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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, April 7-13, 2022

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Sun’s out, fun’s out this weekend with What’s Good. Celebrate African music and culture at Afro Roots Fest featuring music from Ghana, Cuba, and Brazil beginning Friday at Bo Diddley Plaza and continuing on Saturday at Heartwood Soundstage. Gather with friends and enjoy fresh food, farm tours and live music at Swallowtail Farm Spring Festival. Drop in on the fun at the Possum Creek Skate Jam competition or push your limits with Savage Race.

Meet and engage in person with nearly 100 authors who will be happy to sign your books at the 2022 Sunshine State Book Festival, or hear the call of the wild with hands-on activities for all ages at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s “Can You Dig It?” experience or with the stage production of The Jungle Book at the High Springs Playhouse.

Plus find out why Gainesville and Alachua County are featured in the April issue of Orlando magazine as a “Best Road Trip for Orlando Residents!

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. 


afro roots fest

Celebrate African Music and Culture at Afro Roots Fest
Thursday, April 7 – Saturday, April 9 | Multiple Locations


For the first time in its 24-year history, the award-winning Afro Roots Fest kicks-off its season in Gainesville with 2 concert performances and 3 days of workshops. Friday’s performance is free and open to the public at Bo Diddley Plaza (downtown Gainesville) starting at 7 p.m. Jomion and Uklos from Benin, West Africa headline a concert featuring the UF Afro Pop Ensemble and the Panzeni Sauti Africa Choir.

On Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Heartwood Soundstage (619 S Main St., Gainesville) hosts an evening of afro roots music with Weedie Braimah and Hands of Time (Ghana), Cortadito (Cuba) and Maca Reggae Samba (Brazil). Tickets for the Saturday concert are available online. Get more festival details at the Afro Roots Fest Facebook Page or at AfroRootsFest.com

Educational workshops spanning 3 days are free for all ages:
Afropop Technology and Jomion and the Uklos at UF School of Music
Thursday, April 7, 12:50 p.m.
Weedie Braimah at UF School of Music
Friday, April 8, 11:45 a.m.
Hands-on Brazilian Percussion and West African Dance at The Depot Village
Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. 


volcano demonstration

Unearth Geological Discoveries with Hands-On Activities for All Ages at “Can You Dig It?”
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Watch demonstrations of volcanic eruptions, explore the museum and check out displays and activities on geology, fossils, gems, minerals and more. Find a full list of activities and plan your visit at floridamuseum.ufl.edu.


swallowtail farm festival

Tour the Farm and Enjoy a Day of Music, Food and Workshops at the 13th Annual Swallowtail Farm Spring Festival
Saturday, April 9, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Swallowtail Farm
7301 SE 92nd Terr., Gainesville, FL 32641

child holding strawberries

Celebrate the spring harvest season with a family-friendly outdoor farm festival. Learn about beekeeping, walking stick carving, the history of the farm property and more at educational workshops. Relax with a schedule of live music and entertainment. Local food trucks include Jersey’s Creamery, Cheffrey’s, Wild Man Foods, MexiCocina and Radha’s Kitchen. Tickets available online.


sunshine state book festival

Meet Award-Winning Authors at the Sunshine State Book Festival
Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Oaks Mall
6419 W Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32605
Sunday, April 10, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Matheson History Museum
513 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

The 2022 Sunshine State Book Festival is a celebration of learning and literacy. Readers and authors are brought together for 2 days of book signings and presentations. View the event schedule and guest speakers online.


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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.


competitor climbing obstacle

Push Your Limits Through Challenging Obstacles at Savage Race
Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. | The Barn at Rembert Farms
13014 NW 174th Ave., Alachua, FL 32615 

Over 100,000 people attend Savage Races every year to compete against the pack and to challenge themselves with various obstacles. Spectator passes provide access to cheer on friends and family. For ages 12 and under, the friendly and challenging “SavageJr” course begins at 12 p.m. Online registration ends Friday, April 8.


jungle book

Go on a Wild Action-Filled Adventure at the Stage Production of The Jungle Book
Friday, April 8 – Sunday, May 1 | High Springs Playhouse
23416 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, FL 32643 

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.”


