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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, April 21-27, 2022

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Find festival fun and connection to Alachua County’s rich cultural history with What’s Good. Celebrate the 42nd Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival with live music, great food, historical exhibits and dozens of vendors. Step back in time at High Springs Pioneer Days, featuring a heritage village, activities for kids, and more.

Kick back on the lawn at Newberry’s Lois Forte Park for WestFest’s rockin’ country music lineup, or swing to the sounds of Duke Ellington at the Cade Museum’s Sunday jazz concert. The iconic music of Motown sets the stage at the Star Center Theatre’s opening weekend of the drama Detroit ’67. Plus, plan your spring landscape at the Florida Museum’s spring plant sale, or fill your bookcase at the Friends of the Library book sale. 

Read on for more of What’s Good!

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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. 


5th avenue arts festival

Celebrate the Heritage and Rich Culture of a Historic African American Community at the 42nd Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival
Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Sunday, April 24, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Santa Fe College Charles L. Blount Center
401 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The 5th Ave Arts Festival features 2 days of performances and visual arts promoting the rich cultural history of the 5th Avenue/Seminary Lane neighborhood. The festival is part of a permanent exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and is listed in Florida Black Heritage Trails. Admission is free. 


pioneer days

Step Back in Time to the Pioneer Era at High Springs Pioneer Days
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | James Paul Park

23718 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, FL 32643 

The 45th Pioneer Days festival celebrates the history of High Springs and traditions from the early 1900s. Browse artisans and craft vendors. Enjoy live music from the gazebo stage. The Kids Korral features family-friendly fun activities. View High Springs history and a miniature scale diorama of the Plant System Railroad. Admission is free.


carson springs open house

Party with Your Wildest Friends at the Spring Safari Open House
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

8528 E CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Walk through Carson Springs Wildlife and meet over 110 animals including rare and exotic species. View big cat feeding demonstrations and bird flight shows. Food trucks available on site.  Carson Springs Wildlife was awarded TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice 2021 based on reviews from travelers.


west fest

Put on your Dancing Boots for a Day of Country Music and Fun at West Fest
Saturday, April 23, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Lois Forte Park
255 NW 260th St, Newberry, FL 32669 

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the free outdoor music festival. The lineup of bands at West Fest features Tobacco Rd Band, JB Crockett, Hannah Harber & The Lionhearts and Cameron Wheaton. Grab a bite from food vendors and bring the kids to fun activities in the Kid’s Corner. Admission is free.


happy earth day

Celebrate Earth Day with Local Events

Celebrate Earth Day with Tree Plantings at Cuscowilla 
Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center
210 SE 134th Ave., Micanopy 32667

Join Alachua County with tree plantings and help grow the new butterfly garden. Attendees receive a free sapling to plant at home. Kids activities and tours are provided. Admission is free.

4th Annual Eco Fest Earth Day at Iskon Alachua
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Join Alachua’s Eco Teaching Farm in their fourth annual Eco Fest Earth Day event. This family-friendly event includes cheese making, cobb/natural building workshops, herb walks, paper making, incense and oil making demos, kids craft tent, food, music, ceramics, and more.

Earth Bound Folk Art from Around the World Pop-Up at Artisans’ Guild Gallery

Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Festival with Beers Made from Florida Ingredients, Plant Sale and Sooza Brass Band at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Earth Day Swap at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, April 23, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Dance and Indie with Russ Liquid, Glass House Point, Madwoman, Outeredge and Twin Suns at the 2nd Annual EarthdayGNV at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, April 22, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. 


tree fest

Help the Environment and Enjoy Craft Beer at Tree Fest 2022 Saturday, April 23, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Solar Impact, Alachua Conservation Trust and Swamp Head Brewery team up for the 8th Annual Tree Fest in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day. Enjoy family friendly activities, tabling, and bands. 4 trees are planted for each beer purchased. 20 trees are planted for every t-shirt sold. Thanks to Tree Fest, nearly 500,000 trees have been planted since 2015.


