What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, July 16-22, 2020

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Please continue to be safe. We are proud to live in this mindful, resourceful and resilient community, and to share with you all that we have to offer – What’s Good.  

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

The below information was accurate at the time of publishing. Due to the current fluctuating environment, please contact organizers directly to double-check details.

Safety First. Be Informed About COVID19

In Alachua County, certain types of businesses require masks. Masks or face coverings are also required when social distancing is not possible. For additional details on the requirement as well as any exemption information please read the latest Alachua County Emergency Order.   For additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, visit the Alachua County COVID19 Community Resource Portal, the Alachua County Facebook page, call the Coronavirus Information Line at 866-779-6121, visit the Florida Department of Health website, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Learn About Alligators and Celebrate the 85th Birthday of Florida State Parks at the Big Anniversary Speaker Series
Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667 

2020 is Florida State Parks’ 85th anniversary, the 50th anniversary of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and the 35th anniversary of Friends of Paynes Prairie. On Thursday, join a presentation of Alligators: A Keystone Species by Perran Ross. Register in advance at

jake thistle performing on guitar

Rock Into the Night with Jake Thistle Performing Online with Gainesville LIVE!
Friday, July 17, 8 pm. – 10 p.m.
Online Event with Free Fridays Concert Series

Jake performed at the 2018 Tom Petty Birthday Bash and was featured on CBS News, Norman’s Rare Guitars, All Guitar Network and more. Friday’s performance features an hour of originals plus covers by John Hiatt, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne before taking requests from fans. 

Gainesville LIVE! is brought to you by the City of Gainesville as a temporary way to share with the public the joy of the Free Fridays Concert Series. The series typically takes place from May to October when hundreds of visitors and locals head to the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville to listen and dance to a superb assembly of bands and talented musicians. It is the region’s longest running free outdoor live music series.

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Relax at a Modern Oasis in the Heart of Gainesville at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and Get 15% Off

pool at fairfield inn and suites

The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is located just off I-75. This hotel is perfectly placed right across the street from exceptional shopping and dining at Butler Plaza and Celebration Pointe. Fun, family-friendly things to do are just minutes away, like the Cade Museum of Creativity & Invention, the Florida Museum of Natural History and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Rest assured knowing your care and safety are top priority with their Commitment to Clean program. 

Book now and get 15% off! 

Rate valid through December 31, 2020. 48-hour cancellation, not including special events. No blackout dates.

hip hop night from high dive

Turn Up the Volume with a Night of Live Streaming Hip Hop from the Stage at High Dive
Friday, July 17, 8 p.m. 
Online Event with High Dive

The evening of hip hop features Sully Geez and DJ MellowBlendz. Consequence of Sound named High Dive one of the greatest American music venues. Proceeds from Friday’s performance benefit High Dive. Tickets are available online.

kids skating with masks at the cade museum

Chill Out on the “Ice” and Skate at the Cade Museum’s Ice Rink
Through August 23, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Learn about “cool” inventions like air conditioning and refrigeration at The Science of Cool. Skating on the new synthetic ice rink is included with regular admission.

Fly Easy Fly GNV

Fly Safe and Fly Local at the GNV Airport

The airport and airlines are striving to keep passengers and employees safe. Learn about safety precautions and what to expect at GNV in addition to American Airlines and Delta.

Find the daily flight schedule and more here.

Illustration of peacock and microphone. Souvenir presented by Hippodrome Theatre

Grab the Best Seat in the House (Your House!), Laugh Out Loud and Support the Return of Theatre with a Streaming Presentation of the Hippodrome’s “Souvenir
Tuesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Online Event with the Hippodrome Theatre

Date night and girls night in alert! Create a watch party with your besties and let the fun begin. The virtual lobby opens Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with an opening night online party with the actors, designers, director and other theatre fans, before watching the performance together. Then sit back and enjoy a streaming performance of Souvenir, a side-splitting celebration of the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, the real life singer whose voice made her a legacy— for her complete lack of pitch and rhythm. “Souvenir” stars Hippodrome Company Members Kelly Atkins as Florence Foster Jenkins and Malcolm Gets as her accompanist, Cosme McMoon.

Don’t miss this opportunity to directly support the iconic, professional Hippodrome Theatre and the future of performing arts in Gainesville. Tickets are on sale now at or call 352-375-4477.

Kayaks on the Santa Fe River

Book a Paddling Trip on the Santa Fe River and Make an Adventure with Springs, Scenery, and Wildlife
Open Daily | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 NW US Hwy. 441, High Springs, FL 32643

Cruise down the Santa Fe River in your stress-free time capsule… err, we mean in your canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard. All three are available for rent from the Santa Fee Canoe Outpost. Go upriver for a leisurely ride back or explore several freshwater springs located downriver. Reservations are required. See trip times and safety measures here.

