The mission of the Cultural Affairs Division is to promote cultural activity in the City of Gainesville and develop mechanisms that support and encourage community-based cultural resources. We define “cultural” to include ethnic, ecological, and historic resources, as well as the fine and popular arts.

Downtown Festival & Art Show

North Florida’s art scene swings into high gear on Saturday and Sunday, November 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the arrival of the highly acclaimed Downtown Festival & Art Show. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity, complete with live music, performing arts and a spectacular array of food. The festival features 240 local and national artists displaying original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. For music lovers enjoy continuous, live entertainment on three stages by local bands, solo musicians and dance companies. The festival weekend will kick off with a free Downtown Blues Concert on Friday, from 7-10 p.m. featuring three incredible blues performances.
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