What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, February 20-23, 2020

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Gainesville Orchestra with  Evans Haile

Transfix Your Senses at a Multimedia Symphonic Celebration of Da Vinci by the Gainesville Orchestra
Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall3000 NW 83rd St. E-127, Gainesville, FL 32606

“The Notebooks of Leonardo” celebrates the legacy of 500 years of Leonardo da Vinci, bringing to life the magic of Da Vinci’s words and drawings in an unforgettable multimedia concert experience complete with choir and video projections paired with symphonic music under the direction of Maestro Evans Haile. The concert also features Respighi’s beloved “Fountains of Rome” and other Italian delights.

Illustration of string lights in tree branches. Heartwood Music Festival IV

Rock Out at Heartwood Soundstage with Nearly Fifty Bands on Three Stages at Heartwood Music Fest IV
Friday, February 21, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 1 p.m. – 1 a.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The two-day music festival features some of the very best musicians in the southeast on multiple stages, including The Currys, Savants of Soul, Someday Honey and Palimony. Enjoy live music , food, beer, local art, kids’ activities and more. Find the performance schedule here.

Musician John Allan Miller

See Nashville Country Artist John Allan Miller in Concert, with Hannah May Allison and Mark Gaignard
Thursday, February 20, 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

John Allan Miller is a country music singer, songwriter and Tampa, FL native who located to Nashville in 2014. His high-energy performances, undeniably catchy songs and infectious personality have helped build a buzz in Music City. 

Hanana Nights

Party on the Dance Floor with Salsa by Elio Piedra at Havana Nights
Friday, February 21, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. | The Wooly
20 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Bring your dance moves as Elio Piedra brings the fiesta with salsa music and live percussion. Back by popular demand, the featured beverage for the evening are Mojitos on Draft.

Dressage horse with rider

Watch Highly Skilled Horses and Riders Compete Across Three Rings at Twice As Nice Dressage 2
Saturday, February 22 – Sunday, February 23, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
23100 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669

This USEF/USDF recognized dressage show features competition for scores and ribbons at all of the levels of dressage from training level through the highest level of grand prix. Admission is free and spectators are welcome. Stop in the show office for a program when you arrive. Leashed dogs are allowed.

Imani Milele Children Choir

Uplift Your Spirits with High-Energy Song, Dance and Drumming by Ugandan Children of the Imani Milele Choir
Friday, February 21, 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. | High Springs Church of God by Faith25353 US 27, High Springs, FL 32643

The national tour of the Imani Milele Choir comes to High Springs for a one-night-only performance of electrifying dances, songs, African drum routines and much more. This inspirational and exciting performance raises awareness of the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda.

Bowl of gumbo and rice

Swirl in the Aroma of a Gumbo Cooking Competition at Rouxs and Brews
Sunday, February 23, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Blackadder Brewing Company
618 NW 60th St., Suite A, Gainesville, FL 32607

Cooks bring their favorite Gumbo recipes to the brewery for prizes and bragging rights. The judging panel looks for color and flavor generated from a perfectly cooked roux.

Members of The Knights orchestra

Reimagine an Evening at the Orchestra with Brooklyn’s The Knights and Violinist Gil Shaham
Wednesday, February 26, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

One of the world’s great chamber orchestras, The Knights are an adventurous collective dedicated to transforming the concert experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and orchestral music. Their extensive repertoire features traditional and contemporary masterworks of classical, popular, and world music in collaboration with Gil Shaham on violin.


Rockin’ Americana with The Wild Shiners at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, February 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Guitarist Mike Johnson at One Love Café
Thursday, February 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

UF Wind Symphony at University Auditorium
Thursday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.

Electronica, Art and More at PeZ – Antitrust 2020 Listening Party at The Atlantic
Thursday, February 20, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Swamp Rock with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, February 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Alternative Rock with The Remedy at One Love Café
Friday, February 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

When Gospel Meets Jazz with Lenard Perry at the Historic Thomas Center
Friday, February 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Edgy Atl-Folk with Ceschi, Folk is People at The Atlantic
Friday, February 21, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

(sold out general admission) Acrobatic Raps and Rhymes with YBN Cordae with 24kGoldn at High Dive
Friday, February 21, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Punk Rock with Sunshine State, New Junk City, Soft Clicks, Gutless at Looseys, Downtown
Friday, February 21, 9 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. 

The Burlesque Monologues -The Finale of V-Day Gainesville 2020 at The Hardback Café
Friday, February 21, 9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Acoustic Favorites with Shawn Manley at One Love Café
Saturday, February 22, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Acoustic Blues with Middle Ground at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, February 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Keyboard Driven Tunes with The Real Deelz at One Love Café Saturday, February 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jontavious Willis with steel guitar

Bluesman Jontavious Willis Performs UpStage at the UF Phillips Center
Saturday, February 22, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Techno Couture Part IV at Signal
Saturday, February 22, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Ash Devine with guitar

Guitar Workshop and Concert with Appalachian Folk Singer Ash Devine at B Side Vintage
Sunday, February 23, 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Karaoke Night at One Love Café
Sunday, February 23, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Seattle Indie-Folk Singer Noah Gundersen and Harrison Whitford at High Dive
Sunday, February 23, 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Trumpet Performance with UF Gator Trumpet Studio and Matt Vangjel and Elena Lacheva from LSU at University Auditorium
Monday, February 24, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Hippodrome Jazz Series with Larry Newcomb at the Hippodrome Theatre
Monday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Acoustic Singer Songwriter Ethan Thompson at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Wednesday, February 26, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Don David Band at Sandy’s Place
Wednesday, February 26, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Heavy-Hearted Folk-Rock with Michigan Rattlers, Brent Cowles at High Dive
Wednesday, February 26, 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.


