What’s good this weekend?
Plan your weekend with the official events guide from Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.
Planning your 4th of July and weekend activities is easy when you know What’s Good. Make unforgettable memories on this special holiday with your official snap shot of top events and entertainment in Gainesville and Alachua County.
No matter how you choose to observe the country’s Independence Day celebration – fireworks, cookouts, food trucks, parades, patriotic music or a quiet reflection – we hope that your 4th of July will be illuminated by the people and activities that bring you pride and joy.
Read on for What’s Good this weekend and get out there and have some fun!
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For an Independence Day Celebration with all the Bells and Whistles Head to UF’s Fanfares and Fireworks
Wednesday, July 3, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | University of Florida Flavet Field
Woodlawn Dr., Gainesville, FL 32603
Enjoy this spectacular celebration of our country’s independence with live music from Bears & Lions, Wax Wings, Billy Buchanan & his Rock ‘n Soul Revue and Gainesville Community Band. Food trucks will be on site. The fireworks display begins at approximately 9:40 p.m.
Get Ready for Alachua’s “Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America”
Thursday, July 4, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Hal Brady Recreation Complex
14300 NW 146 Terrace, Alachua, FL 32615
This family friendly 4th of July celebration incorporates dozens of activities for the kids including bounce houses, rock wall climbing, bungee jumps and water slides. Grownups can enjoy several unique vendors, bingo contests, dancing groups and live musical entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
For a Family Friendly Good Time Visit the Parade, Festival & Fireworks at Micanopy’s July 4th Celebration
Thursday, July 4, Parade at 11 a.m. / Festival and Fireworks from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
706 NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, Florida 32667
Celebrate the Fourth in the oldest inland town in Florida. The annual red white and blue parade rolls down Cholokka Blvd. in the morning. A family friendly festival takes place at The Ballpark with music, a fish fry and additional food options and a bounce house for the kids before the fireworks display at dusk.
Delight in a Picnic and Day on Santa Fe Lake at the 4th of July Boat Parade
July 4, 11:00 a.m. | Lake Santa Fe Boat Ramp
24500 NE SR 26, Melrose, FL 32666
The 4th of July Boat Parade is a long-standing tradition on Lake Santa Fe. Boats gather at the entrance to the Lake Santa Fe Boat Ramp in Alachua County at the south end of Big Lake Santa Fe. The boat parade is open to all who would like to participate. Docks provide a great place for viewing.
A Musical Salute to Americana at All American Songfest
Friday, July 5, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ǀ Bo Diddley Plaza
Didn’t think that you’d ever hear the Beach Boys and George M. Cohan on the same stage? You will with this salute to Americana in popular song. There’s even a tap dance or two and some of the most glorious harmonies ever to be heard on the Plaza stage. A sweet summer treat for all!
This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.
Visit the Quaint Shops of Downtown High Springs at First Friday
Friday, July 5, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Downtown High Springs
High Springs Main St., High Springs, Florida 32643
Take a leisurely summer stroll at First Fridays in High Springs where one can enjoy the local food and craft brewery scene followed by a stroll downtown to visit the eclectic shops that stay open late with sales and specials for visitors to enjoy.
The Hippodrome Offers Reduced Price and Free Admittance for Independence Week
Tuesday, July 2 – Saturday, July 6 | The Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32601
What a better way to experience musical fireworks on the stage than with reduced price tickets to the Tony Award winning “Million Dollar Quartet.” From July 2-6, tickets for all patrons are only $17.76 and all active duty, veterans and first responders get in free. See the best show of the summer featuring favorite hits like “Hound Dog”, “Walk the Line” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” Reserve tickets at (352) 375-4477 or visit thehipp.org for online tickets and a list of showtimes.
41st Annual Melon 3 Mile Run
Registration: July 3, 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. |Gainesville Running and Walking
3600 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608
Run: July 4, 8:00 a.m. | “Ray” Massey Westside Park
1001 NW 34th Street Gainesville, FL 32605
A July 4th tradition in Gainesville, the Florida Track Club hosts the almost “World Famous” 41st Annual Melon Run. Enjoy the somewhat rolling hills on the course and then enjoy free watermelon and refreshments after the race. High-quality shirts go to the 1st 300 registrants. Free race photos provided.
Explore the Intersection Between Art and Science at the Florida Museum’s Creative B Movie Screening and Discussion of Ever After: A Cinderella Story
Friday, July 5, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611
Explore the Museum after-hours Friday nights in July for free movie screenings. This week take a deeper look at Ever After: A Cinderella Story and join a discussion about the balance between science and art. This summer’s Creative B film series incorporate a Leonardo da Vinci theme in honor of the 500th anniversary of his death and include a discussion with an expert panel of scientists, artists and special effects experts. Parental discretion is advised.
MUSIC & PERFORMANCE
Rock, Roots and R&B by the Couch Messiahs at One Love Café
Friday, July 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Rock and Soul Review by Billy Buchanan at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Friday, July 5, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Punk Band Sacred Owls 2019 Summer Tour with Cheap Plastic, Sangs, Madwoman
Friday, July 5, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
FLAG FETE at the High Dive
Friday, July 5, 10 p.m.
