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What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County, September 12-15, 2019

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The weekend is jam-packed with live music, theater openings, and family-friendly adventures for kids of all ages. The 15th Annual Gainesville Latino Film Festival features a full calendar of free events celebrating Latin culture. Indie-rock sensation Morningbell takes the stage at the Free Fridays Concert Series, and the Gainesville Community Playhouse and Acrosstown Repertory Theatre celebrate openings of new productions.

Kids will love getting up close to firetrucks and big rigs at the Fun4Gator Kids Touch-A-Truck. Take a walk on the wild side and witness exciting big cat feeding demonstrations and rare and endangered species at the Carson Springs Wild Adventure Open House. On Sunday, High Springs hosts the 6th Annual Folk in the Springs with music on 7 stages.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
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Folk in the Springs

Listen to Multiple Acoustic Artists on 7 Stages at the 6th Annual Folk in the Springs
Sunday, September 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Multiple Locations in High Springs
High Springs, FL

Stroll through the High Springs Historic District and for a day of original acoustic music from 9 artists at 7 locations. Artists will perform for 35-50 minutes followed by a meet & greet. All performances are within 2 blocks of the Main St. and NW 1st Ave. intersection. Each location will start with a welcome message addressing the significance of its history. For an added treat, the High Springs Farmers Market will be open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


15th Gainesville Latino Film Festival with logos for Visit Gainesville, City of Gainesville, UF Center for Latin American Studies

Immerse Yourself in the Films and Food of Latin America during the 15th Annual Gainesville Latino Film Festival
September 12-28 | Multiple Locations in Gainesville

World-class cinema, innovative shorts, international award-winners, and diverse experiences that link people through the art of cinema- launching Gainesville as a cultural destination. This year’s amazing line-up includes films from Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, US, and Guatemala. Admission is free.


Sunset Village logo on a doorhanger. Sunset Village a new play by Michael Presley Bobbitt

See the Wild Comedy Sunset Village Opening This Weekend
4 shows a week through September 29 | Gainesville Community Playhouse
4039 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605

In Florida’s most notorious retirement community, a recent widow is drawn into a senior-citizen Neverland where venereal disease rates are the highest in the nation, and sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll never die. See the off-Broadway show that sold out every show in its last production.


Jekyll & Hyde The Musical

Experience Thrills and Chills at the Opening Weekend for Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical
4 shows a week through October 6 | Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Witness the epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in the musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits. 


Free Fridays Concert Series

Catch a Captivating Performance by Gainesville’s Critically-Acclaimed Rock Quartet, Morningbell
Friday, September 13, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Morningbell band members

Unlike when you were in school, you are going to want to stand up and move around when you hear the Morningbell. If you want to experience one of the truly exceptional indie rock bands to rise out the Gainesville music scene, you’ll be at this show. Morningbell was featured in Bonnaroo, MTV’s The Real World Sydney, Blender Magazine, Pitchfork Media, The Washington Post, and Americana UK. This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.


2nd Greater Gainesville International Gala

Enjoy Live Performances and Food from Around the World at the 2nd Annual Greater Gainesville International Gala
Friday, September 13, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Cotton Club Museum & Cultural Center
837 SE 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Gainesville’s premier international gala is a formal evening benefitting the Gainesville International Center and the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center. Celebrate the global connections that make this region a vibrant international community with growing academic, business, and cultural opportunities.


Kids climbing on various trucks. Logo for Fun4Gator Kids Touch A Truck

Kids Get Up Close to Dozens of Large Vehicles at Fun4GatorKids Touch a Truck
Saturday, September 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606

Join the fun at this family friendly event. Climb into firetrucks and other service vehicles and learn from their operators. Kids activities take place in the Children’s Safety Zone. Smaller children and children with auditory sensitivities can attend quiet hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. so they can enjoy the vehicles without the noise of horns, sirens, bullhorns or PA systems.


Wild Adventures Open House Poster with wild animals in the background. More details in description

View Rare and Endangered Species at Carson Springs Wild Adventure Open House
Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 E County Rd. 225, Gainesville, FL 32609

Bring the family out to see exotic species and witness exciting Big Cat feeding demonstrations throughout the day and other animal encounters. Food trucks will be on site for this fun event.


Celebration Pointe

Relax at Jazz on the Green with Quintet led by Gosia and Ali
Saturday, September 14, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Spread a blanket under the setting sun, or snuggle up by the fire pit in the promenade, and catch some beautiful music while the kids play games on the lawn. Food and drinks can be purchased from restaurants at Celebration Pointe.


