What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, August 19-25, 2021

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If you’re angling for What’s Good this weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Explore family-friendly activities like Family Fishing Days at the UF IFAS catch and release ponds, the Boots n’ Suits festival at the Post Farm in Newberry, complete with carnival rides, live music and fireworks. Plus the Sooza Brass Band at Heartwood Soundstage is sure to have everyone up on their feet.

Raise a pint to First Magnitude Brewing in celebration of their 7 years of business or make time for culturally enriching activities with the Dia Days Hip Hop and R&B Summer Jam at the downtown Bo Diddley Plaza and with the Firehouse Gallery’s art walk, showcasing works from local Black artists. Read on for more of What’s Good!

Be safe and be well,
 –Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County 

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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. 

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Bounce to Dope Beats at Dia Days: A Hip Hop and R&B Summer Show
Thursday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

MusicGNV Live & Local presents a Hip Hop and R&B showcase by Dion Dia Records. The lineup includes Amindi & Valleyz, Rakhu, Raph, Casey Jones II & Company, MC Faro and DJ Jeremiah Ludicrous. Following the show, starting at 11 p.m., find DJ Hilt, food, drinks, skateboard halfpipe and a mini car meet at Samurai Skate Shop.

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Celebrate 7 Years of Craft Beer from First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, August 21 – Sunday, August 22, 1 p.m. – 12 a.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Raise a pint to First Magnitude Brewing in celebration of their 7 years of business. To honor this special they will feature special bottles from the cellar, new releases and over 20 unique beer taps. Multiple pouring stations keep craft beer and cider flowing. Humble Wood Fire, Soul Spice, Stubbies Pop-Up Sausages, Big Rascal BBQ Roadster and Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops serve up tasty treats. 

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Add Excitement to Your Weekend with Thrilling Carnival Rides, Live Music and Fireworks at Boots N’ Suits
Friday, August 20 – Sunday, August 22 | The Post Farm
28957 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669

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Bring the family for a weekend of carnival rides, waterslides, and two nights of live music featuring country artist Corey Smith on Friday and Tom Petty tribute band Heavy Petty on Saturday followed by a fireworks display. Enjoy food trucks, beer garden and more.

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Spark Wonder with Expanded Hours at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
New Hours: Thursday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cade Museum | 811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Learn about the invention of Gatorade in “The Sweat Solution” and find out how everyday items are manufactured at the traveling “How People Make Things” exhibit inspired by Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours. Plan your visit at

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Fill Your Evening with a Mix of Blues and Jazz from BoeCat and the Cool Corporate Cats at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, August 20, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville 

With more than 25 years playing the blues, members of the BoeCat and the Cool Corporate Cats band deliver live music with crowd-pleasing flair and impeccable technique. Saxophonist and composer Joe Donato, co-founder of The Miami Jazz Cooperative joins BoeCat on the concert stage.  

The Free Fridays Concert Series is the region’s longest-running free outdoor concert series featuring local and regional talent. Grab dinner at a downtown Gainesville restaurant, and find a cozy spot on the Bo Diddley Plaza lawn to enjoy a live music concert every Friday night through October.

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Reel In the Catch of the Day at the “Back To School Bonanza” Family Fishing Day
Saturday, August 21, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | UF IFAS Catch and Release Fishing Ponds
7922 NW 71st St., Gainesville, FL 32653 

Anglers of all skill levels are welcome at monthly Family Fishing Day events. The UF/IFAS catch-and-release ponds contain largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish. 

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Experience a Multimedia Art Event Lifting Black Voices at Through Black Eyes
Friday, August 20, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Newberry Firehouse Gallery
25435 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669

Newberry’s Firehouse Gallery features local Black artists with an art walk to 1906 Farmhouse Restaurant. Hosted in partnership with the Newberry Truth and Reconciliation Initiative.

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Get Down with Blues for the 21st Century with 21 Blue Featuring Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate
Sunday, August 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

21 Blue melds contemporary blues and jazz with influences from Louis Armstrong, Howlin’ Wolf, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and more. 21 Blue are joined by Sheba the Mississippi Queen & The Bluesmen.

