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What’s Good® Guide of Weekly Events in Gainesville and Alachua County, June 20-26, 2024

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Make the most of summer with these incredible events and discover What’s Good® in Alachua County. Celebrate National Pollinator Week at Pollinator Palooza with free plants for the first 300 attendees. The late setting sun makes the perfect setting for the Summer Soulstice music festival at Heartwood Soundstage, plus Gainesville Big Band presents unique arrangements of classics hits at their final concert of the season, “Funk in the Trunk.”

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pollinator palooza

Buzz on Over to Pollinator Palooza with Free Pollinator Favorite Plants for the First 300 Attendees Pollinator Palooza
Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Join the museum for an event at First Magnitude Brewing Company and celebrate National Pollinator Week with a free plant (while supplies last), live music, food trucks and the special release of hibiscus and lime lager, “Pollen Nation.”


summer solstice festival

Get Your Summer Vibe On with the Summer “Soulstice” Festival
Saturday, June 22, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage

618 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Kick off the longest day of sunshine for 2024 with a whole lotta soul. The all-ages outdoor show features a musical lineup from 9-piece southern soul band The Savants, Miami-based fusion with Lemon City Trio, Raspberry Pie, The Shaelyn Band, The Funky Miracle and Voodoo Child Trio.

Enjoy music on the outdoor stage and explore the rest of South Main Station featuring Bingo Deli and Pub, Humble Wood Fire, Grand Scheme Brewing and The Lynx Books. 


funk in the trunk

Get Your Toes Tapping at Gainesville Big Band’s Final Concert of the Season, “Funk in the Trunk”
Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Meizon Church

3411 NW 83 St., Gainesville, FL 32606

Enjoy an afternoon filled with funk classics arranged for the 18-piece ensemble.
The Gainesville Big Band, led by Marco Thomas presents Funk in the Trunk, featuring the music of James Brown, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Chicago, Trombone Shorty and more. 
Sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County


unapologetic vol 2 exhibit

Explore the Latest Exhibit from Yvonne Ferguson at the Opening Reception of “UNAPOLOGETIC Vol 2”
Saturday, June 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center

837 SE 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

UNAPOLOGETIC Vol 2 is a collection of portrait art by local artist Yvonne Ferguson that highlights the complex history of Black lives. The exhibit opening reception will feature the unveiling of a newly created mural inside the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center. Enjoy night of art, good vibes, great conversation, food, drinks and a special gift from Yvonne for the first 100 attendees.


high springs bmx summer race series

Drop In for Fun at the High Springs BMX Summer Race Series
Saturday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. | High Springs BMX

NW 2nd St., High Springs, FL 32643

Tackle the technical racetrack at High Springs BMX. Racers of all skill levels are welcome. Registration and practice start at 6:30 p.m. followed by racing at 7:30 p.m. Racers competing in 6 of the races in the series will earn a limited-edition hoodie. Future races: July 13, July 20, August 17, August 24, September 14 and September 28.
Sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County


summer solstice soiree

Celebrate the Official Start of Summer with Artists, Music and Scenic Natural Landscapes at the Fair Oaks Foundation Summer Solstice Art Soiree
Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Fair Oaks Foundation
7726 SE 179th Pl., Micanopy, FL 32667

View art displays featuring mosaics from Linda Zidonik, plein air paintings from Karen LeMonnier and intricate prints from Leslie Peebles. The Varmint Family Old Time String Band brings their signature blend of folk and infectious energy. House tours and golf cart rides provide scenic perspectives of the Fair Oaks property. Tickets available online.


group of spelling bee spellers

Laugh Out Loud at the Hipp’s Hit Summer Musical Comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Now through July 21 | The Hippodrome Theatre

25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Grab your partners in fun and get ready for a thrilling performance, complete with audience participation. 

WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER SPELLER at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee? When you enter the seating area look for Hippodrome Theatre staff (with the clipboards), sign up, and get ready to S-P-E-L-L! Arrive early and grab dinner downtown or enjoy a drink from the Hippodrome bar. 
Photo by Michael A. Eaddy
Sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County


dead man's cell phone

Find Out Who Keeps Calling at Stage Production of “Dead Man’s Cellphone”
Now through Sunday, June 30 | High Springs Playhouse
23416 W U.S. Hwy. 27, High Springs, FL 32643


Amidst a technologically driven society, the main character embarks on a journey that challenges commonly held notions about moral values, redemption and the nature of isolation in a world dominated by technology. This thought-provoking live theatre production will have you contemplating about an incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet diner, a stranger at the next table who has had enough, and a dead man with a lot of loose ends.
Dead Man’s Cell Phone is written by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Sarah Hanson.
Photo: JJ Hogg as Jean and Corbin Hanson ad Dwight courtesy High Springs Playhouse


free fridays little wing

Rock Out with the Little Wing Studio Showcase at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, June 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza

Downtown Gainesville

The outdoor music lineup features Cassette, The Interwaves and PT for a night of punk and rock and roll. The showcase is curated by the local rehearsal and recording studio Little Wing Studios. A summer tradition, the Free Fridays Concert Series is the region’s largest and longest-running free outdoor concert series featuring performances on Friday nights in downtown Gainesville. Enjoy food and drinks from nearby cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Admission is free.


poe springs

Get Your Cookouts, Swimming and Summer Fun on at Alachua County’s Poe Springs
Open Daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. through September | Poe Springs Park

28800 NW 182nd Ave., High Springs, FL 32643

Located north of Gainesville, Poe Springs is the largest spring in Alachua County. It pumps 45 million gallons of cool, refreshing water daily. Park amenities include pavilions and picnic shelters, play areas, multi purpose fields, volleyball courts, and bar-b-que grills. There are loop trails throughout the park for hiking, and a boardwark that traverses the cypress swamp leads visitors to the springs. A boat launch and dock afford watercraft access to the river. Parking is $6 per vehicle or $1 per person walk-in/bicycle entry.


two people walking on rainbow crosswalk

Experience the Vibrant Spirit of Pride All Month Long in Gainesville and Alachua County this June 
Alachua County is proud to be a welcoming destination for all, celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride both in June and October each year.

Celebrate diversity, equality and love with the following events and activities. Check back to see What’s Good each week as we update this section with new listings. 
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108 vine pride party

Artist Pop-Up and Live Embroidery Patch Making at the Pride Party at 108 Vine
Sunday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Drag Bingo at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Pride Street Party at The Bull
Saturday, June 29, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.


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Pop-Up Markets and Retail Shopping

family and swimmer in hot tub

Florida Hot Tub Expo at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Friday, June 21, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Over 50 hot tubs, swim spas and cold tubs are on display.

florida vintage market

The Florida Vintage Market at Midpoint Park and Eatery
Sunday, June 23, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

wooly mammoth market

Apparel, Prints, Gifts, Full Bar and More at The Wooly Mammoth Market at The Wooly
Sunday, June 23, 1 p.m.


Arts & Theatre

Momentum Dance Arts Presents 8th Annual Recital: Road Trip at UF Phillips Center
Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Dance!nk Presents !con!c at UF Phillips Center
Sunday, June 23, 5 p.m.

(sold out) Follow the Emcee into the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Production of “Cabaret”
Now through Sunday, June 23
Experience the seduction and danger of the Kit Kat Club hosted by the insidiously charming Emcee. Acrosstown Repertory Theatre begins its sold-out run of Tony Award-winning Cabaret.


Events & Festivals

Draw Jam with Sequential Artists Workshop at Boxcar Beer & Wine Garden
Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(Registration Closed) 2024 Aviation Academy at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and University Air Center
Friday, June 21 – Saturday, June 22

solaris at flow space

Solaris: Midsummer Celebration at Flow Space Yoga and Arts
Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The Lynx Tails with Patriot Service Dogs at The Lynx Books
Saturday, June 22, 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

sarah zachrich jeng book signing

Sarah Zachrich Jeng Book Signing at Barnes and Noble
Saturday, June 22, 12 p.m.

Drive-In Car Show with Gainesville Street Rods at PDQ
Sunday, June 23, 11 a.m.

the lynx books

Jill Ciment Book Discussion of Consent with Lauren Groff at The Lynx Books
Wednesday, June 26, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., ticket required
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Music & Performance

Americana with Dim Lights at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jazz with Brenda Bayne at Beaker and Flask Wine Co.
Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Classic Rock with Enlightened Rogues at One Love Café
Friday, June 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, June 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

big magnolia

Rock, Blues and Soul with Big Magnolia Co. at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Friday, June 21, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Classic Hits with Retro Riffs at The Queens Arms
Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Singer-Songwriters Jordan Burchell, Lexi Braun, Mark Archer and Thymn at Loosey’s Downtown
Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

R&B Happy Hour After Hours with DJ Ardell “A.D.” Wright at Capones Nightclub
Friday, June 21, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Reggae, Caribbean and Contemporary with Benjamin Owens at Bahama Breeze
Friday, June 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Natalie Rella Jazz Ensemble at Baby J’s Bar
Friday, June 21, 8 p.m.

