6:30 pm: The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble â€“ Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place; various days, times. The story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Directed by Morgan Neville, Oscar-winner with the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies.
7 pm: Artwalk, Downtown Gainesville. Free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events with local galleries, eateries, and businesses participating. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8 pm: The Irie Ones, Free Friday Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Reggae, roots, ska, rock steady, lovers reggae, dance hall music from this five-piece band. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
10am-6pm: Back to School Sale! Repurpose Project. ONS of gently used office and school supplies. Now through the end of September we are having a 25% off sale on all school and office supplies for teachers and students. Buy used! Protect the planet! Save $! Study!
This non-profit community-based effort to divert resources from landfills through creativity also has:
ReUse Store â€“ A warehouse full of materials for art, construction, school projects, furniture -- Come and explore!
Repurposed Art Gallery â€“ A gallery of art made from creatively reused materials. Are you interested in selling your artwork in our gallery? Stop in with some samples of your work or email photos: firstname.lastname@example.org. At least 75% of the artwork must crated from salvaged/reclaimed materials.
Fix It CafĂ©, Wed, 4-6 â€“ If itâ€™s broke, we fix it! â€¦and we will show you how! Come by or drop off small items (no bigger than a bread box 2â€˛x3â€˛x3â€˛). Examples: broken toys, favorite gifts, antiques, sailboats, lamps, things with cords. Expect some creative repairs. We donâ€™t have any real â€śparts.â€ť We will use donated items.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY
Swamp Dance Fest, UF School of Theater and Dance, G-6 Studio - Nadine M. McGuire Pavillion, School of Theatre and Dance. Dance performances created during the festival, performed by students and guests. Many events are free and open to the public. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information
5 pm: Celebrating Water and The Arts! Great Outdoors Restaurant, High Springs. Bid on your favorite art piece as the restaurant hosts a silent auction. Book signing by authors, artists, and photographers. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information
7-11 pm: The Shane Wooten Band, Summer Concert Series, Silver Springs State Park. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a music-filled evening in a beautiful park setting. Performances will use the newly renovated Twin Oaks Mansion Stage at the headwaters of the Silver River. $25.
7 pm: Battle of the Blues Song Writing and Concert, Market St. Pub & Cabaret, Downtown. The North Central Florida Blues Society and Leonardo's Music have teamed up to bring you a this competition and concert. Battle Compete with your original blues song to win a guitar and case or just enjoy the show. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information
1 pm: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Birthday Bash, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, 18700 S. CR 325, Cross Creek. Though Rawlings' was born August 8th, 1896, The Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm and park staff invite you to an "early" celebration in July since the historic house closes in August and September. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.