The show is on with What’s Good. It’s a great weekend to enjoy live entertainment starting with gypsy dancers, knife throwers, jugglers, falconry, aerial acrobatics, and more at the 35th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Plus romance and laughter take the stage with the opening of Shakespeare’s As You Like It at the Hippodrome Theatre.
Top indie talent rocks under the evening sky at the Live and Local Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza. And nationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Liz Longley delivers captivating vocals at Heartwood Soundstage. The elegant and talented Dance Alive National Ballet dancers present a sensual performance with Portraits 2. Explore opportunities to get outside and enjoy the bright and brisk weather at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and more.
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Find Out Why True Love is Timeless at the Mainstage Production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It
Now through February 6 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601
The quirky romantic comedy full of court politics, gender reversals and a group wedding keeps you on the edge of your seat as Rosalind and Orlando fall for one another in the most comedic and outlandish of ways.
Take a Break from Adulting and Make Time for Play at Cade After Dark for Ages 21+
Friday, January 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Explore your creative side with an evening at the Cade Museum. Meant to provide adults with a unique experience at the museum, Cade After Dark invites attendees ages 21 and up to get messy with slime, challenge friends to old-school board games and view exhibits from different perspectives. Admission includes a drink ticket and snacks. There is a cash bar at the event and pre-event dinner discount at Goldie’s Burgers at adjacent Depot Park.
Experience Captivating Vocals from Singer-Songwriter Liz Longley
Saturday, January 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Liz Longley’s music is featured on TV shows including ABC’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” and MTV’s “Scream.” Her songs have won some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
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Huzzah! Enter the New Castle Gates at the 35th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Now through Sunday, January 30
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 old-world games and feast on food fit for a king and queen. 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.
Hear a Showcase of Local Music at the Live and Local Concert Series
Thursday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Singer-songwriter Ricky Kendall takes the stage at 6:30 p.m., followed by indie-rock with Wild Pines at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Make a night of it and enjoy dinner and drinks from nearby downtown Gainesville restaurants like Tom Kat Kafe, Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company, Crane Ramen, Paramount Grill, Kava Gator, Loosey’s, Muñecas Taco Garden, If It Is Kitchen and Cafe, Prum’s Kitchen, Mark’s Prime, Sababa, Amelia’s Italian Restaurant, Bingo Deli and Pub, The Top Restaurant, Original American Kitchen, Cry Baby’s, Alpin Bistro, Flaco’s, 4th Avenue Food Park and more!
Sip a Craft Beer and Learn All About Bats with Lubee Bat Conservancy at Bats and Brews
Saturday, January 22, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
Join experts from Lubee Bat Conservancy at the brewery for a day full of bats, brews and more. Starting at 1 p.m., meet some of Lubee’s education animals and learn more about bats and their animal friends. Stick around until sunset to see bats emerge from the Swamp Head Bat House, around 5:58 p.m. $1 from each “Sky Puppies” NE-Style IPA draft or can purchase is donated to Lubee Bat Conservancy.
Have a “Good Time” with Country Singer-Songwriter Niko Moon
Friday, January 21, 7 p.m. | Vivid Music Hall
201 W University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
The “Good Time” tour features a unique fusion of Atlanta hip-hop and country. In 2020 the single Good Time reached #1 on the US Country charts and became certified platinum.
Explore the 120-Foot Sinkhole on a Guided Walk at Devil’s Millhopper
Saturday, January 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park4732 Millhopper Rd., Gainesville, FL 32653
Discover one of the most unique Florida State Parks and learn about the geology and natural history of the state. The sinkhole leads down past lush vegetation and streams to a miniature rainforest. The National Natural Landmark has attracted curious visitors since the 1880s.
Behold Elegant Bodies in Motion as Dance Alive National Ballet Presents Choreographed Works of Art at the Portraits 2 Performance
Friday, January 21 – Saturday, January 22 | Pofahl’s Dance Studio
1325 NW 2nd St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Classical ballet images blend with original choreography from Ani Collier. Distinctive points of view emanate from artists allowed to create, be creative and be themselves. Starting with a blank canvas, stories and images come to life with each dancer’s unique sparkle, painted with Ani Collier’s artistic brush. Portraits 2 is a performance for and about adults, parental guidance suggested.
Hear 61 Bells Ring Out from Century Tower at the Carillon Studio Recital
Sunday, January 23, 1:55 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.
