What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County September 19-22, 2019

It might be the last official weekend of summer, but in Gainesville and Alachua County things are heating up. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” We may not feel the weather shift just yet, but the buzz of Gator Football, music, arts and cultural festivals, and more is something we can all get excited about.

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

Mix It Up This Week. Enjoy Music, Farmer’s Market and More at Third Thursday on Main Street Alachua
Thursday, September 19, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Main Street Alachua
Downtown Alachua

Take in the sights and sounds, and savor delicious treats as you stroll the streets of downtown Alachua. Live country music from the Justin Lee Partin Band creates a festive atmosphere as you browse and shop from art and craft vendors with hand-made products; cool off with a treat from the snow cone booth; and take home beautiful produce from the Downtown Farmer’s Market.

Florida Gators football player with text GAME TIME

Rock The Swamp as the Gators Host Tennessee
Saturday, September 21, 12 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
157 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

Gators are 3-0 and for the first time, fans can look forward to a “Champions Parade” ahead of the Gator Walk. Champions from multiple sports from 1969-2009 will be honored. On home game days fans can enjoy food trucks, a music stage, stands to buy drinks (adult and otherwise) and 18 shaded tents. 

Carl Stone presented by Pulp Arts

Discover a World of Music with Pioneer of Live Computer Music, Carl Stone
Thursday, September 19, 8 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Village Voice hailed live computer music composer and performer, Carl Stone, as “the king of sampling” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He has used computers in live performance since 1986. The evening includes live visuals by Don Miller, opening sets from Brett Geib and Steven Head and a Q&A session with Carl Stone.

Free Fridays Concert Series
The Impostors performing on stage

Dance to Your Favorite Beatles Hits with The Impostors
Friday, September 20, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Fab Four fans get ready to enjoy a wide selection of The Beatles’ songs at the Free Fridays Downtown Concert Series. This week the good times and catchy tunes are brought to you by The Impostors, Gainesville’s legendary Beatles tribute band. The band will play from the popular hits of the Beatle’s early heydays, through the experimental era of the “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” albums, to the “Abbey Road” album and their final rooftop appearance. This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.

Playlist at the Pointe. Friday Nights 8pm-10pm. Once a month.

Unwind to the Flamenco Infused Guitar Styling of David Feder at Playlist at the Pointe
Friday, September 20, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Kick-off your weekend with good music, good food and good times. David Feder plays his signature blend of Flamenco-infused Folk guitar music. Grab a bite from Celebration Pointe’s restaurants, including The Keys Grill and Piano Bar, MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company, Kilwins Gainesville, Decadent Dessert and Coffee Bar and Miller’s Ale House.

Etienne Charles with trumpet

Get Up Close and Personal with Creole Soul by Etienne Charles
Friday, September 20, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | UpStage at the Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

UpStage brings performers and audiences literally onto the Phillips Center Main Stage. Enjoy an up close, intimate experience as the stage transforms into a jazz club atmosphere with tables, chairs, appetizers, and a cash bar. Etienne Charles brings everything he has to the stage with thrilling compositions and palpable charisma. Building on his Trinidadian heritage, Charles rewrites jazz by blending myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean and defying easy musical categorization.

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.

Violinist Sarah Chang

Revel in a Commanding Performance from Violinist Sarah Chang
Sunday, September 22, 7:30 p.m. | Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611

One of the world’s great violinists, Sarah Chang has performed with the most distinguished orchestras since her debut at the age of 8. For this performance, Chang will be joined by multifaceted artist and longtime collaborator Julio Elizalde on piano. 

Postmodern Jukebox musicians

Experience Energetic and Unique Interpretations of Pop and Rock Songs with Postmodern Jukebox
Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Usher in the upcoming Twenty-Twenties with a show by the famed time-twisting musical collective Postmodern Jukebox. Postmodern Jukebox covers modern favorites in the style and artistry typified in music of past generations. They are traveling the globe in 2019 on their Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour, and they are bringing the fun to Gainesville.

American Flag with POW/MIA Flag

Honor American Service Members at the POW/MIA Never Forget Ceremony
Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. | Veterans Memorial Park
7430 NW 41st Pl., Gainesville, FL 32606

Alachua County Veteran Services, Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 3, the American Legion and the Department of Veterans Affairs are having a “Never Forget” ceremony to honor the service members who were Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). After the ceremony, there will be a commemorative motorcycle ride to the American Legion Post 16 where there will be further ceremonies and barbecue lunch.

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


Classic Rock by Whiskey Jones at Tioga Town Center
Friday, September 20, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

American Blues and Rock and Roll by Little Mike and the Tornadoes at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

String-based Quintet The Wild Shiners at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, September 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Singer-Songwriter Cassie Keenum Plays Blues and Folk Music at One Love Café
Thursday, September 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

International Folk Dancing
Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m.  – 10 p.m. 