Prohibition Style Gypsy Jazz by Dean Johanasen at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, July 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Red, White and Blue Brews and Tie-Dye at Swamp Head Brewery
Thursday, July 4, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sit by the water and take in the red, white and blue with four celebratory brews, tie-dying your own t-shirt, and all-American hot dogs and shaved ice.
Birds and Brews – Guided Bird Walks at First Magnitude Brewing Co.
Sunday, July 7, 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
First Magnitude teams up with the Alachua Audubon society to host monthly bird walks. Binoculars and bird guides are provided.
Independence Day – The Founders Way at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, July 4, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join Founders Brewing Co. on the Fourth for $4 Founders drafts, live music at 7 p.m. by Mongoose Triple Threat and all-American fare available from the Huck’s Grill Shack food truck.
New Beer Release at Cypress and Grove
Thursday, July 4, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Celebrate with the release of Berlinerweiss, $2 off growlers and pizza from Humble Wood Fire.
Escape Nights at Island Grove Winery
July 7, 8, 9 check the link above for the complete summer schedule
Escape Nights at the Tasting House is a real-life team-based puzzle game, where guests are locked in a room and have to solve puzzles together to get out.
ARTS & THEATRE
Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome Theatre
Held over through July 21 with 7 performances a week
Tickets at (352) 375-4477 and thehipp.org
Get ready to laugh, dance and sing!
Four legends, one night and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll! Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley have one of the greatest jam sessions of all time in the TONY AWARD WINNING musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”
(Pictured: The cast of Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome. Photo by Michael A. Eaddy.)
Satchmo at the Waldorf – A Drama at Actors’ Warehouse
A one-man, three-character play in which the same actor portrays Louis Armstrong, the greatest of all jazz trumpeters; Joe Glaser, his white manager; and Miles Davis, who admired Armstrong’s playing but disliked his onstage manner.
See the Actor’s Warehouse website for showtimes and tickets.
BITES & BRUNCH
Drag Brunch at Maude’s Classic Café
Sunday, July 7, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Turn out to gorge on glamorous divas while enjoying all the tasty food and drinks specials. RSVP is strongly encourage, but not required. Showing up day of event does not guarantee a seat or table.
Intro to Plant Based Cooking at Peacefield Farm
Sunday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The folks over at Peacefield Farms can’t wait to show you how to make delicious plant based meal and snacks, find resources, and delicious recipes. This a great class for the committed vegan or and for anyone simply curious about a plant based cooking.
Fourth of July Bash at Public & General
Thursday, July 4, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
$5 burger specials in addition to a limited menu. $2 off of select cocktails, house wines and all draft beer all day.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
4th of July Bike Parade at Bouncers
Thursday, July 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Parade entry is FREE, just bring your scooter or bike to the parking lot. Prizes will be awarded to the most patriotic.
U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS
Blueberry You-Pick at Bluefield Estate Winery
Thursday, July 4, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pick blueberries fresh from the field and enjoy wine samples at the tasting room Thursdays through Sundays.
Alachua Farmers Market at Main Street Alachua
Thursdays, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Haile Farmers Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Union Street Farmers Market at Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
PARKS & TRAILS
Kick Off Your 4th of July with Family Fun at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation
Thursday, July 4 – Saturday, July 6
Free Yoga at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Ranger-led Park Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, July 6, 8:30 a.m.
Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This exhibition of 150 photo portraits featuring and created by young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 captures a moment in time and place — Gainesville in 2019. Synchronica :: joins the current Walk in the Park exhibition at the Historic Thomas Center running now through January 4, 2020.
Norman Studios’ “The Flying Ace” at the Cade
Now through August 18
Norman Studios’ The Flying Ace will take you on a nostalgic journey back to the 1920s, and dovetails with the Cade’s new museum-wide theme of Aviation and its Optics, Film & Photography theme. Learn how film and movie making began, and how this important art form has advanced over the past 100 years.
Absolute Abstracts at the GFAA Gallery
June 25 – July 20
This exhibit will have NO realism in any part of the work. Take this month to appreciate the intangible with a touch of the absurd.
Divergent Convergence: The Arts of Creativity, Discovery & Inquiry at the Harn Museum
Now through July 21
This exhibition, offered as a part of the University of Florida’s campus-wide celebration of invention and creativity, will investigate and celebrate how various artists discover, question the past, re-interpret the present, and imagine the future.
Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through December 31
Through videos, photographs, and objects collected for the Cade throughout Cuba, Cuban Ingenuity highlights the ingenious vision behind dozens of innovations and inventions of necessity.
Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through January 5, 2020
See the result of 200 million years of predatory evolution and learn about one of nature’s oldest and stealthiest hunters: crocodilians. This unique exhibition educates guests on the history and significance of these creatures using live reptiles and realistic models and interactive elements.
Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks at the Matheson History Museum
Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Every city has a period of time that defines its built environment and architectural character. For Gainesville, that moment was the mid-20th century. This exhibition highlights some of the outstanding examples of the Mid-Century style that are worthy of consideration for landmark status.
Learning to Fly: Aviation at the Cade Museum
Now through July 7
Welcome to the thrilling world of flight! See how technology has advanced aviation over the last century, and learn what the future may hold for air and space travel. Meet inventors in aviation each Saturday, and learn how their big ideas are taking flight.
For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events
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