What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, January 9-12, 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.

Kick start your imagination at the family-friendly Museum Nights; catch the region’s largest treasures show-and-tell at Collectors Day; enjoy a sublime blues performance at Heartwood Soundstage; combine painting and dancing for a perfect date night; challenge yourself at Tour de Felaso or the Possum Creek Skate Jam; grab a bite at the 4th Ave. Food Park Grand Opening; shift your perspective at GFAA’s Somatic Shifts art exhibition; or laugh out loud at the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon.

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

People looking at art at Museum Nights

Discover New Ways of Seeing the World at Museum Nights: Picture This Home + Abroad
Thursday, January 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

View works spanning the 20th century by influential photographer André Kertész. Enjoy tours, discussions and hands-on activities inspired by the art of street photography, poetry and technological advances in art making from different eras.

Musician Seth Walker

Bridge Blues, Jazz, Americana and Soul Musical Styles with Seth Walker
Thursday, January 9, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Seth Walker captivates audiences with a sound blending influences from Nashville, the Delta and even Jamaica. Don’t miss this quality, intimate performance at a venue built by musicians for musicians and designed to provide the highest quality audio environment.

Image of someone leaning into a window. GFAA Gallery Somatic Shifts

Challenge Your Physical Perspectives at the Opening Reception for Somatic Shifts
Friday, January 10, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | GFAA Gallery
1314 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Using a wide variety of media and processes, GFAA Artists explore vulnerability, transformation, gender identity and expression, alternate experiences, speculative futures, and corporeal potential of the human body.

Date Night Idea!
Paint a Celestial Scene then Heat Up the Dance Floor

Full moon landscape painting

Full Moon Date Night at Painting with a Twist
Friday, January 10, 7 p.m.
618 NW 60th St., Suite B, Gainesville, FL 32607

Share a fun evening of art with that special someone and paint a 16×20 canvas to take home. BYOB and uncork in the studio.

Elio Piedra with drums. Hippvana Nights

Salsa Dancing Class and Latin Percussion by Elio Piedra at Hippvana Nights
Friday, January 10, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Hippodrome Lower Level25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601
A hot night of salsa dancing begins with a class taught by salsa dancing professionals. At 10 p.m., Elio Piedra brings the fiesta with live beats and percussion.

Illustration of skeleton racing on a mountain bike. 18th annual Tour de Felasco 2020

Pedal Miles of Off-Road Trails at Tour de Felasco 2020
Saturday, January 11, 8:30 a.m. | San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
13201 Progress Blvd., Alachua, FL 32615

This mountain bicycling event challenges each rider with a tour through one of North Florida’s most diverse ecological and geological preserves. The Tour route tests bike skills and endurance with rolling hills, short climbs, sinkholes, creek crossings, and log bridges. Experience areas of the park open to bikes only for the Tour, while supporting Friends of San Felasco’s efforts to improve this magnificent trail system.

Illustration of various food items dancing. 4th Ave Food Park Grand Opening Saturday Jan 11 2020

Taste a Variety of Culinary Delights at the Grand Opening Celebration of 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, January 11, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. | 4th Ave Food Park
409 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Live music pairs perfectly with the food providers of 4th Ave Food Park. Grab coffee from Opus Coffee and their one-of-a-kind 1976 Opus Airstream, handmade sausage from Fehrenbacher’s Artisan Sausage, tacos, burritos and nachos from Sublime Tacos, delicate pastries from BakerBaker and Neapolitan-style pizzas from Humble Wood Fire.

Collection of PEZ candy dispensers

Browse Classic Cars, Cameras, Toys and more at Collectors Day
Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

The Florida Museum’s 41st celebration of collections and collectors shows that collecting isn’t only for scientists! This free, popular event has attracted collectors from across the region for more than 40 years.

Visitors can chat with collectors of all ages to learn the history of their treasures — from cowboy and Pokémon memorabilia to classic cars and stereoviews. Food is available from Mayflower Cellars. Admission is free.

Illustration of an Oppossum doing a trick on a skateboard.