Explore Additional Parks and Trails Bike, Hike or Just Change Your View – Explore Gainesville and Alachua County’s Bountiful Outdoor Open Spaces

Find the park that suits you best! Most of the parks and trails in Alachua County have reopened including – Alachua County Parks, Playgrounds and Preserves including Poe Springs Friday-Sunday, city parks, Alachua Conservation Trust preserves and all Florida State Parks.

Find the list of Alachua County Parks and Preserves here.
Find our What’s Good Now list of additional open spaces to explore here.

When enjoying the outdoors, please strictly adhere to public health safety guidelines, keep 6 feet away from others, avoid large groups of people and follow all State and local ordinances. Note that due to the changing environment and regulations, open hours are subject to change and some facilities may not be available.

Arts & Theatre

A Trip to the Unknown with Sunday Sci-Fi Serials, an Online Event with Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Sunday, July 19, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Sunday Sci-fi Serials is a collective of writers who are each committed to creating new stories in the style of old serialized science fiction shows.

Music & Performance

Contemporary Blues, Soul, Rock ‘n Roll with The Shakedown at One Love Café
Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m.

Canadian Punk Rock, Ska Band The Flatliners, Steaming with Fest at Home
Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

‪Duet with Harmonies by Laurel & Nicole Wagner during Art and Music Night at Tony and Al’s Restaurant
Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.‪ 

Country Acoustics ‪Chris McNeil Live at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Favorite Alternative Music with The Remedy at One Love Café
Friday, July 17, 6 p.m. 

‪Latin Party with Elio Piedra on the Patio at Hurricane BTW
Friday, July 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Indie Rock Band Guided by Voices Streaming Concert
Friday, July 17, 5 p.m. 

‪Folk and Alt-Rock with Ethan Thompson Live at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Friday, July 17, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.‪

 ‪Acoustic Folk Duo Damaged Daughters on the Porch at Coffee N Cream, Micanopy
Saturday, July 18, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.‪ 

‪Classic Rock Hits with Singer, Guitarist George Gomez at One Love Café
Saturday, July 18, 12 p.m.‪ 

Jazz and Swing Favorites with Swing Theory at One Love Café
Saturday, July 18, 6 p.m. 

Jazz and Blues with Middleground at One Love Cafe
Sunday, July 19, 11 a.m. 

Classic Rock with Moondog at One Love Café
Sunday, July 19, 5 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Virtual Brainaholics Trivia by First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, July 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Beer Bingo Tuesdays at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Summer Special Welly Florida Lager Cans for only $2 at Big Top Brewing Company
Through Friday July 31 

Sangria, Wines and More To-Go at Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets


Final Weekend for U-Pick Blueberries Bluefield Estate Winery
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Grove Street Farmer’s Market at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Union Street Farmer’s Market at Celebration Pointe
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Haile Farmer’s Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

Newberry Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Waldo Farmer’s Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bites & Brunch

Get Square with Detroit-Style Pizzas for Lunch and Dinner and Waffles for Breakfast at Satch Squared
Opening 7 Days a Week Starting Monday, July 20
Satchel Raye, founder and owner of Satchel’s Pizza and longtime employee Mark Rodriguez roll out a new pizza option in the 4th Avenue Food Park. Detroit-style pizza is prepared in a square pan, where the cheese lines the bottom and sides to create a crispy crust. Toppings and red sauce are placed on top. Gluten-free and vegan options are also featured on the menu.

Dine at Local Restaurants and Enjoy New Outside Seating Options Some restaurants are welcoming diners back into their dining rooms. You may also notice additional outdoor seating expanded onto sidewalks, into parking lots or into the street.

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.


Thursday Night Ride at Goodbike Trailside
Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m.

Rivers & Springs

Kulaqua River Ranch lazy river

Sunday is Fun Day with Kulaqua River Ranch Community Days
Sunday, July 19 | Camp Kulaqua Retreat and Conference Center
23400 NW 212th Ave., High Springs, FL 32643

River Ranch is open from mid-April till the end of August. It’s available by reservation only, except during Community Event Days.

Community Event Days are specific days when the water park is open to the community. No reservations are required and you can pay at the front gate upon arrival.

Museums & Galleries

Go Behind the Scenes at the Museum with Online Trivia Night with the Florida Museum of Natural History
Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Explore Florida’s History and Walk With Flying Butterflies at the Florida Museum
Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Browse Galleries Featuring Over 600 Works at the Harn Museum of Art
Open Thursday- Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Save The Date

Anne of Green Gables at High Springs Playhouse July 24 – August 9

The Dirty Knobs withMike Campbell, Night 2, September 12

AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, September 25-27

For a complete list of events please visit

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