University of West Florida students and the public will be able to enjoy the return of Festival on the Green this year Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6.
The festival will be celebrating its 13th year. The event is free to everyone and will have fine arts shows, live performances, food vendors, merchandise and more.
Everyone is invited to come and see more than 20 events during the festival, including sports games, UWF Relay for Life on the track, the Pace Library book sale, an Alumni Awards brunch program and Student Life Expo, which will have more than 60 exhibits.
“This year, volunteers from various student organizations will be spending time with the kids in the Children’s Fair,” said Jordan Lewton, a student organizations graduate assistant, in an email.
Lewton said many of the organizations host bake sales, giveaways and games for all ages.
An art show Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature painting, jewelry, photography, mixed media and other art pieces. Attendees will also be able to purchase some of the art featured at the show in the Center of Fine and Preforming Arts.
Featured this year, the Junior League of Pensacola will have a croquet tournament with those involved with the group. The men and women’s Division 2 tennis matches will play during the festival along with the other events.
One of the events, Time Portal to the Past, will have presentations by the UWF Archaeology Institute, West Florida Historic Preservation, and the Society for Creative Anachronism and historic period re-enactors.
On Saturday, Time Portal to Your Future will include the Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association hosting a solar, lunar and planetary public viewing at the steps of the John C. Pace Library. In addition, The U.S.S. Continuum, a Star Trek and science-fiction fan group, will display some of the technology from the series and other exhibits.
The Pace library will hold a book sale both days of the festival, including a preview sale for UWF students, faculty and staff from 9-11 a.m. Friday. The sale will be open to the public 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all day Saturday.
“We have a great assortment of fiction and non-fiction titles, including leisure reading, mysteries, biographies, science fiction, beach reading, histories and academic titles in both paperback and hardback,” said Molly Brown, the art and legal studies librarian, in an email.
This year students will be able to attend a master class with UWF alumnus Michael Brant DeMaria, a psychologist and Grammy-nominated composer. DeMaria will give an overview of musical healing arts, which are used for yoga, meditation, sleep and relaxation.
Jeff Comeau, the director of Festival on the Green, said the master class should be interesting for anyone, especially if they would want to meet somebody who has been nominated for four Grammy awards for his own albums and was a contributing artist on the children’s album “All About Bullies…Big and Small.”
For more information on the events during Festival on the Green visit uwf.edu/festival.