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TGIF on downtown square for First Friday
Artists, musicians take over for monthly event
Rachel Landers Sisk sets up her booth with the help of son Even Sisk at a recent First Friday in downtown Gainesville. - photo by Tom Reed

First Friday

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday

Where: Downtown Gainesville square

How much: Free

When the beginning of a new month rolled around Sunday, that meant one thing — time to head downtown for First Friday.

The monthly event is held from 5 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from May through September on the historic square in downtown Gainesville.

First Friday is presented by Main Street Gainesville, an organization that is focused on improving the quality of life for city residents and visitors. It features an art walk and extended shopping hours with many of the downtown retailers.

Since many of the downtown restaurants have outdoor dining spaces, you don’t have to worry about missing a thing while you grab a bite to eat. After obtaining a wristband from participating establishments, First Friday attendees can also enjoy their adult beverages while strolling around the square.

As is always with this event, First Friday will coincide with the Historic Downtown Gainesville Farmers Market. The market is open on the square from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays through October.

Farmers market shoppers can expect to find things handmade soaps, granola and fresh produce.

Since no First Friday would be complete without music in the air, don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets because there will be live music and entertainment from 6-10 p.m.

Organizers will also be bringing back their popular open mic showcase for area vocalists and musicians.