Gainesville Just Got a Little Bit Cooler – Join Skateboarding Icon Billy Rohan and Friends at the Inaugural Possum Creek Skate Jam
Saturday, January 11, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Possum Creek Skatepark
4009 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32653

Competitors and spectators welcomed! The day includes best trick contests, lots of prizes, pop-up murals, DJs, food trucks and more. The skate jam open to all ages. To compete, sign up at 11 a.m. or drop by anytime to join the party. This event is part of the GNV150 celebration and co-hosted by the City of Gainesville and local skate entrepreneurs and advocates Robb Bjorkland and Billy Rohan.

Members of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra on stage

Let the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Inspire You with the Music of Lutosławski, Chopin and More
Saturday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

The NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, together with its newly appointed Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, is a vibrant part of Poland’s musical life and legacy. This storied ensemble is joined by piano soloist David Fray, a young performer acclaimed for his technical and poetic balance and exquisitely imaginative style.

Jazz On The Green

Celebrate the Weekend with Soulful Jazz by Greg Snider
Saturday, January 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Enjoy an evening of music under the stars at Jazz on the Green. Spread a blanket or snuggle up by the fire pit in the promenade, and catch some beautiful music while the kids play games on the lawn. Food will be available for purchase from Celebration Pointe’s restaurants.

Full Moon Paddle Tour on the Santa Fe River

Paddle Under the Full Wolf Moon on the Santa Fe River
Saturday, January 11, 8:30 p.m. | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 NW US 441, High Springs, FL 32643

Float down the gorgeous Santa Fe River, illuminated by the Wolf Moon, the first full moon of the year. The cost of the guided trip is $55 for a double kayak or canoe. Safety equipment, a vessel of choice and transportation back to the Outpost are included. The trip takes approximately 3 hours, and a bonfire welcomes your return for a little post-paddle celebration.

Shoppers browsing vendors at Florida Vintage Market at Bo Diddley Plaza

Browse Through Retro Goods and Visit a Variety of Vendors at the Florida Vintage Market
Sunday, January 12, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

This unique outdoor shopping experience in downtown Gainesville features vintage garments, jewelry, handmade goods, art and more. Admission is free for all ages.

The Hipp Unplugged: A Staged Reading Series presents Fireflies by Donja R Love.

Experience an Illuminating Discussion at The Hipp Unplugged: A Staged Reading Series
Monday, January 13 – Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2
nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia’s fierce speechwriting is the true force behind her charismatic husband, Charles, and his successful Movement, galvanizing people to march towards freedom. Fireflies is written by Donja R. Love, an Afro-Queer playwright, poet and filmmaker from Philadelphia. Directing the play is Ryan Hope Travis, an actor, director, filmmaker and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida.

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

Laugh Out Loud to what The New York Times Calls “The Best Musical of This Century” at The Book of Mormon
Tuesday, January 14 – Sunday, January 19 | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Limited tickets available. 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. 


Americana with The Front Porch Backsteppers at The Bull
Thursday, January 9, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Americana Folk Duo The Rightly So at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, January 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rock and Blues with Little Mike & The Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, January 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

High Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, January 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Café
Friday, January 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Indie Rock with Saint Simon, Midbrain (reunion) and Seaplanes at High Dive
Friday, January 10, 9:30 p.m.

Elvis Birthday Bash Dance Party at The Atlantic
Friday, January 10, 10 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Folk and Americana with Austin Miller at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, January 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Singer Songwriters Clancy Short & Andy King at The Bull
Saturday, January 11, 9 p.m.

Pop Punk with Dikembe, Slingshot Dakota, Sarchasm, Gutless at The Atlantic
Saturday, January 11, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Pop Punk & Emo Night at The Wooly
Saturday, January 11, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Punk from Chicago and Orlando with The Eradicator & Debt Neglector at The Atlantic
Sunday, January 12, 6 p.m – 8 p.m.

Pop-Punk with Hey Thanks!, propersleep, Shark Anatomy, Gutless at Hardback Café
Tuesday, January 14, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Indie Rock from Latin America with Gamboa + Anakena at High Dive
Wednesday, January 15, 9 p.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.

