What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, July 9-15, 2020

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Discover ways to get outside or beat the heat with this week’s What’s Good event guide.

Celebrate the re-opening of the Harn Museum, where you can explore more than 600 works of art, including Maggie Taylor’s latest ground-breaking exhibition “Dreaming Alice.” Explore the science of cool at the Cade Museum with fun for the entire family on the indoor ice skating rink, or kick back with live streaming music from Gainesville LIVE and High Dive – delivering a locally sourced soundtrack inspiring a summer state of mind.

Please continue to be safe. 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).

Harn museum of art spring summer 2020. maggie taylor artwork

Browse Exhibitions of Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, Paintings and More at the Harn Museum of Art
Now Open Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608

Plan your visit and view mask requirements and reopening procedures here.
The Harn Museum welcomes back visitors to view galleries containing over 600 works of art. Current exhibits includeDreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass, Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa, Tempus Fugit:: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies and more. Download a parking map and preview exhibits with a mobile-friendly tour here. Thursday, view the Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa exhibit at the museum and join a virtual Museum Nights: Metal Makers on YouTube at 6 p.m.

Jazz on the green at celebration pointe. image of saxophone on stage

Improvise Some Dance Moves with Jazzology at Jazz on the Green
Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Jazzology stays true to the jazz tradition and keeps creativity, improvisation, and spontaneity as key ingredients in their performance. Spread a blanket under the setting sun, and catch live music on the outdoor stage.

Montage of images of new Hotel Eleo

New this Summer! Upscale “State-of-the-Heart” Hospitality at Hotel Eleo at University of Florida

Alachua County welcomes its newest upscale lodging facility, Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida. The 173-room state-of-the-art property features beautifully appointed modern rooms and suites, cutting-edge dining concepts, an upscale grab-and-go market with fresh local fare, and tech-forward meeting space. It’s conveniently located next to the University of Florida, UF Health Shands Hospital, and in close proximity to Downtown Gainesville, and will place guests on the pulse of all things Gainesville.
Learn about special rates for Florida residents.

photo of monkey at jungle friends

Meet the Monkeys of Jungle Friends, and Book a Virtual Tour
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
13915 N State Rd 121, Gainesville, FL 32653

Did you know Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary provides high-quality care for retired research monkeys and ex-pets? In-person Magical Monkey Experience tours are currently suspended, but you can learn more about the monkeys and book a personalized virtual tour. Get a sneak peek on YouTube with a 360 VR tour on YouTube.

Corn hole boards and beanbags

Aim to Win at the North Florida Cornhole Tournament
Thursday, July 9, 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.

bat houses at university of florida

Watch Bats Emerge from the World’s Largest Occupied Bat Houses  
Nightly at Sunset | University of Florida
Museum Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Stroll along Lake Alice before sunset and enjoy the landscape and spot an alligator or snapping turtle. Across the street as night falls, view hundreds of thousands of bats take flight as they hunt for insects. The estimated population of this colony is 450,000 – 500,000 and they consume nearly 2500 lbs. of insects each night. 

Stage at High Dive

Laugh Out Loud with Live Comedy or Bang Your Head with Metal Music Streamed from the Stage at High Dive
Comedy Showcase: Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m.
A Night of Metal: Saturday, July 11, 8 p.m.
Online Events with High Dive

High Dive, named one of the 100 greatest American music venues by Consequence of Sound, welcomes live music back to its stage with a live-streamed format. Pay what you want and access Thursday’s comedy showcase and Saturday’s night of metal. Tickets are on sale here.

musicians Longineu Parsons and Joanna Sobkowska

Enjoy Classical and Jazz Arrangements from Duo Paloma at Gainesville LIVE!
Friday, July 10, 8 p.m.
Online Event with Free Fridays Concert Series

World renowned musicians Longineu Parsons and Joanna Sobkowska are Duo Paloma, featuring classical music on the trumpet and piano. Friday’s unique performance includes Satie’s “Trois Gnossiennes,” de Falla’s “Cinco Canciones Populares Espanolas,” Enesco’s “Legend,” and pieces from Ravel, Bizet, Debussy and others.

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.

Now Through August 23, Celebrate the Science of Cool at the Cade Museum with “Cool” Inventions from Florida Inventors, a Synthetic Ice Skating Rink, and More
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.

Kayaking on 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 upriver 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 on weekends, 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, June 21, 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

Rock and Blues with Little Mike & The Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, July 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Enjoy a Variety of Classic Covers with Thomas Anthony at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

fest at home with red scare records

Red Scare Records Party with Fest at Home featuring FEST 19 bands
Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The FEST music festival has been postponed and will now take place in downtown Gainesville on October 29-31, 2021.

3-Day Electronic Music Festival Streaming on Twitch, The Rebirth Stage 4.0 Finale hosted by Gator Sound & Lighting
Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12

Classic Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Cafe
Friday, July 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Enjoy Songs from Ed Sheeran to Old Dominion with Thomas Anthony at One Love Cafe
Saturday, July 11, 12 p.m.

Whiskey Jones Rocks the Porch at The Great Outdoors Restaurant, High Springs
Saturday, July 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Motown, Classic Rock and Blues Tunes with Raftus Brown and the Melrose Horns at One Love Cafe
Saturday, July 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock Hits with Mark Miale at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Fun, Live Music with Lauren & Friends at One Love Cafe
Sunday, July 12, 11 a.m.

Jazz and More with Thomas Allaine at One Love Café
Sunday, July 12, 5 p.m.

elio piedra safe at home with Music GNV

Elio Piedra Brings the Fiesta into Your Home presented by MusicGNV
Monday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Keg of Laughs Comedy Hour at 34th Street World of Beer
Wednesday, July 15, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Acoustic Music Wednesdays at Woodyard Grill, Newberry Wednesday, July 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Get Beer To-Go at Local Craft Breweries

First Friday Fun Run at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Friday, July 3, 6 p.m.  – 8:30 p.m.

Virtual Brainaholics Trivia by First Magnitude Brewing Company Tuesday, July 7, 6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

U-Pick Blueberries Bluefield Estate Winery
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

grove street 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

It’s a British Mystery Tea Party at the Haile Village Bistro
Saturday, July 11, 3 p.m.
5323 Southwest 91 Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32608
Calling all lovers of British mysteries! Fancy being Dr. Watson? Would you enjoy a gossip with Miss Marple? Have you found a pharaoh’s tomb with Amelia Peabody? Come dressed as your favorite detective, victim, or yourself. Reservations are required, 352-378-0721.

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.

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.


Thursday Night Ride at Goodbike Trailside
Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m.

FAA JOAD State Archery Competition at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday July 11, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m

Rivers & Springs

Kulaqua river ranch lazy river

Sunday is Fun Day with Kulaqua River Ranch Community Days   Sunday, July 5 | Camp Kulaqua Retreat and Conference Center
23400 NW 212th Ave., High Springs, FL 32643

River Ranch is open from mid-April 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

Plan Your Visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History and Butterfly Rainforest, Now Open
Now open daily, Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Peace of Art by Betha Bach at Mossman Hall
On display through July 31

Save The Date

Anne of Green Gables at High Springs Playhouse July 24 – August 9

The Dirty Knobs withMike 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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