What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County June 20-24, 2019

What’s good this weekend?
Plan your weekend with the official events guide from Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.

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Summer is officially here with its bright, sunny days and warm, well-lit evenings. Following suit, Gainesville and Alachua County’s What’s Good guide is ready to shine a light on the abundance of can’t-miss spots, great places to eat and drink and the weekend’s best happenings.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend and get out there and have some fun!

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Million Dollar Quartet Gainesville Sun Review

The Hippodrome Theatre’s “Million Dollar Quartet” Extended through July 21
For those who like their entertainment hotter than Florida asphalt, there’s still time to catch “Million Dollar Quartet” featured in the Gainesville Sun by Ron Cunningham as bringing “lightning to the stage.” This Tony-award musical is on fire and has been extended through July 21. 

Get Your Tickets at (352) 375-4477 and

(Pictured: The cast of Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome. Photo by Michael A. Eaddy.)

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Third Thursday on Main

Downtown Alachua Comes Alive with Third Thursday on Main
Thursday, June 20, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Downtown Alachua, FL
Main St., Alachua, FL 32615

Get ready to ease into a weekend state of mind. The third Thursday of each month, the city of Alachua’s historic Main Street comes alive with dining, shopping, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and the sound of live music. This week featuring the Karen Morgan Band.

A Few Miles South

A Few Miles South and the Band Johnny Lee Want You to Put On Your Honky-Tonk Boots and Head on Down to Heartwood
Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

A Few Miles South “brings back that classic, country sound and honky-tonk atmosphere” (Skope Magazine). The group is joined by The Band Johnny Lee with Liberty Phoenix and Collin Whitlock. Part of the listening room for will remain open for dancing, so put on your best boots and head out for a night on the town.

Playlist @ The Pointe

Revel in Good Food, Good Music and Good Times with Playlist at the Pointe
Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave, Gainesville, FL 32608

Kick off your weekend with live music from The Impostors – playing hits from the Beatles, Byrds, Hendrix and others from the golden age of rock in the open court. In addition to food and refreshments from the Celebration Pointe restaurants and specialty shops, patrons can purchase cuisine from Ahar – Homemade Indian Food, Taste Food Truck, Rollin Smoke BBQ and Papa Pineapples at the event.

The Hippodrome Theatre in Downtown Gainesville

Sip, Stroll and Sneak-a-Peek behind the Scenes at the Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

This tour provides access to sections of and information about the Hippodrome Theatre that are normally off-limits to the public. It’s a chance to get a glimpse behind the scenes and have the opportunity to ask questions. Visitors take a journey that leads into the basement and then ventures up to the little-known third floor where theatre staff work daily to Keep Gainesville Hipp!

Goodbike Summer Steamer 5

Ride More Than 40 miles of Gainesville’s Bike Trails at the Summer Steamer 5
Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Goodbike
210 NW 10th Ave., Gainesville, Florida 32601

Outdoor and bicycling enthusiasts, this is a great way to explore one of Gainesville and Alachua County’s hidden gems: the area’s more than 100 miles of nature and biking trails. The ride starts at the Goodbike shop with a lunch stop at Steamers Downtown and finishes at the Cypress & Grove Brewery across from the shop. The course covers 40+ miles of Gainesville’s urban mountain bike trails.

Sipping from a glass at festival
Sliders at Magnolia Parke

Enjoy Mouthwatering Food, Craft Beer, Cocktails and Music at Magnolia Parke Food Festival
Sunday, June 23, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Magnolia Parke
4989 NW 40th Pl., Gainesville, Florida 32606

Bring your lawn chairs, towels and blankets and enjoy good food and good vibes. One Love Cafe and Taste present a family friendly night of fun with live music by Late Night Delivery and more than 14 of the area’s food trucks and food vendors.

Admission is free.

Free Fridays Concert Series

Get On Your Feet for The Shakedown
Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ǀ Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Enjoy free music under the stars with a band that knows how to get the audience on their feet. The Shakedown is a five-piece, Gainesville-based group specializing in contemporary blues with a rock and classic soul edge. Featuring vocalist, Michelle “Velvet” Banfield and veteran Gainesville musicians Keith Whitesel on percussion, Frank Bougher on lead guitar, Carlo Schuster on bass guitar and Randy Hensley on the keyboard and rhythm guitar.

