What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, June 10-16, 2021

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Pop-up cabarets, dancing in the streets and dozens of live musical performances create a lively weekend soundtrack. Go on a Rock n Roll Journey with a pop-up performance by the multi-talented Hippodrome actors. Step into Bachata Boulevard in Downtown Gainesville. Meet friends at the GNV Market and enjoy the sounds of award-winning multi-instrumentalist Bryan Elijah Smith and Gia Ray. Or relax under the stars with the Free Fridays Concert Series.

After dinner, enjoy a show with Celebration Pointe’s Jazz on the Green or with the opening weekend of Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple at the Gainesville Community Playhouse. Find family-friendly fun at Roger’s Farm and with Kids Day at 4th Ave. Food Park. Read on for more of What’s Good!

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 –Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County 

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The below information was accurate at the time of publishing. Due to the current fluctuating environment, please contact organizers directly to double check details.

Individual business 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. 

The Odd Couple

Move In with Clashing Roommates at the Live Theatre Production of Neil Simon’s Classic Comedy, The Odd Couple
Thursday, June 10 – Sunday, June 27 | Gainesville Community Playhouse
4039 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605 

This classic comedy centers around uptight and impeccable, Felix Ungar and easygoing and messy, Oscar Madison as new roommates. The laughs unfold as a group of guys get together for a card game. The diametrically opposed men decide to room together and The Odd Couple is born. “The Odd Couple” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Tommy Emmanuel

Get Ready for Technical Precision and Impressive Improvisations by Grammy Nominated Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel at Heartwood
Saturday, June 12 | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. Tommy has garnered thousands of fans worldwide with his unique self-labeled “finger style” an impressive technique where he plays the guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Tommy Emmanuel performs a sold-out VIP indoor set and a sold-out outdoor performance at Heartwood Soundstage.

jazz on the green at celebration pointe

Dance to the Latin Beats of Elio Piedra at Jazz on the Green
Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Award-winning drummer, band director and composer Elio Piedra brings his signature sound and Latin grooves to Celebration Pointe. Spread a blanket under the setting sun, and catch live music on the outdoor stage.

Journey to Juneteenth mural

Journey to Juneteenth Marks Florida Emancipation Date with Series of Events
Now through Saturday, June 19 | Online Event with the City of Gainesville

Journey to Juneteenth

The City of Gainesville joins Alachua County and community partners in a month-long series of events to commemorate Florida’s actual emancipation date – May 20, 1865 – the day when enslaved Africans first learned of their freedom in Tallahassee.

A full calendar of the celebration of music, exhibits, movies and presentations at various locations, and of links for virtual events, can be found online The events are free and open to all neighbors.

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The Real Dealz musicians

Bop to Your Favorite ’80s Songs, Rock Classics and More at The Free Fridays Concert Series with The Real Deelz
Friday, June 11, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Bring a chair, spread a blanket and enjoy a live outdoor concert from Bo Diddley Plaza. The Real Deelz is composed of Tran Whitley (keyboards, vocals), George Gomez (guitar, lead vocals) and John Lodge (keyboards, vocals). The band plays classic hits from Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Dire Straits and more.

Musicians Bryan Elijah Smith and Gia Ray

Treat Yourself this Thursday to the Sounds of Singer-Songwriters Bryan Elijah Smith and Gia Ray as You Shop the GNV Market
Thursday, June 10, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Bryan Elijah Smith is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist based out of Virginia. Gia Ray debut album features her mix of songs ranging from folk to rock to vintage country. Find artisan foods and produce at the farmer’s market and enjoy live music from the Heartwood stage.

hippodrome pop up series

Go on a Rock and Roll Journey with the Hippodrome’s New Live Cabaret Pop Up Series
Thursday, June 10, 6 p.m. | 4th Ave Food Park
409 SW 4th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

The Hipp Pop-Up Series features 45-minute cabaret performances performed by well-known (and loved!) professional Hippodrome actors ‘popping up’ all over Gainesville and Alachua County. Savannah Simerley belts out rock and roll hits of today and yesterday.

Virtual Performance of By the Light of the Silvery Screen with Hippodrome Theatre
Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13 | Online Event with Hippodrome

Back by popular demand, Laura Hodos and Bryan Mercer return, this time LIVE on the mainstage, to share their love for the Golden Age of Hollywood. The cabaret celebration of movie musicals features songs by artists such as Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye, and Dolly Parton. By the Light of the Silvery Screen is a fun and warmhearted nod to the music of the silver screen.

