Fun things to do in Gainesville/Alachua County

The Gainesville Sun


Valentine’s Movie Matinee: 2-5 p.m. today, Celebration Pointe, Celebration Pointe Avenue. Tickets: $15. (, Showing of the family friendly film “Gnomeo and Juliet.”

Hoggetowne at Home: a Virtual Medieval Experience” ends this weekend: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. today, ( You can visit merchant booths, watch demonstrations and engage in activities from the comfort of home. Guests can safely shop the medieval marketplace, watch performances and demonstrations, play along in the interactive quest, and engage with characters during live shows. 

Friends of the Library’s second Bag of Books sale: Now – Wednesday with bags of books, DVDs, vinyl records, and puzzles available for $5 or $10 online Bagof Books (BOB) sale goes live at   ( 352-375-1676) Buyers can order items online and collect purchases at the Bookhouse at 430-B N. Main St.  on four successive Saturdays: Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and Feb. 13. FOL volunteers will assign shoppers pickup times between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Runners will bring purchases out to vehicles; buyers are asked to wear masks when picking up items.

Survival of the Slowest exhibit:  Now –  Sept. 12, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road.  Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday.   (, 846-2000) Admission, $10, adults,  $9, Florida residents, seniors and non-University of Florida college students; $7, ages 3-17, free to museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card. Complete admission pricing is available online at  Guests l get an up-close look at a live sloth, tortoise, iguana and other creatures to learn about  the unique adaptations some animals developed to survive, despite being slow, small or weak.

Annual Winter Bamboo Sale: 9 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Feb. 8,  Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr. Cost varies.( 352-372-4981

Winter Reading Challenge: Online today through Monday, Free. The Alachua County Library District is launching the first Winter Reading Challenge, calling on the community to read 1,000 hours today through Feb. 14 to win local prizes and help the library district compete against libraries across the country. Participants can register at or by using the Beanstack app. Nine local readers will receive $20 gift cards to local restaurants

The Harn Museum of Art Store: Books for purchase: The catalogue for Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa and Lewis Carroll’s book “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” illustrated by Maggie Taylor and associated with the exhibition Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass. Purchase in the store or reserve your copy today via Store manager will contact you for payment and  arrange for shipping or pick up at your convenience.

COVID-19 Community Archives: Ongoing, [email protected] Free. The Matheson History Museum will create a COVID-19 Community Archive that will be shared digitally over the next few weeks and in exhibitions down the road. They are asking for Alachua County residents to help document the community’s experience with digital submissions of photographs, video clips, stories or anything else county residents think helps tell their story.

Afternoon Adventure Camp: 2 – 5 p.m.  on  Wednesdays at the Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. This  mid-week opportunity will  focus on challenges that boost kids’ creativity and imagination. Cade Museum educators help children ages 5-11 engage in a broad range of hands-on STEAM experiments and activities. In the Creativity Lab and Fab Lab, children will explore and improve skills in 3D design, coding, robotics, and more. Cade’s educators will be available to help children in Kindergarten through 5th-grade address homework challenges.   Registration is open. Members receive a  discounted rate. 

Little Sparks ages 0-5:10:15 -11:15 a.m. Thursdays doors open at 10 a.m. Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St.  Children will receive a personal Little Sparks kit with all of their own supplies, plus make and  takes that extend the fun and learning at home. Our BRAIN and Sweat Solution exhibits will also be open for Little Sparks on Thursdays through 11:30 am.

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention: noon – 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, general admission. ([email protected])  You can schedule a group tour Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Advance reservations are required. If your group can’t come o the Cade Museum, let our Cade educators come to you. Learn more

Alachua County Library District Grab & Go services: 9:30 – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday at all 12 library branches. (352-334-3909 or [email protected])  For updates, visit 

Florida Museum of Natural History: To ensure a safe environment, all visitors and museum staff are required to wear face coverings, foot traffic throughout the museum will follow a one-way path to ensure physical distancing. Exhibits reopening include the “Butterfly Rainforest,” “Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land,” “Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife,” “South Florida People & Environments,” “Exploring Our World,” “Fossil Plant Garden” and “Florida Wildflower & Butterfly Garden.” All exhibits are free, but regular admission fees apply to enter the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit: $14 for adults ($12 for Florida residents and seniors) and $7 for ages 3-17. Admission is free for museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. The museum has temporarily paused Butterfly Spotlights in the Rainforest, group tours and weekend plant sales. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3215 Hull Road. (, 846-2000)

Black C Art Gallery: A gallery and performance space at 201 SE 2nd Pl. Suite 111. It features the work of dancer, photographer and visual artist Ani Collier, along with select guest artists. Black C’s mission is to create, connect, and share experimental and visual performing arts. Recently, with the addition of Artistic Consultant Lauren Warhol Caldwell, Ani has expanded the space to include a mixing of genres in a true “black box” setting.                                        

Artisans Guild Gallery: Painting Pop Up on the Porch:   The Artisans’ Guild Gallery offers the area’s largest selection of quality handmade fine arts and fine crafts from 50 regional artists. Hours 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. everyday. Social distancing and masks are required.

