7:30: To Kill A Mockingbird, Star Center Theater, 11 NE 23rd Ave., Various days – times. With the help of Atticus, and her older brother Jem, Scout learns that "growing up" often means doing what is right, even when it comes at great cost. To Kill A Mockingbird is now considered an American masterpiece about the power of childhood innocence, morality, and love. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
5:00: Butterfly Conversation Beer Launch, First Magnitude, 1220 SE Vetch St. The Florida Museum of Natural History and First Magnitude Brewing Co. will release a specialty beer called "Frosted Elfin New England-Style Pale Ale. This afternoon starting from 5 to 8 p.m. supporting butterfly conservation. The new beer highlights the rare Frosted Elfin butterfly. All proceeds will directly support imperiled butterfly recovery efforts in Florida. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
7:00: Exquisite Corpse, Opening Reception, 4Most Gallery & Studio, 534 SW 4th Ave. A solo exhibition by Jillian Browning explore the construction of Ms. Browning's feminine identity and how the body affects this process of self discovery. "The role body image plays in defining one's sense of self, especially when further complicated by race," says Ms. Browning.
8:00: Hot Club De Ville (Gypsy Jazz), Free Friday's Concert, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown. Playing in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Quintette du Hot Club de France was a jazz group founded in France in 1934 by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli.
8:00: LPT- Afro Cuban Salsa, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. A ten-piece Afro-Cuban Salsa band that started as a passion project in 2013, LPT has grown to be known as an ambassador of Salsa music in the Southwest; using music and dance to bridge gaps between cultures.
8:00: Time Warp: Blade Runner, ONE NIGHT ONLY, Hipp Cinema, Downtown. Arguably one of the best sci-fi films ever made, this 1982 classic follows Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) on his pursuit to find and retire four "replicants" that have come to the Earth illegally. The film was directed by Ridley Scott, but it infamously has several versions, for better or worse. We are showing the Final Cut which is meant to be the closest to Scott's true vision for the film.
8:00: Whiskey Jones, Playlist @ the Pointe, Celebration Pointe, Northwest Corner of I-75 And Archer Rd. Five guys from two separate bands decided to get together and try something new. Enjoy this free concert with Whiskey Jones playing classic rock spanning the decades.
8:00: Master Gardener Plant Sale & Ag Fest, UF/IFAS Extension Office, 2800 NE 39 Ave. The Master Gardener Plant Sale will have a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available at exceptional prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
9:00: 74th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival, CountryWay Town Square, 1739 SW 248th Dr. Suite 20, Newberry. Since 1946, families and visitors have come to Newberry to enjoy the annual Watermelon Festival. The festival schedule includes a parade, festival kickoff, auction, and crowning of the 2019 Watermelon Queen. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
- Complete 3 different "passport" activities
- Get sworn in as a Florida State Parks Junior Ranger
- Talk with staff, volunteers and rangers from several Florida State Parks
- Get your face painted.
10:00: Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World, EXHIBIT OPENING, Florida Museum of Natural History, UF Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Rd. UF Campus. The Florida Museum of Natural History opens its newest featured exhibit, CROCS: Ancient Predators in a Modern World with special activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can see live reptiles, test their strength against a crocodile's bite, learn how they hunt using soundwaves and learn about Gomek, the largest crocodile exhibited in North America. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
11:00: Lubee Bat Conservancy Open House, Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309 NW 192nd Ave. In honor of Endangered Species Day, Lubee Bat Conservancy will host our 4th annual Open House. Educational talks, visit native bat houses, and speak with experts on installation and exclusion. Want to see some pregnant mommas?!? Ten of our moms-to-be are due anytime. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
2:00: Cassadaga: Speaking of the Dead, Matheson Museum, 513 E University Ave., Downtown. Author and photographer Gary Monroe was allowed unrestricted access to Cassadaga, the Spiritualist community that was founded in central Florida more than a century ago on the principle of continuous life, the idea that spirits of the dead commune with the living. Gary Monroe's visual presentation looks at the people, place and practices that exemplify Spiritualism–the Camp's distinctive architecture, ritual life, core beliefs, séances, and healing work.
2:30: DA Belmont, ACLIB Author Series, ACLIB Headquarters Branch, 401 E. Univ. Ave. Downtown. Diamondacious! sparkles like a bodacious diamond. It's the funny, sexy, gossipy, tongue-in-cheek saga of Debbie DeVore, who begins her journey as a plain brunette from the wrong side of town, and rises to wealth as an icy, blonde accounting wiz. local author will read and discuss his/her latest written work, take questions, and have books available for sale each month.
6:00: 3rd Annual Local Food Awards, Working Food Community Center, 219 NW 10th Ave. Honoring two individuals having demonstrated deep commitment towards improving our local food community. The awards dinner highlights local, and southern heritage ingredients. Tickets include a three-course farm to table meal and libations. All proceeds benefit Working Food's programs that continue to grow the local food movement, from seed to plate. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
7:30: Night on the Nile: A Family Friendly Belly Dance Showcase, Blackadder Brewing Company, 618 NW 60th St Ste A. A family friendly, belly dance showcase and fundraiser featuring Luna of Cairo. Benefitting Peaceful Paths, and Ocala Domestic Abuse and Violence Center.
2:00: Summer Reader Palooza, Alahua County Library, Depot Park. This is the opportunity to sign yourself and your whole family up for the summer reading program and get free gifts. Gainesville's own Magic Mike will be making balloon animals and performing magic tricks, and there will be crafts and activities available from community partners, including the Sequential Artists Workshop, Florida Healthy Babies, the Department of Environmental Protection, the CADE Museum, Fun 4 Gator Kids, Gainesville Rabbit Rescue, and many more!
2:00: Women in Blues Showcase, North Central Florida Blues Society, Cypress & Grove Brewing Company, 1001 NW 4th St. The 6th annual Women in Blues Showcase celebrating the Blues and the important role female performers have played, do play, and will play in keeping the music vibrant. The performers this year include International Blues Challenge participants (including Finalists and Semifinalists) and some that have participated in WIB showcases all over the country. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
2:00: M.C. Combs, ACLIB Author Series, ACLIB Headquarters Branch, 401 E. Univ. Ave., Downtown. Ms. Combs will be at Library Headquarters to present her book, Darby, the Horse from Hope in the Foundation Room. Inspired by personal experience with a family friend who served as a military physician overseas in Iraq, Combs used writing as an outlet to express her emotions after learning of his suicide. She felt it was her duty to spread awareness about PTSD and get it front of our youth to help confront the issue.
8:00: The Slims, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. The Slims formed as a side project between Travis Atria and Collin Whitlock (Morningbell, Shitty Beatles) to express their love of classic soul and R&B music. After making two albums (and beginning work on a third), they formed a live band featuring several of Gainesville's finest musicians and began doling out high-energy gut punches at every show.