What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, February 27 – March 1, 2020

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In 2020, we get an extra 24 hours thanks to the Leap Year. With this extra day falling on Saturday, it’s the perfect opportunity to try a fun, enriching or relaxing activity that you may have been putting off. You could let loose at the opening weekend of Marie and Rosetta at the Hippodrome Theatre; explore the Gainesville art scene at ArtWalk Gainesville; savor southern cuisine at Chef Empowerment’s Black History Month Pop-Up restaurant; enjoy a movie at Skinner Park in Alachua; or listen to the premier wind ensemble of The United States Navy Band at the UF Phillips Center.

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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

Cast members of Marie and Rosetta singing on guitar and piano

Let Loose with the Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Opening Weekend of Marie and Rosetta
Now through March 22 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

This jubilant play gives you a fly-on-the-wall seat to the first rehearsal between the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her protégée, Marie Knight, on the eve of the tour that would establish them as one of the most important musical duos in American popular music. Both ladies will sing and play the songs made famous by Rosetta Tharpe as they tell this heartwarming story of faith, sisterhood and rock ‘n’ roll.

Artwalk Gainesville

Explore the Gainesville Art Scene on a Self-Guided Tour during Artwalk Gainesville
Friday, February 28, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Multiple Venues
Downtown Gainesville

Be inspired by new art and exhibit openings on the monthly Artwalk Gainesville self-guided art tour. Discover 17 tour stops including a reception at the GFAA Gallery for SHE, a juried exhibition of African American artists at Double Exposure: Celebrating Gainesville’s Past and Envisioning Its Future at 352ArtSpace and more. Artwalk Gainesville is an exciting, fun way to experience an amazing wealth of creativity. View a map of tour stops here.

Chef Empowerment's Black History Month Pop Up restaurant.

Savor Southern Cuisine at Chef Empowerment’s Black History Month Pop-up Restaurant
Friday, February 28, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Working Food
219 NW 10th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Chef Empowerment’s Underground Kitchen is partnering with Working Food and several locally black-owned businesses to host a southern buffet. Hors d’oeuvres served at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m. Featuring blackened Florida catfish with creole aioli, baked mac and cheese, garlic green beans with locally grown roasted baby carrots, coconut cake, and more recipes to satisfy and delight. 

Horse and rider

Bring the Kids to the Family Friendly Interscholastic Equestrian Association Regional Finals
Sunday, March 1, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
23100 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669

Bring the whole family to the Alachua County Equestrian and Agricultural Center to watch top-notch middle school and high school teams compete to move onto nationals. All spectators are welcome with free admission for all ages.

Illustration of a couple sitting on a blanket under the moon

Go on an Adventure with Aladdin during the City of Alachua’s Movie in the Park
Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.| Skinner Park
15100 NW 142nd Terr., Alachua, FL 32615

Looking for a great, family-friendly and free fun thing to do this weekend? If so, grab a chair or blanket, friends and family and head over to Skinner Park in downtown Alachua to watch Aladdin on the big screen.

Face of exotic cat

Take a Walk on the Wild Side to View Rare and Endangered Species
Saturday, February 29, 10 a.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 E CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609

Take a Leap Day stroll through Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation during their Saturdayeducational walking tour by a professional zoologist. Learn about, and get up close to nearly 30 rare and endangered species and over 100 animals. No reservations are required for the 10 a.m. tour. 

Blues musician Ruth Wyand on stage

Listen to Quality Blues during an Intimate Performance by Blues Challenge Finalist Ruth Wyand
Sunday, March 1, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | The Music Box at Dos Mamas
3315 N Main Terr., Gainesville, FL 32609

International Blues Challenge Finalist, Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One is a one women band ready to impress. Her music is regarded as a must for serious blues fans. This is your chance to see this remarkably gifted musician in the intimate setting of The Music Box.

US Navy Band

Feel Inspired by One of the Finest Wind Ensembles in the World
Saturday, February 29, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

The premier wind ensemble of The United States Navy Band presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. This is your chance to attend a performance of the highly demanded Concert Band, at no charge. Admission is free but tickets are required.

Playlist at the Pointe

Celebrate Good Times with Showtime Band at Playlist at The Pointe
Friday, February 28, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

It’s time to come together at Celebration Pointe with good music, good food, and a good time during Playlist at the Pointe. The Showtime Band plays the hits from a variety of genres. Enjoy a little bit of country, rock, and soul in their free, family friendly, outdoor venue.

