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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, April 14-20, 2022

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Celebrate a festive weekend with splashes of color, vibrant flavors, wildlife experiences and live music. Experience a game day atmosphere at the Orange and Blue Game. Meet artists at the Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout and High Springs Art Walk. Learn about animals and enjoy fun activities at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo’s Party for the Planet. View rare animals at the Carson Springs Wildlife Easter Drive-Thru Tour.

Guitarist Yasmin Williams extracts awe-inspiring levels of sound from a single conventional instrument at UpStage at the UF Phillips Center. Celebrate the musical legacy of “The Originator” at Bo Diddley Explosion.

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The below information was accurate at the time of publishing. Due to the current fluctuating environment, please contact organizers directly to double-check details.

Individual businesses in Alachua County may have masking and distancing requirements at their private establishments. We encourage you to become familiar with businesses, venues and attractions you intend to visit and to reach out directly to these establishments should you have questions regarding their current public health and safety procedures. 


fireworks at football stadium

Cheer on Gators Football at the Orange & Blue Game
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. | Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
157 Gale Lemerand Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611 

The annual Gators Football spring scrimmage is back in the Swamp with a game day experience under the lights. Arrive early for pre-game activities including Gators Fan Fest at 4:30 p.m. and Gator Walk at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Find parking info, pre-game schedule and other details at FloridaGators.com.

Photo courtesy of University of Florida Athletics/Greenberry Taylor


museum nights

View Art from Asia, Enjoy Live Performances and More at Museum Nights: Year of the Tigress
Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Explore the Harn after hours with art-blast tours, live performances including the UF Chinese Traditional Instrumental Ensemble, art-making activities and more. Examine the highlighted exhibition “She/Her/Hers: Women in the Arts of China.” Refreshments and admission are free.


artwalk

Meet Artists from the Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout, Browse Hand-Forged Jewelry and More at High Springs Artwalk
Saturday, April 16, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Various Locations in Downtown High Springs 

High Springs Artwalk features local artists gracing sidewalks and storefronts, highlighting walkable, charming small-town hospitality. Featured artist Karen Nelmes of Land and Sea Meet Sky displays handmade gemstone jewelry. Lanza Gallery and Supplies hosts the reception for the Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  

From April 13-15, 22 artists will find inspiration in the nature and springs of Alachua County at the Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paint Out. The paintout is organized by the Lanza Gallery and features a reception, April 16, 4 p.m. -7 p.m. at the Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies in downtown High Springs to coincide with the High Springs Artwalk.


party for the planet

Bring the Family and Explore the Zoo at Party for the Planet
Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

3000 NW 83 St., Gainesville, FL 32606 

In honor of Earth Day, the zoo celebrates with “the wildest party of the year.” Enjoy fun activities including games, crafts, training demonstrations and zookeeper talks. The party is included with regular zoo admission.

The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is home to over 70 species including Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo, White-throated capuchin monkeys, Bald Eagles and more. It’s the only on a college campus accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Plan your visit at www.sfcollege.edu.


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yasmin williams

Step Into a Cabaret Setting on the Phillips Center Main Stage with Innovative Instrumentation from Yasmin Williams
Friday, April 15, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

With a unique percussive fingerstyle approach to guitar, Yasmin Williams presents a refreshing modern style of playing. Played upright or lap style, Yasmin Williams extracts awe-inspiring levels of sound from a single conventional instrument. The 7 p.m. seating include heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. The 9 p.m. seating include desserts and cash bar.


easter drive thru

Hop to Carson Springs and See the Easter Bunny and His Wildlife Friends with a Drive-Thru Safari
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 E CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Drive through Carson Springs Wildlife in your own vehicle and see over 100 rare animals in an outdoor nature setting. You’ll see Henry the Rhino, the oldest Rhino in captivity, big cat feedings and have an opportunity to meet and greet the Easter Bunny and more. TripAdvisor awarded Carson Springs Wildlife the 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award recognizing the attraction at the top 10% of things to do worldwide based on visitor reviews.


spring food truck raly

Relax with Great Food and Live Music at the Spring Food Truck Rally
Sunday, April 17, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Magnolia Parke
4989 NW 40th Pl., Gainesville, FL

One Love Cafe & Zen Asia Eats serve up a family-friendly night of fun. Spread a blanket or bring a chair and enjoy live music and delicious bites on the outdoor lawn at Magnolia Parke. Food vendors include Filipino Flavors, Arepa Burgers, B’z Gelati and more. Find beer, wine and cocktails at One Love Café.


bo diddley explosion

Celebrate the Music and Legacy of “The Originator” at Bo Diddley Explosion
Saturday, April 16, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Alachua Woman’s Club
14565 NW 141 St., Alachua, FL 32615 

Live performances celebrate the life and legacy of one of the cornerstone guitar players of our time. Featured bands include Terraplane, Gitlo Lee, Zdany Chisholm, Barbara Walker and more.

