What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, February 6-9, 2020

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It’s the weekend! Create your version of rest, relaxation and exploration. Adventures begin Thursday at the Oaks Mall Carnival, and with a celebration of the role of the arts in positive social change at Changeville 2020. On Saturday, Swamp Head brewery hosts Swamp Fest, a craft beer extravaganza. Sunday afternoon, the Swiss physical theatre troupe MUMMENSCHANZ performs at the UF Phillips Center. And on Monday, the Hippodrome presents Love Letters by A.R. Gurney.

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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

New Monthly Feature: Public Art Takes Center Stage Featuring Lady Justice

Lady Justice Statue

The arts enhance the county as a destination for tourists and increase the quality of life for residents. In partnership with the Arts Council of Alachua County, What’s Good will feature one public art resource a month. February features Lady Justice, a bronze sculpture created by James Gabbert. The sculpture is a contemporary representation of the iconic symbol of justice and is on permanent display outside the Public Defender’s Office located at 151 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. Learn more about Lady Justice.

Special Event: The County Invites the Public to two Truth and Reconciliation Events. Be a Part of Alachua County’s Journey Toward Healing.


On Friday, February 7, the County will hold a Memorial Service for the Victims of Lynching in Alachua County. On Monday, February 17, the public can attend a community workshop about the Truth and Reconciliation Community Remembrance Project. The events are free and open to the public. For details, please follow the links in the text above. Learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Community Remembrance Project.

Illustration of Gainesville landmarks. Changeville 2020

Start Where You Are. Become Part of Social Change at Changeville 2020
Thursday, February 6 – Friday, February 7 | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Changeville, presented by frank, is a two-day festival featuring live music, comedy, panels, local vendors and more with the mission of cultivating connections between artists, influencers and activists.

On Thursday at 9 p.m., Lizz Winstead, Co-Creator of The Daily Show, hosts Feminist Buzzkills of Comedy. Stand-up comics will have you laughing and a post-show talk-back with activists and providers will help you support reproductive rights across America. On Friday at 5:30 p.m., join panels on Storytelling and Social Change, and Music as a Pathway to Personal and Community Healing. The music lineup kicks off at 6 p.m. with performances by Spam Allstars, The Sh-Booms, Perfect Strangers and more.

Swamp Fest

Raise a Glass and Say Happy Birthday to Swamp Head Brewery at Swamp Fest
Saturday, February 8, 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Swamp Head Brewery turns 12! Saturday’s party features food trucks, limited beer releases, a custom beer stein for sale and a 90-foot tent with beer hall seating. Admission is free.

ominous image of a circus tent. elizabeth johson and dante puleio present sir-kus

Be Thrilled from the Moment You Enter Dance 2020: sir•kus
Friday February 7 – Saturday, February 8, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2 p.m., through Sunday, February 16 | Black Box Theatre (McGuire Pavilion)
1800 McCarty Dr., Gainesville, FL 32603

Imagery and choreography set the scene for an unforgettable performance. This unique dance showcase features a dark circus theme with an immersive experience as soon as you enter the lobby to get your tickets. UF’s School of Theatre + Dance combines choreography, costumes, scenes and lighting, projection and sound design to lure audiences under their haunted big top.

Human-sized costume of caterpillar and a leaf

Suspend Reality with Swiss Physical Theatre Troupe MUMMENSCHANZ
Sunday, February 9, 2 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

MUMMENSCHANZ brings pure emotion to the stage without uttering a word, showing their faces, or playing any music. Instead, masks, objects, and movement drive and animate their surreal, expressive performances, creating simple yet striking imagery that fosters laughter and joy. In an age defined by overwhelming technological stimuli, “you & me” offers a lesson in the astonishing power of silence.

Mud racing trucks

Rev it Up for Down to Earth Entertainment at Waldo Mud Racing
Saturday, February 8, 7 p.m. | Waldo Motorsports
16258 NE US Hwy 301, Waldo, FL 32694

See high-powered side-by-side mud racing. With truck classes for everyone, racers can bring their truck to race, or play in the open mud pits. Gates open at 4 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Kids 10 and under get in free.

decorated table and chairs

Browse One-of-a-kind Reimagined Chairs and Other Furnishings at “Home Is Where The Art Is”
Friday, February 7, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | GFAA Gallery
1314 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Join a fun evening for a good cause. Locals artists display their painted and reimagined chairs and other home goods at this fundraiser and auction to benefit elementary school arts programming. While you are at GFAA Gallery, don’t miss the other exhibits: Still Life, a showcase of GFAA members, and Pictures of Resistance, a traveling collection of the photos of Faye Schulman, the only known Jewish partisan to document the WWII experience on film.

