Happy Friday everyone! Fall is approaching….slowly, but surely. And whether you like getting out in the sun, or enjoy being inside to catch a show, we have something for you this weekend.
Some people like to get their weekend off to an early start. You can, too tonight in downtown Gainesville. The City of Gainesville's 2012 Free Fridays Concert Series continues this evening. The Bo Diddley Community Plaza hosts the event every Friday through October. Tonight you can take in the Irish traditional sounds of An Triur. The event runs from 8 to 10 tonight on the plaza. Website
Indoors, the Gainesville Community Playhouse is wrapping up it's production of the show Hairspray this weekend. The musical comedy revolves around the life of teenager Tracy Turnblad and her desire to not only dance on a Baltimore TV show, but deal with the social issues of 1960's America. If you like to laugh….and love the music of the 60's, you'll enjoy the show. You can catch it tonight and Saturday night at 8…with a matinee at 2 Sunday at the theatre in northwest Gainesville. Website
The new school year is just around the corner…and you can gear up for it in Gainesville this weekend. The community group People Against Violence Enterprises is hosting the Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally Saturday. The idea behind the rally is to help students and their parents prepare for the school year…and learn about preventing violence at school and in their neighborhoods. The first 1200 kids attending will get free backpacks filled with school supplies. The event goes from 10 am til' noon at the Santa Fe College Gymnasium off NW 39th Avenue. Website
In Marion County, Saturday is the day for the Jamaica Caribbean Culture Festival. The event is a celebration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence. There'll be plenty of live music throughout the day. Kids get a free meal…..and can enjoy the kids fun zone. Tickets are 25 dollars for adults. Children under 12 are 5 dollars. The festival is at the Ocala Equestrian Complex, 1601 SW 60th Avenue in Ocala. Gates open at noon Saturday.
Enjoy your weekend!