cade museum at night

Spark Your Own Childhood Wonder and Explore Museum Exhibits with a Drink in Hand at Cade After Dark for Ages 21+
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Mingle at the museum after hours and view exhibits from a new perspective, get messy with slime and play old-school board games. Admission includes a drink ticket for the cash bar and snacks. Raffle prizes provided by First Magnitude Brewing Company, snack bar provided by Meldon Law and pre-event dinner discounts available at Goldie’s Burgers.


ukulele orchestra of great britain

Delight with the Whimsical Musical Repertoire of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

For more 30 years, George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has delivered a fun musical experience with an ensemble comprised entirely of ukuleles. Audience participation is welcome if you bring your own uke. Get tickets and download a chord chart to play along at performingarts.ufl.edu.


illustration of an oppossum and skateboard

Pop and Kick It at the Possum Creek Skate Jam Competition
Saturday, April 9, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Possum Creek Skate Park

4009 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32653 

The 2nd annual skate jam is a spotlight for the vibrant skateboard community. The event is free for spectators and competitors of all ages. Onsite registration begins at 10 a.m. and the competition starts at 12 p.m. Activities include a best trick contest, giveaways, music, urban art, food trucks and more.


Celebrate the Fashion, Music and Culture of India at India Fest 2022
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Easton Newberry Sports Complex
24880 NW 16th Ave., Newberry, FL 32669

India Cultural and Education Center presents the annual celebration of Indian culture. The festival includes music and dance, fashion, jewelry and fun activities for kids.


jazz on the green

Enjoy Live Music Under the Stars at Jazz on the Green with Gruv Therapy
Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Gruv Therapy delivers a special blend of jazz, R&B and instrumental funk. Spread a blanket under the setting sun or pull up a chair and enjoy live music on the promenade. Food, drinks and sweet treats from nearby restaurants at Celebration Pointe. 


pints and predators

Sip a Craft Brew and Learn About Birds of Prey at the 8th Annual Pints and Predators
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Meet local wildlife rehabilitation providers and see ambassador birds of prey up close including bald eagles, barred owls and more. Tickets are available online, and the full donation level include a Pints and Predators logo glass and a fill voucher. 


century tower at day time

Hear Music Ring Out from 61 Bells by Guest Carillonneur Helen Hofmeister
Sunday, April 10, 1:55 p.m. | UF Century Tower
375 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611 


UF Carillon Studio presents the music of Albert Gerkin by guest carillonneur Helen Hofmeister. For an optimal listening experience studio recital, find a location at least 100 feet from the tower. Learn more about the Carillon Studio and view the musical program online.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Century Tower is a 157-foot carillon tower in the center of the University of Florida campus featuring 61 bells. The Tower was built in 1953 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the university and was dedicated to UF students killed in World Wars I and II. 


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.


orange and blue game

Save the Date: Gators Football 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 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.


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Arts & Theatre

marisol

Surreal Comedy “Marisol” with UF School of Theatre and Dance at UF Constans Theatre
Friday, April 8 – Friday, April 15 

Sun Country Dance Theatre Presents “Little Red Riding Hood” Spring Concert at UF Phillips Center
Sunday, April 10, 2:30 p.m. 

Laugh Out Loud at the Outrageous Stage Production of The Producers at Gainesville Community Playhouse
Thursday, April 7 – Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m., Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.
Mel Brooks’ Tony Award-winning musical features the antics of Max and Leo as they scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history. Hilarity ensues when their production becomes an unexpected smash hit.


Events & Festivals

carnival rides

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

mural in grove street neighborhood

Artist Case Maclaim Mural Unveiling and Business Art Award Celebration at Squire’s of Gainesville
Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Peter Rabit 2 at Tioga Movie Night
Friday, April 8, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Florida Paint Horse Club at the Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, April 9 – Sunday, April 10  

Newberry Main Street Spring Fling Festival
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

11th Annual Gator Clot Trot 5K at Veterans Memorial Park
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.  

