The weekend is almost here, creating time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful natural environment. Hiking, biking, paddling and strolling through Alachua County’s parks, trails and open spaces has risen to the top of the list of safe activities to participate in order to relieve stress, connect with friends and loved ones, and create new memories.
Find What’s Good this weekend, highlighted with NEW tours at the Cade Museum, a drive-in movie at Celebration Pointe, online streaming entertainment and a new virtual production from the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance. We also invite you to explore one of Gainesville’s hidden gems, the Tu Viện A Nan Buddhist Temple’s statue garden, featuring three large statues weighing a combined 85 tons. The grounds offer a shaded, easy stroll and an unexpected peaceful retreat.
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– Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County
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Pull Up for an Adventure with Toy Story 4 at the Gainesville Summer Drive-In Movie Series
Friday, June 5, 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
Celebration Pointe and Regal Celebration Pointe 10 & RPX host Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their other toy friends on a road trip adventure.One ticket per vehicle, purchase online here.
Take a Trip to the Farm and Load Up on U-Pick Blueberries
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Bluefield Estate Winery
Monday to Saturday by appointment at Deep Spring Farm
Blueberries are a signature crop in Alachua County, and are only available for a couple more weeks. Picking blueberries is a fun outdoor activity and the best part is you wind up with plenty of superfruit to snack on or add to your favorite recipe.
Learn What Happens When a Cosmic Catastrophy Comes to Dinner in the Live-Streaming Theatrical Production of James Ward Byrkit’s Coherence
Friday, June 5, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Online Event with UF School of Theatre + Dance
Based on the film by James Ward Byrkit, COHERENCE is produced in partnership with John Arthur Pinckard, written by Mathew Francis and Travis Greisler, and directed by Travis Greisler. In this suspenseful science fiction production, strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead. Performances will be held on Zoom. Click to reserve tickets. All performances are free.
Hear the Rich and Rootsy Sound from Matthew Fowler at Gainesville LIVE!
Friday, June 5, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Online Event with Free Fridays Concert Series
Florida-based artist, Matthew Fowler released his homegrown debut album, “Beginning”, comprising of songs written between the ages 14 and 19 years old. The record, which was recorded live in his kitchen back home in Orlando, was first singled out by American Songwriter Magazine who hailed: “Fowler shows the same mastery of earnest, strummy, songcraft as established artists like Damien Rice and Ben Howard.”
This concert is brought to you by the City of Gainesville in partnership with MusicGNV, a program of Self Narrate, Inc. Gainesville LIVE! is brought to you by, the City of Gainesville as a temporary way to share with the public the joy of the Free Fridays Concert Series. The series typically takes place from May to October when hundreds of visitors and locals head to the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville to listen and dance to a superb assembly of bands and talented musicians. It is the region’s longest running free outdoor live music series.
Make Time for a Stroll and a Peaceful Contemplation at the Buddhist Statue Park, One of Gainesville’s Hidden Gems
Built in 2010, the Tu Viện A Nan Buddhist Temple is situated on a serene forested park in southeast Gainesville near the University of Florida and features a statue garden consisting of three large-scale Buddhist statues from Vietnam that were installed on the property in January 2017 and weigh a combined 85 tons. The monastery and statue garden are open to people of any faith and origin. The grounds offer a shaded, easy stroll with a few steps and ledges for sitting. Walk the serene temple grounds and pause for a moment with statues reaching 50 feet in the air.
Located at 2120 SE 15th St., Gainesville, FL 32641. Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.
Aerial photo by Dave Pokorney
Explore Additional Parks and Trails
Bike, Hike or Just Change Your View – Explore Gainesville and Alachua County’s Bountiful Outdoor Open Spaces
Enjoy the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail is a 16-mile paved multi-use trail with trailheads at Boulware Springs and in Hawthorne. The trail features scenic overlooks in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and a connector trail to Depot Park which links to urban trails in Gainesville.
Or find the park that suits you best! Most of the parks and trails in Alachua County have reopened including – Alachua County Parks and Preserves, city parks, Alachua Conservation Trust preserves and all Florida State Parks. Find our What’s Good Now list of open spaces to explore here.
