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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, June 3-9, 2021

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Keep cool this weekend with What’s Good. Explore opportunities for shady hikes, paddling and swimming in cool freshwater springs, indoor performances, music under the stars and more.

The Hippodrome Theatre invigorates audiences with By the Light of the Silvery Moon, a cabaret celebration of movie musicals, live on the main stage. Dance the night away with the Free Fridays Concert Series season kick-off at Bo Diddley Plaza. On Saturday, groove it up outdoors at the Legacy Park Concert Series in Alachua or with the Savants of Soul at Heartwood Soundstage.

Spend the day at Poe Springs, now open for the summer. Then head into downtown High Springs for dinner and a show with Gilligan’s Island the Musical at the High Springs Playhouse. Area breweries are hopping with activity and the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally keeps things tasty over at High Dive. Read on for more of What’s Good!

Be safe and be well,
 –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. 


By the light of the silvery screen

Welcome Back Live Performances to the Hippodrome Theatre Mainstage with Academy Award-Winning Songs at By the Light of the Silvery Screen
Friday, June 4, 7 p.m. – Saturday, June 5, 2 p.m., Sunday, June 6, 7 p.m. | The Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

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.


Musicians Richy Stano and Chelsea

Infuse Your Weekend with Music and Fun at the Free Fridays Concert Series, Live and Outdoors at the Downtown Bo Diddley Plaza
Friday, June 4, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Free Fridays Returns

Accomplished guitarist, Richy Stano delivers contemporary tunes with artistry and flair accompanied by Chelsea Oxendine’s powerhouse vocals for an engaging and entertaining kick-off and return to free live music shows every Friday at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. Make it a dinner and a show kind of Friday and be a part of this milestone celebration!


people swimming at poe springs park

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. 


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

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  www.cityofgainesville.org/Juneteenth. The events are free and open to all neighbors.


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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.


TEDx Gainesville

Join Thought Leaders in Multi-Disciplinary Talks and Discussion About Grit for the Post-COVID-19 World at TEDxGainesville
Saturday, June 5, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | The Wooly
20 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Leadership Gainesville celebrates grit, perseverance and reinvention with diverse perspectives from guest speakers. This year’s lineup hails from Los Angeles, Nebraska, Baltimore, and Atlanta, just to name a few. They range from pediatricians to expert negotiators to local off-Broadway playwright Michael Pressley Bobbit.

The mission of TEDxGainesville GRIT 2021 is to highlight local individuals and stories to open minds and transform the Greater Gainesville community. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. 


Legacy Park Concert Series

Soak Up an Evening of Live Funk and Soul Music with The Stagers and Fast Lane at the Legacy Park Concert Series
Saturday, June 5, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Legacy Park Amphitheater
15400 Peggy Rd., Alachua, FL 32615

Bring a chair or spread out a blanket at the Legacy Park Amphitheatre and enjoy an evening with two bands, plus food trucks, vendors, and concessions at this beautiful community park. The Stagers is a six-piece variety band, consisting of a full rhythm section and two vocalists led by music director Nate Brown. Known for keeping the audience on their feet, Fast Lane delivers soul, funk, and all of your dance favorites – the perfect soundtrack for dancing under the stars.


The Savants of Soul

Get Funky on the Heartwood Lawn with The Savants of Soul
Saturday, June 5, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
819 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

heartwood soundstage outdoor stage

Southern soul and funk favorites return to the Heartwood stage. The Savants of Soul are a 9-piece retro-soul group performing original soul music inspired by the sounds of the 1960s, contemporary retro-soul groups and the group’s diverse collection of influences ranging from punk to hip-hop to Chicago blues to 1950s cool jazz. They are joined by folk and jam artists Tamayo and the debut of Fox and The Ox, Americana from members of The Savants of Soul. 

Outdoor photo of Heartwood Soundstage by Onna Maya Meyer.


the original gainesville food truck rally

Find your Favorite Foods and Flowing Tunes at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally
Saturday, June 5, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601

Food trucks from across the area and beyond serve up unique, gourmet-style fare at this one-of-a-kind local event. Vegetarian and Vegan options available. Savor menus from Monsta Lobsta, Germain’s Chicken Sandwich, Taste Pho, Vegan Gator and more. Live music starts from the stage at 6 p.m. 


