What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, July 7-13, 2022

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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. 

paint party at the zoo

Break Out of Your Shell and Create a Work of Art at Paint Party at the Zoo
Sunday, July 10, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606

Pinspiration Gainesville hosts a paint party at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. Registration includes admission to the zoo, a turtle-themed guided paint experience and an animal encounter. Limited tickets are available online.

The paint party coincides with the Natural Beauty exhibit at the Santa Fe College Art Gallery, highlighting the charm and artistry of the natural world. The art gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the exhibit is on view now through August 5. 

Savants of Soul Summer Tour

Harvest Southern Soul Music with the Savants of Soul on the Heartwood Lawn
Friday, July 8, 7 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Savants of Soul is a nine-piece soul group performing original music inspired by the Muscle Shoals sound and legendary recordings from the 1960s and 1970s. The band is on tour in support of new singles Spot At The Top and Love and Affection. The evening’s outdoor stage is shared with Madwoman, Raspberry Pie and Honeywhat.

latin food festival

Add Some Flavor to Your Weekend at the Latin Food Festival
Saturday, July 9, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Savor menus from Arepa Burger, Crazy Grandmas, Latin Food Blessing, Rancho Luna, Saly Sofrita, So Yummy BBQ and Taino Roots. Live music served from the Ramos Pinta Band, DJ Adikt and DJ Bada. The taproom at Cypress and Grove offers craft beer, selzters and more with indoor and outdoor seating. 

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honky tonk laundry

Sing Along with Soap, Suds and Cheatin’ Hearts at the Final Weekend of Honky Tonk Laundry
Now through Sunday, July 10 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Country hits from Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and more are featured in this toe-tapping musical. The story follows Lana and Katie as they transform their laundromat into a honky-tonk and exact revenge against those who did them wrong. 

free fridays

Show Off Your Funky Dance Moves with Fast Lane at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, July 8, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Mentored by Bo Diddley, Scott “Skyntyte” Free leads Fast Lane with vocals and guitar with Connie Brashear (vocals), Vernon “Dr. Rockenstien” Montoya (keyboards), Curtis Willie Harris (bass) and Victor Della Torre (drums, vocals).

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.

water way and paddleboarders

Explore Vital Connections of Land and Water at the Film Screening of Home Waters
Saturday, July 9, 7 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation hosts a screening of their new film Home Waters. Follow teen trekkers, including Marin Best from Gainesville, as they cover 50 miles over 4 days on an expedition of Florida’s connected wildlife corridor along the Rainbow River. Joining the screening is director and conservation photojournalist Jennifer Adler and the director of photography Ian Segebarth. Learn more about the expedition and view the film trailer online.

first street folk fest

Bring the Party to the Street at the First Street Folk Festival
Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. | The Bull

18 SW 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Enjoy an afternoon of folk music and help welcome musicians from across the state. Featured artists include Uncle Mosie, Wire Birds, Quincy Allen Flint, Isobar, Chelsea Carnes and John Gaunt, Noan Partly, Jordan Foley, Ricky Kendall and Kris Lane. Find the street stage in front of Paramount Grill, Crane Ramen and The Bull. Admission is free.

jazz on the green

Dance on the Promenade with CuBop at Jazz on the Green
Saturday, July 9, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Grab food and drinks from nearby Celebration Pointe restaurants and spread a blanket or pull up a chair to enjoy a live jazz concert from the outdoor stage.

music on the patio

Enjoy Smooth Jazz from the E.K.R. Trio at Music on the Patio
Sunday, July 10, 6:30 p.m. | A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center

1013 NW 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Ernesto, Keith and Ron make up the E.K.R. Jazz Trio and deliver a smooth collection of jazz standards, bossa nova and more.

A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center houses oral histories of African Americans in Alachua County and is part of the City of Gainesville’s Museum and Cultural Center Month. 

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Arts & Theatre

Oedipus ReDux at Black C Art
Friday, July 8, 7 p.m.

Theatre in the Park: Blackademics at 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, July 9, 6 p.m. 

How to Turn a Play into a Movie with Writers Alliance of Gainesville at Alachua County Library District Millhopper Branch
Sunday, July 10, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Events & Festivals

Tioga Movie Night: Sing 2 at Tioga Town Center
Friday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Bike Night at Dave and Buster’s
Friday, July 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Digital Magic: Art for Kids at Archer Community Center
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

plant swap at the auk market

Plant Swap at The AUK Market
Wednesday, July 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Music & Performance

Trevor and the Travelers at the After Market Free Concert Series at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, July 7, 7 p.m.

book box

Gainesville Hip Hop Night at High Dive
Thursday, July 7, 8 p.m.

High Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, July 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Café
Friday, July 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Pop Punk Emo Night with DJ RoXX XXavage and Reckless Giants at High Dive
Friday, July 8, 9 p.m.

musicians from apex

Hard Rock with Apex at High Dive
Saturday, July 9, 8 p.m.

Cruel Summer Taylor Swift-Inspired Dance Party
Saturday, July 9, 9 p.m.

Fun Favorites with Cassie at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.

matthew fowler with guitar

Matthew Fowler at Heartwood Soundstage
Wednesday, July 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Live on Stage at High Dive
Wednesday, July 13, 8 p.m.

Craft Breweries

daft cow brewery taproom

Now Open: Daft Cow Brewery
Located in Alachua at San Felasco Tech City, Daft Cow Brewing offers craft beer, root beer, seltzers and more with flights available to sample what’s on tap.

karaoke at first magnitude

Brewery Karaoke at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Folk and Classic Rock with Aisle 14 at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, July 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company

Sunday, July 10, 1 p.m.

Reggae Sunday with the Easy Crew at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, July 10, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Blockbusters at the Brewery Featuring Raiders of the Lost Ark at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

honey bees

In-Person Bee Hive Tour at L&L Honeybeez
Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., bring your own veil

U-Pick Blueberries and Locally Made Wines at Bluefield Estate Winery
Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wine Tasting Hours: Saturday – Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Grove Street Farmer’s Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Archer Farmer’s 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 Farmer’s Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Alachua County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Newberry Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Haile Village 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

las carretas mexican restaurant

Now Open: Las Carretas Mexican Restaurant
3501 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32607
Traditional and authentic Mexican flavors are prepared with fresh ingredients and years of experience. Select from a menu of street tacos, burritos, fajitas, with desserts like tres leches, chocoflan and sopapilla. Pair your meal with margaritas, sangria and more.

people in restaurant with wine and macarons

Spanish Wine and Macaron Pairings at Flight to Europe at Le Macaron Gainesville
Saturday, July 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(sold out) Traditional Italian Dinner & Wine Tasting at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, July 9, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

(sold out) Herb Focaccia Break Making Class at The Fat Tuscan
Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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.


archery targets

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, July 8, 5:30 p.m.

Spider Cup Archery Series at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. 

equestrian rider

Southeast Horse Shows Presents Summer Sizzler 2 Dressage at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center (pdf)
Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10

Summit Racing Bracket Series Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m.

First Annual Cornhole Tournament at Gainesville Harley-Davidson
Saturday, July 9, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Good Fight: Gainesville Open Submission-Only Jui-Jitsu Tournament at Hal Brady Recreation Complex
Saturday, July 9

rc racing

Saturday Afternoon Sizzler RC Racing at Newberry RC Park
Saturday, July 9, 4 p.m.

Premier Girls Fastpitch Battle of the Diamon Softball Tournament at Champions Park
Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10

BMX Racing at the Sizzling Summer Racing Series at High Springs BMX
Saturday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.

Intro to Climbing Workshop at The Knot Climbing Gym
Sunday, July 10, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Gainesville Junior Golf Tour at Ironwood Golf Course
Monday, July 11 

Parks & Trails

parkrun 5k

Free Timed 5K at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, July 9 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

group at devils millhopper

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Ranger-Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sunday, July 10, 3:30 p.m.

Perspectives in the Park Series: Friendly Flames, Perspectives on Prescribed Fire at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park Nature Center
Sunday, July 10, 12 p.m. – 1 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

natural beauty exhibit

Natural Beauty at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Now through August 5The 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.

Family Discovery Camp: Water at Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Opening Reception: Kim’s Chaos, A Myriad of Art at Good News Arts
Saturday, July 9, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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.

guests at fossil exhibit

Dig Into the Past at the Florida Museum’s New Fossil Exhibit, Now Open
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 in the “Science Up Close: Fantastic Fossils” exhibit. Come face-to-face with giant dinosaur skeletons, beautiful botanical fossils and ancient microscopic life.
Photo by Florida Museum/Jeff Gage 

Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women at the Matheson History Museum
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Save The Date

Gainesville Chain Hawks Disc Golf MVP Circuit Challenge, July 16

Potterhead Day 2022 at Swamp Head Brewery, July 31

Gainesville Chain Hawks Disc Golf MVP Circuit Challenge, July 16

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