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Friday, October 6

Dance Class 9-10 pm and Dance Party 10 pm -1 am

Get ready to salsa the night away at Hippvanna! With DJ Elio Piedra providing the beats, it’s sure to be a lively and exhilarating night on the dance floor. Before the party begins, Marta and Salil from the Gainesville Bachata community will teach a bachata class, a partner dance originating in the Dominican Republic. Learn some steps and moves that you can use during the night and at any Latin party! 

This program is proudly presented by the Hippodrome Theatre and Elio Piedra

New Works Festival

October 13-14

The Hippodrome’s New Works Festival celebrates Florida’s diverse playwriting talent.  The hand-picked finalists will work with professional directors, actors and producers to develop and workshop their plays, culminating with a staged reading production on the Hippodrome mainstage.

Get a backstage peek at up-and-coming playwrights and enjoy your front-row seat as brand new plays are born.

How to survive a Zombie Apocalypse

October 27-30

Will you pass the ultimate test, or become zombie food? This is a fun and interactive experience, just in time for Halloween. Dress up, bring friends and have fun!  The Bar is OPEN! 

Sip n' Stroll - Historic Building Tour

Join us for a Sip and Stroll, an exclusive behind-the-scenes building tour of the Hippodrome Theatre. 

The Hippodrome Theatre’s 51st season EMPOWER delivers a powerful lineup of stories showcasing strength, perseverance, and empowerment, including the brilliant, foul-mouthed women trying to save the world in  “POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”,  the guys holding the holiday together through teamwork in the return of  “The Ultimate Christmas Show (ABRIDGED)”. Scrooge finds his heart in our holiday tradition “A Christmas Carol”, a family struggles through the complexities of mental health in the Tony Award-winning musical “Next to Normal“, and two artists challenge societal norms in the modern comedy “White”. And as always, stay tuned for our summer musical announcement, which promises to be an exciting addition to an already incredible lineup.

Education Programs

The Hippodrome's Education Department offers programming that supports arts education for all levels of experience.


The Hippodrome is on the National Registry of Historic Places and offers affordable rates for events of all sizes.

Our Cinema

As the only independent cinema in Gainesville, our cinema screens a diverse array of commercial and independent movies, special screenings and film festivals.

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