What’s good this weekend?
Plan your weekend with the official events guide from Visit Gainesville, Alachua County. If you’re planning for next week, take a look at our roundup of Fourth of July Celebrations.
Looking for hotels, restaurants and attractions to round out your itinerary?
Plan Your Visit at WhatsGoodAlachuaCounty.com
“Wine” through the Gainesville’s Art Scene at Artwalk
Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Multiple Venues Check Event PDF
Artwalk Gainesville is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer. Get to know local artists, enjoy musical entertainment or live painting at some of the venues, or find that perfect gift for that special person at this free monthly self-guided tour.
Download the Artwalk venue PDF or visit the website for event details
Roar into the Weekend with the De Lions of Jah
Friday, June 28, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ǀ Bo Diddley Plaza
Don’t miss a beat. Jacksonville’s hottest reggae band returns to blaze the Plaza stage with their fierce, authentic island reggae sounds.
This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series featuring performances by local and regional musical talent under the stars.
Free Your Mind and Mingle with Artists at the Absolute Abstracts Exhibit
Friday, June 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | GFAA Gallery
1314 South Main St., Gainesville, Florida 32601
Enjoy refreshments and meet the artists selected for this exhibition featuring all abstract works with no realism. This event is great as a stand-alone activity or as a kick-off for your ArtWalk Gainesville tour.
Cool Off at Kulaqua’s River Ranch Water Park
Sunday, June 30, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Kulaqua Retreat and Conference Center
23400 NW 212 Ave., High Springs, FL 32643
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. This is a great opportunity to get into the summer spirit!
Summer Party at The Auk Market
Saturday, June 29, 3 p.m. – 11:55 p.m. | The Auk Market
2031 NW 6th St., Gainesville, Florida 32609
Bring the gang to this family friendly event. Serving up specialty summer cocktails, delicious food truck bites, music, plant pop-up, lawn games and children’s activities.
Take in the Sights, Flavors and Sounds at the Artisans’ Guild 50th Anniversary Benefit Concert
Sunday, June 30, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
The concert starts in the beautiful Heartwood Soundstage listening room at 7:30 p.m., featuring Bob McPeek, David Beede, Janet Rucker & many fabulous friends.
Artisans’ Guild Gallery is among the oldest artist cooperatives in the country. The gallery features hundreds of quality, handcrafted items and supports the important work of local artists who color and shape our community with their creative contributions.
Building On Our History – Stonewall 50 Celebration
Saturday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Pride Community Center
3131 NW 13th St., Ste 62, Gainesville, Florida 32609
The modern LGBTQ+ movement can trace its roots back 50 years to the Stonewall uprising. Join the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida in a celebration of this historic event that includes history, refreshments, music and more.
Catch CrazyTown’s Butterfly at High Dive for their 20 Year Anniversary Tour
Sunday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
Get energized with a performance by American rap rock band Crazy Town, best known for their 2000 hit single, “Butterfly”, which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The group is joined by Spoken, The Bitters, Chris Ryals Band, and We The Generation. Tickets and details at High Dive.
MUSIC & PERFORMANCE
NCFBS Acoustic Blues Open Mic
Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bring your acoustic instruments and a few blues songs and join the jam.
Raw Indie Ballads by Alivia Hunter at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, June 28, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Hunter’s soulful modern folk style blends raw indie ballads with vulnerable new age blues. Treat yourself to an evening of musical poetry as she records her first live album.
Wild Pines, Brother Cephus, Max Helgemo at The Atlantic
Thursday, June 27, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
GruvTherapy’s Jazz and Funk at Tioga Town Center
Friday, June 28, 7 p.m.
Bring your lawn chair and blankets for a free concert at The Square in Tioga Town Center. Join Gruv Therapy, a Gainesville Florida-based jazz band for a special blend of Jazz, R&B and Instrumental Funk.
