What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, August 18-24, 2022

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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. 

bee and wildflower

Learn About Native Wildflowers at Florida Wildflower Day
Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Visit the museum’s Florida Wildflower Garden and learn about native Florida wildflowers. Meet local organizations, see monarch caterpillars and learn about pollinator-friendly landscape practices.

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Experience a Powerful Tribute Performance to Nina Simone at Simply Simone
Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 28 | Star Center Theatre
11 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609

Created by David Grapes and Robert Neblett, Simply Simone explores the life of the jazz superstar, civil rights activist and political exile.

music on the patio

Hear Delta Blues Vocals with Sheba the Mississippi Queen at Music on the Patio
Saturday, August 20, 6:30 p.m. | A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center
1013 NW 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

From the Mississippi Delta to New York and across the country, Grammy nominated artist Sheba, The Mississippi Queen brings a soulful blues show to the intimate outdoor space at the A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center.

first magnitude brewing 8 year celebration

Raise a Glass and Celebrate First Magnitude Brewing Company’s 8-Year Anniversary
Saturday, August 20 – Sunday, August 21 | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Join a party at the brewery with special anniversary beers at 3 pouring stations, can and bottle releases, live music on 2 stages with a variety of food trucks. Limited VIP tickets offer an interactive behind-the-scenes tour, early entry, exclusive 30-month barrel-aged imperial stout bottle and more.

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Tap Your Feet to Finger Style Guitar from Daniel Champagne
Sunday, August 21, 7 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage

619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Australian guitarist prodigy Daniel Champagne delivers an energetic guitar performance combining showmanship with blues, folk and roots music.

Heartwood Soundstage is a state-of-the-art recording studio, video production facility, intimate performance venue with an outdoor music stage – built by musicians for music lovers and music makers.

Be Thrilled at a Live Circus Show at Circuspalooza
Saturday, August 20, 7 p.m. | Gainesville Circus Center

1925 NW 2nd St., Gainesville, FL 32609

The first annual Circuspalooza features aerial acrobatics paired with local musicians performing hit songs from female rock and pop icons. Guest aerial artist Nicole Sirdoreous presents an exciting lyra performance. 

free fridays

Get Down with Southern Soul from The Savants of Soul at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, August 19, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

The Savants of Soul are a nine-piece southern soul group from Gainesville, FL. They perform original soul music inspired by the Muscle Shoals Sound as well as the iconic and legendary music that came out of labels like Stax Records and Atlantic Records during the 1960s and 1970s.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free outdoor concert from the outdoor stage. Make a night of it and grab dinner and drinks from walkable downtown Gainesville restaurants. Find the complete 2022 Free Fridays Concert Series schedule online.

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Events & Festivals

hoop workshop

Saturday Workshop: Hoop Weaving at Good News Arts
Saturday, August 20, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Florida Highwaymen Al Black Paints Mural in Downtown Gainesville at 602 N Main St.
Tuesday, August 23 – Thursday, August 25

Pop-Up Markets

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Small Business Pop-Up Shop: The Summer Edition at The Embassy Event Hall
Saturday, August 20, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Music & Performance

Country with Seth Dukes at Crafty Bastards Restaurant and Pub
Thursday, August 18, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Poetry Jam at Civic Media Center
Thursday, August 18, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

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Songwriter Quincy Allen Flint at Bingo Deli and Pub
Friday, August 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with Big Owl and Tony at The Queen’s Arms
Friday, August 19, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Singer-Songwriter Cliff Dorsey at The Pink Flamingo Diner
Friday, August 19, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Metal with Abysmal Lord at Loosey’s
Friday, August 19, 9 p.m.

Neon Liger Presents The Function with House, Techno and Disco at The Wooly
Friday, August 19, 10 p.m.

Jazz with Swing Theory at One Love Café
Saturday, August 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

how bazar show

(sold out) JER, Bad Operation, Gutless and Glazed at How Bazar
Saturday, August 20, 7 p.m.

Blues with Moon Dog at Crafty Bastards Restaurant and Pub
Saturday, August 20, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Folk and Rock with Tamayo at High Dive
Saturday, August 20, 8 p.m.

