What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, January 16-19, 2020

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There’s always a good reason to go exploring in Gainesville and Alachua County – discover music, food, shopping and unique indoor and outdoor adventures each and every week.

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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

Missionary jumping in the air next to image of a doorbell. The Book of Mormon

Get a Taste of Broadway at The Book of Mormon, “The Best Musical of This Century” – The New York Times
Now through Sunday, January 19 | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Limited tickets still remain. From the creators of South Park and the co-creator of Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon follows two Latter-Day Saints missionaries as they attempt to preach the to the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village. One of the highest grossing musicals of all time, the play is the winner of nine Tony awards and Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. 

Armored knights jousting in front of a crowd. 34th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Travel to a Festive Medieval Village at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Alachua County Fairgrounds
3100 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609

The blasts of trumpets mingle with the laughter of children as the kingdom of Hoggetowne opens its gates. Travel back in time and experience a world of medieval magic at the 34th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, for three consecutive weekends: January 18 – 19, January 25 – 26, and January 31 – February 2.

Olde world dancers and singers captivate crowds, while a collection of artisans sell jewelry, hand-blown glassware, wood carvings and medieval clothing. Enjoy entertainment on several stages, armored knights on the jousting field and stunning shows of combat entertainment on the tournament field.  

Illustration of a man and woman. I love you because, a modern day musical love story

Cherish a Modern Day Musical Love Story at the Opening of “I Love You Because”
Friday, January 17 – Saturday, January 18, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice gets retold as a modern musical in New York City. He’s a greeting card writer jilted by another, she’s a flighty photographer, and they are all wrong for each other. This feel-good romantic comedy celebrates an unlikely love that flourishes because of differences, not in spite of them.

Musician JB Crockett

Catch Country Tunes and Good Vibes with Nashville Recording Artist JB Crockett with Special Guest Clay Brooker
Friday, January 17, 9 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

You may have seen him at the Garth Brooks after party back in April. JB Crockett returns to Gainesville with catchy country anthems and a high energy stage performance.

Musician Dean Johanesen

Bring Your Chairs and Blankets to Kickoff the High Springs Music in the Park Season with Dean Johanesen
Sunday, January 19, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | James Paul Park (behind City Hall)
Downtown High Springs

Enjoy an afternoon under the live oaks with the music of Master storyteller and guitarist Dean Johanesen. Dean draws from a number of influences and appeals to fans of Country, Americana and Gypsy Jazz.

Archer pulling back on a bow

Set Your Sights on USA Archery’s 51st Indoor Nationals and 2020 JOAD Indoor Nationals
Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 19 | Easton Newberry Archery Center
24880 NW 16th Ave, Newberry, Florida 32669

The 51st USA Archery Indoor Nationals and 2020 USA Archery JOAD Indoor Nationals are 2 separate competitions at the same venue.

Abstract image of lighting shining through stained glass window with light shining on dancer

Witness a Multi-Media Theatre Production at the World Premiere of Wes Lindberg’s Radiant Light
Friday, January 17, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606

With projected images, actors, dancers and live music, “Radiant Light” explores the universal human experiences of birth, life, love and loss. After the Gainesville premiere, Tokyo, India and Brazil will experience the production next with updated visuals produced on location.

Band members in front of the stage at High Dive

Support Community Radio and Hear Local Bands at the WGOT 12 Year Benefit Show
Friday, January 17, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. | The Atlantic
15 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

WGOT celebrates 12 years as a low-powered, community-focused radio station. Independent and local bands are featured over its airwaves. Four bands with styles ranging from indie-rock to blues share the stage at this benefit concert, Arrows in Action, In Bed by Ten, Articles and the Rick Randlett Band.

Map of eastern alachua county and image of Hutch Hutchinson

Learn About the Lands from Newnan’s Lake to Hawthorne at “An Environmental History of Eastern Alachua County” with Hutch Hutchinson
Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center
7225 SE 221st St., Hawthorne, FL 32640

Hawthorne Area Historical Society’s 2020 Speaker Series launches with a presentation from Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson.

Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia

Treat Yourself to the One-of-a-Kind Blend of Global Influences and Southern Folk Music that is Rising Appalachia
Saturday, January 18, 8 p.m. (sold out) and 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith are a self-made success story with sold-out shows and major festival appearances under their belts. Their music blends world music with folk and hip hop to create a unique sonic texture. After selling out the 8 p.m. show, Heartwood Soundstage and Rising Appalachia added a 2nd performance at 10 p.m.

The historic home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Discuss the Newly Published Epiphany’s Gift at Writer’s Series with Author Mallory O’Connor
Saturday, January 18, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 CR 325, Cross Creek, FL 32640

Join author Mallory O’Connor as she discusses her book Epiphany’s Gift, described as “a fast-paced, nail biting tale of the perennial battle between good and evil.” After the talk, take a tour of the farm house and learn more about Marjorie and her life in Cross Creek.

Logo for Black Flag

Bang Your Head with Legendary Punk Band Black Flag
Wednesday, January 22, 9 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, CA, Black Flag is one of the first hardcore punk bands with a discography including seven studio albums and two live albums. The current band lineup includes vocalist Mike Vallely, Isaias Gil on Drums, Joe Noval on Bass and founding guitarist and songwriter Greg Ginn.


Image of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Watson’s Go To Birmingham at MLK Multipurpose Center
Thursday, January 16 – Friday, January 17, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
This play takes place during the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960’s and is centered around the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. The event is free for all ages.

National Holiday Kick-off, Followed by Annual Commemorative March at Bo Diddley Plaza in Gainesville
Monday, January 20, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated with the presentation of awards and scholarships. The annual King Celebration March follows at 1 p.m. to MLK Multi-Purpose Center located at 1028 NE 14th Street, Gaineville, FL 32601. At 2 p.m. the holiday gospel program features the Bethune Cookman Gospel Choir.

City of Alachua hosts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

City of Newberry hosts A Day of Celebration, March from City Hall to MLK Community Center
Monday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Newberry City Hall
25440 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669


Florida Bluegrass with Wild Shiners at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, January 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rock Out with Radkey and Orbiter at Loosey’s Downtown
Thursday, January 16, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Night of Local Live Music with Kamasutra, Driptones, Starhouse at High Dive
Thursday, January 16, 8:30 p.m.

Punk Music with Curley’s, Pez, Smite at The Atlantic
Thursday, January 16, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Traveling Troubadour Americana from Hayesville, NC with Dr. Paul at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, January 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Remedy at One Love Café
Friday, January 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tabajara Belo’s Brazilian Quartet, Tamayo, Jay Napier at Signal
Friday, January 17, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Ecletic, Heartfelt songs with Don David at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, January 17, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bass Music with SoDown at Simon’s
Friday, January 17, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Singer, Songwriter Pentley Holmes at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, January 18, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Swing Theory at One Love Café
Saturday, January 18, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Stranger Thongs Live Burlesque Show at High Dive
Saturday, January 18, 10:30 p.m. 

3rd Sunday Jazz Brunch with The Brian Stevens Quartet at The Music Box
Sunday, January 19, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Shawn Manley at One Love Café
Sunday, January 19, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Moondog at One Love Café
Sunday, January 19, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

L.A. Based Chart Topping Bluesman The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood at High Dive
Sunday, January 19, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

High-energy Salsa, Afro-Cuban 10-piece orchestra LPT at Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, January 19, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Electronic Music with Russ Liquid at Signal
Sunday, January 19, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Organ Recital with UF Professor of Music Laura Ellis at University Auditorium
Tuesday, January 21, 7:30 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.

Atlanta Flower Punk Pioneers Black Lips at High Dive
Tuesday, January 21, 9 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning Reigning Male Chorus Chanticleer at UF Phillips Center
Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 p.m.

Punk Music with Dark Thoughts, Gimme at The Atlantic
Wednesday, January 22, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. 


