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35th Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show

by jc | Events,News

Saturday, November 5, 2016

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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 weekend will kick off with a free Downtown Blues Concert on Friday, from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring three incredible blues performances.


Jean Dorney WILDflower Walk – October 8th

by jc | Events,News


Sat, Oct 8, 2016 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Additional Times

  • Sat, Oct 15, 2016 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Sat, Oct 22, 2016 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Sat, Oct 29, 2016 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Enjoy the spectacular Fall wildflower bloom in the piney woods of Morningside Nature Center during a guided walk! The JEAN DORNEY MEMORIAL WILDFLOWER WALKS take place every Saturday in October and start at 9 a.m. at Morningside Nature Center, from the education building.

Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring water and field guides you would like to use. Admission is FREE! These walks are courtesy of a grant from the Friends of Nature Parks in honor of charter member Jean Dorney.

Jean, a Texas native, moved her family to Gainesville in 1972. She quickly became involved with the Alachua Audubon Society and was a founding member of Friends of Nature Parks. Through the years, Jean was an active advocate of adult education programs at the nature parks and participated in many wildflower walks and natural history classes.

For more information about attending the walks and exploring the natural parks as Jean loved to do, please visit or call (352) 334-3326. If you would like to become a member of Friends of Nature Parks, please visit . Take a WALK on the WILDflower side with us!

Morningside Nature Center
3450 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32641