Illustration of DJ at turntable

Chill, Shop and Enjoy Music and Skate Tricks at Bass and Bearings Pop Up
Saturday, February 29, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. | The Top Restaurant
30 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Enjoy a night with an urban, eclectic feel. The Top hosts a night market with live music and vendors selling art and apparel. Head into the parking lot out back for a late night skate jam with Samurai Skate Shop.

BMX racers at High Springs BMX

The Race is On! Feel the Excitement of BMX State Race Weekend
Saturday, February 29, 11:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony, Sunday, March 1, 8:45 a.m. Parade Lap | High Springs BMX
NW 2nd St., High Springs, FL 32643

Experience the energy and exhilaration of the USA BMX Florida Championship Series State Race Qualifier. Hundreds of riders, from ages 2 to 65 earn points to compete in the state championship. Whether you are a participant, spectator, sports photographer, or all of the above, no doubt you will enjoy the excitement of the BMX state race weekend.

✨TICKET GIVEAWAY Admission is free, but there is a charge for parking ($10 cash only). For a free parking pass to this event, drop by the Visit Gainesville office, Thursday or Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., at 33 N Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. Passes are first come first served, and not available for resale. Limited one per person, and valid for one vehicle. Call for availability 352-374-5260.


Illustration of trumpet. Winds Go Pops

Show Tunes and Jazz Standards at Winds Go Pops Concert at Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall
Thursday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.

Acoustic Duo Richy and Chelsea at One Love Café
Thursday, February 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Standards with University of Florida Symphonic Band at the University Auditorium
Thursday, February 27, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Ultimate Tribute to Led Zeppelin with No Quarter at High Dive
Thursday, February 27, 9 p.m.

Keg of Laughs Comedy Showcase at World of Beer, Tioga
Thursday, February 27, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.   

Energetic Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at One Love Café
Friday, February 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Bluegrass with Remedy Tree at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, February 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Heavy Rock and Metal with Vulgar Display of Ryals, Purely Red, Apex, Prophets of Demise at High Dive
Friday, February 28, 8:30 p.m.

Just Neighbors Tour Kickoff with Instrumental Grooves from Velocirapture, Flowan, MHOSS at Signal
Friday, February 28, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Punk with Richmond Virginia’s No-Heads and Gimme, Curleys + Dj Tony and DJ City Baby at The Atlantic
Friday, February 28, 9 p.m. –1 a.m.

Americana with Lauren Woodall and Spencer Hoefert at One Love Café
Saturday, February 29, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Americana with The Front Porch Steppers at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, February 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Metal with Stunner, Supertwin, Swamp Druid at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub
Saturday, February 29, 9 p.m.

Classic Blues and Originals with Ramblin’ Mutts at The Bull
Saturday, February 29, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Rock and Roll and Jam Band Dance Music The Shambles and Friends featuring Fodder Wing at Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, March 1, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Rock Covers of Mega Man III and a Video Game Speedrun with Bit Brigade at The Atlantic
Sunday, March 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Blues, Americana, Folk with Cassie Keenum at One Love Cafe
Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Jazz drummer playing drums. Hippodrome Jazz Series Monday Nights

Hippodrome Jazz Series with Thomas Allain and Carlos Vizoso at the Hippodrome Theatre
Monday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Don David Band at Sandy’s Place
Wednesday, March 4, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Keg of Laughs Comedy Showcase at World of Beer, 34th Street Wednesday, March 4, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.


Painting of William Shakespeare reading a book

Opening Weekend of Seven Sides of Shakespeare at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
February 28 – March 8, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Artwalk: Arupa Freeman and Music from The Hogtown Chamber Players at the Vine Sourdough Bakery
Friday, February 28, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cocktails & Classics: Rashomon at Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday, February 29, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Paint a Pet Portrait with Pigs at Peacefield Farm
Sunday, March 1, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Guys and Dolls Spring Musical at P.K. Yonge
Now through February 29

13th The Musical at the Star Center Theatre
Now through March 8


Florida is A Land Remembered, Rick Smith’s Multimedia Expedition at Alachua County Library, Newberry Branch
Thursday, February 27, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

A Talk by Lenton “Pop” Herring, “From the Outhouse to the White House” at Hawthorne Historical Museum & Cultural Center
Saturday, February 29, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Embracing the past, enhancing the future. Newberry, FL home of Soul Fest est. 2020

Soul Fest: Race to Equality at CountryWay Town Square
Saturday, February 29, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Soul Fest is a 100% student organized festival to promote racial understanding and build bridges of friendship among different generations and communities. Attendees can enjoy food, fun, art, and learning.

