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
Sept. 1-24:
George Orwell’s 1984
Oct. 13-Nov. 5: The Legend of Georgia McBride
Nov. 24-Dec. 17: A Year with Frog and Toad
Nov. 25-Dec. 22: A Christmas Carol
Jan. 12-Feb. 11, 2018: The Royale
March 2-25, 2018: Ripcord
April 20-May 15, 2018: The Christians

(For further info, visit the Hippodrome website)

Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.

2017-18 Season
Sept. 1-17:
Trailer Park Elegy
Oct. 19-Nov. 5: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Dec. 7-17: Fourth Annual Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase
Jan 5-21, 2018: No Exit
Feb. 9-25, 2018: Gaslight
March 15-25, 2018: Letters to Sala
April 20-May 6, 2018: The Skin of Our Teeth
May 25-June 10, 2018: This is War
July 6-29, 2018: Summer Shakespeare: Othello

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

Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.

2017-18 Season
Sept. 22-Oct. 8:
Se Llama Cristina
Dec. 1-17: Steal Away
Jan. 26-Feb. 11, 2018: Intimate Apparel
March 23-April 8, 2018: Mud
May 18-June 3, 2018: The Effect
July 13-29, 2018: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

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

Artwalk Gainesville

Aug. 25: Numerous downtown venues, including galleries and other arts spaces, open their doors for the monthly self-guided tour. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Pick up a brochure at participating venues.

UNCONTAINABLE |Urban Art From Vandalism to Movement

Through Sept. 9: On loan from the National Institute of Urban Art and from private collectors, this remarkable exhibition of the studio work of more than 25 urban artists will be on display in the Main Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery at the Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave. Presented by the Thomas Center Galleries and the 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative. Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 1-4 p.m. Free.

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.

Sept. 8: Billy Dean: The two-time Academy of Country Music Awards winner performs in concert. Tickets are $20 and available in advance at http://evansmediasource.com/ or at the door (cash or check only) the evening of the concert. Limited VIP tickets are available for $30. Doors open at 6.

NOTE: The Aug. 24 Linda Cole Live concert has been postponed until a later date.

High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave. (352.872.5949)

Sept. 1-2: 6th annual Less Than Jake Wake N Bake Weekend. Tickets $16-$18 each night.
Sept. 19: David Cook. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8. Tickets $20-$75.

For a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit the High Dive website.

Hardback Cafe, 211 W. University Ave.

Aug. 25: Vacancy (Tampa), Pyre, Thunderclap and Stunner. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10. $6 cover.
Aug. 26: Woolbright, winded, Donkng and Bird Eat Bird. Doors open at 8 p.m. $3-$5 donation.

Free Fridays Concert Series

The City of Gainesville’s Free Fridays Concert Series continues weekly through Oct. 20. Each concert takes place from 8-10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza.

Here is this year’s remaining lineup:

Aug. 25: De Lions of Jah (reggae). NOTE: This concert was rescheduled from earlier this summer because of rain.

Sept. 1: Heavy Petty/Hedges (Tom Petty tribute and original rock)
Sept. 8: The Duppies (ska, reggae)
Sept. 15: The Impostors (Beatles tribute)
Sept. 22: Wild Blue Yonder (classic rock)
Sept. 29: Gilberto de Paz and Tropix (Latin Fusion), in partnership with the Latino Film Festival

Oct. 6: A Tribute to the Music of Eric Clapton and JJ Cale (Mark Miale, Tony McMahon and Friends)
Oct. 13: Gram Fest (Gram Parsons Tribute) with various artists
Oct. 20: UF World Music Ensembles with Agbedidi Africa, Jacare Brazil and more.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

Oct. 21-25: More than 500,000 items — including books from all categories, posters, comic books, manga, albums, CDs, DVDs, games and artwork — will be available for sale at the FOL Bookhouse, 430B N. Main St. Most items are priced between 25 cents and $4. On Tuesday, everything is half-off marked prices. On Wednesday, all remaining items will sell for 10 cents each. The first four days of the book sale features a Collectors’ Corner of rare books, signed books and special collections. Admission is free.

36th Downtown Festival & Art Show

Nov. 11-12: The festival features 240 local and national artists displaying original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography on the streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre. Enjoy continuous, live entertainment on four stages by local bands, solo musicians and dance companies. Children can create their own art at the Imagination Station, a free, hands-on art activity area that includes sidewalk-chalk drawing, painting, mask design, puppet creation, clay sculpting and interactive entertainment. The festival weekend kicks off with a free Downtown Blues Concert on Friday, Nov. 10, from 7-10 p.m.


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.)