When enjoying the outdoors, please strictly adhere to public health safety guidelines, keep 6 feet away from others, avoid large groups of people and follow all State and local ordinances. Note that due to the changing environment and regulations, open hours are subject to change and some facilities may not be available.
Cruise by Turtles and Birds on Your Own Paddle Adventure. Book a Trip on the Santa Fe River and Springs
Open Daily | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 NW US Hwy. 441, High Springs, FL 32643
Wave to other paddlers from afar as you gently cruise down the Santa Fe River in your stress-free time capsule… err, we mean in your canoe, kayak or stand up paddle. All three are available for rent from the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost. Go up river for a leisurely ride back or explore several freshwater springs located downriver. Currently the outfitters are not offering pick-up and return back to camp. Be ready to paddle.
Support Local Music as Heartwood Soundstage and First Magnitude Brewing Company present a Virtual Live Music Event
Saturday, June 6, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Online Event from Heartwood Soundstage
First Magnitude Brewery and Heartwood Soundstage present a live broadcast of some of the area’s most talented musicians. Saturday’s performance features Royce Lovett, His Hem, Baer & The Lady and EJ Hervey. All donations go towards supporting live music. Go to heartwoodsoundstage.com to access the livestream!
Heartwood Soundstage is a state-of-the-art recording studio, video production facility, and intimate performance venue – built by musicians for music lovers and music makers. We can’t wait for our friends at Heartwood to be able to open their doors again. Until then, music fans can enjoy a little of the Heartwood Soundstage and friends magic via their virtual listening experiences.
Listen to Americana Storytelling from Kyle Keller
Monday, June 8, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Online Event with MusicGNV
MusicGNV presents the Safe At Home Facebook Live Virtual Concert Series featuring singer songwriter and folk artist Kyle Keller. On Monday, view the livestream on Kyle Keller’s Facebook page. Listen to Kyle’s EP “I’ve Known Love“ on Bandcamp.
NEW: Spark Wonder with a Tour at The Cade Museum
Friday, June 5, 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
811 South Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Plan your visit to the Cade Museum! The Cade reopens this weekend with a re-envisioned Cade Museum experience. The museum will initially be open on Fridays and Saturdays for limited-capacity experiential tours, led by our talented team of Cade educators. Purchase your tour tickets online. Friday’s 2 p.m. tour is sold out.
The Cade Museum celebrates invention and is proud to partner with Violet Defense, Orlando-based creators of patented, ultraviolet disinfectant devices that eliminate more than 99% of bacteria and viruses. Bolstering the strict cleaning protocols already in place, Violet Defense’s mobile ultraviolet disinfection units – currently utilized in hospitals – will be used before and after each guided tour. You can also find east to do STEAM activities for all ages from the Cade Education Team with Cade at Home.
Safety First. Be Informed About COVID19
In Alachua County, certain types of businesses require masks. Masks or face coverings are also required when social distancing is not possible. For additional details on the requirement as well as any exemption information please read County Emergency Order 2020-25.
For additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, visit the Alachua County COVID19 Community Resource Portal, the Alachua County Facebook page, call the Coronavirus Information Line at 866-779-6121, visit the Florida Department of Health website, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
ART & THEATRE
Virtual Poetry Jam on Zoom with Civic Media Center
Thursday, June 4, 8 p.m.
Watch an Online Theatre Presentation of Tshepang The Third Testament, Stories from Post-Apartheid South Africa presented by the Actors’ Warehouse
Available online through June 15
A ticket purchase grants you a 48-hour window to view the performance at your convenience. Advisory: This show contains scenes and subject matter that some viewers may find disturbing, and is not intended for viewers under 18. Viewer discretion is advised.
Mining Shakespeare’s Text, Three-Part Online Workshop with the Hippodrome Theatre
Tuesday, June 9, 16, 23, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. For ages 18 and up
MUSIC & PERFORMANCE
Hangout Punk Rock Style with Chris Fox, Hunger Anthem, Bong Mountain and Teenage Halloween with FEST at Home
Thursday, June 4, 7:05 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
FEST hosts its 19th music festival, October 30 – November 1, 2020, featuring 300+ bands, comedians and pro wrestlers in downtown Gainesville. In anticipation of this yearly sellout event, watch live music sets from the Fest’s already scheduled artists in their summer exclusive live stream series ‘Fest at Home.’
