Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.
TODAY THROUGH Jan. 3: Wintry wonderland: The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs hosts its annual Festival of Lights with more than 5 million lights adorning the historic museum, tower and grounds in addition to other holiday activities and attractions. Park hours are extended to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is $3.
TODAY THROUGH JAN. 20: Tubular tour stop: The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts two new exhibits through the first of the year: “Surf Science — Waves and Wildlife,” which examines ecosystems on beaches and in the surf, and “Surfing Florida — A Photographic History,” which celebrates the history of surfing in Florida and around the world with interactive exhibits. Admission to both exhibits is $4 for adults, $3.50 for Florida residents and college students, $3 for children and free for UF students and museum members. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (closed today for Thanksgiving) and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The exhibits continue through Jan. 20, 2014.
DEC. 27: Kwanzaa in the library: The Alachua County Headquarters Library in downtown Gainesville hosts a special Kwanzaa celebration on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. on the fourth floor atrium featuring speakers Sherry Dupree, Gladys Perkins, Philoron Wright and Naana Banyiwa Horne along with food, music and dance performances. Admission is free.
DEC. 27: December’s bounty: The Alachua County Farmer’s Market will be holding its weekly offering, weather permitting on Saturday. Featuring only local produce and goods from growers only, the event is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to noon with vendors offering greens, potted plants, dairy products, eggs, raw honey, mushrooms and more as well as complimentary hot drinks and live music at the market, 5920 NW 13th St.
DEC. 27-31: Super showdown: From Friday through Tuesday, the Alachua County Headquarters Library hosts a DC vs Marvel Marathon Part 2. The library will screen a superhero movie a day from the two comic book universes at 1 p.m. Attendees are invited to vote for the favorite superhero for a chance to win a prize. Admission is free.
DEC. 28: Trip down memory lane: On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Dudley Farm Historic Park Tour will offer visitors a look at an authentic working farm dating back to the late 1800s by a park staff member or docent in period clothing. Admission is $5 per car at of Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W. Newberry Road.
DEC. 28: Chilled chivalry: Swamphead Brewery hosts the annual 2013 Knights of the Barleywine event and brew session. The get together invites attendees to experiment with recipes for Barleywine and taste examples of the unique beer style from the Gainesville brewer. The event is ticketed only; attendees can register at Swam.mp/18V08GF. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Admission is $35-$70 depending on the intended amount of beer to be brewed. Lunch will be provided.
DEC. 28-29: Farmers, flea and fine art market: The Waldo Farmer’s & Flea Market hosts its Art Fest with two days of handmade arts and crafts including paintings, sculpture jewelry and other works from local artists and crafters. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17805 U.S. 301, Waldo. Admission is free.
DEC. 31: By the numbers downtown: The city of Gainesville’s New Year’s Eve celebration concert, Downtown Countdown, will feature the Beatles tribute band The Impostors along with classic rockers Crooked Counsel on Tuesday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The free performance will run from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and include noisemakers passed out to the audience earlier in the evening.
DEC. 31: Twirl into 2014: The Dances of Universal Peace, a Sufi dancing group, will host a non-denominational group dancing event featuring music, candles and dancing on Tuesday. Titled the New Year’s Eve Global Peace Dance, the event will run from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW Fifth Ave. Admission is a suggested $10 donation.
JAN. 5:Fleet-fingered folk: Celebrated folk singer/songwriter and virtuoso finger-style guitarist Jack Williams returns to the area for a performance at Unity of Gainesville on Jan. 5. A renowned performer who’s appeared at the Newport Folk Festival with the likes of Bob Dylan and others, Williams combines jazz and blues with traditional folk influences. Admission for the 7 p.m. performance is $15 to $20. Unity of Gainesville is at 8801 NW 39th Ave.