Add museums, maestros and medieval magic to your weekend with What’s Good. Enter the gates of the 35th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire at its new location to cheer on jousting knights and feast on food fit for a king and queen. Spend an evening creating and viewing art, and enjoy micro-guided tours at The Harn Museum of Art’s spectacular Museum Nights. Take a musical journey through the Alps with The Gainesville Orchestra and Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony.
Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with events leading up to the national holiday, and with a full day of uplifting activities on MLK Day at King Celebration ’22 presented by Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida, Inc. and with the City of Alachua’s 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.
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Huzzah! Enter the New Castle Gates at the 35th Annual Hoggetown Medieval Faire
Saturday, January 15 – Sunday, January 16, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Hoggetown Medieval Faire
NEW LOCATION: 9409 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608
Journey back in time as a medieval village comes alive for three magical weekends. Cheer on jousting knights, browse the artisan marketplace, witness the battle on the living chessboard, challenge your skills at olde world games and feast on food fit for a king. Enjoy nine stages of live entertainment featuring falconry, acrobatics and magic. Hoggetowne Medieval Faire continues each weekend at its NEW LOCATION through Sunday, January 30.
Ascend a Musical Mountainside with Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony and the Gainesville Orchestra
Friday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611
Inspired by Richard Strauss’ love of nature, An Alpine Symphony depicts an adventurous hike in the Alps from daybreak to dusk. Musical fireworks continue into the new year with John Williams’ Jurassic Park and Webern’s 5 Pieces for Orchestra.
Photo by Suzanna Mars
Engage in Diverse Arts-Based Experiences at Museum Nights: Art for All
Thursday, January 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611
Engage in diverse arts-based experiences in the galleries, online and throughout the Harn. Endia Beal – a boundary pushing socially engaged artist and TIME photographer of the year – presents a live stream talk to attend in the museum or online and educators offer micro-tours in the galleries. Enjoy art-making activities for all and art throughout the night.
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Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Events leading up to national holiday celebrations
Lecture: Killing King Again: Race, Power, & The Cost Of Unfulfilled Dreams
Thursday, January 13, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | UF Pugh Hall Ocora
241 Pugh Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
Hear from Dr. Charles W. McKinney, Jr., the Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies and an associate professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis, for an in-person lecture titled “Killing King Again: Race, Power, and the Cost of Unfulfilled Dreams.” For those unable to attend in-person, you may watch the presentation at this livestream link.
Alachua County Courthouse Renaming Ceremony to the Stephan P. Mickle Courthouse
Friday, January 14, 12 p.m. | Alachua County Courthouse
220 S Main St., Gainesville, FL
The event features speakers from Alachua County, the City of Gainesville, and the Judiciary as well as music, a color guard and words of inspiration.
Jazz Concert Featuring Phillip JazzDad Thomas and the Forever Miles Band
Friday, January 14, 6 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
A night of jazz celebrates the legacy of Judge Stephan P. Mickle, Sr. Admission is free.
(sold out) Encore Performance of The Color Purple
Friday, January 14, 8 p.m. | Star Center Theatre
11 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609
The award-winning musical returns to the stage as part of Marin Luther King Jr. celebration week.
Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida, Inc. National Holiday Events
Monday, January 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | MLK Memorial Gardens to Citizens Field
Holiday events begin with Hall of Fame honorees Aeriel Lane, community activist and Honorable Judge Stephan P. Mickle (posthumously) at MLK Memorial Gardens. The annual commemorative march begins at 12 p.m. towards Citizens Field for the National Holiday Kick-Off with guest speakers. At 2 p.m. the gospel program features national recording artist Helen Miller.
City of Alachua 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Cleather Hathcock Community Center
15818 NW 140 St., Alachua, FL 32615
Join the City of Alachua in celebrating the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration includes guest speakers featuring Dr. Michah Johnson, live entertainment including smooth jazz, gospel, soul and more from David Richardson and FIRE, Young Hearts Expressive Dance Team, visual artist Kenneth Keith, recording artist Fred Gatson and the Smooth Flava Dance Troup. Lunch is served at 12 p.m.
Hear 61 Bells Ring Out from Century Tower with a Florida Carillon Festival Performance
Saturday, January 15, 6:15 p.m. | UF Century Tower
375 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Century Tower is a 157-foot carillon tower in the center of the University of Florida campus featuring 61 bells. The Tower was built in 1953 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the university and was dedicated to UF students killed in World Wars I and II. For an optimal listening experience, find a location at least 100 feet from the tower.
The Florida Carillon Festival unites the four unique carillons in Florida with musical performances. Saturday features guest carillonneur, Austin Ferguson. View the musical program here (pdf).
Marvel at Six-String Artistry from Guitar Virtuosos at Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, January 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Richard Smith and Sam Pacetti bring a night of guitar mastery to the Heartwood stage. Richard Smith is a National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and Sam Pacetti blends influences from flamenco guitar, Celtic music and American folk.
Party in the Streets at the Grand Opening of The How Bazar Fashion and Creative Hub
Friday, January 14, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | The How Bazar
60 SW 2nd St., Gainesville, FL 32601
The How Bazar celebrates its grand opening with block party in downtown Gainesville. Enjoy live performances with a setlist curated by Dion Dia Records, car show, local vendors and artists, skate obstacle course and competition provided by Samurai Skate Shop and a red carpet runway fashion show.
