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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, March 12-15, 2020

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Two giant vegan sandwiches

Indulge Guilt-Free with Plant Based Junk Food from Vulture Food
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The popular Los Angeles food truck is back in town serving up some vegan comfort food at the brewery. Dank Cakes will also be onsite with a vegan menu of desserts.


Archer Art Festival

Browse Artist Booths and Tour Historic Homes at the Art at Archer Depot Festival
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Archer Depot
16994 SW 134th Ave., Archer, FL 32618


The historic Archer Depot hosts a family-friendly day of arts and crafts, kids activities, live musicians, tours of the history museum and a self-guided walking tour of Archer’s historic homes. Food vendors will be on site and admission is free for all ages.


Jazz On The Green

Celebrate the Weekend at Jazz on the Green with Swing and Contemporary Styles from Gainesville Big Band
Friday, March 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

The talented collection of musicians deliver a wide range of big band favorites to the stage. Spread a blanket or snuggle up by the fire pits in the promenade, and catch some great music while the kids play games on the lawn. Food and drinks available for purchase from Celebration Pointe’s restaurants.


Zach Deputy performing on stage

Experience Island-Infused Drum n’ Bass Gospel Ninja Soul Music with Zach Deputy
Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Zach Deputy is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Savannah, GA and best known for his live shows with intricate layers of sounds and rhythms. The outdoor stage at Heartwood hosts the evening of soulful music that fuses hip-hop, funk and the spirited rhythms of soca and calypso. VIP tickets to a pre-show intimate storytelling session are available.


Sam Pacetti and Chris Henry performing with guitar and mandolin

Let the Acoustic Mastery of Sam Pacetti and Chris Henry Lift You Up
Thursday, March 12, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Sam is a mesmerizing live performer, mixing head-spinning guitar pyrotechnics with emotional songwriting. Chris is a life-long musician, first playing mandolin at the age of 4. See their talents combine for a soundstage recording session presented by Heartwood.



MUSIC & PERFORMANCE

Foot Stompin’ Americana with Uncle Mosie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Blues with Little Mike and The Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Classic Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Cafe
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Folk with The Front Porch Backsteppers at The Vine Sourdough Bakery
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

High Energy Bluebrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, March 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at Tioga Town Center
Friday, March 13, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Handpan Concert with Dan Mulqueen at The Historic Thomas Center, Spanish Court
Friday, March 13, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Rock, Funk and Groove with Kamasutra, Tamayo, Clean Slate at High Dive
Friday, March 13, 9 p.m.

St. Patty’s Latin Party at Signal
Friday, March 13, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

90’s Rock with Subliminal Peppers at One Love Café
Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jazz and Blues with The Larry & Jake Newcomb Duo at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

EmoProm – Emo Night and Alternative Prom Dance Party at High Dive
Saturday, March 14, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Psyche-rock, Electronic, and Driving Rhythms with Room Thirteen, Sitting Chair, Carinae, Asherohm at The Atlantic
Saturday, March 14, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Electronic Dance Music with Contagious Concepts: Smith. + Illanthropy. at Signal
Saturday, March 14, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

DJs, Art Show and Live Performances at The Function presented by Dion Dia and Friends at the Historic Thomas Center
Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Jazz and Blues with Middleground at One Love Café
Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Classic Rock with Moondog at One Love Café
Sunday, March 15, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Blues with Pam Taylor, the Ramblin’ Mutts, and Baer & the Lady at High Dive
Sunday, March 15, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Indie Folk and Rock with Willy Porter with Cat Braaten at Heartwood Soundstage 
Sunday, March 15, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cutting-Edge Acoustic Music with Scottish Roots from the Hanneke Cassel Band at the Historic Thomas Center
Sunday, March 15, 7 p.m.

Classic Rock Favorites with Don David Band at Sandy’s Place
Wednesday, March 18, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Indie Pop with Brooklyn’s Steve Gunn, Mary Lattimore & William Tyler at The Atlantic
Wednesday, March 18, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.


ARTS & THEATRE

Stage Play Aretha. Portrait of The Queen of Soul

Experience the Life and Music from Aretha Franklin at the Opening Weekend of Aretha: Queen of Soul at Star Center Theatre
Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 22
After years of only radio hits, Aretha decides to create her own Soul Music and travels to Muscle Shoals to record her first hit record. As Aretha’s career soars, her marriage hits the rocks and she must choose between fame, fortune and love.

Ann. Tough as nails. Funny as hell.by holland taylor.

