Free Art Everyday!

Use this page as a resource to connect you to community-based creativity opportunities in Gainesville.

PLEASE NOTE: The events below are not sponsored or hosted by Arts in Medicine. The businesses and organizations may cancel the following workshops/classes/events at any time! Click the link associated with the event to ensure it’s happening. To view Arts in Medicine-hosted community offerings, visit our Community Programs page.

Mondays

Creative Writing & Drawing Social Club 
Time: 5:00-6:00pm 
Age Group: 18+ 
Event Type: Adult learners develop artistic skills through a series of creative lessons focused on enhancing social interactions and promoting mental wellness
Location: Headquarters Library 

Ukelele Club of Gainesville 
1st and 3rd Monday of each month 
Time: 7:00pm 
Age Group: Open to all 
Event type: Fun community ukelele ensemble for beginners and experienced players 
Location: United Church of Gainesville 

Tuesdays

Urban Line Dancing with Smooth Flavas 
Event Type: Line dancing to Hip-hop, R&B, and other popular music
Time: 5:45-6:45pm 
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: Bo Diddley Plaza 

Community Yoga 
Time: 7:00-8:00pm 
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: Bo Diddley Plaza 

Music and Movement  
Time: 10:30-11:00am 
Age group:  Toddlers (1-3 years), Preschool (3-5 years) 
Event type:   Story Time Music & Dance with your little ones 
Location: Library Partnership Branch and Newberry Branch Library 

Wednesday

Crafternooners 
Time: 1:40pm – 2:40pm 
Age group: 12 years+ 
Event type: Learn to knit and/or crochet or learn a new skill with the Crafternooners 
Location: High Springs Branch Library 

Casual Karaoke 
Time: 7pm – 10pm 
Age group: All Ages 
Event type: Free karaoke Wednesday nights at the Boxcar
Location: Boxcar at Depot Park 

Thursday

Thursday Night Poetry Jam 
Event Type: Gainesville’s longest open mic poetry reading (25+ years). All forms of word-based art welcome: poetry of every possible sort, short prose, miniature theatrical pieces, word-centered performance art, acoustic music and/or hip hop, etc.
Time: 8:00-11:00pm 
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: Civic Media Center 

Urban Line Dancing with Smooth Flavas 
Event Type: Line dancing to Hip-hop, R&B, and other popular music
Time: 5:45-6:45pm 
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: Bo Diddley Plaza 

Salsa Dancing (in the Streetery)  
Event Type: A thriving Salsa, Bachata, and social dancing community for all skill levels
Time: 9:00pm-12:00am 
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: The Bull 

Art After Dark 
Event Type: The Harn is open every Thursday until 9 pm for Art After Dark. Extended hours offer visitors more time to explore exhibitions and participate in special events on select Thursdays (2nd and last of each month). 
Time: 6:00-9:00pm 
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: Harn Museum of Art 

Fridays

Free Friday Night Comic Workshop 
Event Type: Draw comics led by a different featured artist every week
Time: 7:00-8:00pm 
Age Group: Open to All 
Location: Via Zoom, register for the link 

Saturdays

The Harn Museum of Art
Hours: 10am-5pm
Free Admission

Sundays

Love in a Rock Painting 
Event Type: Rock painting, free for all ages and all materials supplied by Love in a Rock Gainesville
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm 
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: One Love Cafe 


Monthly Opportunities

Art Soup! 
Event Type: Different art activity each month
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: The Repurpose Project 

Artwalk Gainesville  
Event Type: A free monthly self-guided tour that combines visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: (Varies) Downtown Gainesville 

“Words on Paper” Writing Workshop 
Event Type: Writing workshop 
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center 

Good News Free Community Art Events 
Event Type: Monthly events to enjoy community and creativity together
Age Group: Open to all 
Location: Good News Arts, High Springs 

Draw Jam 
Event Type: Free and in person casual drawing session 
When: First Saturday of every month, 2pm-4pm 
Age Group: All ages, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 
Location: Sequential Artist Workshop, GFAA, 1314 S Main St, GNV 

Visit 352arts.org for more.