SATURDAY – SUNDAY:
34th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook, Thornebrook Village, 2441 NW 43 Street. This weekend from 10 – 5 pm 120 fine artists and fine craftsmen will be exhibiting October 13-14, 2018. Throughout the park-like setting of Thornebrook Village Center. Food – both festival fare such as kettle korn and gyros, Thai food and Sweet Berries will provide water and sweets in the middle of the show. Soups, sandwiches and salads of and handmade chocolates. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
FRIDAY – SATURDAY:
STUDENT BODY, Theatre Santa Fe, SFC Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St. Theatre Santa Fe takes on the serious and timely issue of sexual assault in STUDENT BODY. The play is about a group of college theater students who help a young woman when she discovers a troubling scene in a video she took while at a party. the characters debate about what the video truly depicts and what should be done with the video. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. through Saturday in the Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets, which can be purchased by calling 395-4181 or visiting www.sfcollege.edu/finearts, are $15 for adults; $9 for seniors, children and UF students; and free for Santa Fe College students.
Country Circus at Two Hawk Hammock, The Gainesville Circus Center, 17950 NE 53rd Lane, Williston. two-day event, which features local and national performance groups such as AscenDance, Rainbow Tiger Circus, Gainesville Dance & Yoga, and Dusty's Ragtime, also features a festival atmosphere that includes activities for children, carriage rides and arts, crafts and food vendors. Live performances will showcase acrobatics, dancers and equestrian acts among others from noon-5 p.m. each day. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
Friends of the Library Book Sale, Library Bookhouse, 430 N. Main St. Featuring Largest Book Sale of its kind in Florida - More than 500,000 books, records, games, CDs, DVDs, audio, video, paintings, posters, prints, puzzles and magazines have been donated for the sale.
Kanapaha Fall Plant Sale and Orchid Show, Open House, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr. Annual plant show and open-house event also features the Gainesville Orchid Society's annual juried orchid show. Approximately 50 booth will be set up selling a wide variety of plants. The American Orchid Society will have their annual American Orchid Society's judged show that will coincide with the Fall Plant Sale and will take place inside Kanapaha's entrance building.
10:00: ButterflyFest Plant Sale, Florida Museum of Natural History, UF Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Rd. plant sale with more than 150 species of difficult-to-find and butterfly-friendly plants. Learn how to attract butterflies to your home and which plants are proven winners. Accent, host, native and nectar plants are available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Museum's Butterfly Rainforest and Museum events like ButterflyFest.
6:30: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Matheson History Museum, 513 E. University Ave., Downtown. The Matheson History Museum and Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm are hosting the premiere of the documentary Here is Home: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Cross Creek at the Matheson. The film was created by documentary filmmaker Sonya Doctorian and produced under a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The evening will include a viewing of the documentary, a discussion by the director of her methods, as well as highlights of video interviews with Cross Creek residents who share their 1930s and '40s memories of their neighbor. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, Opening Night, Hippodrome Theatre, Various Days - Times, Downtown. Oskar, a lonely boy living with his mother on the edge of town, is bullied at school and longing for friendship. Eli, the young girl who moves in next door, never goes to school and rarely leaves home. These two youngsters, sensing in each other kindred spirits, become devoted friends. But when a spate of sinister killings rock the neighborhood, a shocking truth tests their young friendship.
8:00: COCO, Tioga Movie Night, Tioga Town Center, 133 SW 130th Way. Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. The Phoebe Louise Dooley Foundation will be joining our Town Center's Movie Night. for your $5 donation per person, you will receive popcorn, cupcakes, drinks, access to games and more. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: The Music of Woodstock, Free Fidays Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown. A tribute to the music of Woodstock and a tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix. Led by Gainesville musician Bob McPeek (guitar/vocals), The Relics also feature Fagan Arouh (guitars), Janet Rucker, Cathy DeWitt, Dan Tampas and Michelle Ott (vocals), Brad Bangstad (keyboards), David Ottenberg (bass) and Rob Rothschild (drums). FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
9:30: Kids Yoga, On the Hill, Depot Park, 874 SE 4th. Join certified yoga instructor Jillian Goldstein on Sundays on the Hill at Depot Park for Kids Yoga! Ideal for children ages 3-8, but caregivers know best. Caregivers must remain with the children and are encouraged to participate. Bring a yoga mat and water. $5 fee per child.
10:00: 13th Annual Butterfly Fest, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Rd. annual FREE festival to celebrate backyard wildlife with an emphasis on pollinators! From native butterfly releases, live animals, workshops and plant sales to vendors, entertainment and food, all activities are fun-for-all-ages. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
4:00: UF Health Street: 3rd Annual Night of Dance, Bo Diddley Plaza, Downtown. Local dance groups will be offering dance sessions and attendees will be able to learn multiple dance styles. Throughout the evening, health education, screenings and wellness resources will be provided by HealthStreet and various community and UF organizations. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
6:00: Wrestling Alligators: The New Seminole Wars, Matheson History Museum, 513 E. University Ave, Downtown. This documentary screening with Peter B. Gallagher is directed by Andrew Shea and released in 2016, Wrestling Alligators follows the life of Chief Jim Billie and his impact on the future of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The greatest change to happen to Native Americans in the last 50 years is the creation of legalized gaming on Indian reservations, a revolution that has made self-reliance a reality for many tribes.
7:00: Cars, Movies @ Depot Park, Depot Park, 874 SE 4th St. Free outdoor movies take place on The Hill. A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. Family friendly; low back chairs & blankets, and picnic baskets. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian.
1:00: Indie Flea Gainesville, Depot Park, 874 SE 4th. Intentionally curated Pop-up showcase of the best local and traveling makers, fine artists, jewelry and home-good creators, food artisans, succulent growers, vintage collectors, designers, printer-makers, and local businesses.