Happy Friday everyone! It was a tough week to keep cool around north-central Florida. Certainly not your typical April. But, if you want to get out of the house this weekend we have some cool things for you to do.
Gainesville will be busy this weekend with the annual Fifth Avenue Arts Festival. The festival, now in it's 32nd year, is hailed as "a
cultural event that highlights the significant contributions of the community". And there'll be plenty going on if you head out there Saturday or Sunday. There will of course be art, along with plenty of food.....in addition to special exhibits from the Harn Museum and Santa Fe College. R & B, Gospel, and other kinds of music will fill the air at the festival as well. You can find the Fifth Avenue Arts Festival on NW 6th Street and 5th Avenue in Gainesville. It runs from 9 to 8 Saturday and from Noon to 5 Sunday.
The Thomas Center in Gainesville will be taking a step back in time....to the middle ages. The Center's Theatre for Young Audiences returns this year for their production of "The Commedia Tales of King Arthur". The troupe of players will tell the story of how a young squire named Arthur became King of the Knights of the Round Table. You'll be able to meet Arthur, in addition to all his knights and other characters from the tale. The performance will be staged at the Thomas Center Knight Garden Theatre....a courtyard amphitheatre donated to the city. The show runs every Saturday at 11 a.m....and on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m....with the last performance on Saturday, May 21st. Your text to link...
If you like airplanes (and cars for that matter)....then Gainesville Regional Airport may be the place for you on Saturday. The Airport is hosting it's first ever Gator Fly-In. Whether you're a pilot...or you just like checking out planes...you'll be able to see a variety of personal and military aircraft....in addition to a flight simulator. There will be activities for the kids, in addition to seminars for you to look into. As for the cars, there'll be a custom and classic car show with categories that include hot rods and muscle cars through the 1980's. Gator Fly-In runs from 8 a.m. To 3 p.m. Saturday on the general aviation apron across the runway from the Gainesville Regional Airport main terminal. Your text to link...
Finally, in Marion County it will be classic farm equipment, not cars, that will be part of the Marion County Farmland Preservation Festival. Aside from antique farm equipment, there'll be a farmers market, tractor parade and educational booths. Add to that entertainment, food, an easter egg hunt and other activities. The festival runs from 9 to 3 Saturday at Harvest Village, one mile north of McIntosh
on US 441.
Enjoy your weekend!