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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, February 24 – March 2, 2022

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Find ways to enjoy our enviable Florida February weather this weekend with What’s Good. Rock outdoors with 25+ top Indie acts at the two-day Heartwood Music Festival VI, go upstage at the UF Phillips Center for an enchanting performance by jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato or dance the night away with Cliff Dorsey’s upbeat country music at Playlist at the Pointe.

Celebrate Black History Month with art, music, dance and theatre including an uplifting performance by the UF Gospel Choir at Bo Diddley Plaza in Downtown Gainesville. The Gainesville Fine Arts Association hosts an opening reception for the Gainesville ArtWalk featuring new exhibit Process: A View into the Creation of Art. Plus, take in some fresh air with an evening stargazing event at Hickory Ranch or with a toast to Swamp Head Brewery as they celebrate 14 years with SwampFest, an outdoor celebration with live music, food trucks and more.

Read on for more of What’s Good!

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bard and broadside, blackademics and neighborhood

Celebrate Black History Month with Art, Music, Dance and Theatre

E. Stanley Richardson

Gallery Reception for Bard and Broadside at Cofrin Arts Center at Oak Hall School
Friday, February 25, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Via historical archives, poetry, poster “broadsides” and image documentation, the exhibition directs a lens on civil rights history in the Gainesville community featuring print works by Alachua County Poet Laureate E. Stanley Richardson and UF Art Education Lecturer Patrick Grigsby.

Chickens, Hellfire, Funerals & Folk, A Talk by Dr. Porchia Moore on the Works of Alyne Harris at the Historic Thomas Center
Friday, February 25, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Who Will Sing for Lena? at Actors’ Warehouse
Friday, February 25, 8 p.m.Saturday, February 26, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.Sunday, February 27, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Celebrate Black Music with the University of Florida Gospel Choir at Bo Diddley Plaza
Saturday, February 26, 8 p.m.

UF Performing Arts Driveway Theatre Project Presents “Blackademics” at A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
Saturday, February 26, 1 p.m. 

Get Moving at the Health & Wellness Event and Smooth Flava Dance Party at Bo Diddley Plaza
Sunday, February 27, 3 p.m. 

Highlights of African American Neighborhoods with the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center on Zoom
Sunday, February 27, 5 p.m.
Join Nkwanda Jah and Terri Bailey for a free virtual program featuring 2 African American neighborhoods in Gainesville: Pleasant Street and 5th Avenue/Seminary Lane.


birds flying above paynes prairie at sunset

Peer Into the Night Sky and Learn About Stars and Planets at Paynes Prairie Stargazing with Alachua Astronomy Club
Saturday, February 26, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Hickory Ranch at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
9300 SE CR 234, Micanopy, FL 32667 

With its proximity to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Hickory Ranch features a beautiful open landscape under some of the darkest skies in Alachua County – a perfect location for Alachua Astronomy Club volunteers to share their powerful telescopes with guests. Participants can view and learn about stars, planets and more. Register online until Friday, February 25 at 4 p.m.


f chain for gymastics

(Sold Out) Reach Friday Night Heights as Gators Gymnastics Takes on Oklahoma in a Top-5 Matchup
Friday, February 25, 6:45 p.m. | Exactech Arena 
250 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

Friday is senior night for the #3 Gators, fresh off clinching a share of the SEC title with a come-from-behind win against Kentucky. #2 Oklahoma heads into Exactech Arena after defeating Washington, Stanford and Denver in last week’s quad meet.  

Visit YouTube for Black History Conversations with current Gators Gymnast Alex Magee and trailblazer Pam Titus, Florida’s first Black gymnast and first NCAA gymnast to record a perfect 10 in the floor exercise. 


artwalk gainesville

Visit Local Art Galleries and Exhibits at Artwalk Gainesville
Friday February 25, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Downtown Gainesville

Various Locations 

Experience the local art scene on a self-guided tour with Artwalk Gainesville. February’s tour stops include a reception at GFAA Gallery, a variety of artists at First Magnitude Brewing Company, a Moonlit Art Market at Artisans’ Guild Gallery and discussion of the works of Alyne Harris at the Historic Thomas Center. Download a map and learn more about the venues online.


process at gfaa

View Finished Works and Artist Tools at the Gallery Reception of “Process”
Friday, February 25, 7 p.m. | Gainesville Fine Arts Association
1314 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

“Process” features the inclusion of process materials like sketches, pencils and paintbrushes on display alongside the finished artwork. Friday’s reception is a chance to meet the artists and view the award ceremony. 


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heartwood music festival

Soak Up 2 Days of Music Spanning Multiple Stages at Heartwood Music Fest VI
Friday, February 25, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Saturday, February 26, 12 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The lineup of bands and musicians features Heartwood favorites on both indoor and outdoor stages like The Savants of Soul, Shine and the Shakers, The Hails, Palimony, Wild Pines, Uncle Mosey, The Shambles and many more. Weekend passes are available online.

