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

2018-19 Season
Through Sept. 23: The Wolves
Oct. 12-Nov. 14: Let the Right One In
Nov. 23-Dec. 22: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Nov. 24-Dec. 22: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Jan. 11-Feb. 3, 2019: A Doll’s House, Part 2
March 1-24, 2019: Miracle on South Division Street
April 19-May 12, 2019: Disgraced
June-July 2019: Summer musical tba

(For further info, visit the Hippodrome website)


Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.

2018-19 Season
Through Sept. 23:
Sunset Village
Oct 26-Nov 18: Into the Woods
Dec. 5-9: Sixth Annual Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase
Feb. 1-17, 2019: In Splendid Error
March 15-31, 2019: Bloody Poetry
April 26-May 12, 2019: The Nether
June 7-23, 2019: You Have The Right to Remain Dead
July 19-Aug. 11, 2019: Summer Shakespeare: The Beggar’s Opera

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


Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.

2018-19 Season
Oct. 19-Nov. 4: BOY
Dec. 7-16: Black Nativity
Feb. 1-17, 2019: The Colored Door at the Train Depot
March 15-31, 2019: Pipeline
May 10-26, 2019: Beauty of the Father
June 21-July 7, 2019: Satchmo at the Waldorf
July 26-Aug. 11, 2019: Fuddy Meers

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


Gainesville Latino Film Festival

Sept. 13-30: Events will be spread across 13 venues throughout Gainesville, including the Matheson History Museum, the Historic Thomas Center and the Wooly. This year’s festival will feature Latin American Women in Film: Celebrating Women’s Voices and Visions. Admission to all films is free, but seating is often limited. For a lineup of films and related events, visit the Gainesville Latino Film Festival website.


Artwalk Gainesville

Sept. 28: 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.

Sept. 21: Verlon Thompson
Nov. 1:
The Grascals
Dec 19:
The Currys Holiday Show

Note: Most shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets $20 available at http://www.evansmediasource.com/


Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

Oct. 13-17: More than a half-million donated items — books, magazines, posters, CDs, artwork, paintings, puzzles, posters and more — will be available for sale at the FOL Book House, 413-B N. Main St. Most prices range from 25 cents to $4. There’s also a Collectors Corner featuring rare books. On the final day of the sale, all remaining items cost 10 cents. (http://folacld.org/n_sale_about.html)


Gainesville Pride

Oct. 20: Festivities include a parade down University Avenue and the Pride Festival in and around Bo Diddley Plaza, sponsored by the North Central Florida Community Pride Center.


Fest 17

Oct. 26-28: More than 20 downtown venues host more than 400 punk-rock bands from around the U.S. and world. The three-day event also includes a comedy showcase and a pro wrestling show. For details and a complete concert lineup, visit thefestfl.com.


UF Homecoming

Nov. 2: The UF Homecoming festivities include a parade that begins at Gale Lemerand Drive on the UF campus and follows a route east along University Avenue toward downtown, where it turns south on Main Street. Noon.


Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show

Dec. 1-2: The 37th annual event will include 240 local and national artists, who will display original oils and acrylics, watercolors, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography and other works of art. The streets of downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome Theatre, will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity complete with live music, performing arts and a wide array of food. The festival is expected to attract upward of 100,000 people. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Free Fridays Concert Series

The 2018 Free Fridays Concert Series, held each Friday night for 25 consecutive weeks, takes place from 8-10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville. Here are the remaining concerts for 2018:

Sept. 21: Michael Claytor & His Friends (folk, pop)
Sept. 28: Gilberto de Paz and Tropix (Latin fusion) in partnership with the Gainesville Latino Film Festival

Oct. 5: Both Sides Now: A Tribute to the Music of Joni Mitchell by Cathy DeWitt and Friends
Oct. 12: A Tribute to the Music of the Woodstock Era Highlighting the Work of Jimi Hendrix by The Relics and Michael Derry and Friends
Oct. 19: UF World Music Ensembles: Jacaré Brazil, Agbedidi Africa, Sunshine Steelers and & Pazeni Sauti African Choir

(All shows may be subject to change)

The Free Fridays Concert Series is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.


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.)