The 36th Annual Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show

October 13th, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show 2017Get set for the 36th annual Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show! Art, live music and entertainment, food, and more! November 11th and 12th, 2017 in Gainesville , FL.

Gainesville’s annual Downtown Festival & Art Show transforms downtown Gainesville for two days into an outdoor art gallery. 240 of the nation’s most talented artists display their original works for appreciation and sale. Oil, acrylic, and vibrant watercolor paintings, sculpture in a variety of mediums, ceramics, fiber art, photography, and more.

Gainesville is recognized as north central Florida’s cultural center and the Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show is one of the top, juried fine art shows in the nation. The area’s most talented artists apply to compete for $20,000 in cash prizes and awards.

This diverse collection of art is not only beautiful and inspirational – it’s also a wonderful early-holiday shopping opportunity. Purchase delightful, one-of-a-kind, handmade art objects for family, friends, or even yourself. Plus you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet and chat with the artists and artisans.

As the name implies, the Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show isn’t just an art show but also a street festival. Food booths will intermingle with the art, offering some of the best of Gainesville’s local cuisine scene. Pad-Thai, barbecue ribs, gyros, and jambalaya, homemade ice cream and so much more. Nearly 20 vendors will be on hand with their mouth-watering, multicultural specialties.

Continuous, live entertainment on four stages will also be on hand to keep you entertained. A diverse array of local musicians is schedule to perform folk, jazz, country, pop and more. Dance companies, too, will perform. Come watch as their fast and skilled moves dazzle audiences.

And it all kicks off on Friday, 7pm with a free blues concert presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. Don’t miss out!

Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show Entertainment Schedule
Friday, Nov 10
7pm – Free Downtown Blues Concert: Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band
w/Mr. Aullie and The DevilJays

Saturday, Nov 11
10am – Lost Safari Drummers
11am – Rucker & Beede – Folk, etc
12pm – Bootleg Band – Country
1pm – The Shambles – Pop
2pm – Bridget Kelly Band – Blues
3pm – Gainesville Big Band
4pm – Locochino – Uncatagorized

Sunday, Nov 12
11am – Quartermoon – Roots Music
12pm – Talking Stick – Original Pop
2:30pm – Next Generation – Ballet, Jazz
3pm – Danscompany – Modern, Jazz
3:30pm – Sun Country Dance Theatre
4pm – Hoggetowne Dance Collective
4:30pm – Ethnic Dance Expressions – Bellydance

Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show 2017

November 11th, 10am to 5pm & November 12th, 10am to 4pm
200 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32601
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