Gainesville’s arts scene is flourishing, and the University of Florid a takes great pride in contributing to the local cultural scene with student and faculty exhibits, performances, concerts and recitals. Visit the UF Cultural Plaza, home to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Harn Museum of Art and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

University of Florida Performing Arts brings world-class, international performers to the stage in Gainesville. Our presented season spans multiple genres of performance from theatre to dance, from Broadway musicals to one-man shows. This year we included performances from Michael McDonald, Jake Shimabukuro, Pilobolus, Cabaret, Joshua Bell, Cirque Eloize and many more.

UF Performing Arts presented Cirque Eloize, which has created performances filled with magic and continues to be one of the leaders in contemporary circus acts, combining acrobatic feats with music, dance and theater in a breathtaking and original manner.

Children can explore, observe, study, pretend and play at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s new Beverly and Jon Thompson Discovery Zone permanent exhibition. The exhibit includes educational materials as diverse as the natural world, allowing children and their caregivers to engage in science-oriented interactives and experience display cases with stunning collections, true-to-scale touchable objects and various activity stations.

Jake Shimabukuro, who reimagines how a ukulele can be played, delighted the Greater Gainesville audience during his performance at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.

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