What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County, July 18-21, 2019

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

There’s still time (roughly 67 days!) to create memorable moments and make the most of your summer days and evenings. This weekend you can choose from the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Cade Museum, Free Fridays Concert Series with iconic songs from Laurel Canyon, Story Summit, High Springs Music in the Park and much more. There’s always something good happening, let us be your guide.

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

The Artisanals

Treat Your Ears to the Heartland Rock Tunes of The Artisanals
Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville FL, 32601

This Thursday, follow your love of quality music all the way to Heartwood Soundstage. PopMatters recently stated, “The Artisanals pull off the neat trick of straddling the line between small-scale touches and anthemic choruses.” Fans of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams and that unmatched feeling that comes from listening to heartland-style rock, this show is for you.

Third Thursday on Main

Stroll Along Main Street Alachua at Third Thursday on Main
Thursday, July 18, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Main Street Alachua

Ease into a weekend state of mind. The third Thursday of each month, the city of Alachua’s historic Main Street comes alive with dining, shopping, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and the sound of live music. This week featuring the Southern Burn band.

Apollo Lands at the Cade

Let Your Creativity Take Off! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a Movie Screening and Themed Activities
Friday, July 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention

811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Cade Museum will be hosting a movie screening of the 2019 Apollo 11 documentary.
Doors will open at 6:00 pm and we will begin with movie-style refreshments, followed by the movie screening beginning at 6:30 pm. Then, this weekend, the Cade offers hands-on, Apollo-themed experiments & activities in the Rotunda, Creativity Lab & Fab Lab.

Free Fridays Concert Series
Other Voices

Iconic Songs from Laurel Canyon, California with Other Voices & Friends
Friday, July 19, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ǀ Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Who says you can’t do a little “California Dreaming” on a summer day? Enjoy free music under the stars from rock pioneers resonating with that special Southern California sound that created classic hits from Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, The Mamas and the Papas, the Monkees and more.

Story Summit 2019

Gainesville’s Best Night of Storytelling at Story Summit
Friday, July 19, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Be part of Gainesville’s growing storytelling community. Hear from riveting speakers with stories curated by Self Narrate, Guts & Glory GNV and The Conch.


Get Chills on a Hot Summer Night with the Opening of Macbeth
Friday, July 19 – Sunday, August 11 | Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Explore themes of prophesy, ambition, crime, and betrayal, with a healthy dose of sex and the supernatural, at the opening night for Macbeth. Under Director Carolyne Salt’s deft hand, expect brilliantly entertaining cool chills on a hot summer’s night, and thought-provoking Shakespeare that is certain to thrill both the casual and the serious theatre fan.

The Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally

Try High-End Foods all at One Place at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally
Saturday, July 20, 5 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally, a local tradition, is back. Attendees can enjoy old favorites and new delights, and musical entertainment. Food trucks from across the area serve up unique, gourmet style fare to Gainesville’s hungry masses at this unique event, all for a great cause.

High Springs Music in the Park Concert Series

Enjoy Exceptional Artists with the Master’s Showcase: The Art of Classical Guitar at the High Springs Music in the Park Concert Series
Sunday, July 21, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | High Springs Community Center & Museum
23760 NW 187th Ave., High Springs, FL 32643

Enjoy the guitar sounds of Christopher Mrofchak, 3rd place winner of the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition, who will delight attendees with the art of classical guitar on his cedar top guitar perfect for light strumming and finger picking. Special guests: Don Austin performs on harp and The Craftice perform on guitar and flute.


Acoustic Puddle of Mudd favorites from guitarist/vocalist Adam Latiff at High Dive
Thursday, July 18, 8 p.m.