Three Flights Up Jazz Trio at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, June 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at One Love Café
Saturday, June 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

roots redemption

Blues with Roots Redemption Duo at Top Hog Oaks Mall BBQ, Bourbon and Blues
Saturday, June 22, 6 p.m.

Country with Sarah Trimm at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, June 22, 6:45 p.m.

Funk, Soul and Disco All-Vinyl Set with DJ Lil Auby at Baby J’s Bar
Saturday, June 22, 9 p.m.

Singer-Songwriters Short Stack and Spirit Tramp at The Bull
Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Post-Punk with Blvck Hippie at Loosey’s Downtown
Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Jazz with Larry Newcomb at One Love Café
Wednesday, June 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

“Mr. March 16” Documentary Screening and Performance by Purple Cloud at Heartwood Soundstage
Wednesday, June 26, 6 p.m. – 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 Gainesville.com

Visit a local craft brewery and grab some refreshment this summer. After a day exploring the outdoors or the great indoors, sample what’s on tap or grab craft brews to go at an award-winning brewery. For ages under 21, look for refreshing house-made sodas and seltzers.

Pop Rock with Matthew Carlson at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, June 21, 4:30 p.m.

Country with Bryan Wain Music at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Jazz Bandits at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Singer-Songwriter Griffin Williams at Daft Cow Brewery
Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Classic Rock with Southern Burn at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Pilates at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, June 22, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

pet adoption at swamp head

Adoption Event with Plenty of Pit Bulls at Swamp Head Brewery
Saturday, June 22, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Classic Rock with The Remnants at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

drag yoga at first magnitude

Drag Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, June 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday Movie Night Under the Stars at High Springs Brewing Company
Monday, June 24, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.


U-Picks and Farmers Markets

blueberries at deep spring farm

Book Online for Blueberry Picking at Deep Spring Farm
Tuesdays – Saturdays through June 29, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

U-Pick Blueberries at Bluefield Estate Winery
Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 – Sunday, June 23, 12 p.m. – 6 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.

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

Wine Tasting for Ages 21+ at Beaker and Flask Wine Co.
Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

public and general

Rosé All Day Tasting for Ages 21+ at Public and General
Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wine Tasting for Ages 21+ at the Traveler Wine Bar
Thursday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine Tasting for Ages 21+ at Superette
Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Cocktail Pop-Up for Ages 21+ with TJ Palmieri at Alpin Bistro
Friday, June 21, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Block Party at Frenchmen Street Food
Saturday, June 22, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

June Wine Class Series: Discover the Wines of Italy for Ages 21+ at Beaker and Flask Wine Co.
Saturday, June 22, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

jazz brunch

Jazz Brunch at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Sunday, June 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(sold out) Wine Pairing Chef Dinner for Ages 21+ at the Fat Tuscan
Sunday, June 23, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Sports & Fans

FABC Basketball Showcase at Alachua County Sports and Events Center
Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23

Backwards K Softball Showcase at Champions Park
Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23

pickup basketball tournament

3v3 Pickup Basketball Tournament at Unity Park
Friday, June 21, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Summer Steamer X Urban Trail Ride at Goodbike
Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Roll Racing and Test and Tune Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, June 22, 4 p.m.


Parks & Trails

Free Timed 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, June 22, 7:30 a.m.


River & Springs

Family Kayaking on Santa Fe River

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. 

Poe Springs - Teenagers in 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

Art After Dark at Harn Museum of Art
Thursday, June 20, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Art Cart at Harn Museum of Art
Friday, June 21, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tot Trot: Bioblitz for Ages 2-5 at Florida Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, June 25, 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

person holding insect in container

Science Up Close: Incredible Insects at Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through September 2
Photo courtesy Florida Museum/Jeff Gage


Save The Date

WUFT’s Fanfares and Fireworks, July 3

City of Alachua Annual Fourth of July Celebration, July 4

City of Archer Red White and Boom!, July 6

GFAA Artist Studio Tour, July 12-14

In the Heights at Gainesville Community Playhouse, July 19

Zookeeper Day at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, July 20


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