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!

Bookmark this link: http://sweetwaterinn.com/welcome/gainesville/ to keep up-to-date with the happenings around Gainesville! 

Lil Wayne Ft. BAS & CyHi The Prynce
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 8 – 10:30pm. Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center- 250 Gale Lemerand Dr. PRICE: $31-$73. Come see Lil Wayne, BAS, and CyHi The Prynce at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on April 4th. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. www.oconnellcenter.ufl.edu

Trivia
Tuesday, April 4, 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! www.gatorsdensportsgrill.com

The Variety
Wednesday, April 5, 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.

Wine Tasting
Thursday, April 6, 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! www.harn.ufl.edu

Visiting Artist Lecture with Mike Calway-Fagen
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6 – 8pm. Fine Arts Building B, Room 103 -400 SW 13th ST, Gainesville, FL 32611. PRICE: Free and open to the public. The School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida is proud to present visiting artist Mike Calway-Fagen as part of the Spring 2017 Visiting Artists Lecture Series. www.arts.ufl.edu

Wilmot Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale
Friday, April 7 & Saturday, April 8. Wilmot Gardens-2023 Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32610. PRICE: $2-$30/plant. Garden lovers will find popular favorites, including camellias, coleus, caladiums, succulents, herbs and edibles.  www.wilmotgarens.med.ufl.edu

All Pro Dad Father and Kids Experience
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 – 4pm. University of Florida Sanders Practice Facility-2201 SW 2nd AVE. Gainesville, FL 32607. PRICE: $25 per family. Gainesville-area fathers and children will have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon with University of Florida great Danny Wuerffel, as the All Pro Dad Father & Kids Experience provides fathers with fun and inspirational opportunities to strengthen their relationships with their kids. The family event will include tips, interactive games and hands-on experiences designed to motivate each father to become an All Pro Dad! www.allprodad.com

Gainesville Vegfest 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017. 11am-5pm. A.R. Massey Westside Park 1001 NW 34th Street, Gainesville FL. PRICE: Free Gainesville 2017 VegFest will feature informative exhibitors, vegan food vendors, animal rescue organizations and sanc-tuaries, speakers, food demos, music and more. Eve-ryone is welcomed! www.gainesvillevegfest.com

Spring Safari – Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10am – 3pm. Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation -8528 E COUNTY ROAD 225, Gainesville, FL 32609. PRICE: $5 Children, $8 Students, $10 Adults. Spring has sprung, and the animals are out to play! Join us APRIL 8TH for the annual SPRING SAFARI OPEN HOUSE. Warthog races, big cat feedings, and a feeding with Henry the Indian rhino are all a part of this special day! FOOD TRUCKS and BEER from CILANTRO TACOS, BLUE HIGHWAY, and PDQ will be on hand too, so come hungry! https://www.facebook.com/events/766656913488854/

One Love Craft/Vendor Show
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11am – 3pm. One Love Café-4989 NW 40th Pl, Gainesville, FL 32606. PRICE: Free. Shop with local arts, crafts, and other small businesses. Listen to live music. Enjoy delicious organic food.

Fandomonium Comic Con Event
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10am – 4pm. Headquarters Library. Downtown Library at 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL. PRICE: free. Alachua County Library District (ACLD) presents its third Fandomonium Comic Con event. Fans of comics, anime and sci-fi pop culture are invited to enjoy this free comic convention for all ages. www.aclib.us

Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11am – 12:30pm. Harn Museum of Art- 3259 Hull Rd. PRICE: Free Admission. Join us for Slow Art Day, a worldwide celebration of art that encourages us all to slow down and appreciate the experience of looking. After spending time with the art, visitors will get together with a discussion leader to share their discoveries over tea and treats. www.harn.ufl.edu

Swallowtail Farm 8th Annual Spring Festival
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12 – 10pm. Swallowtail Farm- 17603 Northwest 276th Lane Alachua, FL, 32615. PRICE: $15 adults, kids 12 & under free. Our annual celebration of Spring bounty, of the farm and the rockstars of our surrounding community – agricultural, culinary, musical and otherwise, and of all things right and beautiful in our lovely little corner of the world. www.swallowtailcsa.com

Partake of the Past
Saturday, April 8, 2017 & Sun-day, April 9, 2017, 9:30am – 3pm. Dudley Farm Historic State Park-18730 W Newberry Rd. PRICE: $5 per vehicle. Trav-el back in time and discover an 1885 working farm. Girl Scouts, and docents demonstrate vari-ous tasks, skills, and games of the era. This is what might have happened in an1880’s farm during the day. Chores, and games; a part of life. Then enjoy the day with an old fash-ioned picnic in the farm. An educational period immersion and crafts. www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org

Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 11am. Kanapaha Botani-cal Gardens-4700 SW 58th Dr, Gainesville, FL 32608. PRICE: $10 children, $8 Adults. There will be 4000 candy and toy filled eggs spread over Kanapaha’s expansive lawns for the young-sters ages ten and under to hunt. Bring a picnic basket for collect-ing the eggs. Show up 30 minutes early as the line can get backed up and we start on time and the children quickly find the the eggs. Come early and stay late to enjoy the 62 acre botanical gardens. We will gladly take back eggs to recycle after the hunt is over to use next year. Children ages 0-2 free, Children ages 3-10 $10. www.kanapaha.org

ONGOING EVENTS

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.
www.mathesonmuseum.org

‘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.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu/frogs

“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.
www.harn.ufl.edu

King Lear
April 7-15, 2017
University of Florida, Constans Theatre. -1800 McCarty Drive, Gainesville, FL 32603. PRICE: $13-18. Deception and intrigue are the name of the game in one of the most famous tragedies of all time. Lear is ready to step down from his throne and sets out to hand over the kingdom evenly to his three daughters, but their response is anything but what he expects. This Dali-inspired production reimagines Shakespeare’s heart-wrenching tale of family and the struggle for power where chaos and tragedy abound.
www.arts.ufl.edu

2017 MFA Thesis Candidates Exhibition II
Tuesday, April 4 – Friday, April 14, 2017
University Gallery-400 SW 13th Street, Fine Arts Building B (FAB), Gainesville, FL 32611. PRICE: Free. University Gallery is pleased to present an exciting exhibition in this April of artwork by graduating University of Florida (UF) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students. Media repre-sented includes graphic design, ceramics, installation, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video. The exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public. The opening reception will be April 6 at 5:30 p.m. Participants include Christina M. Carfora, Laura Denzer, Kaleb Foshee, Mallory E. Goerk, Joshua Hobson and Bahareh Karamifar. The exhibition will run until April 14 and is free and open to the public.
www.arts.ufl.edu

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.
www.highspringplayhouse.com

Calendar courtesy for Visit Gainesville