What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, February 13-16, 2020

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Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun! – Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County


Create the perfect Valentine’s Day with well-planned and unique adventures. Whether you indulge in delectable locally-sourced cuisine, swing dance to big band music, experience the ringing of the Century Tower carillon bells, immerse yourself in a gallery exhibit or stroll the tree-lined streets of Micanopy or High Springs, Valentine’s Day weekend has something for everyone.

Click here for a full listing of What’s Good this Valentine’s Day weekend and get out there and have some fun.

Male and female ballet dancers gazing into each others eyes on a bridge with hot air balloons in the background

Get Swept Away to Loveland with Dance Alive National Ballet 
Friday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Experience love and friendship, romance and passion with sweet and vibrant choreography inspired by ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese,’ a double duet love story about the pull of the moon, plus a new ballet ‘Someone to Love.’ Make it a date night by also attending the pre-performance dinner event La Brasserie at 6 p.m. Loveland is a family friendly event.

Cinema Verde Film Festival

Contemplate Powerful and Inspiring Stories from Around the World at Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival
February 13 – February 16 | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

46 films from 12 countries put a spotlight on issues all over the planet. Over a dozen filmmakers and experts lead community discussions to explore how to solve sustainability issues throughout the weekend. ✨ For free tickets to this event, drop by the Visit Gainesville office, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., 33 N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. Tickets are first come first served, and not available for resale. Limited to two per person. Call for availability 352-374-5260.

Race medal for Race Weekend in front of The Hippodrome

Run in the Scenic Race Weekend 2020. Raise Awareness and your Heartrate to Support LifeSouth Blood Bank.
Saturday, February 15, 8 a.m., Sunday, February 16, 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Race Start at NE 3rd St., Finish Line at Hippodrome Theatre
Downtown Gainesville

Saturday features the “Kids’ Marathon” and 5K. Sunday’s half-marathon course takes runners to Depot Park, across the Helix Bridge, through the University of Florida with run home to the Hippodrome Theatre. Join the run or cheer on racers along the route.

Gainesville Master Chorale performing under the pipe organ at University Auditorium

Let the Voices of the Florida Community Chorus Invitational Choral Festival Lift You Up
Saturday, February 15, 4 p.m. | University Auditorium
333 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

Directed by Will Kesling, the Gainesvile Master Chorale invites you to an afternoon of musical performances by community choruses from around the state. Guest choruses include Voices Rising Community Chorus, St. Augustine Community Chorus, Carrollwood Community Chorus and Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus.

Celebrate a Healthy, Compassionate and Sustainable Plant-Based Lifestyle at the 4th Annual VegFest
Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

VegFest serves up tasty vegetarian and vegan food paired with information on how to contribute to a more sustainable and cruelty-free world. Hear presentations from the main stage, explore information booths and keep the little ones active in the Kid’s Zone. Admission is free.

WWII image of girl in fur coat with soldiers in a snowy forest

Don’t Miss This Extraordinary Exhibit of Wartime Photography by Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman
Saturday, February 15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | GFAA Gallery
1314 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The UF Center for European Studies and the Gainesville Fine Arts Association present the traveling exhibition of photos from Faye Schulman, the only known Jewish partisan to document the WWII experience on film. 

Billy Buchanan with guitar. High Springs Music in the Park Concert Series logo

Rock and Groove with the Soulful Songs of Billy Buchanan at High Springs Music in the Park
Sunday, February 16, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | James Paul Park
High Springs

The Ambassador of Rock ‘n Soul, puts on a non-stop, no holds barred show that’s heavily influenced by the soul, early rock, and blues pioneers of the 50’s and 60’s. Stroll through downtown High Springs and visit merchants and restaurants. Admission is free.

People making jewelry with their hands. Museum Nights

Immerse Yourself with Contemporary and Historical Art by Artists Across Africa at Museum Nights: Beyond the Mask
Thursday, February 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Stay late at the museum and explore works in ceramics, oil paint, masquerades, photography and more. Enjoy jewelry making, museum passport, dance performances, Kente Cloth wrapping demonstration, photo opportunities and Art Blast Tours. 

Micanopy shops and herlong mansion with hearts. Micanopy a lovely destination for Valentine's Day

Make it a Date Night in Micanopy with a Gallery Reception, Live Music and More

Thee Divine Feminine Gallery Reception
Friday, February 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Gallery 118
214 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
Paintings in this exhibition from master painter Benito Cerna celebrate love with a tribute to women and the female form. The evening includes art, libations, friendship and love. The reception puts a bow on a full day of Valentine’s Day activity in Micanopy.

