What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County, August 8-11, 2019

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What’s good this weekend?
Plan your weekend with the official events guide from Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.

The final days of summer are just around the corner, which is even more reason to make the most of it! We’ve compiled the top events you need to know about in every genre.

With so much going on – the Free Fridays Concert Series downtown, the Jazz on the Green at Celebration Pointe, #GatorFanDay at The Swamp, Museum Nights at the Harn, moonlit paddling on the Santa Fe river, plus arts, theatre and more – it’s easy to fit in a little extra enjoyment.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend and get out there and have some fun!

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

Art Activities at Museum Nights Media Mix

Get Inspired and Expand Your Artistic Thinking at Museum Nights: Media Mix
Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

This is a unique opportunity to visit the museum during evening hours. Take part and be challenged during Art Blast tours and art activities. Meet community partners and expand your thinking about the interaction of different art materials and forms. Join Susan Cooksey, Curator of African Art for a Gallery Talk in the exhibition Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades at 6:30 p.m.

Free Fridays Concert Series
Ramblin' Mutts band members

Enjoy Blues, Soul and R & B under the Summer Night Sky with Timeless Tunes by the Ramblin’ Mutts
Friday, August 9, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

The Ramblin’ Mutts, two-time winners of the North Central Florida Blues Society International Blues Challenge, perform selections of their upcoming album and updated reinterpretations of traditional classics by artists such as Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Otis Redding that honor the legacy of this timeless music.

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

Music in the time of Leonardo A Summer Choral Experience. Creative Summer B. The Gainesville Civic Chorus

Explore Music in the Time of Leonardo: A Summer Choral Experience
Friday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. | University Auditorium
333 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

As part of a commemorative program celebrating the 500th year since the passing of Leonardo da Vinci, the Gainesville Civic Chorus and Creative B present an exploration of music by Leonardo’s contemporaries with a comparison to music in recent times. You may discover that we have more in common with 15th century Italy that we realize.

Cypress and Grove Brewing Company sign at the brewery

Raise a Glass at Cypress & Grove’s 2nd Anniversary Party
Saturday, August 10, 1 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Cypress & Grove Brewing Company turns two this month. Grab a friend and help them celebrate this auspicious milestone. Enjoy live music from 3 p.m. to midnight, food trucks and brand new beers. Cheers!

Celebration Pointe

Tune Into Jazz Under the Stars with the Paul Johnson Quartet
Saturday, August 10, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Enjoy a special performance at Jazz on the Green with saxophonist Paul Johnson. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks during the event and from the Celebration Pointe restaurants.

Logo for 2019 Gainesville Indoor Pickleball Showcase August 10-11 2019

Don’t Miss Your Chance to See One of the Fastest Growing Sports in America at the 3rd Annual Gainesville Indoor Pickleball Showcase
Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 11 | Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
15400 Peggy Rd., Alachua, FL 32615

Watch the fastest growing sport in the country during this two-day tournament. For the uninitiated, pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball and ping pong. Players use special paddles and a wiffle ball, and games take place on tennis courts with specific pickleball lines. 

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Celebrate the 123rd Birthday of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of The Yearling
Saturday, August 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 South CR 325, Cross Creek, FL 32640

Meet at the historic farmhouse to honor and commemorate one of Florida’s literary gems. Enjoy live music, cake and mango ice cream.

The Currys band members

(SOLD OUT) Revel in Stirring and Satisfying Americana by the The Currys
Saturday, August 10, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 South Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Hailing from the Florida Panhandle, the popular and well-loved band The Currys return to Florida to give audiences a taste of some of their sweet Americana music. The group, known for their tight three-part harmonies and infections songwriting, is ready to deliver the goods this weekend at Heartwood. See upcoming events at Heartwood Soundstage.

Gator Football Fan Day 2019 August 11

Meet Florida’s 2019 Football Team at #GatorsFanDay
Sunday, August 11, 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Exactech Arena
250 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

Take photos and get autographs with this year’s Gators Football players and head coach Dan Mullen ahead of their season opener against Miami and first game in The Swamp on September 7. Multiple photo stations available with trophies, Albert and Alberta, the Gatorettes and Spirit Squads.

Newberry's Food Truck Festival hosted by Cilantro Tacos August 11

Add Music and Food to Your Sunday at Newberry’s Food Truck Festival
Sunday, August 11, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. | CountryWay Town Square
1739 SW 248th Dr., Newberry, FL 32669

Head to this family friendly and pet friendly back-to-school celebration for a tasty selection of food trucks, live music and a water slide for the kids.