See the Author of The Chronicles of Narnia Come to Life at C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert
Monday, January 24, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611
Using C.S. Lewis’s own words, award-winning actor Max McLean inhabits Lewis to take us on his rigorous journey from hard-boiled atheist to “the most reluctant convert in all England.” The production is on a nationwide tour as Fellowship for Performing Arts’ Campus Initiative brings C.S. Lewis On Stage to major colleges and universities across the country.
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Arts & Theatre
Events & Festivals
Color Horse Classic at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, January 22 – Sunday, January 23, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Paints, Pintos and horses of other color breeds compete in a variety of classes.
Welding Workshop: BBQ Grill Top at [Fe]ver Metal Art Studio
Saturday, January 22 – Sunday, January 23
Zoo Frog Watch Training Workshop with Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Monday, January 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Motorcycle Swap Meet at Gainesville Harley-Davidson
Saturday, January 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Music & Performance
Steeln’ Peaches – Allman Brothers Band Revue at The Wooly
Thursday, January 20, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Alt-Country with Uncle Mosie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, January 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Outlaw Country with Ward Davis, Josh Meloy at High Dive
Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m.
Alt Rock with The Remedy at One Love Café
Friday, January 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Classic Rock with Big Owl at The Queens Arms: Gainesville’s One and Only Traditional British Pub
Friday, January 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Alt Rock with The Walkers at The Fox Lounge
Friday, January 21, 8 p.m.
Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Latin and Afrobeats at Malibu Nights at The Backyard @ Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Friday, January 21, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Pop Punk and Emo Night at High Dive
Friday, January 21, 9 p.m.
House, Techno and Disco at The Function Neon Liger Pre-Party at The Wooly
Friday, January 21, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Folk Music and Stories with Leo Disanto at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, January 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Rock Music with Whiskey Jones at One Love Café
Saturday, January 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, January 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Stone Temple Pilots and Green Day Tributes with Glide and American Idiots at High Dive
Saturday, January 22, 8 p.m.
Latin Nights with DJ Mark at Vecinos
Saturday, January 22, 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
You Need to Calm Down – Taylor Swift Dance Party at The Wooly
Saturday, January 22, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Dubstep and Bass Music at GROW-OP VS 808 MATES at The Loft
Saturday, January 22, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Guest Piano Recital with Dr. Christopher Guzman at UF Music Building
Monday, January 24, 7:20 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.
Electronic Dancehall Music with Bambii at High Dive
Wednesday, January 26, 8 p.m.
Comedy, Music, Anything Goes at Open Mic Night at Tom Kat Kafe
Wednesday, January 26, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Bingo Night for Charity Partner Family Promise of Gainesville at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Jazz Bandits with Twisted Tika Food Truck at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, January 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Trivia Night at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, January 22, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Plant-Based Junk Food from Vulture Foods at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, January 23, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, January 23, 1 p.m. – 2 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
NOW OPEN: Zen Asia Street Eats at Midpoint Park and Eatery
From the creator of Taste, find spring rolls, pho and more with vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options.
Wine Tasting and Chef Dinner at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, January 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Drag Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas at Tosh Kitchen
Saturday, January 22, 11 a.m.
Clean Crafted Vegan Wine Tasting at Peacefield Farm Sanctuary
Saturday, January 22, 5:30 p.m.
Did you know that our dining scene regularly makes national headlines? Find out why We Chomp with the best of them!
Find a searchable list of Alachua County restaurants here.
Funtastic Fridays Fun Shoot Archery Competition at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, January 21, 5 p.m.
Hit the Links and Celebrate the First Anniversary at Tukey Creek Golf Course
Saturday, January 22, 8:30 a.m.
Gators Swimming and Diving vs. Auburn at UF O’Connell Center
Saturday, January 22, 10 a.m.
Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Vanderbilt at Exactech Arena
Saturday, January 22, 1 p.m.
Summit Series Bracket Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, January 22
Florida 4-H 3D Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, January 22
Gators Women’s Basketball vs. LSU at Exactech Arena
Sunday, January 23, 2 p.m.
Parks & Trails
Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, January 22, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, January 26, 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
Gallery Talk: Crossing Plural Domains at the Harn Museum of Art
Saturday, January 22, 3 p.m.
Lecture & Book Signing: Emancipation Betrayed at the Harn Museum of Art
Sunday, January 23, 3 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.
Save The Date
Artwalk GainesvilleCelebrates 30 Years, January 28
Opening Weekend of Return to Sunset Village, January 28
John Paul White at Heartwood Soundstage, January 28
CIrque Italia Water Circus, February 10-14
Swallowtail Farm Dinner “Fresh Water”, February 12
Dance Alive National Ballet Presernts Don Juan in Loveland, February 12
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