What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County July 22-28, 2021

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Create inspired weekend adventures with What’s Good. Discover fun for the entire family at the Gala of the Royal Horses presented at the newly renovated Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center, celebrate the reopening of the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre and Actors’ Warehouse with new stage productions, or treat yourself to delicious food and fun at the High Dive Food Truck Rally. Top-notch musical talent takes the stage with Sheba, The Mississippi Queen at the A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center, Little Jake & the Soul Searchers featuring Frankie Gearing & Sarasota Slim at High Dive, and at Heartwood Soundstage, an impressive tribute to the Allman Brothers band with Steeln’ Peaches. 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. 

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Experience the Majesty of Beautiful Horses at The Gala of the Royal Horses
Saturday, July 24, 7:30 p.m. | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
23100 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669 

The Royal Horses of Europe are the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty and equestrian riders. Gala of the Royal Horses features performances including the Lipizzaner Stallions, the Spanish Andalusian, Friesian, the majestic Arabian breeds and the Quarter horse. The gala performance celebrates the Royal Horses’ tradition, athleticism and grace and is a culturally rich and stunningly beautiful tribute to the Royal Horses for the entire family to enjoy.

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Laugh-Out-Loud at the Hijinks and Hilarity of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged”
Friday, July 23 – Saturday, July 24, 8 p.m., Sunday, July 25, 2 p.m. (9 performances total) | Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32061

Celebrate the reopening of the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.” Enjoy this fast-paced, technically fascinating, comedic performance featuring William Shakespeare’s 37 plays performed by 3 actors in just 97 minutes.

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Elevate Your Weekend with Enlightened Rock from Blackbird Morning at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, July 23, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza, Downtown Gainesville

Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Blackbird Morning’s music has been described as “explosive organic rock.” Inspired by roots music and world influences, Blackbird Morning creates a fusion of classic rock with angelic vocal harmonies and original lyrics.

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.

Get away, Play and Stay Package with Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott and the Santa Fe Zoo

Book a discounted stay with the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott before August 20 and receive 25% off admission to the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and 20% off your hotel stay – no blackout dates and no minimum length of stay.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites is in the heart of Gainesville and conveniently located just off I-75. After enjoying the complimentary breakfast, head over to the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo where you can get up close to over 70 different native and exotic species in the naturally shaded forest environment. Experience the antics of the Asian small-clawed otter family, the calls of the Golden conjures, and the acrobats of the White-handed gibbon.

Click here tobook your stay before August 20.

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Groove to the Soulful Sounds of Grammy-Nominated Sheba, The Mississippi Queen at the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center
Sunday, July 25, 6:45 p.m. | A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
1013 NW 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

From the Mississippi Delta, to New York and across the country, Grammy-nominated artist Sheba, The Mississippi Queen brings a soulful blues show to the intimate outdoor space at the A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center.

The A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center, housed in the former Jones Family home at 1013 NW 7th Avenue in Gainesville, serves as a tribute to one of the most influential educators in the history of Alachua County. The Museum features a permanent exhibit on “Prof” Jones, the people and places of the Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street neighborhood, and houses a collection of oral histories centering on the African-American experience in Gainesville.

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Make New Friends and Stroll the Grounds at the Mill Creek Retirement Home for Horses Reopening
Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Mill Creek Farm
20307 NW CR 235A, Alachua, FL 32615

The price of admission is just two carrots – but you’ll want to bring many more – to spread the love and treats to 126 horses, 2 donkeys and a mule on the expansive backdrop of the 335 acres of Mill Creek Farm. Now open to visitors on Saturdays, Mill Creek Farm provides an equine sanctuary for older, neglected, and abandoned horses roaming freely in the pastures.

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Be Mystified With Intrigue and Drama Under the Big Tent at the Alcatraz Circus by Cirque Italia
Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25 | The Oaks Mall
6419 W Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32605 

Take a step back in time when Alcatraz was the most feared prison in existence, where the most dangerous and notorious criminals were kept. The latest creation from Cirque Italia, Alcatraz Circus combines elements of mystery, theatrics and acrobatics to create an experience like no other. This performance is rated R, ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Surround Yourself in Sound with Musical Treasures Walter Parks and Edan Archer at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, July 22, 8 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Heartwood Soundstage’s intimate setting is host to multiple top-notch musical performances this weekend, kicking off Thursday with Walter Parks and Edan Archer performing Americana and Appalachian folk music, old-school spirituals, swamp hollers, shape-note hymns, and more. On Saturday, join the youthful energy and musical talents of Steeln’ Peaches for an impressive tribute to the Allman Brothers band, and on Sunday, embrace yourself in the creative and innovative sounds of hip hop, electronica and world music from Now vs Now with Twyn.

