Happy Friday everyone! Indoors or out, we've got suggestions for things you can do this weekend.
This is the weekend for Gainesville's Downtown Festival and Art Show. It's the 32nd year for the festival, usually one of the city's biggest events of the year. Things gets started tonight at 7 with a free blues concert at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. This weekend you can stroll through downtown and check out a wide variety of artwork from over 250 artists. Kids can make creations of their own at the "Imagination Station". And, if you get hungry, there'll be a variety of food to sample, as well. The Downtown Festival and Art Show runs from 10 to 5 Saturday and Sunday near the 200 block of East University Avenue. Website
Also in Gainesville, lots of activity on the UF campus. Tonight at 7 pm, a top 10 SEC matchup, as the women's volleyball team takes on undefeated Missouri at the O'Connell Center. On Saturday, the Gator soccer team is in NCAA opening round action, facing Jacksonville University at 2 pm at James Pressly Stadium. And the Gator men's basketball team will be in action as well, taking on Arkansas-Little Rock in the Odome. Tip-off is just after 4:30 Saturday afternoon. Website
In Marion County, you might want to check out the Florida Sunshine Festival this weekend. This is the first year for the family friendly event, designed to celebrate Florida's history and agriculture. You can expect live music, a kids area, educational exhibits.... and gourmet food trucks to take care of your appetite. The Florida Sunshine Festival runs from 9 to 6 Saturday, and from noon to 6 Sunday at the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park, 11008 South Highway 475, near Ocala. Website
If you're musical tastes include the blues, a trip to Palatka is in order. The St. Johns River Blues Festival is both days this weekend. 14 local blues bands will be competing at the event. Not only will there be lots of music, but there'll be food, arts and crafts, and things for the kids to do. The event goes from 10 am to 10 pm Saturday, and from noon to 8 Sunday. Just head to the 600 to 700 block of St. Johns Avenue in downtown Palatka. Website
Enjoy your weekend!