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View a Lifetime of Art at the Closing Reception of Museum Studies: The Artwork of Richard Heipp
Friday, August 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | University Gallery
400 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Museum Studies: The Artwork of Richard Heipp is a comprehensive solo exhibition featuring over sixty works in a variety of media that address issues related to perception and illusion. Heipp’s extensive oeuvre included in the exhibition spans the years between 1975 to present day and is exhibited simultaneously at the University Gallery and the Libby Gallery.

american son

Immerse Yourself in the Thought-Provoking Live Theatre Performance of “American Son”
Now through August 29 | Star Center Theatre
11 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609 

Christopher Demos-Brown’s “American Son” examines America’s racial divide through the eyes of an estranged couple. Over the course of a tense night, the couple’s disparate histories and backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving the police and their missing 18-year-old son.

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Blast through the Weekend with Sooza Brass Band, Jupiter Troupe and Matcha from the Outdoor Stage
Sunday, August 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Sooza Brass Band returns to their hometown for the last stop on their Sooza Palooza Tour across the Southeast. Jupiter Troupe and Matcha bring indie rock and soul-jam fusion to the dance party.

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Events & Festivals

Ullabana Festival and the Four Important Graces Ceremony at A Nan Temple and Meditation Garden
Sunday, August 22, 9:30 a.m.

Pop-Up Markets

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Vintage and Hand-Made Clothing, Art and Decor at Flashbacks August Pop-Up Market
Saturday, August 21, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Arts & Theatre

Scenes from Upcoming Productions at the 2021 Season Gala at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Saturday, August 21, 6 p.m.

Live on Stage: University of Florida Performing Arts Fall 2021 Events Are Announced
Get the inside scoop on the upcoming fall performances at the Phillip’s Center for Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale August 28.

Back in the Spotlight: The Hippodrome Theatre’s 2021-2022 Season
The Hippodrome Theatre welcomes back audiences back to the Mainstage for their 49th season.

Twirl into the 2021-2022 Season of Dance Alive National Ballet
Phantom, Nutcracker, Don Juan and Carmina Burana are just a few of the special performances in store this year from the incredible dancers of Dance Alive National Ballet.

Elements of Entertainment: Gainesville Orchestra Earth Matters 2021-2022 Season
Maestro Evans Haile creates an astounding new season of orchestral music themed to the 5 elements of life: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Ether. 

Music & Performance

Gainesville Americana with Dim Lights at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, August 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock and Blues with Johnson/Burns at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Thursday, August 19, 6 p.m. 

Standup Comedy Night with Sean Finnerty, Daniel Biddle, Spener Acree and Dennis Drake, Hosted By Gregg Cee at Loosey’s Downtown Gainesville
Thursday, August 19, 8 p.m. 

Comedy Night with Ben Brainard at Flacos/Vecinos
Thursday, August 19, 8:30 p.m. 

Mountain and Swamp Music with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, August 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Country Music with Chris McNeil at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Friday, August 20, 7 p.m. 

Jam, Jazz Fusion with Anthill Cinema, Jupiter Troupe at High Dive
Friday, August 20, 8 p.m. 

80’s Rock with HeadrusH at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Friday, August 20, 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Jazz with Swing Theory at One Love Cafe
Saturday, August 21, 6 p.m. 

Americana with the Front Porch Backsteppers at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, August 21, 6 p.m. 

Country Music with Sondra Hunt Band at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, August 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Classic Cover Songs with Bryan Doherty at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Saturday, August 21, 7 p.m.


Throw it Back to the 70s at 19Seventy-Fly at SwampCity Gallery Lounge
Saturday, August 21, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

Punk Rock Music with Rehasher, Love Kills Joy, Coffee Project at Loosey’s Downtown Gainesville
Saturday, August 21, 8 p.m. 

Alternative Rock Music with Parrotfish, Madwoman, Luke Secrest at High Dive
Saturday, August 21, 8 p.m. 

Disco Tech House Music and Hip Hop with Majo Morales & Wedding Crashers at Arcade Bar
Saturday, August 21, 8 p.m. 

Heavy Metal with Mike & The Nerve, Friendly Fire & Purely Red at Vecinos
Saturday, August 21, 9 p.m. 

Psych and Punk Music with Supertwin, My Fault Your Fault, Lover’s Booth at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta
Saturday, August 21, 9 p.m. 

Southern Rock with The Good Voodoo at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Saturday, August 21, 9 p.m. 

Hip Hop and Rap with Jackboy at Shiph Lucci Event Center
Saturday, August 21, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Country Music with Noah Hunton at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Sunday, August 22, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Jacob Katyal Album Release Party at the Fox Lounge at Tom Kat Kafe
Sunday, August 22, 9 p.m. 

