Jest Fest! 2015 Gainesville, FL


Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Historic Thomas Center, 12–6pm. FREE ADMISSION!

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It is with great pleasure that we can announce the 3rd season of Jest Fest, the City of Gainesville’s newest signature event.
For the past two years, Jest Fest occurred each Saturday night in April at 6:00 pm for a 2 hour show at The Bo Diddley Community Plaza stage in downtown Gainesville. Each Saturday featured completely different world renowned comedy, variety and circus entertainers. 

This year our Plaza Theater is being renovated and Jest Fest is moving to our City’s cultural center at The Historic Thomas Center and Gardens. With the move, we have created 5 stage locations both indoors and out and are combining all of the wonderful entertainers into one fun-filled festival day which will occur on Sunday March, 29 from noon to 6 pm.

Announcing our JEST FEST! 2015 all-star lineup!


World famous Circus Stars: The Flying Wallendas, performing comedy,
juggling and daring feats on the high wire!

Broadway and Film Star: Silent Clown Avner the Eccentric (played the Jewel in the film Jewel of the Nile)!

Arsene From Paris: Comedic Silent Clown who trained with the legendary mime Marcel Marceau.

World Traveler Magician: Magical Mystical Michael, Be Nice or Disappear!

Magical Mystical Michael

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Star: Johnny Peers’ Muttville Comix Dog Show!

Amazing One Man Band: Marc Dobson!

From Carnegie Hall to Unknown Cosmic Locales: Wild Cello Playing Goblin and Jester, Rushad Eggleston!

Rushad Eggleston

Introducing 12-year-old ventriloquist COLE TUCKER!

Cole Tucker Photo

Gainesville Homeschool Chorus

Gainesville Homeschool Chorus

Also featuring, Roving Playful Puppeteer George O’Brien and the Very Tall Mike Weakley Stiltwalker!
Festival Jester Merald Clark, Fiddler Don Austin, and more!



Click here to see photos from Jest Fest!






Special thanks to our 2015 Sponsors:

Jest Fest Sponsors

Community Partner Sponsors:

Community Partner Sponsors

Jest Fest! has been funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourism Development Council.

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