Gainesville Downtown Festival and Art Show Gainesville, FL

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October 13, 2012 10:00AM -
October 14, 2012 5:00PM

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Historic Downtown
Gainesville, FL 32601
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The nationally recognized Downtown Festival and Art Show transforms downtown Gainesville into a venue for award-winning artists and draws a crowd of more than 100,000. Presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the festival celebrates its 31st anniversary in 2012. For two days, visitors can leisurely stroll through historic downtown and marvel at works from more than 250 of the nation's most talented artists, who display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Guests at the show can interact with artists while getting a head start on holiday shopping by purchasing one-of-a-kind artwork. They can also savor local and international cuisine and listen to live music performed on three stages. This year the festival will be held on Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since its creation, Downtown Festival and Art Show has risen dramatically in national rankings. For the past three years, Sunshine Artist magazine has recognized the festival as one of the top 30 fairs and festivals in the country, naming it No. 16 in 2011. Greg Lawler's Art Fair SourceBook ranked it No. 27 among the top 100 fine art festivals in the nationwide. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days

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