TOM PETTY TRIBUTES:
HEARTWOOD SOUNDSTAGE: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
It's a Tom Petty Weekend so come celebrate Gainesville's own Tom Petty on his birthday with a weekend of music, art, food, friendship and some very special guests. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
DEPOT PARK: Friday, Saturday:
Tom Petty Birthday Bash is a FREE music festival celebrating the life and legacy of Tom Petty through diverse music performances, art and community engagement to share his music for generations to come.
NE PARK RENAMED TOM PETTY PARK: Northeast Park, at 400 NE 16th Ave., will be renamed Tom Petty Park at a 1:30 p.m. ceremony on Oct. 20, Tom Petty's birthday, said Steve Phillips, the city's director of parks, recreation and cultural affairs. The Petty family grew up one street over on Sixth Terrace. Bruce Petty and Tom Petty's daughter, Adria, will attend the 30- to 45-minute event. A temporary sign for the park will be unveiled. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
FRIDAY: 6:00, The World to Come: Art, Politics, and Climate Change Symposium, Harn Museum. Keynote lecture with Reception to follow.
SATURDAY: 10:00, Interdisciplinary symposium, fostering dialogue around artistic experimental practices, scientific fieldwork and anthropological research in response to the greatest planetary crisis of our era. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. This program is open to the public and presented by the Harn Museum of Art and UF Imagining Climate Change. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
49th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Cedar Key. Fresh Florida seafood, Arts & Crafts, live music and family fun on the Gulf? Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club, the festival offers fine food, entertainment, shopping and family fun. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information
5:00: Alachua County Fair, 3100 NE 39th Ave. Midnight Magic starts at 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Includes admission and unlimited rides only $20. Children will have their own midway separate from the "big rides." FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
6:30 CMC presents Amy Goodman, Forage Hall at Working Food, 219 NW 10th Ave. Marking the Civic Media Centers 25th anniversary Amy Goodman the longtime host of the War and Peace Repor" on Democracy Now with the on-line archive of shows is a treasure of movement history going back decades. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information
7:30: Hairspray, OPENING NIGHT, UF School of Theatre & Dance, Constans Theatre, 1800 McCarty Dr. Directed by Tony Mata, Musical Direction by Anthony Offerle, Choreography by Andrew Cao. Filled with the nostalgia for the 1960s and mixed with a touch of camp and frivolity, Hairspray is sure to leave audiences with a smile and hope for the future. This musical examines pre-civil rights Baltimore through the eyes of outsider ingénue Tracy Turnblad in her quest for stardom.
8:00: Boy, OPENING NIGHT, Actor's Warehouse, various days times, 619 NE 1st St, Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler's BOY explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity. In the 1960s, a well-intention doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.
8:00: Once on the Island, Star Center Theatre, 11 NE 23rd. Ti Moune a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune's life.
8:00: UF World Music Ensembles, Free Fridays Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Downtown. The final Free Friday Concert features student and faculty musicians and dancers from UF's College of the Arts and guest appearance by world-renowned Brazilian guitarist Yamandú Costa as well as Sunshine Steelers (steel drum band), Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir, and Jacaré Brazil. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information
8:00: McIntosh Fall Festival 2018, McIntosh. One day festival with over 280 arts, crafts and antiques vendors. Live oak canopies, all day free entertainment, food vendors and family fun.
10:00: 14th Annual Florida Bat Festival & Beer Garden, 1309 N.W. 192nd Ave. View the world's largest bats, activities, games, live music, and educational exhibits!. Enter raffle prize drawings featuring zoo and theme park tickets, Kids Zone area and face painting by Fabulous Faces. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information
1:00: Gainesville Pride & Festival, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown. Preceding the Festival is the Annual Pride Parade which begins at 7th Street and W University Ave. proceeding east on University Ave to S 1st Street and the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The Festival, which is co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs, will present local musical acts and over one hundred vendors. A "Kids Space" will also be available. The event is free and open to the public.