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Gainesville will transform into a masterful blend of art, music and entertainment during the 37th 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, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 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.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/19/2018

In observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, city offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/15/2018

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Historic Thomas Center (302 NE Sixth Ave.). Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will be on hand to welcome citizens, and call for the giant tree to be lit. The free program runs from 6–8 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

Enrich your Thanksgiving holidays with merriment among the piney woods of Morningside Nature Center at the annual Cane Boil & FiddleFest!

The Cane Boil & FiddleFest continues the age-old traditions of celebrating the fall harvest and live home-spun music. Be transported to bygone days by the rustic setting of Morningside’s Living History Farm. Hear the enchanting sounds of the youth fiddle contest as they twine through the pines and across the meadow to the kettle where sugar cane juice is boiling down into our yearly supply of sweet, rich cane syrup! Other old-timey musicians will join in the melodies all day as visitors watch demonstrations of historic skills, shop our vendor’s wares and join in traditional games and crafts. Don’t forget to visit the log cabin and talk to our historic interpreters as they go about a day in the life of 1870. The festival is presented admission-free by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Friends of Nature Parks on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest portion of the Cane Boil is for musicians 18-years-old and younger who may enter in one of three age group divisions:

  • Sprouts Division (beginner to nine years-old)

  • Seedlings Division (10-13 years-old)

  • Saplings Division (advanced or age 14-18)

Contestants may download the registration form at https://tinyurl.com/ycakb8ge between now and Wednesday, Nov. 22, or register on-site the morning of Nov. 24 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Pre-registered contestants should also check-in during this time. The contest starts at 10 a.m., concluding with judging and presentation of prizes, awarded to first, second, third place winners and runners-up in each of the three divisions. Traditional music played by talented, local musicians will follow all afternoon. For registration and complete rules, and more information about judging and prizes, download the registration form online at https://tinyurl.com/ycakb8ge or call 352-393-8240.

Plan to round out your holiday weekend with a relaxing and enjoyable day at Cane Boil & FiddleFest! Morningside Nature Center is located at 3540 E. University Ave., approximately three miles east of downtown Gainesville. For event information please call 352-393-8240.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/14/2018

City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, Thursday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16. The anticipated temperatures will lead to the continued activation of the city's Cold Night Shelter (CNS) Program, and it is expected to remain in effect until overnight low temperatures rise above 45 F. The CNS program normally runs from Nov. 1 through March 31.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/8/2018

In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, city offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/5/2018

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc. are pleased to announce a special Veterans Day ceremony at Historic Evergreen Cemetery (401 SE 21st Ave.) on Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Commemorated at the event will be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The 162-year-old cemetery is the final resting place of American veterans who served in every conflict from the Second Seminole War in 1835 through the First Gulf War in 1990.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/1/2018
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The A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center (1108 NW Seventh Ave.) announces the opening of the third installment of the Black Educators: Florida's Secret Social Justice Advocates 1920-1960 exhibit. The A. Quinn Jones Museum explores the theme "Lincoln High School: A Metaphor for Excellence." Visitors will be transported back to a time where black teachers created a nurturing learning environment that established Lincoln High School as the center for community pride. Actual documents will tell the tale of a world where no black student was left behind, and recordings will allow visitors to hear the voices of these educators, like A. Quinn Jones, who championed the fight for Black education in Alachua County.

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