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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, November 14-17, 2019

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With the holidays around the corner, festive events are taking over Gainesville and Alachua County. Find art, entertainment, great food, shopping and activities this weekend, starting with Gainesville’s 38th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. The fun continues with the City of Alachua Main Street Festival, narrated boat tours of historic Newnans Lake, musical and theatre performances, and the return of holiday magic with the arrival of Santa at the Bass Pro Shops.

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Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
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Downtown Festival and Art Show

View Artwork from the Nation’s Most Talented Artists at the 38th Downtown Festival & Art Show
Saturday, November 16 – Sunday November 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Downtown Gainesville

Downtown Gainesville transforms into a masterful blend of art, music, and entertainment, drawing a crowd of more than 80,000. 240 artists display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Stroll the downtown streets and grab a bite to eat and enjoy music and entertainment on multiple stages.


Blues artist Liz Mandeville on guitar

Kick-off the Downtown Festival and Art Show with a Free Blues Concert
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Blues singer/songwriter and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Liz Mandeville plays Gainesville for the first time with her band The Blue Points. Voted Best Blues Singer in Chicago, Liz honed her craft over the last 3 decades.


Museum Nights

Tap Into Your Creative Side at Museum Nights: Creative Vibe
Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Explore the creative work of UF School of Art + Art History faculty and find math in art with an exciting line-up of artist and faculty talks, Art Blast tours, dance, and rock music. Also, enjoy art making, imaginative gallery challenges presented by UF students, and meet out-of-the-box makers and thinkers from throughout Gainesville.


Crowd at the Alachua Fall Festival

Explore Crafters and Artists at the Alachua Main Street Festival
Sunday, November 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Main Street Alachua

Get a little holiday shopping done with local shops, crafters and artists, while enjoying great food, music and have a leisurely stroll down Main Street in Alachua. Entertainment on two stages, plus live radio broadcasts and the Santa Fe High School marching band performs during the day. 


Newnans Lake

Celebrate and Learn about Historic Newnans Lake, Discover the Cultural Importance of this Ancient Body of Water
Sunday, November 17, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Earl P. Powers Park
5910 SE Hawthorne Rd., Gainesville, FL 32641

The Cultural Arts Coalition invites your to celebrate the City of Gainesville’s 150th anniversary of incorporation with narrated boat tours of historic Newnans Lake. Live music includes performances by Jazz Bandits, Weeds of Eden and Passion. Exhibits detail the history of the lake and the people who lived here. A paint out features artists creating scenes around the lake. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Photo by Ebyabe.


Pianist Olga Kern at the piano

Experience a Commanding Performance from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Sunday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Formed 101 years ago, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of the finest in Eastern Europe and known for “a program rich with energy and unusually adventurous.” Russian-American pianist Olga Kern, joins the orchestra with vivid stage presence, passionate musicianship and extraordinary technique.


Vocalists of Straight No Chaser

Hear the Harmonies of A Capella Phenomenon Straight No Chaser
Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Nine voices combine to make extraordinary music. Expect holiday favorites and a dose of humor during the high-energy stage performance. Meet the performers at the Table 23 Pre-show Fan Meet Up at No Name Lounge at 5:30 p.m.


Band members of One Flite Up

Rock Out with an Outdoor Concert from One Flite Up
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Tioga Town Center
105 SW 128th St., Newberry, FL 32669

Grab dinner at Tioga Town Center and dance to rock n roll music from One Flite Up. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music under the stars.


Found objects and works of art

Meet the Artists Who Recycle Found Items into Works of Art at the Opening Reception for Another Man’s Treasure
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Oak Hall School Cofrin Gallery
1700 SW 75th St., Gainesville, FL 32607

Well known local artists Satchel Raye, Celino Dimitroff, Frank Curtis, John Patterson, Bill Paine and Michael Buchanan display their ingenious sculptures and art created from what other people might call spare parts or junk. The gallery exhibit is on display through December 16.


Hipp Unplugged: A staged Reading Series

Watch a Staged Reading of the play “Witch”
Monday, November 18, Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Hippodrome Cinema
25 SE 12th Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Hipp Unplugged is a staged reading series. Actors read through plays in a stripped down format without set decoration or full costumes.


