What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, June 11-17, 2020

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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.

Museum Nights virtual event Alice in Museumland

Discover the Mind-bending Art of Maggie Taylor at Museum Nights: Alice in Museumland
Thursday, June 11, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Online event with the Harn Museum

Join the Harn Museum on YouTube for a live conversation with artist Maggie Taylor as she takes you down the rabbit hole and through the looking-glass in pursuit of mind-bending illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Taylor will speak and share a peek inside her studio in anticipation of the exhibition “Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass.” Taylor’s “Through the Looking Glass” illustrations are considered to be a sequel to her earlier work, the 2008 published version of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” which consisted of 45 illustrations accompanying Lewis Carroll’s original text. 

Gazebo and gardens at Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast

Magnolia Plantation Bed & Breakfast Inn Invites You to Save 20% or 35% Off a Truly Relaxing Stay!

Whether it’s a romantic getaway, travel with family or for business, you will feel relaxed and right at home at the charming 1885 Victorian Painted Lady Magnolia Plantation Bed & Breakfast Inn and Cottages. The property features beautiful gardens, private guest cottages and is just minutes away from miles of trails for walking and biking and restaurants in downtown Gainesville.

Now through September 1, 2020: Bed & Breakfast stays are 20% off, use code MP20. Vacation Rental for 35% off (food, beverage, housekeeping not included), use code VR35.  Check out more Gainesville, Alachua County Places to Stay.

Phillip "Jazzdad" Thomas

Ease Into the Weekend with the Velvet Voice and Smooth Jazz Jams of Phillip “JazzDad” Thomas’ GAINESVILLE LIVE! Performance
Friday, June 12, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Phillip Thomas is a professional vocalist based out of Gainesville, Florida. Singing and playing the drums in the church choir from the age of 4, music has been his lifelong passion. Known mainly as a smooth jazz/ R&B singer, Thomas also performs many other genres of music such light rock/pop, country, Top 40, R&B and soul. He has traveled across the country and abroad, performing at various venues and jazz festivals, while accompanying Grammy Award winning jazz artists on stage. 

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.

Band members of The Shambles perform on stage

Jam with Classic Rock Band, The Shambles, as Live Music in an Open Air Concert Environment Return to Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, June 13, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 South Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Dance together-apart with local favorite The Shambles, in a socially-distanced outdoor live show. Pay what you can to get in. Find your spot on the lawn, then nosh on delicious bites from the Humble Wood Fire food truck while you listen to your favorite rock tunes. A server will take orders on site and deliver beverages directly to patrons. The field will be sectioned off so each party will have marked space from each other. There will be a hand-washing station outside and restrooms will be disinfected regularly and frequently. Masks are required.

Heartwood Soundstage is a state-of-the-art recording studio, video production facility, and intimate performance venue – built by musicians for music lovers and music makers.

In the event of rain, the band will be moved inside and the show will be livestreamed to the outdoor TV and speakers on our deck where a few tents will be set up.

Jazz on the green at Celebration Pointe

Dance Into the Night with Swing Theory at Jazz on the Green
Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Don’t miss jazz, swing, latin, blues and more from Swing Theory performing on the Celebration Pointe outdoor stage. Spread a blanket under the setting sun, and catch some beautiful music while the kids play games on the lawn.

space ship flying through space and planets. Blast off into reading

Looking for Family Friendly Summer Activities? Explore the 2020 Summer with the Library Program

Whether you are looking for enriching activities for the kids over the summer or maybe just a rainy day alternate plan as a visitor, The Alachua County Library District invites you to “Blast off into reading” with the 2020 Summer with the Library program. Your whole family can join in and track your summer fun to earn chances to win a new Samsung Galaxy tablet courtesy of PDQ Restaurant. Register at and start tracking today! You can earn participation badges for exploring local trails, taking a selfie with a historic building in Alachua County, tuning into the Library District’s many virtual programs. and, of course, reading. The more badges you earn by Aug. 2, the better your chances of winning. Three winners will be selected – one child, one teen, and one adult, and announced by Sept. 1 on Facebook and on the Library District’s website,

Dancers on camera. Room to dance on camera

Let the Rhythm of “Room to Dance on Camera!” Move You. Witness remarkable, original performances from Hip Hop to Contemporary Modern Dance performed by emerging talent.
Friday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Online event with Santa Fe Fine Arts Department

“Room to Dance ON CAMERA!” is a digital production of the works of 10 student choreographers that will be offered in a free live stream at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, 2020, on the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Department’s website at The video, which features the choreographers in performances of the dances they created, will be followed each night by a live Zoom teleconference during which the dancers will answer questions from the audience.

