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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, June 30 – July 6, 2022

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Plan your 4th of July weekend with What’s Good. Spark up a little fun with Fanfares & Fireworks on Sunday in Gainesville. On Monday, enjoy the City of Alachua’s “Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America,” and Micanopy’s Independence Day Parade and Fireworks. Plus find plenty more celebrations throughout the county with a full list of Independence Day activities in the What’s Good guide and with the specially curated Visit Gainesville, Alachua County Independence Day planner.

Go on guided nature walks at Sweetwater Wetlands Park or at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens – featuring the seasonally popular giant Victoria water lilies. Catch a glimpse before they’re gone! Take a break from the heat with a swim at a crystal-blue fresh water spring or at the Kulaqua River Ranch Waterpark. Find live entertainment with the mainstage performance of Honky Tonk Laundry at the Hippodrome Theatre, or enjoy music under the stars at the Free Fridays Concert Series.

We hope that your 4th of July is illuminated by the people and activities that bring you joy.

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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 Independence Day with Family-Friendly Festivals and Fireworks Displays in Alachua County

Fanfares and Fireworks at Flavet Field

Sunday, July 3, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
WUFT presents an afternoon of food trucks and live music leading up to a fireworks display at 9:40 p.m. Performances include The Martin Family Band, Bears and Lions, Sooza Brass Band and the Gainesville Community Band and Gainesville POPS under the direction of Gary Langford.

Micanopy Independence Day Parade and Celebration (PDF)
Monday, July 4, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Find that Americana hometown feeling all day long with Micanopy’s Independence Day celebration. The red, white, and blue-themed parade makes its way through historic Micanopy at 11 a.m. In the evening, enjoy bounce houses and a fireworks display at the Micanopy ballpark.

Red White and Boom in Archer
Monday, July 4, 2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate America’s independence in Archer with apple pie and watermelon eating contests, arts, crafts and food vendors and live entertainment. Fireworks begin at sunset.

City of Alachua 22nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Legacy Park
Monday, July 4, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The annual “Largest Small-Town Fireworks Display in America” draws a crowd of thousands to celebrate the Fourth. Enjoy live music, kids corner, food trucks and a fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m.


4th of july tours at carson springs

Add to Your Fourth with a Wildlife Safari Tour at Carson Springs
Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation8528 E CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609


Roam through Carson Springs Wildlife and see over 100 rare animals in an outdoor nature setting. View big cat and rhino feedings with rare animal interactions and photo opportunities. Book your spot for a Saturday or Monday tour online.


free fridays

Soak Up the Sounds from Two Bands with Tamayo and Dionysus at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, June 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Tamayo delivers psychedelic jam rock with hints of reggae. Stick around for Dionysus and an energetic fusion of jazz and funk.

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.


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santa fe palms rv resort pool

Now open: Santa Fe Palms RV Resort

Santa Fe Palms RV Resort is now open in Gainesville with 115 sites. Amenities include high speed internet, relaxing lanai and swimming pool, pickleball court with full hookups and pull-thru sites. View more details and make a reservation online.

See our full list of RV parks and campgrounds.


taj farrant tour

Don’t Miss the Last Show in America from Australian Guitar Prodigy Taj Farrant
Thursday, June 30, 8 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

After getting his start on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Australia’s Got Talent, Taj Farrant gained worldwide attention and has generated millions of views on YouTube. Taj Farrant closes out his first American tour in Gainesville and is joined by local teenage rock band Heavy Pedal. 


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See a Bar Brawl Break Out as FEST Wrestling Presents Crazy from the Heat
Sunday, July 3, 5:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Hard-hitting wrestling action takes center stage at High Dive. Competitors include MV Young, AC Mack, Effy, Edith Surreal, Dillon McQueen, Kelsey Raegan, Beastly and more. Keep the party going with the Fest Wrestling After Party at Loosey’s. 


tioga concert night

Unwind and Kick-off Weekend Vibes with Funk, Soul and Jazz from The Project at Tioga Concert Night
Friday, July 1, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Tioga Town Center
13085 SW 1st Ln., Newberry, FL 32669

The Project is a recently formed quintet playing a contemporary instrumental mix of fusion, funk, soul and jazz. A great horn section plus guitar, bass and drums delivers a feel-good vibe. Before the concert, enjoy dinner from a Tioga Town Center restaurant or grab a meal to-go for the show. Admission is free. 


birds and brews

Meet at the Brewery and Join Alachua Audubon for a Birds and Brews Guided Walk
Sunday, July 3, 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Try something new and discover two of Alachua County’s fun bennies – Award-winning craft beer and one of North America’s most plentiful and diverse bird populations. Pair craft beer and birding with the Alachua Audubon Society and First Magnitude Brewing Company. The hour-long guided nature walk begins at the brewery and heads to Depot Park. All skill levels are welcome and loaner binoculars are provided.


giant victoria lilies

Treat Your Senses with a Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, View the Giant Victoria Water Lilies and See All That’s In Bloom
Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Summer is the growing season for Giant Victoria Water Lilies which have broken world records, reaching a diameter over 7 feet. Explore additional collections visible from the 1.5 mile, pet-friendly walk way including the state’s largest display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the southeast.


