Gainesville event calendar: Fall festivals, Oktoberfest events – Gainesville Sun
“Free Fridays” Concert: 7-9 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 21, Bo Diddley Plaza amphitheater, 111 E. University Ave. Free. (bodiddleyplaza.com/upcoming-events) The Late Night Losers and special guests will perform alt-rock. Future dates include RC and Showtime performing R&B and soul on Sept. 30; The Last Waltz, a The Band tribute band, performing Oct. 7; Morningbell performing psychedelic rock and soul on Oct. 14; and The Imposters, a The Beatles tribute band, closing this year’s series on Oct. 21.
Playlist at the Pointe: 7-9 p.m. today, Celebration Pointe, Celebration Pointe Avenue. Free. (celebrationpointe.com) TJ Brown will perform. Food will be available from area restaurants. Future events include Oct. 28, Nov. 25 and Dec. 16.
Tioga Concert Night: 7-10 p.m. today, Tioga Town Center, 133 SW 130th Way, Newberry. Free. (tiogatowncenter.com) Joe Breidenstine will perform. Future performances are planned for Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18.
Max Weinberg’s Jukebox: 7:30 p.m. today, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $15-$20 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) When he’s not playing in the E Street Band, legendary drummer Max Weinberg takes his interactive, energetic “Jukebox” performances on the road. Joined by some of the best musicians in the business, Weinberg and company give audiences the chance to pick each night’s set from a scrolling list of more than 300 classics.
Andy McKee: 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) One of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists, Andy McKee breathes new life into the instrument. With altered tunings, tapping, percussive hits, and a signature two-handed technique, McKee magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra, delighting both the eyes and ears of audiences around the globe.
The Gainesville Community Band: 3 p.m. Sunday, Santa Fe College Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets:$5 donation. (gnvband.org) The Gainesville Community Band kicks off its 2022-23 season with an “Americana” theme.
Music at Holy Trinity Series: 4 p.m. Sunday, Holy Trinity Church, 100 NE First St. Free. (holytrinitygnv.org) Anniversary concert featuring the Festival Orchestra, featured soloists and conductor Dr. John T. Lowe Jr. Reception wine and hors d’oeuvres following the performance.
Gainesville Acoustic Blues Showcase: 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. Tickets: $15. (ncfblues.org) Annual event in its second year featuring performances by Josh Miller, Sheba the Mississippi Queen, Paco, Middleground and Blues Meets Girl.
Earth, Wind & Fire: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. Tickets: $65-#130. (904-209-0367, theamp.com)
Fémina: 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Harmony-soaked vocals coupled with electro-folk charisma of the Trucco sisters, Fémina is Argentine soul music with a purpose. Lyrically poignant with hip hop and Latin folk major influences, the duo’s unbounded sound and theatrical visuals are vehicles that connect people’s emotions and open them up to new ways of thinking.
Buffalo Rose: 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Buffalo Rose is a wildly charismatic six-piece modern folk/Americana band that will change your entire perspective on acoustic music. Inspired by a world of idiosyncratic influences, this wildly diverse group crafts original songs that are emotive and meticulously arranged.
“BLACK: An Evening of One-Acts”: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays plus 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 2, Actors Warehouse, 2512 NE First Blvd. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 seniors, $15 students. (actorswarehouse.org) “BLACK” explores the world of Black consciousness and ideas of breaking stereotypes, the evolution of love and what it means to be free in white spaces.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Live: 7 p.m. Tuesday plus 8 p.m. Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $13 in advance, $15 day of show. (bit.ly/rockyfall22) Live action skits from local players to accompany the cult movie classic — with audience participation. Ages 18 and older unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian; $3 under-21 fee charged at the door.
Alachua County Heart Walk: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St. Free; donations accepted. (AlachuaHeartWalk.org) Annual event uniting community members in celebrating health and honoring survivors. Money raised by Heart Walk participants helps the community through professional training, community education and research funding. Over the past decade, the American Heart Association has given almost $11 million in research dollars to Alachua County.
