If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get more creative, Gainesville has you covered! Our gem of a city is filled with opportunities to embrace your inner artist, from live performances to landscapes that are sure to inspire. Just read on to learn more.
Catch a play
There’s nothing like a live theater performance to make you laugh, think or just escape into another world—if only for a few hours! Fortunately, there are plenty of shows to enjoy in Gainesville all throughout the year. A few coming up at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts include The Book of Mormon, Waitress and more.
Enjoy live music
In addition to live performances, there’s always something musical going on in Gainesville! These include the beautiful symphonies and recitals at the Phillips Center, as well as small shows and concerts at venues throughout the city. Grab a friend and enjoy your favorite band or discover a new one!
Attend a fun festival
There are many fun festivals to enjoy throughout Gainesville, including the Hoggetown Medieval Faire in January and the Fifth Avenue Arts Festival in springtime! These kinds of gatherings give you the chance to enjoy local art or bring home novel pieces to call your own, all while getting to know our city’s cultural scene in a new way.
Admire local artwork
Looking for an artistic way to spend your day? Head over to the Harn Museum of Art and see one-of-a-kind exhibitions in a unique environment, or explore the distinct venues featured on the Artwalk Gainesville. There’s no shortage of ways to find artistic inspiration with so many beautiful pieces to see!
Find artistic inspiration for your next project
Another great way to find inspiration for your own artistic endeavors? Visit one of Gainesville’s picturesque escapes! Bring a sketchbook to the Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park or Morningside Nature Center—or perhaps another hidden gem you’ve stumbled upon—and draw what you see. There is plenty of natural splendor to enjoy and serve as the muse for all kinds of artists.
Whether you’re appreciating art or making it yourself, there are plenty of great ways to embrace your inner artist in Gainesville this New Year and beyond. And be sure to stop by Peach Valley Gainesville for food so good, it’s like a work of art in itself—but don’t worry, you can eat it!