What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, January 30 – February 2, 2020

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Make your weekend plans and say hello to February! Explore the art scene at Artwalk Gainesville; go back in time at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire; honor and celebrate those who served at the Vietnam Veteran Tribute Ride; and find a variety of live music and theater performances, like Brazilfest, and a night with Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist, Catherine Russell.

This week you can root for your favorites at the Florida High School Competitive Cheerleading State Championships; catch a fast paced Florida Gator basketball game; witness the elegance of the Jubilee Dressage equestrian show; participate in two USA Cycling events and more. And for football fans, we’ve compiled a great list of Super Bowl watch parties in the Sports & Fans section of What’s Good. 

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

Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
– Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County

montage of artwork at Artwalk Gainesville

Explore the Gainesville Art Scene on a Self-Guided Tour during Artwalk Gainesville
Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Multiple Venues
Downtown Gainesville

Be inspired by new artists and exhibit openings on this monthly self-guided art tour. Discover 14 local galleries and exhibit spaces during Artwalk Gainesville’s first event of the new year. Featuring a reception at the GFAA Gallery with three exhibits: Still Life, Home Is Where The Art Is and Pictures of Resistance. First Magnitude and Cypress & Grove breweries host a gathering of artists. 4MOST Gallery hosts a dinner party with handcrafted ceramic place settings. Artwalk Gainesville is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer. View a map of tour stops here.

Catherine Russell

Go Upstage with Booming Jazz Vocals from Grammy Award Winning Catherine Russell
Thursday, January 30, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

The stage at the UF Phillips Center transforms into a classic jazz club, complete with tables, chairs and a bar. It’s a perfect setting for Russell’s powerful vocals as she draws inspiration from her jazz pioneer mother, Carline Ray and Louis Armstrong bandleader father, Luis Russell. Choose from two performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Photo by Sandrine Lee)

Illustration of person in front of microphone. Story Summit

(sold out) Get Drawn into Gainesville’s Best Night of Storytelling, Story Summit
Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Despite selling out, admission to watch the event in the adjacent Video Lounge is available at the door. Laugh, cry and be inspired by a mix of compelling stories shared verbally by participants who by their unique experiences represent the voice of humanity. Storytellers from Self Narrate, Guts & Glory GNV and The Conch – Gainesville’s True-storytelling Project share the stage at Heartwood. Be a part of the growing storytelling community in Gainesville. Food is available from Radha’s Kitchen.

Paying Tribute to Our Vietnam Veterans

Honor and Celebrate Those Who Served at the Vietnam Veteran Tribute Ride and Event
Saturday, February 1, 10:30 a.m. | VA Medical Center to Veterans Memorial Park
1601 SW Archer Rd. to 7400, SW 41st Pl., Gainesville, FL 32608

The morning starts with a motorcycle ride from the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. The ride travels along Archer Road to Veterans Memorial Park, followed by a tribute starting at 11 a.m. including music, displays, patriotic demonstrations, food trucks and more.

Armored Knights at Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Travel to a Festive Medieval Village at the Final Weekend of the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Friday, January 31, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, February 1 – Sunday, February 2, 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. 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.  

Flag of Brazil. Brailfest.

Celebrate Brazil’s Music and Culture at Brazilfest
Saturday, February 1, 6:30 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Bring the family to Heartwood Saturday night for an immersive experience showcasing the talents of the Brazilian community. Featuring Allied Capoeira, Pamelli Marafon, Cody Chase, Carmem Beatriz, Erik Abernathy and Tabajara Belo.

Cast of On Borrowed Time on stage under the apple tree

Watch the Story Unfold as an Old Man Chases Death Up a Tree at the Opening Weekend of On Borrowed Time
Now through February 23 | High Springs Playhouse
23416 W Hwy 27, High Springs, FL

The 1938 Broadway play tells a fantasy story of what happens when an old man, Gramps, chases and traps Death up an apple tree. Gramps gets to spend more time with his grandson, but the world is thrown off as mortality is suspended. 

