What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, July 15-21, 2021

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Make the most of your summer weekend with What’s Good. Treat yourself to delicious food and fun at Magnolia Park Summer Food Truck Rally or bring the little ones to the Kid’s Day summer party at 4th Avenue Food Park. Shop local produce and crafts, and make furry friends at the Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary’s vegan Farmers Moo-ket.

Explore the rich cultural fabric of our creative community with the GFAA Artist Studio Tour or with University Gallery’s new exhibition, Museum Studies: The Artwork of Richard Heipp. Music lovers can enjoy a singer-songwriter showcase at Live & Local, wind down with reggae artist King Eddie and Pili Pili at the Free Fridays Concert Series, or experience flat-picking guitar mastery with David Grier inside Heartwood Soundstage. 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. 

GFAA Artist Studio Tour

Meet Local Artists and Explore Their Unique Studios at the 2021 GFAA Artist Studio Tour
Friday, July 16, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Various Studio Locations 

More than an outdoor art show, the GFAA Artist Studio Tour connects local artists together in their own unique environments and is a spotlight on the actual spaces where creativity happens. Preview studio tours online before visiting in person.

live and local summer concert series

Get Live and Local with at a Singer Songwriter Showcase
July 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza

Downtown Gainesville 

This new monthly music series presents a diverse lineup of artists, presented by MusicGNV and the City of Gainesville. Thursday’s showcase features Bohemian Sunshine, Mei, Kyle Keller, Rafael Rivera, Pose Norma, Quincy Allen Flint, The Housing Crisis, Mace, Ben White and Sammie Daigle from the outdoor stage at Bo Diddley Plaza. 

x brides club

Celebrate an Epic Wedding Party with Past, Present and Future Brides and Bridesmaids at X-Brides Club
Friday, July 16, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. | The Wooly
30 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Give your wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and formal suits an extra use at the wedding-themed party presented by The Wedding Cycle and The Wooly. Enjoy drinks, food, games, music, raffles without any wedding-day stress or drama. 

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Learn about our lodging partner’s commitment to a safe stay for all who visit, work and live in Alachua County at Safe Stay Pledge.

reggae musician

Wind Down for the Weekend with Reggae Music from King Eddie and Pili Pili at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, July 16, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville 

Pili Pili is Swahili for pepper pepper, a type of hot sauce. The band is lead by bassist and lead vocalist Edward “King Eddie” Witt who formed the band in 1979.  

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.

david grier with guitar

Experience Flatpicking Guitar Mastery at an Intimate Indoor Show Featuring David Grier
Sunday, July 18, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award-winner David Grier delivers his distinctive style at a special indoor show at Heartwood Soundstage. 

summer food truck festival

Tempt Your Taste Buds at the Summer Food Truck Rally
Sunday, July 18, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | One Love Café
4989 NW 40th Pl., Gainesville, FL 32606 

Browse menus featuring international flavors and frozen treats from Cilantro Tacos, B’z Gelati, Filipino Flavors, Eim Thai, Charlie’s Snow Shak and more. The food truck rally is dog friendly with a classic rock soundtrack provided by Moondog. 

the vintage market

Find a Treasure at an Outdoor Shopping Experience at The Florida Vintage Market
Sunday, July 18, 12 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Vendors include Whole Heart Good, Radical Bags Vintage, Wild Ivy Crafts, Dripped Out Vintage, Daily Burn Candle Studio and many more. Grab a bite from Mystery Masala with live music from Dylan Schehr.

kids day at 4th ave food park

Bring the Kiddos to a Summertime Party at Kid’s Day
Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 4th Ave Food Park

409 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

4th Ave Food Park transforms into a kid’s paradise on Saturday. Enjoy face painting, story time, music, balloons, bubbles and science demonstrations.

illustration of happy cow

Meet Furry Friends at the July Farmers Moo-Ket
Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary

12626 NW CR 231, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary provides a home for rescued farm animal residents and is the largest cow sanctuary in the country. Browse local produce and shop artist and craftspeople vendors. All products for sale are vegan. 

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Arts & Theatre

the hipp pop up series

Hippodrome Pop Up Cabaret Series at The Cade Museum
Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m. 

Dorian Gray: A Wilde Musical Streaming Event with UF School of Theatre and Dance
Friday, July 16 – Saturday, July 17, 6 p.m. – 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 18, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Movie Night at Tioga Town Center: Onward
Friday, July 18, 8:30 p.m. 

Let the Walls Fall Down at Star Center Theatre
Friday, July 16, 7 p.m. – Saturday, July 17, 3 p.m. 

Embroidery Workshop at The AUK Market
Sunday, July 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Music & Performance

nolia joy

Indie Folk Music with Nolia Joy at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m. 

Rock with Rusty Wilmot at Mother’s Pub & Grill North
Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m. 

Blues and Rock with Little Mike & The Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m. 