See a Captivating Portrait of Ann Richards, the Legendary Govenor of Texas at the Opening Weekend of Ann at Actors’ Warehouse
Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29
This inspiring and hilarious play brings you face to face with a complex and colorful character bigger than the state from which she hailed. ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family.
(Part of Celebrate Women 2020)

Marie and Rosetta singing

Marie and Rosetta, a Roof-Raising Musical Hit About the Godmother of Rock n Roll at The Hippodrome 
Now through March 22
(Part of Celebrate Women 2020)
The story of legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe, considered by many to be the “Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Get a fly-on-the-wall seat to the first rehearsal between Rosetta and her protégée, Marie Knight, on the eve of the tour that would establish them as one of the most important musical duos in American popular music.

Shakespeare in the Park at UF Reitz Union North Lawn
Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Scenes from Midsummer Night Dream, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, and more showcase Shakespeare’s disobedient women.

Keg of Laughs Comedy Showcase
Thursday, March 12, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Dance Alive National Ballet presents Destination Loveland at the Legacy Park Multipurpose Center with FREE Admission
Friday, March 13, 7 p.m.


FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Sham Rock n’ The Leprechaun Party at High Springs Lions Club
Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

St Patrick’s Day Dance Party at Rena’s Ballroom
Saturday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Salsa Dancing at Salsa Mundial
Saturday, March 14, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub
Tuesday, March 17, 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Silver Q
Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. – 11:55 p.m.

2020 Quilt Trail at Alachua County Library Branches
Now through March 31


CRAFT BREWERIES

B-I-N-G-O Night for Charity at Blackadder Brewing
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Hops & Shop St. Patty’s Edition at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, March 14, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Country and Blues with Jenu Six at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Pi Day Pie Contest at Blackadder Brewing
Saturday, March 14, 3:14 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Country and Blues with Jenu Six at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Tuesday, March 17, 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Eat, Drink and Be Irish St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at High Springs Brewing Company
Tuesday, March 17, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Celebration of All Things Irish at Erin Go Bragh at Blackadder Brewing Company
Tuesday, March 17, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cornhole Tourney at High Springs Brewing Company
Wednesday, March 18, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Team Trivia Wednesdays at Big Top Brewing Company, Gainesville
Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


BITES & BRUNCH

(sold out) Intro to Plant Based Cooking Class at Peacefield
Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Hip Hop Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, March 12, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Food Trucks and Free Live Music at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally at High Dive
Saturday, March 14, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Mary’s High Tea at Sweetwater Branch Inn
Tuesday, March 17, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

St. Paddy’s Day at The Queens Arms British Pub
Tuesday, March 17, 5 p.m. til close


U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS

Strawberries at Rogers Farm with people picking in the background

U-Pick Strawberries at Roger’s Farm
Tuesday-Friday 9-5pm, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4

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.

Shoppes at Thornebrook Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 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.

Grove Street Farmer’s Market
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


SPORTS & FANS

Florida Gators athletic schedule suspended through at least April 15 due to COVID-19 guidelines. Click here for details.

30th Annual International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Ceremony at Wyndham Garden Gainesville
Thursday, March 12, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

State of the Art Mountain Bikes, Music and Beer at the Surly Bike Demo at Goodbike Trailside
Friday, March 13, 4 p.m.

Pi Day Alley Cat at The Freewheel Project
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

S3DA State Indoor Archery Competition at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


PARKS & TRAILS

Tuesday Talks: American Alligators with Dr. Ken Vliet at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Tuesday, March 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday Bird Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, March 18, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Riddled with Holes from Dina Benbrahim at 4Most Gallery & Studio
Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 27

Florida’s Female Pioneers with Historian and Author Dr. Peggy Macdonald at Matheson History Museum
Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(Part of Celebrate Women 2020)

Volunteer Day and Happy Birthday to Matheson History Museum
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida” Exhibition at Matheson Museum
Now through June 6

ART + MATH: Seeing Mathematics in the Museum at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through April 5

Works of art at the harn museum

Tempus Fugit:: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies Exhibit at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through December 12, 2021

André Kertész: Seven Decades Modernist Photography Exhibit at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through November 1

Amazing Pollinators at Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through September 7

Women of the Everglades: Activisim and Conservation Gallery Exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through Fall 2020

DNA: Code of Life at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Now through April 30

Pictures of Resistance by Faye Schulman at GFAA Gallery
Now through March 14

RBL GRL | Revolution Doesn’t Ask Permission at The Historic Thomas Center
Now through June 27
(Part of Celebrate Women 2020)

Paleobotany: Reading the Signs at UF’s Grinter Gallery
Runs through August 21

SAVE THE DATES: While you are making plans, take a look at these upcoming visitor favorites:

Comedian Paula Poundstone, March 20
Swallowtail Farm Spring Festival, April 4
Orange & Blue Game, April 18
WestFest Music Festival, April 18
44th Annual Pioneer Days in High Springs, April 25-26
41st Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival, April 25-26
Island Grove Blueberry Festival, May 2


For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events

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