Logo for FHSAA competitive cheerleading state championships

You’ll Flip for the Athletic and Acrobatic Feats at the Florida High School Competitive Cheerleading State Championships
Friday, January 31 – Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Exactech Arena
250 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

Break out of your routine and be inspired by the athleticism and precision of Florida’s high school competitive cheerleading teams. If you have only seen cheerleaders on the sidelines or on the hit Netflix docuseries, then you have not experienced these Florida athletes performing at the highest level. They have battled through a competition schedule and regionals with dances, cheers and stunts to arrive in Gainesville for the State Championships. Click for more details and get tickets to this family-friendly two-day competition.

earphones, laptop and notebook. In Ten

Experience a Wide Range of Performances on Stage at “In Ten” an Evening of Student-Directed 10-Minute Plays
Friday, January 31, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St., E-127, Gainesville, FL 32606

Student actors, directors, lighting designers and one student playwright are featured in this production from Santa Fe College Fine Arts. Five plays explore a variety of ups and downs from the comedic and absurd to drama and serious expressions of emotion. 

Hanana Nights

Party on the Dance Floor with Salsa by Elio Piedra at Havana Nights
Friday, January 31, 10 p.m. | The Wooly
20 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Bring your dance moves as Elio Piedra brings the fiesta with salsa music and live percussion. The featured beverages for the evening are Mojitos on Draft.

hands working with needle and thread. Fiber Arts Gathering

Weave Into the Intricate World of Spinning, Needlepoint and Tapestry at Fiber Arts Gathering
Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Learn about needle arts and talk with experienced artists from Gainesville Handweavers Guild. Fiber-fans, thread-heads and textile-philes can pack a portable project to bring with them.

mac powell in front of social gathering

Clap Your Hands and Stomp Your Feet with  Grammy-Winning Mac Powell’s New Musical Project
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Mac Powell’s previous band Third Day earned 4 Grammy Awards and is in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Mac Powell & The Family Reunion is the next chapter of Mac’s musical journey and includes a blend of gospel, country and American rock songs, combined with Third Day favorites.


Rock ‘n Roll with When Particles Collide at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, January 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Punk and Hip-Hop with Hed PE, Shadow the Earth, Magg Dylan and Everyday Losers at High Dive
Thursday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fingerstyle Guitar and Soulful Vocals with Richard Smith at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, January 30, 8 p.m.

Death Metal with Excelsis Tenebrae (Argentina), Deviant Burial, Gaul and Found Dead at The Atlantic
Thursday, January 30, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Bluegrass with Remedy Tree at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, January 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rock with Whiskey Jones at One Love Cafe
Friday, January 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Steel Handpan and DJs with Corwin Klein, Erik Viera Jr and Jay Napier at Ambivalent Mindcape’s Live Art Session at Signal
Friday, January 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Punk Rock with No Fraud at The Atlantic
Friday, January 31, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Folk, Americana with Keith Rea at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, February 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cristina Pato Quartet band members with instruments

Latin-Rooted Rhythms with a Master of Galician Bagpipes, Cristina Pato Quartet at University Auditorium
Saturday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.

Indie Rock with Bernie and the Wolf, Thrusters, Proud Miranda and Faith and Majesty at The Bull
Saturday, February 1, 8 p.m.

Hip Hop & Breaks with Satalite 006 at Signal
Saturday, February 1, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Motown Showdown with DJ Wax Atom at The Atlantic
Saturday, February 1, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Americana with Seth Brand at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Sunday, February 2, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Dream Pop with Winded, Katy Deitz, sleepless, Poems by Men at Hardback Café
Sunday, February 2, 9 p.m.

Folk Duo The Living Street at Alpin Bistro
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


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

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 

“…And Jesus Moonwalks The Mississippi,” at Constans Theatre
Now through February 2

I Love You Because at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Now through February 2

The Original Waffle House Burlesque & Variety Show at Hardback Café
Saturday, February 1, 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Invertigo Dance Theatre – Formulae & Fairy Tales Overlaps Worlds of High-Stakes Mathematics and Fairy-Tale Beauty at UF Phillips Center
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.


