What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, March 5-8, 2020

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Spring is in the air and this weekend brings the start of Daylight Savings Time with an extra hour of sunshine, creating the perfect opportunity to bike on over 100 miles of trails or join the Gatoride for fun group rides! Alachua County arts are in full bloom with poetry, colorful festivals, live music, stage productions, dance performances and much more.

Look for the ✨ icon below to claim FREE PASSES to this weekend’s NHRA Division 2 “Baby Gators” at Gainesville Raceway.

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

Award-winning poet Grim Jackson portrait

Catch Fresh Perspectives with Award-Winning Poet Grim Jackson at ARTSPEAKS
Sunday, March 8, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | The Historic Thomas Center
302 NE 6th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Award-winning Baltimore poet and teaching artist Grim Jackson is the only person in the world to win both the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam in the same year. He headlines a talented lineup of young poets at ARTSPEAKS, founded by Alachua County Poet Laureate E. Stanley Richardson. For six years ARTSPEAKS Courageous Young Voices has features local high school students speaking out through their writing. ARTSPEAKS is free and open to the public.

Youth farmer getting an award for a prize winning goat

Bring the Family to an Educational and Entertaining Experience at the Annual Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show
Thursday, March 5 – Tuesday, March 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Alachua County Fairgrounds
2800 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609

Future farmers proudly display their goats, poultry, beef, rabbits, and other livestock. The multi-day event also includes educational exhibitions, skill competitions and judging. Admission is free for all ages.

Illustrations of diverse women. International Women's Day

Celebrate Women’s Achievements at International Women’s Day
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Gainesville Vineyard
1100 SE 17th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32641

The afternoon includes poetry, dancers, international speakers and a lineup of discussions focusing on housing, healthcare, spirituality and much more. Admission is free. (Part of Celebrate Women 2020)

Underwater image of the springs

Experience Stunning Wildlife Imagery and Unforgettable Interviews at a Screening of Out of the Mist: A Silver River Story
Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Priest Theatre
15 NW 1st St., High Springs, FL 32643

Emmy award-winning National Geographic filmmaker Mark Emery tells the story of the Silver River and Silver Springs with captains of the iconic glass-bottom boats. Ticket options include the film screening alone, or dinner and a brew from High Springs Brewing Company with a presentation from the Florida Springs Institute. 

Cypress and Grove logo with splashes of color

Get into a Colorful Mood and Celebrate Indian Culture at Holi: A Festival of Colors
Sunday, March 8, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Enjoy Bollywood music and dance performances, food by Twisted Tikka and colorful pigments to play with throughout the day.

Group of dancers in the middle of a routine

Witness Modern Dance Masterworks Performed by the World-Renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company
Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Paul Taylor changed the world of dance when he first presented his choreography in Manhattan in 1954. That performance launched 60 years of unrivaled creativity that forged his status as a cultural icon and one of history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance. Mr. Taylor’s legacy lives on with his world-renowned dance company.

Old tractor in front of barn

Open a Window to Farming’s Past and Celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Florida State Parks
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669

See an assortment of old farming equipment in action including field plows and antique tractors to experience what farm life was like in the 1930s and 1940s. Stick around for birthday cake for the 85th anniversary of the Florida Park Service.

Gatoride 2020

Get In Gear at Perry McGriff’s Gatoride 2020
Sunday, March 8, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. | O’Connell Center
250 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, 32611

Cyclists of all ages and skill levels raise awareness for LifeSouth Blood Centers. Rides of 31, 43, 69 and 90 miles are supported and include lunch, stocked rest stops and finisher medals. The UF Campus Fun Ride is 5 miles. Register online by Friday at 5 p.m.

spring music series. jose valentino ruiz with flute

Get Loud at the Library with Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Artist José Valentino Ruiz
Sunday, March 8, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Alachua County Library District Headquarters
401 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

The 2020 Spring Music Series at the Library starts with the internationally acclaimed jazz artist known for passionate performances and fluid expression on the flute, saxophone, bass, and Latin percussion. Find the complete music series schedule and a video of José Valentino Ruiz performing among the bookshelves here.

