7:00: Bulla Cubana, Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave., Downtown. Join the Historic Thomas Center in celebration of Bulla Cubana. Start your evening with an Artist Talk from Eduardo Sarmiento, the artist showcased in the ongoing exhibit Intimate States | Work on Paper by Eduardo Sarmiento, and end it with live music by Elio Piedro and Cuban dancing. Admission is free. Light snacks and cocktails available for a small fee. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Hannah Harber and the Lionhearts, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. Hannah Harber has her heart set on both writing honest songs, and sharing them from the stage with reckless vulnerability. After years of hopeful dedication to these songs and each other, they have released their debut album in January.
8:00: Bloody Poetry, OPENING NIGHT, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St., Various Days – Times, Downtown. An elegiac and fiery play about poetry and failed utopias, Bloody Poetry follows Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, and their lovers Mary Shelley and Claire Clairemont, into exile. This lyrical play is a portrait of collapsing ideals in the face of human failing.
8:00: Pipeline, OPENING NIGHT, Various Days – Times, Actor's Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St., Downtown. Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they'll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to save him from the school-to-prison pipeline?
9:00: UF Health Shands Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair, O'Connell Center Parking Lot, 50 Gale Lemerand Drive. Want to learn how to safely ride your bike while having fun? Want to check out fun books to read over the weekend? Now is your chance to do both! Join us at this free bicycle safety training course and community information fair event for the entire family.
9:00: Family Friendly Bike Ride, Depot Park, 874 SE 4th St., Downtown. Family Friendly Ride from Depot Park down the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail to the Lake Alachua Overlook for a 9 mile round trip. A shorter option is to ride to the Sweetwater Overlook, which is a 6 mile round trip. Parents and helmets required. Tag-alongs and bike trailers welcome, but no training wheels. We will meet at the far end of the Depot Park parking lot. Don't forget your water bottles.
10:00: 2019 IndiaFest 2019, Bo Diddley Plaza, Downtown. IndiaFest celebrates the rich heritage, traditions, diversity, and culture of India. The event is free and open to all. Indian Cusine , Classical Dances, Folk Dances, Bollywood Dances, Yoga Demos, Bollywood Zumba, Health Fair, Indian Dresses, Fashion Jewelry, Henna/ Mehendi, Raffle Drawings and much more.
10:00: Can You Dig I? UF Geological Sciences, Florida Museum, UF Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road. Dig free into geology and discover the Earth at your feet during this fun-for-all-ages geology event. Presented in partnership with the University of Florida department of Geological Sciences and the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society, enjoy hands-on and demonstrations of volcanic eruptions as well as experience an augmented reality sandbox, fossil dig and more.
10:30: SwampCon: Endless Mysteries, Reitz Union, 686 Museum Rd., UF Campus. SwampCon is a free convention featuring a combination of Anime, Gaming, Comic and Sci-Fi themed events hosted at the University of Florida Reitz Union. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
11:00: Grow Hub Spring Fair, Grow Hub, 2900 NE 8th Ave. Huge spring plant sale for all your landscaping needs, Spring seeds for Salem Arts & Crafts made with UF Arts in Medicine and Loften High School students for sale, Kids activities throughout the day. Live music by the Honey Moonshine Ban. Enjoy food from Mayflower Cellars and The Kickin' Chicken, FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
12:00: St. Patrick's Day & Clean Creek Revival, First Magnitude Brewing Co, 1220 SE Veitch St. Take a time out this Saturday and come party with us Irish-style at St. Patrick's Day & Clean Creek Revival! You can sip on our Time Out Irish Dry Stout - our roasty, toasty annual St. Patrick's Day release while enjoying traditional Irish music, dance, and food We're open noon to midnight, see you there.
1:00: UF Pipe Organ Demo, University Auditorium, 333 Newell Drive. Free and open to the public join the School of Music for a Pipe Organ Demonstration at University Auditorium Guest Artist Recital, Randall Sheets (organ) & Chuck Seipp (trumpet).
5:00: Farm to Table Dinner, Swallowtail Farm, 17603 NW 276th Ln, Alachua. Experience Vietnamese cuisine on the farm, Enjoy the freshest meal you've ever tasted, served by the farmers who've grown and raised it. An ode to true food. Cheers!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
7:30: From Colored to Black, UF School of Theatre and Dance, Squitieri Studio Theatre, 3201 Hull Road, Also Sunday 2:00 showtime. From Colored to Black encompasses over eighty years of Florida's Black Oral History with stories from the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement, the resettlement of Rosewood, Gainesville's Old Lincoln High School, and more. This unique theatrical experience provides the foundation for critical dialogue around Black History and identity. Written & co-directed by Brittany Caldwell, produced and & co-directed by Jeffrey Pufahl.
3:00: UF Carillon Studio Concert Series, Century Tower Carillon, 375 Newell Dr. The UF Carillon Studio Concert Series offers listeners the chance to hear the UF Carillon performed in a 50-minute recital. Programs are distributed at the south base of the tower and listeners are encouraged to find a location at least 100 feet from the tower for an optimal listening experience. Bring a blanket or lawn chair
5:00: Amazing Cook-Off, First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch St. Test your culinary skills and compete in the 2nd Annual Amazing Cook off. Enter to win prizes and bragging rights while helping Working Food earn funding as part of the 2019 Amazing Give. Come and taste all the amazing creations, vote for your favorite, and help a great cause!