Bachata Boulevard

Learn to Dance the Romantic Bachata in the Streets of Gainesville with Bachata Boulevard, Presented by Salsa in the Streets
Thursday, June 10, 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. | The Bull
18 SW 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Dance to Latin music with bachata, salsa and kizomba. If you don’t know how to dance or want to brush up on your steps, get there early for free dance classes.

concert under the stars with Elio Piedra

Party Into the Night at the Tioga Town Center Stage with Elio Piedra
Friday, June 11, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Tioga Town Center
133 SW 130th Way, Newberry, FL 32669 

Bring a chair or dance the night away with Latin percussion from Elio Piedra. Enjoy music under the stars, and make an evening of it with dinner and drinks from nearby restaurants. Elio Piedra showcases his talents as a drummer, composer, singer and entertainer. 

kids day at 4th ave food park

Order Up a Menu of Family-Friendly Fun at 4th Ave Food Park Kids’ Day
Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 4th Ave Food Park
409 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

4th Ave Food Park, home to diverse food, coffee and tea options, transforms into a kid’s paradise. Enjoy storytime in the morning, followed by music, face painting, balloons and more.

Listen Close to Heartfelt Songwriting and Americana from Matt Woods
Sunday, June 13, 6 p.m. | Loosey’s
120 SW 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Longtime Tennessee singer-songwriter Matt Woods is on the road again after a long hiatus with Austin Lucas. Michael Claytor joins their Gainesville show for an evening of authentic musical craftsmanship.

the hatchetbury

Grip It and Rip It on International Axe Throwing Day
Sunday, June 13, 1 p.m. | The Hatchetbury Axe Throwing Bar
213 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 

Axe throwing has grown in popularity as a way to blow off some steam and compete against your friends. On International Axe Throwing Day, there’s no better time to throw an axe for the first time or to simply hone your technique. Contact The Hatchetbury directly to reserve your spot with discounted admission and drinks specials.

Poe springs

Jump into Poe Springs, Now Open for the Season
Open Daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Poe Springs Park

28800 NW 182nd Ave., High Springs, FL 32643

Alachua County’s largest spring is now open 7 days a week. Park amenities include pavilions and picnic shelters, play areas, multi-purpose fields, volleyball courts, and bar-b-que grills. There are loop trails throughout the park for hiking, and a boardwalk that traverses the cypress swamp leads visitors to the springs. A boat launch and dock afford watercraft access to the river. Parking is $6 per vehicle, cash only. The Park may close when the Spring reaches a capacity of 100 persons.


Exercise Your Happy Feet at the Outdoor Dance Experience iDANCEfest
Sunday, June 13, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

IndepenDANCE Studio wraps up a season of dance with their first annual outdoor dance experience. Enjoy dance performances, food trucks and vendors on the lawn at Heartwood Soundstage.

Gilligans Island The Musical

Sit Back and Hear a Tale of a Fateful Trip at Gilligan’s Island: The Musical
Now through Sunday, June 27 | High Springs Playhouse
23416 W U.S. Hwy 27, High Springs, FL 32643

Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the popular and iconic ’60s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island”. Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore their surroundings. It’s fun, wacky and entertaining with 18 original and memorable songs.

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Arts & Theatre

Cameron Dancenter presents 38th Annual Production at UF Phillips Center
Thursday, June 10 – Saturday, June 12 

Room to Dance 2021 Streaming Performance with Dance Theatre of Santa Fe
Friday, June 11 – Saturday, June 12  

Writers Alliance of Gainesville – Matheson History Museum Anthology
Sunday, June 13, 2:30 p.m. – Free Virtual Program

Sunshine State Book Festival Online with Keynote Speakers Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal, Coauthors of the NAACP Image Award Nominated I’m Not Dying with You Tonight
Now through June 30

Pop-Up Markets

Florida Vintage Market

The Florida Vintage Market at High Dive
Saturday, June 12, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Music & Performance

Little Mike and the Tornadoes at One Love Cafe

Rock and Blues with Little Mike & The Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, June 10, 6 p.m. 

Country Rock with Rusty Wilmot at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Thursday, June 10, 6 p.m. 

Rock with Shawn Manley at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Country Music with Houston Keen at Spurred Up Saloon
Thursday, June 10, 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Americana with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, June 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock and Originals with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Cafe
Friday, June 11, 6 p.m.

