One busy weekend on tap


People walk past the booth of artist Chris Cumbie, of Fairhope, Ala., at the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival, in Gainesville in this April 14, 2012 file photo.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.

Gainesville residents and visitors will have plenty of ways to put a spring into their step as they move through a seasonable smorgasbord of entertainment options this weekend. From the Orange and Blue Debut practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival downtown to the final runway turns of Gainesville Fashion Week, this weekend promises something for everyone.

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People walk past the booth of artist Chris Cumbie, of Fairhope, Ala., at the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival, in Gainesville in this April 14, 2012 file photo.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer

EVENTS

SANTA FE COLLEGE SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL: Longest-running arts festival in North Central Florida returns for 44th year with arts, crafts, food and more including a free Latin jazz concert 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Center, festival runs 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Northeast First Street and at the Thomas Center. Free.

JEST FEST!: New entertainment series on Saturdays in April begins with performances by TreeMan, the Cirikli Stilt Birds and a preview of the upcoming production of "Robin Hood" at the Hippodrome, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free.

GAINESVILLE FASHION WEEK: Fashion Runway Show 6:30-11 p.m. today, University Air Center, 4701 NE 40th Terrace. Cost: $12-$29; and Saturday, 6:30-11 p.m., UF Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom, UF Campus. Free. (376-4221)

SPORTS

Florida Relays: 69th Florida Relays at the Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium, today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

UF softball: Hosts Mississippi State at 6 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

UF women's tennis team: Hosts Ole Miss today at 5 p.m. and Mississippi State at 10 a.m. Sunday

NCAA Gymnastics Regionals: At the O'Connell Center at 6 p.m. Saturday.

UF lacrosse team: Hosts Johns Hopkins at noon Saturday.

Orange & Blue Debut

All events on Saturday ...

Gator Locker Room Yard Sale: Outside Gate 9 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at 9 a.m.

Verizon Gator FanFest: Outside the North endzone of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with live entertainment, cheerleaders, dazzlers and mascots. Fans can pick up the 2013 football poster.

Spring scrimmage: At Florida Field, 1 p.m.

MUSIC

"FREE FRIDAYS" CONCERT SERIES: Mike Boulware & The Dreamcatchers, 8-10 p.m. today, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free.

SIMONE DINNERSTEIN, TIFT MERRITT — "NIGHT": Classical pianist and Grammy-nominated folk-rock singer/songwriter perform songs written by Brad Mehldau, Patty Griffin and Phillip Lasser, 8 p.m. today, Squitieri Studio Theatre, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$30. (392-2787, Ticketmaster.com)

GAINESVILLE POPS: Orchestra performs "Spring Arts with the Pops!" featuring music from the stage and screen including Mozart's Overture from "The Marriage of Figaro," themes from "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Lion King" and others. 3 p.m. Saturday, First United Methodist, 419 NE First St.

THEATER

"9 TO 5": Based on the movie with Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin, and nominated for five Tony Awards, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 14, Vam York Theatre, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Cost: $16 adults, $10 for children and students. (376-4949)

"BLOOD WEDDING": Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca's poetic tragedy, 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Constans Theatre, McGuire Pavilion, UF Campus. Tickets: $15. (392-1653)

BENEFITS

FOOD TRUCK RALLY: Fundraiser supports the Alachua County Humane Society, featuring food trucks, live music, ice cream, live auction and more, 6-9 p.m. today, Cymplify Central, 5408 NW Eighth Ave. Free.

SECOND ANNUAL GATOR GREATS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Former teammates, dedicated fans and supporters with more than 100 former UF football alumni players in attendance, entrance fee includes breakfast, lunch and a chance to play with Gator Greats, 8 a.m. today, Mark Bostick Golf Course, 2800 SW Second Ave. (374-4866)

VIVA 2013 CARNIVAL: Annual fundraising event benefits Haven Hospice, 5:30 Saturday, Rembert Farm, NW 172nd Ave. Cost: $150. (271-4665)

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Keep Alachua County Beautiful hosts hundreds of volunteers picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, removing graffiti and other projects, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Westside Park Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th St. Free. (371-9444)

4TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC: Featuring professional golfer Fred Funk playing along with the two highest bidding teams, proceeds benefit the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation, 12 p.m. Sunday, Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club, 9905 SW 44th Ave.

14TH ANNUAL "SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH" TEEN TALENT SHOW: CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services presents family event supporting the Interface Youth Shelter, 2 p.m. Sunday, Fine Arts Hall, Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St. Cost: $15 adults, $10 students. (244-0628, www.cdsfl.org)

"EVERYBODY GETS THE BLUES": The North Central Florida Blues Society hosts benefit concert featuring Little Mike & the Tornadoes and the Pete Karnes Blues Band along with the 6th Street Rhythm & Blues Review, Big Time Juke & the Joints, The Butch Wise Band, The R. Mutt Blues Band and Root Redemption, 3-10 p.m. Sunday, Dirty Martini Bar, 2441 NW 43rd St. Admission: $10 advance, $15 at the door, proceeds benefit the Alachua County Crisis Center.

ELSEWHERE

25TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR AND ENGINE SHOW: Antique tractors and farming equipment reflecting 200 years of rural American history on display, competitions including barrel races, tractor pulls, and games for kids, with barbecue and hamburgers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Saturday, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive, White Springs. Cost: $5 per vehicle. (386-397-4331)

CHICAGO: Rock group performs, 8 p.m. Sunday, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. Tickets: $47, $52, $67. (Ticketmaster.com)

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