What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, August 4-10, 2022

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August is here and What’s Good is filled with ways to squeeze just a little more fun into your summer! Explore the Paynes Prairie Bolen Bluff Trail or historic Micanopy on your way to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park to celebrate the 126th birthday of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author with cake, mango ice cream, music and farmhouse tours. Take in nature’s showy displays with the record-setting Giant Victoria Water Lilies at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, with a ranger-led hike through Sweetwater Wetlands Park, or with the hour-ling Birds and Brews nature walk beginning at First Magnitude Brewing.

Enjoy live hip hop with Dion Dia and Friends at the Free Fridays Concert Series in Downtown Gainesville or an outdoor jazz show with Scott Wilson and the Global Jazz Ensemble at Tioga Concert Night. Browse from 80 plus artisanal vendors at the Bazar À La Carte night market or rally for sports activities like the 2022 Gainesville Indoor Pickleball Showcase and Family Day at Hatchetbury Axe Throwing Bar. 

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Vibe to the Don Dia Hip Hop Showcase at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, August 5, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Dion Dia is an independent record label bringing community and culture to the forefront. A spectrum of artists take the stage for a one-of-a-kind showcase. 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.

mkr birthday cake

Happy Birthday, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings!
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

18700 S CR 325, Hawthorne, FL 32640

Join the party for Marjorie’s 126th birthday in Cross Creek. The event at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park includes birthday cake, mango ice cream and music. Tours of the farmhouse are available.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for the The Yearling, the fiction novel about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn. Unique characters, vivid scenery and southern recipes from Cross Creek often made their way into her material.

tioga concert night

Hear Jazz from the Around the World with Scott Wilson & The Global Jazz Ensemble at Tioga Concert Night
Friday, August 5, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Tioga Town Center
13085 SW 1st Ln., Newberry, FL 32669

Trumpeter Scott Wilson has established himself as one of the rising stars of jazz. On concert stages from Orlando to Osaka, Scott is in constant demand as a player, composer and educator. Before the concert, enjoy dinner from a Tioga Town Center restaurant or grab a meal to-go for the show. Admission is free.

kids at discovery zone

Find Peace and Quiet and Explore Exhibits at Museum for Me Sensory-Friendly Event at Florida Museum of Natural History
Sunday, August 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Children and adults on the autism spectrum, along with their friends, families and caregivers are invited to explore permanent exhibits at their own pace in a peaceful and less-crowded setting. An additional separate quiet space is available to decompress if needed.

bazar a la carte

Browse and Shop from 80+ Artisanal Vendors at the Bazar À La Carte Night Market
Saturday, August 6, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. | The How Bazar
60 SW 2nd St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The last Bazar À La Carte night market of the summer features over 80 vendors in downtown Gainesville. Shop plants, records, art, clothing, jewelry and crafts. Vendors include Ant Apparel, Cassava and Rye, Daily Burn Candle Studio, Garage Shirts, Hard Pressed Tati, Silk Wave Beanies and more. 

After the market, The How Bazar stays open late to kickback 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

peter pan

(sold out) Take a Magical Trip to Neverland with the Stage Adaptation of Peter Pan
Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7 | High Springs Playhouse
23416 W US Hwy. 27, High Springs, FL 32643

This stage adaptation by Craig Sodaro captures the magic and charm of Peter Pan’s adventures with Wendy, the Lost Boys and the Darling children. 

pickleball showcase

It’s On! Rally on over to the Gainesville Indoor Pickleball Showcase
Saturday, August 6 – Sunday, August 7 | Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
15400 Peggy Rd., Alachua, FL 32615

The nets are up and courts are lined for the 5th Annual Pickleball Showcase. Doubles competitors battle all weekend in a single-elimination championship bracket.

familiy day

Hit the Target with Family Day at The Hatchebury Axe Throwing Bar
Sunday, August 7, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | The Hatchetbury Axe Throwing Bar
213 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Bring the family for axe-throwing fun. Families save 50% off with at least one thrower aged 17 or under. Book online with the family day discount code found at this link.

birds and brews

Go Birding at the Brewery at Birds and Brews
Sunday, August 7, 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company

1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601

First Magnitude Brewing Company and the Alachua Audubon Society host monthly bird walks for all skill levels. Meet at the brewery for an hour-long guided nature walk at Depot Park. The tour returns to the brewery with time for a nightcap. 

giant victoria water lilies

Don’t Miss the Record-Setting Water Lilies on a Guided Walk at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Late summer is the height of the growing season for Giant Victoria Water Lilies. View other seasonal highlights on this monthly guided walk.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is located on 68 acres and features plant collections visible from a 1.5-mile, pet-friendly walkway including the state’s largest display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the southeast.

limpkin with snail

Spot Wildlife and Go Birding on a Ranger-Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, August 6, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Rd., Gainesville 32640

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it’s a way to protect our environment. The park, which consists of more than 125 acres of wetlands and ponds, was created to improve the water quality of wetlands in Paynes Prairie and the Floridan Aquifer.