Stand-up Comedy Showcase at High Dive
Thursday, January 9, 9 p.m.

Reefer Madness presented by The Circa Babaret at SwampCity Gallery Lounge
Saturday, January 11, 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.


Family of ducks swimming

60th Anniversary Celebration of Alachua Audubon Society at Prairie Creek Lodge, Home of Alachua Conservation Trust
Saturday, January 11, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Celebrate 60 years of community education, conservation, partnerships, and birding. The morning includes inaugural tours of the newly fledged Prairie Creek Banding Station with live birds in hand, two field trips by local experts, “Einstein”, the Great Horned Owl ambassador from Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation, games, brief presentations and refreshments.

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.

Super Smash Bros., Tekken 7, Overwatch and More Gaming at GatorLAN Spring 2020 at Reitz Union
Saturday, January 11 – Sunday, January 12, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Wrestling Legends Jimmy Hart and Brutus the Barber Beefcake with Live Wrestling Shows at Waldo Farmer’s and Flea Market
Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(sold out) Single Day Blacksmithing Workshops with Crooked Path Forge
Saturday, January 11 – Sunday, January 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gainesville Cars & Coffee Monthly Meet at Whole Foods in Butler Town Center
Sunday, January 12, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Local and Traveling Makers at Indie Flea Pop-Up at The AUK Market
Sunday, January 12, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Premier Wedding Expo presented by Premier Bride at Touchdown Terrace
Sunday, January 12, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

2020 Author Series presents: Jill Climent and Her Latest Book, The Body In Question
Sunday, January 12, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Candle Holder Set Blacksmithing Class with [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Tuesday, January 14, 6 p.m.


Rock and Pop Covers with Miguel at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, January 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Americana with The Blue Eyed Betty’s at High Springs Brewing Company
Monday, January 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE for Springs Run 2020 at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


(sold out) Ravioli Pasta Making Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, January 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wine & Food Tasting with Chef Miles Burnett at Dorn’s
Friday, January 10, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

(sold out) Winter Soups Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, January 11, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Drag Brunch at MiciCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
Sunday, January 12, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

New Year’s Mega Food Truck Rally at One Love Café
Sunday, January 12, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Plant Based Cooking Class at Peacefield Farm
Sunday, January 12, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


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

Illustration of tomatoes, farm land and the sun. Special Event. Downtown Alachua Farmers Market.

Grand Re-Opening of the Downtown Alachua Farmers Market with Live Music by The Frontporch Backsteppers
Thursday, January 9, 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, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Waldo Farmer’s and Flea Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Gators Gymnastics vs. Arkansas at Exactech Arena
Friday, January 10, 6:45 p.m.

Gators Tennis vs. Furman at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m.

Gators Tennis vs. FAU at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Saturday, January 11, 3 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Kentucky at Exactech Arena\
Sunday, January 12, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Ole Miss at Exactech Arena
Tuesday, January 14, 7 p.m.

Gators Tennis vs. Texas at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex Wednesday, January 15, 5 p.m.


Kid’s Day at Dudley Farm: Our Feathered Friends
Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Guided Hike on Rim Ramble Trail at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, January 11, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Sunday Ranger-led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sunday, January 12, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday Birdwalk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, January 15, 8:30 a.m. 


Big Grungy Swallet Hike in High Springs with the Florida Springs Institute
Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Painting of Tom Petty. Tom Petty's Gainesville: Where Dreams Began, closing Saturday, January 11

Final Weekend for Tom Petty’s Gainesville: Where Dreams Began
Now through Saturday, January 11

André Kertész (1894-1985) Artist Lecture at the Harn Museum of Art
Sunday, January 12, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Outdoor Tot Trot for Ages 2-5 at Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday, January 13, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Museum Selfie Day at Florida Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, January 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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:

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, January 18-19, 25-26, 31 and February 1-2, 2020
High Springs Music in the Park Kickoff, January 19, 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
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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