Punk Rock with Strung Out & The Casualties at The Wooly
Thursday, September 19, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Local Hip Hop Showcase and New Talent Night at High Dive
Thursday, September 19, 8:30 p.m.

Guitar Tunes and Chill Vibes with Thomas Anthony at Live@Aloft Gainesville
Friday, September 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where the Mountain Meets the Swamp with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, September 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

When Gospel Meets Jazz with Love Never Felt So Good at the Thomas Center
Friday, September 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Juan Rollan Quartet performs John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme album at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, September 20, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Whale Feral, Oxford Noland, Thirsty Fish at High Dive
Friday, September 20, 9 p.m.

Free Punk Rock Show with Mike Llerena and the Nerve, The Reinhards and The Drain Outs at Loosey’s Downtown
Friday, September 20, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Potty Mouth, Gutless, GILT at The Atlantic Nightspot
Friday, September 20, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Perú Dance performs at Bo Diddley Plaza
Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Grupo Folklorico Mahetzi at the Gainesville Latino Film Festival at The Thomas Center
Saturday, September 21, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Instrumental Jazz Quintet Swing Theory at One Love Cafe
Saturday, September 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Flamenco-infused Folk with David Feder at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, September 21, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The Walkers, Causa, Harbour Drive, Penny’s Lookout at High Dive
Saturday, September 21, 9 p.m.

Under Pressure A Queen & Bowie Tribute Dance Party at The Wooly
Saturday, September 21, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

UF Carillion Studio Concert Series at Century Tower
Sunday, September 22, 3 p.m – 4 p.m.

Jazz with Larry Newcomb and Howard Wapner at the Hippodrome Jazz Series
Monday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 


Flatpicking Singer Songwriter Brett Base at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, September 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Pups On The Patio at Big Top Brewing Company
Thursday, September 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Indie Music Song Writer Paul Eliott Live at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

An Evening of Covers and Originals with Tristan Harvey at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Friday, September 20, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

UF vs. TENN on the Big Screen at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, September 21, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tennessee Volunteers vs Florida Gators Watch Party at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Saturday, September 21, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Barre at the Brewery with AUXO Fitness at Cypress and Grove Brewing Co.
Saturday, September 21, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Country Music by Clay Brooker Live at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


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

Final Weekend of 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

We Are Proud to Present, a Presentation at the University of Florida Black Box Theatre about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915
Now through Sunday, September 29

Dreamgirls at the Star Center Theatre
Now through September 28

Sunset Village at Gainesville Community Playhouse
Now through September 29

Jekyll & Hyde The Musical at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Now through October 6

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


Tarts & Butter Dough Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, September 19, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine & Cheese Thursday, September 19, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Fall Equinox Pizza Party and Drum Circle at Mosswood Farm Store
Saturday, September 21, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wine Paring Dinner “A Taste of Panama” at Leonardo’s 706
Wednesday, September 25, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Gator Talk

Go Beyond the Sidelines with Gators Football Head Coach Dan Mullen at Gator Talk at The Keys Grill & Piano Bar in Celebration Pointe
Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gators Volleyball Hosts Northern Arizona, Louisiana and Liberty for the Gators Invitational at Exactech Arena
Friday, September 20 – Saturday September 21

Cycling, Table Tennis and Basketball for Weekend 2 of the 19th Annual UF Health Gainesville Senior Games
Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22

Florida Archery Association FITA Championship at Easton Archery Center
Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Summit Series Race at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, September 21, 2 p.m.


Get a Scare at the Newberry Cornfield Maze
September 20 – October 26, Fridays 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturdays 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Pet Friendly Yappy Hour at Aloft Hotel
Thursday, September 19, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Day of Peace Festival at Depot Park
Saturday, September 21, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Pine Needle Basketry Class at Micanopy Library Branch
Saturday, September 21, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bracelet Bonanza Blacksmithing Workshop with [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dog Park Opening Ceremony at Bass Pro Shops
Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Tomatoes at the Market

September Fresh Pick at HK Cattle & Farms
Saturday, September 21, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Newberry Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Main Street Alachua Farmers Market at Main Street Alachua
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

One Love Café Farmer’s Market
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Haile Farmers Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Join the Free 5K Run, Jog, Walk at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, September 21, 7:30 a.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Barr Hammock Preserve
Saturday, September 21, 8 a.m.

Bird Walks with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, September 25, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


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.


Listen to Revealing Conversations with Seminal Music Artists such as Tom Petty at I Need To Know: The Lost Music Interviews At The Matheson History Museum
Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Historic Bike Tour of the University of Florida at the Florida Museum of Natural History [sold out]
Sunday, September 22, 2 p.m. – 4 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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