What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County, August 22-25, 2019

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Plan your weekend with the official events guide from Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.

Record breaking Victoria Cruziana waterlilies at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Record Setting Victoria Cruziana Water Lilies Courtesy Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Don’t miss one of the wonders of the plant kingdom right here in Alachua County. View the record-setting Victoria Cruziana water lilies – over 7 feet in diameter – at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens this weekend before the growing season ends. Cheer on another local phenomenon as the Florida Gators kick off their season this Saturday against Miami. Whether you’re a sports fan, a nature lover, or just want to explore What’s Good, read on for this weekend’s events and get out there and have some fun!

While you are making plans, save the dates for these upcoming fall crowd pleasers!

Folk in the Springs, September 15
UF Homecoming & Gator Growl, October 4
Tom Petty Birthday Bash, October 19-20
Tom Petty Weekend at Heartwood Soundstage, October 17-19
THE FEST, November 1 – 3
45th Micanopy Fall Festival, November 2 – 3
Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 16 – 17

Free Fridays Concert Series
Phillip "Jazzdad" Thomas on the microphone

Chill to the hits of Miles Davis, The Temptations, the Steve Miller Band with Cool Jazz by Forever Miles
Friday, August 23, 8 p.m – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an outdoor jazz concert. The Forever Miles band features a catalog of hit songs with a smooth jazz twist.

This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.

Gator Talk with Dan Mullen & Mary Wise. Live from Celebration Pointe. 7pm

Get the Inside Scoop from Head Volleyball Coach Mary Wise and Head Football Coach Dan Mullen during Gator Talk
Thursday, August 22, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Miller’s Ale House
2881 Bass Pro Shops Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608

Broadcaster Tom Collett hosts Dan Mullen and Mary Wise for their take and insights on the upcoming Gator athletic season. Be part of the excitement as you witness the live program as it is broadcast to 38 stations statewide.

Tessa Violet on tour

Dance to Billboard Top 10 Artist Tessa Violet Live On Stage with The Forum
Thursday, August 22, 8 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Fresh off an incredible performance at Lollapalooza, Tessa Violet brings her high-energy stage presence to Gainesville.

21 Blue band members with Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate

For Classy, Smooth, Sophisticated Blues Catch 21 Blue
Friday, August 23, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

21 Blue brings authentic blues into the modern age with virtuoso trumpeter, flutist and vocalist Longineu Parsons and soulful guitarist, Ted Shumate. Hear their high-energy interpretations of blues greats Howling Wolf, Santana, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis at their CD release party.

Painting of a face, artwork from Vivian Antonini

View Paintings, Scuptures and Intallations from International Artist Vivian Antonini
Friday, August 23, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Fabulous Art Gallery
302 Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667

Enjoy live music, refreshments and abstract artistry with award-winning artist Vivian Antonini. Influenced by Henri Matisse, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning and Ian Davenport, her 2D expressionist work incorporates a diversity of materials.

Playlist at the Pointe. Friday Nights 8pm-10pm. Once a month.

Enjoy a Relaxing Summer Evening Featuring the Music of Showtime
Friday, August 23, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Grab a bite and something to drink from Celebration Pointe restaurants and food trucks and enjoy a special performance of Playlist at the Pointe with the sounds of Showtime.

Backstage Pass Open House and On Sale Party at the Phillips Center

Go Behind the Scenes at the Phillips Center at Backstage Pass Open House
Saturday, August 24, 11 a.m. | Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Tickets for the upcoming 2019-2020 season go on sale on Saturday. To celebrate, UF Performing Arts is throwing a party with the Cilantro Tacos food truck, live jazz, and staff-led tours through areas of the Phillips Center rarely seen by the public. 

SUP yoga class at the springs

Escape from It All with Paddleboard Yoga with Cypress SUP
Saturday, August 24, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Rum Island
Santa Fe River

Take a yoga class on a paddleboard and enjoy the natural surroundings at a Florida spring. Class registration includes paddleboard rental, SUP lesson, full SUP yoga class, Florida springs education and an unforgettable adventure. Complete beginners are welcome.

Palm Tree leaves. Summer Series Pop Up at The AUK Market

Shop Vintage and Handmade Goods at Summer Series Pop-up
Saturday, August 24, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | The AUK Market
2031 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32609

Enjoy a curated shopping experience at this mixed-vendor marketplace with vintage home goods and clothing as well as handmade jewelry, art and accessories. Music by DJ Wax Atom. Tasty vegan treats by Curia on the Drag and beverages provided by Dad’s Bar. After sunset, enjoy a free music by Perfect Strangers & Parallel. 

Blues band on stage NCFBS competition

Battle of the Bands Blues Style at the North Central Florida Blues Society Regional Blues Challenge
Sunday, August 25, 1:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Bands face off in this regional competition before heading to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. North Central Florida advanced to the Memphis competition every year since 2008. Which acts will be next? Be there and find out.


Dazzling Indie Rock with Scott Yoder, Glove, Mother Juno, Death Motors at The Atlantic
Thursday, August 22, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Open Mic Night at the Hipp Lower Level
Thursday, August 22, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Asian Dance Choreography and Performances at UF’s 26th Asian American Student Assembly: An Unfinished Legacy at the Phillips Center
Friday, August 23, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Acoustic Listening Room Experience with Matthew Fowler with Dillon Basse at Gainesville Dance & Yoga
Friday, August 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Indie Pop/Rock with Matt and the Skeleton Crew at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, August 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Singer Songwriter Duo J.D. and Zetha at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, August 23, 7 p.m.

