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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, July 23-29, 2020

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Remember to keep it safe, while you are out there making the most of each day. Please continue to adhere to public safety guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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).


Visit Gainesville, Alachua County, in partnership with the Alachua County Hospitality Council, created tools for area lodging and tourism partners via the Visit Gainesville, Alachua County Safe Stay Pledge to show a unified commitment to the health and safety of those who live, work, and visit Alachua County.

The Safe Stay pledge has been signed by owners and managers at 28 of Alachua County’s hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts to instill confidence among employees, residents and travelers.

Safe Stay lodging properties agree to:

  • Follow CDC Standards of Cleaning and Sanitation
  • Wear Face Coverings
  • Wash Hands Frequently and Have Hand Sanitizer Available
  • Follow Social Distancing and Capacity Guidelines
  • Conduct Wellness Screenings of Employees
  • Train Employees on COVID-19 Safety Procedures
  • Work Toward Contactless Payment

Learn about the Safe Stay Pledge and see a list of participating properties at VisitGainesville.com.


Illustration of peacock and microphone. Souvenir presented by Hippodrome Theatre

Grab the Best Seat in the House (Your House!) with a Streaming Presentation of the Hit Musical Comedy “Souvenir” starring Malcolm Gets and Kelly Atkins
Through Sunday, July 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Online Event with the Hippodrome Theatre

Create a watch party and let the music and fun begin. 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.

Get ready to laugh the night away when Broadway star Malcolm Gets and the incomparable Kelly Atkins take to the (virtual) stage in the Hippodrome’s streaming production of SOUVENIR!


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Laurel Oak Inn

Enjoy Southern Hospitality at the Beautifully Restored The Laurel Oak Inn and Get 10% off Your Next Stay

Located in Gainesville’s Bed and Breakfast District, The Laurel Oak Inn is a relaxing space known for delicious complimentary breakfast and beautifully decorated rooms with clawfoot tubs. Soak up the sun on their brand new 221 Porch and then pamper yourself with suds in your luxury suite. In addition to their guest rooms, they specialize in elopements, small wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsals.

Book your “What’s Good” escape at the Laurel Oak Inn and save 10%! Call (352) 373-4535. 


nancy luca performing with guitar

Rock Into the Weekend with Guitar Great Nancy Luca Performing Live from L.A. with Gainesville LIVE!
Friday, July 24, 8 pm. – 10 p.m.
Online Event with Free Fridays Concert Series

Gainesville’s own Nancy Luca plays an exclusive concert straight into your home in this very special livestreamed show from Los Angeles.

Nancy Luca first learned to play guitar from Mike Campbell of Mudcrutch and has led bands ever since. Friday night she performs her annual Gainesville show live with rock classics and original music. Access the livestream on Facebook.

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.


Delight in Live Entertainment for the Entire Family with the Charming “Anne of Green Gables” 
Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, August 9 | High Springs Playhouse
130 NE 1st Ave., High Springs, Florida 32655

A classic tale of hope and resilience, “Anne of Green Gables” tells the story of 11-year-old Anne Shirley. Over the course of six years, this determined and energetic girl wins over the hearts of her adopted family and turns the stodgy, rural Canadian community into a bright world of “kindred spirits.” This swift and theatrical adaptation of the classic novel is an all-ages crowd-pleaser.

Please note that limited tickets are sold in advance by 6 p.m. the day before the show. Tickets are not available at the door.


playlist at the pointe

Kick Back with Classic Rock from The Medicine Show at Playlist at the Pointe
Friday, July 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Your weekend jam starts with live music from the outdoor stage at Celebration Pointe. The Medicine Show performs classic rock spanning the decades. Grab a bite from a nearby restaurant and relax into the night as the sun sets.


Visiting farm animals at Peacefield

Make New Furry Friends and Learn About Rescued Farm Animals During the Peacefield Tour
Sunday, July 26, 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m. | Peacefield Farm
2220 SW 146th St., Newberry, FL 32669

Peacefield is a 30-acre farm sanctuary in Newberry with a simple mission: to save the world. Farm animals are rescued and rehabilitated. Peacefield exists to rescue and rehabilitate farm animals and to be a resource to the community through education, farm tours, plant-based cooking classes, kids programs, a community garden, fitness classes, health coaching and more. Meet the animals, view live farm cams and learn more at Peacefield.com.


