Chimera Fest: Bringing the fantastic to life


Kinetic sculptures are human-powered works of art, usally custom built for derbys and parades. Photo by William McCombie.

Chimera Fest, a celebration of creativity, innovation, art, making and culture in the Southeast, takes place from Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 26.

• Artwalk: Menagerie in Motion Edition: Fri., 7-9 pm FREE

Gainesville’s Artwork, featuring an exclusive walking exhibit of the Menagerie in Motion Derby entrys through Depot Park.

• MiM 2nd Annual Kinetic Derby: Sat., 10 am – noon FREE

Watch tens of human powered art-pieces race through an obstacle course centered in Depot Park, providing fun and folly for the whole family.

• 1st Annual Heartwood Music Festival: Sat., Noon-2 am

Opening its doors for the first time, Heartwood Soundstage celebrates its first annual music festival with over 20 of Gainesville’s most talented bands, food trucks, art installationsand craft vendors. For every ticket sold, Heartwood will donate $1 to the Future Music Makers scholarship program. Purchase tickets at

• The 4th Annual Active Streets: Sun., 11 am-3 pm FREE

A day for people to celebrate in their streets, taking place on South Main St. and the surrounding Depot Park area. The event will include hundreds of activities for participants meandering the streets, three stages of live music curated by Futuer Music Makers and a food truck rally.

Each year Chimera Fest will grow to include new partners and highlight additional facets of what makes Gainesville and Alachua County the heart of culture in the Southeast. Chimera Fest is proudly brought to you by Future Music Makers, Heartwood Soundstage and the Active Streets Alliance.

For information about Chimera Fest and our partners, please visit 

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