What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County July 11-14, 2019

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Museum Nights July 11

Innovate + Create at Museum Nights
Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Explore the Divergent Convergence exhibit through Art Blast tours and dare to join in fun, innovative activities that will tap into your own imaginative thinking. You can also enjoy performance excerpts from Swamp Dance Fest! 2019 presented by the UF School of Theatre and Dance, plus participate in onsite art-making. Museum Nights offer multiple activities and performances that help visitors connect with art in fun and interesting ways. Fun for all ages.

Mamma Mia Opening Weekend

Take an Unforgettable Trip During Opening Weekend for Mamma Mia!
Five performances this weekend | Gainesville Community Playhouse
4039 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605

ABBA’s hits tell the sunny and funny tale of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia!

Free Fridays Concert Series

Groove to the Summer of ’69: 50 Years On
Friday, July 12, 8 p.m. – 10. p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

This weekend, Tran Whitley & Friends pay tribute to one of the most iconic years in music history, 1969. Music from the Woodstock generation is celebrated by this groovy group of ultra-talented musicians with a set list that includes songs such as “Get Together,” “Badge,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Son of a Preacher Man”. This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.

Creative B Movie Series

Take to the Air with the Creative B Movie Series: ‘Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines’
Friday, July 12, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Go behind the scenes and hear from a panel of scientists, artists and special effects experts before viewing the comedic film featuring a 1910 London-to-Paris air race.

Ramblin Mutts and Willie Green at Heartwood

Listen to the Blues with Ramblin’ Mutts featuring “The Real Deal” Willie Green at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 South Main St., Gainesville FL 32601

The Ramblin’ Mutt Blues Band performs driving, updated reinterpretations of traditional blues and soul classics combined with passionate originals that pay tribute to the legacy of these great American genres. The band has gained a loyal following playing finely crafted blues and soul tunes with a contemporary sensibility complemented by outstanding musicianship. Adding extra flair to this jam is “The Real Deal” Willie Green, an accomplished delta blues guitar player who has opened for acts such as Eric Clapton.

Artist Frank Curtis at his studio

Tour Artist Studios During the 3rd Annual GFAA Studio Tour
Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Multiple Locations

Gainesville & Alachua County

Learn about the creative process directly from renowned area artists. This self-guided tour features 16 studios and 24 artists over 2 days. Maps available from the GFAA Gallery and at each studio location.

Jazz On The Green

Tune into Jazz Under the Stars with Scott Wilson and Clyde Connor
Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave, Gainesville, FL 32608

Enjoy a very special performance at Jazz on the Lawn brought to you by trumpeter Scott Wilson and percussionist, composer and arranger, Clyde Connor – accomplished jazz musicians and UF Faculty members. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks during the event and from the Celebration Pointe restaurants.

Strawberry Moon Paddle Tour

Paddle Under the Full “Buck” Moon with Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
Saturday, July 13, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 US-441, High Springs, FL 32643

Float down the gorgeous Santa Fe River as it is illuminated by the Full Buck Moon, so named due to the antlers that emerge on a buck’s forehead during this time of year. The cost of this guided trip is $55 for a double kayak or canoe. This includes safety equipment, a vessel of choice, and transportation back to the Outpost. Visit Santa Fe Canoe Outpost for a full list of activities this month.

Gypsy Elise & The Royal Blues

Dance and Sway to Gypsy Elise & The Royal Blues
Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | The Great Outdoors Restaurant
65 North Main Street, High Springs, Florida 32643

Experience Gypsy Elise & The Royal Blues bringing you New Orleans style blues, rock, soul and roots paired with sultry, sensual vocals in a one of kind setting – The Great Outdoors Restaurant. Featuring craft beer, cocktails and yummy bites. 


Hear Stories of Recovery and Renewal at Phoenix Rising Hosted by Guts & Glory GNV at The Wooly
Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Relax with Ethereal Sounds from Baer and the Lady at the Bull
Thursday, July 11, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Album Release Show for Florida Rock Band Have Gun Will Travel at Loosey’s
Thursday, July 11, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Reggae and Hip Hop One Man Band Mike Oregano at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Bedlam in the Belfry/Goth Night w/ DJ Blonde Ambition at the Atlantic
Friday, July 12, 10 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Metal Band Square Hammer – Ghost Tribute at the High Dive
Friday, July 12, 8 p.m.

Tap Your Toes to High Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightning Salvage
Friday, July 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rock out with The Get Up Kids on tour with Great Grandpa at High Dive
Sunday, July 14, 7 p.m.

Take in Barbershop Harmonies with two performances of Sound Celebration – An A Capella Concert at The Historic Thomas Center
Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Join Amphibian Keepers and Wildlife Enthusiasts at Frog Drinks at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Beer and Brush Lettering Workshop at Cypress and Grove
Sunday, July 14, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Cast of Million Dollar Quartet by Michael A Eaddy

Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome Theatre
Held over through August 4 with 7 performances a week
Tickets at (352) 375-4477 and
Get ready to laugh, dance and sing!
Four legends, one night and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll! Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley have one of the greatest jam sessions of all time in the TONY AWARD WINNING musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”
(Pictured: The cast of Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome. Photo by Michael A. Eaddy.)

Bind and Decorate your own Notebook with The Wayfaring Painter at the Alachua County Headquarters Library
Thursday, July 11, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Armstrong at the Hipp Cinema
Friday, July 12-21

Demonstration by Nationally Recognized Artist Catherine Goldman-Bloomfield at Fabulous Art Gallery
Saturday, July 13, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Learn about Catherine’s artistic process of painting thoroughbred race horses.

Dances of Universal Peace at the Thomas Center
Saturday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Improv Comedy night at the Hippodrome
Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sip and Stroll: Tour of the Hippodrome Theatre
Sunday, July 14, 4:30 p.m.

Fiber Arts Gathering at the Harn Museum of Art
Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Learn about fiber arts and view spinning, needlepoint, tapestry, weaving and other needle arts in action.


High Springs BMX

Watch Swimmers Compete at the 2019 Speedo Championship Series at the O’Connell Center Pool
Thursday, July 11 – Sunday July 14

Roller Derby: Gainesville’s Swamp City Sirens take on Orlando Sun Blockers (Previously known as The Psycho City Derby Girls team)
Saturday, July 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

High Springs BMX Gold Cup Regional Qualifier
Sunday, July 14, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Discover wedding services and experts at the North Central Florida Wedding Expo at Wyndham Garden
Sunday, July 14, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


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

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.


Go behind the scenes and meet animal ambassadors at Zookeeper Day at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday Ranger-led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sunday, July 14, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Kulaqua River Ranch Community Day
Sunday, July 14, 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. This is a great opportunity to get into the summer spirit!


Share and Scan Your Historic Gainesville Photos at the Gainesville Memories Community Project at Matheson History Museum
Saturday, July 13 11am-1pm

Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Now through January 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.

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 movie making began, and how this important art form has advanced over the past 100 years.

Absolute Abstracts at the GFAA Gallery
Now through July 20
This exhibit will have NO realism in any part of the work. Take this month to appreciate the intangible with a touch of the absurd.

Divergent Convergence: The Arts of Creativity, Discovery & Inquiry at the Harn Museum
Now through July 21
This exhibition, offered as a part of the University of Florida’s campus-wide celebration of invention and creativity, will investigate and celebrate how various artists discover, question the past, re-interpret the present, and imagine the future.

Lights, Camera, Action! at the Cade Museum
Now through August 18
Visit the Cade to learn all about Optics, Film, and Photography.

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 and 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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