Jazz club atmosphere at UpStage at the Phillips Center

Jazz It Up on the Phillips Center Stage with the Aaron Diehl Trio
Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. | UF Phillips Center Main Stage
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Go “UpStage” with one of the most sought-after jazz pianists. Aaron Diehl’s meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries. The early seating includes heavy hors-d’oeuvres, while the later seating includes light desserts. Find out more about the UpStage experience here.


Three Days of Swing Dancing and Lessons at Sweet Swingouts VI at Rion Ballroom and Hippodrome Lower Level
Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8, 8 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

Crunk and Dance Music with TriCounty Entertainment 2020 Tour Kickoff at Hardback Cafe
Friday, March 6, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Acoustic Happy Hour with Matt Woods, Ricky Kendall, Michael Claytor and Kyle Keller at Loosey’s
Friday, March 6, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Guitarist Richy Stano at One Love Café
Saturday, March 7, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Resonating Sounds from Didgeridoos, Singing Bowls, Gongs, Handpan and more at the Symphony of Serenity: Sound Healing Meditation Journey at House of Waking Life
Saturday, March 7, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Guitarist Jerry Barry of the New Minstrel Revue at Alachua County Library Archer Branch
Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Americana Folk Rock with Jim Lord (Virginia) at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Electro Funk with TWRP and Protomen at High Dive
Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Post-Punk with Lovelorn (Philadelphia), Horsewhip, Planet Loser and Thunderclap at The Atlantic
Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Indie with Sports Reference, The Polaroid Notebook, Flowan and Articles at Hardback Café
Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m.

Singer Songwriter Shawn Manley at One Love Café
Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cello player

Cello with Narek Hakhnazaryan at Squitieri Studio Theatre
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Blues Jam with Root Redemption and North Central Florida Blues Society at Mother’s Pub and Grill North
Sunday, March 8, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Melodies of Brazil, the Classical World and Jazz with Welson Tremura at University Auditorium
Monday, March 9, 12:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Piano and Baritone Recital from Guest Artists Peter Ryan and Ryan Tackett Wardell “Opening Doors: Music from LGBT Composers” at UF School of Music
Monday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Stripped Down Punk Songs with Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen at The Atlantic
Monday, March 9, 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Guitar-Driven Rock with Corridor (Sub Pop Records, Montreal), Firetalk (Chicago) and the Debut of THX at The Atlantic
Tuesday, March 10, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Indie with Saint Simon at High Dive
Tuesday, March 10, 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Lofi Indie Pop with Camp Counselor and Please Be Kind at Civic Media Center
Tuesday, March 10, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Modern Ambient Music with Leya, Uxvie and Juntos at Civic Media Center
Wednesday, March 11, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.


Painting of Shakespeare reading a book

Seven Sides of Shakespeare at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Now through March 8
Actor Shamrock McShane goes inside seven Shakespeare plays, and makes personal connections between the Bard and Hogtown.

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.

Hardships of Leaving Familiar Places and Growing Up at 13 The Musical at Star Center Theatre
Thursday, March 5 – Sunday March 8

Stories “Too Good To Be True” at The Conch at Lightnin’ Salvage Enterprises
Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Standup Comedy with Shuli Egar, Lunchbox and Cam Atkinson at High Dive
Friday, March 6, 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Alice’s Adventures at Sun Country Dance Theatre’s 12th Annual Youth Concert at UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Sip and Stroll: A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Hippodrome Theatre
Sunday, March 8 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.