Cancer Chomp: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Flavet Field, University of Florida campus off of Woodlawn Drive between Stadium and Museum Roads. Free entry; $30 5K registration ages 12 and older, $15 5K registration ages 11 and younger; donations accepted. (donate.giving.ufhealth.org) Inaugural brain tumor event presented by the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy in conjunction with the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida featuring a 5K run/walk, food truck, kid zone, charitable organizations, community vendors, a variety of UF Health services and more.
Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally: 3 p.m. Saturday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Free; food for sale. (bit.ly/rallyfood2021) Outdoor event featuring food trucks and live music benefitting Gainesville Girls Rock Camp. Vegan options available.
Fall Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays plus 1-7 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 13, Red White & Blues Farm, 3250 NE 140th Ave., Williston. Tickets: Rates vary, see website. (redwhiteandbluesfarm.com/fall-festival) Annual event in its second year featuring food trucks, live music, kids’ activities, jump pillows, large yard games, train, you-pick sunflowers, corn maze, pumpkin patch, ball zone and more.
“Preserving African American Communities and Landmarks”: 2 p.m. today, Smathers Library, Room 100, University of Florida campus; and 6 p.m. Sept. 23, Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, 837 SE Seventh Ave. (humanities.ufl.edu) Brent Leggs, executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund and senior vice president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and community leaders will discuss the importance of reconstructing a true national identity that reflects America’s diversity. Masks required.
Oktoberfest: 3-10 p.m. today-Saturday, Cypress and Grove Brewery,1001 NW Fourth St. Free entry; food and drinks available for purchase. (bit.ly/cgoktober22) Annual event featuring live music, festive food and new beers.
Oktoberfest: 4-11 p.m. today, Swamp Head Brewery, 3650 SW 42nd Ave. Free entry; food and drinks available for purchase. (bit.ly/shboktober22) Annual event featuring food, music, steins, a stein holding competition, beer and more.
Newberry Cornfield Maze: 5-11 p.m. Fridays, 3-11 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29, Hodge Farm, 20015 W. Newberry Road, Newberry. Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 ages 3-9, free ages 2 and younger; $5 hayride, $5 mechanical bull, $5 human hamster balls. (newberrycornfieldmaze.com) Annual fall family event featuring cornfield maze, hayride, haunted house, kids’ play area and more.
“Florida Skies (Autumn)”: 7-8 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 18, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets: $7.19 for adults; $6.17 ages 4-12, ages 60 and older, UF affiliates, military and first responders. (showpass.com/o/santa-fe-college-planetarium) Join James Albury, former co-host of the PBS TV Show “Star Gazers,” as he takes you on a personally guided tour of the night sky using the GOTO Chronos Space Simulator.
UF Astronomy Public Night Observatory: 8:30-10 p.m. today, UF Astronomy Teaching Observatory, 211 Bryant Space Science Center. Free. (astro.ufl.edu) The Department of Astronomy operates an on-campus teaching observatory for educational and public programs.
Yard and Bake Sale: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, High Springs New Century Woman’s Club, 23674 W. U.S. 27, High Springs. Free entry; items for sale. (gfwchighspringswomansclub.org) Rain or shine. Lunch menu is a hot dog, chips and drink for $5. Baked goods, furniture, tools, garden equipment and toys for sale.
Florida Recovery Center 5K Run For Recovery: 9 a.m. Saturday, Depot Park, downtown Gainesville. Free. (bit.ly/run4recovery22) The UF Health Florida Recovery Center’s third annual 5K to celebrate recovery and help break the stigma against substance use disorders.
Carson Springs Wild Adventure Open House: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, 8528 E. CR 225. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 ages 3-12, free ages 2 and younger. (carsonspringswildlife.org) Roam on your own and see all of the animals, big-cat feeding demonstrations and food trucks, plus meet the zookeepers and celebrity guests.
Historic Haile Homestead Tour: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, Historic Haile Homestead, 8500 Archer Road. Entrance: $5 ages 13 and older, free ages 12 and younger. (hailehomestead.org) The Historic Haile Homestead is unique in the nation for its “Talking Walls.”
