The Milk District searches for mural artists for future projects

The Milk District is searching for local artists to be considered for upcoming mural projects in the Downtown Orlando neighborhood.  

Artists are asked to submit work samples and biographies which will be shared with neighborhood businesses to commission murals. A growing body of research has identified murals with social, cultural, and economic benefits as well as positive mental health.

The District is committed to identifying a diverse set of artists with different styles as part of this process. “It’s important that the art in our neighborhood represents the full spectrum of styles, cultural traditions, and viewpoints of our Central Florida community,” said Milk District Executive Director Zac Alfson. “By providing this resource to our businesses and property owners, our goal is to demystify the process of installing artistic murals and continue to make the neighborhood an attractive place to live, do business in, and visit.”

Artists can submit online at by July 8, 2019.

Discover Orlando’s Milk District on The Milky Way

It’s time to explore The Milky Way. This first-of-its-kind neighborhood crawl will be held Friday, June 14 from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Guests will start the evening at the Orlando Elks Lodge where they will receive their glass, wristband, and map. Each guest will plan their Milk District adventure, with stops at bars, restaurants, and retail stores while enjoying a sample of wine, beer, or specialty cocktail at each business. A foodie enclave, The Milk District regularly receives local, national, and international press for its iconic neighborhood restaurants and bars. This event allows participants to visit over a dozen destination food and nightlife locations and sample what the neighborhood has to offer. 
Tickets for this tasting event will be available at the Orlando Elks Lodge beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $10 per person, with proceeds supporting The Milk District Main Street. 

Sponsored by National Real Estate, Stasio’s Italian Deli, and Sideward Brewing

Parking Options

Limited parking at Orlando Elks Lodge and street parking is available

Bicycling, carpool, rideshare, and bikeshare are encouraged    

The Milky Way in The Milk District   
Friday, June 14 

6pm – 10pm    

Glass pick up is at Orlando Elks Lodge 1079, 12 Primrose Dr., Orlando FL 32803.


**Participating Businesses**


National Real Estate

Sideward Brewing

Stasio’s Italian Deli

Barley and Vine Biergarten

Bull and Bush

Dixie Dharma @ Market on South

Etoile Boutique

The Nook on Robinson 
Orlando Elks Lodge 1079

Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria

Rebel Reprints and Echo Base Collectables

Southern Craft

Sportstown Billiards

Whippoorwill Beer House and Package Store

*More businesses will be announced on the event Facebook page*

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Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Spam Allstars headline second Annual Rockin’ Robinson

The Milk District is pleased to announce and the Second Annual Rockin’ Robinson Music Festival, February 23, 2019, in The Milk District. The family-friendly event presented by Sweetwater Brewing Company will run from 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM on East Robinson Street between Bumby and Graham, with an entrance at East Robinson Street and Bumby Avenue. 


Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event, available at A limited number of VIP Packages are available for $50, and kids 12 and under are admitted free.

In addition to 19 bands on 4 stages, the event will feature artisan vendors, food trucks, live art, and more. Performances will take place at The Iron Cow, the Bull and Bush, The Nook on Robinson, and in the middle of Robinson Street.


This block party concert will feature some of the best live music in Central Florida, including Thomas Wynn and the Believers and Spam Allstars from Miami. Benefitting The Milk District Main Street Program, this signature annual event and fundraiser with all proceeds brings together the community to celebrate all that makes the district great.


In addition to the two headlining acts, the lineup includes these Central Florida bands: The Savants of Soul, The Woolly Bushmen, Someday River, Shine & The Shakers, Oak Hill Drifters, Cat Ridgeway & the Tourists, Beartoe, Luke Wagner & The 441, Darko Gray, Prison Wine, Jordan Foley & The Wheelhouse, Krendon, Belt & Ramirez, Brian Killeen, Amanda Lyn, Kelli Johnson, and Justin Alcaraz.

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The Milk District announces Zac Alfson as Executive Director

(Orlando, FL—) The Milk District is pleased to announce and welcome Zac Alfson as the Executive Director of the district. Zac has extensive experience in nonprofit management and community building and will lead The Milk District’s efforts to enhance and preserve the small business community while nurturing the arts, culture, and ongoing development of our creative district. He will begin in this role at the beginning of December.

As the Executive Director of The Milk District, Zac will work to develop a strong and productive working relationship with district businesses and property owners, and public officials. He will lead planning and implementation of signature events and physical improvement projects as part of the overall continuing redevelopment of the Milk District, as a partner in the Orlando Main Streets Program.

“The Milk District welcomes Zac and looks forward to him continuing our commitment to our thriving business district,” said Milk District board chair Shaun Noonan. “He brings the creative energy and proven leadership to bring together Milk District businesses and residents to ensure our future as a vibrant, diverse destination for locals and visitors alike” 

Most recently, Zac served as the Patron Engagement Manager for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, where he grew the Society’s subscriber and single ticket patron base by over 50%, professionalized the box office with income growth strategies resulting in year-over-year earned revenue records, and built closer relationships with patrons and donors through personal communication.  He has extensive experience in the Main Street America programs, having served on committees with Mills50 and Church Street District in Orlando.

“I’m thrilled to step into this position with the district,” said Alfson. “The Milk District has long been a home, and I am looking forward to energizing the vision of the committed business community and our neighbors throughout the region to make The Milk District an amazing place to live, work, and play.”

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