Jazz On The Green

Celebrate the Weekend with Jazz Originals from Ed Roth Trio at Jazz on the Green
Saturday, February 8, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Keyboard player Ed Roth has recorded and performed with artists ranging from Annie Lennox to Tom Morello and Coolio. Spread a blanket or snuggle up by the fire pits in the promenade, and catch some beautiful music while the kids play games on the lawn. Food available for purchase from Celebration Pointe’s restaurants.

Carnival midway with rides and food vendors

Seek Thrills on the Midway at Oaks Mall Carnival
Now through February 17 | Oaks Mall
6419 West Newberry Rd., Gainesville FL 32605

The carnival is in town, delivering fun for the whole family with spectacular rides and challenging games, paired with cotton candy and funnel cakes. Parking and admission is free. 

Popcorn, The Gainesville Community Band Goes to the Movies

Enjoy Songs From Your Favorite Movie Soundtracks as the Gainesville Community Band Goes to the Movies
Sunday, February 9, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St., E-127, Gainesville, FL 32606

Join an afternoon of family friendly entertainment with arrangements of soundtracks from “The Lion King”, “James Bond”, “Star Wars”, “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”, “The Pink Panther” and more. 

Person holding a pen, writing a letter. Love Letters

Uncover Two Lives One Note at a Time during a Stage Performance of Love Letters
Monday, February 10, 7 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

50 years of letters unveil the connection between Andrew and Melissa. Birthday thank-you cards, summer camp postcards, intimate notes and letters beautifully track their separate lives. They both grow up, go to college, get married, have children and stay connected with a lifetime of love letters.

Image of Jazz drummer in front of drum set. Hippodrome Jazz Series.

Experience Guitar Mastery with Tabajara Belo’s Brazilian Quartet at Hippodrome Jazz Series
Monday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. | Hippodrome Lower Level
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Hippodrome Jazz Series returns with a performance to ease into the week. The Monday night jazz series presents a range of talented jazz musicians in the Hippodrome Lower Level. Tabajara Belo is one of the outstanding Brazilian musicians of his generation. He has made a name for himself as a virtuoso guitar soloist and composer.

Florida Vintage Market at Bo Diddley Plaza

Browse Retro Garments and Goods and Visit a Variety of Vendors at The Florida Vintage Market
Sunday, February 9, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

The unique outdoor shopping experience in downtown Gainesville features a variety of vendors showcasing vintage wear, handmade goods, art, food and more. Admission is free for all ages.


Soul, Indie-Pop and R&B with Durand Jones & the Indications, Y La Bamba, Savants of Soul at High Dive
Thursday, February 6, 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Alt-Rock with Timelost at The Atlantic
Thursday, February 6, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Songwriter Night with Kyle Keller, Lauren Galant and Zorba at The Bull
Thursday, February 6, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Indie Rock and Psychedelic Pop with Paleface, In Bed By Ten, Company Man, Mr. Cool at The Atlantic
Friday, February 7, 10 p.m.

Immersive Sound Therapy at the Grow Twogether Music Festival at Depot Event Space, Simons & Signal
Friday, February 7, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 3:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Folk with Billy Kemp at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, February 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

1st Friday Blues Dinner with Rick Randlett Band at The Music Box
Friday, February 7, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Americana, Rock with Couch Messiahs at One Love Cafe
Friday, February 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cellist Jonathan Swensen

Standout Danish Cellist Jonathan Swensen at UF Phillips Center
Friday, February 7, 7:30 p.m.

The Killers Tribute Band Hot Fuss & Heavy Pedal at High Dive
Friday, February 7, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Favorite Hits from UF College of Medicine Bands during Medstock 2020 at Loosey’s Downtown
Friday, February 7, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Soul, Funk, Jazz with The Browns at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, February 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Folk with Joe Crookston at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, February 8, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Blink 182 Tribute with Blank 281 and Parker Road at High Dive
Saturday, February 8, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Pop Punk with The Routines, Dead Feeling, Lilac Angel, Terror Management at The Atlantic
Saturday, February 8, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Pop Punk & Emo Night at The Wooly
Saturday, February 8, 10 p.m – 1:45 a.m.

Mardi Gras Comes to Gainesville With Gumbo Limbo Band at the Thelma Boltin Center
Sunday, February 9, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Acoustic Blues Legend Doug MacLeod at Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, February 9, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Soul Nourishing Americana with Over The Rhine at Heartwood Soundstage
Tuesday, February 11, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Indian Classical Music Evening Santoor Concert at Ayurveda Health Retreat
Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Dancers on railroad with mountains and hot air balloons in the background

Take a Trip to Loveland at UF Phillips Center
Friday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Dance Alive National Ballet evokes feelings of love, friendship, romance and passion on Valentine’s Day. For two free tickets to this performance, 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.

