What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, November 28 – December 1, 2019

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving in Gainesville and Alachua County! Don’t miss our list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving. After the holiday, weekend events include the premiere of A Christmas Carol, the last home Gators Football game of the season, Cane Boil and Fiddlefest, Wildlife Tours, Holiday Tree Lightings and more.

Don’t forget to share your adventure with us at #WhatsGoodAlachuaCounty and #WhyILoveGNV.

Are you making plans for Thanksgiving Dinner? Don’t stress, check out our list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County

Hippodrome presents Scrooge in Rouge and A Christmas Carol through December 22

Don’t Miss the Opening of Cherished Holiday Tale, A Christmas Carol
Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 22 |Hippodrome Theatre25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601
Enjoy two holiday themed performances that will have you reminiscing, singing … and laughing too. Share wonderment and joy with your loved ones at the Hippodrome during this annual holiday tradition. A Christmas Carol is on stage Nov. 30 through Dec. 22 with three public performances a week! Saturdays 2 p.m. at 4 p.m. | Sundays at 6 p.m.

Actors on stage for Scrooge in Rouge

If you prefer to break with convention, you will get a kick out of Scrooge in Rouge. 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. Please check with the theatre for age appropriateness. On stage: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | Wednesdays at 7 p.m. | Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m. | Saturdays at 8 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m.

Gators football player. Game Time

Pack the Swamp for the Sunshine Showdown as Gators Football takes on Florida State
Saturday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
121 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Arrive early for pre-game festivities, live music, Swamp Head Tailgate, Gator Walk, food trucks and more at the final Gator home football game this season.

Free pet adoption event. Duel of the Drools at Aloft Hotel.Saturday, November 30, 8 am-10:30am. Pet adoption fees waived

A little fun for pet lovers!

Drop by the Aloft Hotel, Saturday from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., to see adorable adoptable pups from Alachua County.

The furry football fans will be dressed up supporting UF and FSU. During this event, adoption fees are waived.

Glowing image of Carole King on the piano

It’s Not “Too Late” to Experience the Soundtrack of a Generation at Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Experience the Tony and Grammy-winning inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom. From being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. After 6 remarkable years on Broadway, this triumphant musical continues to make the earth move on tour across north America and now in Gainesville at the Phillips Center. 

Photo of Gram Parsons

Listen to Iconic Songs and Celebrate the Influential Music of Gram Parsons at the 21st Annual GramFest
Sunday, December 1, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

As a member of The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers in the 60s and 70s, Gram Parsons merged rock, rhythm and blues and country. This is a FREE CONCERT with seating available first come first served. 

Kids operate the sugar cane press during Cane Boil and Fiddlefest

Learn How Cane Syrup Was Made in the 1870s at the Annual Cane Boil and Fiddlefest
Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Morningside Nature Center
3540 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641

Enrich your Thanksgiving holiday with merriment among the piney woods of Morningside Nature Center at the annual Cane Boil & FiddleFest.

The Cane Boil & FiddleFest continues the age-old traditions of celebrating the fall harvest and live home-spun music. Be transported to bygone days by the rustic setting of Morningside’s Living History Farm. Hear the enchanting sounds of the youth fiddle contest as they twine through the pines and across the meadow to the kettle where sugar cane juice is boiling down into our yearly supply of sweet, rich cane syrup. FREE ADMISSION.

Decorative ornament and High Springs Chamber of Commerce logo. High Springs Chamber's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday November 29 6pm

Enjoy a Festive Community Celebration in High Springs at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | High Springs Chamber of Commerce
23517 NW 185th Rd., High Springs, FL 32643

Family friendly fun includes crafts for kids, cookies and popcorn, Christmas music and Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

Exotic animals on display with fall leaves. Looking for a wild adventure this thanksgiving bring your family and friends on Safari with Carson Springs Wildlife Friday and Saturday

Go on a Holiday Safari at Thanksgiving Wildlife Tours
Friday, November 29 – Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife
8528 E County Rd. 225, Gainesville, FL 32609

See over 100 animals during tours with professional zoologists. Reservations are required, email

Santa and smiling child with face paint

Brighten Your Holidays at Butler Town Center Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 1, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Butler Town Center
3597 SW 32nd Ct, Gainesville, FL 32608

Bring the whole family to meet Santa, participate in activities and watch live entertainment at Butler Town Center. This event will culminate with the lighting of the holiday tree at 7 p.m.

