What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County, August 29 – September 1, 2019

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

Due to the potential impacts of weather, stay informed from event organizers for changes to specific event schedules.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a play by simon stephens, based on the novel by mark haddon, directed by ralf remshardt, august 30-septebmer 22

See the Winner of Five Tony Awards during Opening Weekend of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
On Stage Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 22 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

15 year-old Christopher has an extraordinary mind but is out of sync with the world. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out on a life-changing journey to find the true culprit and uncovers family secrets that turn his world upside down. Based on the best-selling book and the Tony Award winner for Best Play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a powerful story that explores what it truly means to love and be loved.

Logo for Artwalk Gainesville

Explore the Gainesville Art Scene on a Self-Guided Tour During Artwalk Gainesville
Friday, August 30, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Multiple Venues in Gainesville

Discover 19 local galleries and exhibit spaces during Artwalk Gainesville’s August event. Head to GFAA Gallery for the opening reception of the new exhibit “Music To Your Eyes.” Artwalk Gainesville is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer. Be inspired by new artists and exhibit openings on this monthly self-guided art tour. Download the map here.

Free Fridays Concert Series

Rock Out to the Anthems of the 70’s with The Progressive Rock Experience
Friday, August 30, 8 p.m – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

This crowd pleasing, family friendly band is back by popular demand. The playlist for the concert includes songs by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Deep Purple, Genesis, Kansas, Styx, Head East, Supertramp, Uriah Heep, Eric Carmen/Raspberries and Elton John. This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.

UF Viola Day, all state workshop, viola ensemble, masterclasses and recital

Learn and Listen to the Violin’s Larger Cousin at UF Viola Day at UF School of Music
Saturday, August 31, 2:30 p.m.  – 7 p.m. | School of Music Room 101 (MUB 101)
435 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

Events include a masterclass, large viola ensemble and recital with guest artist Katherine Lewis, UF faculty and Viola Day participants. The recital begins at 5:30 p.m.

Back To School Fest at Heartwood Soundstage. 8/31 6pm. Flipturn, The Hails, King Complex, The Forum, Glass House Point, Driveaway

Don’t Miss Great Florida Bands and Food Trucks at Back to School Fest
Saturday, August 31, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 South Main St., Gainesville FL 32601

A back-to-school bash doesn’t get much better than this. Heartwood Soundstage gathered some of Florida’s top bands for your enjoyment. Catch King Complex, The Forum, Glass House Point, Driveaway, the Hails, and flipturn. With food from Radha’s Kitchen, Dank Cakes, Charcoal Grill and brio!.

Gator Talk Live from Celebration Pointe

Go Beyond the Sidelines of Gator Sports with Senior Writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry during Gator Talk at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, August 29, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Miller’s Ale House

2881 Bass Pro Shops Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608

Get insight into the 2019 Gators Football season. Broadcast to 38 stations statewide, Gator Talk covers the latest Gator sports topics with fan interaction live on air.

Illustration of Croc and Gator facing each other

Help Decide the Winner of an Epic Showdown at Battle of the Beasts: Crocs vs. Gators
Thursday, August 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Cheer on Florida Museum herpetologists Edward Stanley and David Blackburn as they debate crocodiles versus alligators and take part in real-time voting to decide which reptile reigns supreme.

Labor Day Festival

Bring the Kids to Two Days of Fun Activities at the Bass Pro Shops Labor Day Festival
Saturday, August 31, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, September 1, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Bass Pro Shops
2650 Bass Pro Shops Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608

Saturday and Sunday afternoons will be fun-filled with free hotdogs, photo opportunities, face painting, games, activities and cooking seminars. After the festivities at Bass Pro Shops, explore shopping and dining options at Celebration Pointe.

The Science and Inventions of Football

Kicking Off at the Cade Museum: The Science & Inventions of Football
Starting September 4 | Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

See how inventions have transformed every aspect of the game from player training, and protective equipment, to on-field strategy, communications, and how the game is viewed with virtual and augmented reality.

