Our next two festivals, the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival in Gainesville,Announced scheduled for the last weekend in March and the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Keyannounced the first weekend in April have both been canceled. We will be back in Cedar Key next year, specifically April 17 & 18, 2021 (if the one that was canceled was supposed to be the 56th Annual …, what will next year’s festival be called?). We are still negotiating our future appearance at the other three festivals canceled so far (Pembroke Pines, Winter Haven, and Gainesville).
Although I hadn’t announced it yet, we were also scheduled to travel to India after the end of the Florida art festival season this May with Natural Habitat Adventures (our second-favorite tour company) to photograph tigersdetails. We have also pushed that trip back one year. There may still be room available on that trip; contact us (or Natural Habitat Adventures (tell them we sent you)) if you are interested.
Our last two festivals this season (Melbourne and Fernandina Beach) are still on, starting the last weekend in April. While that might change, I don’t expect to hear from them for another couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
Their Spring Arts Festival will be open from 9 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday from noon to 5. This will be our third appearance since 2015previous. It will be along historic Northeast 1st Street, between 2nd and 8th Avenues in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District.
The college expects around 70 thousand visitors to 190 artists. Admission is free. There will also be live music and dance performances at the Actor’s Warehouse (619 NE 1st Street), just northeast of the information booth. You can go to their website, www.sfcollege.edu/spring-arts/, for more information as it becomes available.
This festival, which the promoter, Santa Fe College, claims is “North Central Florida’s oldest and finest annual springtime arts celebration”1 will be along NE 1st Street between 3rd and 6th Avenues. Saturday’s hours are from 9 am to 5:30 pm, but Sunday’s times don’t start until noon. According to their website (http://springartsfestival.com/), there will be more to experience than just art, including a Saturday evening concert. This will be our first year at this festival (we applied two years ago, but didn’t make it off the waiting list). We are expecting an excellent show.
1. Although this claim has too many qualifiers to impress me, the numbers speak for themselves. This year, their 46th, they are expecting 110,000 visitors to 190 exhibitors.