Live Oak tree at la chua trail

Embark On a Nature Adventure at La Chua Trail

Located at the North entrance to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, the trail features a boardwalk and grassy trail. View an abundance of wildlife including birds and alligators. La Chua Trail leads to Alachua Sink at the center of the Prairie’s marsh and wetlands. Parking for the trail is located at 4801 Camp Ranch Rd., Gainesville, FL 32641.

Explore Additional Parks and Trails
Bike, Hike or Just Change Your View – Explore Gainesville and Alachua County’s Bountiful Outdoor Open Spaces

Enjoy the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail is a 16-mile paved multi-use trail with trailheads at Boulware Springs and in Hawthorne. The trail features scenic overlooks in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and a connector trail to Depot Park which links to urban trails in Gainesville. 

Or 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.

Gainesville drive-in movie series showing Cars 3

Start Your Engines for an Adventure with Cars 3 at the Gainesville Summer Drive-In Movie Series
Friday, June 12, 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Celebration Pointe and Regal Celebration Pointe 10 & RPX host Lightning McQueen and a new generation of racers. One ticket per vehicle, purchase online here.

the couch messiahs

Enjoy a Craft Beer and Listen to Classic Rock and Americana with The Couch Messiahs
Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | High Springs Brewing Company
18562 NW 237th St., High Springs, FL 32643

The Couch Messiahs take to the outdoor stage at High Springs Brewing Company. For 14 years, the band has played 60s/70s rock, americana, roots and R&B. Mayflower Cellars will be onsite serving food.

musicgnv presents gainesville girls rock camp

Rock Out at a Virtual Concert featuring Gainesville Girls Rock Camp
Monday, June 15, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Online Event with MusicGNV

MusicGNV presents a Safe At Home Facebook Live concert with young, creative musicians. Gainesville Girls Rock Camp uses music and performance as a platform to promote self esteem, community and creative expression for girls and gender-expansive youth 10-17 years old. Access the livestream on Gainesville Girls Rock Camp’s Facebook Page.

Kayaking on Santa Fe River
Kayaking on the Santa Fe River

Cruise by Turtles and Birds on Your Own Paddle Adventure. Book a Trip on the Santa Fe River and Springs 
Open Daily | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 NW US Hwy. 441, High Springs, FL 32643

Wave to other paddlers from afar as you gently cruise down the Santa Fe River in your stress-free time capsule… err, we mean in your canoe, kayak or stand up paddle. All three are available for rent from the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost. Go up river for a leisurely ride back or explore several freshwater springs located downriver. Currently the outfitters are not offering pick-up and return back to camp. Be ready to paddle.

Exterior of the Cade Museum

Spark Wonder with a Tour at The Cade Museum
Friday, June 12 – Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
811 South Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 ​

Plan your visit to the Cade Museum! The Cade reopens this weekend with a re-envisioned Cade Museum experience. The museum will initially be open on Fridays and Saturdays for limited-capacity experiential tours, led by our talented team of Cade educators. Purchase your tour tickets online. Friday’s 2 p.m. tour is sold out.

The Cade Museum celebrates invention and is proud to partner with Violet Defense, Orlando-based creators of patented, ultraviolet disinfectant devices that eliminate more than 99% of bacteria and viruses. Bolstering the strict cleaning protocols already in place, Violet Defense’s mobile ultraviolet disinfection units – currently utilized in hospitals – will be used before and after each guided tour. You can also find east to do STEAM activities for all ages from the Cade Education Team with Cade at Home.

Book your stay at the Cade Museum’s partner hotel Aloft Gainesville – a Marriott hotel.

social distancing illustration of two people and a 6' alligator between them

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 ​County Emergency Order 2020-25.

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).


Virtual Poetry Jam with Civic Media Center
Thursday, June 11, 8 p.m.

Watch an Online Theatre Presentation of Tshepang The Third Testament, Stories from Post-Apartheid South Africa presented by the Actors’ Warehouse
Available online through June 15
A ticket purchase grants you a 48-hour window to view the performance at your convenience. Advisory: This show contains scenes and subject matter that some viewers may find disturbing, and is not intended for viewers under 18. Viewer discretion is advised.

Daisy the Cow – Painting with a Twist
Friday, June 12, 4 p.m.

Gainesville Summer Drive-In Movie Series presents Cars 3 at Celebration Pointe
Friday, June 12, 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Use Tricks from filmmakers, directors and actors to Optimize Your Digital Presence with the Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday, June 13, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., For Ages 18+

(sold out) Blacksmithing Workshop: Knifemaking with Crooked Path Forge
Saturday, June 13

Live Painting on Facebook and Q&A with Wild Together Art
Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


fest at home.