Comedian Katie Hughes at High Dive
Tuesday, August 23, 8 p.m.

jazz wednesdays

Jazz Wednesdays with The Oak Trio at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Wednesday, August 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Country and Rock Hits with Brandon Dull at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Wednesday, August 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Craft Breweries

brewery yoga at first magnitude

Brewery Karaoke at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, August 18, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Drinkin’ and Thinkin’ Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company
Thursday, August 18, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Jazz Bandits and Sooza Brass Band at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, August 19, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, August 23, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, August 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, August 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmers Markets

Muscadine Grapes and Asian Pears U-Pick at High Springs Orchard and Market
Starting Monday, August 1 by Appointment

U-Pick Blueberries and Locally Made Wine Tastings at Bluefield Estate Winery
Saturday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Grove Street Farmers Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

archers farmers market

Archer Farmers Market at Archer Historical Society Railroad Museum
Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

GNV Market at South Main Station Featuring Live Music
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

High Springs Farmers Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Newberry Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Haile Village Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Waldo Farmers Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bites & Brunch

(sold out) Gnocchi Pasta Making Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, August 18, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Beer Tasting at Crafty Bastards Restaurant and Pub
Thursday, August 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, August 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

(sold out) Wine Tasting Chef Dinner at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, August 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cookie Pop-Up with Sugar Baby’s Cookies at 108 Vine
Saturday, August 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

woofs and waffles brunch

Woofs and Waffles Dog Brunch at World of Beer Bar and Kitchen
Saturday, August 20, 11:15 a.m.

Soups and Wine Tasting Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, August 20, 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.


Quicksand Coed 4s Volleyball Tournament with Gainesville Volleyball at Jimmy Durden Park
Thursday, August 18, 6 p.m.

archery targets

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, August 19, 5:30 p.m.

Gators Volleyball Fan Day vs. Jacksonville at Exactech Arena
Saturday, August 20, 2 p.m.

high springs bmx track at sunset

Sizzling Summer Nights Series at High Springs BMX
Saturday, August 20, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Midnight Smash Tournament with Raffles and Prizes at The Midnight
Saturday, August 20, 7:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

3D Club Archery Fun Shoot at Gator Bowmen Range
Saturday, August 20 – Sunday, August 21, 8 a.m.

Gator Talk with Gators Volleyball Head Coach Mary Wise at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, August 22, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Parks & Trails

(Registration Full) Friends of Paynes Prairie Presents: Speaker Series with Dr. Steve Johnson at the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Visitor Center
Thursday, August 18, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Pool Open for the Summer at Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat CenterSaturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Now through Labor Day, visitors may purchase a season pass or day pass online or onsite prior to pool entry.

Unity 10K 5K Walk/Run at Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Saturday, August 20, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Learn About Local Pollinators at Citizen Science Sunday for Kids at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Center
Sunday, August 21, 10 a.m. – 11:30 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.

River & Springs

tubes on santa fe river

Paddle 8 Springs in 8 Miles or Slowly Float Down the Santa Fe River at Poe Springs Park with Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures
Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Museums & Galleries

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Explore the Solar System with the Cade Museum’s Scavenger Hunt
Now through January 2023Engage with the Gainesville-wide “Wandering the Milky Way Planetary Partnership Scavenger Hunt” and visualize the scale of the galaxy. Get a map at the Cade Museum and make stops at locations throughout Gainesville including The Historic Thomas Center, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and more. The scavenger hunt is an extension of the museum’s current theme, “Wandering the Milky Way.”

Now Open at the Harn Museum: Speechless, Text and Image in Global Culture
Now through December 30, 2022
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Explore the Cosmos at the Cade Museum’s New Exhibit: Voyages – A Trip Through Space and Time
Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.This featured exhibit is part of the museum-wide theme “Wandering the Milky Way – A Tour of the Solar System.” Discover how spacecraft from the 1970s still teach us about the galaxy and learn how scientists are designing a mission that spans generations.

Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women at the Matheson History Museum
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

presetation at fossil exhibit

Dig Into the Past at the Florida Museum’s Science Up Close: Fantastic Fossils
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. Get face-to-face with giant dinosaur skeletons, beautiful botanical fossils and ancient microscopic life. Plan your visit online. Photo by Florida Museum/Jeff Gage

Save The Date

Gators Football vs. Utah, September 3

18th Gainesville Latino Film Festival, September 8-18

21st Annual Gainesville Senior Games, September 9 – October 1

For a complete list of events please visit

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