Boilin’ Oil Brings the Bluegrass to Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, June 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Gainesville Girls Rock Camp Showcase at the High Dive
Saturday, June 29, 4 p.m.
Show your support and witness the amazing brand new bands formed during Girls Rock Camp.
Explore Experimental, Electronic, Noise and Music at Action Research #200 at The Atlantic
Saturday, June 29, 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Paint at Island Grove Wine Tasting House
Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Bring your creativity for a fun evening of painting with light snacks and wine tasting.
Spark Fridays at First Magnitude Brewing Co.
Friday, June 28, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Join the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention at the brewery for an evening of conversation revolving around themed topics: Flight, Optics or Film and Photography.
CONGRATS to the new High Springs Brewing Co. opening in High Springs!
ARTS & THEATRE
Satchmo at the Waldorf – A Drama at Actors’ Warehouse
Now through 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.
Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome Theatre
Held over through July 21 with 7 performances a week
Tickets at (352) 375-4477 and thehipp.org
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.)
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.
Black Films Matter: Friday
Thursday, June 27, 8:30 p.m.
Directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh, the story follows Craig (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) trying to get $200 that they owe a neighborhood drug dealer before 10 p.m. and before they face the consequences.
Cocktails and Classics: The Philadelphia Story
Saturday, June 29, 7 p.m.
The Philadelphia Story also stars Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, and John Howard. It follows Tracy Lord who is preparing to wed her new lover, George Kittredge, but her perspective changes as a tabloid writer and her ex-husband show up, which causes her to begin to look more inwardly.
BITES & BRUNCH
Five for Friday Wine Tasting at Dorn’s Liquors
Friday 5:30 p.m .- 7:30 p.m.
Sip from a selection of five wines and sample light fare from the Cheese Corner, all for $5.
NEW Weekend Brunch Hours at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Sunday, June 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
CONGRATS to new openings in the area including Cilantro Tacos Downtown and The Wrap Shack of Hawthorne!
Find more Alachua County delicious dining spots here.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
ReptiDay at Wyndham Garden Gainesville
Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
See live animals from around the world and find great deals on pets and pet products. Learn about reptiles and exotic animals through live seminars and demonstrations.
U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS
Fresh Pick at HK Cattle & Farms in Cross Creek
Saturday, June 29, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Pick your own vegetables straight from the garden. Also choose from a selection of fresh chicken, free range eggs, goat cheese, bread, herbs, seed starts and more – all grown at HK Cattle & Farms.
Blueberry You-Pick 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
Saturday, June 29, 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.
PARKS & TRAILS
Juggling at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Thursday, June 27, 4 p.m – 5:30 p.m.
This free juggling workshop teaches the proper techniques of juggling and enhances self-confidence. All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided.
Weekly Mushroom Stroll at UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory (NATL)
Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Enjoy some time in the woods, connect with local enthusiasts and learn about fungi during relaxed mushroom walks at the UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory.
RIVERS & SPRINGS
Fourth of July Celebration at Ginnie Springs
Saturday, June 29, 8:30 p.m.
Visit Ginnie Springs for their annual firework show and live music by Jamie Davis Band and The Band Be Easy! The celebration begins at sunset.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Opening Reception for Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Thomas Center
Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This exhibition of 150 photo portraits featuring and created by young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 captures a moment in time and place — Gainesville in 2019. Synchronica :: joins the current Walk in the Park exhibition at the Historic Thomas Center running now through January 4, 2020.
Meet @ the Cade Inventor Series: Jaime Saint, ITEC
Sat Jun 29th 10:00am – 4:00pm
Visit the Cade on Saturday to meet Jaime Saint, executive director of ITEC. ITEC invented the Maverick: a flying car!
Norman Studios’ “The Flying Ace” at the Cade
Now through August 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.
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.
Absolute Abstracts at the GFAA Gallery
June 25 – July 20
This exhibit will have NO realism in any part of the work. Take this month to appreciate the intangible with a touch of the absurd.
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.
For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events
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