Annual Smashington festival moves to Mills 50 this weekend


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The Mills 50 district has carved out its own autonomous arts and culture interzone within metro Orlando, both in terms of the flurry of gigs at venues like Will's and Uncle Lou's and larger, collaborative events like Total Punk's Total Fuck Off Weekend and this, the Smashington Festival. Billed as a showcase for local artists and musicians, Smashington is presented by Soul of da City as a full-scale showcase for local talent. And this year's event is an incredibly ambitious undertaking: five stages, four venues, more than 80 musical acts, performance art, vendors, local businesses and street art showcases. The participating venues have themed stages; Will's (Soul Sisters), Uncle Lou's (Vybe), St. Matthew's (hosting both the Jamfam and Drunken Masters stages), and a hip-hop marathon at the Kult Clothing Block Party at True Serenity. Given that it's just a one-day event, this is going to be a deluge of audio and visual stimuli.

5 p.m. Saturday, May 7 | Mills Avenue between Virginia Drive and Weber Street | | $10