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. 


swamp fest

Raise a Glass as Swamp Head Brewery Turns 14 at Swamp Fest
Saturday, February 26, 12 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery

3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Celebrate 14 years of Swamp Head beers with an outdoor celebration featuring live music, food trucks and merchandise. Featured beers on tap include Swamp Fest Lager, Pink Lemonade Lemon Days, Key Lime Pie, Blueberry Cottonmouth and Snakes on the Paynes.


lundu band members

Go Upstage at the UF Phillips Center with Afro-Peruvian and Andean Roots Music from Lundú
Thursday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Lundú makes their debut U.S. performance in Gainesville to expand the musical legacy of the culturally-rich city of Arequipa, Peru. The mainstage at the Phillips Center transforms into a cabaret-style music hall complete with tables, chairs and a cash bar. 


gretchen parlato

Hear One of the Most Original Voices in Jazz at UpStage with Gretchen Parlato
Friday, February 25, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Gretchen Parlato returns with her 2021 release, Flor. This new work weaves a sonic texture of guitar, cello, and drum-percussion hybrid, exquisitely complementing the intensity and delicacies of Gretchen’s unmistakable singing style.  


playlist at the pointe

Get Energized with Cliff Dorsey’s Upbeat Country Vibe at Playlist at the Pointe
Friday, February 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Cliff Dorsey’s brand of country music electrifies venues big and small. Pull up a chair or throw down a blanket and enjoy the music after the sun sets. Food, beverages and sweet treats are available from Celebration Pointe restaurants.


cinemadrome

Add Up Creativity + Ingenuity + No-Budget Remakes of Movie Classics at Cinemadrome Sweded Film Fest 2022
Saturday, February 26, 8 p.m. | The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
232 1/2 SE 1st St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Find out what happens when film crews head out to recreate your favorite movies in 6 minutes, without a budget. Saturday’s screening features awards for outstanding performance, audience favorite, best sound design and more. 


pilobolus dancers

Watch Form and Shadow Combine on Stage at the Pilobolus Dance Company 50th Anniversary
Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611  

As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus –that feisty arts organism– puts the “Oh!” in ​BIG FIVE OH!​, and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds.  The remarkable company that secured an iconic place in American culture in the early 1970s is still wowing audiences with its irresistible mix of wit, sensuality, and stunning physical acumen. The celebration includes signature works from vintage classics to their trend-setting innovative work in shadow. 


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Arts & Theatre

lost in yonkers

Watch Family Dynamics Unfold on Stage at Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers at the High Springs Playhouse
Now through March 13

Lost in Yonkers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in a New York apartment in 1942. The play opens as Grandma Kurnitz takes in her son Eddie’s two sons. The two boys are left to contend with Grandma, Aunt Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers. 

dance 2022

Dance 2022: On. Going On… with UF School of Theatre and Dance at UF Constans Theatre
Thursday, February 24 – Sunday, February 27


Events & Festivals

Kids Sing, Dance and Play Instruments at Music and Movement at Alachua County Library District Headquarters
Thursday, February 24, 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Gainesville 48-Hour Film Competition Screen and Awards at Santa Fe College
Thursday, February 24, 7 p.m. 

SciFi Gainesville Film Festival Streaming Online
Friday, February 25 – Saturday, February 26 

Survival Knife Blacksmithing Workshop at [Fe]ver Metal Art Studio
Saturday, February 26 – Sunday, February 27 

Cocktails and Classics: Edge of the City at Hippodrome Cinema
Saturday, February 26, 8:30 p.m.


Music & Performance

Blues and Folk with Middleground at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, February 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

UF Tuba/Euphonium Ensembles Recital at UF School of Music
Thursday, February 24, 7:20 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. 

Indie Chillwave with Small Black at High Dive
Thursday, February 24, 8 p.m. 

Americana with the Front Porch Backsteppers at 4th Ave Food Park
Friday, February 25, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

BBQ and Blues with Paco at Top Hog
Friday, February 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at One Love Café
Friday, February 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Appalachian Folksinger Ash Devine at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, February 27, 7 p.m. 

Rock and Roll with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at High Dive
Friday, February 25, 7 p.m.

jon langston

Nashville Country Recording Artist Jon Langston at Vivid Music Hall
Friday, February 25, 8 p.m.

Salsa Music and Dance Lessons at Salsa Mundial
Friday, February 25, 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Colombian Dance Music with DJ FeZZa and DJ Humble-G at Carnaval de Barranquilla 2022 at The Loft
Friday, February 25, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Porch Swing Jazz at 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Live Music on the Bus Stage: Dylan Schehr at Dad’s Bar
Saturday, February 26, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Singer-Songwriter Cassie Evans at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, February 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Funk with Fast Lane at One Love Café
Saturday, February 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

habstrakt at vivid music hall

Bass House and Dubstep with Habstrakt at Vivid Music Hall
Saturday, February 26, 8 p.m.  

Jazz Funk with Opulence at Loosey’s
Saturday, February 26, 8 p.m. 

