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 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
Oct. 27-Nov. 12: The Rocky Horror Show
Dec. 7-17: Fourth Annual Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase
Jan 5-21, 2018: No Exit
Feb. 9-25, 2018: Gaslight (Angel Street)
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
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)


Cross Creek Rising :: The Consciousness of Land & Water

Through Jan. 6, 2018: An art exhibition celebrating North Florida as Muse, at the Thomas Center Galleries, 302 NE 6th Ave. In tribute to the wilderness, land and water that inspired the artistic voice of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, this juried exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography has as its source of inspiration the natural environs of North Central Florida. The Main and Mezzanine galleries will be dedicated to this expansive group exhibition.


Artwalk Gainesville

Oct. 27: 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.


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.

Nov. 2: The Atlantic City Boys: Get ready for incredible a-capella, comedy, ’50s and ’60s Doo-wop, Motown and, of course, the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. 7-9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6.) VIP tickets are $30 per person and general seating is $20 per person and are available in advance at http://evansmediasource.com/ or at the door the evening of the concert.

Dec. 19: The Currys Holiday Concert: An Americana trio from the Florida panhandle featuring brothers Jimmy and Tommy and cousin Galen Curry. 7-9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6.) VIP tickets are $30 per person and general seating is $20 per person and are available in advance at http://evansmediasource.com/ or at the door the evening of the concert.


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

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


Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. (in the Baird Complex)

Oct. 19: An Exceptional Evening with David Beede, Janet Rucker, and Mark Billman, 7 p.m.
Oct. 20: Déjà vu All Over Again: Other Voices do Crosby, Still, Nash and Young, 8 p.m.
Oct. 21-22: The High Nooners, 8 p.m. (both nights)


Gainesville Pride Days 2017

Oct. 15: Florida Queer History: A Pride Extravaganza: UF’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program celebrates the stories and works of the LGBTQ+ community at First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch St. 3-7 p.m. There will be a photo exhibition highlighting some of the narratives collected while conducting research at the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with UF’s Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research; a local resource fair showcasing local organizations working with the LGBTQ+ community; and performances by bands featuring LGBTQ+ artists. This event is free and open to the public, and wristbands will be available for purchase with proceeds going toward the continued efforts of the Florida Queer History project.

Oct. 21: Gainesville Pride Day kicks off at noon with the annual Pride Parade beginning at West University Avenue and 7th Street and proceeding east on University Avenue to East 1st Street and Bo Diddley Plaza, where the annual Pride Festival will take place well into the evening with vendors, food and live entertainment on the Bo Diddley Stage. Free.

Oct. 22: Pride Brunch at Emiliano’s Café, 7 SE 1st St., starting at 10:30 a.m. Co-hosted by Gainesville Community Alliance and PCCNCF. $23.50 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Tickets are limited and must be purchased by Oct 16. (available from GCA and PCCNCF.)

For further info, visit the Gainesville Pride website.


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:

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.


FEST 16

Oct. 27-29: More than 300 punk rock bands — and thousands of their hardcore fans — from around the country and around the world converge on downtown Gainesville for a three-day music festival that involves more than a dozen venues, including a Saturday night show at Bo Diddley Plaza featuring the band Against Me. In addition to live music, Fest 16 will include a comedy showcase as well as a FEST Wrestling Super Show on Sunday afternoon. For further info, including a complete lineup of bands, visit The Fest website.


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.


Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec. 2: The City of Gainesville welcomes in the holiday season with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony inside the Spanish Court of the  Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th St. There will be live music, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. The nearby Duck Pond neighborhood will sparkle with luminaries. Guests can enjoy 15-minute horse-drawn carriage rides for a small fee.

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.)