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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, June 16-22, 2022

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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 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. 


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Celebrate Freedom Fest, A Juneteenth Family Festival
Saturday, June 18, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza

Downtown Gainesville

Join a family festival that includes musical performances from local and regional artists, food trucks, organization and business vendors, arts and crafts for children and more. Freedom Fest celebrates Emancipation Day to Juneteenth and educates the community with knowledge and information about African and African-American history in Florida.

Scroll down for a full list of Juneteenth events.


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Honor the Past and Celebrate the Present at the Journey to Juneteenth Freedom Walk
Saturday, June 18, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Depot Park
874 SE 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The City of Gainesville is excited to host the Journey to Juneteenth Freedom Walk. This walk is meant to educate and engage the Gainesville community on the rich history, legacy and resilience of Black and African Americans locally and nationally. The 5k walk begins at Depot Park, extends into the community and ends back at Depot Park, followed by music and live performances.

Scroll down for a full list of Juneteenth events.


cade museum pop up exhibit

Illuminate Your Understanding of the Invention of Electrical Lighting at the Cade Museum’s Pop-Up Exhibit Lewis Latimer: Lighting the Way
Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

lewis lattimer

In celebration of Juneteenth, the Cade Museum explores the patents and technology used by Lewis Latimer to improve electrical lighting. Plan your visit to the museum at CadeMuseum.org.


father's day 2022

Celebrate Dad with Father’s Day Event Ideas
From Family Day at the Hatchebury Axe Throwing Bar to FREE admission for Dads at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, find our list of Father’s Day events here.


baby turtle crawling to the ocean

Learn from Sea Turtle Experts and Experience a VR Simulation at the Florida Museum’s World Sea Turtle Day
Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Join the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research and Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day. Learn about Florida sea turtles and how to protect them with hands-on specimens and a scavenger hunt. Step into the flippers of a loggerhead turtle with Project S.H.E.L.L., a virtual reality simulation that allows guests to immerse themselves in the daily life of a loggerhead as it hatches and grows to become a nesting adult. Admission is free.

On Thursday, June 16, Cypress and Grove Brewing Company hosts the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research for an evening celebration, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


journey to juneteenth

Celebrate the Annual Celebration of Emancipation at “Journey to Juneteenth” Events

The City of Gainesville and local partners celebrate the month-long “Journey to Juneteenth” from Florida Emancipation Day (May 20) through the widely recognized Juneteenth holiday (June 19) with events honoring the long and turbulent journey to freedom. View the full calendar of events. 

Annual Juneteenth Breakfast at Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Friday, June 17, 7:30 a.m.  

Juneteenth Fish Fry and Chicken Fry at Shady Grove Church
Saturday, June 18, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

clarence r kelly community center reopening

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Celebration at the Grand Re-Opening of Clarence R. Kelly Community Center
Sunday, June 19, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Join the City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department for a ceremony on the park’s event lawn followed by self-guided tours of the new community center. Event parking is located at MLK Jr. Multipurpose Center with shuttle transportation running from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Blues Pioneers and Their Progeny Exhibition Opening at A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
Sunday, June 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Music on the Patio with Rock’n Soul from Billy Buchanan at A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
Sunday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.  

Additional Juneteenth Events:
Tennis, Poetry Slam and BBQ at Juneteenth Slam with USTA Florida at TB McPherson Recreation Complex
Saturday, June 18, 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Juneteenth Celebration at Catherine Taylor Park in High Springs
Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m.

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Juneteenth Freedom Day at Freddie Warmack Park in Newberry
Saturday, June 18, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Juneteenth Black Maker’s Market at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Join the Alachua County Library District for several events at their branch locations:

Freedom Collages at Micanopy Branch
Friday, June 17, 3 p.m. 

Story Time, Craft Project and Group Mural at the Juneteenth Celebration at Cone Park Branch for Ages 5 and Under
Friday, June 17, 3:30 p.m. 

Movie Screening of Harriet at Library Partnership Branch
Saturday, June 18, 12 p.m.


free fridays

Enjoy Easy Breezy Hits with In The Moment at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville 

In The Moment delivers a Caribbean flavor to classic rock. Elements of reggae, folk, country and blues combine for a unique sound. 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.