Rooterville Animal Sanctuary Self-Guided Tours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Rooterville Animal Sanctuary, 5579 Darwood St., Melrose. Cost: Suggested $15 donation per person or $45 for a family of four. (rooterville.org) Take a map of the sanctuary at the gate to see highlights of Rooterville to help you find your way. Guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Horse Feeding: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Mill Creek Farm Retirement Home for Horses, 20307 NW CR 235A, Alachua. Entrance: Bag of carrots. (millcreekfarm.org) The Retirement Home for Horses provides lifetime care to elderly horses seized by law enforcement agencies, rescued by the SPCA or humane societies, as well as horses retired from government service such as police patrol or state and federal parks.
Elephant Appreciation Day: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Two Tails Ranch, 18655 NE 81st St., Williston. Tickets: $15 ages 3 and older, free ages 2 and younger; $5 parking. (bit.ly/elephants22a) Annual event featuring food vendors, crafts village, guest animals, animal education talks, bounce house, animal interactions and elephants.
Mayhem Ranch Fall Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Oct. 30, Mayhem Ranch, 17830 SE 40th St., Morriston. Tickets: $12 online, $15 at the gate, free ages 1 and younger. (bit.ly/mayhemfall22) Annual event featuring live music, food trucks, craft vendors, animal shows, you-pick pumpkins, crop maze, hayride, cow feedings, farm train, petting farm and more.
Williston Fiesta: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Heritage Park, Northwest First Avenue, Williston. Free. (bit.ly/fiesta22a) Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin food vendors, craft vendors and live entertainment promoting the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans in the community and country.
Oktoberfest: Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, First Magnitude Brewing Company, 1220 SE Veitch St. Free admission; drinks and food available for purchase. (bit.ly/fmoktober22) Annual event featuring German-style beers, the UF-Tennessee game on the big screen, sausages and German-style food, and brass music.
“Molecularium”: 3-3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 1, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets: $7.19 for adults; $6.17 ages 4-12, ages 60 and older, UF affiliates, military and first responders. (showpass.com/molecularium) A computer-generated animation for digital dome theaters. The creators have integrated advanced scientific simulations into a groundbreaking immersive cartoon with kid-friendly characters to introduce young people to the world of atoms, molecules and the three states of matter — solids, liquids and gasses.
“Forward! To The Moon”: 7-7:30 Saturdays through Oct. 1, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets: Tickets: $7.19 for adults; $6.17 ages 4-12, ages 60 and older, UF affiliates, military and first responders. (showpass.com/forward-to-the-moon) Kari Byron from “Crash Test World” and “MythBusters” launches attendees on a journey beyond the Earth toward a sustainable future in space.
“Music 360 — Horizons of the Future”: 8-8:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 1, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets: Tickets: $7.19 for adults; $6.17 ages 4-12, ages 60 and older, UF affiliates, military and first responders. (showpass.com/music360-horizons-of-the-future) This comfortable, elevating fulldome work winds through endless immersive landscapes and constantly evolving scenery accompanied by downtempo (pulsing, relaxing and ambient), music.
Gatorville Collectorfest: 9 a.m. Sunday, Holiday Inn Gainesville-University Center, 1250 W. University Ave. Tickets: $15 early entry, $10 after 10 a.m. (bit.ly/gatorcollect22) Inaugural event featuring free Hot Wheels for ages 11 and younger, vintage and modern toys, retro gaming, comics, artwork and more.
Gainesville Bromeliad Society: 2 p.m. Sunday, Entomology Building, 1881 Natural Area Drive, University of Florida campus. Free. (gainesvillebromeliad.org) Dave Johnston, owner of Bromeliads Galore Nursery in Pinellas Park, will be the guest speaker. He will bring plants to sell. Plants also will be given away.
Sweetwater Wetlands Park Wednesday Bird Walks: 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays through May 31, 2023, Sweetwater Wetlands Park, 325 SW Williston Road. Admission: $5 per vehicle; $2 for pedestrians, vans and bikes. (alachuaaudubon.org) Discover the rich diversity of birds at one of north central Florida’s premier birding hotspots during a two- to three-hour guided walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome. Walks are led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society with assistance from Sweetwater Wetlands Park rangers.
Barnyard Buddies: 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays through May 31, 2023, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave. Free. (bit.ly/barnbuds) Weekly program where youngsters, with an adult, can meet and greet farm animals by helping staff with afternoon feeding. Animals love donations of carrots, squash, apples, sweet potatoes and melons.
