What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, January 2-5, 2020

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Cheers to 2020! The new year provides the ideal opportunity to switch up your routine with exciting adventures. Travel enhances creativity, reduces stress and promotes happiness, making it the perfect way to renew your sense of wonder, feed your curiosity and gain fresh perspectives.

Explore the final weekend at the Winter Showcase at the GFAA Gallery or Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Historic Thomas Center, both on exhibit through Saturday, January 4. Chomp down on Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the Florida Museum of Natural History and the School of Art + Art History 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition at Harn Museum of Art, on display through Sunday, January 5.

Don’t forget to share your adventure with us at #WhatsGoodAlachuaCounty and #WhyILoveGNV.

– Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County

Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!

Prize-winning camellias at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Marvel at Prize-Winning Blooms of All Shapes, Sizes and Colors at the Annual Camellia Show
Saturday, January 4 – Sunday, January 5, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Discover the beauty and variety of camellias, one of Florida’s most versatile fall and winter blooming plants. Learn about the care, culture, and appreciation of camellias, both in the greenhouse and in the landscape, and stroll through exhibits of japonicas, reticulatas, hybrids, and species. Camellias will be available for purchase.

VHS tape with hand-written label that reads, A Film by Craven Frankel

Unearth Intrigue and Laughter at “A Film By Craven Frankel”
Friday, January 3 – Saturday, January 4, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, January 5, 2 p.m – 4 p.m. | Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Written and directed by Michael Glover, this standout from the 2018 Gainesville Homegrown Playwright’s Showcase makes its fully-staged premiere for one weekend only. In the months following the death of their wife and mother, a horror-movie-obsessed father and daughter learn to live without her, while the mother learns to live with being dead.

Dressage horse and rider

Appreciate the Highest Level of Trained Horses and Riders at the Twice As Nice Dressage Competition
Saturday, January, 4 – Sunday, January 5, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
23100 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669

Horses and riders compete at all levels of dressage, from training through the highest level of Grand Prix, at this US Equestrian Federation and US Dressage Federation recognized show. Spectator admission is free and leashed dogs are welcome.

Art Pop Festival, a pop up festival with arts, crafts, farmers market, food and drink specials, live music and more

Pop by for Family Friendly Art, Food and Festivities
Saturday, January 4, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | One Love Cafe at Magnolia Parke
4989 NW 40th Place, Gainesville, FL 32606

A pop-up festival with live music, specialty foods and drinks, farmer’s market, flowers, and a wide variety of arts and crafts. Bring your lawn chairs, towels or blankets and enjoy the Saturday afternoon.

silhouettes of 3 camel riders. Festival "Dia de Reyes" 2020

Celebrate the Latin Tradition of Three Kings Day with Authentic Food, Music and More
Sunday, January 5, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company 1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, Florida 32601

Enjoy authentic food from Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and El Salvador and a brews like First Magnitude’s Coquito Beer and more. Come ready to move your body and dance to live merengue, bachata, cumbia, and salsa music while the kids enjoy face painting, inflatable balloons, and a clown show at 5 p.m. Event is free to the public.

Ballet Dancers

Fall in Love with Romeo and Juliet presented by National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine
Wednesday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

The legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine features 55 of Ukraine’s brightest and most revered ballet stars on stage in a full-scale production based on William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of tragic love and set to the music of Russian composer Sergey Prokofiev.

Perfect Strangers band members

Connect with Live Music in an Intimate Setting by Perfect Strangers and Johnny Lee
Monday, January 6, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Hippodrome Cinema
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Hippodrome Cinema hosts its first live music event of 2020 featuring Perfect Strangers, a radical four-piece band playing hits spanning the decades from the 50’s to today. The band Johnny Lee, a collaboration between Liberty Phoenix (lead singer songwriter of Pine, backup vocalist for Funkiller, Venus and the Moon and Papercranes) and Collin Whitlock (of the Shi**y Beatles, The Slims, Jordan Burchel, Average Friend), play original music weaving harmonies along side guitar and keyboard.

Violinist Blake Pouliot sitting next to violin

Let the Mastery of Award-Winning Violinist Blake Pouliot Move and Inspire You
Tuesday, January 7, 7:30 p.m.| Squitieri Studio Theatre
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32607

Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2016 Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Manulife Competition, virtuoso violinist Blake Pouliot performs Mozart, Beethoven and more for one-night-only on his international recital tour.