“Leap Into Spring” Contra Dance and Dinner Evening at Temple Shir Shalom
Saturday, February 29, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Crayola Marker Calligraphy Workshop at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, February 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Energetic Folk with Good Morning Bedlam in Concert at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Artwalk: Introductory Works from Grow Hub at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, February 28, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Every Saturday Yoga at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Saturday, February 29, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

DIY Craft Workshop with Hammer and Stain at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, February 29, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

Sunday Improv Jam at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, March 1, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Beer Bingo Tuesdays at Big Top Brewing Company
Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Team Trivia Wednesdays at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


A Night In Italy Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, February 27, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Springtime Edible Weeds and Dumpling Making at UF Ethnoecology Garden
Friday, February 28, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting with Chef Miles Burnett at Dorn’s Liquors
Friday, February 28, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Preview next week’s sold-out Swallowtail Farm’s to Table Dinner

(sold out) Pasta, Pesto and Cream Sauces at the Fat Tuscan
Friday, February 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bread Class, Working with Wet Yeast Doughs at the Fat Tuscan Wednesday, March 4, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Grove Street Farmers Market

Inaugural Grove Street Farmer’s Market
Monday, March 2, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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 Men’s Tennis at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Friday, February 28, 5 p.m. (vs Alabama), Sunday, March 1, 12 p.m. (vs Auburn) and 3:30 p.m. (vs Mercer)

#7 Gators Softball vs. Louisiana at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Friday, February 28, 6 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 1 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 12 p.m.

#1 Gators Baseball vs. Troy at Alfred A. Mckethan Stadium
Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 4 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 1 p.m.

#8 Gators Women’s Lacrosse vs. #5 Stony Brook at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Saturday, February 29, 12 p.m.

Vintage Racing Machines at the 6th Annual MX des STATES Motocross at Waldo Motorsports
Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1

Greater Florida Baseball Tournament at Champions Park
Friday, February 29 – Sunday, March 1

Mudcrutch Gravel Team Time Trial Bike Ride with Gravel Cyclist in High Springs
Sunday, March 1, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride with Goodbike at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Monday, March 2, 7 p.m.


“Secrets of the Longleaf Pine” Film Viewing at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Thursday, February 27, 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Guided Hike on Rim Ramble Trail at La Chua Trail and Alachua Sink
Saturday, February 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Photography Composition Course with PurpleFly Photography at Cofrin Nature Park
Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stargazing with Alachua Astronomy Club at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, February 29, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday Bird Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


The Sculptures of Kirsten Engstrom at Mossman Hall, Melrose
Friday, February 28, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Artwalk: Opening Reception for SHE at Gainesville Fine Arts Association Gallery
Friday, February 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Double Exposure Winners’ Reception at Rosa B. Williams Center
Friday, February 28, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artwalk: Jan and Ron Haase “Side by Side” at Artisans’ Guild Gallery
Friday, February 28, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Women in Urban Art: from Studio to Street at The Historic Thomas Center
Friday, February 28, 8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks: Celebrating our Mid-Century Architectural Past (1945-1975) at Matheson Museum
Now through March 7

Pictures of Resistance by Faye Schulman at GFAA Gallery
Now through March 14

ART + MATH: Seeing Mathematics in the Museum at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through April 5

DNA: Code of Life at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Now through April 30

“McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida” Exhibition at Matheson Museum
Now through Saturday, June 6, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Paleobotany: Reading the Signs at UF’s Grinter Gallery
Runs through August 21

Amazing Pollinators at Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through September 7

André Kertész: Seven Decades Exhibit at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through November 1

Tempus Fugit:: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies Exhibit at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through December 12, 2021

Global Perspectives: Highlights from the Contemporary Collection at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through May 30, 2021

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

Perry McGriff’s GATORIDE 2020, March 8
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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