Join or Listen to the Open Mic Experience at Open Stage at The Blend
Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Rockin’ Americana by the Wild Shiners at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jordan Foley & The Wheelhouse, Leon Majcen, Kyle Keller at Loosey’s
Friday, July 19, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Atlantic Anniversary Show: UV-TV Curleys Pez Heat Rash BiteMarks
Friday, July 19, 9 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Danny Pynes, The Savants of Soul, Tasha Zoe at High Dive
Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Blue-collar Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, July 20, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Déjà Boobs – The Burlesque Show that’s a Parody of Itself at Hardback Café
Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m.

A Magical Voice from Mariee Sioux at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.


Belgian Independence Day

Watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m.

Learn About the Importance of Florida Peaches at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, July 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Celebrate Belgian Independence Day at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, July 20, 4 p.m. – Sunday, July 21, 8 p.m.


Mamma Mia Opening Weekend

Uncover a Sunny and Funny Tale with Mamma Mia! at Gainesville Community Playhouse
Now through August 4
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!

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.)

Hipster Night at the Hippodrome
Friday, July 19, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Florida Swing Dancing Club invites you all to join them at the Hippodrome Theatre downtown for some swing dancing, speakeasy style! You may come alone or with a group of friends. Coming with a dance partner is not necessary and no prior dance experience is required!

Armstrong at the Hipp Cinema
Thursday, July 18 – Sunday July 21
Armstrong is a dramatic and emotional documentary that features never-before-seen family home-movie footage, along with still and moving images that chronicle Neil Armstrong’s incredible life.

Amazing Grace at the Hipp Cinema
Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 28
This emotionally riveting documentary presents the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s album Amazing Grace at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Metropolis at the Hipp Cinema
Saturday, July 20, 8:30 p.m.
With its dizzying depiction of a futuristic cityscape and alluring female robot, Metropolis is among the most famous of all German films and the mother of sci-fi cinema.

Be Inspired by the Authentic and Dynamic Dragformation Showcase
Saturday, July 19, 7 p.m.
Dragformation Showcase is the live story of aspiring drag artists who began their journey of self-discovery by committing to a 6-week intensive Drag Werqshop. Through collaboration, journaling, mindfulness meditation, the guidance of local drag experts, and a heartfelt commitment to learning the craft they discover their drag persona.

Royal Opera House: La Forza Del Destino at the Hipp Cinema
Sunday, July 21, 4 p.m.
In this opera, Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance, and tragedy.


Race #4 Dash and Splash Summer Series at Westside Pool
Saturday, July 20, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Participate in four races to keep fit and have fun this summer!


Summer Splash Family Fun Day at Gainesville Elks Lodge
Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy water slides for kids and adults, kiddy splash pools, dunking booth, entertainment and free refreshments. Bring towels, sunscreen, chairs/blankets.


Fresh Pick at Pastorale Farm

Fresh Pick at Pastorale Farm: Select Your Own Vegetables from the Garden
Saturday, July 20, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Pick your own vegetables straight from the garden. Also choose from pasture-raised chicken, free range eggs, goat cheese, white bread and banana bread, canned goods, dried herbs, seed starts, and more. All of products are grown and produced at the farm.

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.


Arrow Points

Learn About Native American Stone Points during What’s the Point at O’Leno State Park
Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Join a park ranger and view different stone points, learn how old they are, what stone they are made from and more. Discover the rich history of this area long before it was called O’Leno.

Depot Park Parkrun
Saturday, July 20, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
The Parkrun organizes free, weekly, 5Km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.


Kulaqua River Ranch Community Day
Sunday, July 21, 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!


Creative B Movie Series: Fantastic Voyage at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Friday, July 19, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Go behind the scenes with a discussion from a panel of scientists, artists and special effects experts. A film screening of the science fiction classic follows.

A Repeating Lifetime at the Harn
Saturday, July 20, 3 p.m.
“A Repeating Lifetime” revamps some of the divisions, struggles, and joys the United States faced during the 20th century. Experience live music, song, dance, and theatre inspired by the exhibition CENTURY and presented in the gallery and Promenade. As we travel through each decade, you will encounter history brought to life: the beautiful, the ugly, and the necessary.

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.

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

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.

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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