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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, July 14-20, 2022

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We found your chill. Stop by Alachua County this weekend to pick it up! The Harn Museum of Art invites you to explore the “Art of Chillaxation” at Museum Nights. And, the Gainesville Big Band helps you get into a Friday state of mind at Bo Diddley Plaza in Downtown Gainesville. Get that summer camp vibe with three days of craft beer and classic camp games at Camp First Magnitude.  

Journey through the life story of a jazz legend at an Evening with Billie Holiday at A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center or meander through town with the Gainesville Fine Arts Association’s self-guided signature Artist Studio Tour. Escape the heat at an indoor show with the opening weekend of the hilarious Spamalot at Gainesville Community Playhouse. Kick back in the shaded stands and see horses and riders clear fences with grace with Horse Shows in the Park at the Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center.

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Go Behind The Scenes of the Artistic Process at GFAA’s Signature Artist Studio Tour
Friday, July 15, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Various Locations

This unique art tour takes place once a year. Meet local artists in their studios and learn how works of art come to life. A preview tour at participating locations takes place Friday evening. Find maps of the tour online, at GFAA and at studio locations on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.


Chillax at the Harn Museum of Art at Museum Nights
Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Enjoy an evening of ambient performances selected by local music producer Kane Pour in a chill space and unwind with a chair massage hosted by UF SW Rec Sports. Interact with tabling partners including the AWARE student ambassadors from the UF Counseling and Wellness Center and the Bailey’s Learning & Arts Collective. Don’t miss an Art Blast tour led by a museum docent, as the galleries are open all evening. Admission is free.


Embark on a Wacky Quest with King Arthur at the Opening Weekend of the Musical Comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot
Now through August 7 | Gainesville Community Playhouse
4039 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605  

Ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.


Share an Evening with Billie Holiday Featuring Rhonda Wilson
Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17, 7 p.m. | A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center

1013 NW 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Award-winning actress and Director Rhonda Wilson shares the journey of an American Jazz icon as she grapples with her own inner conflicts. Joining Rhonda Wilson on stage is Bill Powell on keyboards. This performance coincides with the art exhibit Blues Pioneers and their Progeny on display through Wednesday, August 31. Admission is free. 


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Have Grown-Up Summertime Fun at Camp First Magnitude
Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 16, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, July 17, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company

1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Adult responsibilities don’t have to get in the way of traditional summer camp fun. Join First Magnitude Brewing Company for 3 days of craft beer and classic camp games like a sack race, giant beer pong, cornhole and more. 


Find Retro Fashion and Unique Finds at the Florida Vintage Market
Sunday, July 17, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Midpoint Park and Eatery
931 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Browse curated collections of vintage clothing, street wear, custom clothing and sneakers with artists, makers and food. Vendors include Best Buds Vintage, Feta Vintage, Knotted Vines, Themepark Vintage, Y-Naught and more.


See Horses and Riders Clear Fences with Grace at Horse Shows in the Park
Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17 | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
23100 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669

Horse Shows in the Park presents hunters and jumpers across 3 arenas. Riders are challenged with safe jumps and inviting fences with a broad range of classes ranging from Children and Novice to Open and Professional. 


North Central Florida Blues Society Presents Blues Meets Girl
Sunday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage

619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

British blues veteran Mr. Downchild and Texas-born singer-songwriter Kasimira Vogel form Blues Meets Girl. Together, they weave their unique influences into a style described as a combination of Delta and Chicago Blues.

The evening opens with The Blues Art Form, a local guitar and saxophone collaboration from Dr. Jules Gliesche, Lothar Weimann and Adam Careaga. 

Swing into the Weekend as Gainesville Big Band Takes Over the Stage at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, July 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Gainesville Big Band is an 18-piece band with wide range of styles from swing, Latin and contemporary jazz. 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.


Celebrate High Dive’s 11th Anniversary During Independent Venue Week

High Dive celebrates its 11th Anniversary of bringing downtown Gainesville local and national touring live music, comedy, alternative theater and a variety of other events totaling over 250 per year to their historic stage.

Singer-Songwriter Matt Maeson with 1-800-brennan-collect Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m.

Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne “Forever Ozzy”
Friday, July 15, 8 p.m.

Gainesville Girls Rock Camp Showcase
Saturday, July 16, 5 p.m.

Alt Funk with Speak Easy, Madwoman, Sage, Josh Gluck
Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Live on Stage
Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m.


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Arts & Theatre

University of Florida Performing Arts 2022-2023 Season Preview at UF Phillips Center
Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m.


