What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, August 15-18, 2019

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

There are lots of great events taking place this weekend, from the 50th Anniversary Woodstock celebrations, to helicopter rides on World Helicopter Day, to cooking classes, lazy river rides, storytelling events at The Wooly and The Bull, the new SoFar Sounds concert, the Free Fridays Concert Series and so much more.

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

While you are making plans, save the dates for these upcoming fall crowd pleasers!

Folk in the Springs, September 15
UF Homecoming & Gator Growl, October 4
Tom Petty Birthday Bash, October 19-20
Tom Petty Weekend at Heartwood Soundstage, October 17-19
THE FEST, November 1 – 3
45th Micanopy Fall Festival, November 2 – 3
Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 16 – 17

Woodstock Revisited 50 years of peace and music. August 16,17,18 2019. High Springs Lions Club

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock at Woodstock Revisited Music and Memorabilia Festival in High Springs
Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18 | High Springs Lions Club
26900 N US HWY 27, High Springs, FL 32643

Bring your chairs for an outdoor music festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Expect 15 bands over 3 days, including the incredible Hannah Harber and the Lionhearts, plus a whole lot of peace, love and grooviness. Shade canopies and misters cool you down while the music heats up. For an extra treat, enjoy the Woodstock memorabilia collection inside the air-conditioned halls of the High Springs Lions Club. Food and drink vendors on site. 

Free Fridays Concert Series
The Relics performing music of woodstock at Bo Diddley Plaza. Photo by Suzanna Mars

Relive the Music of Woodstock with a Tribute Concert from The Relics
Friday, August 16, 8 p.m – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Grab your blankets and chairs and enjoy music under the evening sky in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. In 2009, local musician Bob McPeek proposed the idea of a 40th anniversary concert. Over 3000 music lovers, many dressed in tie-die and 60s apparel, joined the celebration in downtown Gainesville. Ten years later, all of the band members return for an even bigger celebration.  This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.

Third Thursday on Main

Stroll, Shop and Enjoy Live Tunes from the Doc Adams Band at Third Thursdays on Main Street Alachua
Thursday, August 15, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Main Street Alachua

Ease into a weekend state of mind. The third Thursday of each month, the city of Alachua’s historic Main Street comes alive with dining, shopping, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and the sound of live music. This week featuring the Doc Adams band.

Band members of The Shambles

Dance to The Shambles’ Eclectic Mix of Classic Rock, Contemporary Blues, Cosmic Country
Saturday, August 17, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Shambles, Gainesville’s favorite jam band, feature a repertoire of more than 100 songs. So break out your dance shoes and prepare to get down to tunes from the Grateful Dead, The Band, Steely Dan, Chicago and more. Supporting band The Essex plays high energy, fun rock and roll inspired by The Beatles. Ash & Ember food truck will be on site.

Logo for First Magnitude Brewering Co. 5 year anniversary party

Sip and Savor 20 Unique Beers and Dance All Day Long at First Magnitude’s Five Year Anniversary Party
Saturday, August 17, 1 p.m. – 12 a.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Experience live music all day with headliners Heavy Petty as they set the stage for a celebration of craft beer. Discover over 20 unique beers from three pouring stations, and be there for the release of new cans and special bottles from the cellar.

Gainesville murals

Grab a Bike and Find Local Murals During the First Annual Gainesville Mural Cat Hosted by The Freewheel Project
Sunday, August 18, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. | The Freewheel Project618 S Main St., Suite A, Gainesville, FL 32601

Give away alert from Visit Gainesville, Alachua County:
Post your mural shots taken at this event (better yet if we see you AND the mural!) on FB or Instagram with the hashtag #WhatsGoodGNV by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday 8/18/19 and be entered to win a limited What’s Good t-shirt. Winners announced on Monday.

Participate in a bike adventure showcasing Gainesville’s growing urban art scene. Modeled after the annual St. Pete Alleycat, this race showcases the beautiful murals here in Gainesville and Alachua County, where nature and culture meet. Prizes awarded for top 3 overall, top WTF and first place out of town. All bikes welcome. How it works: You get a general mural description, the cross streets to locate it and take a picture of your bike in front of the mural. Visit the event listing for details.

album cover from musican kim lecouteur

Sunday Funday: Unwind to a Soothing Soundtrack at the Singer Songwriter Showcase
Sunday, August 18, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | High Springs Community Center & Museum
23760 NW 187th Ave., High Springs, FL 32643

Unplug and unwind at the all-acoustic showcase is the CD release of Kim LeCoutuer’s Out Where Nobody Goes featuring Rachel Grub, Rebecca Vincent, Amber Waters and special guests Likely Lovely.

