Events at the Hipp

Come see what the Hippodrome has to offer on our Cinema Stage and Basement! Programming includes events such as our Basement Sessions, Jazz Series, improv comedy nights, concerts, guest performers, festivals, open mic sessions and much more. Something fun is always happening at the Hipp!

Upcoming Events

Basement Sessions

April 18 – Located in the Hippodrome Basement – Doors @ 7:30pm, Show @ 8 pm

Basement sessions is intended to be a platform and space for artists of Gainesville to merge and grow audiences, test out new sounds, and experience art in all forms.

Come with friends to Gainesville’s listening party and stay for the fun vibes! There will be food (Mel’s Kitchen) and more local vendors! 


Hosted by Isa Lara

Lineup: A.Sunroom, Faerybehavior, Kevin PM, Edmondson 

Scene Queens: New Girls

April 22 – Located in the Hippodrome  Basement – Doors @ 7 pm, Show @ 8 pm

Mother’s Day came early! Get ready for a night of glamour, laughter, and freaky-fierce-family fun! Experience the ultimate blend of drag, burlesque, and electrifying performances at Hipp Basement! From local talent to lip syncs and striptease, join us for an evening that’s all about celebrating self-expression and embracing the extraordinary.

Hosted by Nyqolas Pyqolas
Starring Kamonii Dior, Sally Sucre, Violet Primadonna, Lilith, Kehlani Kelly, Lola LaColombe

This program is hosted at the Hippodrome Theatre. The Hippodrome Theatre is not affiliated with this organization. 

LGBTQIA+ Community Town Hall

Thursday 4/11 6-8 pm a The Hippodrome

The Pride Community Center of North Central Florida (, Equality Florida ( and other local LGBTQ+/allied organizations are co-hosting this event at the Hippodrome Theatre (25 SE 2nd Place Gainesville) on Thursday, April 11th at 6:00-8:00 pm (cash bar available for adults 21+ w/ ID).

Leaders will be discussing the ramifications of recently passed anti-LGBTQAI+ laws to educate the community, offer support and build resistance so we can continue to rise together. This panel of experts will provide insight and updates on the legal challenges
to the laws and regulations that negatively impact our state, particularly those affecting the transgender community.

The Hippodrome Theatre is not affiliated with this organization, but supports this community initiative.  



Cypress and Grove Brewing Co. on April 13th-14th at 4:00 pm.

Proof tells the story of a profoundly gifted mathematician’s daughter as she grapples with his death, legacy, and her own tenuous mental health in the wake of his passing. The play explores themes of grief, family, and truth. I find this piece important because it challenges patriarchal assumptions of who a genius can be.

Frame by Frame: Filmmaker Showcase

We’ve received an impressive 53 submissions, spanning from short snippets to feature-length productions, representing talents from Gainesville to California. From hobbyists to seasoned professionals, the diversity of submissions promises a captivating array of creativity for us to explore.

As we delve into the review process, we’re excited to curate two distinct blocks of films for our Frame by Frame Filmmaker Showcase, scheduled for May 9 and 10. Our aim is not only to highlight the remarkable talent within our community but also to ignite inspiration amongst filmmakers, encouraging them to start their own creative journeys.

May 9-10, Hippodrome Cinema

$12 tickets

Community Highlight


New Dates to be announced

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! The dance class from 9-10 pm is the perfect opportunity. And don’t worry, it’s just a $5 fee to participate in the class.

Once the dance floor officially opens at 10 pm, the real fun begins, and you can dance the night away until 1 am. It’s an excellent chance to let loose, enjoy yourself, and meet other dance enthusiasts who share your passion for salsa.

Remember to wear comfortable dancing shoes and bring your best energy to make the most of this exciting event. Have a fantastic time at Hippvanna and enjoy the rhythmic night of salsa dancing!

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