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Remedy Tree Lays Down Lyric-Driven Songs, Foot Stomping Energy and Heart-Warming Melodies at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Florida Festival Headliners, Unlimited Devotion, Righteously Tributes Grateful Dead at High Dive
Friday, June 21, 9 p.m.

Summer Solstice Dance Party at The Wooly
Friday, June 21, 10 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Motown Showdown w/ DJ Wax Atom at The Atlantic
Friday, June 21, 10 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Savants of Soul

Savants of Soul, Gainesville’s 10-piece Soul Band Phenomenon, Delivers Big Horn-Driven Grooves at Signal
Friday, June 21 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Jazz, Drinks and Ambiance with Marjohn Alchemy at the Bull
Friday, June 21, 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Classics by Jazz Bandits at Cypress & Grove
Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Fodder, Comprised of Mike Boulware and Friends, Presents Heroes and Harmonies show at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Divebombers Bring Instrumental Virtuosity and an Irresistible Sense of Fun to Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Exceptional Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues plus Sheba the Mississippi Queen and the Bluesmen at High Dive
Saturday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.


Harn on Tap at Cypress & Grove
Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Quell the heat of summer and support the Harn Museum of Art. Savor refreshments provided by The Well and Humble Wood Fire, live music, brewery tours and games.

Camp First Magnitude
Saturday, June 29, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Get a team of four and sign-up in the taproom between now and June 23 to compete at Camp FM. Participants play an array of classic camp games with grown-up twists.


Satchmo at the Waldorf

Satchmo at the Waldorf – A Drama at Actors’ Warehouse
Friday, June 21 – Saturday, July 6
A one-man, three-character play in which the same actor portrays Louis Armstrong, the greatest of all jazz trumpeters; Joe Glaser, his white manager; and Miles Davis, who admired Armstrong’s playing but disliked his onstage manner.

See the Actor’s Warehouse website for showtimes and tickets.

Cast of Million Dollar Quartet by Michael A Eaddy

Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome Theatre
Held over through July 21 with 7 performances a week
Tickets at (352) 375-4477 and
Get ready to laugh, dance and sing!
Four legends, one night and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll! Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley have one of the greatest jam sessions of all time in the TONY AWARD WINNING musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”
(Pictured: The cast of Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome. Photo by Michael A. Eaddy.)

You Have the Right to Remain Dead at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Now through Sunday, June 23 with 3 performances a week
Welcome to the Deep South, where all is not what it seems. This frantic mystery-comedy will have audiences guessing until the last clue is dropped. For show times and details, please visit the ART website.

The Boys Next Door at High Springs Playhouse
Now through June 23 with 3 performances a week
An Off-Broadway success, this very funny yet very touching play focuses on the lives of four mentally challenged men who live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a sincere, but increasingly despairing, social worker.

Open Mic Night at the Hippodrome
Thursday, June 20, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Share your talent with Gainesville’s artistic community in a fun and distinct atmosphere. Open Mic sign-up begins at 8 p.m. on the Hippodrome’s Lower Level. The show starts at 9 p.m.

The Souvenir at the Hippodrome Cinema
Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 30
A shy but ambitious film student begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.

Walking on Water
Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 30
Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before.

Million Dollar Karaoke
Friday, June 21, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
In honor of “Million Dollar Quartet” playing at the Hippodrome Theatre, sing your heart out to some of your favorite songs from artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and more.


Murder Mystery Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine & Cheese
Thursday, June 20, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Murder, mystery, intrigue, and wine. Play the game and drink wine while you sleuth and ponder. Extra credit for those in period costumes. A smorgasbord of gourmet cheeses and charcuterie is included with purchase of wine tasting tickets. Plus, enjoy happy hour all night with $5 glasses of wine.

Find more Alachua County delicious dining spots here.


Race #3 Dash and Splash Summer Series at the Westside Pool
Saturday, June 22, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Participate in four races for a challenging way to keep fit and have fun this summer.

Roller Derby 101 at Alachua County Fairgrounds
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Find out what Roller Derby is all about at the Gainesville Roller Rebels’ last Derby 101 of the season. This is a great, low-pressure opportunity to see if derby is something you’d enjoy, whether it’s as a future skater or a referee. No experience needed.


