What’s Good Guide of Weekly Events in Gainesville and Alachua County, June 29 – July 12, 2023

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music gnv showcase

Experience a Local Music Showcase with MusicGNV and the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, July 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

MusicGNV curates a night of music with Purple Kloud, Jernie and Kenzie’s Place. The region’s largest and longest-running free outdoor concert series features performances each Friday night through August 25. Enjoy food and drinks from nearby cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Admission is free.

food truck festival

Savor Diverse Menus at the Thornebrook Food Truck Festival
Friday, July 7, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Shoppes at Thornebrook
2441 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606

Enjoy a variety of tasty food, live music and retail pop-ups at First Fridays at Thornebrook. Limited seating is available, bring your own chair or spread a blanket in the courtyard.

actors on stage in elaborate costumes

Don’t Miss the Final Performances at the Hippodrome’s Hit Summer Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Extended Through July 16!
Now through Sunday, July 16 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

The dazzling musical comedy follows Monty Navarro as he tries to eliminate pesky relatives standing between him and a wealthy inheritance. Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder entertains with hilarious songs and paired with dastardly hijinks.
Sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County
Photo by Michael A. Eaddy

sip n stroll at the hippodrome

Get a Peek Behind the Curtain at Sip and Stroll: Historic Tour of the Hippodrome Theatre
Sunday, July 9, 5 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Join the Hippodrome for an exclusive behind-the-scenes building tour. Explore areas of the Hippodrome that are typically off-limits to the public and uncover hidden secrets of the theatre. Journey through the Hipp’s Lower Level basement and up to the little-known third floor. Admission includes one complimentary drink from the bar.

steak in pan with rosemary and garlic

Learn How to Grill the Best Steak at Gator Grill Camp
Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m. 6 p.m. | UF Meat Science
2250 Shealy Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Join University of Florida meat scientists for a one-day session. Learn about meat selection and grading, seasonings and marinades, and grilling tricks and tips. Gator Grill Camp features discussion on a variety of topics leading up to a final project of using the day’s knowledge to prepare a steak.

jazz on the green

Enjoy Toe-Tapping Jazz with CuBop at Jazz on the Green
Saturday, July 8, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4848 SW Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

CuBop is a six-person band performing jazz classics full of energy and expert musicianship. As the sun sets, spread a blanket or pull up a chair and enjoy live music on the promenade. Enjoy food, drinks and sweet treats from nearby restaurants.

bmx track at sunset

Drop Into a Night of Fun Racing at the Sizzling Summer Nights Series at High Springs BMX
Saturday, July 8, 6:30 p.m. | High Springs BMX
NW 2nd St., High Springs, FL 32643

High Springs BMX hosts a night racing at the track. Membership and previous experience is not required. Sweatshirts awarded to participants of 6 summer nights races.
Sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County 

book discussion with book cover of hippodrome theatre first 50 years

Learn How the Hippodrome Theatre Became a Cultural Icon and the Center of the Artistic Community in Downtown Gainesville with Award-Winning Author Richard Gartee
Saturday, July 8, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Matheson History Museum
513 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Richard Gartee discusses his book The Hippodrome Theatre First Fifty Years. Learn the role the theatre’s move to the old Post Office building played in the formation of Gainesville’s historic preservation effort and the revival of its downtown business district. Former Hippodrome general managers Mark Sexton and Jessica Hurov join the discussion to shed light on the positive contribution the Hippodrome’s presence continues to bring to the city and its place as a cultural icon and a centerpiece of Gainesville’s artistic community.

Tips for Writing About Local History with Authors Richard Gartee and Shamrock McShane
Sunday, July 9, 2:30 p.m – 4:00 p.m. | Millhopper Branch Library
3145 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL

Local writers and historians, Richard Gartee and Shamrock McShane discuss the ins and outs of writing about local history. Richard Gartee shares the ins and outs of researching and writing about the Hippodrome theatre’s history for his latest book The Hippodrome Theatre First Fifty Years. The discussion focuses on how to research a topic, what resources are used and how to get readers interested about local history.

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Pop-Up Markets and Retail Shopping

Local Vendors and Family Games at The Repurpose Project Summer Market
Saturday, July 8, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Arts & Theatre

Nomfusi: A Conversation About Resilience and Compassion from South Africa Through Music at UF Reitz Union
Monday, July 10, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Flyer for women's voices of resilience through the arts with musician Nomfusi

Women’s Voices of Resilience Through the Arts with South African Artist Nomfusi at The Clarence R. Kelly Community Center
Monday, July 10, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

phillips center

2023-2024 Season Preview at UF Performing Arts
Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m.

Events & Festivals

Modern Square Dancing with High Springs Dance Club at High Springs Civic Center
Thursday, July 6, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Ink and Drink Risograph Printing Class at Paradise Press and Print Studio
Friday, July 7, 6 p.m.

hotel indigo locals expo

Local Art, Music and Craft Beer at Locals Expo at Hotel Indigo
Friday, July 7, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

tioga movie night with the little rascals movie poster

Movie Night with The Little Rascals at Tioga Town Center
Friday, July 7, 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Kitten Yoga at Flow Space Yoga and Arts
Saturday, July 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

gainesville street rods

Car Cruz-In with Gainesville Street Rods at Springhill Commons
Saturday, July 8, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Ink and Drink Letterpress Printing Class at Paradise Press and Print Studio
Saturday, July 8, 6 p.m.

gainesville cars and coffee

Gainesville Cars and Coffee at Whole Foods Market
Sunday, July 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Art Soup! Tie Dye, Fabric Painting, Bleaching at The Repurpose Project
Sunday, July 9, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Music & Performance

Singer-Songwriter Pently Holmes at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, July 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Taylor Swift Nights with BopsNights at High Dive
Thursday, July 6, 8 p.m.

