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First Friday continues with art, music
Downtown Gainesville offers shopping and dining
The Downtown Farmers Market opens this weekend for the monthly First Friday event on the Gainesville square. It is open from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays through October.

First Friday

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday

Where: Downtown Gainesville square

Activities: Live entertainment, music open mic, shopping, dining and art walk

Contact: 770-297-1141, online or Facebook

First Friday on the square in downtown Gainesville is back and packed with activities.

The monthly celebration from 5-10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from May through September includes the usual extended shopping and dining hours, as well as an art walk.

This installation also includes a performance by Alchemy Drumming and Dancing from 5-6 p.m.

From 6-9 p.m., Open Mic Atlanta will be hosting an open mic session for musicians.

First Friday is presented by Main Street Gainesville, an organization that is focused on improving the quality of life for city residents and visitors.

This month’s edition of First Friday coincides with the season opening of the Historic Downtown Farmers Market. The open-air market will be set up on the square from 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Fridays through October.

According to organizers, it will include 17 farmers and a number of artisans offering items like baked goods, fresh flowers, soap and honey.

There will also be cooking demonstrations and the return of Cast-Iron Chef Gainesville, a cooking competition.