Micanopy Makes a Lovely Destination for Valentines Day
Friday, February 14, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Main Street Micanopy Micanopy, FL

Base of tree. Reclaimin Kin the legacy of Hampton and Grace Hathcock

Retrace Family Roots at Reclaiming Kin: The Legacy of Hampton & Grace Hathcock
Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Kanapaha Presbyterian Church
6221 SW 75th Terr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Hear a presentation by Tatanya Peterson, Hathcock descendant and genealogist, and Karen Kirkman, President & Historian, HHH Inc. Peterson shares how she traced her family line back to Hampton and Grace Hathcock, her 4X great grandparents, who were enslaved on the plantation of James Chesnut, near Alachua, Florida. Learn about the discoveries she and Kirkman made, and the resources they both used in their research.

Diners sitting around tables on the grass under string lights

(sold out) Savor a Mardi-Gras Inspired Menu by Alpin Bistro at Swallowtail Farm to Table Dinner
Saturday, February 15, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Swallowtail Farm
17603 NW 276 Ln., Alachua, FL 32612

The culinary crew at Alpin Bistro create a menu featuring ingredients harvested directly from the farm. Enjoy the evening with a tour and meet the farmers of Swallowtail Farm. Find dates for future Farm to Table Dinners at this local bio-organic farm.

Century Tower and the Univeristy Auditorium at the University of Florida

Love Tunes Resonate from Century Tower at the First Annual Florida Carillon Festival
Saturday, February 15, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Century Tower
375 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

The festival features guest artists performing at the four carillons across the State. Guest artist Roy Kroezen, carillonneur of the Centralia Carillon in Centralia, Illinois performs a Valentine’s Day program with well-known favorites such as Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” George Gershwin’s “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” and more from the Carillon bells located in Century Tower at the University of Florida. 

BBQ plate of food

Tempt Your Tastebuds with Innovative Cuisine by Southern Fried Vegan
Friday, February 14, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Get your guilty pleasure on with Organic Gluten-Free Mac N Cheeze, Fried Chickun, Cajun Shrimp, Bakun-Wrapped Beyond Sausage and Beer-Battered Beyond Burgers. Pair with Cypress & Grove’s brews, including the releases of Chocolate Cherry Porter and Vanilla Porter.

Sofar songs from a room Gainesville

Discover the Unexpected at the 2nd Anniversary Show of Sofar Sounds
Monday, February 17 | Secret location in downtown Gainesville

Who’s performing? Where is it? It’s a secret! Sofar Sounds typically feature three mystery musical acts at a location revealed on the day of the show. This format allows the audience to jump in to an intimate setting to get up close and personal with musicians. February’s show celebrates 2 years of secret performances. This month the show will take place in downtown Gainesville. The exact address is revealed on the day before the show to those who have purchased tickets.

Wrestlers and tag teams at Fest Wrestling

See Wild, High Flying Wrestling Action as Fest Wrestling Presents Love is a Battlefield 4
Sunday, February 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Knockin’ Boots Saloon
201 W University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Hearts won’t be the only thing breaking as wrestlers put their love to the test in the squared circle. The action-packed evening features the Fest Wrestling World Championship and Tag Team Tournament for the Love Cup.


Rock and Blues with Little Mike & The Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, February 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Country with The Lacs and Demun Jones at Knockin’ Boots Saloon
Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

UF Symphony Concert at University Auditorium
Thursday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.

UF Carillon Studio Concert Series at Century Tower
Friday, February 14, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sally B.’s Dashing Revue with Music from Swing Theory at High Dive
Friday, February 14, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Instrumental Hip-Hop with Internationally Renowned NYC Producer Blockhead at Signal
Friday, February 14, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

High Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Originals and Swing Music with Steve Smith and Tim May at B Side Vintage
Saturday, February 15, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Contemporary Gospel with Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Ska with Duppies, Eastern Standard Time and Chris Murray at The Atlantic
Saturday, February 15, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Joe Breidenstine Jazz Quartet and Brunch at The Music Box
Sunday, February 16, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Folk Music with Grammy Nominated Trout Fishing in America at Mossman Hall
Sunday, February 16, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Modern Indie with Flipturn, Driptones at High Dive
Sunday, February 16, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Hippodrome Jazz Series with Clyde Connor at the Hippodrome Theatre
Monday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Voice Contestant Royce Lovett Performs Soul and R&B, with Faith & Majesty, Nour Khodr at High Dive
Wednesday, February 19, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.


