What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County, January 23-26, 2020

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Cast on stage at Lone Star Spirits

Find Laughter, Warmth and Wisdom at the Opening Weekend of Lone Star Spirits
Now through February 16 | Hippodrome Theatre25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32601

You will laugh out loud when Marley’s quick trip home to Texas gets wildly out of hand. She visits her estranged father’s failing liquor store with her new fiancé, hoping for a quick visit. Instead, she finds herself stranded with her football hero ex-boyfriend, an old high school chum and the ghost of the bear-wrestling pioneer who founded their town.

Illustration of guy and girl in a 1950s car. GREASE

Daydream About “Summer Nights” in the Middle of Winter and Dance to the Soundtrack of a Generation at the Opening Weekend of GREASE
Now through February 16 | Gainesville Community Playhouse
4039 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605

Picture Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.

Gainesville Orchestra

Find Inspiration with an Evening of Musical Fireworks by the Gainesville Orchestra
Friday, January 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St. E-127, Gainesville, FL 32606

Led by the internationally known artist and maestro Evans Haile and joined by special guests, the Gainesville Orchestra eloquently performs fan favorites from Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” Puccini’s “La Boheme,” Debussy’s “Fetes” and more. Limited tickets remain.

Sunshine Book Festival

Celebrate Florida’s Literary Culture at the Sunshine State Book Festival
Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26 | Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall and Multiple Venues

The festival kicks off Friday night at the Matheson History Museum with a meet and greet reception. Saturday, the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall hosts 75 authors and 6 presentations and panel discussions. Historical reenactments and tours take place at multiple venues on Sunday.

Armored Knights at Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Travel to a Festive Medieval Village at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Saturday, January 25 – Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Alachua County Fairgrounds
3100 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609

The blasts of trumpets mingle with the laughter of children as the kingdom of Hoggetowne opens its gates. Travel back in time and experience a world of medieval magic at the 34th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, for two more weekends: January 25 – 26, and January 31 – February 2.

Olde world dancers and singers captivate crowds, while a collection of artisans sell jewelry, hand-blown glassware, wood carvings and medieval clothing. Enjoy entertainment on several stages, armored knights on the jousting field and stunning shows of combat entertainment on the tournament field.  

Gators Gymnasts competing

Be on the Edge of Your Seat as #2 Gators Gymnastics Takes on #8 LSU
Friday, January 24, 7:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. | Exactech Arena
250 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

The 2020 gymnastics season sees a nationally televised top-10 matchup of #2 Florida and #8 LSU. With music, snacks and fantastic athletic feats, this is a great event for the entire family.

Historic image of the beatles performing on stage in front of tv camera

Come Together then Twist and Shout with The Shoddy Beatles
Friday, January 24, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. | The Wooly
20 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Wooly hosts a night of Beatlemania with the return of The Shoddy Beatles. The quartet of talented local musicians share their renditions of hits from one of the most influential bands of all time.

Musician Kyle Carey with guitar

Enjoy a Simultaneously Ethereal and Grounding Performance by Singer-Songwriter Kyle Carey
Saturday, January 25, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Kyle’s unique blend of “Gaelic Americana” spans the Atlantic with influences from American folk music blended with the Ireland and Scotland. Her latest album was recorded in Louisiana, and features luminaries such as Rhiannon Giddens, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Watch Films Illustrating Earth’s Beauty at the 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, January 25, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

The Florida Trail Association presents an outdoor screening of unique environmental and adventure films. Climb the highest peaks and trek across the globe with these filmmakers. The evening includes live music, guest speakers and a special Florida Trail Ale by Swamp Head Brewery.

old postcard depicting two boys riding an alligator

Browse Postcards, Memorabilia and More at the Annual Antique, Vintage Floridiana, and Rare Book Sale 
Saturday, January 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Matheson History Museum
513 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Visit with vendors from all over Florida and browse unique artifacts, collections and books representing Florida’s history.

Acrobatic Dancer leaping in the air

Go Back in Time to the Magical World of Ancient China at Shen Yun
Tuesday, January 28 – Wednesday January 29, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Witness a display of classical Chinese dance and see legends come to life. Shen Yun features stunning costumes, high-tech backdrops and live orchestra.

Rustic dinner table set up on the farm

Savor a Fresh from the Farm Menu Prepared by Guest Chefs at the Popular Swallowtail Farm-to-Table Dinner
Saturday, January 25, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Swallowtail Farm
17603 NW 276th Ln., Alachua, FL 32615

Join the chef and restaurant crew from The Keys Grill and Piano Bar for a multiple-course dinner menu designed to highlight farm-fresh ingredients at the peak of their flavor and excite adventurous eaters. Local craft beer and certified organic/biodynamic wines are also served. Tickets include a tour of the working farm, beverages, dinner and all gratuities.

Southern Culture on the Skids band members

Grab a 3-Piece of Southern-Fried Surf Rockabilly with Southern Culture on the Skids
Sunday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

After 30 years, the rockabilly-fusion band from Chapel Hill defies a single musical genre. “SCOTS” delivers a high-energy performance of songs about banana pudding, fried chicken and southern hospitality.


Red Horse

Red Horse, Composed of Veteran Folk Musicians at UF Phillips Center
Thursday, January 23, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Enchanting Renaissance and Celtic Music with The Harper and the Minstrel at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, January 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Indie Pop with Beach Fossils, Surf Curse, Negative Gemini at High Dive
Thursday, January 23, 9 p.m.

