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Weekend Events


6:00: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Hipp Cinema, Various Days times, Downtown. The newest film from Kathleen Hepburn (Never Steady, Never Still) and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers', is a slow burn that packs a powerful emotional punch. It is the type of film where one wants to hug the protagonist tightly until they wise up to the reality of their situation. All the while knowing, however, that one's pleas for change will fall on deaf ears.  As the women bond over their indigenous roots, Hepburn and Tailfeathers' subtly uses their class divide to hit home larger points. Full of melancholy The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is not an easy film to watch, but it is a necessary one. (105 minutes)


6:00: REEL ROCK!, Prairie Creek Lodge, Paynes Prarie, 7204 SE CR 234. REEL ROCK 14 blazes across the planet with a brand new collection of the year's best climbing films, delivering jaw-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humor. Doors open at 6 PM, films start at 6:30 PM. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 and can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite or over the phone at (352) 373-1078. Seating is limited and last year sold out, so buy early!



7:00:  Art Walk Gainesville, Downtown,  Gainesville.   Artwalk Gainesville is a free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville, Florida.  Held the last Friday of each month from 7 to 10 pm, (venues hours may vary) with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating, Artwalk is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer.​​



7:00: Prints by Lilliana Dvorianova, Black C Art Gallery, 111 SE 2nd Pl., Downtown. Dvorianova hails from Sofia, Bulgaria, to share her most recent collection, Islands, along with several other prints. She brings her multidisciplinary vision to fill the blank page. The naturalistic realism of her faces harken to the Renaissance and merges with postmodern and contemporary techniques in her use of hidden messages and digital images. Through December.




8:00: The Outlier: Living With Autism in Africa, Hipp Cinema, Downtown.   Captured immediately by sounds and images, the film Outlier: Living with Autism in Africa, opens with scenes of Africa, spaces where seemingly ordinary children gather and play. The opening song selection of this film hints at a subtle command, coining the term, "baafira" to mean, "Don't mind them; no matter how different or odd or terrible they may say you are." We, the onlookers, are enticed with these pivotal scenes, shown the beauty of the land, foretold the beauty of the mind. This is a free screening! We just ask that you reserve a seat beforehand if you. Also if you reserve a seat, and then cannot make it, please let us know so we can open up the seat!



8:00: Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutter, Heartwood Soundstage, One night only, DowntownAmanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters are on tour supporting the release of their new album Live at the Grey Eagle – recorded in front of a hometown crowd in Asheville, North Carolina. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Discounted tickets are available for Friends of Heartwood  Check out this amazing Birthday Song video.




8:00 - 5:00:  23rd Annual Poinsettia Sale, UF's Cultural Greenhouse behind Fifeld Hall, 2475 Memorial Rd. UF Campus.  See 16,000 square foot display, over 5,000 poinsettias in 46 unique varieties.  See the 16,000 square foot display featuring over 5,000 plants in 46 unique varieties. Plants come in a wide array of colors, from the classic red hue to pink, orange, white, variegated, and even  All funds will be used towards an educational international trip to network with horticultural industries abroad.



9:00: Fall Farm & Cane Festival, Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry.  Enjoy watching the traditional method of making cane syrup, including the cane mill and syrup complex. Other activities include traditional craft demonstrations, blacksmithing, wood working, cross cut saw demonstrations, children's games, a quilt drawing, old-time music and much more!





 10:00 - 5:00:  CRAFT SALEExactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, 250 Gale Lemerand Dr., UF. Our Craft Festival is an annual event that showcases crafts that are authentically made by talented artisans and crafters. The Craft Festival provides an excellent opportunity to shop for unique merchandise and gifts and features hundreds of different vendors. Come find something special for yourself or that hard to shop for person in your life.




7:00 - 6-00:  Spirit of the Horse, Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center, 23100 W Newberry Rd.,
Follow the journey of two lonely orphans who only wish for a family of their own to love. With a beautiful snow queen, scary villain, toy soldiers and a lovely princess and prince, this captivating holiday story of hope and resilience will capture your heart.  The Spirit of the Horse is now in its tenth year and has been enjoyed by audiences across the country, and this year will be the first time the show has been presented in Florida. Written by award-winning author and filmmaker Yvonne Barteau,  Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite.




9:00: Archer Vintage Market SaleArcher Community College16671 SW 137th Ave., Archer.The Vintage Market will have lots of treasures to see and buy. The market includes participation from locals of the historic town of Archer but also others from around the area. Food and Refreshments available.



10:00: Allied Capoeira Gainesville Batizado, Bo Diddley Plaza, Downtown.  Two workshops from two very special guests - Mestre Betinho from Karakara and Mestre Lobinho from Cordao de Ouro. Each will give a workshop for beginners and advanced! Then lots of roda after! Bring your axe' and good vibes. You won't want to miss this one! Tickets available here on Facebook or at the academyl



11:00: Hipp Lower Level Winter Wonderland, Hippodrome Theatre, Downtown. Bring the kids to the Hipp Lower Level for a winter wonderland right here in Gainesville! Kids will enjoy special holiday crafts, a performance by Shana Banana, and even a chance to get a picture with Santa. The bar will also be serving up festive beverages for both kids and parents! Parents get in free with the purchase of a child's ticket.



8:00: Hiryo Tsukamoto, Heartwood Soundstage, One night only, Downtown. Eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing; International acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility. Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan.  Learn more about Friends of Heartwood, who are eligible for receive discounted tickets, here.




8:00: HOPE for Horse Helping People Charity Event,  9722 SW 153rd Ave Gainesville.   HOPE Horses Helping People, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted therapy, activities and adaptive riding programs to individuals in need throughout North Central Florida, would like to invite you to the FREE Fall Charity Open House.  Meet & Greet and Book Signing with Margaret Combs, author of DArby, The Horse from HOPEFarm Tours, Demonstrations of HOPE's therapy and adaptive riding programs.  Interactions with our horses, miniature horses and ponies, Food, Music, Games, Raffles And More.



12:00:  Olde Homes Decorated for Holiday, Historic Haile Homestead Inc., 8500 Archer Rd., Gainesville.  FREE ADMISSION! Stroll through the 1856 plantation home decked out in an array of traditional greenery and Victorian finery – with a Christmas Sweets theme. Docents in Victorian costume. See the Homestead's famous "Talking Walls." Enjoy live holiday music performed by a variety of musicians. Sip some hot cider as you browse a selection of home-baked goodies, and special holiday ornaments.



12:00: Ask a Scientist: Hot Topics in Science, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Florida Museum of Natural History visitors can find answers during an afternoon of discovery. Participants for Ask a Scientist: Hot Topics in Science may talk one-on-one with researchers and learn about the latest topics and findings in the science world.

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