What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, July 30 – August 5, 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).

Record breaking Victoria Cruziana waterlilies at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

A Sight to be Seen! Don’t Miss the Record-Setting Water Lilies at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Open Friday – Wednesday, Closed Thursdays | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Measuring over 6 feet, the Giant Victorian Water Lilies at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens have broken records for this variety of plant year after year. Plan a visit to see these showstoppers during the mid to late summer peak growing season. Find more information and safety procedures online at

close up image of flower

Art Lovers, Zoom In on This: GFAA Presents an Inspired Virtual Artwalk with Opening Exhibit “Close Up” and an Ambient Local Soundtrack curated by MusicGNV
Friday, July 31, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Online Event with Gainesville Fine Arts Association

Founded in 1923, GFAA is one of Florida’s Oldest Fine Arts Associations – supporting artists throughout the decades and through all kinds of weather.

Artists featured in Close Up explore the world from a different perspective – one where they zoom in; noticing details/perspectives/concepts that may be missed from afar. Pictured above, Lotus Off-color – Paul Missall. MusicGNV presents live music paired with the artwork. This exhibit, and past online exhibits can be viewed at

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hotel pool at holiday inn and suites

Chill Out Here and Earn up to 4X Bonus Points with Your Stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gainesville I-75

Enjoy a day at one of Gainesville’s newest hotels, the Holiday Inn Express I-75. Enjoy the resort style pool while earning up to 4X bonus points towards your next trip. With plenty of lounge chairs, tables and an area to grill, their pool is the place to chill. And when you are ready to get active, workout in their large fitness center or take it to the basketball courts.

Stay confidently knowing they are committed to the clean and safety of their guests, not only are they a Visit Gainesville, Alachua County Safe Stay property, they operate under the IHG Way of Clean.

Click here to register to start earning extra on your stay for up to 4X Bonus Points by September 8.

harn museum of art

Let Your Imagination Transport You to New Worlds with Through the Looking Glass, Tempus Fugit and More at the Newly and Safely Re-Opened Harn Museum
Open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

The Harn Museum of Art welcomes back visitors to view galleries containing over 600 works of art. Plan your visit and view mask requirements and reopening procedures here.

bike riding in front of the moon

Pedal Through Gainesville Trails on the Thursday Night Ride with Goodbike Trailside
Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Goodbike Trailside
210 NW 10th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Bring your bike, helmet, and water and explore Gainesville’s urban trails. In addition to the well known and well-traveled Gainesville-Hawthorne trail, a network of trails wind through Gainesville connecting to multiple locations including Depot Park and the University of Florida. All are welcome for a fun evening ride. Meet at Goodbike Trailside.

Cornhole boards

Take Aim to Win at the North Florida Cornhole Tournament on the Gorgeous City Walk Courtyard at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, July 30, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

North Florida Cornhole hosts competitions on select Thursdays in July at the Celebration Pointe Promenade. Player signups begin at 6 p.m. and bags fly at 7 p.m. Enjoy food, libations, sweets and more pre and post game.

kids skating with masks at the cade museum

Chill Out on the Ice and Skate at the Cade Museum’s 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 

Thursday, July 30 is themed “Sports Skate.” 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.

Blues vocalist Michelle Banfield singing in a microphone

Get Some Serious Blues Vocals from Michelle Banfield Performing Online with Gainesville LIVE!
Friday, July 31, 8 pm. – 10 p.m. | Online Event with Free Fridays Concert Series

Michelle is the powerhouse vocalist of the band The Shakedown. She will be joined by Shakedown guitarist Frank Bougher for a concert featuring acoustic and electric blues.

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.

Savants of Soul band members

Groove to the Savants of Soul Streaming Live from the High Dive Stage
Saturday, August 1, 8 p.m. | Online Event with High Dive

The Savants of Soul take to the stage for a benefit for High Dive. Tamayo (acoustic) and Kate Warren (Hornist) open the evening. Tickets to view the livestream are available online.

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

anne of green gables at high springs playhouse

Delight in Live Entertainment for the Entire Family with the Charming “Anne of Green Gables”
Through – 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.

The Wiz

Dance in Your Seat with a Toe-Tapping Live Performance of “The Wiz” 
Thursday, July 30 – 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.”

A Trip to the Unknown with Sunday Sci-Fi Serials, an Online Event with Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Sunday, August 2, 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

Soul, R&B, Jazz, Funk and Pop Hits with Fast Lane at One Love Café
Friday, July 31, 8 p.m.

Party in Your Living Room with a Live Streaming Evening with Chicago Punks The Lawrence Arms and Fest at Home
Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Singer Songwriter Wendy Kissinger at One Love Cafe
Thursday, July 30, 6 p.m.

Country Music with Clay Brooker Live at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub  
Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m.

Local Comedy Showcase w/ Allie Markwich, Cameron Atkinson, Jenarchy, Alainna Whatley, Alaska Galore, and more
Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m.

Americana with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin Salvage Enterprises
Friday, July 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Country Music with Chris McNeil Live at Crafty Bastards at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Friday, July 31, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rock Music with Underoath: Observatory – Night 3: They’re Only Chasing Safety LIVE STREAM BENEFIT for High Dive
Friday, July 31, 8 p.m.

Singer Songwriter Cassie Keenum at Lightnin Salvage Enterprises
Saturday, August 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rock n Roll with the Killer B’s Band at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Sunday, August 2, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

musicgnv presents the roadhouse diy facebook live concert

MusicGNV Presents the Safe At Home Facebook Live Concert with Artists from The Roadhouse DIY: Country Pop with C00per, Dreaming Robotic Punk with Morning Trips and Juan Ricardo Yuli
Monday, August 3, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday with Special Beers: Unicorn, Centaur and More from Swamp Head Brewery
Order Online Thursday, July 30 and Pickup Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2

Get Beer To-Go at Local Craft Breweries

$6 Burger Wednesday at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Wednesday, August 5, 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, August 5, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sangria, Wines and More To-Go at Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House

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

food from alpin bistro

Dine at Local Restaurants and Enjoy New Outside Seating Options

Some restaurants are welcoming diners back into their dining rooms. You may also notice additional outdoor seating expanded onto sidewalks, into parking lots or into the street. Pictured above, Alpin Bistro 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.

Uppercrust’s Magical Menu Bakes Up Birthday Wishes for Harry Potter, pictured: The (Sourdough) Boule Who Lived
Friday, July 31, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Roller Skating Lessons at Skate Station Funworks
Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Rivers & Springs

Spring water at Poe Springs Park

Cool Off at Poe Springs, an Alachua County Treasure

A visitor favorite, Alachua County’s Poe Springs Park is now open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is in addition to the current schedule of being opened on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to sunset. The park continues to allow 50% capacity for all three days. Park staff will patrol the day-use area and swimming area to ensure all guidelines are being followed.

Park staff will also clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and restrooms hourly. Visitors should follow CDC recommendations for visiting parks and recreational facilities. Groups that live together visiting the park are not expected to be contactless or use social distancing. Click here for more information.

Kulaqua River Ranch lazy river

Sunday is Fun Day with Kulaqua River Ranch Community Days
Sunday, August 2 , 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.| 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

Museum 360: The Making of an Exhibit Online Event with the Florida Museum of Natural History
Thursday, July 30, 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Go Behind the Scenes with Virtual Museum Trivia with the Florida Museum of Natural History
Thursday, July 30, 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.

Save The Date

Lessons From The Marjories with Alachua Conservation Trust, August 20

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

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