Sleep Inn & Suites University/Shands
4110 SW 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: (352) 376-4145
Fax: (352) 505-0005
The Downtown Community Plaza comes alive every Friday night from May to October as local talent and other cultural events are showcased. Enjoy live bands, dance performances, art, movies, theater groups, and more during the series.
This cinema features first run Hollywood movies and critically acclaimed films plus comfortable seating and a concession stand.
With a huge seating area consisting of 1,700 proscenium hall seats and 200 Black Box Theatre seats, the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is the place to be if you are an art lover! Located in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, it is the house of all young and old talent in the art scene. International plays such as the Cats and varied performers such as Tony Bennett, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, David Sedaris, Bill Cosby, Jessye Norman and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra have performed here! What's more, it has hosted world premieres and has played host to Romanian gymnasts! So if you are in the mood to see some real quality performances, head here!
Not only does the Gainesville Civic Chorus present three major concerts each season, it also hosts the annual Messiah Sing-A-Long, performs at the Festival of Lights at the Downtown Plaza, and participates in the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences annual Baccalaureate service.
Formerly known as Perry Field, the Alfred A. McKethan Stadium is an excellent way for baseball fans of Florida University to catch baseball games as it is their home stadium. With a seating capacity of approximately 5,000, it includes all modern amenities that allows players and participants to enjoy a great sporting game. It indeed is a popular destination for all baseball fans.
The Stephen C. O'Connell Center brings people together through a volley of different recreational activities that include swimming, dance, gymnastics, martial arts and much more. University of Florida students, faculty, staff and their spouses can access this center. Guided tours of the center are also available, provided reservations are made in advance.
Cheer your favorite team at any number of football matches at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, located at the University of Florida campus. The stadium is the homeland for the ever-so-famous Gator Football Team.
Built in the 1920s, the University Auditorium is a grand edifice that was built in order to promote music in every way possible. The auditorium boasts of a huge concert stage, phenomenal lights and acoustics and a seating capacity of 843. The modern facilities offered at the University Auditorium make it an ideal location for concerts, live musicals, dance shows and other art-related events. Several established as well as emerging musicians have showed their spark at this revered venue. Check website to know more.
One of Florida's oldest community theaters having been founded in 1927, the Gainesville Community Playhouse features six shows during their season which usually consists of three musicals and three dramatic or comedy shows.
Aptly named as The Jam, this venue features live music five days a week covering varied genres of music. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, it's calender features reggae concerts on Tuesdays, acoustic music on Wednesdays, Electric jam on Thursdays and the performances of national bands during the weekends. It's list of past performers includes hip hoppers Dead Prez, the electro-rock band Former Champions and Decon Uly. And if one is keen on lending their voice to the tunes, then visit their venue during their Karaoke nights.
One of the popular theaters in the city, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, or A.R.T, is one of the entities that contributes to the cultural scene of Gainesville. Located in the Porters Community neighborhood of the city, this theater has been, since 1980, providing a varied programing, ranging from plays, to concerts, and dance performances. Do see the website to know more.
Housed inside a former Baptist church, The Church of Holy Colors is an underground art space that serves as a base for passionate amateur artists like Evan Galbicka, Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre. The interior walls of the venue are covered with beautiful abstract murals and modern art works that is bound to floor even the most discerning art admirer. Apart from hosting art exhibits, the gallery also serves as a rehearsal space for bands and as a venue for concerts. Call ahead to know more about The Church of Holy Colors.