Acoustic Favorites with Shawn Manley at Crafty Bastards Restaurant and Pub
Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
All Acoustic Show with Kenny Shore, Mick Marino, and Paul Goble at One Love Café
Friday, June 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Country Acoustics Chris McNeil at Crafty Bastards Restaurant and Pub
Saturday, June 6, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Elio’s Latin Show at Felipe’s Taqueria
Saturday, June 6, 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Sip Responsibly at Local Breweries Now Open Enjoy a pint in the beer gardens of High Springs Brewing Company, First Magnitude Brewing Company and Cypress and Grove Brewing Company. The indoor taproom is open at Blackadder Brewing Company with outdoor seating also available. Sit indoors and outdoors at Big Top Brewing Company.
First Friday Fun Run at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Friday, June 5, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
$6 Burger Mondays at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Monday, June 8, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Taco Tuesday at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Tuesday, June 9, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Virtual Brainaholics Trivia by First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wooden Nickel Wednesdays & Trivia at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, June 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Team Trivia Wednesdays at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Wednesday, June 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
BITES & BRUNCH
Dine at Local Restaurants and Enjoy New Outside Seating Options
Some restaurants are welcoming diners back into their dining rooms, like Blue Gill Quality Foods pictured above from Chef Carl Watts. You may also notice additional outdoor seating expanded onto sidewalks, into parking lots or into the street. 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.
U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS
Learn About Permaculture Farming and Take a Virtual Tour at Mosswood Farm
Thursday, June 4, 6:30 p.m.
The Suwannee-St. Johns Sierra Club hosts a virtual meeting with Joe Pierce of Micanopy’s Mosswood Farm Store and Bakehouse. “Micanopy Joe” will lead a virtual tour of his farm, providing tips for gardening with the utmost care using permaculture and organic practices. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting here.
Mosswood Farm Store has reopened in Micanopy. The bakery has served fresh breads, pastries and coffee for 13 years. Located next to the Micanopy Historical Society Museum and on the same street as boutiques like The Shop, find out for yourself what makes this place one of the best road trip stops on I-75.
Strawberries and Basil U-Pick at Frog Song Organics
Sunday, June 7, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
U-Pick Sunflowers and Drive-Up Farmstand at Rogers Farm
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Drive-Thru Farmer’s Market CSA at Working Food
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Haile Farmer’s Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Alachua County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Newberry Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Waldo Farmer’s Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grove Street Farmer’s Market at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Now Open: Union Street Farmer’s Market at Celebration Pointe
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Every Wednesday afternoon on Celebration Pointe Ave., around 40 vendors sell conventional, hydroponic, and organic seasonal produce, plants, honey, fruits, baked good, free range meats, seafood, as well as vegan and other types of prepared foods.
RIVERS & SPRINGS
Kulaqua’s River Ranch Water Park Community Day
Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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.
Show Off Tricks on the Skate Ramp and Shop for a New Deck and Wheels and Samurai Skateshop. Masks Required.
920 NW 2nd St., Gainesville, FL 32601
(Look for the giant samurai sword)
Premier Girls Fast Pitch Softball at Champions Park
Friday, June 5 – Saturday, June 6
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
View Photography, Mixed Media and Abstract Works of Art Celebrating Planet Earth with Gainesville Fine Art Association
Covid-19 Community Archive from the Matheson History Museum
View Online Classes and Activities presented by the Cade Museum
Take a Virtual Museum Tour with the Greatest Hits from Florida Museum of Natural History
SAVE THE DATE:
Jazz on the Green at Celebration Pointe, June 13
Newberry Watermelon Festival. June 20
Hogtown Brewdown, July 19
Paula Poundstone at the UF Phillips Center, August 27
The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Night 2, September 12
AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, September 25-27
For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events
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