Socially Distanced Punk Rock Party with Live Music from Brandon Butler (Boys Life/The Farewell Bend) and a Joint Set with Steven Gray (Dikembe), and Max Stern (Signals Midwest) with Fest at Home
Thursday, June 11, 7:05 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
FEST hosts its 19th music festival in downtown Gainesville on October 30 – November 1, 2020. In anticipation of this yearly sellout event, ‘Fest at Home’ is producing Thursday evening live music sets from this year’s music festival lineup. FEST19 will feature 300+ bands, comedians and pro wrestlers, tickets on sale now.

Rock and Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at One Love Café
Thursday, June 11, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Songs You Love with Thomas Anthony Live at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Thursday, June 11, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Classic Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Café
Friday, June 12, 6 p.m.

Acoustic Country Rock with Clay Brooker Live at Crafty Bastards at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Friday, June 12, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Southern Rock with Local Traffic Rocks at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Friday, June 12, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Classic Rock, Blues, Reggae, Country with Stava Mala at One Love Cafe
Saturday, June 13, 12 p.m.

Singer Songwriter Cliff Dorsey and Food by Chef JJ Creations at Gainesville Harley Davidson
Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rock and Blues with Cap Smith & The Hoggetown Slayers at One Love Cafe
Saturday, June 13, 6 p.m.

Musician chris mcneil with guitar

Country Acoustics with Chris McNeil at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m.

Pop and Rock Covers with The Barstool Prophets at Mother’s Pub and Grill North Gainesville
Saturday, June 13, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Acoustic Due of Shiloh at One Love Café
Sunday, June 14, 5 p.m.

Live DJs and Craft Tacos from Soul Spice at House and Tacos at Signal
Tuesday, June 16, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.


pint glass at high springs brewing co

Sip Responsibly at Local Breweries Now Open Enjoy a pint in the beer gardens of High Springs Brewing Company, First Magnitude Brewing Company and Cypress and Grove Brewing Company. The indoor taproom is open at Blackadder Brewing Company with outdoor seating also available. Sit indoors and outdoors at Big Top Brewing Company.

Team Trivia Wednesdays at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Eggs benedict at the keys grill and piano bar

Emiliano’s Café Brunch Pop-Up at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Sunday, June 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Whiskey and Wine Tasting at Gainesville Wine & Spirits
Friday, June 12, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sample the Release of Embers 2020 Select 90 Proof Bourbon from Old Forester for National Bourbon Day at Spark at Embers
Friday, June 12 – Saturday, June 13, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dine at Local Restaurants and Enjoy New Outside Seating Options
Some restaurants are welcoming diners back into their dining rooms, like Blue Gill Quality Foods pictured above from Chef Carl Watts. 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.


Tomato Bootcamp live online

Tomato Growing Tips, Tricks and Secrets at the Online Tomato Boot Camp with Working Food
Saturday, June 13, 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Take a Trip to the Farm and Load Up on U-Pick Blueberries
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Bluefield Estate Winery
Monday to Saturday by appointment at Deep Spring Farm

Drive-Thru Farmer’s Market CSA at Working Food
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.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.

Grove Street Farmer’s Market at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Find Places to Fish with License-Free Freshwater Fishing This Weekend
Saturday, June 13 – Sunday, June 14

Premier Girls Fast Pitch Florida State Tournament at Champions Park
Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 14


Swimmers in the wave pool at Kulaqua River Ranch

Kulaqua’s River Ranch Water Park Community Day
Sunday, June 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
On Community Days, Kulaqua’s River Ranch Park is open to the general public. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a family good time at this one of a kind venue. There’s something for everyone at the River Ranch, from the 600 ft. lazy river, to the huge water slide and the undulating wave pool.


gfaa attending to wonder exhibit

Virtual Gallery Reception with Gainesville Fine Arts Association and the curator and judges for the New Online Exhibit Attending to Wonder
Friday, June 12, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

View Photography, Mixed Media and Abstract Works of Art Celebrating Planet Earth with Gainesville Fine Art Association

Covid-19 Community Archive from the Matheson History Museum

View Online Classes and Activities presented by the Cade Museum

Take a Virtual Museum Tour with the Greatest Hits from Florida Museum of Natural History


Newberry Watermelon Festival. June 20

Father’s Day Wildlife Tour at Carson Springs, June 21

Free Admission for All Fathers at Kulaqua River Ranch, June 21

Free Admission for Dads at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, June 21

U-Pick Blueberries with Dad at Deep Spring Farm, June 21

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

Paula Poundstone at the UF Phillips Center, August 27

The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Night 2, September 12

AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, September 25-27

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