What’s Good Guide of Weekly Events in Gainesville and Alachua County, April 18-24, 2024

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Pack more fun into your weekend with What’s Good®. Embrace nature and culture with plant sales, fun edutainment opportunities, farm U-picks, music festivals and more. Make plans to attend must-see events like Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, enjoy music outdoors with West Fest, and celebrate local radio at the Wombash.

Look for the globe icon 🌎 to discover more than 14 Earth Day activities throughout Alachua County.

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Come Together for the Wombash Music Festival – an Impressive Two-Day Live Music Line Up Celebrating Three Years for WMBT 90.1 The WOMBAT
Friday, April 19, 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
First Magnitude Brewing Company | 1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Chords, culture and craft beer pair perfectly together on the First Magnitude brewing new beer garden stage for the third annual Wombash, a music festival celebrating local radio station WMBT 90.1 FM. Top local and regional bands rock the stage with a lineup that includes What It Is, a reunion of Dixie Desperados, Sooza Brass Band, Edan Archer, Space Masons, the Late Night Losers, Jordan Burchel Band, Coffee Project, Idylwild, Michael Claytor and the High Nooners, and Ricky Kendall and the Healers.
Sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County

cinema verde film festival

🌏 Focus on the Planet on Earth Day Weekend with the Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival
Saturday, April 20 – Monday, April 22 | Cypress and Grove Brewing Company

1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

In celebration of Earth Day weekend, the Cinema Verde Film Festival features more than 75 films including Beyond the Soil, Forgotten Forests, Gulf Coast Love Story, Talking Trees and more, conversations with film directors and a showcase of sustainable businesses. Single-day tickets or weekend passes are available online.
Sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County

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Have a Country-Cool Family-Friendly Good Time at City of Newberry’s West Fest Music Festival
Saturday, April 20, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Lois Forte Park

120 NW 260th St., Newberry, FL 32669

Bring a lawn chair or spread out a blanket and enjoy an outdoor music lineup featuring the Logan Ryan Band, the Ben Carter Band, Houston Keen, and Cam Wheaton. Enjoy food and beverage vendors in addition to activities for children. Admission is free.
Sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County

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🌏 Get Outside and Join the Friends of Cuscowilla for an Action-Packed Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Cusowilla Nature and Retreat Center

210 SE 134 Ave., Micanopy, FL 32667

Enjoy a morning of planting and family-friendly activities. Take part in birding walks, archery, rock climbing wall (for ages 10+), arts and crafts, catch and release fishing, disc golf, music, tours and a food truck. Admission is free.

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🌏 Meet Mermaids and Learn About Florida’s Waters at The Water State Festival
Saturday, April 20, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Depot Park

874 SE 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Blend education and fun at this water-themed festival featuring mermaids, arts and crafts vendors, outdoor experiences and equipment on display from adventure outfitters plus live entertainment. View The State of Water Juried Art Exhibition, located inside the Cade Museum. Admission is free.
Sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County

shaped by water exhibit

🌏 Tap into Your Creative Flow at the Shaped by Water Juried Art Exhibit
Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

North Central Florida artists display original works with the theme “Shaped by Water.” Browse a collection of over 35 works inspired by water, spanning 2D, 3D and video. Admission to the Cade Museum is free during The Water State Festival on Saturday, April 20.

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🌏 Hop Around Beautiful Lake Alice and Learn About Plants at the Growing Together Spring Festival
Friday, April 19, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Multiple Locations at the University of Florida

Explore four hands-on teaching spaces connected to plant science. Get an up close view of the Field and Fork Farm and Gardens, Horticultural Sciences Teaching Farm, UF Native Plant Nursery and Wilmot Botanical Gardens. Find a map at each site and win prizes by completing the scavenger hunt.