Events & Festivals

Car Show, Skate Competition, Food Trucks and Live Music at the How Bazar Block Party with Dion Dia Records in Downtown Gainesville
Friday, July 15, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Christmas in July Art Night at Island Grove Wine Tasting House
Friday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.

Preview Santa Fe College Blount Center in Downtown Gainesville
Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Milonga Dance Night at Rena’s Ballroom
Friday, July 15, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Drag Queen Bingo at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Circus Ground Skills Workshop at Gainesville Circus Center
Sunday, July 16, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pamper Me Encanto at Trinity Day Spa
Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Pop-Up Markets

Sunset Swamp Market at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Friday, July 15, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Handcrafted and Up-cycled Furniture at “Christmas In July” with Santa and Mrs. Clause at Hardwood and Honey
Saturday, July 16, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Music & Performance

After Market Concert Series with Jazz Fusion from Electric Kif and Dionysus at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m.

Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at One Love Café
Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Americana with Dim Lights at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Power Pop with Jhariah at Loosey’s
Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m.

Lionel Jr. at Mother’s Pub and Grill
Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Poetry Jam at Civic Media Center
Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Singer-Songwriter Quincy Allen Flint at Bingo Deli and Pub
Friday, July 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Going Forward at Mother’s Pub and Grill
Friday, July 15, 9 p.m.

Singer-Songwriter TJ Brown at the Kiss 105.3 FM Summer Concert Series at Celebration Pointe
Saturday, July 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Juke Jones Band at Munecas Downtown
Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Punk with Dikembe, Zeta, Glazed, Rugh at Loosey’s
Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Rock with Whiskey Jones at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Pop Punk and Emo Night of Gainesville at The Wooly
Saturday, July 16, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Dance Music at Friends of Mine: Disco Tropical at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Saturday, July 16, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Synth-pop with Light Ages (first show), Post-Rock with Kvetch (first show) and Punk with Bad Dog and Tin City Collective Art Exhibit Opening at the Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Sunday, July 17, 7 p.m.


Craft Breweries

karaoke at first magnitude

Brewery Karaoke at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, July 14 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Charity BINGO Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Blockbusters at the Brewery: Back to the Future at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

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

Grove Street Farmer’s Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Archer Farmer’s 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 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

Now Open: Halo Potato Donuts New Location on Tower Road
209 NW 75th St., Suite 30, Gainesville, FL 32607
Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, July 14, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Mural artwork by Visionary FAM

Free Beer Tasting at Crafty Bastards Restaurant and Pub
Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Kimchi Workshop with The Ferment Lady at ABC Wellness
Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. 

Muggles and Mimosas Brunch at World of Beer Bar and Kitchen
Saturday, July 16, 11:30 a.m.

Wine Tasting at Petit Uppercrust
Saturday, July 16, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Book a Cooking Class at the Fat Tuscan, View the Upcoming Schedule

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

archery targets

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, July 15, 5:30 p.m.

Friday Night Street Legal Madness Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Friday, July 15, 6 p.m.

Gainesville Chain Hawks MVP Circuit Challenge at Northside Park
Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

BMX Racing at Sizzing Summer Nights Racing Series at High Springs BMX
Saturday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hot Dogs, Peanuts and Cracker Jack for the MLB All Star Game at Loosey’s
Tuesday, July 19, 5 p.m.


Parks & Trails

Free Timed 5K at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, July 16 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

group at devils millhopper

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Dash and Splash Summer Series 4-Mile Run and 800-Meter Swim at Hunter “Northeast” Pool
Sunday, July 17, 8 a.m.

Citizen Science Sunday for Kids: Main-Stream Science at Hogtown Creek Nature Park
Sunday, July 17, 10 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

Family Discovery Camp: Fossils at Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

natural beauty exhibit

Natural Beauty at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Now through August 5The 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.

Natural Beauty at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Now through August 5The 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

Annual Red Dot Sale at Artisans’ Guild Gallery
Now through July 31

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.

guests at fossil exhibit

Dig Into the Past at the Florida Museum’s New Fossil Exhibit, Now Open
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 in the “Science Up Close: Fantastic Fossils” exhibit. Come face-to-face with giant dinosaur skeletons, beautiful botanical fossils and ancient microscopic life.
Photo by Florida Museum/Jeff Gage 

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


Save The Date

Potterhead Day 2022 at Swamp Head Brewery, July 31

Gainesville Chain Hawks Disc Golf MVP Circuit Challenge, July 16

Museum Nights Block pARTy at UF Cultural Plaza, August 11

For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events/

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