What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, January 6 – 12, 2022

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The first week of 2022 heats up with a little help from What’s Good and with North Central Florida’s enviable winter weather. Get your heart pumping and your feet stomping with the high-energy salsa and diverse Afro-Latino dance repertoire of the LPT orchestra at Heartwood Soundstage or with local favorites and platinum recording artists Sister Hazel as they rock the outdoor stage at The Convergence. Jump out of your seat as you cheer for the Gators Gymnastics team at their exciting season-opening quad meet.

Enjoy an easy-breezy evening under the stars with world music by Gosia & Ali at Jazz on the Green and with a special stargazing event at Hickory Ranch. Plus Kanapaha Botanical Gardens hosts their annual Winter Bamboo Sale.

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Individual businesses in Alachua County may have masking and distancing requirements at their private establishments. We encourage you to become familiar with businesses, venues and attractions you intend to visit and to reach out directly to these establishments should you have questions regarding their current public health and safety procedures. 

“Muevete” (Move) with LPT’s Ten-Piece Orchestra Latin Dance Party at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, January 7, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Get on the dance floor at Heartwood Soundstage and start the first week of the New Year “con ganas” (with enthusiasm and energy)! The LPT ten-piece orchestra known for their Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican repertoire will have you on your feet with their impeccable musicianship and high-energy tempo. The indoor stage and dance area have a limited capacity. Purchase tickets via the Heartwood Soundstage website

Rock Out at San Felasco with Sister Hazel and Country Music Recording Artist, Carly Burruss
Friday, January 7, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Progress Blvd.
13201 Progress Blvd., Alachua, FL 32615 

Calling all Hazelnuts! Set your map app to 90s alternative rock and arrive at The Convergence Ground Breaking Event featuring the nationally acclaimed Sister Hazel band and an opening performance by country music recording artist, Carly Barruss.  Be sure to bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy this outdoor concert taking place at the new Convergence property close to the entrance of San Felasco Park. Food trucks will be on-site and beer and wine available for purchase. The event is free to the public. Donations welcomed in support of San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. Register here for your concert tickets.

Pack the O’Dome – Gators Gymnastics Opens the Season with a Quad Meet vs. NIU, Rutgers and TWU
Friday, January 7, 6:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Exactech Arena
250 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

Wholesome, inspirational and simply awe-mazing! Florida sports are great fun for the entire family. The University of Florida gymnastics first meet of the season is a quad competition taking place at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Exactech Arena on January 7. Florida hosts three teams: Northern Illinois, Rutgers and Texas Woman’s University.  

Photo property of University of Florida Athletics – Gymnastics

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Treat Yourself to an Easy Breezy Evening Under the Stars with World Music by Gosia & Ali at Jazz on the Green
Saturday, January 8, 7 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Multi-talented Gosia and Ali bring their brand of easy listening, Brazilian, jazz, pop, Latin jazz and more to the first Jazz on the Green of the year at Celebration Pointe. Spread a blanket under the setting sun, and catch live music on the Promenade, plus delicious food and drinks for surrounding establishments. 

Gaze at the Stars and Discover the Universe from Hickory Ranch at Paynes Prairie
Saturday, January 8, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
9300 SE CR 234, Micanopy, FL 32667

Learn about the stars and planets with the Alachua Astronomy Club. There will be food and music, bring your own chairs or blankets and beverages. Paynes Prairie has one of the darkest skies in Alachua County, and astronomy club volunteers share their powerful telescopes with guests, allowing participants to see some amazing features of our universe. Tickets are available online.

Get a Little Extra “Cash” for the New Year at High Dive
Sunday, January 9, 7:30 p.m. | High Dive210 SW
2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 

Take a journey back in time to the life and music of “The Man in Black” with Cash Unchained: The Ultimate Johnny Cash Experience. The Cash Unchained band includes singer James Tamelcoff III who captures Cash’s trademark baritone voice, while his band delivers the infectious, driving rhythm of the Tennessee Three.

Puddles Pity Party: Unsequestered Show
Tuesday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Puddles may be a sad clown, but his performances are filled with humor, irony, and a positive outlook on life. The proclaimed “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” shares heartfelt versions of pop favorites often giving new meaning to the lyrics.

You may be familiar with Puddles from his over 800,000 subscribers Youtube Channel, his appearance on America’s Got Talent, or his performances with Post Modern Jukebox. His live show often includes participation or engagement with the audience and is regarded by many as a fun and original night of covers. 