Dance Night with Music from Britney Spears and Taylor Swift at High Dive
Saturday, February 26, 9 p.m. 

The Life and Music of River Phoenix with Tributes from Pose Norma, Jack Mason, Tom Miller and Mei at Hardback Café
Saturday, February 26, 7 p.m. 

Blues with Shine of Shine and the Shakers at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, February 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

youth mariachi band members

Conquistadores de la Música – Gainesville’s Youth Mariachi Band at Nopal by Cintrón
Sunday, February 27, 6 p.m.

6th Anniversary Breakaway Burlesque Show at Loosey’s
Sunday, February 27, 7 p.m.

bleeth concert poster

Post Metal with Bleeth at The Wooly
Sunday, February 27, 7 p.m. 

Local Songwriters Tell the Story Behind the Songs at The Swampland Troubadours at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, March 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Indie Rock with Trevor Griffin at High Dive
Wednesday, March 2, 8 p.m.


Craft Breweries

Harry Potter Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company
Thursday, February 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Jazz with Joe at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, February 25, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Cinema on Tap: The Italian Job (1969) with UF Center for European Studies at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Saturday, February 26, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

brewery yoga

Brewery Yoga with Melissa from Searchlight Yoga
Sunday, February 27, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Mardi Gras at High Springs Brewing Company
Tuesday, March 1, 4:30 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

strawberries at rogers farm

U-Pick Strawberries at Roger’s Farm, Check the Facebook Page for Updates
Thursday, February 24 – Friday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

GNV Market at Heartwood Soundstage Featuring Live Music from The Couch Messiahs
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

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

Newberry Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Haile Village 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

t yummi cafe sign

Grand Opening: Bubble Tea, Pho and Bahn Mi at T-Yummi Café
Sunday, February 27, 10 a.m.
Ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. Free fruit or milk tea for the first 100 customers with raffles for grand prizes. 

Now Open: Pizza, Sandwiches, Burgers and More at Scuola2 at Midpoint Park and Eatery
Open Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

champagne nights

Champagne Night with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Friday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.

Drag Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas at Tosh Kitchen
Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. 

The Dunbar Hotel Supper Club Monthly Dining Experience
Saturday, February 26, 6:30 p.m. 

(sold out) Cheesecake Making Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, February 26, 2 p.m. 

Upcoming Cooking Classes at The Fat Tuscan:
Pantry to Plate 3-Course Meal Cooking Class with Guest Teacher Lisa Varvel
Wednesday, March 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine Tasting Chef Dinner
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m.

Pie Making 101
Sunday, April 10, 2 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.


Sports

motocross racing at area qualifier

Motocross Racing at the Loretta Lynn Qualifier at Gatorback Cycle Park
Saturday, February 26 – Sunday, February 27 

Gators Women’s Tennis vs. Baylor
Friday, February 25, 3 p.m. 

Gators Baseball vs. Georgia State at Florida Ballpark
Friday, February 25 – Sunday, February 27

archery targets

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, February 25, 5 p.m.

newberry rc park

RC Racing at Warm-Up for EMERGE at Newberry RC Park
Saturday, February 26, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

2022 Dart Tournament at Blair’s Billiards
Saturday, February 26, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bring it to the Ring 2 Boxing at Hal Brady Recreation Complex
Saturday, February 26, 3 p.m. 

High Springs 4on4 Holt Barwick Memorial Flag Football Tournament
Saturday, February 26, 8 a.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Missouri at Exactech Arena
Sunday, February 26, 12 p.m. 

Gators Softball vs. Southern Miss at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Wednesday, March 2, 6 p.m. 

Gators Baseball vs. FAMU at Florida Ballpark
Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m.


Parks & Trails

Forest Bathing at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, February 26, 7:30 a.m. 

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, February 26 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

paynes prairie

Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, March 2, 8:30 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.


Museums & Galleries

exhibit discussion

HESCAH Panel Discussion: “Plural Domains: Art in, of, from Latin America” at the Harn Museum of Art
Thursday, February 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  

Podcast Listening Event and Discussion, Broadcasting Hope: Evoking the Complexity of Black Lives in Florida at the Matheson History Museum
Saturday, February 26, 4 p.m.

Spring Show at the Newberry Fire House Gallery
Gallery Hours Fridays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Encaustic Explorations Exhibition at Mott-May Gallery
Now through Saturday, February 26

harn exhibit photography

View a Portrait of Black Life with Historic and Contemporary Photography at Shadow to Substance at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through Sunday, February 27
Images above by Sheila Pree Bright and Ayana V. Jackson

Unravel the Technology of Textiles at Fabric Frontiers at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Thursday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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


Save The Date

Townes Fest at Heartwood Soundstage, March 6

Casting Crowns The Healer Tour, March 4

Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 10-13

“The Ocean” Farm Dinner at Swallowtail Farm, March 12

Dance Alive National Ballet Presents Carmina Burana, March 25-26

Gators Football Orange and Blue Game, April 16

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