Make your summer shine even brighter with What’s Good. Meet artists and enjoy live music on the self-guided Artwalk Gainesville tour — beginning with the thought-provoking opening reception and exhibit, The Beautiful Mind, at the Gainesville Fine Arts Association. Let your imagination take hold as Neverland comes to life with the stage adaptation of Peter Pan at High Springs Playhouse. Raise a glass to springs conservation at the Keep the Springs Glowing event at First Magnitude Brewing or enjoy an evening of smooth jazz and neo-soul with JaQueen at Music on the Patio.
Celebrate the anniversary of the boy who lived with Swamp Head Brewery’s 4th annual Potterhead Day and with a magical Harry Potter-themed menu at Uppercrust Bakery featuring Philosopher’s Scones, Lightning Boules and more. Plus, Discover African connections and cultural traditions in America at the opening of the Gullah Geechee exhibit at the Cotton Club and Museum and Cultural Center.
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Meet Artists, Enjoy Live Music and More with the Self-Guided Artwalk Gainesville Tour
Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Various Locations
Friday night’s Artwalk Gainesville features artist demonstrations and live performances at multiple galleries. Start with an opening reception at the Gainesville Fine Arts Association then meander through town stopping to see Artwalk highlights like the Moonlight Art Market at Artisans’ Guild Gallery, Blues Pioneers and Their Progeny at A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center, glass blowing and live music at Swamp City Gallery Lounge and more. Preview the venues and download a map online.
View Thought-Provoking Artwork Exploring Mental Health at the Opening Exhibit Reception of The Beautiful Mind
Friday, July 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Gainesville Fine Arts Association1314 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
GFAA presents the new exhibition of collected works The Beautiful Mind: Exploring Mental Health Through Art. Some images and stories depicted may be difficult to view, but GFAA believes art can be a great way to cope, explore and learn more, creating opportunities for dialogue, greater understanding and empathy.
Artwork above: “Trauma Bunnies / Leave Me Alone / I Didnt Want it so He Gave Me a sweater” by Jennifer McCloskey
Travel to Neverland at the Opening Weekend of Peter Pan
Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, August 7 | High Springs Playhouse
23416 W US Hwy 27, High Springs, FL 32643
This stage adaptation by Craig Sodaro captures the magic and charm of Peter Pan’s adventures with Wendy, the Lost Boys and the Darling children. Tickets are sold out Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Limited tickets remain for Saturday.
Hit Your Groove with Jimmy Young and Passion at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Enjoy R&B songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s with Jimmy Young and Passion. 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.
Raise a Glass to Springs Conservation at Keep the Springs Glowing
Saturday, July 30, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St, Gainesville, FL 32601
Help raise funds for springs restoration efforts with Keepers of the Springs and First Magnitude Brewing Company. Enjoy live music from Hannah Harber and LionEyez before a neon dance party with Side Trakd begins at sundown. Meet springs explorers and learn about local springs conservation efforts.
Soak Up an Evening of Smooth Jazz and Soul with Broadway Performer JaQueen at Music on the Patio
Saturday, July 30, 6:30 p.m. | A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center
1013 NW 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
A vocal powerhouse with incredible range, JaQueen opened the 2021 summer series and returns to the Patio. JaQueen was most recently seen on Broadway in Rocktopia. She opened for Roy Ayers, Bilal, Nikki Giovanni and Midnight.
Welcome, EHS Class of 1992!
Visit Gainesville, Alachua County would like to offer a warm welcome to the attendees of the 30-year reunion of the Eastside High School class of 1992 — which includes class member and performer Jacquelyn “JaQueen” Graham-Williams. The A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center extends a special invitation to reunion attendees for a tour of the museum on Saturday, July 30 and for the Music on the Patio concert featuring JaQueen.
Be Captivated by Some of the Best Local Songwriters at Songs From the Heart Artist Showcase
Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
The indoor stage hosts an intimate music recording session featuring Lionel Jr., Nolia Joy, Austin Brockner, Purple Kloud, Kris Lane, Ben White, Michael Claytor, Mei, A. Sunroom and The Housing Crisis.
Heartwood Soundstage is a state-of-the-art recording studio, video production facility, intimate performance venue with an outdoor music stage – built by musicians for music lovers and music makers.