Latin Night with Elio Piedra at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, August 23, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

A Journey of Sight and Sound, Music 360: Holst’s The Planets at Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
Saturday, August 24, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Pop Punk & Emo Night of Gainesville at The Wooly
Saturday, August 24, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Mischievous Madams Burlesque Troupe presents: Strippin’ for Kittens at High Dive
Saturday, August 24, 10 p.m.

Acoustic Duo The PairODocs at Sunday Sounds at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, August 25, 7 p.m.


DIY Wood Signs: Happy Campers at Island Grove Tasting House
Thursday, August 22, 6:30 p.m.

International Food Truck Rally at First Magnitude Brewing Co
Sunday, August 25, 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Scenes from Upcoming State Productions at the 2019-2020 Season Gala at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Saturday, August 24, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy scenes from the ART’s 39th season, great food from Pearl Country Store & Barbecue, beverages from local breweries, a silent and live auction and more.

The Curious Inciden of the dog in the night-time. A play by simon stephens based on the novel by mark haddon. Directed by ralf remshardt. Aug30-Sept 22. Unversity of Florida School of Theatre + Dance and Hippodrome logo

Save The Dates for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a Tony Award Winning Play at the Hippodrome Theatre
On Stage Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 22
Based on the best-selling book and the winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a powerful play that explores what it truly means to love and be loved.


Back to School Sausage & Sudz Tasting at Fehrenbacher’s Artisan Sausages
Friday, August 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Pizza Night at Downtown Wine & Cheese
Friday, August 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Kimchi Workshop at Mosswood Farm Store
Sunday, August 25, 11 a.m.

Drag Brunch with the Love’s at Maude’s Classic Café
Sunday, August 25, 12 p.m.

Intro to Plant Based Cooking at Peacefield
Sunday, August 25, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Farm Dinner at Swallowtail Farm

Save The Dates for Farm Dinners at Swallowtail Farm
On select evenings from October to May, take a tour of the farm and share a meal prepared by guest chefs with the freshest possible ingredients.


Florida Volleyball Fan Day. Saturday August 24 at 1pm. Exhibition vs. UCF. Exactech Arena at the stephen c oconnell center

Gators Volleyball Fan Day at Exactech Arena
Saturday, August 24, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Team autographs, ticket giveaways, face painting and poster making follow the exhibition match against UCF. Admission is free and tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Roller Derby: Swamp City Sirens vs. Beachside Brawlers at MLK Center
Saturday, August 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Art Fair at One Love Café
Saturday, August 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Florida Vintage Market at High Dive
Saturday, August 24, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Farmers Market at One Love Cafe

Farmers Market at One Love Café
Thursday, August 22, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Join One Love Café for its first farmers market to find local veggies and products with Relax Salt Rooms, Nancy’s Bake Shop, McDoggy Brothers’ Kitchen for the hungry pups and more.

Locally Grown Products, Farmers Market and U-Pick Farm at Quick Pick at Pastorale Farm and HK Cattle & Farms
Saturday, August 24, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Newberry Farmers Market
Tuesdays from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Main Street Alachua Farmers Market at Main Street Alachua
Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Haile Farmers Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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


Gate2Gate Course Tour at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Saturday, August 24, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join the Free 5K Run, Jog, Walk at Depot Park Parkrun
Saturday, August 24, 7:30 a.m.


Kulaqua River Ranch Water Park

Kulaqua’s River Ranch Water Park Community Day
Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
On Community Days, Kulaqua’s River Ranch Park is open to the general public. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a family good time at this one of a kind venue. There’s something for everyone at the River Ranch, from the 600 ft. lazy river, to the huge water slide and the undulating wave pool.


Pop-Up Art Show from James Bates and Handmade Furniture from Byron Young at CordaRoys Beanbag Beds
Thursday, August 22, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn to Paint Workshop at Somewhere Along The Way Art Gallery
Sunday, August 25, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

School of Art + Art History 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition at Harn Museum of Art
Friday, August 23 – January 5, 2020

Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Now through Jan. 4, 2020
This exhibition of 150 photo portraits featuring and created by young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 captures a moment in time and place — Gainesville in 2019. Synchronica :: joins the current Walk in the Park exhibition at the Historic Thomas Center.

RED! Exhibition at GFAA Gallery
Now through August 24
See for yourself what “red” means to these local artists in their pieces.

Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through December 31
Through videos, photographs, and objects collected for the Cade throughout Cuba, Cuban Ingenuity highlights the ingenious vision behind dozens of innovations and inventions of necessity.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through January 5, 2020
See the result of 200 million years of predatory evolution and learn about one of nature’s oldest and stealthiest hunters: crocodilians. This unique exhibition educates guests on the history and significance of these creatures using live reptiles, realistic models and interactive elements.

Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks at the Matheson History Museum
Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Every city has a period of time that defines its built environment and architectural character. For Gainesville, that moment was the mid-20th century. This exhibition highlights some of the outstanding examples of the Mid-Century style that are worthy of consideration for landmark status.

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