Malgorzata’s Gallery: December schedule  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday- Friday,  2441 NW 43rd St., No. 9, Thornebrook Village. (215-8689, Featuring November Sky Jewelry by Morningstar Metalworks Nancy and Art Mathewson from NY. 


Sunday Assembly: a secular community: 11 a.m.Sunday, Feb. 21 via Zoom. ([email protected]) A secular community featuring guest speaker will be Jim Gross who has been the executive director of Florida Defenders of the Environment since 2016. His topic : Oklawaha River. Gross is also an adjunct professor at Santa Fe College as well as a licensed professional geologist in California and Florida. His topic will be the Ocklawaha River. [email protected]


The Music at Holy Trinity series: Charcuterie and Wine Gathering: 4 p.m. Saturday,  Courtyard and Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Church,100 NE 1st St. Each individually wrapped box features assorted cheese, crackers, fruits, meat, and cookie. Make your reservation (required to ensure enough boxes for all attendees) at

Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing at the church:  5 p.m. Saturday, Holy Trinity Church, 100 NE 1st. St.  accompanied by pianos and organs.  The Hymn Sing is live-streamed as well, so be sure to turn in your hymn requests to [email protected] whether you are in the church, or singing along from home.  Make your seating reservation at

NOTE: Live-streaming will begin 5 minutes prior to the Hymn Sing , and can be seen the day of the concert, as well as a limited time thereafter, via Holy Trinity’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel (found  by visiting

Funky Mardi Gras “Mask”erade: 7-11 p.m.  Friday – Saturday, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground, Live Oak, Fla. Featuring dynamic jazz, blues artists Dumpstaphunk, Oteil Burbridge Trio, Roosevelt Collier and Someday Honey!Go to, click on tickets, details and pricing but please hurry, these tickets are expected to sell out. All tickets include primitive camping. Upgraded camping available by calling the SOSMP office at 386-364-1683

Indie Live: a socially distanced, outdoor concert series: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Presale tickets are $10 online. Tickets $12 at the door.Featuring Royce Lovett, Faith. 


Three-Organ SPECTACULAR Concert:  4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, Holy Trinity Church, 100 NE 1st St. Holy Trinity Church comes to life with the sound of three organs, featuring John T. Lowe, Jr., Seth Bott, Shawn Thomas, and special guests The Holy Trinity Choir, performing Charles-Marie Widor’s Mass for Choir and Two Organs. Make your seating reservation at Live streaming  will begin 5 minutes prior to the concert, and can be seen the day of the concert, as well as a limited time thereafter, via Holy Trinity’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel (found by going to


 High Springs Playhouse; Barefoot in the Park!:preview 7 p.m. Thursday, and Friday- through Sunday 28, High Springs Playhouse. Corie is a romantic free spirit. Paul is a conservative young lawyer. This classic romantic comedy follows these six-day-old newlyweds as their dream marriage and five-story walk-up apartment fall apart in front of their very eyes. This hilarious and profoundly touching 1963 play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon explores universal questions about love, compatibility and relationships. Sometimes unpacking the emotional baggage is the biggest move of all This hilarious tale


Art at the Archer Depot Festival: 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. March 13, historic Archer Depot, 16994 SW 134th Ave. A fun family-friendly event centered around the historic Archer Depot. All day live music, food and many vendors of all kinds, artist, artisans, craft makers, food and informational booths and a children area.  Sponsored by the City of Archer and Archer Historical Society. For more information: Linda 352.374.8240 www. or email [email protected]


Writers Alliance of Gainesvile: 2:30 – 4 p.m. today online via Zoom and free ( .Wendy Thornton will head a panel discussion on the basics of writing screenplay and answer questions. Ther panelists are Gary Gordon, Shamrock  McShane, and Tom Miller. Thornton, one of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville’s founding members, has several novels to her credit. Her latest is Bear-Trapped: Blowback. She has won many literary awards and teaches writing at Santa Fe College. 

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