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Find the county’s most comprehensive and searchable list of area hotels and restaurants at visitgainesville.com

Learn about our lodging partner’s commitment to a safe stay for all who visit, work and live in Alachua County at Safe Stay Pledge.


plant sale

Browse Over 100 Species of Florida and Pollinator-Friendly Plants at the Florida Museum’s Spring Plant Sale
Friday, April 22 – Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m – 5 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Learn about butterfly-friendly plants and which pollinator species you can attract in your landscape. Accent, host, native and nectar plants are available for purchase. Preview the list of plants for sale online.


book sale

Add to Your Book Collection at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
Saturday, April 23 – Wednesday, April 27 | Friends of the Library
430-B N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601 

Over 500,000 books, records, games, CDs, DVDs, paintings, magazines and more are available for low prices at the largest sale of its kind in Florida. Find first editions and signed books in the Collector’s Corner.


legacy park

Dance to the Beat with RC and Showtime at the Legacy Park Concert Series
Saturday, April 23, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Legacy Park Amphitheatre
15400 Peggy Rd., Alachua, FL 32615 

RC and Showtime bring soul and funk music to the outdoor stage at Legacy Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the evening with food trucks and bounce house for the kids. Admission is free. 


detroit 67

Get Down to Motown with a Powerful, Tuneful Drama about a Pivotal Moment in American History with the Opening Weekend of Detroit ‘67
Friday, April 22 – Sunday, May 1 | Star Center Theatre
11 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609 

In 1967 Detroit, Motown gets the party started and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours music joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 riots.


playlist

Kick Back with Country Music from Jamie Davis at Playlist at the Pointe
Friday, April 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Jamie Davis delivers soulful guitar-driven country music from the outdoor promenade stage. Pull up a chair or throw down a blanket and enjoy the music as the sun sets. Food, beverages and sweet treats available from Celebration Pointe restaurants.


food truck rally

Taste Dishes from Diverse Menus at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally
Saturday, April 23, 4 p.m.| High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Food trucks include DJ’s Cast Iron Burgers, Germain’s Chicken Sandwiches, Rancho Luna, Vegan Gator, Charlie’s Snow Shack and more. Inside High Dive, enjoy a free music concert with Opulence, Infinite Eights, Sinus and the Vicks and Alyssa Thomas.


duke ellington concert

Celebrate the Birthday of a Famed Jazz Musician at the Duke Ellington Concert
Sunday, April 24, 4 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

1000 Voices of North Central Florida celebrate the legendary band leader’s music with a concert on the lawn at the Cade Museum. The concert celebrates what would be Ellington’s 123rd birthday with brassy horns, tickled ivories and toe-tapping beats. Admission to the concert and museum is free. 


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

shakespeare

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Revised) at Bo Diddley Plaza
Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Go on a Wild Action-Filled Adventure at the Stage Production of The Jungle Book at High Springs Playhouse
Now through Sunday, May 1Follow 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.”

Head Over Heels at Buchholz High School
Now through Sunday, May 1


Events & Festivals

Shawn Cowles from Discovery Channel’s Treasure Quest at High Springs Historical Society Museum
Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m.

Southeast Horse Shows Present Spring Fever Dressage at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24

seed school

Seed and Soil School 2022 at Working Food
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Clay Hand Building Workshop at Good News Arts
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wall Hooks Blacksmithing Workshop at [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Saturday, April 23, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Tour de Gainesville Bike Ride from Depot Park to Dwight H Hunter Pool
Saturday, April 23, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Book Launch for “Writing for the Public Good” at the Matheson History Museum
Saturday, April 23, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

macrame workshop

Plant Hanger Macramé Workshop at The AUK Market
Sunday, April 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Save a Seat at Free Library Programs for All Ages at the Alachua County Library District
Daily at 12 locations across Alachua County


Music & Performance

Live & Local Spring Concert Series with Pulp Arts and Indie Rock from Rugh, Leah Rando, Suddenly and Noe Moore at Bo Diddley Plaza
Thursday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

sing into spring

Sing into Spring Variety Choral Concert at Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall
Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  

Local Rock with Stray Dog, Conner Booker, Joe Jacques and Chris Jean at High Dive
Thursday, April 21, 8 p.m. 

Metal and Rock from Beskar, Chew and The Mermers at Loosey’s
Thursday, April 21, 8 p.m. 

Jazz Night with The Oak Trio at 4th Ave Food Park
Friday, April 22, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Jazz with the Larry Newcomb Trio at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, April 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Crooked Council at One Love Café
Friday, April 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

tioga concert night

Indie Rock with Jon Catino at Tioga Concert Night
Friday, April 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Bluegrass Grateful Dead Tribute from The Grass is Dead at High Dive
Friday, April 22, 8 p.m.  

