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What’s Good Holiday Edition 2020, Holiday Events in Gainesville and Alachua County, FL

Take a stroll among twinkling lights and plan your holidays with our list of festive upcoming events.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Ringing in the New Year with Good Food and Good Vibes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, December 31, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Celebrate the end of 2020 where good food, good vibes are plenty! Enjoy hot chocolate, drinks, dinner and live music, all in a safe, outdoor setting.

treble hook

Rock into the New Year with Country and Southern Rock from Treble Hook and Dinner at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Thursday, December 31, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | The Great Outdoors Restaurant
18587 Main St., High Springs, FL 32643
Go for dinner, stay for the music. Get an early start on ringing in the New Year with live country music and southern rock from Treble Hook on the patio at The Great Outdoors. Dinner reservations recommended.

spark wonder at the cade

Virtual Spark Wonder: New Year’s Eve Celebration with the Cade Museum
Thursday, December 31, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Spark Wonder with “Sounds of the New Year” virtual celebration for all ages. Learn how to make thrilling sounds during the New Year’s Eve party. Register for the free virtual event at CadeMuseum.org/SWCade.

Country and Southern Rock with Treble Hook at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Thursday, December 31, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | The Great Outdoors Restaurant

Go for dinner, stay for the music. Get an early start on ringing in the New Year with live country music and southern rock from Treble Hook on the patio at The Great Outdoors. Dinner reservations recommended.

sooza brass band

Revel in High-Energy Music at the Sooza Brass Band Outdoor Concert
Thursday, December 31, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Sooza Brass Band is a six-piece brass band composed of classically trained musicians. Say goodbye to 2020 with space to socially distance and fire pits. 

nye bbq and brews in high springs

Kick Back with BBQ, Brews and Bands at the High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, December 31, 5 p.m. | High Springs Brewing Company
18562 NW 237th St., High Springs, FL 32643
Ring in 2021 together with High Springs Brewing Company. The Clean Slate Band provides live music into the night featuring Fat G’s BBQ and Catering from Ocala. Eat, drink, dance and be merry to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021.

New Year’s Eve Party at the Pointe at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Enjoy a live DJ, musical performance from Showtime and a champagne toast at midnight. VIP tickets include small plates catered by Prime & Pearl.

New Year’s Eve Party at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Thursday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

midici nye

Make Merry with All-Inclusive Food, Drinks and Live Entertainment at MidiCi’s New Year’s Eve Bash
Thursday, December 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. | MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave. #100, Gainesville, FL 32608
Ticketed guests enjoy open beer and wine, with a Champagne Toast, and an all-inclusive food buffet 

embers nye dinner

Wine and Dine Your Way to 2021 with a Five-Course Prix Fixe Dinner
Thursday, December 31, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Embers Wood Grill
3545 SW 34th St. A, Gainesville, FL 32608
Make reservations for the New Year’s Eve dinner celebration. Choose

Ring in the New Year with Us at Big Top Brewing Company
Thursday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve under the Big Top with $2.21 core beers from 9 p.m. – midnight. No cover charge and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!

headrush band members

80’s Rock with HeadrusH at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Thursday, December 31, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

carson springs nye

See Rare and Endangered Animals on a Walking or Drive-Thru New Year’s Safari
Thursday, December 31 – Friday, January 1 | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 E County Rd. 225, Gainesville, FL 32609
Add a fun-filled, family-friendly adventure to your holiday weekend. Go on a safari and see big cats, lemurs and more. 

NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND

SING IN THE NEW YEAR

Lift Your Voice with Cheerful Song at Depot Park’s 2021 Sing-Along
Friday, January 1 – Saturday, January 2, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Depot Park
874 SE 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Kick off the New Year in Depot Park with two days of music, food, fun, sweet treats and chalk art.

cade museum with sign

Explore the Cade Museum with BOGO Admission
Friday, January 1 – Saturday, January 2, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention 811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Depot Park hosts “Sing in the New Year! A 2021 Sing-Along in Depot Park.” Joining in the celebration, The Cade offers Buy One Get One admission tickets on Friday and Saturday.

winter blooms at kanapaha

See Winter Blooms on a Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, January 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608
Stroll through and see all the winter blooms, the state’s largest display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the Southeast at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

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