Level Up Your Landscape with the Annual Winter Bamboo Sale at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Buyers Will Be Advised of Pick Up Times | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Florida’s winter weather is perfect for getting outside and upgrading your landscape or home with beautiful bamboos sourced directly from one of the Southeast’s premier botanical gardens.

Access expert advice and assistance from the master growers at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens on over a dozen varieties of unique and hard-to-find bamboos during the Annual Winter Bamboo Sale. Instructions and contact information for purchasing bamboos on a dig-to-order basis are available at

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major plant collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway featuring special events throughout the year. The garden is open Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 9 a.m. to the earlier of 7 p.m. or dusk. Closed on Thursdays. 

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Learn through Play with the Great Indoors Exhibit and the Toys and Games Theme at the CADE Museum
Thursday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Cade Museum

811 South Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Head to the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention and discover the inspiration behind the games that changed the video game industry and meet the inventors who transported generations of gamers to fantastic realms. Through January the museum also features the theme of Toys and Games with inventions related to play, from Play-Doh and Lincoln Logs to Atari and Nintendo.

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Arts & Theatre

a florida legacy at harn museum

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

Best in the Nest FFA Youth Livestock Show at Hawthorne Middle School
Friday, January 7 – Sunday, January 8

A Nite of Queer Liberation Drag Show Benefitting Rainbow Railroad at The WoolyFriday
January 7, 8 p.m.

Gainesville Street Rods Monthly Cruz-In at Springhill Commons
Saturday, January 8, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Two-Day Survival Knife Blacksmithing Workshop at [Fe]ver Metal Art Studio
Saturday, January 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, January 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Writers Alliance of Gainesville Presents an Author Talk with Hugh Suggs at Alachua County Library District Headquarters
Sunday, January 9, 2:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Music & Performance

Americana with A Place to Land at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, January 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Red Letter Day at High Dive
Thursday, January 6, 8 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Couch Messiahs at One Love Café
Friday, January 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Carolanne Miljavac’s Baby on Board Comedy Tour at High Dive
Friday, January 7, 7 p.m.

Hip Hop, Dancehall and Latin Music at Malibu Nights at The Backyard
Friday, January, 9 p.m.

Singer-Songwriter Keith Rea at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, January 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Late Night Delivery at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, January 8, 7 p.m.

Indie, Folk, Jazz and Funk with Madwoman, Clay Dixon & the Piccadillies at High Dive
Saturday, January 8, 8 p.m. 

The Lyrical KingKong Birthday Bash Hip Hop Showcase at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Saturday, January 8, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Cash Unchained Tribute to Johnny Cash at High Dive
Sunday, January 9, 7 p.m.

The Larry Newcomb Jazz Trio at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, January 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Country Music with Houston Keen at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Wednesday, January 12, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Om and Foam at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, January 8, 11 a.m.

Folk Music with Quincy Allen Flint with Dan Stepp at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Wednesday, January 12, 6 p.m.

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, January 12, 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.

Alachua Farmer’s Market
Friday, December 31, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

High Springs Farmer’s Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 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.

Farmer’s Market at Gainesville Health and Fitness
Sundays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Bites & Brunch

Winter Soups & Wine Tasting Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, January 8, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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Find a searchable list of Alachua County restaurants here.


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Funtastic Fridays at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, January 7, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Gators Swimming and Diving vs. Texas A&M at the O’Connell Center
Saturday, January 8, 10 a.m.

Swamp Invitational Men’s Gymnastics Meet at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Saturday, January 8 – Sunday, January 9

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. LSU at Exactech Arena
Wednesday, January 12, 7 p.m.

Parks & Trails

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Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, January 8, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, January 8, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Paleontology in the Park in the Blue Grotto Splash Pad at Depot Park
Sunday, January 9, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, January 12, 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

Tot Trot: Habitats at Florida Museum of Natural History
Sunday, January 9, 12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.,
Monday, January 10, 9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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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.
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.
Closed Friday, December 31 – Monday, January 3

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.
Closed through January 4

Save The Date

The Gainesville Orchestra “Fire” Concert, January 14

Swallowtail Farm Farm to Table Dinner, January 15

35th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, January 15 – 30

John Paul White at Heartwood Soundstage, January 28

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