Dinosaurs at the Library at the Alachua County Library District Newberry Branch
Thursday, June 20, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Have a Dino-mite time at the Newberry Branch of the Alachua County Library District. Participants will Triassic their hand at some Roar-some dinosaur crafts. Activities also include a sensory sand dig, dinosaur craft and a fun movie about Prehistoric creatures.

Zero Waste and Plastic-Free Alternatives Workshop
Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join Zero Waste Gainesville at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo to learn how to reduce your waste and avoid single-use plastics. They will cover simple tips to reduce waste in the house, while traveling and dining, and also provide information and recipes for D.I.Y. products.

Gainesville Amateur Radio Society Field Day at Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Saturday, June 22 – Sunday, June 23
Gainesville Amateur Radio hosts Public Field Day event at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on the corner of NW 34th Street and NW 39th Avenue on June 22-23. Visit to learn about emergency radio operation. Special opportunity for the public to get on the air and contact others around the country from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Stay for dinner at 6 p.m.


U Pick Blueberries at Deep Spring Farm

Blueberry You-Pick Opening Day at Bluefield Estate Winery
Now through Sunday, July 14
Pick blueberries fresh from the field and enjoy wine samples at the tasting room Thursdays through Sundays.

The 2019 Organic Blueberry U Pick Season at Deep Spring Farm
Now through Thursday, July 4, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Pick blueberries starting at $20 per gallon. While on the premises, you can enjoy walking along the spring as well organic flowers and vegetables also ready for picking.

Alachua Farmers Market at Main Street Alachua
Thursdays, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Haile Farmers Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Union Street Farmers Market at Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Norman Studios

Norman Studios’ “The Flying Ace” at the Cade
Now through Aug 18
Norman Studios’ The Flying Ace will take you on a nostalgic journey back to the 1920s, and dovetails with the Cade’s new museum-wide theme of Aviation and its Optics, Film & Photography theme. Learn how film and movie making began, and how this important art form has advanced over the past 100 years.

Photography & Digital Art Exhibit at GFAA Gallery
Now through June 22
After a judging review, the photography and digital artwork from a diverse group of area artists remains on display for everyone else’s viewing pleasure at this newest exhibit for the Gainesville Fine Arts Association. An exciting new exhibit, Absolute Abstracts, begins June 25. This exhibit will have NO realism in any part of the work.

Divergent Convergence: The Arts of Creativity, Discovery & Inquiry at the Harn Museum
Now through July 21
This exhibition, offered as a part of the University of Florida’s campus-wide celebration of invention and creativity, will investigate and celebrate how various artists discover, question the past, re-interpret the present, and imagine the future.

Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through December 31
Through videos, photographs, and objects collected for the Cade throughout Cuba, Cuban Ingenuity highlights the ingenious vision behind dozens of innovations and inventions of necessity.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through January 5, 2020
See the result of 200 million years of predatory evolution and learn about one of nature’s oldest and stealthiest hunters: crocodilians. This unique exhibition educates guests on the history and significance of these creatures using live reptiles and realistic models and interactive elements.

Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks at the Matheson History Museum
Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Every city has a period of time that defines its built environment and architectural character. For Gainesville, that moment was the mid-20th century. This exhibition highlights some of the outstanding examples of the Mid-Century style that are worthy of consideration for landmark status.

Learning to Fly: Aviation at the Cade Museum
Now through July 7
Welcome to the thrilling world of flight! See how technology has advanced aviation over the last century, and learn what the future may hold for air and space travel. Meet inventors in aviation each Saturday, and learn how their big ideas are taking flight.

A Walk in the Park Exhibition at the Thomas Center
Now through January 4, 2020
A Walk in the Park is an art exhibition featured at the Doris Bardon Gallery within the Historic Thomas Center displaying the work of 10 local artists who are inspired by the city’s spectacular public spaces.

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley: An American Original at the Smathers Gallery
Now through June 21
This exhibit highlights the contributions and life of the late Ellas Otha Bates (McDaniel), affectionately known throughout his Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame music career as “Bo Diddley,” and the impact his musical contributions and performance style had on shaping American popular music.

Of Note: Through his later years, Bo Diddley resided in Archer, FL making him part of the fabric of Alachua County’s Musical Heritage.

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