Pam Taylor and the Flying Vs

Experience and Explosive Blues Showcase with Pam Taylor and the Flyin’ V’s
Sunday, June 6, 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

The North Central Florida Blues Society presents a fun show with Pam Taylor and the Flyin’ Vs returning from South Carolina with special guests the Midnight Blue Band and One Eyed Cat. Pam Taylor crafts a modern take on American roots music, showcasing her turbulent past, while maintaining the belief that things are going to get better. Her latest record Steal Your Heart earned a coveted spot on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 List for 2017.


Gilligans Island The Musical

Sit Right Back and Hear a Tale of a Fateful Trip at Gilligan’s Island: The Musical
Friday, June 4 – 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.


actors' warehouse how i learned what i learned

Go on an Autobiographical Journey with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned
Friday June 4 – Saturday, June 5, 8:30 p.m., Sunday, June 6, 2 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SW 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Actors’ Warehouse presents the heartfelt theatrical memoir—charting one man’s journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a Black artist in America. In his one-man show, August Wilson presents a journey through his days as a young poet: his first few jobs, a stint in jail, the support of his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music and love as a struggling writer in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. 


blooming flower at kanapaha botanical gardens

Take a Guided Walk and See What’s Blooming at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Stroll through the collections including the state’s largest display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the southeast. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens spans 68-acres and features a paved walking trail. 


Sweetwater Wetlands Park water and land

Explore One of Alachua County’s Birding Hotspots on a Ranger-Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, June 5, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SE Williston Rd., Gainesville, FL 32641

Pre-register for the tour to see birds, alligators and more wildlife on the trails at Sweetwater Wetlands Park. The tour includes a half-mile walk and last about an hour. Bring water, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.


chuck ragan performing on stage

Rock a Little with a High-Energy Acoustic Performance with Chuck Ragan and The Camaraderie
Sunday, June 6, 7 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

After forming Hot Water Music, a punk band with a dedicated international following, Chuck Ragan made a name for himself as a powerful and deeply compelling songwriter and author. By wearing his heart on his sleeve, his live performances create an immediate and lasting impression on the audience. 


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Arts & Theatre

Doxa Dance Studio Recital Praise in Every Season at UF Phillips Center
Friday, June 4, 6:30 p.m. 

Pofahl Dance Studios presents Beauty and the Beast at UF Phillips Center
Sunday, June 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday, June 7, 6 p.m. 

Cyanotype Photo Booth Workshop with Cindy Steiler at The AUK Market
Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Liven Up Your Evening and Experience Theatre Anytime Anywhere with the Hippodrome’s New Live Cabaret Pop Up Series at One Love Cafe
Wednesday, June 9, 7 p.m. 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.  

Cameron Dancenter presents 38th Annual Production at UF Phillips Center
Wednesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.

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

Bazar A La Carte Two Day Outdoor Market with The How Bazar at the Historic Seagle Building
Saturday, June 5, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, June 6, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Granville Plantation Bridal Expo and Fashion Show
Sunday, June 6, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Music & Performance

Country Music with Scotty Lee Williams Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Thursday, June 3, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock Covers with Mark Miale at One Love Cafe
Thursday, June 3, 6 p.m.

Americana and Folk Music with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, June 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rock, Americana, Blues and R&B with Couch Messiahs at One Love Cafe
Friday, June 4, 6 p.m.

Classic Rock with Johnson and Burns at Wahoo Seafood Grill
Friday, June 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Country Pop with Hannah Love at Pink Flamingo Diner
Friday, June 4, 6 p.m.

Classic Rock with Centerlane Band at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Friday, June 4, 6 p.m.

Indie Rock with Twin Suns, Trevor Griffin & The Occasionals, Bruce Watts at High Dive
Friday, June 4, 8 p.m. 

