Happy Friday everyone! Lots of things to do outside this weekend.
In High Springs it's time for the annual Pioneer Days Festival. This is the 38th year for the family friendly event. One of the highlights is the shoot-out re-enactments... they take place at noon and 2 pm Saturday, and at 1 and 3 pm Sunday. There'll be live music and entertainment all day and a food court with all kinds of treats (think funnel cakes, sausage dogs and barbecue). There'll also be a Kids Korral for the young ones. The Pioneer Days Festival goes from 9 to 5 Saturday and 10 to 4 Sunday in downtown High Springs. Website
In Ocala, the Feel Downtown Live concert series continues Saturday. This week it's country singer Brett Eldredge who's headlining the event. A relative newcomer to the business, Eldredge is known for his 2013 number one hit "Don't Ya". He was also nominated for the CMA New Artist of the Year award. Gates open at 6:30 Saturday evening, with Michael Ray performing just after 7. Brett Eldredge takes to the stage at 8:30. It's all at Citizens Circle in downtown Ocala. Website
If it's sports your interested in this weekend, the diamonds are heating up over at the University of Florida. Literally. The Missouri Tigers are in town to take on the Gators. The softball team takes on the UF ladies tonight at 6 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 11 am. Mizzou's baseball team faces UF's men at 7 tonight, noon Saturday and 1 pm Sunday over on the UF campus. Website
The 5th Avenue Arts Festival is this weekend in Gainesville. It's a two day street event that celebrates the culture of African-Americans in the city. In addition to art, you can experience a wide variety of food and hear a wide variety of music. The event runs Saturday and Sunday near the corner of 6th Street and 5th Avenue in Gainesville. Website
If you're into arts and crafts, check out the Gainesville Bead and Craft Show. It runs Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from noon to 5 at Cymplify at the Green Market on NW 8th Avenue in Gainesville. Website
Finally, in Marion County, classic farm equipment will be part of the Farmland Preservation Festival. There'll also be a petting zoo with small animals, a farmers market, tractor parade and educational booths. Add to that entertainment, food, and other activities. The festival runs from 9 to 3 Saturday at Harvest Village (between McIntosh and Micanopy) at 22050 North Highway 441. Website
Enjoy your weekend!