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Arts & Theatre
View the Largest Collection of Florida Themed Art and More at the Harn Museum of Art
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.| UF Cultural Plaza
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608
View frequently changing exhibitions drawn from the Harn’s collections of more than 13,000 works of art, and loans from private lenders, artists and other art museums. Works on display in eleven galleries include paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, video, beadwork, textiles and more. Currently, exhibitions include Florida Impressions, Plural Domains, Plant Life, Shadow to Substance, Global Perspectives, Tempus Fugit:: and more. Free admission.
Photo Courtesy of the Harn Museum of Art
Events & Festivals
Horse Shows in the Park Hunter/Jumper Show at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, January 15 – Sunday, January 16, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Riders are challenged, jump safely with inviting fences and a broad spectrum of classes and divisions to choose from. Classes run from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Two-Day Survival Knife Blacksmithing Worksthop at [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Saturday, January 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, January 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Florida Vintage Market at Midpoint Park and Eatery
Sunday, January 16, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Music & Performance
Local Hip Hop and R&B Showcase Ville Sounds Presented by Dion Dia Records at High Dive
Thursday, January 13, 8 p.m.
Classic Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Café
Friday, January 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
High-Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, January 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Indie Rock with The Late Night Losers, The Driptones and Cannibal Kids at Indie Live Presented by Swamp Records and Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Soul-Jam Fusion with Matcha at High Dive
Friday, January 14, 8 p.m.
Hip Hop, Dancehall and Latin at Malibu Nights at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta and Palomino
Friday, January 14, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Hyper Pop Dance Party with Drew Love at The Wooly
Friday, January 14, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Jazz Standards with Swing Theory at One Love Café
Saturday, January 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Somethin’ Sassy String Band at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, January 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Acoustic Guitar-Driven Singer-Songwriter Willy Porter at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, January 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Rock and Roll with William Russell Wallace at Loosey’s
Saturday, January 15, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Singer-Songwriters Estro at High Dive
Saturday, January 15, 8 p.m.
Blues with Middleground at One Love Café
Sunday, January 16, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Alt-Country with Cory Branan at Loosey’s
Sunday, January 16, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Kingdom Laugh Tour at Star Center Theatre
Sunday, January 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Reggae, Jazz and Hip Hop One Man Band Mike Oregano at Lightnin’ Salvage
Wednesday, January 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bluegrass with Bush|Marshall|Meyer|Meyer at UF Phillips Center
Wednesday, January 19, 7:30 p.m.
Dunce Cat Comedy Showcase at High Dive
Wednesday, January 19, 8 p.m.
Music 360 – Gustav Holst’s Orchestra Suite The Planets and Immersive Space Travel Simulation at Santa Fe College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
Now through January 29
Blues and Such with Blue Line Tex-Mex and BBQ at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, January 14, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Classic Rock with Bradford Hwy at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, January 14, 7 p.m.
Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, January 16, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Tapping Tiny Esses from Prairie Artisan Ales at Blackadder Brewing Company
Tuesday, January 18, 4 p.m.
Yoga for All at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Tuesday, January 18, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, January 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets
Cypress & Grove Farmer’s Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
GNV Market at Heartwood Soundstage Featuring Live Music
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
High Springs Farmer’s Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Melrose Community Farmer’s Market
Fridays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Alachua County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Newberry Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Haile Village Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Waldo Farmer’s Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bites & Brunch
Drag Brunch at Curia on the Drag
Saturday, January 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sourdough Culture, Fermented Grains and Legumes Discussion and Demonstration at High Springs Orchard and Bakery
Saturday, January 15, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Oysters and Bubbles at Superette Wine + Provisions
Saturday, January 15, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fresh Cooking with Herbs and Spices Beginning Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, January 19, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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Find a searchable list of Alachua County restaurants here.
Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Auburn at Exactech Arena
Thursday, January 13, 5 p.m.
USAA Indoor and JOAD Indoor State Archery Championship at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, January 14 – Sunday, January 16
Florida Man: The Baller Games Paintball Scenario at First Strike Paintball
Saturday, January 15 – Sunday, January 16
All Welcome Drag Racing Test and Tune at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m.
RC Racing at Newberry RC Park
Saturday, January 15, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(sold out) Gators Baseball Prospect Camp at Florida Ballpark
Saturday, January 15, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Florida Track Club Mary Andrews Marathon in Hawthorne
Sunday, January 16, 7 a.m.
Gators Gymnastics vs. Alabama at Exactech Arena
Sunday, January 16, 2:45 p.m.
Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School at Gainesville Raceway
Tuesday, January 18 – Wednesday, January 19
Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Mississippi State at Exactech Arena
Wednesday, January 19, 6:30 p.m.
Parks & Trails
Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, January 19, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Bamboo Sale at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Now through February 7
Trek Through Trails: Top 5 Family-Friendly and Dog-Friendly Hikes
Spending time in nature has been proven to benefit the mind, body and spirit, so round up the kids, find the dog, or go solo and reacquaint yourself with the outdoors on Alachua County’s nature trails.
Museums & Galleries
Browse Artwork and Enjoy Live Music in Micanopy at JEMsOriginals and Mott-May Gallery Open Late
Saturday, January 15, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Look at the Lives of Dinosaurs through their Nests at Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Now through February 20
View authentic specimens from around the world, touch real bones and see lifelike models of eggs, embryos and hatchlings at the egg-citing new exhibit. The Tiny Titans exhibit is bilingual. Photo courtesy Silver Plume Exhibitions.
View More Than 50 Paintings Composing a Visual History of the State at Florida Impressions: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers at the Harn Museum of Art
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Explore the World of Toys and Games, and Learn About the Language of Measurement at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Thursday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Between Heaven & Earth – The Paintings of Alyne Harris at Thomas Center Galleries
Now through March 19, 2022
Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women at the Matheson History Museum
Wednesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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