Festival sites are connected by tram, so hop on and explore each one. Enjoy free snacks, club activities, flower harvests, veggie digging, live music, plant sales and more. After the festival, stick around the UF Bat Houses to see hundreds of thousands of bats emerge at sunset. 

beyond therapy

Get a Dose of Laughter at the Opening Weekend of Beyond Therapy
Friday, April 19 – Sunday, May 4 | Acrosstown Repertory Theatre

3501 SW 2nd Ave., Ste O, Gainesville, FL 32607

The stage comedy features Bruce and Prudence, two modern, neurotic urbanites searching for love and sanity – with the questionable help of their offbeat therapists. Grab a bite at nearby restaurants like Mi Apá, Las Carretas, Ballyhoo Grill and more and make it a dinner and a show kind of night.

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🌏 Attract Pollinators to Your Landscape with Flowering Selections form the Florida Museum’s Spring Plant Sale
Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21 | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Join Florida Museum on Earth Day weekend and browse an abundant selection of pollinator-friendly plants and species native to Florida. View a list of available species online.
Photo courtesy Florida Museum/Kristen Grace

sustainability festival

🌏 Learn How to Grow and Prepare Heritage Crops with Florida Heritage Foods at the Sustainability Festival
Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Alachua County Farmers Market
5900 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32653

Sample food from local chefs, learn new recipes and find culinary inspiration with Florida heritage crops. Enjoy music, children’s activities and a variety of local vendors. Admission is free.

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Head Into the Weekend with an Original Playlist from Random Kats at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, April 19, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza

Downtown Gainesville

The longest-running free outdoor concert series in the region features a diverse range of local and regional musical acts. Blending elements of folk, rock, country and swing with tight grooves and soaring solos, Random Kats feature an evening of all original material. 

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Browse Paintings of the Springs and See Artist Demonstrations at High Springs Art Walk
Saturday, April 20, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Downtown High Springs

Stroll through charming downtown High Springs and browse boutiques, shops, cafes and restaurants. Meet 15-20 local artists and makers positioned along the sidewalks throughout High Springs. Visit Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies to view The Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout Exhibit, featuring the artwork of 19 artists. 

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Browse Over 500,000 Books, Records, Games, Movies, Posters and More at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
Saturday, April 20 – Wednesday, April 24 | Friends of the Library
430 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The largest book sale of its kind in Florida offers a vast selection from children’s books to rare first-edition finds in the Collector’s Corner. In addition to books, you’ll find music, films, puzzles, artwork and magazines. Prices on Tuesday are slashed in half, and on Wednesday everything costs 10 cents. 

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Let the Bass Find You with a Night of Dance Music from NGHTMRE
Saturday, April 20, 9 p.m. | Vivid Music Hall

201 W University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

After rising to fame when Skrillex played his track at the Ultra Music Festival, L.A.-based NGHTMRE has made a name for himself in the dance scene with remixes, EPs and a deluxe album. 

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Find Vibrant Blooms to Take Home at The Bryer Patch Spring Sunflower Festival
Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | The Bryer Patch

5700 SW 250th St., Newberry, FL 32669

Enjoy a day at the farm for colorful photo ops and u-pick flowers. Stroll through flower patches and the sunflower field, hop on a hayride, meet the animals and enjoy live music with Cliff Dorsey.

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Explore Them Before They Disappear! The Final Day of the Antarctic Dinosaurs Exhibit is Sunday, April 21
Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Step back in time and discover life beneath the ice. Antarctica is a frozen forbidding land but 200 million years ago it was a lush, wooded habitat where dinosaurs thrived. Rare fossils, touchable casts and interactive models bring the past to life while showcasing Antarctica’s distinctive dinosaur species.

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🌏 More Earth Day Events

🌏 Angry Manatee’s Earth Day Soiree at The Wooly
Friday, April 19, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

🌎 Celebration of Life on Earth Day with Greater Gainesville International Center at Bo Diddley Plaza
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

🌏 Earth Day Trashion Show at The Repurpose Project
Saturday, April 20, 12 p.m.

