What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County, September 5-8, 2019

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With sunny skies and warm temperatures, the weather forecast looks perfect for the first home game of the Gator football season. Whether you’re in town for the game or local, the first weekend in September is sizzling with excitement. Choose from free outdoor music in downtown Gainesville or Celebration Pointe, salsa dancing at the Wooly, or immerse yourself in Brazilian culture at Heartwood Soundstage.

The Keys Grill & Piano Bar

Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of The Keys Grill and Piano Bar at Celebration Pointe!
Congratulations to Tony Espetia (former owner of Rum Runners and Fat Tuesday), Brad Heron (owner of Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar), and Diego Ibanez (co-owner of Emiliano’s Café) as they join forces to bring a new restaurant experience to Gainesville at Celebration Pointe.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
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Gators football player with text GAME TIME

Get Ready for a New Game Day Experience when Football Returns to The Swamp as the Gators host UT Martin
Saturday, September 7, 7:30 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
157 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

After a victory over Miami to start the 2019 season, the Gators host UT Martin for the first home game in The Swamp. Home game attendees can expect a tribute to Mr. Two Bits, The Chomp, tailgating in the Gator Walk Village, Tom Petty’s “We Won’t Back Down,” new concessions options, revamped Gators Food Patio outside Gate 1 and an improved fan experience during the game. Click for details of new gameday experience.
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Football fans, gator band, citywalk. Chomp the Block at Celebration Pointe

Kickoff the Football Weekend with Food, Music and Fun Activities at Chomp The Block
Friday, September 6 | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Enjoy live music by FAST LANE, delicious food, lawn games and kids’ activities in the Promenade at Celebration Pointe. 

Free Fridays Concert Series

Dance to Classic Rock Favorites from the Nancy Luca Band
Friday, September 6, 8 p.m – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Nancy Luca Band photo by Suzanna Mars

Don’t miss this family friendly and rock-n-roll approved party on the plaza with just about all of your favorite classic rock tunes on the roster. The Nancy Luca Band returns to the Bo Diddley Plaza stage for this highly anticipated show. Nancy’s in from California to rock out Free Fridays with her mix of classic rock covers and originals. This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.

High Springs First Friday

Visit the Quaint Shops of Downtown High Springs at First Friday
Friday, September 6, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Multiple Locations

Downtown High Springs

Take a leisurely stroll at First Fridays in High Springs where one can enjoy the local food and craft brewery scene followed by a stroll downtown to visit the eclectic shops that stay open late with sales and specials for visitors to enjoy.

Flag of Brazil. BrazilFest September 7 2019. Come celebrate brazilian independence day with performances by Sander Pinheiro, Maca Reggae Samba, Allied Capoeira, Edwin Carvalho, special guests Hermongenes Araujo, kenneth metzker. Brazilian food, vendors and much more

Immerse Yourself in the Diversity of Brazilian Music with Bossa Nova, Forro and Samba at Brazilfest
Saturday, September 7, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with three incredible acts: Sander Pinheiro, Maca Reggae Samba, and Allied Capoeira. With special guests: Kenneth Metzker, Hermogenes Araujo, Edwin Carvalho and more. Brazilian food, vendors and art make this an immersive experience showcasing the talents of the Brazilian community in our area.

Havana nights. Salsa with Elio Piedra at the Wooly

Salsa with Elio Piedra at Havana Nights
Friday, September 6, 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. | The Wooly
20 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Bring your passion and rhythm to the dance floor and move to the music of DJ Elio Piedra as he brings the fiesta to The Wooly. This dance party, brought to you by the Gator Salsa Club and the Gainesville Latino Film Festival, incorporates photo opportunities and a specialty drink to help keep the party going all night long. Dress spicy, bring your friends and get ready to cha-cha-cha.

God of Carnage and a smiley face, written with crayon. By Yasmine Reza

Don’t Miss the Opening Night of Tony-Award Winning Play, God of Carnage
On Stage 4 Times a Week through September 22 | Actors Warehouse
619 NE 1st St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Witness the dissection of interpersonal politics played to perfection at the Actors Warehouse portrayal of the Tony Award winning play, God of Carnage. A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed but, as the meeting progresses, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge

Get Inspired by the Midnight Hour – an 8 Piece Band led by founding member of A Tribe Called Quest Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge
Sunday, September 8, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S. Main St., Gaineville, FL 32601

The Midnight Hour is an ode to the cultural sophistication of the Harlem Renaissance. It is a soul/jazz/hip hop compilation that continues the conversations started by yesterday’s jazz and funk pioneers. The Midnight Hour is sophisticated hip hop capturing jazz rhythms and a full orchestra reminiscent of the maestros such as David Axelrod and Quincy Jones.

