Celebrate Mother’s Day in Alachua County with festivals and live music

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and Gainesville and the surrounding area has plenty of options to help moms unwind this weekend while creating fond family memories.

Locals can celebrate mom early with a tour of the west side of the county for Archer’s Mother’s Day Weekend Cultural Arts Festival.

The festival takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Maddox Park, 17100 SW Archer Road, behind the fire hall and public works building.

The free event also includes kickball, softball, a corn hole tournament and a bounce house. Little Jake & the Soul Searchers will heat up the stage with Dancing Divas & Gents, Smooth Flava and more.

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About 20 minutes south, for those still looking to celebrate Mother’s Day early, you can visit Blues Fest at Red, White & Blues Farm in Williston, 3250 NE 140th Ave.

This family-friendly event features tons of blueberries to pick, blueberry-themed activities and treats, arts and crafts, vendors, live music and more.

The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children 1 year and under are free.

After a good night’s sleep and waking up early on Sunday to serve Mom a delicious breakfast, head to 4th Ave Food Park, located at 409 SW Fourth Ave. in Gainesville, for a Mother’s Day Convenience Store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dried floral arrangements will be available for purchase from Garden and Grace Florals. Opus Coffee will also sell bouquets of dried flower arrangements on a sliding donation scale of $15 to $25.

All proceeds from the floral arrangements will be donated to Peaceful Paths. Instrumental music will be provided by local guitarist Richy Stano.

A curated list of Mother’s Day vendors includes Sunday Morning Candle Studio, Coterie Market (perfume/cologne kits), Good Juju (jewelry), Baked Branches (polymer clay art and jewelry), Rewild Nursery (native plants and edibles), Soilful Living (bath salts, crystals), Jenn Hartz Ceramics and Karré Beauty (vegan skincare).

Later today, at least three concerts will take place in Gainesville.

the Gainesville Community Band will perform a special Mother’s Day concert from 3-4 p.m. at the Highlands Regional Ministry Center, 1001 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville. This is the band’s last concert of the season. A $5 donation will be requested at the door.

the Annasemble Community Orchestra The Mother’s Day concert, “Finding Peace in Turbulent Times,” runs from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, 4225 NW 34th St.

The final concert of the day begins at 4 p.m. as Dance Alive National Ballet and Pofahl Studious present the Next Generation Mother’s Day Concert at Eastside High School, 1201 43rd St. in Gainesville.

Works include neo-classical ballet, traditional ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and musical theatre. The choreography includes new work from DANB principal dancers Rachel Ridley and Tales Ribeiro with additional work directed by DANB principals Jessie Dominguez and Andre Valladon.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 per child and are available at Pofahl Studios, 1325 NW Second St., and at the concert.

If you’re looking for a different way to spend Mother’s Day, check out Hatchetbury, at 213 NW 8th Ave., and see how well your mom can throw an ax. Moms get one hour free with another paying adult.

Then head to Blackadder Brewerylocated at 618 NW 60th St., Suite A in Gainesville, for a moment of relaxation where moms can receive a free mimosa or a pint of beer.

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