Happy Friday everyone! It may be a bit warm outside.... but we have some cool things to do this weekend. Starting tonight...
Music will be in the air in downtown Gainesville as the "Free Fridays" Concert Series continues tonight. Every Friday this month the event will be a celebration of African-American Music Appreciation month. Tonight it's Little Jake Mitchell and The Soul Searchers on stage. Mitchell, who lives in Gainesville, has been performing since the 50's and has performed with the likes of B.B. King, James Brown and Marvin Gaye to name a few. Expect some R&B and some old school blues. "Free Fridays" runs from 8 to 10 pm at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Website
Plenty of fun things for the family to do this weekend. The Wellborn Blueberry Festival is Saturday. The Suwannee County community has been putting on the festival for 20 plus years. The event gets off to a good start with a blueberry pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 am. There's also a parade starting at 10:30. Fresh blueberries and blueberry bushes will be for sale. There'll also be live entertainment, a petting zoo and fun things for the kids. The festival goes until 5 pm in downtown Wellborn. Wellborn is about 10 miles west of Lake City on US 90, then north on County Road 137. Website
A slice of watermelon may be just what the meteorologist orders for a warm afternoon.... and Chiefland is the place to be. The Chiefland Watermelon Festival is Saturday. The festival began in 1954 and is held the first Saturday in June. The farmer donated watermelons are the highlight, but there's plenty to keep you busy at the event. A parade begins at 11 am. There'll be kids activities, the announcement of the watermelon queen.... and don't forget the watermelon eating and seed spitting contests! The fun runs from 8 to 4 Saturday near the Chiefland Train Depot. Website
Finally, if you, or a friend, have always wanted to try your hand at fishing along the coast, this might be a good weekend to try. No license is required this weekend as Saturday and Sunday are license free saltwater fishing days. Website
Enjoy your weekend!