The City of Gainesville is proud to sponsor Labor Daze Fest, a free festival for working families. The festival is Sunday, Sept. 4 from 4-10 p.m., and is celebrating its fifth year at the Bo Diddley Plaza, which is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville.
The Duppies perform at “Free Fridays” Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. The Duppies are a high-powered, seven-piece band formed in Gainesville in 2004. Since that time, this popular ska, rocksteady and reggae band has received the attention of audiences beyond the local scene by touring throughout the United States. Band members include The Duppies founder, Brian Hiebel (lead vocals/percussion), Tony Farah (bass), Ryan Bonner (keyboards), Daniel Kinney (drums), Chris Chiares (guitar), Patrick Oberlin (trumpet/trombone) and Jose Pineiro (sax/backing vocals).
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the initial lineup of weekend music and activities for the August and September at the beautiful, new Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville. Each Friday evening features a DJ from 8-10 p.m., Saturday evenings feature live music from 7-9 p.m. and Sundays feature family-friendly, hands-on activities from 2-4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and maybe a picnic to sit and relax.
Young artists (age seven to 18) are invited to join a tradition of artistic excellence and showcase their talent as the 35th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show honors young and aspiring artists in the new Young Artist Courtyard. Recognized as one of the top fine art shows in the country, the festival is sponsored by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. On Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6, 240 local and national artists will display original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography in historic downtown Gainesville. Young Artist applications for the Downtown Festival & Art Show are available upon request at 352-393-8536 or online at www.gainesvilledowntownartfest.org/get-involved/young-artist-courtyard. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.
Jana Horton-Kowitz and her band, Time Fades Away, take Gainesville on a journey with “Road Tested-Through the Decades,” a tribute to 10-time Grammy award winner Bonnie Raitt, at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series, Friday Aug. 26
A huge turnout is expected for the Depot Park Grand Opening Celebration Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has been working closely with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Regional Transit System, Alachua County and others to prepare for the big event.
Young artists (age seven to 18) are invited to join a tradition of artistic excellence and showcase their talent as the 35th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show honors young and aspiring artists in the new Young Artist Courtyard.
The Shambles perform at “Free Fridays” Friday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. The Shambles are a rock ‘n’ roll dance band that play an eclectic mix of classic rock, contemporary blues, cosmic country music and Shambles dance party music that includes songs from Steely Dan, as well as Santana, Gram Parsons, Grateful Dead, Amy Winehouse, Beth Hart, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Little Feat, Stevie Wonder and Talking Heads.
The long-awaited Depot Park is now open to the public. Construction fences came down Aug. 1, and since then hundreds of visitors have had the chance to experience Gainesville’s 32-acres of park, playground, trails and more. Named after the 1860s-era train station that served as Gainesville’s main railroad hub for 60 years, the urban park showcases the city’s cultural heritage.
- The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is excited to announce that the Gainesville Knights, a nine to12 year-old division football team, has joined together with our Pop Warner Football program! This brand new team combines coaching efforts, and the team will be known as the Gainesville Gators Pee Wee Team.