Annasemble Community Orchestra: Accepting new members for the Fall 2022 season. (annasemble.org, firstname.lastname@example.org) The mostly strings orchestra is open to ages 14 and older, no auditions required. Rehearsals take place twice a month on a Sunday afternoon.
Vendors for Flea Market and Pancake Breakfast: Event set for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 1, American Legion Post 230, 20370 E. Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne. (481-4883) Outside 15-by-15 feet spaces are $15. Fundraiser with all proceeds of vendor spaces benefiting veterans, local schools and food pantries.
Craft Sale: Event set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19, GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club, 23674 W. U.S. 27, High Springs. (craftshopgirl@gmail, 386-518-3276) Inside and outside tables available. Handmade items only.
Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention: “Wandering the Milky Way,” a tour of the solar system, on display through Jan. 1, 2023; “Voyages,” a trip through space and time, on display through Jan. 1, 2023; “Animationland” on display through Jan. 3, 2023. Tickets: $12.50, $10 seniors and college students, $7.50 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and younger. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 811 N. Main St. (371-8001, cademuseum.org)
Florida Museum of Natural History: Standing exhibits include the “Our Changing Climate: Past and Present,” “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 standing 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. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3215 Hull Road. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu, 846-2000)
Gainesville Fine Arts Association Gallery: “Things Unseen: Biennial National Juried Exhibition,” featuring artists from 16 different states, in display through Oct. 22. These artists make the implicit explicit; they investigate, dive deep into and bring to light things unseen; “Indulge: The Art of Food” on display Oct. 25-Nov. 19. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 1314 S. Main St. (gainesvillefinearts.org, email@example.com)
Harn Museum of Art: “Global Perspectives: Highlights from the Contemporary Collection,” a celebration of global interconnectedness, on display through Sunday; “COPIA II,” celebrates new photographs that have entered the Harn Museum of Art’s collection in the last six years, with a few other photographs rarely or never shown before, on display through Oct. 30; “Speechless: Text & Image in Global Culture,” a fascinating look at how words, aesthetics and materials have supported religious, political and socio-cultural agendas for millennia, on display through Dec. 30; “Global Perspectives: Highlights from the Contemporary Collection,” a celebration of global interconnectedness, on display through Oct. 1, 2023; “She/Her/Hers: Women in the Arts of China,” which unravels the intersecting roles women played as subjects, artists and consumers of art in traditional, modern and contemporary China, on display through March 24, 2024. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3259 Hull Road. (392-9826)
Matheson History Museum: “Return to Forever: Gainesville’s Great Southern Music Hall,” showcasing dozens of John Moran‘s performance photos from his two years as the Great Southern Music Hall house photographer. Also featured is a display of Bo Diddley artifacts, including one of Bo’s signature square box guitars. Written by music journalist Bill DeYoung and designed by historian Rick Kilby, this unique exhibit celebrates a golden age in the University City’s musical history, the likes of which may never be seen again; “We’re Tired of Asking: Black Thursday and Civil Rights at the University of Florida,” which follows one slice of African American history in Gainesville, currently on display online and in person; “When Johnny Came Marching Home: Some Gave All – All Gave Some,” remembering those who came home from war with both physical and mental wounds, on display outside. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 513 E. University Ave. (378-2280, mathesonmuseum.org)
Melrose Bay Art Gallery: Work from Candace McCaffery on display through Sunday; work from Nancy Betty on display Sept. 30-Oct. 3; work by Gwen Chraznowski on display Nov. 4-20; Gallery Special Pre-Holiday Gifts Show to be held Nov. 26-Dec. 31; 2022 Holiday Invitational Reception to be held Dec. 2 during the First Friday Art Walk. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday or by appointment. 103 State Road 26, Melrose. (475-3866, melrosebayartgallery.com)
Santa Fe College’s Blount Hall: A large art collection from local collector Hector Puigon display. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Corner of West University Avenue and North Sixth Street.
