6:00: Friday Family Dance Party, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave. Free family friendly dance party with DJ Billy Beats. Bring your friends and make new ones too. There's something for everyone to dance to.
7:00: Gracie Curran & the High Falutin' Band. Downtown Blues show, North Central Florida Blues Society. Also performing will be the NCFBS solo winner (Mr. Aullie) and the NCFBS band winner (the DevilJays). FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: AKIRA, Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, various days times. The Hipp's November film in their Anime Series, Katsuhiro Otomo's dystopian-cyberpunk classic. In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project.
SATURDAY – SUNDAY
Downtown Art Festival: Sat.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring 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, live entertainment on local bands, solo musicians and dance companies. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information and schedule.
8:00 am: Family Fishing Day, UF/IFAS fishing ponds, 7922 NW 71st Street, 2 miles west of Devil's Millhopper State Geologic Site. Fishing for Success hosts monthly events that provide families the opportunity to fish together in a safe and fun setting at the 7 heavily stocked "catching ponds" on the grounds of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Volunteers are on hand to help with baiting hooks and releasing fish. Participants are welcome to bring and use their personal equipment/bait or use any program resources offered. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
5:00: Sunset Saturdays, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave. Featuring lawn games by Depot Park Ambassadors. You can chill during one of the most magical times of the day at Depot Park. Bring a blanket, maybe even a Frisbee. Your dog can come too. The Boxcar will be serving Sunset Snacks & Sangria.
7:00: Year of the Gator, Book signing by Larry Schnell, Civic Media Center, Downtown Gainesville. Covering Gainesville, FL for 8 years at the Sun? Well, in Larry Schnell writes a satirical book about it, and he will be at the Civic Media Center with copies of the book. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.