Full Moon Paddle Tour on the Santa Fe River

Paddle Under the Full “Harvest” Moon
Saturday, September 14, 8:30 p.m. | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 NW US Highway 441, High Springs, Florida 32643

Float down the gorgeous Santa Fe River as it is illuminated by the Full Harvest Moon, named for the full moon closest to the Fall Equinox. 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.


Hippodrome Jazz Series

Hippodrome Jazz Series with Accomplished Singer and Pianist Cathy Dewitt
Monday, September 16, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Hippodrome Lower Level
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601

Let the sophisticated piano styling of Cathy Dewitt set your Monday evening mood. An eclectic award-winning songwriter and musician, DeWitt has shared the stage and the airwaves with Tom Paxson, Pete Seeger, Garrison Keillor, jazz pianists Dave Frischberg and Rob Bargad, and more.

Dewitt’s performance is part of Hippodrome State Theatre’s weekly jazz series, creating a centerpiece of culture in downtown Gainesville.


SAVE THE DATES, while you are making plans, take a look at these upcoming Fall crowd pleasers:
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


MUSIC & PERFORMANCE

Dean Johansen

Prohibition Style Gypsy Jazz with Dean Johanasen at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, September 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rock and Roll with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at One Love Café
Thursday, September 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Ska, Reggae, Soul and more with the Pietasters Go South Tour and the Duppies at Looseys
Thursday, September 12, 8 p.m.

Bluegrass with Boilin Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, September 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Spiritual Exploration of Sound with Infinite Third, Zigtebra and Vena Cava at the Hardback Cafe
Friday, September 13, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Indie Rock with IT Band, Stateroads and Take Lead at High Dive
Friday, September 13, 9:30 p.m.

Metal Music with Deathcrown, Appalling, Graveview, & CBT at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub
Friday, September 13, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Drum and Bass at the Friday The 13th Part 4 The Final Chapter at Visionary FAM
Friday, September 13, 10 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Modern Rock with Cami Maree Live at One Love Cafe
Saturday, September 14, 6 p.m.

Benefit Show for Queer the Fest! at The Atlantic
Saturday, September 14, 8:30 p.m.

Cassettes and Boom Box. Gettin' Jiggy With DJ Mellow Blendz

Gettin Jiggy 90’s vs 2000’s Video Dance Party with DJ Mellow at High Dive
Saturday, September 14, 9:30 p.m.

Bass Music with Kompany at Simons 
Saturday, September 14, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

North Central Florida Blues Society Presents: Tennessee Redemption, Damon Fowler, The Shakedown and Bridget Kelly Band at High Dive
Sunday, September 15, 5:30 p.m.

[Cancelled] UF Trombone Studio Chamber Music Recital at UF Music Building Room 101
Monday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Chamber Music Concert at the UF Music Building Room 101
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.



CRAFT BREWERIES

B-I-N-G-O for Charity at Blackadder Brewing
Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Blues and Brews with Cassie Keenum at the High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

two beer glasses. Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest at Swamp Head Brewery with Stubbies and Steins Sausages, Uppercrust Bakery and Live Music from The Polka Bears
Friday, September 13, 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Acoustic Rock Classics with Allison Woodar at Cypress and Grove Brewery
Friday, September 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Eclectic Sounds with Mama Trish at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, September 13, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Have a Good Time and Support Florida State Park Rangers at Party for the PARKs at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, September 14, 2 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Flow with Instructor Kristen C at Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, September 15, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.


ARTS & THEATRE

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

Kick-Off the Fall Theatre Season with the Tony Award Winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Hippodrome Theatre
On stage through Sunday, September 22 with 7 performances a week

Live-Model Drawing Class with Cool Models, Drinks and Snacks during Figuratively Speaking at The AUK Market
Thursday, September 12, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Storytellers Share Fun, Real, Raw and Ridiculously Fun Coming of Age Stories as Guts & Glory GNV Presents Old School at The Wooly
Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Un Comedy Tour + Local Stand Up Showcase featuring Nadeem Awad, Ciro Dobric, Randy Vega, Brian Coronado and Phil Isme at the High Dive
Thursday, September 12, 9 p.m.