🌎 Earth Day Kids Day at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

🌏 Arbor Day and Earth Day Tree Giveaway with the City of Gainesville at Morningside Nature Center
Friday, April 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

🌏 2024 City Nature Challenge Alachua County
Friday, April 26 – Saturday, April 27

🌏 Tree Fest at Swamp Head Brewery
Saturday, April 27

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Trot Don’t Traipse on Over to See The Trocks! Savagely Funny Satire Meets Seriously Stunning Ballet with All-Male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Founded in 1974 in the wake of the Stonewall Uprising, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has grown into a crowd-pleasing, globe-spanning phenomenon. The all-male, classically trained ballet troupe delivers hilarious parodies while performing both men’s and women’s roles. 

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View Immersive Art Installations, Augmented Reality, Interactive Video Walls and More at the In Light Digital Art and Light Festival
Wednesday, April 24 – Friday, April 26 | Multiple Venues
Hyatt Place Downtown Gainesville, 212 SE 1st St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601
Alachua County Administration Building, 12 SE 1st St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Experience cutting-edge holograms that bring the impossible to life. Become part of the artwork with an interactive video wall responding to the presence and movement of viewers. See ordinary surfaces transform with video projection mapping. Immerse yourself with thousands points of light in a 3D volumetric display. Learn more about the art installations and view the schedule online.
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Pop-Up Markets and Retail Shopping

Record Store Day at Hear Again Records
Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Record Store Day at Sunshine Records
Saturday, April 20, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Browse Retro Fashion and More at the Florida Vintage Market at Midpoint Park and Eatery
Sunday, April 21, 12 p.m. -5 p.m.

Vintage Clothes, Toys, Jewelry and More at the “Hair of the Dog” Brunch Pop-Up at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta and Palomino
Sunday, April 21, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Shop local boutiques and national brands at Butler Enterprises, Celebration Pointe, The Oaks Mall and Shoppes at Thornebrook.

Arts & Theatre

Tioga’s Got Talent at Tioga Town Center
Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

little red riding hood

Sun Country Dance Studio Presents Little Red Riding Hood at UF Phillips Center
Saturday, April 20, 2:30 p.m.

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Disney’s Frozen Jr. The Musical at Star Center Theatre
Now through Sunday, April 21

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All Aboard Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express at High Springs Playhouse
Now through April 28

Events & Festivals

Alachua County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics at Publix at Butler Plaza West
Friday, April 19, 10 a.m.

Author Signing: Sarah Allen at Barnes & Noble
Saturday, April 20, 12 p.m.

Two-Day Cyanotype and Letterpress Workshop with Jay Fox at Paradise Press and Print Studio
Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

(sold out) Single-day Hatchet Blacksmithing Workshop at Crooked Path Forge
Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Slow Flow and Deep Stretch with Gainesville Goat Yoga
Sunday, April 21, 2:30 p.m.

Arts and Drafts at The Midnight Underground
Sunday, April 21, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Peaceful Paths Spirit Day at Rush Bowls
Monday, April 22, 9 a.m. 7 p.m.

Peaceful Paths Amazing Give Kick-off Party at The Good Pour
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Music & Performance

Jazz with Brenda Bayne at Beaker and Flask Wine Co.
Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Singer-Songwriters A.Sunroom, Faerybehavior, Kevin PM and Edmondson at Basement Sessions at the Hippodrome Theatre Basement
Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m.

Poetry Jam at Civic Media Center
Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m.

Indie with Mo Lowda and the Humble at High Dive
Thursday, April 18, 9 p.m.

DJ Drew Love’s All Request Dance Party at The Atlantic
Thursday, April 18, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Taylor Swift Album Release Party with UF Taylor Swift Society at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Thursday, April 18, 11:30 p.m. – Friday, April 19, 3 a.m.

concert series

Classic Rock and Country with Houston Keen Band at the KISS 105.3 FM Concert Series at Celebration Pointe
Friday, April 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Blues with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, April 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with Enlightened Rogues at One Love Café
Friday, April 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dueling Pianos with Steve Dunn & Robert Meadows at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Taylor Swift Nights Album Release Party with DJ Chelsea and DJ Zero Cool at High Dive
Friday, April 19, 8 p.m.