Ellas Bates, later known as Bo Diddley, became an influential guitar player in the 1940s and 1950s. His music and signature “Bo Diddley Beat” was pivotal in the transition from the blues to rock and roll. He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.


bat appreciation day

Learn All About Bats at the 5th Annual Bat Appreciation Day
Saturday, April 16, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Blackadder Brewing Company618 NW 60th St., Gainesville, FL 32607
 

Join Lubee Bat Conservancy at Blackadder Brewing Company and learn about flying foxes, fruit bats and more. Visit with bat experts, education ambassadors and take part in bat-inspired activities and crafts. Vendors include Poppy’s Curiosity Shop, Studio TM Ceramics, Samm Wehman Art, Stubbies Pop-Up Sausages and more. 


happy easter

Bring the Kids to Local Easter Egg Hunts

City of Alachua Easter Egg Hunt at Legacy Park
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. 

High Springs Easter Bunny Parade and Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Easter Community Day in the Park and Egg Hunt at Micanopy Ball Park
Saturday, April 16, 11:30 a.m.


palm warbler at sweetwater wetlands park

Go Birding and Spot Wildlife at Sweetwater Wetlands Park with Special Events in April
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Rd., Gainesville, FL 32641 

Sweetwater Wetlands Park celebrates the spring season and Earth Day with additional events in April. Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. feature ranger-led tours. Get an early start on Sundays for Sunrise Walk at 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays feature Bird Walks at the Wetlands at 8:30 a.m.


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Arts & Theatre

jungle book

Go on a Wild Action-Filled Adventure at the Stage Production of The Jungle Book at High Springs Playhouse
Now through Sunday, May 1
Follow the exciting adventure with Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves and befriended by Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear. Interspersed with the Mowgli tale is the parallel story of a young Rudyard Kipling who is sent off to boarding school. The play highlights the struggle of good versus evil, the worth of friendship and the importance of loyalty and other values required for surviving the “law of the jungle.”

marisol

Surreal Comedy “Marisol” with UF School of Theatre and Dance at UF Constans Theatre
Thusday, April 14 – Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

Author Discussion of Ecological Wisdom at Performing Resilience / For the Birds at UF Ustler Hall Atrium
Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m.


Events & Festivals

Florida Morgan Horse Association presents the 46th Annual Citrus Cup Horse Show at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center, Spectators Welcome
Thursday, April 14 – Saturday, April 16

carnival rides

Thrilling Rides, Food and Games at the Magic Midways Oaks Mall Spring Carnival
Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 17

2-day Survival Knife Blacksmithing Workshop at [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, April 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Pop-Up Markets

Sip and Shop at Hardwood and Honey
Friday, April 15, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Music & Performance

Folk Music with The Ruckus at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Little Mike & The Tornadoes at One Love Café
Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Contemporary Christian with Zach Williams at UF Phillips Center
Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.

UF Symphony Orchestra Concert at University Auditorium
Thursday, April 14, 7:20 p.m.

jazz up spring

Jazz Up Spring! At Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. 

Orbiter, Shooting Northwestern, Small Disasters and Articles at Loosey’s
Friday, April 15, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

The Remedy at One Love Cafe
Friday, April 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

swamp records showcase

Swamp Records Showcase at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, April 15, 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. 

Luna Luna with Dent May and Pearl and The Oysters (Homecoming Show) at The Wooly
Friday, April 15, 9 p.m. 

80s Night at High Dive
Friday, April 15, 9:30 p.m. 

An Enchanted End of Year Show with the Sedoctaves at 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, April 16, 6 p.m. 

Americana with the Front Porch Backsteppers at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, April 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Pulp and Music GNV Present: Dr. Susmita Datta at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, April 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

UF Brass Band Concert at University Auditorium
Saturday, April 16, 7:20 p.m.

the 502s

The 502s at High Dive
Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m. 

Hardcore at Beatdown and Dragged out w/ Gillian Carter, Mindfield at Loosey’s
Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m. 

Latin Nights with DJ Mark at Vecinos
Saturday, April 16, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

boosie webbie gainesville

Come Together Day Easter Classic with Boosie and Webbie at Citizens Field
Sunday, April 17, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Old School Sundays with RC and Showtime at Embassy Event Hall
Sunday, April 17, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow at Vivid Music Hall
Sunday, April 17, 7 p.m. 

Jazzlist Band at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Rock Music with Badflower at High Dive
Tuesday, April 19, 6 p.m. 

