All access to Gainesville's artistic underground
Gainesville radiates a natural kind of beauty, from the serene peace of Lake Alice to the one-of-a-kind face of one Kent Fuchs (may his career rest in peace). However, there is a vibrant life beyond the orange and blue lights and the millions of Top 5 flags littering our campus. We’re more than just students in a small town. We’re a collective of really creative people in a city that matches our energy and has a lot to offer. Inside and outside of the university, the Gainesville art scene bustles, and most of us don’t even know it.
To combat our utter lack of knowledge about our artistic resources here in the Swamp, I’ve called on our community to help compile a list of ways to support local Gainesville artists and venues. Here’s what we have so far:
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Events at Heartwood Soundstage—can’t stress this one enough
Almost nightly concerts at High Dive
Concerts (and apparently micro-wrestling??? and karaoke!!) at Vivid Music Hall
The Fest annual music festival from October 28-30
“Free Fridays” Concerts at Bo Diddley Plaza in Downtown Gainesville
For more concert info and exposure to new musicians, and a super epic playlist of Gainesville’s musicians each year, follow
Super epic 2022 Swamp Records Artist Discographies playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2Zz1DNrXrrNxT9ZnrOE5aj?si=xOaHbr0VS323MUmMfNvtqQ&nd=1
Big Top, The Bull, and Loosey’s Downtown live music nights
Gatormic music industry club for those of us who want to surround ourselves with music for a living
Gestalt, UF’s highly acclaimed acapella group
Markets and Festivals (for thrift kings, tote bag girlies, and fans of local produce)
Grove Street Farmers Market
Mondays from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cypress&Grove Brewery/Bike Path, 1001 NW 4th St, Gainesville, FL 32601
Haile Plantation Farmers Market
Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. -12 p.m.
5213 SW 91st Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32608
Florida Vintage Market
Sundays from 12 p.m - 5 p.m. at Midpoint Park & Eatery
GNV Farmer’s Market
Thursdays from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Heartwood 619 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Downtown Festival and Arts Show
November 19-20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
UF Performing Arts
Performances by UF School of Theatre and Dance
Productions by Danscompany of Gainesville
Productions by Dance Alive National Ballet
Plays at The Hippodrome Theater
UF Danza Dance Company
UF Floridance Student-Run Dance Company
Florida Players student-run theater company
The Cade Museum
Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
811 S. Main Street, Gainesville FL 32601
UF Harn Museum of Art
Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville FL 32608
Gary R. Libby University Gallery
400 SW 13th St #B, Gainesville, Fl 32611
Google search art galleries in Gainesville! There are SO many!
How Bazaar venue and apparel brand, but they sometimes put on events and markets too! Check them out!
Tea Literary Magazine – art, poetry, photography, and prose submissions welcome!!
UnLitter Bottle Cap mural in City Hall
Spray painting in Norman Tunnel (legal and colorful!!)
34th Street wall living graffiti mural (for spray painting elites)
If you want to explore on your own these are great resources
By no means is this an entirely comprehensive list of artistic opportunities that Gainesville has to offer, but consider it the start of your creative awakening in our little town. Next time you slide a $20 the midtown bouncer to publicly scream “Dancing Queen” (AGAIN), consider the opportunity cost of spending your time and resources at literally ANY of the above venues or events. Not only is it a super fulfilling way to pass the hours, your local (and supremely talented) Gainesville artist will be forever grateful <3
Madi Cordle is an Online Writer at Rowdy Magazine. She can typically be found multitasking between snuggling her golden retriever, reading too many books at once, and plotting her next trip to anywhere with good music, cheap hostels, and gluten-free food options. You can reach her on Instagram @madicordle_