Sweetwater Print Cooperative: “State of Nature,” Pat Wolfe’s drawings from many years of sketchbooks, on display through Wednesday. Gallery hours: By appointment. 117 S. Main St. (514-3838)
University Galleries: “The Exquisite Moving Corpse,” in which each invited artist made a one-minute video based on the last frame of the previous minute, on display through Sept. 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. 400 SW 13th St. (arts.ufl.edu/university-galleries)
Jazz on The Green: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 8, Celebration Pointe, Interstate 75 and Archer Road at Celebration Pointe Avenue. Free. (celebrationpointe.com, 333-9333) Live music, food and drinks, lawn games and more. Future events planned for Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
Music at Holy Trinity Series: 4 p.m. Oct. 9, Holy Trinity Church, 100 NE First St. Free. (holytrinitygnv.org) The 15th anniversary season continues with The Gainesville Brass Quintet. A reception (wine and hors d’oeuvres) will follow the performance.
Melissa Aldana Quartet: 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 13, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Hailed by The New York Times as one of the most exciting young tenor saxophonists touring today, Grammy-nominated artist and composer Melissa Aldana has garnered international recognition for her visionary work. Hailing from Santiago, Chile, Aldana draws audiences in with sounds that connect listeners on a spiritual level.
Gabriel Martins: 2 p.m. Oct. 23, Squitieri Studio Theatre in the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $35 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Lauded for his rich, warm, and mesmerizing sound on the concert stage, cellist Gabriel Martins has established himself as one of the world’s most enthralling young artists.
Suwannee Hulaween: All day Oct. 27-30, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak. Tickets: Prices vary; see website. (musicliveshere.com) Numerous live musical performances set across five stages.
UF Carillon Studio Recital: 7:20 p.m. Oct. 28, Century Tower Carillon, 375 Newell Drive. Free. (arts.ufl.edu) Annual Halloween Spooktacular. The UF Carillon Studio Concert Series offers a chance to hear the UF Carillon during a fifty-minute recital. Listeners are encouraged to find a location at least 100 feet from the tower for an optimal listening experience.
The BASH Music Festival: All day Nov. 5-6, Depot Park, downtown Gainesville. Tickets: Free general admission; upgraded packages available. (thebashgnv.com) Music festival showcasing more than 30 artists on three stages plus food trucks and vendors, an artisan art and craft market, beer garden and more.
UF Carillon Studio Recital: 1:55 p.m. Nov. 13, Century Tower Carillon, 375 Newell Drive. Free. (arts.ufl.edu) The UF Carillon Studio Concert Series offers a chance to hear the UF Carillon during a fifty-minute recital. Listeners are encouraged to find a location at least 100 feet from the tower for an optimal listening experience.
UF Carillon Studio Recital: 1:55 p.m. Dec. 4, Century Tower Carillon, 375 Newell Drive. Free. (arts.ufl.edu) Annual holiday concert. The UF Carillon Studio Concert Series offers a chance to hear the UF Carillon during a fifty-minute recital. Listeners are encouraged to find a location at least 100 feet from the tower for an optimal listening experience.
tenThing Brass Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$40 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Norwegian brass ensemble tenThing will be your tour guide on this journey through the musical traditions of the Christmas season. Featuring songs from Norway, Germany, Italy, England and Ukraine, as well as modern classics from America, tenThing helps spread holiday cheer the only way they know how — with fantastic new arrangements and masterful performances.
Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $30-$60 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Concerto Budapest is one of the most progressive and versatile symphonic orchestras in the world. The young musicians are characterized by the passion, energy and commitment they bring to the stage. Their repertoire traverses well-loved masterpieces to newly composed works of the 21st century.
International Guitar Night XXIII: 7 and 9 p.m. Jan. 20, 2023, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) The intercontinental super-group of four acoustic guitarists has returned for its 23rd year of touring with Stephanie Jones (Australia), Olli Soikkeli (Finland), Jocelyn Gould (Canada) and Jesús Guerrero (Spain). The guitar greats take the stage displaying their individual diverse styles and then perform together, mesmerizing audiences with an evening of grandeur.
Bobby Rush: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$40, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) With special guest Jontavious Willis. Thanks to Bobby Rush’s long memory and quick wit, he’s hailed as one of the blues’ best storytellers, which shines through during his live shows. The two-time Grammy-winning legend and Blues Hall of Famer incorporates humor, prolific guitar and harmonica playing into his stunning performances.