Sounds of the Season A World of Joy. UF Symphony Orhcestra with UF Concert Choir and Gainesville Master Chorale

Experience Performances of Holiday Music at Sounds of the Season
Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

[All advanced tickets are claimed. Any remaining seats will be filled to the stand-by line at 7:15 p.m.] The annual holiday concert features performers from UF Symphony Orchestra, UF Concert Choir and Gainesville Master Chorale for an evening of holiday music. 


Improv Comedy Night at The Hippodrome Theatre, Cinema
Wednesday, November 27, 7:30 p.m.

Keg of Laughs Comedy Showcase at World of Beer, Gainesville
Wednesday, November 27, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Into the Groove 80’s Thanksgiving Night at Arcade Bar
Thursday, November 28, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Americana by The Front Porch Backsteppers at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, November 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Live@Aloft with Thomas Anthony at Aloft WXYZ Bar
Friday, November 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Under Pressure ϟ A Queen & Bowie Tribute Dance Party at The Wooly
Saturday, November 30, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Jazz musicians. Hippodrome Jazz Series

Hipp Jazz Series with Dan Stepp at the Hippodrome Theatre
Monday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Litville Reading Series presents All This Could Be Yours at the Hippodrome Theatre
Tuesday, December 3, 7 p.m.

Music of Holidays Past and Present at First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Drunken Christmas Carol performed by the Plastered Players at High Dive
Tuesday, December 3, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Gainesville Community Playhouse
On stage 5 times a week through Sunday, December 8

Cocktails & Classics: Arsenic and Old Lace
Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Light of the World, A Christmas Concert at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Sunday, December 1, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Fishing Gear, Food, Live Music and the largest Gathering of Fishermen in North Florida at Gary’s Tackle Box
Friday, November 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Record Store Day: Black Friday Edition at Hear Again Records
Friday, November 29, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

The Florida Vintage Market at Bo Diddley Plaza
Sunday, December 1, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Santa, Face Painting, Live Entertainment and more at the 2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Butler Town Center Sunday, December 1, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Holiday lights

Get festive with light displays and decorations to pair with your beverage:

Miracle at Madrina’s
Friday, November 29 – Tuesday, December 31

Tis the Season at First Magnitude
Sunday, December 1 – Tuesday, December 31

Wonderland at the Wetlands 2019 at Swamp Head Brewery December 3 – 16, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Black Friday Art Walk at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, November 29, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

A Blackadder Black Friday at Blackadder Brewing Company
Friday, November 29, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Silent Disco at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, November 29, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Americana with the The Pine Box Dwellers at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, November 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hops and Shop at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, November 30, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Thanksgiving food on a table. What's Good Thanksgiving

Don’t stress over Thanksgiving Dinner, find restaurants open in Gainesville and Alachua County

Post-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck at Peacefield, RSVP Required
Saturday, November 30, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Pastries, Cream Puffs & Eclairs Cooking Class at the Fat Tuscan Wednesday, November 4, 5 p.m. – 8 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.


(sold out) Florida Football Kickoff Lunch with Dan Mullen
Friday, November 29, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Supercross and Motocross Racing at the 48th Thor Mini O’s at Gatorback Cycle Park
November 28-30

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Marshall at Exactech Arena
Friday, November 29, 9 p.m.

Gators Volleyball vs. Texas A&M
Saturday, November 30, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Opening of Golf Practice Facility at Turkey Creek Golf Course
Sunday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Florida A&M
Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Rollerskates at Skate Ramp during Chicks In Bowls Weekly Meetup at Samurai Skateshop
Wednesday, December 4, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Logo for 2019 #OptOutsideFL boardwalk at la chua trail in the background

Explore a Florida State Park with #OptOutsideFL
Friday, November 29

5K Run, Jog or Walk at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, November 30, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Barr Hammock Preserve
Saturday, November 30, 8 a.m.

Wednesday Bird Walks at Sweetwater Wetlands Park Wednesday, December 4, 8:30 a.m.


Activities for Kids at Junior Ranger Day at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Saturday, November 30, 2 p.m – 3 p.m.


Montage of fine art with "trees" theme. On display at Blackbird Farm and Gallery in Micanopy

View 15 Artists’ Work in Appreciation of “Trees” during the Gallery Opening Reception at Blackbird Farm and Gallery in Micanopy
Friday, November 29, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Guided Tours at the Harn Museum of Art
Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m.

Violin and Cello at Chroma at GFAA Gallery
Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

One Man’s Treasure at Oak Hall Gallery
Now through Monday, December 16

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.

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:

Spirit of the Horse Holiday Show, December 6
Craft Festival 2019, December 7-8
Dance Alive National Ballet presents The Nutcracker, December 21-22
New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown,December 31, 2019
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, January 18-19, 25-26, 31 and February 1-2, 2020
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15, 2020

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