The ranger-led tour includes a half-mile walk and lasts about an hour. Bring water, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Recent bird sightings include Spotted Sandpiper, Yellow Warbler, Chimney Swift, Sandhill Cranes, Osprey and Snowy Egret. 

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Arts & Theatre


Transcend Culture and Time at a Contemporary Production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Now through Sunday, August 14
Adapted by Catherine Karow from Shakespeare’s text, the production is fast-paced with incredible staging, technological enhancements, unique casting and costumes. This production creates a moving and memorable theatrical experience, fitting for the final production at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s longtime home in the Baird Center.

Events & Festivals

gathering of the puppies

Traveling with Your Pup? Join the Fun and Meet Furry Friends at the First Official Gathering of “The Puppies” at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Saturday, August 6, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
View our list of pet-friendly places to stay, restaurants and specialty stores in Gainesville and Alachua County.

draw jam

In-Person Draw Jam at The Sequential Artists Workshop
Sunday, August 7, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Plants, Wine, Food and Flash Tattoos by Miami Artist Midnight Moonlight at Serpentine Plants and Provisions
Wednesday, August 10, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Music & Performance

brother dege holding burning guitar

Southern Folk Rock with Brother Dege at Loosey’s
Thursday, August 4, 7 p.m.

Rock, Blues and Pop with Griffin Williams at High Dive
Thursday, August 4, 9 p.m.

Motown and Soul with The Browns at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, August 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with Couth Messiahs at One Love Café
Friday, August 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Punk and Rock with Problems, The Mermers and Supertwin at Loosey’s
Friday, August 5, 8 p.m.

Pop Punk Emo Night with DJ RoXX Xxavage at High Dive
Friday, August 5, 9 p.m.

Blues and Classic Rock with Moondog at One Love Café
Saturday, August 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hard Rock with Apex at High Dive
Saturday, August 5, 8 p.m.

wilco beats

Electronic Music with Wilco Beats at The Loft
Saturday, August 6, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

the savants of soul

Retro Soul with The Savants of Soul and Southern Rocksteady with The Freecoasters at High Dive
Sunday, August 7, 8 p.m.

The Comedian Games: Improv vs Stand Up at High Dive
Wednesday, August 10, 9 p.m.

Craft Breweries

National IPA Day Flights at Swamp Head Brewery with Germains Chicken Sandwiches Onsite
Thursday, August 4, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Brewery Karaoke at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, August 4, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Beatles Music with The Impostors First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, August 6, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, August 7, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmers Markets

muscadine grapes

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.

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

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, August 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Herb Yeast Bread Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, August 10, 5 p.m. – 7:30 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.


archery targets

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

352 Combine Basketball Camp at The Rock School
Saturday, August 6, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

3D Club Fun Shoot at Gator Bowmen Archery Range
Saturday, August 6 – Sunday, August 7

Gators Soccer Exhibition vs. North Florida at Donald R Dizney Stadium
Tuesday, August 9, 7 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Free Timed 5K at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, August 6, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Pool Open for the Summer at Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center
Saturdays 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.

people holding mushrooms

Mushroom Meandering UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (NATL)
Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m.

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

chalk on sidewalk at depot park

Chalk the Walk for Ages 2-5 at Depot Park
Tuesday, August 9, 10 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.

River & Springs

lazy river

Splash in the Wave Pool and Float Down the Lazy River at Kulaqua River Ranch Community Day
Sunday, August 7, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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

Discover African Connections and Cultural Traditions in America at the Opening of the Gullah Geechee Exhibit at the Cotton Club and Museum and Cultural Center
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

natural beauty exhibit

Last Chance to View Natural Beauty at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Thursday, August 4 – Friday, August 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.The Santa Fe College Art Gallery and Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo have partnered for a unique exhibition focusing on the charm and artistry of the natural world.

Flowers and Pollinators, Digital Collages by Heather Bjorn at Hippodrome Gallery
Now through August 10

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

Museum Nights Block PARTy at UF Cultural Plaza, August 11

First Magnitude Brewing Company 8 Year Anniversary, August 20

Gators Football vs. Utah, September 3

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