View Classics and Show Cars at the 5th Annual Great Gainesville Car Show at Bo Diddley Plaza
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Celebrate European Cultures at Viva Europe at Depot Park
Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Car Cruz-In with Gainesville Street Rods at Springhill Commons
Saturday, April 9, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Gainesville Cars & Coffee at Butler Town Center
Sunday, April 10, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt, U-Pick Strawberries, Train Rides and More at Roger’s Farm
Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

easter extraaganza

Live Performances, Festive Photo Ops, Games and Prizes at Easter Extravaganza at Butler Town Center
Sunday, April 10, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Outdoor Dance Party with Smooth Flava at Bo Diddley Plaza
Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Pop-Up Markets

plants at wilmot gardens

Spring Plant Sale at Wilmot Botanical Gardens
Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Plants, Vendors and Art at the Spring Pop-Up Series at Grow Hub
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Plant-Based Vendors and Interact with Rescued Cows, Pigs and Miniature Donkeys at April Farmer’s Moo-ket at Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary
Sunday, April 10, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

florida vintage market

Browse Unique Gifts and Retro Finds at the Florida Vintage Market at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, April 10, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Music & Performance

musicians

Pulp Presents Psychedelic Noise Rock with Tonstartssbandht at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, April 7, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Journey Into the Black Lagoon with Live DJs and Skate Jam in the Parking Lot and Night Market on the Patio at The Top Restaurant
Thursday, April 7, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

music with friends

University of Florida Bands Present Music with Friends at University Auditorium
Thursday, April 7, 7:20 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Café
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

High-Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

BBQ and Blues with Paco at Top Hog Kanapaha
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Metal with Weedeater at Loosey’s
Friday, April 8, 7 p.m.

Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cellist Natalie Haas at Unitarian Universalist of Gainesville
Friday, April 8, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Rock Music with Xenogenesis at High Dive
Friday, April 8, 8 p.m.

dillon francis

Electronic Music with Dillon Francis at Simons
Friday, April 8, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Neon Liger Presents House, Techno and Disco at The Function at The Wooly
Friday, April 8, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

The Mischievous Madams 9th Anniversary Burlesque Show at High Dive
Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m. 

Video Game Speed Metal with Powerglove at High Dive
Sunday, April 10, 7 p.m. 

Singer-Songwriter Paul Elliot at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, April 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

albert cano smit

2019 Young Concert Artist International Auditions Award-Winner for Piano, Albert Cano Smit at Squitieri Studio Theatre at UF Phillips Center
Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.


Craft Breweries

for the birds release party

“For the Birds” Extra Pale Ale Release Party and Book Signing with Jack E. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

musician cliff dosey

Country with Cliff Dosey at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

maalik makaya

Soulful Country with Maalik Makaya at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m. 

Reggae Sunday with The Easy Crew at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, April 10, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

4th International Food Truck Rally at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.  

Sunday Vibes at The Source with DJ Wax Atom at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, April 10, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

U-Pick Blueberries at Wacahoota Farms
Thursday, April 7 – Sunday, April 10, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Organic Strawberry U-Pick at The Family Garden Organic and Fair Farm
Saturday, April 9, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

U-Pick Strawberry Pop-Up at Frog Song Organics
Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. – 6 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

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Wine Tasting Chef Dinner at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m.

Pie Making 101 Cooking Class at the Fat Tuscan
Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.

scoops of chocolate ice cream

Spring Chocolate Night at Sweet Dreams Ice Cream
Sunday, April 10, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Swamp Head Brewery Beer Dinner at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Tuesday, April 12, 6 p.m. – 8 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

archery targets

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, April 8, 5 p.m.

Gators Baseball vs. Arkansas at Florida Ballpark
Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m.

Gators Women’s Tennis vs. Alabama at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Friday, April 8, 5 p.m.

Friday Street Legal Madness Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m.

Precision 3D Archery Challenge at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.

Gators Lacrosse vs. Old Dominion at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Saturday, April 9, 12 p.m.

Gators Softball vs. Alabama at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Saturday, April 9, 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 4 p.m.
Monday, April 11, 7 p.m.

drag racing car

Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School at Gainesville Raceway
Tuesday, April 12 – Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


River & Springs

Guided Paddle of the Lower Santa Fe River with Master Naturalist Lars Andersen
Sunday, April 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, April 2, 7:30 a.m.

Idylwild Cowgirls Author Talk and Bird Walk with Alachua Audubon Society at Serenola Forest Preserve
Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

ferns at devils millhopper

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Citizen Science Sundays for Kids! Prodigious Pollinators! at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park
Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Kids Meet Farm Animals at Barnyard Buddies at Morningside Nature Center
Wednesday, April 13, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, April 13, 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

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 

Language Day at the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

Gators Football Orange and Blue Game, April 14

Pioneer Days in High Springs, April 23-24

Tree Fest at Swamp Head Brewery, April 23

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