Jason Ricci performing with microphone

For a Healthy Dose of Swagger, Harmonica and Exceptional Blues Catch Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind with Opening Act, Root Redemption
Sunday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Groove to the sounds of revolutionary, unorthodox, and influential blues musician, Jason Ricci and his band, The Bad Kind. Ricci is the winner of 2010 and 2018 Blues Music Awards for best harmonica instrumentalist. With opening act, Root Redemption. Part of the North Central Florida Blues Society concert series. 


Working Class Blues with Little Mike & The Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, August 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Folk Singer Songwriter Greane at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Indie Rock by Hunger Anthem/Articles/Thrusters/You Vandal at Loosey’s
Friday, August 9, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

The Threetles Benefit Concert at the Hipp Cinema
Friday, August 9, 7 p.m.

Indie Rock with Flagman, The Mermers, Chalet Girl and Cartridge Carnage at the Atlantic
Friday, August 9, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Spirit of Woodstock Lives in High Springs, View Historic Materials at High Springs Library
Saturday, August 10, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Guitar and Vocal Harmonies with Chelsea and Richy at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, August 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Emo/Pop-Punk Tribute Band Take This to Your Grave plays the Myspace Prom at High Dive
Saturday, August 10, 9 p.m.

A Capella Music from the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus during Aloha, Summer at the Thomas Center
Sunday, August 11, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Gypsy Elise & The Royal Blues at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Sunday, August 11, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Classic Country and Americana from Nashville with Matt Woods and the Natural Disasters at Loosey’s
Sunday, August 11, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Indie Rock with Leg Biters, Chico, and Ceramicats at The Atlantic
Monday, August 12, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Pre-war Blues with John Ford at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, August 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Escape Nights at Island Grove Tasting House
Thursday, August 8, 4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Bring a group and challenge yourselves to escape the Tasting House where you will be trapped in a 1930’s speakeasy lounge and must work together to break out.

The Dog Days of Summer at the Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, August 10, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy locally brewed craft beer and benefit the Second Chance Rescue & Rehoming Inc. at Blackadder this weekend. Well-behaved, leashed furry friends are welcome inside during the event.

Illustration of peanut butter and jelly sandwich inside a lunch bag that reads FIELD TRIP

PB&J Day at Swamphead Brewery
Saturday, August 10, 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Swamphead is graciously easing friends into the end of summer with the return of the Field Trip PB&J Amber Ale and with PB&J themed food form Mayflower Cellars. 


School Girls Opening at Star Center Theatre
Now through August 18
Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends.

Final Weekend of Fairy Tale Misfits at High Springs Playhouse
Now through August 11
Follow the adventures of a girl, a talking groundhog, and a wonderful assortment of misfits who were cut from the fairy tales we all know and love. Join them as they travel through the Land of Rejected Fairy Tale Characters. Will the misfits be erased forever or will they find their own happily ever after?

Fuddy Meers at Actors’ Warehouse
On stage through August 11
In this dark comedy of shady characters, Claire has a rare form of amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. She encounters a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask. Then there’s her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish and a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet…and the list goes on.

Midsommar at the Hippodrome Cinema
Now through August 11
Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn

Pavarotti movie poster. A film by ron howard

Pavarotti at the Hippodrome Cinema
Now through Sunday, August 11
Created from a combination of Luciano Pavarotti’s genre-redefining performances and granted access to never-before-seen footage, the film will give audiences around the world a stunningly intimate portrait of the most beloved opera singer of all time.


Scavenger Hunt Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, August 8, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Drink wine, eat food, search for clues, and win prizes. Bring your best friends and form an epic hunting team. May the best team win!


Back to School Race at High Springs BMX
Saturday, August 10, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Join the Florida Forest Service for Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Celebration at Bass Pro Shops
Friday, August 9, 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.


Full Moon Paddle Tour on the Santa Fe River

Full Sturgeon Moon Tour at the Santa Fe River
Saturday, August 10, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Kulaqua River Ranch Community Day
Sunday, August 11, 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.


Free Juggling Workshop at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Thursday, August 8, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Ranger-led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sunday, August 11, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Join a park ranger for a comfortable walk around Sweetwater Wetlands Park and learn how the park benefits water, wildlife, and the community.


Flying Ace movie poster Norman Studios Presents

“The Flying Ace” Film Screening at the Cade Museum
Sunday, August 11, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Join the Cade for a screening of Norman Studios’ The Flying Ace, a silent film inspired by the life of Bessie Coleman, the first licensed African American female pilot and famed stunt pilot.

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.

Norman Studios’ “The Flying Ace” at the Cade
Now through August 18
Norman Studios’ The Flying Ace will take you on a nostalgic journey back to the 1920s, and dovetails with the Cade’s new museum-wide theme of Aviation and its Optics, Film & Photography theme. Learn how film and moviemaking began, and how this important art form has advanced over the past 100 years.

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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