Pictures: Thousands Attend 33rd Gainesville Downtown Festival And Art Show


Crowds flood the streets of downtown Gainesville Sunday as festival attendees view food and art vendors. The Downtown Festival and Art Show was expected to draw a crowd of more than 100,000 people. For the past three years, Sunshine Artist magazine has recognized the festival as one of the top 30 fairs and festivals in the country.

People of all ages gathered for the Downtown Festival and Art Show that took place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 250 artists from across the nation came to showcase their talents.

Quinn Bass, violinist, and Ben Derrico, cellist, of Pristine Stringz, perform at the festival Sunday. The Gainesville-native duo has been performing together since 2012.

Pete Johnson and his dog, CJ, take in the sights at the Downtown Festival and Art Show on Sunday. Johnson said he puts sunglasses on CJ because it protects him from cataracts and “it makes people smile.”

Michael McLaughlan, 71, sells jewelry in his booth Saturday at the 33rd Gainesville Downtown Festival and Art Show. McLaughlan said he has been making jewelry for a living for 40 years and has participated in the festival for 10.

Joel Yoder helps Daniel Sellers, 7, tie dye the skin that goes on the top of his drum Sunday. Giving Tree Music was responsible for creating the drum circle at Imagination Station, an artistic station for children at the festival.

Performers take the stage Sunday afternoon at Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Bands and dancers were scheduled to perform throughout the weekend.

About Christine Preston

Christine is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

Check Also

Photo: Francis Hills, Tempus Fugit, 2013

Actor, Author, and Activist: Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age in Gainesville

I sort of think the fact that we worship at the alter of youth as a culture is wrong and kind of sort of denies us some of the pleasures and good qualities about growing older and I try to celebrate them. So that’s really my message. It’s sort of just, not to listen to the people who tell you to act your age because what does that actually mean?