What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, July 21-27, 2022

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Add food and fun to your weekend with What’s Good. Meet new animal friends at Zoo Keeper Day at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. See a fast-paced original adaptation of Hamlet at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. Savor diverse menus at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally.

Friday night, enjoy free outdoor concerts with The Ruckus at the Free Fridays Concert Series, Elio Piedra at Tioga Town Center and Houston Keen at Playlist at the Pointe.

Read on for more of What’s Good!

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zookeeper day

Have Fun at the Zoo and Meet New Animal Friends at Zookeeper Day
Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
3000 NW 83rd St., Building Z, Gainesville, FL 32606

Meet emus, ocelots, warty pigs, white-handed gibbons and more as you see if you have what it takes to be a zookeeper. There’s fun for the entire family with animal ambassadors, training demonstrations, live music by Elio Piedra, face painting, puppet shows, and representatives from other zoos and conservation organizations. Find details and view the presentation schedule online.

Gainesville is home to the only teaching zoo on a college campus accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the nation, training future zookeepers in the highest standards of animal care.

While on campus, visit the Santa Fe College Art Gallery for a unique exhibition focusing on the charm and artistry of the natural world. “Natural Beauty” features the work of local artists including John Moran, Wendy Free, Deb Lindberg, Vicki Santello, Veronica Villasénor and more. This exciting exhibit will feature painting, printmaking, photography, as well as ceramic and sculptural works.


Transcend Culture and Time at a Contemporary Production of Shakespeare’s Timeless Tragedy, Hamlet
Now through Sunday, August 7 | Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

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.

food truck rally

Catch a Great Deal and Customize Your Meal at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally
Saturday, July 23, 4 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Glory Days presents a unique opportunity to try a variety of high-end foods at affordable prices for a good cause. Savor diverse menus from multiple food trucks in one location including Campfire Cookies, Filipino Flavors, Tropical Eatz, Wingin It and more. Proceeds benefit Children Beyond Our Borders. Head inside High Dive for free live music starting at 5 p.m. with Saturn lights, Xenogensis, The Rustin Ritchie Band and Michael Coast.

free fridays

Harmonize with The Ruckus at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, July 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

The Ruckus is a folk music ensemble from covering a broad range of music from Joni Mitchell to Taylor Swift. 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.

tioga concert night

Break Out Your Latin Dance Moves with Elio Piedra at Tioga Concert Night
Friday, July 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Tioga Town Center
3085 SW 1 Ln., Newberry, FL 32669

Elio Piedra creates a fiesta with Latin percussion and instrumentation, lighting effects and catchy beats. Before the concert, enjoy dinner from a Tioga Town Center restaurant or grab a meal to-go for the show. Admission is free.

playlist at the pointe

Kick Back to Country and Rockabillly from Houston Keen at Playlist at the Pointe
Friday, July 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave, Gainesville, FL 32608

Pull up a chair or throw down a blanket and enjoy the music after as the sun sets. Grab food, drinks and sweet treats from nearby Celebration Pointe restaurants. Admission is free.

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. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

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

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Arts & Theatre


Embark on a Wacky Quest with King Arthur at the Opening Weekend of the Musical Comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot at Gainesville Community Playhouse
Now through August 7
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.

Save the Date:
High Springs Playhouse travels to Neverland with Peter, Wendy and Captain Hook at the opening weekend of Peter Pan beginning July 28

Events & Festivals

Prizes, Scavenger Hunt, DJs in the Alley and 3rd Floor at Arcade Bar’s 7th Anniversary
Friday, July 22, 5 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Safari Zoo Camp at Carson Springs Wildlife
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Macrame Workshop at High Springs Creates
Saturday, July 23, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

cinemadrome radaptations

Cinemadrome “Radaptations” Film Screenings atThe Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m.

Two-Year Anniversary at REI Gainesville at Butler Town Center
Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24

Family Day at Hatchetbury Axe Throwing Bar
Sunday, July 24, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

MakerSpace Family Invention Lab, Storytelling with Color at Alachua County Library District Headquarters
Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Music & Performance

Metallica Tribute with Hardwired at High Dive
Thursday, July 21, 9 p.m.

Alt-Country with Uncle Shiners at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

the currys on stage

(sold out) The Currys at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at One Love Café
Friday, July 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Americana with The Front Porch Backsteppers at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, July 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live on Stage at High Dive
Friday, July 22, 9 p.m.

Rock and Roll with Letherette at Loosey’s
Friday, July 22, 9 p.m.

Barbergators Concert: For the Longest Time
Saturday, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Respite Events and Knifepunch Records Present Post-Harcore Music at Knifest at The Wooly
Saturday, July 23, 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.

the road to imagine

Electronic Grooves at the Road to Imagine Festival with Sacred Cream at Signal
Saturday, July 23, 9 p.m.

Hip Hop with Casey Jones II at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

World Music and Favorite Hits with Gosia and Ali at One Love Café
Sunday, July 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jazz Wednesdays with The Oak Trio at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Craft Breweries

A Taste of Belgium at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, July 21, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Brewery Karaoke at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, July 21, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Harry Potter Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company
Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sooza Brass Band and Rancho Luna Food Truck at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, July 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

cheers to 3 years at high springs brewing company

Anniversary Beer Release, DIY Tie-Die, Food Trucks and Live Music at the 3rd Anniversary of High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, July 23, 12 p.m.

brewery yoga at first magnitude

Brewery Yoga with Mia M at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, July 24, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Blockbusters at the Brewery: Dirty Dancing at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 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

zen noodle bar grand opening

Pho, Ramen, Tea and More at the Grand Opening of Zen Noodle Bar
Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting at The Queens Arms
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

(sold out) Making Classic Lasagna Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, July 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bottomless Mimosas Brunch at Spurriers Gridiron Grille
Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 2:30 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, July 22, 5:30 p.m.

Backwards K Softball Showcase at Champions Park
Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24

gator swim club

Gator Swim Club Meet at the O’Connell Center
Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24

Slicks and Radials Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, July 23, 6 p.m.

Gainesville Junior Golf Tour at Turkey Creek Golf Course
Tuesday, July 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Free Timed 5K at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, July 23 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

group at devils millhopper

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

orchid pergola at kanapaha botanical gardens

Grand Opening of the New Orchid Pergola at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Sunday, July 24, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 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


Family Discovery Camp: Spiders at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

“The Lives of Moths” Book Talk and Signing at Florida Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.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 5
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

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.

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

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