fairly new venue with a good atmosphere off of Mills Ave - next to the Yum-Mi, near the Peacock Room. They do not serve food, but there are several food options near by. They have some free-to-play video games and a few that cost a quarter. They can make change for you, but make sure to bring a dollar or two just in case you want to play.

Paralounge Drum Gathering

Paralounge Drum Gathering, Unique family event, world music and percussion

Location

Camp Kiwanis
19300 S.E 3rd ST.
Silver Springs, FL 34488
Phone: 386-658-2444
May 09 2013 12:06p May 12 2013 - 12:06p

Florida Creatives Happy Hour @ Fringe

Orlando Fringe

Location

Orlando Fringe Beer Tent
812 E Rollins Street Loch Haven Park
Orlando, FL 32803
Community or Meetup: 
May 22 2013 6:30p - 9:30p

Orlando Fringe has been a stop on the Florida Creatives Happy Hour circuit since our first year. They create a great collaborative environment for art on the edge, particularly theatre, though there is some awesome visual art, poetry and music there as well. This year there will even be a Pecha Kucha Night as an official Fringe show!

Some of you may have noticed that we haven't had many Happy Hours this year... that's because I've been really busy putting together my first-ever Fringe show, The 39 Steps. The story of how I got to this point? Ask me at the beer tent.

Creative Mornings Orlando with Craig Ustler

Craig Ustler

Location

Urban ReThink
625 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801
Apr 26 2013 8:30a

Craig Ustler, MAI, CCIM is the Owner and President of Ustler Development, Inc., a real estate development company, and Vice President of Ustler Properties, Inc., a commercial real estate brokerage company. Ustler is President and a principal of Creative Village Orlando, LLC.  

"Design and Thinking," film night presented by FL Hospital Innovation Lab

"Design & Thinking" Poster

Location

UrbanReThink
625 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 4077046895
Mar 14 2013 7:00p - 9:30p

 

Location

UrbanReThink
625 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 4077046895

Florida Creatives Happy Hour: Orlando EDC @ Voxeo #WhyOrlando

Florida Creatives

Location

Voxeo, Chase Plaza
189 South Orange Avenue 10th Floor, South Tower
Orlando, FL 32801
Community or Meetup: 
Feb 04 2013 5:30p - 7:30p

November 2013 Happy Hour

This month's Happy Hour is sponsored by the Metro Orlando EDC, held at the offices of Voxeo, a real success story from Orlando's Technology Scene. They're using the opportunity to raise awareness for their #WhyOrlando campagin - just one of the ways they are making Central Florida more attractive to businesses looking to locate here.

FLCreatives Happy Hour - Build Guild - Tech Happy Hour at The Other Bar

The VolTron of Happy Hours!

Location

The Other Bar
18 Wall Street
Orlando, FL 32801
Community or Meetup: 
Dec 12 2012 6:00p - 9:00p

I'm calling this the VolTron Happy Hour.

This month the local technology groups are joining forces to throw a massive holiday happy hour at The Other Bar (on Wall Street between the Cantina and Wai Tiki). This is the normal date for Build Guild but several groups are also participating. Come and grow the Orlando scene!

Come and join some of the passionate creative minds of Orlando in one of the longest-running happy hour meetups in the state of Florida (almost 6 years!). Our goal is to provide a safe environment to share your schemes, unearth passions and meet mentors or co-founders. We always get a pretty diverse representation - lately we have graphic designeers, lawyers, illustrators, city planners, startup founders, tech folks and a plethora of others.

This is by far one of the best ways to "get involved" in the community. The people at our Happy Hours are plugged in to what is going on and who is doing it.

Make sure to check out FloridaCreatives.com for even more cool stuff going on around the state.

Zero To Drupal Space Coast

Drupal.org

Location

Cocoa Village Civic Center
430 Dellanoy Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922
Community or Meetup: 
Nov 10 2012 8:30a - 5:30p

Interest in Drupal on Florida's Space Coast has been ignited!  In response to overwhelming requests, DrupalEasy will present our full day beginner workshop in scenic Cocoa Village. Zero to Drupal is an information-rich, high-energy session perfect for those looking to start a career in Drupal, as well as designers, website developers/administrators, and even marketing professionals looking into Drupal to keep quality while cutting costs. This full day course covers the foundations, including all the steps to installing, getting up to speed, and learning the basics of using Drupal. Cost is $200. Seats are limited.

FLCreatives Happy Hour #72 at the Courtesy

Courtesy photo from Yelp.com

Location

The Courtesy
114 N Orange
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 704-9288
Community or Meetup: 
Nov 19 2012 6:00p - 9:00p

I decided this event needed a Mulligan. Same Bat Place, different Bat Time. The Courtesy even got a mention in Cole Nesmith's Pecha Kucha talk about all the awesome people and things in Orlando.

The Courtesy is a new establishment in an old buidling riding the "mixology" wave - they make some interesting cocktails and serve up craft beer and wine too. They are in the Dolive buidling - that place that was boarded up for the past few years - don't let that scare you off, I've been told it's a really great new place.

If you have been to our past happy hours at Gringos Locos it is diagonally across the corner from them, at the Northwest intersection of Washington and Orange Ave.

Last time there was a Sushi Food Truck parked out back. You would go out and order, and a runner brought your food in. Gringos is also across the street. Yum!

If you're not into cocktails or beer,
the Courtesy makes their own sodas and carries some excellent Ginger Ales and non-alcoholic delights.

Come and join some of the passionate creative minds of Orlando in one of the longest-running happy hour meetups in the state of Florida (almost 6 years!). Our goal is to provide a safe environment to share your schemes, unearth passions and meet mentors or co-founders. We always get a pretty diverse representation - lately we have graphic designeers, lawyers, illustrators, city planners, startup founders, tech folks and a plethora of others.

This is by far one of the best ways to "get involved" in the community. The people at our Happy Hours are plugged in to what is going on and who is doing it.

Make sure to check out FloridaCreatives.com for even more cool stuff going on around the state.

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