Roots with Dean Johanesen at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, July 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Pop Punk with Articles at Civic Media Center
Friday, July 7, 8 p.m.

Jazz with Brazil Side B at Baby J’s Bar
Friday, July 7, 8 p.m.

Indie Rock with Dear + Glorious Physician, Ceramicats, Bad Dog and Aleutian Low at The Bull
Friday, July 7, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Dueling Pianos with Robert Meadows and Dustin Taylor at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Friday, July 7 – Saturday, July 8, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Saturday Jazz Sessions Featuring Cathy DeWitt and Edward White at Beaker and Flask Wine Co.
Saturday, July 8, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Classic Rock with Couch Messiahs at Pink Flamingo Diner
Saturday, July 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

All Vinyl Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk and Soul with DJ Wax Atom at Baby J’s Bar
Saturday, July 8, 9 p.m.

Rock with Memphis May Fire at High Dive
Sunday, July 9, 6 p.m.

Indie Rock with Harbour at High Dive
Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m.

Craft Breweries

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Guitarist Richy Stano at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, July 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Seth Dukes at Daft Cow Brewery
Friday, July 7, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, July 7, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rock, Blues and Jazz with the Band of Matts at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, July 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cheffrey’s Food Truck Brunch at Daft Cow Brewery
Sunday, July 9, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Reggae Sunday at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, July 9, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmers Markets

Grove Street Farmers Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Archer Farmers Market Spring Plant Sale at Archer Historical Society Railroad Museum
Tuesday, March 7, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

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

alachua farmers market

Alachua County Farmers Market Summer Festival Kick-off
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Newberry Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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

Waldo Farmers Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bites and Brunch

the fat tuscan

Reserve Your Seat at Upcoming Cooking Classes at The Fat Tuscan

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, July 6, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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

Cookie Decorating Class at Tipple’s Brews and Wine
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.

Family Brunch with Face Painting, Live Music, New Bomb Pop Cocktails at One Love Café
Saturday, July 8, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

family fun day illustrations of snow cones

Family Fun Day at Charlie’s Snow Shack
Saturday, July 8, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Vintage Rivalry: Chenin Blanc vs Chardonnay at Beaker and Flask Wine Co.
Saturday, July 8, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


archery targets

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, July 7, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Mega Test and Tune Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, July 8, 8 a.m.

Spider Cup Outdoor Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gainesville Roller Derby: All-Stars vs. Sugar Sands at MLK Center
Saturday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.

Premier Girls Fastpitch Battle on the Diamond Softball Tournament at Champions Park
Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 9

people playing pickleball

Play Pickleball During Open Play Sessions at the Alachua County Sports and Events Center
Thursday, July 6 – Friday, July 7, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 9, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Monday, July 10, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Take a swing at the fastest growing sport! Pickleball is a combination of table-tennis, badminton and real tennis that is fun and easy to play for beginners and becomes very competitive at its highest levels. The Alachua County Sports and Event Center and Raddsports host drop-in open play sessions during the week where you can walk up and play on the brand-new indoor courts. Bring your own equipment or borrow a loaner paddle.
Stay up to date with Raddsports Pickleball on Facebook and Instagram

Parks & Trails

Accessible Tram Tours at Sweetwater Wetlands Park, Ongoing, Check for Availability
Friday, July 7, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday, July 10, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Wednesday, July 12, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Timed 5K at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, July 8, 7:30 a.m.

Summer Crafts for Kids: Paper Quilts at Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Wednesday, July 12, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

River & Springs

Kayaks on the Santa Fe River

Launch Your Canoe, Kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard for Free at Santa Fe Canoe Outpost

Explore Natural Wonders with Anderson’s Outdoor Adventure and Visit 8 Springs in 8 Miles with Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures
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. 

scuba divers under water

Float or Splash Into Freshwater Springs
North Florida is home to the largest collection of first-magnitude springs in the United States.

Museums & Galleries

harn museum after dark

Art After Dark at the Harn Museum of Art
Thursday, July 6, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Family Discovery Camp: Mammals at Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Summer Showcase at GFAA Gallery
Now through July 11

GNV Museum Month

July is GNV Museum Month
Take a break from the heat this summer and learn about history, science, nature, culture and the arts at a local museum.

Apparallel and John Ward: Behind the Seen at The Historic Thomas Center
Now through Friday, September 8

New Exhibit at the Harn Museum of Art — Jerry Uelsmann: A Celebration of His Life and Art
Photographer Jerry Uelsmann passed away on April 4, 2022. He was a much celebrated and beloved UF artist, teacher, colleague and friend locally, nationally and internationally, known for his combination printing of multiple negatives into fantastical photographic landscapes. This commemorative exhibition is an overview of Jerry Uelsmann’s creative life.

kids looking at spiders

Get Up Close and Explore the World of Arachnids at Spiders Alive! at the Florida Museum of Natural History
With more than a dozen live species from around the world, the new exhibit dives into the world of spiders, scorpions and their relatives. Featured animals on display include the Asian Forest Scorpion, Brazilian Red and White Tarantula, Southern Black Widow, Wolf Spider and more. Go hands-on with large touchable models revealing a closer look at spider anatomy. Plan your visit online.

New at the Matheson History Museum, We Are Here: Stories from Multilingual Speakers in North Central Florida
Museum Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Discover a Unique African American Culture at Gullah Geechee – African Connections and Cultural Traditions in America at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Save The Date

GFAA Artist Studio Tour, July 15-16

UF/IFAS 24th Annual Livestock and Forages Field Day, July 20

Guts and Glory GNV Presents Words That Sting, July 22

6th Annual Gainesville Indoor Pickleball Showcase, August 4-6

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