Cast of On Borrowed Time on stage under the apple tree

On Borrowed Time at High Springs Playhouse
Now through February 23

Keg of Laughs Comedy Showcase at World of Beer, Tioga Town Center
Thursday, February 20, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

The Largest Student-run Step Show in the South East, Florida Invitational Step Show: FISS Fury at UF Phillips Center
Friday, February 21, 7 p.m.

Just Outside the Door at Gainesville Community Playhouse
Thursday, February 20 – Friday, February 21, 8 p.m.

The Quilters of Gee’s Bend Alabama at Star Center Theatre
Thursday, February 20 – Sunday, February 22, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Screening of Films from the Annual Gainesville 48 Hour Film Competition at Santa Fe College
Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Lost Springs Film Screening at Heartwood Soundstage
Wednesday, February 26, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Keg of Laughs Comedy Showcase at World of Beer, 34th Street Wednesday, February 26, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.


A History of Punk Rock in the USSR with Alexander Herbert, Author of What About Tomorrow at Third House Books
Friday, February 21, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Filipino Cultural Celebration at Barrio Fiesta 2020 at Gator Wesley Foundation
Saturday, February 22, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

2nd Annual Cruise In and Cookout at Rollins Automotive Speed and Custom
Saturday, February 22, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Family Fair Saturday at One Love Cafe. Illustration of archers aiming arrows with compound bows

Bounce House, Laser Tag and more at Family Fair Saturday at One Love Café
Saturday, February 22, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Poetry Reading with Florida Author Lola Haskins at Alachua County Library Tower Road Branch
Saturday, February 22, 1 p.m.

Japanese Style Kitchen Knife Two-day Blacksmithing Workshop with [Fe]ver Metal Art Studio
February 22-23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

(Sold out) Two-day Blacksmithing Knife Workshop with Crooked Path Forge
February 22 – 23


Friday Night Live with the I-T Band Playing Your Favorite Covers at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, February 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Every Saturday Yoga at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Saturday, February 22, 12 P.M. – 1 p.m.

Below the Surface Celebration at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, February 22, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Classic Rock with The Harvesters at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, February 22, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, February 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

International Food Truck Rally at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, February 23, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Beer Bingo Tuesdays at Big Top Brewing Company
Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Team Trivia Wednesdays at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


(sold out) Cheesecake Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, February 20, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Blind Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, February 20, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

(sold out) Mardi Gras Chef’s Night at River Run Olive Oil Company
Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Elegant Friday Wine Tasting at Dorn’s
Friday, February 21, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wine Pairing and Chef Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, February 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sushi Class with Gainesville’s Iron Chef Nestor Espartero at Volcanic Sushi and Sake
Saturday, February 22, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

(sold out) Vegan Indian Cooking Class at Peacefield
Saturday, February 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Poco De Sal Open Air Brunch at One Love Café
Sunday, February 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Drag Brunch at MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
Sunday, February 23, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Eat the Heat 2020 Chili Cook-Off at High Springs Lions Club
Monday, February 24, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Produce Stand set up for Fresh Pick

February Fresh Pick at Pastorale Farm
Saturday, February 22, 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.


Gators Gymnastics team. Link to Pink

Gators Gymnastics vs. Alabama Link to Pink at Exactech Arena
Friday, February 21, 5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Florida 4H Shooting Sports Logo

Florida 4-H Archery Match at Easton Newberry Archery Center Saturday, February 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

USSSA Florida Baseball at Champions Park
Saturday, February 22 – Sunday, February 23

Spider Cup #1 – NFAA Indoor at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, Febuary 22, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

9th Annual Heartbreaker Cycling Invitational with Gravel Cyclist at One Love Cafe
Sunday, February 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Arkansas at Exactech Arena
Sunday, February 23, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Gator Talk with Women’s Basketball Coach Cam Newbauer at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, February 24, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

(postponed) Gators Baseball vs. Florida A&M at McKethan Stadium
Tuesday, February 25, 6 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. LSU at Exactech Arena Wednesday, February 26, 9 p.m.


Zen Birding with Alachua Audubon Society at Possum Creek Park
Sunday, February 23, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday Bird Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, February 26, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) Lecture, The Anxiety of Disruption: Women Artists and Creativity at the Harn Museum of Art
Thursday, February 20, 6 p.m.

Reception for “McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida” Exhibition at Matheson Museum
Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Exquisite Forms II Opening Reception at Charlie Cummings Gallery
Friday, February 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony for the 2019-2020 School of Art + Art History Student Juried Exhibition at University Gallery
Friday, February 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Afternoon with Zora at Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Sunday, February 23, 3:30 p.m.

Don’t Miss This Extraordinary Exhibit of Wartime Photography by Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman at GFAA Gallery
Now through March 14

Florida Spring Series: Water’s Journey at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday, February 24, 6 p.m – 8:30 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.

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

2020 USA BMX Florida State Championship, February 28-March 1
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15
Comedian Paula Poundstone, March 20
Celebrate Women 2020 Parade and Rally, March 21
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Spring Festival, March 21-22
Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival, March 28-29
Swallowtail Farm Spring Festival, April 4
Orange & Blue Game, April 18
44th Annual Pioneer Days in High Springs, April 25-26
41st Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival, April 25-26

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