Upcoming Events

Here are some ongoing and scheduled events to look forward to in downtown Gainesville in the coming weeks and months. (We update this calendar on a regular basis, with your input!)

Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place

2017-18 Season
Through March 25: Ripcord
April 20-May 15: The Christians
June-July: Summer musical tba

(For further info, visit the Hippodrome website)

Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.

2017-18 Season
March 15-25: All’s Fair
April 20-May 6: The Skin of Our Teeth
May 25-June 10: This is War
July 6-29: Summer Shakespeare: Othello

(For further info, visit the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre website)

Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.

2017-18 Season
March 16-31: Mud
May 18-June 3: The Effect
July 13-29: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

(For further info, visit the Actors’ Warehouse website)

Into the Light: The Rediscovered Paintings and Prints of Louise Leak

Thomas Center Galleries, 302 NE 6th Ave.: American artist Virginia Louise Leak (1940–77) spent her life in passionate pursuit of creative endeavor. The extraordinarily talented printmaker, painter and poet met an untimely death at age 37, leaving behind an abundance of artwork expressing her complex interior life. Leak’s sister, Gainesville resident Jane Myers, has amassed a large portion of the scattered body of work, including paintings only recently discovered after nearly 40 years hidden among the stored belongings of a friend of the artist. Gallery hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Artwalk Gainesville

March 30: Numerous downtown venues, including galleries and other arts spaces, open their doors for the self-guided tour on the final Friday of each month. Hours are 7-10 p.m. (earlier at some venues). Pick up a brochure at participating venues.

Jewel Box Concerts

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with the Melrose-based Shake Rag Culture Center, presents a concert series that takes place on selected evenings throughout the year in the Spanish Court at the Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave.

Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival

April 7-8: Set amid picturesque turn-of-the-century homes in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District, the 49th annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festivaloffers fun and inspiration for the whole family. The festival is one of the three largest annual events in Gainesville and is known for its high quality, unique artwork.

Jest Fest!

April 15: “The Greatest Show in Gainesville” features the World Famous Flying Wallendas and other circus and comedy stars performing live on five stages at the Historic Thomas Center. Admission is free.

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

April 21-25: More than 500,000 books and other items in 64 categories: classical and modern fiction, children’s and young adult books, textbooks from preschool through graduate school, large-print books, cookbooks, hobby books, law and medical books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, manga and comics, art, posters, vinyl records, games and puzzles, video games, craft patterns, magazines and more. At the Friends of the Library Book House, 430-B N. Main St.

If you would like us to add an event to this list, please send an email with all pertinent info to gainesvilledowntown@yahoo.com. (The event must be open to the general public.)