Author Discussion and Book Signing with Sterling Watson and The Committee at the Matheson History Museum
Thursday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Flower Arrangements to Take Home at Build Your Own Bouquet Night at Alachua Flowers and Tuxedo Rentals
Friday, January 31, 6 p.m.

Live DJs, Tarot Readings and Aura Portraits at Curia Radio at AUK Market
Friday, January 31, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Art Pop February Festival at One Love Café
Saturday, February 1, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

TEDxUF Salon: Our Digital Conscience at Flow Space
Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Zero Waste and Circular Economy Forum at Working Food
Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Moonlight and Martinis to Benefit Al’z Place at Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville
Saturday, February 1, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Pet Embroidery Workshop at AUK Market
Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Puppy Yoga with 3-Month Old Labrador Retrievers at Flow Space
Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m. – 3 :45 p.m.


Science on tap: is florida trying to kill me? Mosquitoes

Learn about mosquitoes at ‘Science on Tap’ at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Art Walk: Alli W. at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, January 31, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artwalk: Nina Tatlock and Jeanine Tatlock at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Blues with Billy Buchanan at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Springs Run 7.2K at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Classic Rock & Blues with Cap Smith & the Hogtown Slayers at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, February 1, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m


Cheers to 5 Years with Live Music, Prizes, Silent Auction and more at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Thursday, January 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

French vs. California Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, January 30, 6:15 p.m.

Jane Austen Regency Tea Party at Haile Village Bistro
Saturday, February 1, 3 p.m.

Chili Cook Off at Pride Community Center
Saturday, February 1, 6 p.m.

Crowd gathered at food truck rally

Food Trucks and Live Music at The Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally at High Dive
Saturday, February 1, 5 p.m. – 10 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.


football and gameday food

Watch football or just the commercials at a Super Bowl party on Sunday:

Puppy Bowl and Super Bowl at The Big Game(s) on the Big Screen at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, February 2, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Super Bowl with Food Buffet and Beer Specials at The Wooly
Sunday, February 2, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Super Bowl Party at Main Street Bar Billiards and Lounge
Sunday, February 2, 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Super Bowl Sunday at The Queen’s Arms: Gainesville’s One and Only Traditional British Pub
Sunday, February 2, 5 p.m.

Super Bowl 2020 with Soul Spice Tacos at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, February 2, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. LSU at Exactech Arena
Thursday, January 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Glow In The Dark XGLOsive Tennis at Play Tennis Gainesville Friday, January 31, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Motocross racer in the air looking back at the camera. 49th annual Winter AM

Motocross Racing at 2020 Florida Winter AM at Waldo Motorsports
Saturday, February 1 – Sunday, February 2, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jubilee Dressage at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, February 1 – Sunday, February 2, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2nd Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Gainesville Youth Chorus at UF Mark Bostick Golf Course
Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fishing Tips and Kids Activities at Bass Hysteria at Bass Pro Shops
Saturday, February 1, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

USA Cycling, Team Florida Cycling and Topview Sports host Swamp Classic Road Race and Time Trial near Micanopy
Saturday, February 1, 7:30 a.m.

USA Cycling, Team Florida Cycling and Topview Sports host Swamp Classic Criterium at Gainesville Raceway
Sunday, February 2, 7:30 a.m.

High-Octane Education a Quarter-Mile at a Time with Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School at Gainesville Raceway
Tuesday, February 4 – Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Georgia at Exactech Arena Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m.


Family of owls at La Chua Trail

Familiy Birding with Alachua Audubon Society at La Chua Trail
Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Guided Walk at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Living History Days at Morningside Nature Center’s Living History Farm
Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday Bird Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, January 29, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Junior Ranger Day at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Saturday, February 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Showcase of Student Art K-12 at Doris Barton Gallery in the Thomas Center
Friday, January 31 through Friday, March 6

(sold out) Take Home an Exotic Specimen at DYI Butterfly Pinning Workshops
Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

A “Batty” Presentation at Florida Museum of Natural History
Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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:

Changeville 2020 Music & Arts Festival, February 6-8
Love Letters at Hippodrome Theatre, February 10
Dance Alive National Ballet Presents Loveland, February 14
Five Points of Life Race Weekend, February 15-16
Heartwood Music Festival IV, February 22
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15
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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