Case of Lone Star Spirits on stage

Find Laughter, Warmth and Wisdom with Lone Star Spirits at Hippodrome Theatre
Now through February 16

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

(sold out) Daydream About “Summer Nights” in the Middle of Winter and Dance to the Soundtrack of a Generation at GREASE at Gainesville Community Playhouse
Now through February 16 

On Borrowed Time at High Springs Playhouse
Now through February 23

Film Discussion Series: Uncut Gems at Hippodrome Cinema
Sunday, February 16, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Drag & Burlesque Tribute to The Princess Pride at As You Wish A Twibute to Twoo Wuv at SwampCity Gallery Lounge
Saturday, February 15, 8 p.m.


Spectacular Rides and Challenging Games at the Oaks Mall Carnival
Now through February 17

Author Talk with Craig Pittman, Cat Tale: the Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther at the Matheson History Museum
Saturday, February 15, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Variety of Vendors and Live DJ at Sundaze, a Local Pop-Up at the Park at Boxcar
Sunday, February 16, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Pints and Predators, image of horned owl

6th Annual Pints and Predators at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, February 15, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Talk Science with Her at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Everyone’s Favorites with Miguel Miranda at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, February 14, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Stop Light Mixer Valentine’s Day Party at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Friday, February 14, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Hearts aGlow Dance at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, February 14, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

(sold out) Yoga with Little Goats at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, February 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Outlander Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, February 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

State of the Art Mountain Bikes with Goodbike and the Pivot Cycles Factory Demo Fleet at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, February 16, 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Glass Pen Calligraphy Workshop at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, February 16, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Beer Bingo Tuesdays at Big Top Brewing Company, Gainesville Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


(sold out) Plant Based Cooking and Baking Class at Peacefield Farm
Sunday, February 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cheesecake Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, February 19, 11 a.m. – 1 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.


illustration of horse with hearts

Salt Water Show Series at the Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, February 15-16

gators basketball court at exactech arena

(sold out) Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Vanderbilt with Naming Ceremony of Billy Donovan Court
Saturday, February 15, 8 p.m. 

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Ole Miss at Exactech Arena
Thursday, February 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Gators Softball Hosts the Bubly Invitational at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16

Gators Womens Tennis vs. North Florida at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Friday, February 14, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gators Baseball vs. Marshall at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16

Drag Racing at Summit Racing Series at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, February 16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Haile Equestrian Center Open House
Saturday, February 15, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet Pro Angler Charlie Evans with Paw Patrol at Bass Pro Shops
Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

S3DA FL Indoor Regional at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, February 15, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

PGF Softball President’s Day Tournament at Champions Park
Saturday, February 15 – Monday, February 17

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Arkansas at Exactech Arena Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m.


House of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Writer’s Talk and Tour with Susie Baxter, Author of Pumping Sunshine at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
Sunday, February 16, 1:30 p.m.

Guided Hike on Rim Ramble Trail at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Paynes Prairie History with Donald Forgione at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Tuesday, February 18, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday Bird Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, February 19, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Gallery Talk with allysa b. peyton

Gallery Talk, Time Flies: Measuring the Moment in Symbol and Meter at the Harn Museum of Art
Sunday, February 16, 3 p.m.

Celebrate Women and Girls in Science at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, February 15, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The Social Life of Genomes: Lessons from our Primate Cousins at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, February 15, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Family Day, Soak Up the Sun: Creating with Light at Harn Museum of Art
Saturday, February 15, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Upcycle Art and Abstract Exhibit Reception with Karen Koegel at Lanza Gallery
Saturday, February 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

RBL GRL | Revolution Doesn’t Ask Permission at The Historic Thomas Center
Now through June, 27

Amazing Pollinators at Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through September 7, Mondays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

“McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida” Exhibition at Matheson Museum
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Gainesville Orchestra: Leonardo da Vinci, February 21
Heartwood Music Festival IV, February 22
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Spring Festival, March 21-22
Swallowtail Farm Spring Festival, April 4
Orange & Blue Game, April 18
44th Annual Pioneer Days in High Springs, April 25-26

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