What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County, August 1-4, 2019

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What’s good this weekend?
Plan your weekend with the official events guide from Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.

In the blink of an eye, August is here! Not to worry, there are still plenty of activities to choose from in Gainesville, Alachua County to make sure that you enjoy every moment that summer has to offer. Sensational summer musicals “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Mama Mia!” have their final performances this Sunday. With open-air music events, food truck rallies, a back-to-school bash, and all of the great museums, attractions, craft breweries and unique local restaurants to choose from, you’re sure to find good eats, relaxation and adventure this weekend.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend and get out there and have some fun!

Fairy Tale Misfits

Root for the Underdogs at the Opening Weekend of The Fairy Tale Misfits
Thursday, August 1 – August 11 | High Springs Playhouse
130 NE First Ave. High Springs, FL 32643

Follow the adventures of a girl, a talking groundhog, and a wonderful assortment of misfits who were cut from the fairy tales we all know and love. Join them as they travel through the Land of Rejected Fairy Tale Characters. Will the misfits be erased forever or will they find their own happily ever after?

Grateful Dead Meet Up 2019 Thursday August 1 at 8:30 p.m. at the Hipp Cinema

Gather with Fellow Dead Heads at the 9th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies
Thursday, August 1, 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Hippodrome Cinema
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Grateful Dead fans and music aficionados, this one is for you. Enjoy the previously unreleased June 17, 1991 concert from Giants Stadium. This concert sounds unlike any Dead show as it was one of only two ever recorded on 48-track and is presented with video from the multi-camera live edit. This ill be the first time the lineup of Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick appear on the big screen.

Free Fridays Concert Series
Band members in The Duppies

Sway to the Rhythm of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae by The Duppies
Friday, August 2, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Jump right into a musical night under the August sky with the rocksteady, reggae and ska rhythms of The Duppies. This high-energy, seven-piece band is a long time Gainesville musical best bet and they are ready to get the crowd feeling irie. Their sets include an attention getting rhythm section, horn solos, smooth vocals and streamed lined percussion.

Poster for Second Chances, a musical dramedy of the unexpected. More details in description

It’s Never Too Late for “Second Chances,” A Musical Dramedy of the Unexpected
Friday, August 2, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 4, 2 p.m. | Black Box Theatre, McGuire Pavilion
1800 McCarty Dr., Gainesville, FL 32603

For a one-of-kind experience, don’t miss the world premiere of this original musical, written by University of Florida theatre faculty Dr. Judith Williams. Featuring Chance and Trevor, two up-and-coming musicians struggling to find balance between their dreams, family expectations and love interests.

Million Dollar Quartet

One More Weekend to see Million Dollar Quartet, the Toe-tapping Musical of the Summer
Final performances through August 4 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Get ready to laugh, dance and sing! Four legends, one night and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley have one of the greatest jam sessions of all time in the TONY AWARD WINNING musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”(Pictured: The cast of Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome. Photo by Michael A. Eaddy.) 

Mamma Mia!

Sing Along to ABBA during the Last Weekend of Mamma Mia!
Final performances through August 4 | Gainesville Community Playhouse
4039 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605

ABBA’s hits tell the sunny and funny tale of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia!


A Night of Startling Magical Effects by Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin at the High Dive
Thursday, August 1, 8 p.m.

Gainesville Punk Revival Pop Punk Emo Dance Party at High Dive
Friday, August 2, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

WORK IT! Best of the 2000’s Dance Party at The Atlantic
Friday, August 2, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Sirens & Strings Showcase at Somewhere Along The Way Art Gallery
Saturday, August 3, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Original Mix of Modern American Music with Folk ‘n’ Roll Duo The Pickin’ Pear at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday August 3, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Move Your Body to High-Energy Electro-Funk with Planet Booty, Cartridge Carnage, Trevor Griffin at High Dive
Saturday, August 3, 8 p.m.

The Hustler | Underground, Retro-Dance Party w/ DJ’s Clif & Cam at the Atlantic
Saturday, August 3, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.


Frog Drinks at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, August 1, 6 p.m.