Psychedelic Progressive Rock with Epic Ganesh, Austin Brockner Band, Loyal Customers at Hardback Cafe
Sunday, August 22, 9 p.m. 

Jazz Night with Jacob Hardy at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, August 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Tribal Belly Dancers The Shambling Shimmies at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, August 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Country Music with Justin Partin at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Wednesday, August 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

House Music with UK Producer and DJ Mason Maynard at The Wooly
Wednesday, August 25, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Craft Breweries

Blueberry Wine Tasting at Bluefield Estate Winery
Thursday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Open Mic Night at Big Top Brewing Gainesville
Thursday, August 19, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Popular Covers with Cameron Wheaton and Mayflower Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, August 19, 7 p.m. 

Outlaw Country from Cumberland and Pizza by Humble Wood Fire at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, August 20, 7 p.m.  

Jazz Music with the Jazz Bandits at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, August 20, 7 p.m.

Bottomless Mimosas at Big Top Brewing Company, Gainesville
Saturday, August 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Sunday, August 22, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Rock Favorites with Faster Than Flash and Fat G’s Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, August 21, 7 p.m. 

Bloody Mary Sunday at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, August 22, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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Vulture Food Returns to Serve Up Plant-Based Junk Food at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Tuesday, August 24, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, August 24, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, August 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Wednesday, August 25, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

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Muscadine Grape U-Pick at High Springs Orchard and Bakery

Cypress & Grove Farmer’s Market
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

One Love Cafe Local Market
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

GNV Market at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

High Springs Farmer’s Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Newberry Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Haile 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

green room roll at rock n roll sushi

Now Open: Rock N Roll Sushi at Tioga Town Center
Savor appetizers, classic sushi rolls, specialty “Headliner” rolls, desserts and more in a casual rock and roll atmosphere. Gluten-free options are available. 

“Neon Pig” After-Hours Dinner Menu at The Leaning Pig
Thursday, August 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Pop-Up Wine Tasting with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Thursday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and ProvisionsThursday, August 19 

Drag Brunch at Curia on the Drag
Saturday, August 21, 11 a.m.

Dine at Local Restaurants, Enjoy Outdoor Seating or Grab a Meal To-Go
Dine-in or take advantage of additional outdoor seating expanded onto sidewalks like “GNV Commons” in downtown Gainesville.

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.


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Gators Football Single Game Tickets Now on Sale

Debut of Gator Talk with Head Gators Volleyball Coach Mary Wise at Spurrier’s Gridiron Grill + Visors
Thursday, August 19, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Free Skeeball All Night at Thir-Skee Thursdays at Arcade Bar
Thursday, August 19, 8 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. 

Funtastic Fridays at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, August 20, 5:30 p.m. 

Family Fishing Day at UF IFAS Catch and Release Ponds
Saturday, August 21, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Gators Volleyball Scrimmage and Fan Day
Saturday, August 21, 3 p.m. 

Summit Series Bracket Race at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, August 21, 2 p.m. 

Gators Soccer vs. Texas at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Sunday, August 22, 12 p.m.

Parks & Trails

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Story Time with Alachua County Library District at Depot Park
Thursday, August 19, 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Timed 5K at Depot Park with parkrun
Saturday, August 21, 7:30 a.m. – 9 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

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View Explorations of “Texture” for the Final Weekend at Gainesville Fine Arts Association
Thursday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Looking at, looking through” Exhibit Now on Display at Good News Arts
Wednesday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Catch a Train Ride to the Past at the Waldo Historical Society Museum
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Now Open at the Harn Museum of Art: Shadow to Substance
Shadow to Substance exhibition creates a chronological arc from the past to the present into the future using historical photographs through the lens of Black photographers working today. The exhibition expands ideas around healing, myth, intimacy, joy, resistance and rebirth to create a space for visitors to see and identify with uplifting narratives shaped by an invigorated portrait of Black life. Exhibition open through February 27, 2022. 

Between Heaven & Earth – The Paintings of Alyne Harris at Thomas Center Galleries
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Discover How Everyday Items are Made at the CADE Museums Newest Exhibit and Shop
Friday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.  

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

See Live Animals in the Survival of the Slowest Exhibit at the Florida Museum
Now through September 12Museum Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Save The Date

Indie Live Back to School Fest at Heartwood Soundstage, August 28

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation Labor Day Weekend Tours, September 4 and 6

Upstage at the Phillips Center: Davina and the Vagabonds, September 23

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