“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Join P.K. Yonge for the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounters with ghosts, his own mortality and his reconciliation with the Christmas Spirit. Fun for the whole family, this play is suitable for viewers of all ages. Catch a showing of “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at P.K. Yonge DRS Performing Arts Center, 1200 SW Sixth St. Tickets are $7. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit pkyonge.ufl.edu/extracurricular/fall-play.
“ONCE ON THIS ISLAND”: Through almost non-stop song and dance, the full-hearted musical “Once On This Island” tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death. Catch a showing of this Star Center Theatre presentation at 8 p.m. today and Saturday plus 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday at 11 NE 23rd Ave. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/3pNpVP0.
GAINESVILLE DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL AND ART SHOW: North Florida’s art scene swings into high gear from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with the highly acclaimed 40th annual Downtown Festival and Art Show. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville will be transformed into a free celebration of art and creativity complete with live music, performing arts and an array of food. Art lovers will fill the streets to enjoy and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork. While visiting the festival, children will be able to get creative at the Imagination Station, a hands-on art activity area. They can design masks, paint their own masterpieces, create puppets, sculpt clay and draw with sidewalk chalk. The festival also will feature family friendly puppet shows, magic acts and music performances. For more information, visit gainesvilledowntownartfest.org.
PUMPKIN DESTRUCTION DAY: Say goodbye to fall-festival season by helping destroy pumpkins at Red White & Blues Farm from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The event will end the farm’s fall festival season and will feature six zones for destruction with mallets and four cherry picker lifts to drop pumpkins. This smashing good time also will include the farm’s festival fun with live music performed by Cliff Dorsey, food trucks, jump pillows, spider web climbing, oversized yard games, a slide hill, double-cow train, a platform playground, swings, a treehouse village, a pumpkin patch with pumpkin painting, u-pick sunflowers and zinnias — and more. Take advantage of this last-chance event. Entrance is $14.95 per person. Red White & Blues Farm is located at 3250 NE 140th Ave. in Williston. For more information about this and upcoming events, visit redwhiteandbluesfarm.com.
“HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR.”: Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on the Gainesville High School stage Saturday and Sunday. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. It’s the first day after winter break, and the jocks, brainiacs, thespians and skater dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke during his family’s ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the status quo, Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. Catch a showing at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Gainesville High School, 1900 NW 13th St. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit bit.ly/hsmjr21.