Keg of Laughs Comedy Showcase at World of Beer Tioga Town Center
Thursday, September 12, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Tony-Award Winning Play, God of Carnage at Actors Warehouse
On Stage 4 Times a Week through September 22

Improv Comedy with Theatre Strike Force at Civic Media Center
Friday, September 13, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

High Springs Playhouse’s 27th Season Preview Gala at GFWC New Century Woman’s Club
Saturday, September 14, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Live Screening of Captain Asteroid Season 2 Episodes Produced by Local Filmmakers at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Saturday, September 14, 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Hands-on Blacksmithing Workshop: Forge a Dinner Bell with [Fe]ver Metal Art Studio
Sunday, September 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Book Launch for “Dreaming the Marsh” at Matheson History Museum
Sunday, September 15, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Book Reading for Life Records: Stories From the Intersection of Music and Memories at Third House Books
Sunday, September 15, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Save the date for the next performance at High Springs Playhouse: A Party to Murder
3 shows per week October 4 – 27


BITES & BRUNCH

Blind Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine & Cheese
Thursday, September 12, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting, Pairing & Chef Dinner at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, September 13, 6 p.m.

French Wine Tasting at Dorn’s Liquors
Friday, September 13, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Learn Peruvian Gastronomy with Chef Rama at Sabores del Perú: A Cooking Demonstration at Working Food
Friday, September 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Brunch & Crepes Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m.

Register for the Charcuterie Board Workshop and Learn How To Make the Best Arrangements at Lucky’s Market
Saturday, September 14, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Grab a Bite from Unique Food Trucks at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally at High Dive
Saturday, September 14, 5 p.m.

Food, Drinks, Live Music and a Hawaiian-Style Pig Roast at the First Food Park Party at 4th Avenue Food Park
Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Share Food, Drinks and Fabulous Entertainment during Drag Brunch at MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
Sunday, September 15, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


FOOTBALL, SPORTS & FANS

Go Beyond the Sidelines with Gators Football Head Coach Dan Mullen at Gator Talk at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Watch a Variety of Sports from Pickleball to Archery to Basketball and More at the 19th Annual UF Health Gainesville Senior Games
Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15

Support Heart Research at the 2019 Alachua County Heart Walk at Santa Fe College
Saturday, September 14, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

All Racers Welcome for Test & Tune and Gambler Race at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, September 14, 5 p.m.

2-Day Paintball Scenario Bad Guy Brawl Vol. 2 with The Red Queen vs. Darth Vader at First Strike Paintball
Saturday, September 14 – Sunday, September 15

Softball Teams 10U-18U Compete at the Florida Fastpitch Classic at Champions Park
Saturday, September 14 – Sunday, September 15

Gate2Gate Trail Run Course Preview at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Sunday, September 15, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.


FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Local Vendors and Crafters at Second Saturdays Craft & Vendor Festival at Green Market Nursery
Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Family Fishing and Aquatic Education Day at UF/IFAS Fishing Ponds
Saturday, September 14, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS

Tomatoes at the Market

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.

One Love Café Farmer’s Market
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 8:30 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.


PARKS & TRAILS

Make Crafts from Recycled Products at Art in the Parks: The Repurpose Project at TB McPherson Park
Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bring a Chair or Join In Art in the Parks: Ukelele Club of Gainesville in the Thomas Center Gardens
Saturday, September 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Take a Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Loblolly Woods
Saturday, September 14, 8 a.m.

Full Moon Drum Circle at Depot Park
Saturday, September 14, 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.


PARKS & TRAILS

Ginnie Brew Fest Saturday October 19

Save the date for the inaugural Ginnie Brew Fest, showcasing craft beer, cider and mead from over 20 craft breweries at Ginnie Springs
Saturday, October 19, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Harn Museum Nights

Discover art and culture from across Latin America during Museum Nights: Noche de Museo at the Harn Museum of Art Thursday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Viva Museum at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Discover art and culture from across Latin America during Museum Nights: Noche de Museo at the Harn Museum of Art Thursday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Actors Perform A Play From a Script They Have Never Seen, White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour at Black C Art Gallery
Thursday, September 12 – Friday, September 13, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Music to Your Eyes! at Gainesville Fine Arts Association
Now through Saturday, September 21

A Table of Contents by Emmanuel Manu Opoku at UF Grinter Gallery
Now through Friday, November 8, 2019

Vitruvian Women, Paintings by Allison Zuckerman at University Gallery
Now through Friday, October 25, 2019

Tile Exchange Exhibition: Wuhan Textile University and University of Florida at Gary R. Libby Gallery
Now through Friday, October 18, 2019

Plants and Animals from the Local Ecosystem at Donald Martin – Sanctuary Printmaking Exhibit and Gallery Talk at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Now through Friday, October 4, 2019

Gainesville Fine Arts Association’s Members Best Exhibit at the Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School
Now through Friday, 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 Sunday, 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 Saturday, 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.

Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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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