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WUFT Weekender: Spring Arts Festival, Fashion Week, Jest Fest!

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Here’s a preview of events for the upcoming weekend:

Spring Arts Festival

A festival of paintings, sculptures, photography and other forms of art will invade Gainesville’s downtown historic district this weekend for the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the 44th year of the longest running arts festival in North Central Florida. There will be musical performances of genres including jazz, blues, folk and Latin music.

When: April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m and April 7 from noon to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Northeast First Street, Gainesville
Admission: Free

Gainesville Fashion Week

GFW hosts two runway shows on Friday and Saturday with local and national designers. Friday’s show features designs by Fresh Heirs
, Jacquelyn Brooks
, Macy’s Mens
 and White House Black Market. Jay Nicolas Sario is the headlining designer.

Saturday’s show will showcase Carla Coultas along with TanyaB
, D&N Clothing, 
Macy’s Womens
 and Francine Elizabeth. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m., with runway shows starting at 8 p.m.

When: April 3-7 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: University Air Center – 4701 NE 40th Terrace, Gainesville
Admission: General seating $29, general standing $15 and student admission $12

Jest Fest!

Jest Fest! is a new event celebrating jester performances and entertainment. Every Saturday night in April cirque, jest and variety acts by famous and not-so-famous performers will be hosted in downtown Gainesville.

This Saturday, Cirikli Stilt Bird puppets, TreeMan and juggler Todd Key will entertain.

When: April 6 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown Gainesville
Admission: Free

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