Gainesville's 28th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show

The tree-lined streets of Downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre, will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity on Nov 14-15 from 10 am to 5 pm as the Arts Festival offers visitors the opportunity to meet exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine and enjoy live, continuous entertainment.
The Downtown Festival & Art Show is a nationally recognized event and is ranked one of the best art shows in the nation. Visitors travel to view the works of over 250 of the nation’s most talented artists as they display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Artisans will compete for more than $18,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards.
Children will enjoy free hands-on art activities and performances including puppet shows, magic and music. Visitors can indulge in a diverse selection of delicious foods with more than 20 food vendors offering appetizing multi-cultural dishes.
Live entertainment will be presented on three stages by local bands, solo musicians and dance companies beginning Friday at 7 pm at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza with a Downtown Blues Concert. Festivities are free and open to the public all weekend. For more information, visit or call (352) 334-ARTS.