Raise a Pint and Cheers to Two Years at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, July 24, 12 p.m. | High Springs Brewing Company
18562 NW 237th St., High Springs, FL 32643

Celebrate the second anniversary of High Springs Brewing Company with live country music by T.J. Brown and friends, a special release brew, and food trucks. The Chili Wagon food truck will be onsite from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. and Monsta Lobsta and DB’s Rolling Dough food trucks serving up great food from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Discover the World of August Wilson with “How I Learned What I Learned
Friday, July 23 – Saturday, July 24, 8 p.m., Sunday, July 25, 3 p.m. (9 performances total) | Actors’ Warehouse
NEW LOCATION: 2512 NE 1st Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32609

Attend the first live performance at the Actors’ Warehouse’s new location with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, August Wilson’s “How I Learned What I Learned.” This one-man show features a tour-de-force performance by Steven H. Butler as August Wilson, and takes audiences on a journey through Wilson’s days as a young poet, his first jobs, a stint in jail, the support of his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music and love as a struggling writer in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting

Get Your Nosh On at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally
Saturday, July 24, 5 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Food trucks from across the area, including Germains, Vegan Gator, APP’s and more, serve up unique, gourmet-style, affordable fare at this one-of-a-kind food and music event. Sample food from over 10 food trucks, and then head inside High Dive for a free concert featuring Matcha, Ali Patton, The Housing Crisis (solo), and Meg Elizalocal.

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Marvel at the Aura of the Full Moon on the Santa Fe River Paddle Tour
Saturday, July 24, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 NW Hwy 441, High Springs, FL 32643 

Paddle under the quiet moonlight on a 3-hour guided tour on the beautiful Santa Fe River. The guided trip includes a two-person canoe or double kayak, safety equipment and transportation. Advanced reservations are required.

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Beat Your Sunday Blues with Little Jake & the Soul Searchers Revue featuring Frankie Gearing & Sarasota Slim
Sunday, July 25, 5:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

The North Central Florida Blues Society presents Little Jake Mitchell & the Soul Searchers, with special guest stars Sarasota Slim and Frankie Gearing. Creating authentic R&B stagecraft with a classic repertoire of soulful songs, Little Jake and the Soul Searchers treat audiences to sights and sounds seldom seen or heard since the golden age of R&B, with a dynamic lead singer, a strolling horn section, an emcee/announcer, Kenny “The Conductor” Eunice, and one of the funkiest rhythm sections around. Sarasota Slim has been part of the Tampa Bay Blues scene for decades, and Frankie Gearing is the chart-topping hit-maker of “You Got My Mind Messed Up.”

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Left: Sheila Pree Bright, The Rebirth of Us, 2020, archival inkjet print, Courtesy of the artist, Sheila Pree Bright Right: Ayana V. Jackson, Moments of Sweet Reprieve, 2016, from the series Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment, archival pigment print, Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim

Find Your Light at the Shadow to Substance Exhibition Opening
Tuesday, July 27 | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32608

The Shadow to Substance exhibition creates a chronological arc from the past to the present into the future using historical photographs through the lens of Black photographers working today. The exhibition expands ideas around healing, myth, intimacy, joy, resistance and rebirth to create a space for visitors to see and identify with uplifting narratives shaped by an invigorated portrait of Black life. Exhibition open through February 27, 2022.

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Arts & Theatre

Hippodrome Pop Up Cabaret Series at Bo Diddley Plaza
Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m.

Single Day Knife Blacksmithing Workshop at Crooked Path Forge
Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m. 

Sitting Swan Community Market at 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Live on Stage: University of Florida Performing Arts Fall 2021 Events Are Announced
Get the inside scoop on the upcoming fall performances at the Phillip’s Center for Performing Arts.

Back in the Spotlight: The Hippodrome Theatre’s 2021-2022 Season
The Hippodrome Theatre welcomes back audiences back to the Mainstage for their 49th season.

Twirl into the 2021-2022 Season of Dance Alive National Ballet
Phantom, Nutcracker, Don Juan and Carmina Burana are just a few of the special performances in store this year from the incredible dancers of Dance Alive National Ballet.