Fest Wrestling's 3rd Anniversary Bash. Sunday September 8. Eight Seconds, 201 W University Ave, Downtown Gainesville FL

Watch High-Flying, Off-The-Wall Wrestling at the 3rd Annual Fest Wrestling Anniversary Bash
Sunday, September 8 |:08 Seconds
201 W University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Who Will Walk Away on Top? The wild 3rd birthday party for Fest Wrestling features big debuts and returning favorites including Saieve Al Sabah, Gymnasty Boys, G.R.I.T., Simon Grimm, Effy, Metro Brothers, Aerial Monroe, Diamante, CJ O’ Doyle, Wolfe Taylor, Serpentico, Ken Kerbis and Treehouse Lee.

SAVE THE DATES, while you are making plans, take a look at these upcoming Fall crowd pleasers:
Folk in the Springs, September 15
Latino Film Festival, September 12-28
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


Soul, Jazz, Funk, R&B with The Browns at Lightning Salvage
Friday, September 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with The Couch Messiahs at One Love Café
Friday, September 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Modern, Adult Pop with The Detours at Tioga Town Center
Friday, September 6, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sally B’s Dashing Revue with Swing Theory at High Dive
Friday, September 6, 8 p.m.

Afrobeats with Nightcrawler at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, September 6, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Indie-Pop with The Hollywood Horses at Hardback
Friday, September 6, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Downtown Drag at Maude’s Side Car Bar
Friday, September 6, 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Ethereal Piano Blues with Baer and The Lady GNV Listening Room
Saturday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Metal and Hardcore with Modern Alchemy, Shadow The Earth, Broken Silence, Blood Filled Hate at High Dive
Saturday, September 7, 8:30 p.m.

Beyday 4 with honeycomb, bees, and beyonce photos

Beyonce’s Hits and Lip Sync Contest at Bey Day IV: The Final Party at The Atlantic
Saturday, September 7, 9 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Ceramicats Record Release at Hardback Cafe
Saturday, September 7, 9 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Indie-Rock with Dikembe, Strange Ranger, Body Heat at The Atlantic
Sunday, September 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Jazz Series at the Hippodrome Lower Level
Monday, September 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Drink GNV Brewery Tour
Friday, September 6, 3 p.m.

Local Voices, a new singer-song writer group showcasing Gainesville musicians at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, September 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Football Friday at Swamp Head Brewery with Ash & Ember Wood Fired and Genius Entertainment
Friday, September 6, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Night on the Nile Showcase at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, September 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Brewery Yoga with Yoga Pod at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, September 8, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

The Brewery Comedy Tour at Blackadder Brewing Company
Monday, September 9, 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Science on Tap: Hurricanes at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.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.


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

The Conch, Gainesville’s True Storytelling Project at Lightning Salvage
Thursday, September 5, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Discover the Explosion of Music from LA’s Laurel Canyon in Echo in the Canyon at Hippodrome Cinema
Now – Sunday, September 8

Book Launch – Florida’s Bellamy Road: A Place of Remembrance at Alachua Branch Library
Sunday, September 8, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

ArtSpeaks “Bringing Poetry & People Together” at The Thomas Center
Sunday, September 8, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Tea at Downton at Haile Village Bistro
Saturday, September 7, 3 p.m.

Wine Tasting Class at Somewhere Along The Way Art Gallery
Saturday, September 7, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Fearless Food Festival at One Love Café
Sunday, September 8, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Gator Talk featuring Dan Mullen at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, September 5, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Summit E.T. Series Race #13 at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, September 7, 2 p.m.


The Beauty Pop-up Sale at the Days Inn
Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Family Funtime at the Alachua County Library Headquarters Branch
Saturday, September 7, 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

ARTspace- Discover. Create. Inspire! at the Waldo Branch of the Alachua County Library
Saturday, September 7, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


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.


Frogs & Friends Fridays at Morningside Nature Center
Friday, September 6, 2 p.m.

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

Morning Ranger Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, September 7, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Living History Days at Morningside Nature Center
Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m.

Free Yoga at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m.

Learn About the History of “Old Leno” during Literacy Day at O’Leno State Park
Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m.

Bugs at Dusk at Prairie Creek Lodge
Saturday, September 7, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Evening Ranger-led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sunday, September 8, 5:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Tot Time for ages 2-5 at the Harn Museum of Art
Friday, September 6, 11 a.m.

Painted plants and donuts

Paint Still-life Donuts and Eat Them Too at Somewhere Along The Way Art Gallery
Sunday, September 8, 3 p.m. – 5 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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