Santas Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

Visit with Santa and See the Unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland
Saturday, November 16, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bass Pro Shops
2650 Bass Pro Shops Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608

Santa’s arrival is fun for the whole family. Watch the holiday parade guide Santa to his wonderland, where kids can participate in activities and receive a free photo with Santa (with a Bass Pass). Santa arrives at 5 p.m. Free hot chocolate starting at 5:30 p.m. Crafts and photos with Santa from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (until passes run out). 


Pumpkins and fall leaves on picnic table. Thanksgiving Food Festival,

Enjoy Live Music and Food Trucks at the  Thanksgiving Food Festival
Sunday, November 17, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Magnolia Parke
4989 NW 40th Pl., Gainesville, FL 32606

Join One Love Café and Taste for live music from Moondog, local vendors, craft beer and food trucks. Admission is free for this family friendly and pet friendly evening of fun.


Lady with red hair and music notes. Scrooge in Rouge

Preview Scrooge In Rouge, the Raucous Mainstage Holiday Treat
Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

When the “Royal Music Hall Variety Players” come to perform, “A Christmas Carol”, a bad case of food poisoning leaves only three surviving members to soldier on through a performance originally intended for a cast of twenty! This quick-witted, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic, done in the style of the British Music Hall, abounds in bad puns, bawdy humor, and witty songs.


MUSIC & PERFORMANCE

Handpan Concert

Handpan Concert with Mark D’Ambrosio at the Thomas Center
Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Folk Harmonies with Uncle Mosie at Lightning Salvage
Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Blues with Little Mike & the Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

UF Symphony Orchestra Concert at University Auditorium
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.

Soulful Americana Blues from LA with Christina Larocca and Gene Micofsky at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, November 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Country Originals with Houston Keen at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Beatles Music and More with The Threetles, a Benefit Concert for The Hippodrome
Friday, November 15, 8 p.m – 10 p.m.

Folk Music and Americana with Johnny Lee, Ben White, Ricky Kendall at The Bull
Friday, November 15, 8 p.m.

Sludge and Neo-Grunge with Caustic Casanova, Thunderclap, OOF at Looseys Downtown
Friday, November 15, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

The Guitar in Brazilian Music with Mauricio Orosco at UF Music Building Room 101
Saturday, November 16, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Live Blues with Terraplane at Curia on the Drag
Saturday, November 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Special Acoustic Performance by The Savants of Soul at The Bull
Saturday, November 16, 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Punk Music with Radon, No More and Big Sad at Hardback Café
Saturday, November 16, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Farewell Party for Pearl & The Oysters with Room Thirteen and Edmondson at The Wooly
Saturday, November 16, 9 p.m.

UF Carillon Studio Concert Series at Century Tower
Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

UF Organ Studio Recital at University Auditorium
Monday, November 18, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Jazz musicians. Hippodrome Jazz Series

Hipp Jazz Series with David Havens
Monday, November 18, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Intimate Music Performance with Sofar Sounds at a Secret Location with a Secret Piano Lineup Announced Only to Ticket Holders
Monday, November 18, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Traditional Irish Session at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Classical Piano Music for 1, 2, 3 or 4 Hands, A Student Piano Recital at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Grammy Award winning songwriter John Paul White performs at Heartwood Soundstage
Tuesday, November 19, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

UF Jazz Band Concert at University Auditorium
Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


CRAFT BREWERIES

Learn About Sinkholes at Science on Tap with the Florida Museum of Natural History at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Florida White Butterfly, White Beer Release at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, November 15, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Jazz Bandits at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sangria 5K Dash at Island Grove Wine Company
Saturday, November 16, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sirens & Strings Events at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Sunday, November 17, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 


ARTS & THEATRE

Opening Weekend: The Ghost of the Wall at Actors’ Warehouse
On Stage Four Times Per Week Through November 24

Late-Night Swing & Blues Dance
Friday, November 15, 11:30 p.m – 2 a.m.

Dance Alive National Ballet Hosts Next Generation Fall Concert at Oak Hall School
Saturday, November 16, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Doxa Dance Company’s Sleeping Beauty and the Saving Prince at the Phillips Center
Saturday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.