(sold out) Beekeeping Education and Training at UF IFAS Bee College
Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bike Week Kick Off Party at Gainesville Harley-Davidson
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Illustration of hot rod car and palm trees

38th Annual Car Show and Benefit for Stop Children’s Cancer with Gainesville Street Rods at Santa Fe College
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Southeastern Video Gaming Tournament at San Felasco Tech City
Saturday, March 7, 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Gainesville Cars and Coffee Monthly Meet at Butler Town Center
Sunday, March 8, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

International Women’s Day Yoga in the Park with lululemon at Depot Park
Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Photo of woman yellling into a bullhorn. ROAR stories about women finding their power. Thursday March 5

ROAR: Stories About Women Finding Their Power with Guts & Glory GNV at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m. – 7 p.m.
(Part of Celebrate Women 2020)

Hand Painted Sign Making Class with DIY Wood Signs at Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House
Friday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.

A Cure is Brewing to Benefit American Cancer Society at Swamp Head Brewery
Monday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Science on Tap: Wildfires at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

ThePairODocs and Baer and the Lady at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company Listening Room
Wednesday, March 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Spring Break Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, March 5, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Five for Friday + Mystery Bottle Wine Tasting at Dorn’s Liquors
Friday, March 6, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Appetizers and Wine Couples Cooking Challenge at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, March 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Illustration of shaved ice. Free Shaved Ice Day!

Free Shaved Ice Day at Charlie’s Snow Shack
Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Traditional English Tea and Costume Contest at British Invasion Tea Party at Haile Village Bistro
Saturday, March 7, 3 p.m.

(sold out) Farm to Table Dinner with Private Chef Miles Burnett and Chef Jeff Allen of Dragonfly Sushi and Sake at Swallowtail Farm
Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wine Class at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Tarts and Butter Doughs Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, March 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(sold out) Pizza Making from Scratch Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan Wednesday, March 11, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


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.

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


Illustration of alligators racing with racing tires for legs. 5th annual Baby Gators 2020

NHRA “Baby Gators” at Gainesville Raceway
Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 8, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

✨TICKET GIVEAWAY For a free admission day-pass, drop by the Visit Gainesville office, Thursday or Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., at 33 N Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. Passes are first come first served, limit 4 and not available for resale. Kids 12 and under are free with adult. Call for availability 352-374-5260.

Competitive archers aiming at targets

FAA Indoor Archery State Championships at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m

Gators Softball vs. Auburn at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Friday, March 6, 6 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.

Gators Baseball vs. USF at McKethan Stadium
Friday, March 6, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 1 p.m.

Gators Baseball vs. FSU at McKethan Stadium
Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m.

Equestrian Jumping at Horse Shows in the Park “Simply Schooling” Show at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Kentucky at Exactech Arena
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.

Premier Girls Fastpitch Gatorball Event at Champions Park
Saturday, March 7

USA Karate National Qualifier Katsu Challenge at Exactech Arena Sunday, March 8 , 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Family Birding with Alachua Audubon Society at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Herb garden at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Guided Tour of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Half-Price Admission for Women Who Mention “CelebrateWomen2020” at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Old Florida Seed and Story Swap at Morningside Nature Center’s Living History Farm
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Race the Tortoise 5K at O’Leno State Park
Sunday, March 7, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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


Full Moon Paddle Tour on the Santa Fe River

Full Moon Paddle Tour at Santa Fe River Canoe Outpost Saturday, March 7, 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.


Boston Marriages Gone South

The Lives of Four Same-Sex Couples in the 19th and 20th Centuries at Boston Marriages Gone South at Matheson History Museum
Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Final Weekend to see Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks: Celebrating our Mid-Century Architectural Past (1945-1975) at Matheson Museum
Now through March 7

“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

Tour and Art-Making for ages 2-5 at Tot Time at the Harn Museum of Art
Friday, March 6, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

Hands on Learning at Little Sparks for Ages 0-4 at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Saturday, March 7, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

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:

Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15
Comedian Paula Poundstone, March 20
Mid-Century Modern Home Tour, March 21
Celebrate Women 2020 Parade and Rally, March 21
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Spring Festival, March 21-22
Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival, March 28-29
Swallowtail Farm Spring Festival, April 4
Jest Fest!, April 5
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

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