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

Stories About at Days You Wish You Could Repeat Over and Over or Days You Wish You’ll Never See Again at The Conch – Groundhog Day at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, February 6, 6 p.m.

Decadent Decades – Downtown Cabaret with Star Center Theatre at Jolie A’vie Events
Friday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Improv Comedy with Theatre Strike Force at the Civic Media Center
Friday, February 7, 8 p.m.

Naathan Phan: Real Funny Magic at Hippodrome Theatre
Sunday, February 9, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Hipp Unplugged: A Staged Reading Performance of TO BE, One Woman’s Humorous and Wrenching Reckoning with Breast Cancer, Mortality and Hamlet
Monday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

America’s Got Talent Finalist Comedian Ryan Niemiller at High Dive
Tuesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Local Stand Up Comedy Showcase with Allie Markwich At High Dive
Wednesday, February 12, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Keg of Laughs Comedy Showcase at World of Beer Gainesville Wednesday, February 12, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.


Cinema Verde International Environmental Film & Arts Festival

Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, February 13 – Sunday, February 16
Learn about sustainability and environmental issues from around the world with a lineup of 46 films. 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.

Flora & Fauna Fest at UF Entomology & Nematology
Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lohri and Basant Celebration hosted by UF Sikh Students Association at MacGuire Village
Saturday, February 8, 11 a.m – 3 p.m.

The Wars Against The Seminoles Talk by Henry A. Sheldon at Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center
Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Book Discussion Coming of Age in Mississippi at Alachua County Library District Headquarters
Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Passport to Pollen Nation Gala at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Gainesville Cars & Coffee at Butler Town Center
Sunday, February 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Valentine Printmaking at The AUK Market
Sunday, February 9, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Valentine’s Tours at Lubee Bat Conservancy
Saturday, February 8, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Tap Takeover with First Mag Brewing Company and Cypress & Grove Brewing Company at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Thursday, February 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hops for a Cure at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, February 8, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Diamond Dig and Food Truck Rally at First Magnitude Brewing
Saturday, February 8, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Blues with Cassie Keenum and ThePairODocs at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Wednesday, February 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


A Night of Pasta and Sauce Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, February 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wine & Spirits Celebration w/ Chef Miles Burnett at Dorn’s
Friday, February 7, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Chocolate Tasting at Earth Origins Market
Saturday, February 8, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Family Sunday Funday at Hoggetowne Creamery
Sunday, February 9, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Valentines Drag Brunch at MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
Sunday, February 9, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Wine Class at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Strawberries at the farmers market

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.


Dressage horse and rider

Arredondo Dressage Society Schooling Show at the Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, February 8, 8 a.m.

Gators Gymnatics vs Denver and Iowa at Exactech Arena
Friday, February 7, 6:45 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Gainesville Cycling Club 200K Brevet Start/Finish at Depot Park
Saturday, February 8, 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

East Coast Championships Cheer and Dance Battle In The Swamp at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Saturday, February 8

National Car Show and Drag Racing Series Import Face-Off at Gainesville Raceway
Sunday, February 9, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

80 Challenging Miles of Cycling at 10th Annual Doc Hollywood Invitational in Micanopy
Sunday, February 9, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Watch a 2019 recap from Gravel Cyclist

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Georgia at Exactech Arena Sunday, February 9, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Softball players in Team USA uniforms holding Gator signs and doing the chomp.

Gators Softball Legends Return as Team USA Visits Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Tuesday, February 11, 6 p.m.

Gator Talk Live Radio Broadcast Featuring Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike White at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, February 10, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Illustration of backyard bird feeder. Alachua Audubon Society's backyard birding tour

Alachua Audubon Society’s Backyard Birding Tour, Tickets and Tour Locations at Wild Birds Unlimited
Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Kids Day – Greybeard at Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Guided Nature Walk with a Park Ranger on La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, February 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday Bird Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, February 5, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Full “Snow” Moon Paddle Tour on the Santa Fe River with Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
Saturday, February 8, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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


Opening: RBL GRL | Revolution Doesn’t Ask Permission at Thomas Center
Friday, February 7, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Broaden Your Sense of Normal Opening Reception at 4Most Gallery
Friday, February 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m

90-minute Meditation Workshop at Harn Museum of Art
Saturday, February 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Showcase of Student Art K-12 at Doris Barton Gallery in the Thomas Center
Now through Friday, March 6

Amazing Pollinators at Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through September 7, 10 a.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:

Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival, February 13-16
Dance Alive National Ballet Presents Loveland, February 14
Five Points of Life Race Weekend, February 15-16
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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