Indie Rock from Control Freak, Guerilla Monzon, Travis Atria and Marshal Patrick at Loosey’s
Friday, April 22, 8 p.m. 

bedlam in the belfry

Bedlam in the Belfry Goth Dance Party with DJ Blonde Ambition at The Wooly
Friday, April 22, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Americana with the Front Porch Backsteppers at 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Blues and Folk with Middle Ground at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, April 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

shoddy beatles

Beatles Music from The Shoddy Beatles at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. 

Barstool Prophets at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Electronic Music at LED Experience with DJ Justin Quiles and DJ Yamil at Simons
Saturday, April 23, 9 p.m. 

Pop Punk & Emo Night at High Dive
Saturday, April 23, 9 p.m. 

One-Man Band MG Bailey at Curia on the Drag
Sunday, April 24, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

comedians at skate shops

Comedians at Skate Shops with Taylor Clark and Guests at Samurai Skate Shop
Sunday, April 24, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

danny attack

DIY Singer-Songwriters with Danny Attack, Jason Jones (The Bitters), So Impossible and Jason Guy Smiley at Loosey’s
Sunday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Bollywood Karaoke at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

cassie and chris

Classic Rock and Pop with Cassie and Chris at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Craft Breweries

bingo for bats

Bingo for Bats at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

County Music with Justin Lee Partin and Twisted Tikka Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, April 22 

Country Music with Clay Brooker at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, April 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Germain’s Chicken Sandwiches and Indie Rock from Ceramicats at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, April 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Food Trucks, Live Music and Over 20 Gift Vendors at Hops and Shop Pioneer Days at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

glam vendors

GLAM Craft Show at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, April 24, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Rare Plant Swap & Sale at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

stawberries

Last Weekend of U-Pick Strawberries at Roger’s Farm
Thursday, April 21 – Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Strawberry U-Pick Pop Up at Frog Song Organics
Sunday, April 24, 3 p.m. – 6 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

drag brunch

Outdoor Drag Brunch at Dad’s Bar
Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Steak Night Supper Club at Loosey’s with Americana from Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters and Honky Tonk from Chase Crawford at Loosey’s
Saturday, April 23, 6 p.m. 

3rd Annual Cajun Crawfish Boil Benefiting Tyler’s Hope at Fox Run
Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

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

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

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, April 22, 5 p.m.

Gators Baseball

Gators Baseball vs. Tennessee at Condron Family Ballpark
Friday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.Sunday, April 24, 12 p.m. 

Gators Softball vs. Arkansas at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Friday, April 22, 8 p.m.Saturday, April 23, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 1 p.m. 

Jacksonville Magic AAU Basketball Tournament Battle of the South at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24

freeride gravel series

135-Mile and 62-Mile Bike Routes with the North Florida Freeride Gravel Series at the 11th Annual Strada Bellamy
Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Summit Bracket Series Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24 

Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Rec Ball Classic at Champions Park
Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24 

Gators Lacrosse vs. Temple at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Saturday, April 23, 12 p.m.

Gators Women’s Tennis Host the 2022 SEC Women’s Tennis Championship
Now through Sunday, April 24


Parks & Trails

Speaker Series Featuring Dr. Martin Main Coyotes in Florida: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, April 23, 7:30 a.m.

Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

sweetwater

Plants and Poetry Talk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Turkey Creek Preserve
Sunday, April 24, 8 a.m. 

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, April 27, 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

high springs model train

Pioneer Days at High Springs Historical Society Museum
Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hipp Humans GNV Gallery Opening at the Hippodrome Theatre
Friday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.

Bound/Unbound Art Show on Alligator Alley
Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Dysfunctional Beauty Closing Reception at Gainesville Fine Arts Association
Friday, April 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Paintings from the Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout on Display at Lanza Gallery and Art Supplies
Now through Saturday, May 21

(sold out) Exploring Nature with Mobile Photography at Florida Museum of Natural History
Sunday, April 24, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

fossil exhibit

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
Thursday – 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

May the Fourth Beer With You at Swamp Head Brewery, May 4

Spring Plant Sale at Dudley Farm, May 14

77th Newberry Watermelon Festival, May 21

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