Thursday Comedy Show at Flaco’s
Thursday, July 15, 7 p.m.

band members

Rock Reggae with Sensi Trails, Neptune’s Child, Kelsea Martinez at High Dive
Thursday, July 15, 8 p.m. 

Happy 6th Birthday Arcade Bar with VI and Nico
Thursday, July 15, 8 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. 

Live Music with Kianii at 4th Avenue Food Park
Friday, July 16, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Blues Duo with Middleground at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, July 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

musician chris mcneil

Country Singer Chris McNeil Band at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Friday, July 16, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Rock and Blues with Johnson & Burns at Wahoo Seafood Grill
Friday, July 16, 6 p.m.  

Rock Band Better Strangers at High Dive
Friday, July 16, 8 p.m.  

Southern & Psychedelic Rock with The Good Voodoo at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Friday, July 16, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Punk Rock with Piss Test, Catatonic Scripts, Lifeguard, Pocket of Lollipops at Hardback Cafe
Friday, July 16, 9 p.m. 

Favorite Pop Covers with Westfall featuring Karen Morgan at Mother Pub and Grill North
Friday, July 16, 9 p.m.  

Electronic Music with Maddy O’Neal at Signal
Friday, July 16, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Americana and Folk with Mr. Aullie at 4th Avenue Food Park Saturday, July 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Jazz and Soul with JaQueen Graham at A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
Saturday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. 

Americana with The Front Porch Steppers at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, July 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Classic Rock and Blues with Hogtown Slayers at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, July 17, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Country Music with Chris McNeil at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Saturday, July 17, 7 p.m. 

Tri-County Hip Hop at the Hardback Cafe
Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m.

the petty experience

A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with The Petty Experience at High Dive
Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m. 

Country Music with Houston Keen at Creek’s Restaurant
Sunday, July 18, 1 p.m.  

Country Music with Justin Partin at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Sunday, July 18, 5 p.m. 

Back and Fully Vaxxed Burlesque Show at Loosey’s Downtown
Sunday, July 18, 6 p.m.  

Comedy Cellar Tuesdays at The Midnight Underground
Tuesday, July 20, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Campfire Americana with Kyle Keller at Lightnin’ Salvage
Wednesday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Country Music with Jamie Davis at Woodyard Grill
Wednesday, July 21, 6 p.m. 

Country Music with Cliff Dorsey at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Wednesday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Country Music with Jamie Davis and 29:11 BBQ Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, July 15, 7 p.m. 

Americana with Mr. Aullie – Blues & Such at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, July 16, 7 p.m. 

Branford Highway and Humble Wood Fire Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, July 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Bottomless Mimosas at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Sunday, July 18, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

mandala sky

Classic Rock, Blues and Punk with Madala Sky at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, July 17, 6 p.m. 

Faster Than Flash and Fat G’s Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, July 17, 7 p.m.

Beer Bingo Tuesdays at Big Top Brewing Company
Tuesday, July 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Team Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

U-Pick Blueberries at Bluefield Estate Winery
Thursday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

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

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

GNV Market at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 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

Pop-Up Wine Tasting with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Thursday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.

Bottomless Mimosas and Music at Saturday Brunch at Vecinos
Saturday, July 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

sweet dreams wild flavors

Wild and Crazy Ice Cream Flavor Day at Sweet Dreams Gainesville
Sunday, July 18, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Find the August Schedule of Upcoming Cooking Classes at The Fat Tuscan

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.


Funtastic Fridays at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, July 16, 5:30 p.m. 

Gainesville Hoops Showcase at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18 

Friday Under the Lights Disc Golf Tournament at High Springs Sports Complex
Friday, July 16

nhra summit series

Summit Series Bracket Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, July 17, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gators Football Single Game Tickets Now on Sale

Parks & Trails

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Weekly Mushroom Stroll at UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (NATL)
Saturday, July 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Depot Park Weekly Timed 5K with parkrun
Saturday, July 10, 7:30 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.

Museums & Galleries

richard heipp artwork

Museum Studies: The Artwork of Richard Heipp at University Gallery
Now through August 28
Museum Studies: The Artwork of Richard Heipp is a comprehensive solo exhibition featuring over sixty works in a variety of media—paintings, drawings, mixed media assemblages, and installations—, that address issues related to perception and illusion.

Artisans’ Guild Gallery Red Dot Sale
Now through July 31, 6 p.m. 

GFAA Summer Showcase
Now through July 24
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

between heaven and earth

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 Museum’s Newest Exhibit
Friday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Micanopy historical society museum

Now Open: Micanopy Historical Society Museum
Wednesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Florida Landmarks and Scenic Coastlines are Depicted Across Nearly 170 Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings at “A Florida Legacy: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers” at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through August 1
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.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.

See Live Animals in the Survival of the Slowest Exhibit at the Florida Museum
Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Save The Date

Walter Parks and Edan Archer, July 22

The Gala of the Royal Horses, July 24

Potterhead Day at Swamp Head Brewery, July 29

WWE Supershow, August 8

The Fest Presents The Warmup, August 14

Gainesville Reggae Festival, September 25

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