Metal with Dying Whale, Flagman and North Wood at The Wooly
Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

band extravaganza

UF Band Extravaganza at UF Phillips Center
Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. 

Reggae Music at Into the Clouds ft. Propaganjah, Dionysus, Lakeview, & more at High Dive
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.


Craft Breweries

Jazz Bandits at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, April 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Singer-Songwriter Babyl at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, April 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, April 17, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Sunday Vibes at The Source with DJ Wax Atom at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, April 17, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

sip and shop

Sip and Shop Under the Big Top at Big Top Brewing Company
Tuesday, April 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Yoga for All at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Tuesday, April 19, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

cottonmouth day

Cottonmouth Day at Swamp Head Brewery
Wednesday, April 20, 3 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

spring market

Haile Village Farmer’s Market and Spring Festival
Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

blueberries

U-Pick Blueberries at Aunt Zelma’s Blueberries, check Facebook for updates
Open Daily Starting Friday, April 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cypress & Grove Farmer’s Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

GNV Market at South Main Station Featuring Live Music
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

High Springs Farmer’s Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Alachua County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Newberry Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Haile Village Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Waldo Farmer’s Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Bites & Brunch

Weekly Wine Tastings at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Oysters and Bubbles at Superette Wine and Provisions
Friday, April 15, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

3-Course Easter Menu at Swamp Boil
Friday, April 15, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Sunday, April 17, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

(sold out) Pasta and Bruschetta Couple Cooking Class at the Fat Tuscan
Friday, April 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Brioche Bread Making Cooking Class at the Fat Tuscan
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

easter brunch

Easter Brunch at Sweetwater Branch Inn
Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Easter Menu at Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille
Sunday, April 17

Did you know that our dining scene regularly makes national headlines? Find out why We Chomp with the best of them!
Find a searchable list of Alachua County restaurants here.


Sports

archery targets

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, April 15, 5 p.m.

Gators Track and Field Tom Jones Memorial at Percy Beard Track
Friday, April 15 – Saturday, April 16

turkey creek golf

YoPro Golf Scramble at Turkey Creek Golf
Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. 

Summit Series Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.  

Gators Women’s Tennis vs. South Carolina at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Saturday, April 16, 12:30 p.m. 

Gators Men’s Tennis vs. Texas A&M at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Sunday, April 17, 12:30 p.m. 

Gators Baseball vs. Stetson at Florida Ballpark
Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m. 

Gators Softball vs. USF at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m. 

Gators Women’s Tennis Host the 2022 SEC Women’s Tennis Championship
Wednesday, April 20 – Sunday, April 24


Parks & Trails

Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, April 16, 7:30 a.m. 

Dash & Splash Summer Series at Depot Park
Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m. 

Alachua Audubon Society Field Trip at Bolen Bluff Trail at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m. 

Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

ferns at devils millhopper

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Sunset Movie Series at Depot Park: Encanto
Saturday, April 16, 7 p.m. 

Alachua Audubon Society Field Trip with your own Kayak on River Stix
Sunday, April 17, 8 a.m. 

Bird Walk at Serenola Forest Preserve
Tuesday, April 19, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Trek Through Trails: Top 5 Family-Friendly and Dog-Friendly Hikes
Spending time in nature has been proven to benefit the mind, body and spirit, so round up the kids, find the dog, or go solo and reacquaint yourself with the outdoors on Alachua County’s nature trails.


Museums & Galleries

karen lemmonier painting at springs

Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout Public Observation Days
Thursday, April 14 – Friday, April 15 at various locations near High Springs 

Black Thursday Anniversary Celebration at Matheson History Museum
Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m. 

High Springs History Museum Open During High Springs Art Walk
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

triceratops skeleton

Dig Into the Past at the Florida Museum’s New Fossil Exhibit, Now Open
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Take a unique look behind the scenes, interact with scientists while they work and explore some of the museum’s coolest specimens in the “Science Up Close: Fantastic Fossils” exhibit. Come face-to-face with giant dinosaur skeletons, beautiful botanical fossils and ancient microscopic life.
Photo by Florida Museum/Jeff Gage 

View Artwork Depicting Legends and Myths at the Mythologies Exhibit at GFAA
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spring Show at the Newberry Fire House Gallery
Gallery Hours Fridays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Now on View at the Harn Museum of Art, She/Her/Hers: Women in the Arts of China
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Unravel the Technology of Textiles at Fabric Frontiers at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Thursday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women at the Matheson History Museum
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Save The Date

Sing Into Spring Concert at Santa Fe College, April 21

Pioneer Days in High Springs, April 23-24

Tree Fest at Swamp Head Brewery, April 23

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