Groove and Funk with Chillula at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Friday, June 4, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Acoustic Pop, Blues and Classic Rock with Cassie Evans and Chris Lavoie at Creek’s 19th
Saturday, June 5, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Acoustic Guitarist Extraordinaire Richy Stano at One Love Cafe
Saturday, June 5, 12 p.m.

Classic Rock with Moondog at One Love Cafe
Saturday, June 5, 6 p.m.

Soul, Motown, R&B with The Browns at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, June 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Southern Rock, Classic Rock, and Country all blended together with Southern Burn Band at Pink Flamingo Diner
Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m.

Live Blues and Rock with Terraplane Band at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m.

Free Dance Class with Salsa and Bachata Music All Night at Salsa in the Streets at The Bull
Saturday, June 5, 8 p.m. 

Rock Music with Torn at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Saturday, June 5, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Live Music on the Patio with GJC at One Love Cafe
Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m. 

Rock and Roll with Killer B’s at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Sunday, June 6, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Soft Rock Covers with Lauren & Spencer at One Love Cafe
Sunday, June 6, 5 p.m.

Classic Songs with Pianist Ben Jacobs at Pink Flamingo Diner
Sunday, June 6, 5 p.m.

Country Pop with Hannah Love at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Sunday, June 6, 5 p.m.

Classic Rock with Mark Miale at Grove Street Farmers Market
Monday, June 7, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Country Music with Jamie Davis at Woodyard Grill
Wednesday, June 9, 6 p.m.


Craft Breweries

Country Music with Clay Brooker and Filipino Flavors Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, June 3, 7 p.m.

Tommy Knockers Mobile Kitchen at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, June 4, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, June 5, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Country Music Concert with Cliff Dorsey and Houston Keen and Mexicocina and Taste Food Trucks at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, June 4, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. 

Folk Music with Front Porch Backsteppers at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, June 4, 7 p.m.

Bottomless Mimosas Every Weekend at Big Top Brewing Company, Gainesville
Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Sunday, June 6, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Eclectic Covers from Glass Tower and Taste Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m.  

Country Rock with Shawn Manley and Sister’s Swank Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m.

Birds and Brews Guided Bird Walk with Alachua Audubon Society at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, June 6, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Beer Yoga with Kori Brooks at High Springs Brewing Company
Monday, June 7, 6 p.m. 

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

Team Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, June 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Original Music and Some Favorite Covers with PairODocs and Cassie Evans & Chris Lavoie in The Listening Room at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Wednesday, June 9, 6 p.m. 

Country Music with Houston Keen at High Springs Brewing Company
Wednesday, June 9, 7 p.m.


U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

blueberries from deep spring farm

U-Pick Blueberries at Deep Spring Farm
Wednesday, June 2, 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) Ravioli Pasta Making Class at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, June 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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.


Sports

Gators Baseball Hosts NCAA Gainesville Regional at Florida Ballpark
Friday, June 4 – Monday, June 7 

North Florida Cornhole Bags Tournament at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, June 3, 6 p.m. 

Sunshine State Games Fencing and Swimming
Swimming at Dwight H Hunter Pool, Friday, June 4 – Sunday, June 6
Fencing at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center, Saturday, June 5 – Monday, June 7 

Spider Cup Series at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m.  

All Welcome Test-and-Tune Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, June 5, 4 p.m. 

Premier Girls Fastpitch at Champions Park
Saturday, June 5 – Sunday, June 6

Waffle Ride from SwampCity Gallery Lounge to 4th Ave. Food Park with SwampCity LowRiders
Sunday, June 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Gators Football Skills and Drills Camp
Monday, June 7, 9 a.m.

Parks & Trails

Free Weekly 5K at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, June 5, 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

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. 

The Floor at 4Most Gallery
Now through June 12, 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.

a florida legacy exhibit

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.

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 Odd Couple at Gainesville Community Playhouse, June 10

Elio Piedra at Tioga Town Center, June 11

Tommy Emmanuel Live at Heartwood Soundstage, June 12

The Bodyguard Musical at Star Center Theatre, June 17

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

GFAA Artist Studio Tour, July 16-18

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