Dance in Your Seat with a Toe-Tapping Live Performance of “The Wiz 
Thursday, July 23 – Saturday, August 1 | Star Center Theatre
11 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609

Implementing health and safety protocols, the Star Center Theatre creates a physically-distanced live performance of “The Wiz.” Based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, this production brings to life the wonderful characters that befriend Dorothy, including the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. Enjoyed by young and the young at heart, the journey allows Dorothy to search within, and using her silver slippers, she is able to find the strength to “believe in herself.”


kids skating with masks at the cade museum

Chill Out on the Ice and Skate at the Cade Museum’s “Winter Wonderland” Synthetic 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.


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 up river 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 26, 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

fest at home with bands online

Party in Your Living Room with FEST Bands by Fest at Home
Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

House Improv Comedy Show Live Stream Benefit for High Dive
Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. 

Enjoy a Variety of Classic Covers with Thomas Anthony Live at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Variety of Acoustic Favorites with Shawn Manley Live at Crafty Bastards
Friday, July 24, 7 p.m.

Southern Rock with Houston Keen at Wahoo Seafood Grill
Friday, July 24, 7 p.m.

Songbird Lauren Woodall with Guitarist Spencer on the patio at Hurricane BTW
Friday, July 24, 5 p.m.

CA Post-Grunge Band Smile Empty Soul Live Stream Benefit for High Dive 
Friday, July 24, 5 p.m.

Three Nights. Three Albums. Three Shows. Underoath: Observatory 3, Night 2 Live Stream Benefit for High Dive
Friday, July 24, 8 p.m.

Rock and Blues with Soulful Singer Song Writer Cassie Evans at One Love Café
Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Acoustic Country Rock with Clay Brooker at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Saturday, July 25, 7 p.m.

Indie Rock with Matt & Rick (Whale Feral), Candlelight Cassia & More Live Stream Benefit for High Dive 
Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m.

Alternative Metal with Purely Red at Munegin’s On 13th
Saturday, July 25, 9 p.m.

‪Acoustic Guitarist Extraordinaire Richy Stano at One Love Café
Sunday, July 26, 11 a.m.

‪All the Hits with Duo Bill and Miguel at One Love Café
Sunday, July 26, 5 p.m.


Craft Breweries

swamp head beer can and glass

Get Beer To-Go at Local Craft Breweries

National Tequila Day at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant
Friday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Virtual Brainaholics Trivia by First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

$6 Burger Wednesday at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Wednesday, July 29, 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Art Night at Island Grove Wine Tasting House with a Christmas In July Gnome Front Porch Project
Friday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.


U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

Fresh produce and herbs at farmers market

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

Dine at Local Restaurants and Enjoy New Outside Seating Options

Some restaurants are welcoming diners back into their dining rooms, like The Top Restaurant. 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.


Sports

Thursday Night Ride at Goodbike Trailside
Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m.


Rivers & Springs

Kulaqua River Ranch lazy river

Sunday is Fun Day with Kulaqua River Ranch Community Days
Sunday, July 26 | Camp Kulaqua Retreat and Conference Center
23400 NW 212th Ave., High Springs, FL 32643

River Ranch is open 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 23, 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

Potterhead at Swamp Head Brewery, July 31

The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Night 2, September 12

AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, September 25-27

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

Thank you for your continued partnership! Please keep in communication with us by sharing your events, updates and news with our team by emailing info@visitgainesville.com.

Your participation, communication, and sharing of events and programs is a key way for us to market our community to visitors and to enhance the engagement of residents in all of the incredible programs you create.

Put simply, the more you share with us, the more we have to promote. Please read the attached PDF document for additional ways in which your organization can participate.

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This publication contains information about events, venues and activities in Alachua County, Florida. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors or omissions in the information provided. For complete details, contact the host directly. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing paragraph, we do not represent, warrant, undertake or guarantee that the information is correct, accurate, complete or non-misleading. We will not be liable to you in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage. If a section of this disclaimer is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other sections of this disclaimer continue in effect.  

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