Stories About Transformation at Self Narrate Storytelling Meetup at the Cade Museum
Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

8-Tracks, The Sounds of the 70s at Star Center Theatre
3 shows per week through Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Stronger at Black C Art Gallery
Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


BITES & BRUNCH

Iron Chef Couples Cooking Challenge at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, November 15, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


FOOTBALL, SPORTS & FANS

Gators Soccer Players with text We're In

NCAA Soccer Tournament Florida Gators vs. South Florida at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Towson at Exactech Arena
Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m.

30th Annual Gainesville Sports Commission Golf Classic at Ironwood Golf Course
Friday, November 15, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

United States Fastpitch Association Diamond Series Fall Softball Showcase at Champions Park
Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 17

Gators Volleyball vs. LSU at Exactech Arena
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

NCAA Soccer Tournament Florida Gators vs. South Florida
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. 

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Samford at Exactech Arena
Saturday, November 16, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Florida Archery Association State FITA Field Competition at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Bracket Race at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m.

Gators Volleyball vs. Kentucky at Exactech Arena
Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Presbyterian
Monday, November 18, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Book Launch: “Disasters in Paradise” at Matheson History Museum
Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Live Music and Food Trucks at A Night in the Garden at The Green House Nursery
Friday, November 15, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Final Family Fishing Day of 2019 at UF IFAS Fishing Ponds
Saturday, November 16, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

8th Annual Arts and Crafts Show at Senior Recreation Center
Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Vintage Goods at Concord Coffee Market
Saturday, November 16, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mandala Ornament Workshop at MindSpace Collective
Saturday, November 16, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Letters of George Long Brown: A Yankee Merchant on Florida’s Antebellum Frontier at the Matheson History Museum
Saturday, November 16, 4 p.m.

Ugly Mug Sculpting Class at Art Alley
Saturday, November 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS

November Fresh Pick at HK Cattle & Farms
Saturday, November 16, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Newberry Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Main Street Alachua Farmers Market at Main Street Alachua
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

One Love Café Farmer’s Market
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.


PARKS & TRAILS

Junior Ranger Day at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Mountain Bike Night Ride at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Fitness Fest at Depot Park
Sunday, November 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Apple Snails and Apple Cider at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sunday, November 17, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday Night Urban/Trail Bike Ride with Goodbike Trailside
Monday, November 18, 7 p.m.

Wednesday Birding Walks with Alachua Audubon Society and Park Rangers at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, November 20, 8:30 a.m.

Kids Meet Farm Animals at Barnyard Buddies at Morningside Nature Center
Wednesday, November 20, 3 p.m.


RIVERS & SPRINGS

Paddle Adventure at Ginnie Springs and Gilchrist Blue Springs
Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

(Registration Full) Santa Fe River Paddle with Alachua Conservation Trust
Monday, November 18, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Fine Art Pop Up Show at Gallery 21
Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

An Afternoon of Movement and Sound as Harn Creatives-in-Residence present Time Suspended: Transforming Still Images at Harn Museum of Art
Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Create Art at SciArt Meetup: Astronomy with Space Art by Tim Malles at The Florida Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Discuss elite athlete training, nutrition and hydration with Khalil Lee from Gatorade Sports Science Institute at the Cade Museum
Wednesday, Novmeber 20, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Harlem Renaissance Exhibit at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Sundays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Landscapes and Iconic Landmarks at The heART of Florida at GFAA Galllery
Now through November 23

Journey Into Our National Parks Exhibit at Coffee Culture
Now through November 30, 2019

School of Art + Art History 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition at Harn Museum of Art
Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020
This exhibition recognizes and applauds UF’s art faculty as individual artists and as a collective of exemplary art educators.

Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Now through Saturday, January 4, 2020.
This exhibition of 150 photo portraits featuring and created by young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 captures a moment in time and place — Gainesville in 2019.

Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through Sunday, December 31
Through videos, photographs, and objects collected for the Cade throughout Cuba, Cuban Ingenuity highlights the ingenious vision behind dozens of innovations and inventions of necessity.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020
See the result of 200 million years of predatory evolution and learn about one of nature’s oldest and stealthiest hunters: crocodilians. This unique exhibition educates guests on the history and significance of these creatures using live reptiles, realistic models and interactive elements.

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 Fall and Winter crowd pleasers:

Newberry Fall Festival, November 23
Spirit of the Horse Holiday Show, December 6


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