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
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 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
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)


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.

Dec 19: The Currys Holiday Show

Note: Shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets $20 (available through evansmediasource.com).


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.


Holiday Tree Lightning

Dec. 1: The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department hosts its annual celebration at the Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will welcome citizens and call for the two-story tree to be lit inside the Spanish Court. There will be live music and a visit from Santa Claus. Light refreshments will be served. 6-8 p.m. Free.


Artwalk Gainesville

Dec. 7: Numerous downtown venues, including galleries and art-minded businesses, open their doors for the self-guided tour, normally scheduled on the final Friday of each month. Hours are 7-10 p.m. (earlier at some venues). Pick up a brochure at participating venues.


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.)