Classic Rock with Moon Dog at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Friday, June 11, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Three Local Singer-Songwriters Perform as Local Voices at The Bull
Friday, June 11, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Alt Indie Rock with madwoman, Causa, Little Lazy, Tabajara Belo at High Dive
Friday, June 11, 8 p.m. 

Country Music with the John Tyler Band at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Friday, June 11, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Classic Rock, Blues, Reggae, Country with Stava Mala at One Love Cafe
Saturday, June 12, 12 p.m. 

Campfire Americana with Kyle Keller at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, June 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Pop and Rock Covers with The Barstool Prophets at One Love Cafe
Saturday, June 12, 6 p.m.

Southern Burn band members

Classic Rock and Southern Rock with Southern Burn at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Classic Rock with 4 Play at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Saturday, June 12, 9 p.m. 

Rock with Shawn Manley at One Love Cafe
Sunday, June 13, 12 p.m. 

A Round of Local Singer-Songwriters with Local Voices at Curia on the Drag 
Sunday, June 13, 1 p.m. 

Classic Rock and Blues with the Hogtown Slayers at One Love Cafe
Sunday, June 13, 5 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Country Pop Music with Hannah Love and Twisted Tikka Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m. 

Cover Songs with Miguel Miranda and Big Lee’s Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, June 11, 7 p.m. 

Semi-Acoustic Duo with Steel and Electric Guitar with Sides & Morse at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, June 11, 7 p.m. 

Bottomless Mimosas at Big Top Brewing Company, Gainesville
Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Acoustic Bluesy Rock with Comin’ Home The Band at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Saturday, June 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Mix of ‘80s, ‘90s, Country, Rock-n-Roll, Southern Rock with the Clean Slate Band and Tommy Knockers Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m.  

Mimosa Brunch Sunday at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, June 13, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Beer Yoga with Kori Brooks at High Springs Brewing Company
Monday, June 14, 6 p.m. 

Beer Bingo Tuesdays at Big Top Brewing Company
Tuesday, June 15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Team Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, June 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, June 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

Water slides at Rogers Farm

Pick Sunflowers and Party at the Farm with Water Slides, Train Rides, Bubble Machines and more at Roger’s Farm
Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

U-Pick Blueberries, Veggies and Cut Flowers at Deep Spring Farm
Now through June 26, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., reservations required

Cypress & Grove Farmer’s Market
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

GNV Market at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Newberry Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

Haile 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

the fat tuscan

(sold out) Wine Pairing and Chef Dinner at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, June 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
View the July Schedule of Cooking Classes at The Fat Tuscan

Dine at Local Restaurants, Enjoy Outdoor Seating or Grab a Meal To-Go
Dine-in or take advantage of additional outdoor seating expanded onto sidewalks like “GNV Commons” 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.


Newberry RC Park

Saturday Evening RC Club Race at Newberry RC Park
Saturday, June 12, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. 

RC Drag Racing Elimination Bracket at Toys & More
Sunday, June 13, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Sunshine State Games Artistic Swimming at the O’Connell Center
Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13

Archers at Easton Newberry Archery Center

Sunshine State Games Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m. – Sunday, June 13, 3 p.m. 

Gainesville Cars and Coffee at Butler Town Center
Sunday, June 13, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Parks & Trails

Free Weekly 5K at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, June 12, 7:30 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.

River & Springs

clear springs

Swim Into the Freshwater Springs and Experience Nature Near Gainesville
The springs are a perfect way to get outside and explore the untouched natural side of Florida. Did you know North Florida is home to over 1,000 freshwater springs? The water flows crystal clear at 72 degrees all year round so make a splash on your Gainesville and Alachua County itinerary.

Museums & Galleries

Museum Nights

Museum Nights: Florida Framed with the Harn Museum of Art on Youtube
Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m.

Florida Landmarks and Scenic Coastlines are Depicted Across Nearly 170 Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings at “A Florida Legacy: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers” at the Harn Museum of Art
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Eco-Art Making at Artisans’ Guild Gallery
Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Ink Wash Painting with Joon Thomas at GFAA
Sunday, June 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Find Out How Everyday Items are Manufactured in the How People Make Things Exhibit at the Cade Museum
Friday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

See Live Animals in the Survival of the Slowest Exhibit at the Florida Museum
Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Save The Date

The Bodyguard Musical at Star Center Theatre, June 17

Journey to Juneteenth: Paintings of Alyne Harris at Thomas Center Galleries, June 17-20

High Springs Artwalk, June 19

WUFT Fanfares & Fireworks 2021, July 3

GFAA Artist Studio Tour, July 16-18

WWE Supershow, August 8

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