Interpreti Veneziani: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $25-$45, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) When Interpreti Veneziani takes center stage, prepare for remarkable interpretations of Vivaldi, Bach and other Baroque composers. The ensemble has gained a reputation for its exuberance and Italian brio characterizing their performances.
Isaiah Sharkey: 7 and 9 p.m. Jan. 28, 2023, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Isaiah Sharkey and his band fuse their background in rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues and funk to create an original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul. Sharkey toured as lead guitarist with D’Angelo and John Mayer.
Viano String Quartet: 2 p.m. Feb. 5, 2023, Squitieri Studio Theatre in the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $35 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Viano String Quartet performs chamber with a lust for life that few can rival. Formed in 2015 at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, the quartet has built a career on touring the globe and winning top prizes at international competitions, including the coveted First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Delfeayo Marsalis: 7 and 9 p.m. Feb. 9, 2023, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) For Delfeayo Marsalis, music runs in his family, and it’s in his blood! Marsalis is a Grammy award-winning trombonist, composer and producer who has toured internationally with jazz icons such as Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Slide Hampton, as well as leading his own group.
Kings Return: 7 and 9 p.m. Feb. 24, 2023, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Kings Return’s tagline is simple: “We sing in stairwells.” The unique, harmonizing group turned Internet sensation captures the essence of an old-school a cappella quartet with sounds inspired by gospel and R&B, and has a reputation for performing diverse arrangements from “Ave Maria” to “How Deep is Your Love” and “God Bless America.” Kings Return has been featured on NPR and has performed on stages (and stairwells) nationwide.
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $30-$60 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the greatest orchestral music, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has gained an enviable reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. Combine this world-class orchestra with Johannes Moser, who is a passionate and fiercely graceful artist, and you’ll experience a performance like never before.
Jessica Vosk: 7 and 9 p.m. March 2, 2023, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Jessica Vosk is a celebrated singer and actress known for her starring role on Broadway and in the national tour of “Wicked.” Her strengths are in her stage presence and in her natural humor. She draws audiences in with her unique voice and by sharing real-life stories about her pandemic experience, journey to Broadway, her love life and her formative years.
Itzhak Perlman and Rohan De Silva: 7:30 p.m. March 6, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $45-$75 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Beyond his technical mastery, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman is known for his musical eloquence. Performing with Perlman is grandmaster pianist Rohan De Silva.
Stacey Kent: 7 and 9 p.m. March 9, 2023, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) When talking about Stacey Kent, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the accolades she’s earned during her 20-plus years as a jazz vocalist. The Gold, Double Gold and Platinum-selling artist has released hit records on legendary jazz label Blue Note, garnered a global following of diehard fans and received endless praise from critics along the way.
“Celebrating Elvis Presley’s Records from Sun Studio”: 7 and 9 p.m. March 10, 2023, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Performed by Tyler Hilton with the Hot Club of Cowtown. Known for its legendary music collection, including the early albums of Elvis Presley, Sun Studio left an indelible mark on the history of rock ’n’ roll. In 2005, Hilton was cast to play the legendary rock star in the blockbuster biopic “Walk the Line” (starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash). Now, he has teamed up with hot jazz and Western swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown to bring Elvis’ greatest hits from the Sun Studio years to life on the stage.
The Kingdom Choir: 7:30 p.m. March 20, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$40 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) London’s The Kingdom Choir were catapulted to worldwide fame after their show-stopping performance of “Stand By Me” at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Since that day, the choir’s infectious joy and spirit, matched only by their raw gospel spiritual style, has taken them around the world performing soulful renditions of traditional gospel classics and popular contemporary hits.
San Salvador: 7 and 9 p.m. April 13, 2023, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) The members of San Salvador have made it their mission to search for what they call “universal folklore,” rooted in their region’s deep troubadour traditions yet oscillating between cultures and musical genres. Singing in Occitan — a language that is spoken primarily in southern France — this group of six singers composes hypnotic vocal harmonies cascading over shifting patterns of compelling polyrhythmic percussion.
Love Canon: 7 and 9 p.m. April 14, 2023, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Love Canon takes you back in time. The group’s performances reimagine pop hits of the ’80s and ’90s. Additionally, they deliver a fresh take on classics, crossing genres to recount music from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, Depeche Mode and Paul Simon.
