Weekend Planner 3/24/23

A look at weekend events for North Central Florida.
Published: May. 6, 2022 at 7:03 PM EDT|Updated: Feb. 16, 2023 at 12:57 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Happy Friday everyone! Things to do, indoors and out, this weekend!

The University Air Center at Gainesville Regional Airport is hosting the Gator Fly-In and Armed Services Appreciation Day Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. The fun event will feature aircraft and helicopter rides over Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. There’ll also be military and experimental aircraft, in addition to classic cars, food trucks, and more. Just enter at the airport’s General Aviation entrance on Waldo Road.

Indoors, we have some interesting shows this weekend. Dance Alive National Ballet presents the beautiful ballet Swan Lake at the Phillips Center. It’s Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm. Meanwhile, the Gainesville Community Playhouse features its latest production, the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Shows are tonight and Saturday night at 8, with a matinee Sunday at 2 pm. It runs through April 16th.

There are ways to celebrate spring this weekend. If you’re into art, check out the Thornebrook Spring Arts Festival. It’s Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Shoppes at Thornebrook in northwest Gainesville. And the Williston Chamber of Commerce invites you to Spring Fest, a fun, family friendly event. Expect art, craft, and food vendors, a kids area, and more. It’s Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm at Heritage Park.

For some tasty treats, give the Bradford Strawberry Festival a try. The two-day event is at the Bradford County Fairgrounds on Highway 301 in Starke. There’ll be a wide variety of food at the festival, along with a car show, kidz zone, entertainment, and plenty of strawberries. It’s Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 to 5.

The Reitz Union over at UF is host to Swampcon both days this weekend. It’s a multigenre convention...so it’s a great event if you’re into anime, Japanese arts, gaming, cosplay, and pop culture. Meanwhile, India Fest 2023 is Saturday from 10 to 5 at the Legacy Park Multipurpose Center in Alachua. You can expect delicious Indian food, music, and dance... along with fun activities for the kids.

Also this weekend: The Walldogs Arts and Mural Festival in High Springs...and Marion County Day (Saturday) at the McPherson Government Complex in Ocala.

Enjoy your weekend!

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