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See Wildlife and Learn About How a Park Can Keep Water Clean on a Ranger-Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, July 2, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Rd., Gainesville 32640

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it’s a way to protect our environment. The park, which consists of more than 125 acres of wetlands and ponds, was created to improve the water quality of wetlands in Paynes Prairie and the Floridan Aquifer.

The ranger-led tour includes a half-mile walk and lasts about an hour. Bring water, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.


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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
Now through Sunday, July 10
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.


Events & Festivals

Reunions, Gospel Music, Kickball and More at the 90th Hawthorne Homecoming
June 30 – July 3

Florida Skies at Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
Friday, July 1, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

July Social Swing Dance at Depot Park
Friday, July 1, 7:10 p.m. – 10 p.m.

BBQ Cookoff, Kids Activities, DJ E-LO and More at East Gainesville Backyard BBQ presented by S.O.A.R. at Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center
Saturday, July 2, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Family Day at The Hatchetbury Axe Throwing Bar
Sunday, July 3, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

lazy river at kalaqua river ranch

Kulaqua River Ranch Waterpark Community Event Day
Sunday, July 3

Single Day Knife Making Blacksmith Workshops at Crooked Path Forge
Saturday, July 2 – Sunday, July 3


Music & Performance

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Adam Calhoun Country Rap Tour at Vivid Music Hall
Thursday, June 30, 9 p.m.

Jazz Night with The Oak Duo at 4th Ave Food Park
Friday, July 1, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Classic Rock with Couch Messiahs at One Love Café
Friday, July 1, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

clay dixon and the piccadillies

Clay Dixon and the Piccadillies at High Dive
Friday, July 1, 8 p.m.

punks on the patio

Punks on the Patio with Ra’sbry, Atomic Tourist and Jenarchy Benefiting Girls Rock Camp at Flaco’s
Friday, July 1, 8 p.m.

Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop, Motown and More with DJ Wax Atom
Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Issue of Destiny at High Dive
Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m.

Porch Swing Jazz at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, July 3, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

III Places Midtown DJ Festival at Fat Daddy’s, JJ’s Tavern and Rowdy Reptile
Sunday, July 3, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fest Wrestling After Party with Punk Music from Porch Coffin, Leg Biters, & Northbound at Loosey’s
Sunday, July 3, 9 p.m.

Karaoke with KJ Kat at One Love Café
Wednesday, July 6, 6 p.m.

houston keen at the keys

Country Music with Houston Keen at The Key’s Grill and Piano Bar
Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Craft Breweries

daft cow brewery

Grand Opening of Daft Cow Brewery
Friday, July 1, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 2, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Located in Alachua at San Felasco Tech City, Daft Cow Brewing offers craft beer, root beer, seltzers and more with flights available to sample what’s on tap.

Indie Rock with Ceramicats at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, July 1, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Vegan BBQ Benefit for Animals at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, July 2, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, July 3, 1 p.m.

4th of july at the brewery

4th of July at the Brewery at High Springs Brewing Company
Monday, July 4, 12 p.m.

An Acoustic Evening with Rafael Rivera at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, July 6, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

U Pick Blueberries at Deep Spring Farm

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

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

Ribbon Cutting at Ice Cream and Crepes
Thursday, June 30

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Beginner Oyster Mushroom Growing Workshop at Grow Thyme Hydroponics
Friday, July 1, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sweet Dreams Ice Cream Celebrates National Ice Cream Month with a New Location
Friday, July 1 at 1522 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Book a Cooking Class at the Fat Tuscan, View their Upcoming Schedule

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

archery targets

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, July 1, 5:30 p.m.

Independence Bash Volleyball Tournament with Gainesville Volleyball at Jimmy Durden Park
Saturday, July 2, 8:30 a.m.

4th of July Golf Tournament at Turkey Creek Golf
Monday, July 4, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wild Wednesday Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Wednesday, July 6, 5:30 p.m.


Parks & Trails

parkrun and picnic

Red, White and Blue parkrun 5K and Picnic at Depot Park
Saturday, July 2, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

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Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

44th Annual Jack Gamble Melon Run at Albert “Ray” Massey (Westside) Park
Monday, July 4, 8 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.


Museums & Galleries

flowers and pollinators exhibit

Flowers and Pollinators, Digital Collages by Heather Bjorn at Hippodrome Gallery
Now through August 10

Free Admission for Veterans at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Annual Red Dot Sale at Artisans’ Guild Gallery
Now through July 31

Now Open at the Harn Museum: Speechless, Text and Image in Global Culture
Now through December 30, 2022Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Explore the Cosmos at the Cade Museum’s New Exhibit: Voyages – A Trip Through Space and Time
Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This featured exhibit is part of the museum-wide theme “Wandering the Milky Way – A Tour of the Solar System.” Discover how spacecraft from the 1970s still teach us about the galaxy and learn how scientists are designing a mission that spans generations.

fossil exhibit

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

Gainesville Chain Hawks Disc Golf MVP Circuit Challenge, July 16

Potterhead Day 2022 at Swamp Head Brewery, July 31

Gainesville Chain Hawks Disc Golf MVP Circuit Challenge, July 16

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