SAVE THE DATES, while you are making plans, take a look at these upcoming Fall crowd pleasers:
Folk in the Springs, September 15
Latino Film Festival, September 12-28
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


Acoustic Blues Jam Open Mic at Lightning Salvage
Thursday, August 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Songs and Stories at Songwriter Night with Kyle Keller, Dan Stepp and Clancy Short at The Bull
Thursday, August 29, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Blues and Brews with Cassie Keenum at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, August 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Michelle Banfield and Lacy Lou (The Speed Bumps) will share their vocal magic with FAST LANE at One Love Café
Friday, August 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Indie-Folk Duo Likely Lovely at Lightning Salvage
Friday, August 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Folk Music Duo The Front Porch Backsteppers at Somewhere Along The Way Art Gallery
Friday, August 30, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Soul Music from the 50s and 60s with Billy Buchanan at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co
Friday, August 30, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Swing Dancing at the Thelma Boltin Center
Friday, August 30, 7:45 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Country Artists Jordan Rager, the Austin Hunter Band and Noah Alan at High Dive
Friday, August 30, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Abbey Road with the Shoddy Beatles at The Wooly
Friday, August 30, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Celebrate 50 Years of the “Amen Break” at Visionary FAM
Friday, August 30, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Great Florida Bands and Food Trucks at Back to School Fest at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, August 31, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Dance the Night Away with Throwback Hits at Saved By the Bell: End of Summer Dance Party with DJ Drew Love at The Wooly
Saturday, August 31, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Classic Rock with Cap Smith and the Hogtown Slayers at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, August 31, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Experimental Metal from Japan with Boris at High Dive
Saturday, August 31, 9 p.m.

40 Year Reunion of Music Express at Wyndham Garden Inn
Saturday, August 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Monthly North Central Florida Blues Society Blues Jam hosted by Root Redemption at Mother’s Pub & Grill North
Sunday, September 1, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Gainesville Pop Punk & Emo Dance Party at High Dive
Sunday, September 1, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Original Tunes form Local Singer/Songwriters with the Stories Behind The Songs at Swampland Troubadours at Lightning Salvage
Tuesday, September 3, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Escape Nights at Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House
Thursday, August 29, 4 p.m. and Sunday September 1, 5 p.m.

Local Artists with Artwalk and Music by Baer and the Lady and In Bed By Ten at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, August 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Birds and Brews Guided Bird Walk at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, September 1, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Design Your Own Wood Terrarium at Plant Nite at Cypress and Grove
Monday, September 2, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Film-screening of Afro-Feminisms in Cuba: Perspectives from Havana at Santa Fe College CIED
Friday, August 30, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Discover the Explosion of Music from LA’s Laurel Canyon in Echo in the Canyon at Hippodrome Cinema
On the Big Screen through Sunday, September 8

Experience an Inspiring Story with Supa Modo at Hippodrome Cinema
Showtimes through Sunday, September 1


Back to School Party and Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine & Cheese
Thursday, August 29, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Green Chili Fest Pop-Up Grilling Events at Lucky’s Market
Friday, August 30, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Saturday, August 31 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sample More Than 50 Spirits at the Craft Spirits Festival and Cocktail Competition at Fluid Lounge
Saturday, August 31, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Wine Wednesdays at Public & General Wine Bar
Wednesday, September 4, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Learn Archery Skills at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, August 31, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Beat the Heat Water Day. Saturday August 31 1pm-4pm. Cops vs Kids water balloon fight. World's largest sprinkler. Food, games, dunk tank. Magic 101.3 DJ

Cool Off with Water Balloon Fights, Carnival Games, Hot Dogs and Burgers and more at Beat the Heat Water Day at Alachua County Sheriffs Office North Lawn
Saturday, August 31, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
This first annual community cookout and water day features fun activities for all ages and a DJ provided by Magic 101.3 FM.

Exhibition of Local Artists with Live Music and Silent Auction during Summer Showcase at Mindspace Collective
Thursday, August 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.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.


Join the Free 5K Run, Jog, Walk at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, August 31, 7:30 a.m.

Birdwalk with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, September 4, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Plants and Animals from the Local Ecosystem at Donald Martin – Sanctuary Printmaking Exhibit and Gallery Talk at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Reception Friday, August 30, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., on view through Friday, October 4, 2019, Gallery Talk on Thursday, August 29, 11 a.m

Gainesville Fine Arts Association’s Members Best Exhibit at the Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School
Now through October 18, 2019
View the work of many of this area’s most accomplished fine artists in a wide array of media, subject matter and style.

School of Art + Art History 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition at Harn Museum of Art
Now through January 5, 2020
This exhibition recognizes and applauds UF’s art faculty as individual artists and as a collective of exemplary art educators.

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.

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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