8:00: Ain't Misbehavin', Actors Warehouse, various days – times, 16 NE 1st St. Downtown. The songs of Fats Waller directed by Stephen Butler one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time and winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical. Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin' new beat, swing music.
8:00: Heavy Petty, Free Friday Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Downtown. Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Friday, Aug. 17 from 8-10 p.m. Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty is one of the most famous musicians to hail from Gainesville, Florida. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
9:00: Family Friendly Bike Ride, Gainesville Cycling Club, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave. Downtown. Family Friendly Ride from Depot Park down the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail to the Lake Alachua Overlook for a 9 mile round trip. A shorter option is to ride to the Sweetwater Overlook, which is a 6 mile round trip. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
9:00: YMCA Wellness weekend, North Central Florida YMCA, 5201 NW 34th St. The NCF YMCA's Wellness Weekends are free community events. Come enjoy a day at the YMCA and experience everything the Y has to offer. Drop the kids off in our Child Watch room and enjoy a workout on our new gym equipment, or take advantage of on our group fitness classes including Zumba, Restorative Yoga, or Silver Sneakers, or take a dip in the pool!
10:00: Depot Park Birthday Celebration, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave. Downtown. Urban beach like, block party experience at the awesome Depot Park in the open lawn area near the Depot Building. Family-friendly activities, music, yard games, BBQ, drinks and cold treat options for sale (vegetarian options too). FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
1:00: Harn Director's Open House, Harn Museum, UF Cultural Plaza. Stop by and meet New Director Dr. Lee Anne Chesterfield! This family-friendly Director's Open House will include brief remarks by Chesterfield at 1:30 pm and an afternoon of tours, entertainment and art activities for all ages including multiple activities inspired by Chesterfield's move to Florida and her new position at the Harn.
7:00: Yoga Changed My Life, A Story Telling Event, Searchlight Yoga Studio, 3501 SW 2nd University Ave. Searchlight Yoga is celebrating their 3rd anniversary with a day of free yoga, and hosting a storytelling show with the theme, "How yoga changed my life."
7:30: Purple Passion - Mid-Summers Night 2018, Actor's Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St., Downtown. A benefit evening full of fun, mystery, dancing, raffles and entertainment. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Raisin: Star Theater, 11 NE 23rd. Ave, various Dats - Times. From an award winning playwright comes This Tony winning play is about dreams; what it means to dream big, to lose faith in your dreams, portraying a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s.
8:00: Jackson Browne Tribute, Heartwood Soundstage, 610 S. Main St., Downtown. Some of Gainesville's finest musicians in a reprise of their Bo Diddley Plaza tribute to Jackson Browne. featuring Mick Marino (guitar and vocals), Mark Miale (vocals and guitar), Tony McMahon (guitar and vocals), Brad Bangstad (keyboards supreme), Jana Horton (vocals), Frank Varosi (bass), and Bob Kelly (drums).
2:00: No Roosters in the Desert, Theatre for Community Change, Heartwood Soundstage, 610 S. Main St., Downtown. Matinee performance and community learning exchange for a special reception and story circle featuring the voices of immigrants and allies that shape a unique narrative. Based on actual interviews by Anna Ochoa O'Leary – four women trek the desert towards the American dream. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.