KRS-One on stage with the mic

Step into the Musical World of Hip-hop’s Legendary Lyricist and MC, KRS-One
Wednesday, January 8, 8:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

One of the greatest MCs of all time returns to Gainesville for one-night only. KRS-One is the recipient of a BET Lifetime Achievement Award for his advocacy towards the Stop the Violence Movement and pioneering hip-hop music and culture. 


Motown, Soul Awesomeness with The Browns at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, January 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Weekend of Music, Nature and Community on the Santa Fe River at Riverine Reunion 2020
Friday, January 3 – Sunday, January 5

Gainesville Hip Hop Night 2020 at High Dive
Friday, January 3, 8:30 p.m.

Western Swing Pop with Austin’s Jenny Parrott at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, January 3, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Punk with You Vandal, Friendly Fire, Articles and Grabbag at Loosey’s Downtown
Friday, January 3, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Honky Tonk with J.D. Cook at at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, January 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rock Out with The Sucker Punches, One Bad Penny, Once My Own at High Dive
Saturday, January 4, 9 p.m.

Blues with Cassie Keenum at One Love Cafe
Sunday, January 5, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Open Mic Poetry Jam at Civic Media Center
Thursday, January 2, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Improv Comedy Night at Hippodrome Theatre
Tuesday, January 7, 7:30 p.m.

SAVE THE DATES, while you are making plans, take a look at these upcoming performances and shows:
The Book of Mormon, January 14-19, 2020
High Springs Music in the Park with Dean Johanesen, January 19, 2020
Shen Yun 2020, January 28-29, 2020


Family Friendly Christmas Light Tour on the Gainesville Brew Bus
Now through January 12. Tours nightly, every 45 minutes, 5:45 p.m. – 9: 45 p.m.

Meet Pups in Training at Paw Wars The Rise of the Dog Walkers at Earth Pets
Saturday, January 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


First Friday Fun Run at Big Top Brewing Gainesville
Friday, January 3, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

(sold out) Yoga with Little Goats at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, January 4, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser at Swamp Head Brewery
Tuesday, January 7, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Blues and Folk in The Listening Room at Cypress & Grove Brewery
Wednesday, January 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cornhole Tourney at High Springs Brewing Company
Wednesday, January 8, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.


(sold out) Gnocchi Pasta Making Class at The Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, January 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Radishes onions and sweet potatoes at the farmers market

Union Street Farmers Market at Bo Diddley Plaza
Wednesday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Main Street Alachua Farmers Market at Main Street Alachua
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

One Love Café Farmer’s Market
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Haile Farmers Market Fall Festival at Haile Village Center
Saturday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Newberry Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Gators Swimming and Diving Host Vanderbilt, UNF and Liberty at the O’Connell Center
Friday, January 3, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Motocross Action at Round 1 of the 49th Annual Florida Winter AM at Gatorback Cycle Park
Saturday, January 4 – Sunday, January 5, 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Alabama at Exactech Arena
Saturday, January 4, 6 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Vanderbilt
Sunday, January 5, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Family Birding with Alachua Audubon Society at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, January 4, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Living History Days at Morningside Nature Center
Saturday, January 4, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, January 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

New Year Mushroom Walk at UF Natural Area Teaching Lab
Saturday, January 4, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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


Crocs Exhibit at Florida Museum

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020
See the result of 200 million years of predatory evolution and learn about one of nature’s oldest and stealthiest hunters: crocodilians. This unique exhibition educates guests on the history and significance of these creatures using live reptiles, realistic models and interactive elements.

Winter Showcase at GFAA Gallery
Now through Saturday, January 4

Harlem Renaissance Exhibit at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Sundays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

School of Art + Art History 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition at Harn Museum of Art
Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020
This exhibition recognizes and applauds UF’s art faculty as individual artists and as a collective of exemplary art educators.

Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Now through Saturday, January 4, 2020.
This exhibition of 150 photo portraits featuring and created by young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 captures a moment in time and place — Gainesville in 2019.

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 crowd-pleasers:

Collector’s Day at the Florida Museum of Natural History, January 11, 2020
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, January 18-19, 25-26, 31 and February 1-2, 2020
Sunshine State Book Festival, January 24-26, 2020
Heartwood Music Festival IV, February 22, 2020
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15, 2020

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