Frog Drinks is a community driven meetup event dedicated to professional networking for individuals who work for nonprofit organizations, academia, governmental agencies and eco-conscious companies involved in environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation.

Join a Fun Conversation with the Cade Museum’s Spark Fridays Happy Hour at First Magnitude Brewing Co.
Friday, August 2, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cassie Keenum singer-songwriter

Brews and Blues with Cassie Keenum at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday August 2, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Card Making Class at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Saturday, August 3, 3 p.m.

Second Annual Back to School Bash at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, August 3, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy face painting, a dunk tank (with local area teachers volunteering to be dunked), food trucks, raffles and more. Raffle proceeds to benefit Gainesville Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 823.

Birds and Brews at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, August 4, 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
First Magnitude is teaming up with the Alachua Audubon society to host monthly bird walks. Birders meet the first Sunday of each month in front of the metal Maggie sign by the entrance to The Source. The group, led by volunteers from the Alachua Audubon society heads to Depot Park at 7:00 p.m. Once at Depot, the group participates in an hour-long guided tour identifying all the lovely aerial pals before returning to the brewery.


Pavarotti at the Hippodrome Cinema
Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 11

Get Chills on a Hot Summer Night with Macbeth
Now through August 12
Explore themes of prophesy, ambition, crime, and betrayal, with a healthy dose of sex and the supernatural, during a summer performance of Macbeth. Under Director Carolyne Salt’s deft hand, expect brilliantly entertaining cool chills on a hot summer’s night, and thought-provoking Shakespeare that is certain to thrill both the casual and the serious theatre fan.

Poster for Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire

Fuddy Meers at Actors’ Warehouse
Friday, July 26, 8 p.m., On stage through August 11
Claire has a rare form of amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. In this dark comedy of shady characters, Claire encounters a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask. Then there is her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech only allows her to utter gibberish and a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet…and the list goes on.

Cocktails & Classics: The Magnificent Ambersons at the Hippodrome Cinema
Saturday, August 3, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. (reception starts at 7 p.m.)

Summer Art Show at the Alachua County Headquarters Library
Sunday, August 4, 2:30 p.m.

Royal Opera House: Romeo and Juliet at the Hippodrome Cinema
Sunday, August 4, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Hands-On Cooking Class at the Library Partnership Branch
Friday, August 2, 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Learn to Make Gnocchi From Scratch at the Fat Tuscan
Friday, August 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Kids 5-12 Learn to Cook at Holly’s Homemade After-School Snacks at Saporito Oil, Vinegar, Spice
Saturday, August 3, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join a Family Friendly Night of Food and Fun at the August Food Festival at Magnolia Parke
Sunday, August 4, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Summer Flavors with Frog Song Organics at Pop-Up Summer Supper at East End Eatery
Monday, August 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Fun 4 Gator Kids Back to School Bash at Celebration Pointe
Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Learn to Keep Houseplants Happy and Healthy at Houseplants 101 Workshop at the AUK Market
Saturday, August 3, 5 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.

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.


Ranger Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, August 3, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Guided Walk at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Let Your Energy Flow at Yoga at the Hopper at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Meet at the Cade: Jason Eichenholz: Lighting the Path toward Autonomy
Saturday, August 3, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Meet Luminar CTO and Co-Founder, Jason Eichenholz, Ph.D. Be sure to stick around for his talk at 3 p.m. on the requirements for self-driving vehicles and a vision for a major breakthrough in autonomy via LiDAR.

Waldo Florida: An Illustrated History Author Talk and Book Signing at the Waldo Library Branch
Saturday, August 3, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Now through Jan. 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.

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RED! Exhibition at GFAA Gallery
Now through August 24
See for yourself what “red” means to these local artists in their pieces.

Norman Studios’ “The Flying Ace” at the Cade
Now through August 18
Norman Studios’ The Flying Ace will take you on a nostalgic journey back to the 1920s, and dovetails with the Cade’s new museum-wide theme of Aviation and its Optics, Film & Photography theme. Learn how film and moviemaking began, and how this important art form has advanced over the past 100 years.

Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through 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 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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