Live Original Music with the Oak Hammock Fiddlers at The Vine Bakery
Friday, January 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Mountain Music Meets the Swamp with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, January 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Guitarist David Feder Entertains at Playlist at the Pointe at Celebration Pointe
Friday, January 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

American Rock Band Blackbird Morning at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, January 24, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

90’s Rock Covers with Pet Detectives at Loosey’s Downtown
Friday, January 24, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Bluegrass Tribute to the Grateful Dead with The Grass is Dead at High Dive
Friday, January 24, 10 p.m.

Americana with The Front Porch Backsteppers at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, January 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dancehall & Hip Hop at Satalite at Signal
Saturday, January 25, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Southern Rock with Blackfoot Gypsies, Candlelight Cassia, Caleb Edens at High Dive
Saturday, January 25, 10 p.m.

Century Tower and the Univeristy Auditorium at the University of Florida

UF Carillon Studio Concert Series at Century Tower
Sunday, January 26, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Blues with Cassie Keenum at One Love Cafe
Sunday, January 26, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Breakaway Burlesque 4th Anniversary Show at Loosey’s Downtown
Sunday, January 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Americana Folk with A Place To Land at Lightnin’ Salvage
Wednesday, January 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


illustration of a face and tree over water. ...And Jesus Moonwalks The Mississippi.

Opening Weekend of “…And Jesus Moonwalks The Mississippi,” at Constans Theatre
Now through February 2 Set on the banks of the Mississippi during the Civil War, …And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi is a poetic journey of forgiveness and redemption inspired by the myth of Demeter and Persephone. 

Who is On the Other Side of the Footlights? at Black C Art Gallery
Thursday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

I Love You Because at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Now through February 2

Creative Professional Lecture Series: Dakeyan C. Graham at UF Music School Room 101
Friday, January 24, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

No New Planet – An Interactive Art Event at Civic Media Center
Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Community Improv Class at Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday, January 25, 1030 a.m. – 12 p.m.

UF Performing Arts Annual Gala 2020 at UF Phillips Center
Saturday, January 25, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Cocktails & Classics: Citizen Kane at Hippodrome Cinema
Saturday, January 25, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sip and Stroll Tour of the Hippodrome Theatre
Sunday, January 26, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Films Under the Stars presents Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016) Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava at UF College of the Arts, Outside Fine Arts Building B
Monday, January 27, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.


Moon-Viewing and Craft-Making at Lunar New Year Program at Newberry Branch Library
Thursday, January 23, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Creators Night at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, January 23, 7 p.m.

2020 Author Series: Rochelle Alers at Library Headquarters
Saturday, January 25, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Building Demo Build and Brews at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Saturday, January 25, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Crazy Horse – The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy at Library Headquarters
Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


First Magnitude and Cypress & Grove Takeover at World of Beer, Tioga
Friday, January 24, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Front Porch Backsteppers at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, January 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Latin Night w/ Elio Piedra at Big Top Brewing Company, Gainesville
Friday, January 24, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Beer School 101 at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Saturday, January 25, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Robert Burns Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, January 25, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cornhole Tourney at High Springs Brewing Company Wednesday, January 29, 7 p.m.


Tipsy Trivia Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, January 23, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate Women 2020 Wine Tasting at Dorn’s
Friday, January 24, 5:30 p.m.

Keep Calm and Make Cheese with Chef Alex at Saporito Oil, Vinegar, Spice
Saturday, January 25, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Citrus Preserving Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Sunday, January 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Produce Stand set up for Fresh Pick

January Fresh Pick at HK Cattle & Farms
Saturday, January 25, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Union Street Farmers Market at Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Downtown Alachua Farmers Market
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Northwest Gainesville Farmer’s Market at One Love Café
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Haile Farmers Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Newberry Farmers Market
Saturdays, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Waldo Farmers and Flea Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Play Tennis Gainesville Invites You to Play Indoor Tennis at Northside Park
Thursday, January 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bass Fishing Tournament on Orange Lake with Fireman’s Fishing Club
Friday, January 24, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Everything Equine Expo at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Gators Swimming and Diving vs. Auburn at O’Connell Center
Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m.

Gators Men’s Tennis ITA Kick-off Weekend vs. Temple at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Saturday, January 25 – Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Baylor at Exactech Arena
Saturday, January 25, 8 p.m.

Motocross racer in the air looking back at the camera. 49th annual Winter AM

Motocross Action at the 2020 Winter AM Round 4 at Gatorback Cycle Park
Saturday, January 25 – Sunday, January 26, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gator Talk with Men’s Basketball Coach Mike White and announcer Mick Hubert at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, January 27, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Mississippi State at Exactech Arena Tuesday, January 28, 7 p.m.


Dudley Farm Historic Park Tour
Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Wednesday Bird Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, January 29, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Paddling on the Santa Fe River

Santa Fe River Paddle with Alachua Conservation Trust Wednesday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Family at Amazing Pollinators Exhibit

Bats, Bees, Beetles and Butterflies at the Opening Day of Amazing Pollinators at Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Panel Discussion, Artist as Researcher: Visualizing Knowledge in the Americas at the Chandler Museum, Harn Museum of Art
Thursday, January 23, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

“McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida” Exhibition at Matheson Museum
Tuesday, January 28, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A Reflection on Time and Its Many Meanings at Tempus Fugit:: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies in the Harn Museum of Art Asian Art Wing
Now through December 12, 2021

Somatic Shifts at GFAA Gallery
Now through Friday, January 24

SAVE THE DATES: While you are making plans, take a look at these upcoming visitor favorites:

Changeville 2020 Music & Arts Festival, February 6-8, 2020
Dance Alive National Ballet Presents Loveland, February 14, 2020
Five Points of Life Race Weekend, February 15-16, 2020
Heartwood Music Festival IV, February 22, 2020
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15, 2020
Orange & Blue Game, April 18, 2020

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