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Find the county’s most comprehensive and searchable list of area hotels and restaurants at visitgainesville.com

Learn about our lodging partner’s commitment to a safe stay for all who visit, work and live in Alachua County at Safe Stay Pledge.


high springs art walk

Treat Dad to Lunch and Spend Time Strolling through the Art-Filled Sidewalks of Downtown High Springs with Artwalk
Saturday, June 18, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Downtown High Springs 

View live painting and demonstrations along the sidewalks in High Springs. Visit the Heart of High Springs at Good News Arts and view a display of historic collections. Browse boutiques along the way for unique gifts and Artwalk specials.


the wilder heart of florida

Hear Nature Stories Read by Authors from The Wilder Heart of Florida
Saturday, June 18, 4 p.m. | Matheson History Museum
513 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Join master naturalist Lars Andersen, environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett, historian Leslie Kemp Poole and painter Margaret Tolbert as they read excerpts from The Wilder Heart of Florida: More Writers Inspired by Florida Nature. In-person registration is filled, but you may join virtually on Zoom.


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Add to Your Vinyl Collection at Record Store Day (Side B)
Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Hear Again Records

201 SE 1st St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Record Store Day, also known as RSD, is a special day for music collectors. Local record stores feature exclusive releases and rare finds. Check the Hear Again Records Facebook event for details on music release details and shopping procedures. 


images from the harn museum exhibit

Discover How Art Combined with Words Challenged Ideas of Power and Tradition Throughout History at the New Harn Museum Exhibit Speechless
Now through December 30 | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608

Speechless: Text & Image in Global Culture features 57 artworks, examining how words and their messages have collaborated with visual arts in human history. View cuneiform-inscribed clay, illuminated European manuscripts, a Chinese scroll and a Ghanaian weaving commemorating a 1939 earthquake.  

The Harn Museum is in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza and includes exhibition space and galleries, outdoor gardens, an auditorium, museum store, café and classroom spaces. The Harn’s collection totals more than 13,300 objects including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and photography.

Image credits:Left: Oldrich Kulhánek, Interrogation (1971 – 1972), (detail) 1990, Gift of Melvin and Lorna RubinRight: Wosene Worke Kosrof, Scrolls of the Ancestor #IV, 1994, Gift of Drs. Israel and Michaela Samuelly, in honor of Nancy P. Mendenhall


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Arts & Theatre

honky tonk laundry

Sing Along with Soap, Suds and Cheatin’ Hearts at Honky Tonk Laundry at the Hippodrome Theatre
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.

Find Laughter and Unexpected Romance at “Cactus Flower” at High Springs Playhouse
Now through June 26
The comedic play by Abe Burrows follows a dentist claiming to be married to keep his affairs at arms’ length. When his lies catch up to him, he recruits his prickly nurse to pose as his “wife.” Laughter and romance ensue as the dentist finds himself falling in love with the lovely “cactus flower” who was right under his nose.


Events & Festivals

End of Year Exhibition and Party at Sequential Artists Workshop
Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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First Annual Queer Prom at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Friday, June 17, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Tioga Movie Night with Soul! at Tioga Town Center
Friday, June 17, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. 

Washed Over Book Tour with Reinfred Dziedzorm Addo at Curia on the Drag
Saturday, June 18, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Spider Man No Way Home Movie Night at Off the Rails Pizza in Hawthorne
Saturday, June 18, 8:45 p.m.

Family Day at The Hatchetbury Axe Throwing Bar
Sunday, June 19, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

(sold out) 2022 MythBUGsters Field Camp with UF Entomology
Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24


Pop-Up Markets

Local Vendors, Photo Backdrop and Kittens at Feeline Good’s 1st Purr Day at Feeline Good Cat Café
Saturday, June 18, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Music & Performance

Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at One Love Café
Thursday, June 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Prog Funk with Ajeva and Matcha at the After Market Concert Series at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Lo-Fi Pop with Powfu at High Dive
Thursday, June 16, 8 p.m. 

Open Mic Comedy Show at Vecino’s
Thursday, June 16, 8 p.m.

Summer Disco Dance Party at How Bazar
Thursday, June 16, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Jazz Night with The Oak Duo at 4th Ave Food Park
Friday, June 17, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Alt Rock with the Remedy at One Love Café
Friday, June 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Folk with Quincy Allen Flint at Bingo Deli and Pub
Friday, June 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Swampy Florida Blues with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, June 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Still Standing A Tribute to Elton John at High Dive
Friday, June 17, 8 p.m. 