Rock with Orbiter at Loosey’s Downtown
Friday, April 19, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Jazz with Natalie Rella Jazz Ensemble at Baby J’s Bar
Friday, April 19, 8 p.m.

Ukelele Open Mic at 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Voices Rising Singers’ Choice Concert at First United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 20, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Jazz with Swing Theory at One Love Café
Saturday, April 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Three Flights Up Jazz Trio at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, April 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Singer- Songwriter Shana Smith at Theatre of Memory
Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Indie with The Brook and The Bluff at High Dive
Saturday, April 20, 9 p.m.

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Roots with Paul Thorn at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m.

Bass and Dubstep at Lost in the Clouds at The Atlantic
Saturday, April 20, 10 p.m.

Jazz Brunch with Oak Trio at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Sunday, April 21, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

UF Carillon Studio Concert at Century Tower
Sunday, April 21, 1:55 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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Alt-Rock with Flagman at Loosey’s Downtown
Sunday, April 21, 7 p.m.

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Rock with Hayes and the Heathens at Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, April 21, 7 p.m.

Indie and Hip Hop with Bambii Lamb, Eleven10, Kanise and Ash Shadow at High Dive
Sunday, April 21, 8 p.m.

Scene Queens: New Girls Drag and Burlesque at the Hippodrome Basement (ages 18+)
Monday, April 22, 8 p.m.

Jazz with the Ben Champion Trio at Public and General
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Jazz Night with UF Jazz Allstars at One Love Café
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jazz with Oak Trio at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Alt-Rock with Jimmie’s Chicken Shack at High Dive
Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Image of the Sippin' Seven Ale Trail logo depicting a blue bison witj seven blue birds siting on the Bison's back. Photo also shows a pint glass with the same logo. Text on image says: Award-winning breweries. Gainesville. Alachua. High Springs. Visit

With a lineup of award-winning craft beer makers, The Sippin’ Seven Alachua County Ale Trail breweries are the ultimate hangout spots to sip, socialize, and maybe even spark a little friendly rivalry. So, after a day of gallivanting around, why not kick back like a local with a taste of the AC brew scene. 

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Rock with The Imbeciles House Band at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

John Ford Blues at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The World’s Greatest Marches with UF Wind Symphony at University Auditorium
Thursday, April 18, 7:20 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Jazz Bandits at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, April 19, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cottonmouth Day with Music from Easy Crew, Merch, Special Beer Releases and More at Swamp Head Brewery
Saturday, April 20, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

KRP v420 on 4/20 at 4:20 at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, April 20, 4:20 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Beer, Jazz and Pasta with Nick DeCarlis Trio and Every Amore Food Truck at Daft Cow Brewery
Saturday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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Now Open: Grand Scheme Brewing at South Main Station
Wednesday – Sunday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Open Mic Night at Swamp Head Brewery
Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m.

U-Picks and Farmers Markets


U-Pick Blueberries at Aunt Zelma’s Blueberries
Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

U-Pick Blueberries at Santa Fe River Farms
Open Daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

U-Pick Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries at Straughn Farms (Archer)
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

U-Pick Strawberries at Crossroads Farm and Apiary
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Grove Street Farmers Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. –7 p.m.

Archer Farmers Market at Archer Historical Society Railroad Museum
Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Union Street Farmers Market at Bo Diddley Plaza
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

GNV Market at South Main Station
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Farmers Market at Celebration Pointe
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

High Springs Farmers Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Haile Village Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Waldo Farmers and Flea Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bites and Brunch

Tap Takeover with Award-Winning Destihl Brewery (Normal, IL) at Public and General
Thursday, April 18, 4 p.m.

