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Gainesville will transform into a masterful blend of art, music and entertainment during the 38th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), the festival draws a crowd of more than 80,000 visitors each year. On Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., visitors can meet the exhibiting artists, enjoy live music and sample international cuisine.

The Downtown Festival & Art Show, a nationally-recognized event, helps Gainesville get in touch with its creative side. Since 1996, it has ranked among the top festivals in the nation. Visitors embrace the culture of more than 240 of the nation’s most talented artists, who showcase their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Artisans compete for more than $20,000 in cash prizes.

Morningbell is Gainesville's own melodic, multi-layered, psychedelic rock quartet. The band has rooted themselves as a well-established tradition in the Florida music scene and beyond. They return to “Free Fridays” at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, Sept. 13 from 8-10 p.m. Morningbell has been critically-acclaimed and featured at Bonnaroo, MTV's The Real World Sydney, Blender Magazine, Pitchfork Media, The Washington Post and Americana UK.

The Forever Miles band featuring vocalist Phillip "JazzDad" Thomas will play at “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza on Friday Aug. 23.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/12/2019

Only one rock concert made such a huge and lasting impression that an entire generation was named for it. Fifty years ago, more than 400,000 members of the Woodstock generation gathered in upstate New York to celebrate “three days of peace and music.”

Ramblin’ Mutts play a mixture of original and classic blues, soul and R&B, with an occasional nod to country music at “Free Fridays” on Friday, Aug. 9 at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. They are performing selections from their upcoming album that pays a passionate tribute to the traditions of the soul and rhythm and blues genres. They are also playing updated reinterpretations of traditional classics by such artists as Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Otis Reding that honor the legacy of this timeless music.

The Duppies are a high-powered, seven-piece band that formed in Gainesville in 2004. Since that time, this popular ska, rocksteady and reggae band has received the attention of audiences beyond the local scene by touring throughout the United States. Band members include The Duppies founder, Brian Hiebel (lead vocals/percussion), Tony Farah (bass), Ryan Bonner (keyboards), Daniel Kinney (drums), Chris Chiares (guitar) and Jose Pineiro (sax/backing vocals).

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/8/2019

Join us Saturday, July 27 from 8-10 p.m., and watch as downtown Gainesville is transformed into a party atmosphere for an evening of non-stop dancing in front of the Hippodrome Theatre. Summer in the City is a free, family-friendly block party with DJ-spun music provided by Genius Entertainment. Revelers can enjoy refreshing snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for sale at food trucks onsite, and also visit downtown bars and restaurants, which will be serving full food and drink menus. The blocks of Southeast Second Place and Southwest First Street will be closed to traffic from 6-11 p.m. for this extravaganza.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/17/2019

The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center are pleased to announce the opening of Synchronica :: Framing Time, which will run Friday, June 28, 2019 – Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. A public reception for the exhibition takes place Friday, June 28 from 7–9 p.m. during Artwalk Gainesville.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/24/2019

The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center are pleased to announce the opening of A Walk in the Park, which will be on display in the Doris Bardon Gallery from Friday, May 31, 2019 – Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. A reception for the exhibition will take place Friday, May 31 from 7–9 p.m. during Artwalk Gainesville. The evening includes open waltzing in the Spanish Court with music by Stay Tuned. The event is free and open to the public. 

The City of Gainesville presents a Gainesville150! anniversary concert Saturday, April 13 from 6-11:30 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. The concert features four bands that pay tribute to the music of Gainesville’s nine Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians; Bo Diddley, Stephen Stills, the Eagles and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, in addition to the headliner, The Bayjacks featuring Tom Leadon of Mudcrutch.
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