Music and Mimosas at How Bazar
Friday, June 17, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 

Hip Hop, Dancehall, Latin, Afrobeats at Malibu Nights at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Friday, June 17, 9 p.m. 

Pop Punk and Emo Night at The Wooly
Friday, June 17, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Follow the Smoke Hip Hop Showcase at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Saturday, June 18, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Jazz with Swing Theory at One Love Café
Saturday, June 18, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Americana with Front Porch Backsteppers at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, June 18, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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A Night of Hip Hop at Gainesville Finest Artist Showcase at High Dive
Saturday, June 18, 8 p.m.

Bedlam in the Belfry Goth Dance Party with DJ Blonde Ambition at The Wooly
Saturday, June 18, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. 

Punk with City Mouse at Loosey’s
Saturday, June 18, 8 p.m.

Blues and Folk with Middleground at One Love Café
Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

jazz wednesdays at covey kitchen and cocktails

Jazz Wednesdays with The Oak Trio at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Local Comedy Showcase with Paige Nelson at High Dive
Wednesday, June 22, 8 p.m.


Craft Breweries

Locally Roasted Sweetwater Organic Coffee at “Morning Edition” at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, June 16 – Friday, June 17, 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

World Sea Turtle Day Celebration at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Thursday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Charity BINGO Benefiting Alachua Audubon Society at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, June 16, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Jazz Bandits at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, June 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Vintage Fashion, Art, Jewelry and More at the Flashbacks Pop-Up Market at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Saturday, June 18, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

80s Classic Rock Playlist at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, June 18, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, June 18, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hoppy Father’s Day at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, June 19, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, June 19, 1 p.m. 

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

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Farm Market at Sweet Roots Organic Farm
Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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.

Book a Blueberry Picking Session at Deep Spring Farm
Now through July 2, Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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

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Sourdough Culture & Fermented Grains & Legumes at ABC Wellness at Stillpoint
Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Open Friday, June 17: Las Americas Bakery
Find pan achira, arepas, empanadas, quesitos, tequeños and more at this new Latin bakery.

making fresh pasta

Pasta Crafting Class with Pasta by Pollio at Pinspiration Gainesville
Friday, June 17, 7 p.m.

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, June 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Book a Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan. Browse the Fall 2022 Schedule here.

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.


Sports

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Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, June 17, 5:30 p.m. 

Running Backs and Linebackers Football Clinic at the Northwest Boys and Girls Club
Friday, June 17, 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Summit Racing Bracket Series Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. 

Pedal 40 Miles of Gainesville Trails at Goodbike’s Summer Steamer 8
Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Gone Fishing

Catch and Release Fishing Ponds at Bass Pro Shops
Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Father’s Day Basketball Camp at The Rock School
Saturday, June 18, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

high springs bmx track at sunset

Race Under the Lights at Sizzling Summer Nights Series at High Springs BMX
Saturday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Alachua Chamber Sport Fest at Turkey Creek Golf
Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 18


Parks & Trails

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Friends of Paynes Prarie Speake Series with Dr. Rob Fletcher: Return Of The Florida Snail Kite at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Thursday, June 16, 6 p.m., registration required

Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, June 18, 7:30 a.m.

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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Free Admission for Dads at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Sunday, June 19, 9 a.m. – 7 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

Donuts and Drawing at Good News Arts
Friday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

painting by ernest m lee

The Works of Ernest M. Lee at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

animation land

Immerse Yourself in the New Animationland Experience at the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join Tracey the pencil dog and her crew—Rooth, Drop, Inky, Uno, and Kari—on a fantastically immersive journey to create stories using science and imagination. Dive into the world of storytelling and channel your creativity to develop your own animated production using storyboarding, sketching, stop-motion movie making and more.

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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

Pride Street Party at The Bull, June 24

Waldo Railroad Days, July 2

Fanfares and Firework sat UF Bandshell, July 3

Micanopy Independence Day Parade, July 4

City of Alachua Fourth of July Celebration, July 4


Gainesville Chain Hawks Disc Golf MVP Circuit Challenge, July 16

For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events/

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