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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, April 28 – May 4, 2022

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Viva What’s Good! Find your chill this weekend with live theatre, art, music, nature tours and more. The Hippodrome Theatre presents an evening of rebellion and laughter with the opening night of The Revolutionists, an irreverent girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution. Take a colorful stroll through Gainesville and Alachua County’s one-of-a-kind art scene with Artwalk Gainesville and the artist reception for the new GFAA exhibit, “The Future: Conserving Our Earth.” Or meander through nature’s gallery with the Alachua Audubon Society at the Birds and Brews guided bird walk.

More than 30 restaurants will tempt your taste buds at the GCM Food Festival at Celebration Pointe. Plus add to your music collection at Gainesville Record Fair with thousands of used and new records and CDs to choose from.

Hats off to over 10,000 new alumni recognized in ceremonies at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Congrats graduates!

Stay tuned for updates and giveaways as we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week 2022, May 1-7.

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. 


the revolutionists

Go On a Wild Ride with Four Brave Women at the Opening Weekend of The Revolutionists
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 15 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The French Revolution’s Reign of Terror is the unlikely setting for a comedic adventure. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle are brought together to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. The characters are based on the bravery of real women who made the world a better place to live today.


artwalk gainesville

Take a Self-Guided Tour of Gainesville’s Art Scene at Artwalk Gainesville
Friday, April 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Various Locations
Downtown Gainesville 

The free tour features Hipp Humans GNV at the Hippodrome Theatre Gallery, Collages by Anna Gorostiaga at Civic Media Center, the Artisans’ Guild Gallery’s Moonlight Market, exhibits at Analog Gainesville, Gainesville Opportunity Center and more. Preview the art venues and download a map online.


the future

Kick-Off Artwalk Gainesville with a Display of Artwork Created from Salvaged Materials at the Artist Reception for “The Future: Conserving our Earth”
Friday, April 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Gainesville Fine Arts Association
1314 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

GFAA and The Repurpose Project present a collection of artwork aimed at conserving the future of the planet. Artists were provided recycled materials to use in finished works.  The Repurpose Project provides a market for objects and materials diverted from the landfill. The artist reception takes place during Artwalk Gainesville.


gcm food festival

Sample Food from Over 30 Restaurants at GCM Food Festival
Thursday, April 28, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Celebration Pointe

4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Arrive hungry for the tasty collection of Gainesville restaurants at Celebration Pointe. Enjoy food on The Promenade ranging from BBQ to sweet treats with live music by Elio Piedra. 


records being held up

Add to Your Music Collection at Gainesville Record Fair
Saturday, April 30, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | The Wooly

20 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Browse thousands of used and new records and CDs from stores and dealers all over Florida. This collection of music is available one day only. Admission is free. 


birds and brews

Birds and Brews Guided Bird Walk at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, May 1, 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Meet volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society at the brewery before heading out to Depot Park for an hour-long nature walk. All skill levels are welcome. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair at the walk. 


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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.


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.


may the fourth be with you

Use the Force at Swamp Head Brewery’s May the Fourth Beer with You
Wednesday, May 4, 3 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

The brewery transforms into the Swamps of Degobah for one night only. New themed beers and glassware are available for purchase with beers on tap inside The Wetlands tasting room.


national travel and tourism week

National Travel and Tourism Week 2022

Visit Gainesville, Alachua County joins tourism industry partners in celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), May 1 -7, 2022. Be sure to follow us on our social media accounts for updates and giveaways!

NTTW celebrates the #FutureOfTravel and in turn we celebrate YOU – our visitors and residents, and Alachua County’s events producers, attractions, businesses and organizations, lodging partners and tourism industry workers – who enrich our destination and power the economy of our vibrant community. 


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Arts & Theatre

the 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 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

little goats

Yoga with Little Goats at Krazy Hearts Farm
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Collectible Trading Day at The Meelypops Shop
Saturday, April 30, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Music & Performance

pop up farmers market

Pop-Up Farmer’s and Flea Market with Sycamore Lane Market in Newberry
Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Spring Arts Market at Grow Thyme Hydroponics
Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Makers and Creators Artist’s Pop-Up at Studio TM
Sunday, May 1, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Music & Performance

Mihali (Lead Vocalist and Songwriter of Twiddle) at High Dive
Thursday, April 28, 8 p.m. 

Roots and Blues with D. Scott Riggs at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, April 29, 6 p.m.

marbin band members

Jazz-Rock with Marbin at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, April 29, 8 p.m. 

Alt-Rock with Parrotfish at High Dive
Friday, April 29, 8 p.m. 

Pop, Rock and Blues with Cassie and Chris at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, April 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Punk with Wolf-Face at Loosey’s
Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m. 

Pop Bops Night DJ Dance Party with Britney Spears and Taylor Swift Music at High Dive
Saturday, April 30, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 

Pop Punk and Emo Night at The Wooly
Saturday, April 30, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

friends of mine

DJ with Live Saxophone and Guitar at Friends of Mine: Disco Tropical at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Saturday, April 30, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Jazz, Swing and More with Sound Weavers at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Open Mic with Kyle Keller at The Bull
Monday, May 2, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

comedian in cowboy hat

Comedian William Lee Martin (Cowboy Bill) at High Dive
Tuesday, May 3, 8 p.m.


Craft Breweries

musician houston keen

Country Music with Houston Keen at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Harry Potter Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company
Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Couch Messiahs at Pink Flamingo Diner
Friday, April 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Classic Rock with TreeTop Flyers at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

MapRun Monday at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Monday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Crossnet Night with Gainesville Volleyball at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

karaoke night

Hive Night Karaoke at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

U-Pick Strawberry Pop-Up at Frog Song Organics
Saturday, April 30, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

blueberries

U-Pick Blueberries at Aunt Zelma’s Blueberries, check their Facebook for Updates
Open Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

U-Pick Blueberries at Hidden Bear Farm
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, 9 a.m. – 3 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

zen noodle bar

Now Open: Pho, Noodle Bowls and More at Zen Noodle Bar
3117 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32608

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine Tasting at Petit Uppercrust
Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m – 4 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 29, 5 p.m.

All Welcome Test and Tune Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.

rc race track

Saturday Club RC Racing at Newberry RC Park
Saturday, April 30, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Gators Baseball vs. Kentucky at Condron Family Ballpark
Friday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 12 p.m. 

Gators Baseball vs. USF at Condron Family Ballpark
Tuesday, May 3, 6 p.m.


Parks & Trails

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

santa fe river

Freshwater Fish and Critters of North Central Florida with Alachua Conservation Trust at Santa Fe River Preserve
Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Photo by Kim Davidson

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

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Learn About Prescribed Burns with Alachua Conservation Trust on a Fire Hike at Prairie Creek Preserve
Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Gainesville Opportunity Center Bike Day Ride from the Cade Museum to Boulware Springs Park
Sunday, May 1, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, May 4, 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

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 

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

Island Grove Blueberry Festival, May 7

Spring Plant Sale at Dudley Farm, May 14

77th Newberry Watermelon Festival, May 21

For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events/

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