Weekend Planner

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Happy Friday everyone!

If you'd like to get your weekend off to a musical start, we have a few suggestions for your Friday evening. The City of Gainesville's "Free Fridays" concerts continue at Bo Diddley Plaza. Tonight, the band Fast Lane, known its funk, soul and R&B sounds, appears onstage. The music begins tonight at 8. Meanwhile, in Marion County, the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series continues tonight, as well. Remember Jones, a soul and pop singer, storyteller and band leader, appears with his band at the event. It's from 6 to 9 tonight at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King, Junior Recreation Complex in Ocala.

Also in Marion County, the Reilly Arts Center is host to the Brick City Blues Festival tonight. Featured tonight is Texas Flood, a narrated blues show showcasing the history of Texas Blues. The concert includes the music of Mac Arnold and Plate Full o' Blues, Sheba the Mississippi Queen, Shema Shine and more. The event is tonight from 7 to 9.

The Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville is a cool place to visit this weekend. On Sunday, the museum is having its World Sea Turtle Day Celebration from 1 to 4 pm. In addition to other activities, you can check out Project SHELL, a free virtual reality simulation. You can actually experience what a day in the life of a loggerhead turtle would be like. By the way, if you head out to the museum Sunday, take dad! If you buy one full-price value admission to the Butterfly Rainforest and Crocs exhibits, you get the second ticket for both at half price.

If you'd like to celebrate with dad a day early, take him fishing! The UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation is having a Father's Family Fishing Day Saturday from 8 am to noon. The facility, and its 6 catching ponds, are open to the public monthly from March through November. The free catch and release event gives you a chance to catch bream, largemouth bass and channel catfish. The ponds are located at 7922 Northwest 71st Street, just off Millhopper Road in Gainesville.

Enjoy your weekend!