5:00: First Friday, Downtown, High Springs. Downtown High Springs merchants are celebrating the first Friday evening of each month as a time to shop, eat and enjoy locally grown Hibiscus Lemongrass tea, Gazpacho or an Apple Pumpkin Bisque, appetizers, vegetable sushi rolls, smoked salmon sushi rolls fresh hummus, sunny almond pate with Organic Blue Corn Tortilla chips and more. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
7:00: Kelly&Elli, Heartwood Soundstage, 619S. Main St. Kelli and Elli's Glimmers of classic rock, Celtic music, New Orleans R&B, contemporary pop, Broadway, and of course American country music combine to push the record beyond genre and into a celebration of songwriting and the creative spirit. Dinner available for purchase and cash bar at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Free Fridays Concert Series, Bo Diddley Plaza, Downtown. The 2018 series opens with Sing Me Back Home: In Memoriam to the Music of Tom Petty, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard and Gregg Allman by Mike Boulware and All My Friends. Local musician Mike Boulware has put together a core band that he calls The Mudpies, named after Tom Petty's early Gainesville based band Mudcrutch. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:30: Jeannette:The Childhood of Joan of Arc, OPENING NIGHT, Hipp Cinema, Downtown, various days – times. France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.
2:00: Peace Poetry Contest & Peace Scholarship, Veterans for Peace Chapter 14, Unitarian fellowship of Gainesville, 4225 NW 43rd St. Public is invited to attend Gainesville, Florida Veterans for Peace Chapter 14 announces its fourth annual College Peace Scholarship Program for the spring of 2018. We are awarding three college scholarships of $750 each for high school seniors, college students or adults in Alachua. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
7:00: Gainesville Jazz Festival, Friends of Jazz , Tioga Towne Center. Gate City Big Band - 700 pm. Clyde Connor Quartet - 8:00, Russ Robinson - 9:00, and Mindwalk - 10:00 highlight this free event. Bring your lounge chairs and enjoy an evening of fabulous music under the stars.
7:30: Moana, Movies at the Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave, Downtown. This cartoon features Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. Outdoor events will take place on The Hill at sunset on Saturday. Please bring family & friends; low back chairs & blankets, and picnic baskets. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Cedar Lakes Woods, and Gardens, Williston. Visit over 50 separate gardens, several waterfalls, beautiful koi ponds. Created in a 100 year old retired lime rock quarry. It has become a home and refuge to many creatures great and small. Birds of prey, owls, doves and numerous songbirds, butterflies, turtles and Big Ben our 100 lb. blue catfish may also be encountered. Saturday and Sunday 9:30 – 5:30 pm. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
10:00: Yoga Pod At the Hipp, Hippodrome Basement, Downtown. Bring Your Own Mat to the Hippodrome for yoga, mimosas and daybreakers dancing in the Lower Level at 10 a.m. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
6:30: Jacare Choro, Hipp Mainstage, Downtown. Jacaré Choro presents Terra Brasilis: Reimagining Early Music in Modern Time". After the show, mingle with the musicians over the Brazilian drink special of the evening, Caipirinhas! Jacaré Choro performs unique interpretations of Brazilian music through its creative arrangements and adaptations of genres to celebrate Brazil's rich musical history. After the show, mingle with the musicians over the Brazilian drink special of the evening, Caipirinhas!