Elements of Entertainment: Gainesville Orchestra Earth Matters 2021-2022 Season
Maestro Evans Haile creates an astounding new season of orchestral music themed to the 5 elements of life: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Ether. 

Music & Performance

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Bluegrass with the Lillian Sawyer Band at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, July 22, 6 p.m. 

Acoustic Pop, Blues and Classic Rock with Cassie Evans and Chris Lavoie at One Love Cafe
Thursday, July 22, 6 p.m.

Piano Show with Leon Novembre at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Thursday, July 22, 6 p.m. 

Thursday Comedy Show at Flaco’s
Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m.

Americana, Country, Folk at Songwriters Night with Kyle Keller, Vincent Ryan & More at High Dive
Thursday, July 22, 8 p.m.

Rock Piano Show with Leon Novembre & Brad Heron at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Americana with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, July 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Country-Rock with the Tobacco Road Band at Playlist at the Pointe
Friday, July 23, 7 p.m.

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Tioga Concert Night with The Project
Friday, July 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Classic Rock with 4 Play at Mothers Pub and Grill North
Friday, July 23, 9 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at High Dive
Friday, July 23, 9 p.m. 

Popular Covers from Oldies to Rock with Raftus Brown and the Melrose Horns at One Love Cafe
Saturday, July 24, 12 p.m. 

Singer Songwriter Joel Pickering at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, July 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Pop and Rock Covers with the Barstool Prophets at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, July 24, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Rock with Whiskey Jones Rocks One Love Cafe
Saturday, July 24, 6 p.m. 

Country and Rock Covers with the John Tyler Band at Mother’s Pub & Grill North
Saturday, July 24, 9 p.m.

Rock and Roll with the Killer B’s at Mother’s Pub & Grill North
Sunday, July 25, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Country Music with Noah Hunton at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Sunday, July 25, 5 p.m.

Jazz with Pamelli Marafon Trio at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, July 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Comedy Cellar Tuesdays at The Midnight Underground
Tuesday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Country Music with Cliff Dorsey at Woodyard Grill
Wednesday, July 28, 6 p.m.

Country Music with Justin Partin at Great Outdoors Restaurant
Wednesday, July 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.​​

Jazz and Pop with Kyra Livingston at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Wednesday, July 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at High Dive
Wednesday, July 28, 8 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Country Music with Houston Keen and Big Lee’s Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m.

Jazzy Friday With Joe at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, July 23, 7 p.m.

Eclectic Mix of Blues, Rock, Alt-Country with Slides & Morse Live Music at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, July 23, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Rock with Southern Burn and Sister’s Swank Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, July 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Bottomless Mimosas at Big Top Brewing Company

Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Sunday, July 25, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Jack Blankenship Performs at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, July 24, 7 p.m. 

High Energy Soulful Voiced Sounds with TJ Brown Music and Monsta Lobsta Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, July 24, 7 p.m. 

Drag Brunch Sunday at Big Top Brewing Company
Sunday, July 25, 12:30 p.m. 

Beer Bingo Tuesdays at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Tuesday, July 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Team Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 28, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

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

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

GNV Market at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 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

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Pop-Up Wine Tasting with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Thursday, July 22, 6:30 p.m. 

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions

Thursday, July 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Intro to Plant Based Cooking Class at Peacefield
Saturday, July 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine Tasting at Public & General
Wednesday, July 28, 5 p.m. – 8 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.


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Gators Football Single Game Tickets Now on Sale

Funtastic Fridays at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, July 23, 5:30 p.m.

GSSA Baseball at Champions Park
Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25

BYOP Chain Hawk Doubles Disc GolfTournament at Northside Park
Saturday, July 24

Drag Slicks and Radials Test and Tune at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, July 24, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Weekly Mushroom Stroll at UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (NATL)
Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Depot Park Weekly Timed 5K with Parkrun

Saturday, July 24, 7:30 a.m.

Kulaqua River Ranch Waterpark Community Event Day
Sunday, July 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.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

Museum Studies: The Artwork of Richard Heipp at University Gallery
Wednesday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Artisans’ Guild Gallery Red Dot Sale
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

GFAA Summer Showcases (ends July 24)
Thursday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

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 Museums Newest Exhibit and Shop
Friday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.  

Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women at the Matheson History 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
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

Save The Date

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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