Risa Hokamura: 2 p.m. April 16, 2023, Squitieri Studio Theatre in the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $35 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) At just 22 years old, Risa Hokamura is on the short-list of the world’s great violinists. She picked up the instrument at the age of 3 and by 10, Hokamura was already capturing top prizes at competitions in her native Japan.
Angélique Kidjo: 2:30 p.m. April 18, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $30-$60 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today — a creative force with 16 albums to her name. Her striking voice, stage presence, and fluency have cross-pollinated West African traditions of her childhood in Benin, with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.
Chomp the Block: 6-10 p.m. Sept. 30, Celebration Pointe, off of Interstate 75 and Archer Road. Free entry; food and drinks for sale. (celebrationpointe.com) Pre-Gator football event featuring food and drinks from onsite restaurants and food trucks, live music, giveaways and games, along with special appearances by the Gators’ Spirit Team. Live music will be performed by The Broken Hearts. Future events will include performances by Jamie Davis on Oct. 7, You’re Gonna Get It! on Oct. 14, and Gainesville Retro Society on Nov. 11.
Todd Barry: 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 30, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $50 for 7 p.m. showing, $35 for 9 p.m. showing, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) UF alum Todd Barry has been serving up deceptively deadpan comedy for decades. He’s made appearances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Conan” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Barry has released three one-hour stand-up specials, including his latest one for Netflix, “Spicy Honey.”
Flea Market and Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 1, American Legion Post 230, 20370 E. Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne. Cost: TBA. (481-4883) Pancake and sausage breakfast, vendors and more. Fundraiser to benefit veterans, local schools and food pantries.
Night of Dance 2022: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 1, Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free. (ufl.edu) Annual event in its fifth year featuring interactive health and fitness performances, community partnerships, health education, information on local resources and COVID shots.
Gator Growl: 7 p.m. Oct. 7, Stephen C. O’Connell Center, 250 Gale Lemerand Drive. Tickets: Starting at $45. (oconnellcenter.ufl.edu) Annual pep rally event featuring opening performance from Olivia O’Brien and headlining performance from Flo Rida.
Paleontology in the Park: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Depot Park, 870 SE Fourth St. Free. (bit.ly/paleonov21) Complete a fossil-finding expedition with the help of Depot Park Ambassadors while learning about the unique fossils hidden throughout the Blue Grotto. Future dates include Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
High Springs Art Walk: Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 15, downtown High Springs. Free entry. (facebook.com/HighSpringsDowntownMerchants) Seasonal monthly event featuring local artists gracing sidewalks and storefronts with some locations featuring live painting and demonstrations. Future dates are Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.
Bat Fest: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 22, Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309 NW 192nd Ave. Tickets: $25 beer garden online, $28 beer garden at the gate, $8 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. (lubee.org/batfest) Annual event featuring baby bats, new education building, games, vendors, beer garden, food offerings, live music by Jig to a Milestone and more.
Thornebrook Fall Arts Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 22-23, Shoppes at Thornebrook, 2441 NW 43rd St. Free entry; items for sale. (facebook.com/Artfestivalthornebrook, shoppesatthornebrook.com) Annual event in its 37th year featuring 75 fine artists and craftsmen exhibiting their work.
“Dracula”: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $27-$49. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Performed by Dance Alive National Ballet. Through the fog and mist of Transylvania appears a sinister castle. Within it lives Count Dracula, the vampire to end all vampires! This is the story of a gentleman, his fiancée and the dastardly deeds of the evil Count Dracula. After all is said and done, good wins out and life goes on. Family friendly.
BodyVox: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$40 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Overflowing with rich imagery, peak athleticism, and humorous charm, BodyVox helped push dance into the 21st century, and now they’re celebrating 25 years of breathtaking productions. Funny and quirky, to be sure, but BodyVox is also equal parts charming and awe-inspiring.
“Macbeth”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5, Squitieri Studio Theatre in the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $40 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Performed by Actors from the London Stage. Traditional Shakespeare performed in an inventive way — but, make no mistake, this is not a new interpretation, this is “Macbeth.” Five versatile actors play multiple roles, weaving together dialogues and switching between characters all while maintaining a clear narrative that is true to the original.
