As IF you needed more reasons to come stay at Sweetwater, we’ve adding a brand new section to our website dedicated to this city we love so much, the events and fun happenings going on here, and of course, dedicated to our loyal guests!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7:30 – 9pm. Gators Den in the Best Western-4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. Come join us for trivia with Tom Collett! Extended happy hour until 9pm and other great specials. We also have great prizes. First, second and third will receive prizes! See you at the Den!

The Variety
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 9pm. The Hardback Cafe, 211 W. University Ave, Gaines-ville. (352) 317-1997. PRICE: Free If you like to play music or make comedy or watch people who do, this is the place for you.

Swamp Records Showcase
Wednesday, April 19, 6pm – Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12:30am. Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601. PRICE: $8 in advance and$10 at the door. Sounds from four-teen different musical acts, as well as craft vendors, local food truck favor-ites, interactive art, body painting and dancing will fill Heartwood Sound-stage. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 at or at the door for $10.

 Wine Tasting
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:15 – 7:30pm. Downtown Wine and Cheese-113 N Main Street. Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 222-1348. PRICE: $15. Join us every Thursday evening with a different themed tasting. Taste wines and cheeses plus other foods corresponding to that night’s theme. Happy Hour following!

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:30 – 10pm. Stephen C. O’Connell Center-250 Gale Lemerand Dr. PRICE: Starting at $44. Theresa Caputo, star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a differ-ent way. Theresa has been a practicing medium for over 15 years. She helps individuals find closure by delivering healing messages.

M2 Battlesports Waldo Open Play
Friday, April 21, 2017, 7pm. 17803 US-301, Waldo, FL 32694. PRICE: $18. M2 Battlesports allows for tactical laser tag play. M2 Battlesports has advanced technology weapons. Every Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. individuals and groups are welcomed to come out and participate in our open play. More than 40 players can join in at once, and the two-hour long play times feature a wide variety of games like capture the flag.

Free Fridays Concert Series: Hot Club De Ville (Gypsy Jazz)
Friday, April 21, 2017, 8 – 10pm. Bo Diddley Plaza-111 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601. PRICE: Free Admission. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department invites you to the annual series of free, family-friendly concerts in downtown Gainesville.

Hogtown Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, April 22, 2017. 12:00p-5:15p. Tioga Town Center-105 SW 128th Street Newberry, FL. Your Hogtown Craft Beer Festival ticket entitles you to sample beers from various local, regional, and national breweries. Tickets will NOT be available at the venue day of event. Tickets for the 2017 festival are $45.00.

Spring Parade of Homes
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12 – 6pm. Various Locations. PRICE: Free. Since 1955, the Parade of Homes has featured over 1500 brand new homes in over 100 neighborhoods throughout Alachua County. The Parade showcases the latest in home design and décor with the most up-to-date energy saving construction techniques and the newest in land development. Each Parade Home is a collective effort of numerous people who combine their talents and resources to show the public the newest ideas in the housing industry. Builders, developers, subcontractors, lenders, suppliers, designers, and many others have put their best foot forward to present the best our industry has to offer. The Parade is very well attended each year with parade visitors either looking to buy a new home or getting ideas to enhance their own home.

41st Annual Pioneer Days Festival in High Springs
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10am – 4pm. James Paul Park-120 NW 2nd Ave-nue, High Springs, FL 32643. PRICE: Free Admission. Head to High Springs for the 41 Annual Pioneer Days Festival! Bring the whole family and enjoy historic shoot-out re-enactments, food, kids korral, pioneer days concert, costume contest, pie baking contest and much more! Free admission and free parking!

Canning with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2 – 3pm. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park 18700 S. CR. 325 Hawthorne FL 32640. PRICE: $3/car load park entry fee and $3/adult or$2/child 6-12 house tour fee. Join us Saturday April 22nd for a demon-stration of jelly making in Marjorie’s kitchen and a short program on safe home canning practices. Come learn about how to fill your own pantry with our local bounty. Jelly demonstration will be on the 10am, 11am and 1 pm house tours. A short program will begin at 2:30pm. Marjorie, like her neighbors in Cross Creek, preserved the seasonal harvest to enjoy all year. This practice of preserving and canning seasonal fruits and vegeta-bles ensured a full larder even in the less productive seasons. Cross Creek Cookery has many wonderful recipes for jellies and jams that are great for the home cooks to use in their own kitchens.

Coffee Culture Open Mic
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7pm. Coffee Culture, 2020 NW 13th Street, Gainesville. PRICE: Free. Sign up at 6:30 pm. Show starts at 7:00 pm. Do you sing? Tell jokes? Do magic acts? Recite poems? Whatever artistic thing you like to do, you can do it here. Plus the coffee is amazing.



River of Dreams: The St. Johns and its Springs
January 21 – June 24, 2017
Matheson History Museum-513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601. PRICE: Free. The Matheson History Museum’s new exhibition, “River of Dreams: The St. Johns and Its Springs,” runs from January 21 to June 24, 2017. This original exhibition examines Floridians’ past, present and future relationship with the St. Johns River and its springs. The exhibition and all related programs are free and open to the public. The St. Johns is an ancient river that has been a source of food, water, transportation, indus-try, agriculture and recreation for Native Americans, European explorers, Crackers and present-day Floridians. In 1998, the St. Johns was declared an American Heritage River, the only one in Florida and one of only fourteen in the nation. Dr. Briley Rasmussen, Director of Museum Studies at the University of Florida, is the lead curator of the exhibi-tion. Guest curators include Dr. Whitney Sanford, Professor of Religion at the University of Florida, and Ms. Florence Turcotte, Literary Collections Archivist at George A. Smathers Libraries. University of Florida museum studies and sustainability graduate and undergraduate students assisted with exhibition research and installation.

‘Frogs! A Chorus of Colors’
Jan. 28-Sept. 4, 2017
Florida Museum of Natural History-3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611. The Florida Museum of Natural History opens its newest featured exhibit, “Frogs! A Chorus of Colors” Jan. 28. Explore the musical, multicolored world of frogs and gain a new appreciation for the vocal amphibians. While the exhibit has an entrance fee, museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, 352-846-2000.

“Meant to Be Shared” European Prints Exhibition
Jan. 31 to May 28, 2017
Harn Museum of Art-3259 Hull Road in Gainesville, Florida. PRICE: Free. The exhibition features nearly two hundred 18th- to 20th-century Italian, French and Spanish prints. Highlights of “Meant to Be Shared” include entire series of works by Francisco Goya, views of 18th-century and ancient Rome by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Eugène Dela-croix’s illustrations of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and Édouard Manet’s illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven.” Other artists represented in the exhibition include Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso.

Lend Me A Tenor
March 31-April 23, 2017.
High Springs Playhouse-130 NE 1st Ave, High Springs, FL 32643. PRICE: $10-$16. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guar-anteed to leave you teary-eyed with laughter.

Calendar courtesy for Visit Gainesville