North Florida’s art scene swings into high gear on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the arrival of the highly acclaimed Downtown Festival & Art Show. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity complete with live music, performing arts and a spectacular array of food. More than 100,000 art lovers will fill the streets to enjoy and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork. The festival features 240 local and national artists displaying original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Children can create their own art at the Imagination Station, a free hands-on art activity area including sidewalk-chalk drawing, painting, mask design, puppet creation, clay sculpting and interactive entertainment. For music lovers enjoy continuous, live entertainment on four stages by local bands, solo musicians and dance companies.
The festival is recognized not only for its art but also for its entertainment. Music from local bands and solo musicians features a blend of folk, jazz, country, pop and soul genres on four stages of continuous entertainment throughout the weekend. Dance companies also catch the eyes of the crowd with ballet, jazz, modern and international dance performances.
The festival weekend will kick off with a free Downtown Blues Concert on Friday, from 7 to 10 p.m.
featuring three incredible blues performances.
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Art enthusiasts from around the region travel to Gainesville, the cultural heart of north central Florida, to view and purchase original artwork created by distinguished artists. Indulge in a diverse selection of appetizing foods and enjoy continuous, live music and entertainment on three stages. The Children’s Imagination Station, which offers free, interactive entertainment and creative hands-on art activities for children and families, is always an exciting part of the show. The Community Information Area presents a venue for non-profit organizations to showcase their services.
Join one of Gainesville’s most beloved events, the 35th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, the premier fall festival of the arts!