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clue may 26 - june 11

Solve the Mystery and Laugh Out Loud at the Opening Weekend of the Stage Production of Clue
Friday, May 26 – Sunday, June 11

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Show Off Your Salsa Dance Moves at the Hippvanna Dance Party with DJ Elio Piedr at the Hippodrome Theatre
Thursday, May 25, 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

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Explore the Local Art Scene on a Self-Guided Tour at Artwalk Gainesville
Friday, May 26, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Walk on the Wild Side with Memorial Day Weekend Tours at Carson Springs Wildlife
Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Monday, May 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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See Budget-Built Racecars Compete at the Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge
Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Sunday, May 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Experience a Night of Music and Poetry at Tilting at Windmills
Sunday, May 28, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Honor and Remember Veterans and Military Service Members Lost in Service at the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 29, 10:30 a.m.

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First Night at Gainesville Opry

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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The Hogtown Opry Band opens the show in the historic University Auditorium (pictured left). The band is composed of Patchwork (top left), Cathy DeWitt, Annie McPherson and Janet Rucker, along with Brink Brinkman on guitar, Geof Perry on violin/fiddle and vocals from Maggie Rucker. Special guests with Gainesville roots Nancy Luca and Anna Marie Kirkpatrick join the band on stage to close out the set.

After intermission, two-time national fingerpicking and flatpicking guitar winners Will Maring and Robert Bowlin combine talents to create a signature sound including bluegrass, jazz, Celtic and country.

The evening concludes with bluegrass pioneer and Grammy award-winning Louisa Branscomb (top center), Grammy, IBMA award-nominated Valerie Smith, master guitarist Allen Shadd (top right), Josh Harris, Barbara Johnson on bass, vocals and fiddle from emerging artist Lucy Becker with special guests Valerie Smith and Joe Zauner.

Gainesville boasts a rich musical history, producing national recording artists and 9 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians and noteworthy memorable performances. With a lineup of highly talented local musicians and national award-winning artists, Hogtown Opry aims to create another musical milestone and a new tradition.

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May 20
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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University Auditorium
333 Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611 United States
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