McIntosh 1890s Festival: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5, town of McIntosh, 5835 Avenue G, McIntosh. Free entry; items and food for sale. (mcintoshfestival.com) Annual event in its 48th year with more than 280 arts, crafts, plants and antiques vendors plus live music.
“Chicago”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $45-$75 general admission, $20 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) After 25 years, “Chicago” is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another, and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder “Chicago” has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.
“The Nutcracker”: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $30-$50. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Performed by Dance Alive National Ballet. The all-time family favorite returns. Clara saves the nutcracker prince, and to thank her, he brings her on a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy puts on a regal show.
Class With Cara: 4 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $25; free for spectators. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Presented by Dance Alive National Ballet. Join the charming Clara, heroine of “The Nutcracker,” for a princess-style ballet class onstage in the Kingdom of the Sweets. Training not required. Street shoes acceptable, but you can dance in your socks or ballet shoes. Company dancers will be available to help children as well, so they will have the most possible attention given.
Shen Yun: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3-4, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $84-$184. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Exquisite beauty from the heavens, profound wisdom from dynasties past, timeless legends and ethnic traditions all spring to life through classical Chinese dance, enchanting live orchestral music, authentic costumes and patented interactive backdrops. Revisit a time when scholars and artists sought harmony with the Tao, or the “Way” of the universe, and when divine beings walked upon the earth to inspire humanity.
“Stomp”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $45-$75 general admission, $20 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) “Stomp” is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and utterly unique — an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
“Alice”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $25-$45 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Travel down the rabbit hole MOMIX-style with their newest creation, “Alice,” inspired by the classic story “Alice in Wonderland.” As Alice’s body grows and shrinks and grows again, dancers extend themselves by means of props, ropes and other dancers.
Demetri Martin: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$40 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Demetri Martin is one of the most recognizable comedic voices in a generation. Blending cerebral and fanciful jokes with hilarious songs and inventive illustrations, Martin has toured the world and released four one hour-long standup comedy specials, including his latest for Netflix, “The Overthinker.”
“Horse of a Different Color”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $27-$49. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Performed by Dance Alive National Ballet. A contemporary performance showcasing the thrill and excitement of change set to music by Stella Sung.
“Disney’s Winnie the Pooh”: 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$75 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl and Tigger come to life in a beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation. Featuring the Sherman Brothers’ classic Grammy Award-winning music with further songs by A.A. Milne, this beautifully fresh stage variation is told with stunning life-sized puppetry through the eyes of the characters in a new story from the Hundred Acre Wood.
“Swan Lake”: 7:30 p.m. March 25, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $35-$70. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Performed by Dance Alive National Ballet. “Swan Lake” is the story of a prince whose fiancee has been transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer. With guest artists Oksana Maslova and Sterling Baca from Philadelphia Ballet, this performance transforms the stage into a world of beauty and artistry.
“Carmen”: 7:30 p.m. March 31-April 1, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$40 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Performed by UF Opera Theatre and UF Symphony Orchestra. Set in 1830 Spain, “Carmen” is a roller-coaster ride of desire, passion and the relentless hand of fate.
“My Fair Lady”: 7:30 p.m. April 3, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $45-$75 general admission, $20 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” “My Fair Lady” tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But, who is really being transformed?
“Āhuti”: 7:30 p.m. April 22, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$40 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Performed by The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble in collaboration with The Chitrasena Dance Company. Nrityagram is a thriving community of artists dedicated to the practice of Odissi, a 2,000-year-old classical dance of India. The village is home to a school inspired by the Gurukula, an ancient teaching paradigm, and an internationally renowned dance ensemble. The mission is to nurture dance professionals through the gurukula system, perform on a global stage, and forge a community through outreach.
Alan Cumming: 7:30 p.m. April 23, 2023, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $30-$60 general admission, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Alan Cumming is not acting his age. Hailed by Time Magazine as one of the three most fun people in show business, the Tony and Olivier award-winning theatre actor equally enjoys the stage and the big screen. However, he prefers center stage, which allows him to connect with audiences. Join Cumming for a hilarious night of storytelling, music and hijinks. This performance includes adult content.