Celebrate the Birthday of the Boy Who Lived with Themed Beer Releases at Potterhead Day 2022
Sunday, July 31, 12 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
Swamp Head Brewery’s 4th annual Potterhead Day celebrates Harry Potter’s 42nd birthday with 3 new themed beer releases and one-of-a-kind glassware. Take the Hogwarts Express to The Wetlands taproom or order online to take home cans and merch.
Discover African Connections and Cultural Traditions in America at the Opening of the Gullah Geechee Exhibit at the Cotton Club and Museum and Cultural Center
Friday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. | Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
837 SE 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
Savannah-based collector Willis Hakim Jones shares his collection of artifacts, documents and memorabilia that explores the regional culture from coastal Florida to North Carolina. This exhibit provides glimpses deep into history and Gullah Geechee traditions including quilting, basket weaving and wood carving. Admission is free. The exhibit is on display through December 2022.
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Arts & Theatre
Swamp Dance Fest at UF School of Theatre and Dance
Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Transcend Culture and Time at a Contemporary Production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Now through Sunday, August 7
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.
Events & Festivals
Music 360: Led Zeppelin at Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
Saturday, July 30, 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Live Music and Outdoor Fun at Bo Diddley’s Bo-B-Que at Archer Community Center
Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Flower Crown Workshop at Roots Plant Studio
Sunday, July 31, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Plant Swamp at The AUK Market
Wednesday, August 3, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Music & Performance
Scuttered the Bruce at One Love Café
Thursday, July 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hard Rock with Sasquatch at Loosey’s
Thursday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Funk and R&B with Fast Lane at One Love Café
Friday, July 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Rock with Rex Dameron at Loosey’s
Friday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Indie Pop with Bad Bad Hats at High Dive
Friday, July 29, 8:30 p.m.
2000s Dance Party with DJ Drew Love at Von Dutch and Velour at The Wooly
Friday, July 29, 10 p.m.
Classic Covers with Cassie and Chris at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, July 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Folk Punk with American Dream Survivors at Loosey’s
Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m.
Folk Rock with Ethel Cain at High Dive
Saturday, July 30, 9 p.m.
Retro Indie Dance Party with DJ Drew Love at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta and Palomino
Saturday, July 30, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Dr. Sinn’s Freak Island Musical Sideshow at High Dive
Sunday, July 31, 6 p.m.
Southern Rock with Branford Hwy at Mother’s Pub and Grill North
Sunday, July 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Songwriters in the Round at The Hogtown Rounders at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, August 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Comedy with Dusty Slay at High Dive
Wednesday, August 3, 8 p.m.
Brewery Karaoke at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Country and Rockabilly with Houston Keen at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, July 28, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Plant Sale and Swap with Plantstay at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Acoustic Covers with Jack Blankenship at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Jazz with Unsafe Sax Quintet at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Flashbacks Recycled Fashions Pop-Up Market at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Saturday, July 30, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Harry Potter Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, July 30, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, July 31, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
U-Picks & Farmers Markets
Muscadine Grapes and Asian Pears U-Pick at High Springs Orchard and Market
Starting Monday, August 1 by Appointment
U-Pick Blueberries and Locally Made Wine Tastings at Bluefield Estate Winery
Saturday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Grove Street Farmers Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Archer Farmers 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 Farmers Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Newberry Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Haile Village Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Waldo Farmers Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bites & Brunch
First Magnitude Brewing Company and Cypress and Grove Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Public and General
Thursday, July 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Harry Potter-Themed Menu at Uppercrust
Saturday, July 30 – Sunday, July 31
Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, July 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Breakfast by Reservation in High Springs at Grady House Bed and Breakfast
Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31
Kombucha Workshop with The Ferment Lady at ABC Wellness at Stillpoint
Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.
Crazy Flavor Night at Sweet Dreams Ice Cream
Sunday, July 31, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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Find a searchable list of Alachua County restaurants here.
Men’s 2’s Quicksand Volleyball Tournament with Gainesville Volleyball at Jimmy Durden Park
Thursday, July 28, 6 p.m.
Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, July 29, 5:30 p.m.
Summit Racing Bracket Series Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m.
Southern Mini-Bike Races at Waldo Motorsports
Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 5 p.m.
Wild Wednesday Test and Tune Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Wednesday, August 3, 5:30 p.m.
Parks & Trails
Free Timed 5K at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, July 30 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Mushroom Meandering at UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (NATL)
Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m.
Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. – 11 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
ArtShow Closing: Swamp Jungle Madness with Moisturizer Gallery at The AUK Market
Friday, July 29, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(sold out) Family Discovery Camp: Reptiles and Amphibians at Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
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.
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.
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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