Silhouettes of two figures. Anne & Emmett

An Imaginary Conversation Between Anne Frank and Emmett Till at Anne and Emmett at Star Center Theatre
Friday, January 10 – Saturday, January 18
The play by Janet Langhart Cohen recounts the lives of the Till and Frank, comparing and contrasting the events in their lives and deaths.

Grand Opening of Terminal Q Drag Show at Wayward Fox Restaurant and Jolie Event Space
Friday, January 17, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Gainesville Comedy Con at High Dive
Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m.


The Florida Paint Horse Show at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 19

Macrame Workshop at The AUK Market
Thursday, January 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cyanotype Photo Booth Workshops at The AUK Market
Saturday, January 18, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 1 p.m.

Doggy Meet & Greet at One Love Café
Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Guides and Outfitters at Bass Pro Shops
Saturday, January 18, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

One-Day How to Make Comics Workshop at Sequential Artist Workshop
Sunday, January 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

3 Rings of Excitement at Garden Bros. Circus at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Tuesday, January 21, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Forge Your Own Marshmallow Skewers at [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Wednesday, January 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Plant-Based Junk Food Pop Up with Vulture Food at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Thursday, January 16, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Southern Rock with Houston Keen at High Springs Brewery
Thursday, January 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Pairing at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, January 17, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Reggae with Propaganjah at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, January 17, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Game of Thrones Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

80’s hits, Hip Hop, and Top 40 Silent Disco at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Saturday, January 18, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The PairODocs at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, January 19, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Healthy Cooking with Fresh Herbs Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, January 16, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Chef Night Cooking Demonstration at River Run Olive Oil Company
Thursday, January 16, 6:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting Around the World at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, January 16, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Grand Opening at Newk’s Eatery at Butler Plaza
Friday, January 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

(sold out) Wine Pairing and Chef Dinner at The Fat Tuscan
Sunday, January 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cooking Class with Fresh Herbs and Field Trip to Grow Hub at The Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, January 22, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Upick strawberries at rogers farm

U-Pick Strawberries at Rogers Farm
Thursday, January 16 – Saturday, January 18, 10 a.m. – 4 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 Womens Basketball vs. #24 Tennessee at Exactech Arena
Thursday, January 16, 6 p.m.

Terrain Titan / GORUCK Adventure Run at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Saturday, January 18, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Summit Drag Racing Series Bracket Race #1 at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, January 18, 9 a.m.

Gators Mens Basketball vs Auburn at Exactech Arena
Saturday, January 18, 1:30 p.m.

Two-Day Florida Man Paintball Festival at First Strike Paintball
Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 19

Premier Girls Fastpitch Softball National Qualifiers at Champions Park
Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 19

Swamp Invitational Levels 4 – Elite Men’s Gymnastics Meet at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Saturday, January 18, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School at Gainesville Raceway Tuesday, January 21 – Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Arbor Day 2020 at Depot Park
Friday, January 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Arbor Day Tree Planting at Cellon Oak Park
Friday, January 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sandhill Crane Origami and Hot Chocolate (bring your own mug) at Cranes & Cocoa in Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Monday, January 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday Birdwalk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, January 22, 8:30 a.m.  


Bird Walk with Four Rivers Audubon Society at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Saturday, January 18, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Guided Weekend Tours at the Harn Museum of Art
Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 19, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Opening Reception for John David Ridge: A Life in Costume at UF Smathers Library Gallery
Wednesday, January 22, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Somatic Shifts at GFAA Gallery
Now through Friday, January 24

Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks at the Matheson History Museum
Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Every city has a period of time that defines its built environment and architectural character. For Gainesville, that moment was the mid-20th century.

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

Antique, Vintage Floridiana and Rare Book Sale, January 25, 2020
Farm to Table Dinner at Swallowtail Farm, January 25, 2020
Sunshine State Book Festival, January 24-26, 2020
Shen Yun, January 28-29, 2020
Changeville 2020 Music & Arts Festival, February 6-8, 2020
Lone Star Spirits at the Hippodrome Theatre, Jan 24 – Feb 16, 2020
Five Points of Life Race Weekend, February 15-16, 2020
Heartwood Music Festival IV, February 22, 2020
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15, 2020

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