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Food from Local Restaurants, Live Music and More at the GCM Food Fest at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting at Superette
Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Wine Tasting at Beaker and Flask Wine Co.
Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine Tasting at the Traveler Wine Bar
Thursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Coffee Origin Experience with Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, Tasting of 5 African Coffees and More at 220 NW 8th Ave., Suite 80, Gainesville, FL 32601
Saturday, April 20 , 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Outdoor Drag Brunch at Dad’s Bar
Saturday, April 20, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., tickets required

Koval Spirits Tasting at The Good Pour
Saturday, April 20, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

French Wine Class: Bordeaux – The Kingdom of Cabernet & Merlot at Beaker and Flask Wine Co.
Saturday, April 20, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cookie Cook-Off at Loosey’s Downtown
Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sip a Curated Collection of Dozens of Wines at the Spring Wine Celebration at Beaker and Flask Wine Co.
Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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Fruits de Mer – A Seafood Experience at Loosey’s Downtown
Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Wine Tasting with Four Types of Wine at the Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, April 24, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sports & Fans

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, April 19, 5:30 p.m.

Spider Cup #2 Outdoor 720 Archery Competition at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.

Hoop Fest Youth and High School Basketball Tournament at Alachua County Sports and Events Center
Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 21

K&N Cars and Coffee, and Test and Tune at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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Gators Softball vs. South Carolina at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Friday, April 19, 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, 11:30 a.m.

Gators Baseball vs. Stetson at Condron Family Ballpark
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.

Gators Softball vs. FSU at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Free Timed 5K at Depot Park
Saturday, April 20, 7:30 a.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Turkey Creek Preserve
Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

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Pancakes on the Prairie with Alachua Conservation Trust at Tuscawilla Cabin
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ranger-Led Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park La Chua Trail
Saturday, April 20, 9:45 a.m.

River & Springs

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Enjoy Cooler Weather and Explore the Outdoors and with Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures and Visit 8 Springs in 8 Miles
Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fed by the underground Floridan Aquifer, North Florida has one of the highest concentrations of springs in the world. Anderson’s Outdoor Adventure offers an easy way to experience 8 springs in 8 miles. Paddle along the Santa Fe River in a canoe or kayak and experience crystal clear water, see native wildlife and relax in a tranquil nature setting. 

tubing at the springs

Float or Splash Into Freshwater Springs
North Florida is home to the largest collection of first-magnitude springs in the United States. The springs make a perfect destination for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and relaxing in nature. If you’re looking for outdoor fun, we’ve got you covered with our list of nearby springs, great places to stay and fun things to do.

Museums & Galleries

Artist Talk with Lisa Iglesias at GFAA Gallery
Thursday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

HESCAH Lecture | Dr. Jinah Kim “Of Mothers, Wives, and Goddesses: Looking for women in the art of the Himalayas” at the Harn Museum of Art
Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Docent-Led Weekend Tour at the Harn Museum of Art
Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meet Artist Jen Yu at Bingo Deli and Pub
Saturday, April 20, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Nerd Night: Money and Other Funny Business at Theatre of Memory
Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sense of Dwelling: Master of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition II at Gary R. Libby University Gallery
Now through Saturday, April 27

Just Call Me Rae: The Story of Rae O. Weimer, Founder of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communicationswith Ann Weimer Moxley at the Matheson History Museum
Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Save The Date

Artwalk Gainesville, April 26

Our Town Home and Garden Show, April 27-28

Tree Fest at Swamp Head Brewery, April 27

Santa Fe Springs Celebration at Poe Springs Park, April 27

Grand Opening of The Lynx Book Store, April 28

Floridiana Show at Matheson History Museum, May 4

GramFest 2024, May 5

5th Avenue Arts Festival, May 4-5

Easton Foundations Gator Cup, May 10-12

Windsor Zucchini Festival, May 11

Lemon Twigs at Heartwood Soundstage, May 11

Newberry Watermelon Festival, May 18

World Tree Kangaroo Day, May 18

Hogtown Opry, May 18

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