6:00: Art Market / Live Music Show, High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave. Free event featuring local artists, craftsmen, and musicians sharing their passion and love for all things artistic. Over 20 artists/vendors with live painting, local musicians performing during the event, ice cold adult beverages available inside or in the beer garden, and tons of local talent. A portion of proceeds from this show to benefit Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
8:00: All's Fair, OPENING NIGHT, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St., various days - times. Gainesville's newest play, written by Sloane Henry and developed at last year's Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights' Showcase. The story opens with a couple, each in love with opposite members of their closest couple-friends, who hatch an Art-of-War-styled plan to break up the other couple to further their own romantic interests – until greater forces intervene.
8:00: Mud, OPENING NIGHT, Actor's Warehouse, 619, NE 1st St., various days - times. Hopeful, hard-working Mae lives in bleak rural poverty, but she is going to school, and plans to better her life through the refined magic of reading and arithmetic. Lloyd, who lives with Mae, spends his time caring a little too much for the farm animals; he scorns to learn from a book, and treats Mae with angry disrespect.
9:00: Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Downtown Trenton. Featuring a myriad of craft and antique vendors and numerous quilting groups who will be displaying more than 400 quilts. Also features demonstrations and new exhibits at the Florida Quilt Museum and Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, while event goers can enjoy food provided by vendors, live music, dancers, and a car and tractor show.
10:00: Can you dig it? Florida Museum of Natural History, UF Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road. This annual free event offers visitors an opportunity to learn about Earth's geological wonders by taking part in numerous hands-on activities and demonstrations including an augmented reality sandbox, a geologic time tunnel, earthquake experiments and an exploration of how oil spills are cleaned up among other activities.
11:00: Annual Cornhole Tournament, Swamphead Brewery, 3650 SW 42nd Ave. Join Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network and the UF Child Protection Team for their Annual Corn Hole Tournament this St. Patrick's Day. Check-in begins at 12:00 pm and the tournament kicks off at 12:00 pm. In addition to prizes, raffle drawings and food trucks, All proceeds will benefit Peaceful Paths and the UF-Child Protection Team- Gainesville. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
4:00: Finding the Fountain of Youth, Matheson Museum, 513 E, University Ave. Juan Ponce de León reached the shores of Florida on April 2, 1513. Although historians have long debunked the myth of the conquistador's search for the Fountain of Youth, his fabled quest remains inextricably tied to the image of the Sunshine State. Author Rick Kilby back at the Matheson to discuss his award-winning book "Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida's Magical Waters." The current free exhibit and artifacts in the Museum's Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall is based on this book and was donated by Kilby. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
5:00: Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally, High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave. Food Truck Rally and St Paddy's Party at High Dive. Vote for your favorite food truck with $$, all donations benefiting Habitat for Humanity.
6:00: Soja, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 South Main St. Combining elements of rock, country, folk, hip-hop, and jazz influences with occasional Latin, hardcore and Washington D.C.'s go-go flourishes into a distinctive reggae identity. Making their first appearance in Gainesville in over 5 years with a brand new album POETRY IN MOTION and a HUGE production to the Heartwood field for this show.
8:30: The Wedding Plan, ONE NIGHT ONLY, Gainesville Jewish Film Festival, Hippodrome, Downtown Gainesville. At 32, Michal is finally looking forward to the comfort and security if marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiance's decision to call off the wedding with only a month's notice. Unwilling to return to a lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date.
2:00: Israel Why (Pourquoi Israël), ONE NIGHT ONLY, Gainesville Jewish Film Festival, Hippodrome, Downtown Gainesville. Shoah filmmaker Claude Lanzmann's first film. The documentary examines life in Israel twenty-five years after the birth of the state. Lanzmann spends time with, among others, German-Jewish émigrés, intellectuals, dock workers, police, prison inmates, and the newly arrived surveying life in the new homeland.
4:00: UF Jazz Band with Scott Wilson, Gainesville Woman's Club, 2809 W. University Ave. This event is a GWC signature project, which will benefit the community and the Gainesville Arts and Parks (GAP) Foundation, Inc. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the GAP Foundation for future park improvements at the NE 31st Avenue Park.
7:00: Hagiga: The Story of Israeli Cinema, ONE NIGHT ONLY, Gainesville Jewish Film Festival, Hippodrome, Downtown Gainesville. This documentary tells the story of Ephraim Kishon, Uri Zohar and Menachem Golan armed with humor, chutzpah and courage managed to make international headlines, including Oscar nominations and prizes at Cannes.