Logo for Sofar Sounds Gainesville songs from a room

Discover the Unexpected: The Sofar Sounds August Show is Here
Monday, August 19, 8 p.m. | Downtown Alachua, FL

Who’s performing? Where is it? It’s a secret! Sofar Sounds typically feature three mystery musical acts at a location revealed on the day of the show. This format allows the audience to jump in to an intimate setting to get up close and personal with musicians. This month the show will take place at a historic building in Downtown Alachua. The exact address is revealed the day before the show to those who have purchased tickets. 


Indie Rock with Teen Divorce, King of Summer, Virginity, Off Day + Leg Biters at Loosey’s
Thursday, August 15, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Inebriated Shakespeare Actors with Drunken Romeo and Juliet at High Dive
Thursday, August 15, 8 p.m.

Piano and Guitar-Driven Indie Folk with Rickolus (Jacksonville), Heavy On The Ish and Baer & The Lady at the Atlantic
Thursday, August 15, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Your Favorite Alternative Music by The Remedy at One Love Cafe
Friday, August 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tech Charity Concert Presented by SharpSpring at High Dive
Friday, August 16, 7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Tech Charity Concert is an annual live music event where bands from Gainesville tech companies perform to raise funds for three local charities: GRACE Marketplace, Family Promise, and Peaceful Paths. This year’s event will feature 4 amazing bands from Info Tech, Feathr, Digital Brands, and SharpSpring.

Upbeat Bluegrass with Collapsible B at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, August 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, August 17, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Alternative Music with Lazy J & Company at The Wrap Shack Saturday, August 17, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Join the Cade Museum for the Final Spark Fridays Happy Hour of the Summer at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, August 16, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Conversation is one of the key ingredients to any beer. Each Friday, in partnership with the Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention, First Magnitude features posters with different conversation starters, a food truck and plenty of beer on tap. Sounds like the start of a beautiful evening


Crowd reacting to wild stories at Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire: A 3-Truths-and-a-Lie Live Storytelling Event at The Wooly
Thursday, August 15, 7 p.m.
This is a wildly fun, high-energy event – Four storytellers tell their stories. Three are telling the complete truth, but one has a mostly true tale that turns into a lie. The audience has to listen to all of the stories and question the storytellers to see who is not telling the truth.

Hear Summer Stories with Self Narrate Storytelling Meetup: Road Trip Stories at The Bull
Thursday, August 15, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The first half of the evening will consist of stories that were submitted ahead of time, then the floor opens for anyone to share their road trip story of the summer.

School Girls at Star Center Theatre
On Stage through August 18
Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends.

Watch the Holy Trinity of Rock at a Screening of RUSH: Cinema Strangiato 2019 at the Hippodrome Cinema
Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Biggest Little Farm at the Hipp Cinema
Now Showing through Sunday, August 25


Dog Days of Summer Wine Tasting at Dorn’s
Friday, August 16, 5:30 p.m.

Take a Cooking Class at the Fat Tuscan and Learn to Cook Pasta, Pesto & Cream Sauces
Friday, August 16, 6 p.m.

Drag Queen Brunch at MidiCi The Neopolitan Pizza
Sunday, August 18, 12 p.m.


Go Behind the Sidelines with Gators Coaches and Staff at Gator Talk, Live From Celebration Pointe
Thursday, August 15, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Take a Helicopter Ride During World Helicopter Day at University Air Center
Sunday, August 18, 10 a.m.

Premier Wedding Expo at Touchdown Terrace
Sunday, August 18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Pop-Flea Market, Music and More during Bloodstock at Lifesouth Headquarters
Thursday, August 15 – Sunday August 18


Rooster with fun text, Read to a Rooster

Kids of All Ages are Invited to Read to a Rooster at Peacefield Farm
Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m.
Peacefield is a nonprofit farm sanctuary, on a mission to rescue and rehabilitate farm animals. Kids of all ages can bring their favorite book to read. Bring a water bottle and closed toed shoes. Vegan snacks will be available.

Newberry Farmers Market
Tuesdays from 4 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.


Join the Free 5K Run, Jog, Walk at Depot Park Parkrun
Saturday, August 17, 7:30 a.m.


Kulaqua River Ranch Water Park

Kulaqua’s River Ranch Water Park Community Day
Sunday, August 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
On Community Days, Kulaqua’s River Ranch Park is open to the general public. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a family good time at this one of a kind venue. There’s something for everyone at the River Ranch, from the 600 ft. lazy river, to the huge water slide and the undulating wave pool.


Create Your Own 24”x33” Iron Orchid Wall Art at Sawdust Dreams
Saturday, August 17, 2 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.

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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