SATURDAY – SUNDAY:
5th Ave Arts Festival, Midtown, 600 NW 5th Ave., Midtown. The 40th annual edition of this festival shares and promote the rich cultural history of the Fifth Avenue/Seminary Lane community. Gospel program, dancers, local bands, and singers. Historical exhibits are featured. Booths with jazz and reggae on stage from local and national bands. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
Pop-up Museum: Backyard Biodiversity, Florida Museum's booth, 5th Avenue Arts Festival, 600 NW 5th Ave. This themed event features hands-on activities and natural science exploration. Stop by the Florida Museum's booth at the 5th Avenue Arts Festival and learn about backyard biodiversity. We need YOU to make it happen. All ages are welcome. Come prepared for an adventure you will never forget.
43rd Annual Pioneer Day Festival, High Springs. Held the fourth weekend of April every year in the historic downtown district of High Springs with the central attractions being located in or near James Paul Park. The festival features vendors selling handmade crafts, clothing, furniture and other goods; artists selling their wonderful creations; merchandisers selling unique and often locally produced items. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
6:00: Black and White with a Twist Art Exhibition, OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION, Gainesville Fine Arts Association, 1314 S Main St. The GFAA Front Gallery will feature self-curated collections of artwork. The Boutique presents smaller original artworks and great gifts. Opening reception and awards presented during Artwalk.
7:00: ARTWALK, Downtown Gainesville. ARTWALK Gainesville is a free monthly self-guided tour that combines visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville. Held the last Friday of each month from 7 to 10 pm with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: The Nether, OPENING NIGHT, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, various days – times, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. In the near future, the Internet has evolved into the Nether, a vast network of virtual reality realms where users may assume any identity and indulge any desire. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Gratitude, the Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. Downtown. This concert focus is the enormous healing power of music for all of us. Presenting songs will be Sam Pacetti, Lis Williamson (of Gatorbone), Maggie Clifford, Other Voices (Fagan Arouh, Dan Tampa's, Michelle Ott, Alan Hill), Janet Rucker, Maggie Rucker, David Beede, Cathy DeWitt, Mick Marino, Keith Peters, Michael Beasley, Michael Beason, Earl and Mari Robbins, and Fay Baird. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
9:00: Queens karaoke Night, Hippodrome Theatre Basement, Downtown. Who run the world? Girls. Come sing your favorite female singer at Karaoke Night at the Hippodrome Lower Level. Introducing Jesse from Gainesville City Entertainment who's got every song you can imagine from Beyonce, Brittany, Rihanna, Cher, and much more. The event is FREE and open to the public. To get $2 off your first drink at the bar, mark yourself as "going" and check-in on Facebook that night.
9:00: Friends of the Library Spring Sale, 30 N Main St., Downtown. Great bargains on thousands of items in 60 categories...including books, comics, manga, artwork, posters, vinyl records, sheet music, CDs, a Collector's Corner (with first edition, signed and rare books) and much more.
12:00: Fifth Annual Tree Fest, Swamphead Brewery, 3650 SW 42nd Ave. Solar Impact, Inc. and Swamp Head Brewery have teamed up again for the Fifth Annual Tree Fest, an annual event hosted at Swamp Head brewery around Earth Day and Arbor Day each year. Tree Fest celebrates the environment by raising money to plant trees with the Alachua Conservation Trust in an event that features food trucks, family-friendly activities, live music, and of course, Swamp Head beer.
12:00: Project Grow Love concert, Bo Diddley Plaza, Downtown. Swamp Records and March For Our Lives Gainesville have teamed up to present the first ever Project Grow Love Benefit Concert. Inspired by the survivors and alumni of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High-School in Parkland, FL. The concert will honor and pay respect to the victims and families that suffered from the tragedy that occurred on February 14th, 2018.
7:00: Cocktails & Classics: A Streetcar Named Desire, ONE NIGHT ONLY, Hipp Cinema, Downtown. Cocktails & Classics returns with classic young Marlon Brando in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. This movie adaptation, of the famed Tennessee Williams play, released in 1951 and always makes the shortlist of greatest films. The story follows Blanche DuBois attempting to start anew in a squalid part of New Orleans where her sister resides. She is relentlessly antagonized by her sister's husband, and she begins to realize that it isn't so easy to escape your past. There is a reception at 7 p.m. with catering, and the price of a ticket will also include one of our custom made cocktails FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: An Evening With Lucy Kaplansky, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. One-third of the immensely popular "super-group" (Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell, and Dar Williams) who produced the Cry, Cry, Cry album and tour, Kaplansky is among the world's best singer-songwriters. Lucy continues to tour and receive airplay both nationally and internationally. Her CD Ten Year Night is the #1 selling album of all time at Red House Records.
3:00: Richy Stano at the ACLIB, Headquarters Branch, Meeting Room A, 401 E. Univ. Ave., Downtown. Richy also performs regularly as a solo artist and touring guitarist in venues close to home and across the country. His contemporary jazz band Mindwalk has released two CD's that have been critically acclaimed. Richy Stano is currently the guitar professor at Sante Fe College. He is formerly a guitar instructor at The Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) and curriculum coordinator for the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, and a clinician for The National Guitar Workshop. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
6:00: CCMCC Gospel Extravaganza, Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, 837 SE 7th Ave. Join the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. for an evening of gospel music featuring local choirs. This event is FREE and open to the public! Donations may be given and all proceeds benefit the programs and operations of the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, Inc.
8:00: The Gravitational Wave Astronomical Revolution, UF Physics Building , 2001 Museum Road, UF Campus. The gravitational wave astronomical revolution has truly begun. Join Dr. David Reitze, Executive Director of the LIGO Laboratory, on a fascinating ride into the future of gravitational wave astronomy to find out the answers to these questions, and many more. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.