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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, March 10-16, 2022

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Rev up the fun this weekend with Gatornationals and a whole lot of What’s Good. The Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals returns to the Gainesville Raceway with live music, autograph signings, giveaways, and record-breaking speeds.

Make the most of every minute of your Gatornationals weekend! We’ve got you covered with great dining, craft breweries and fun-for-all-ages activities. Click here to level up the fun!

Get your heart racing when unexpected romance blooms at the Hippodrome Theatre’s new comedy Living on Love. Or make your Sunday up-tempo with brunch at Big Top Brewery followed by the History of Jazz in 60 Minutes musical showcase at The Historic Thomas Center.

Treat yourself to a farm dinner experience at the Swallowtail biodynamic farm with a meal prepared by Chef Keller from Covey Kitchen + Cocktails. Hit the groove with a blues showcase featuring The Nighthawks at Heartwood Soundstage. Dance to a different beat with the Blue Man Group at the UF Phillip Center. And for family fun head to Jazz on the Green at Celebration Pointe, plus find art, history and community with Art at Archer Depot, and with the Heart of High Springs celebration at High Springs City Hall.

Read on for more of What’s Good!

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top fuel dragster

Feel the Roar of 11,000 Horse Power at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
(Canceled Thursday and Friday)
Saturday, March 12 – Sunday, March 13 | Gainesville Raceway

11211 N CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 

NHRA drag racing stars return to the historic Gainesville Raceway. The annual Gatornationals are the East Coast series opener and the opening race for Pro Stock Motorcycles. Stay tuned to Gainesville Raceway and NHRA social media pages for the latest event updates. Tickets are still available at NHRA.com.

Photo courtesy NHRA


mueum nights

Create an After-Hours Art Excursion at Museum Nights
Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art

3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Experience an immersive opera by Composer Nathan Felix, engage with SOBER BABY Podcast to challenge your conception of addiction and sobriety, boost your language diversity awareness with Language Access in North Central Florida and explore the highlighted exhibition “Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection.” Admission is free.


heart of high springs

Celebrate History and Art in High Springs with Exhibits, a Mural Tour, Guest Speakers and More
Saturday, March 12 – Saturday, March 19 | Follow Link for Various Locations
High Springs, FL 

The week-long celebration kicks off Saturday with “Celebrating High Springs History” from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Explore an exhibit of collected historic stories, free picture scanning, art activities, a new self-guided tour of High Springs murals and more. Find the complete schedule of events online.


living on love

Feel the Power of Love when Romance Blooms Unexpectedly at the Theatrical Opening Weekend of Living on Love
Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 27 | The Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601 

In this new comedy by Joe DiPietro, a demanding Diva discovers that her self-proclaimed Maestro husband has become enamored with Iris, the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography. When she hires Robert, a handsome young scribe of her own, the battle lines are drawn and no blow is too low to see who comes out on top.


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archer fair

Plan a Day of Family Fun at the 6th Annual Art at Archer Depot
Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Archer Historical Society Depot Museum

16994 SW 134th Ave., Archer, FL 32618 

The historic small town of Archer comes alive with arts, crafts, food vendors, family-friendly activities, and a kids’ art zone. Browse for unique gifts, meet local artists, historians and explore the depot museum.


gary langford and trumpet

Get Jazzed for a Fun Live Music Presentation of the History of America’s Musical Art Form from 1917 to the Present
Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | The Historic Thomas Center
302 NE 6th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

In the span of an hour, experience the landscape of America’s art form – jazz music. The guest artist recital features Gary Langford on trumpet, Clyde Conner on drums and Vic Donnell on keyboard. Seating is limited and admission is free.


the ocean farm dinner

Savor an Exquisite Meal Crafted from the Freshest Local Ingredients at “The Ocean” Farm to Table Dinner Experience
Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Swallowtail Farm
7301 SE 92 Terr., Gainesville, FL 32641 

Monthly events held at Swallowtail Farm feature farm-fresh food, local beers, biodynamic wines, farm tours and live music. This highly anticipated dinner features Chef Charlie Keller from Covey Kitchen + Cocktails with a dinner experience sustainable catches with seasonal produce. Oystercatcher Shellfish kicks off the evening with fresh oysters. 

Swallowtail Farm is newly located in southeast Gainesville, in historic Rochelle. The land is nestled under a mossy canopy of ancient live oaks, and buffered on all sides by pasture, prairie and wetlands. Click here to learn more about the farm. 

Outside of the farm, you can find more great dining by Chef Keller from Covey Kitchen + Cocktails at Hotel ELEO – featured as one of Yelp’s Top 100 Restaurants in the USA.


path of the blacksmith

Learn About the Art of Blacksmithing and See a Live Demonstration at the Artist Reception of “The Path of the Blacksmith: Forged Metal by Jordan Borstelmann”
Friday, March 11, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School
1700 SW 75th St., Gainesville, FL 32607


This collection of iron represents the journey of Jordan Borstelmann. This exhibition examines his path of learning the craft, and how he discovered that blacksmithing requires much more than merely swinging a hammer. This exhibition reveals the real “tools behind the tools” that the true artisan Blacksmith requires and will be on display through Monday, April 4, 2022.


the nighthawks

Hit the Groove with The Nighthawks Featuring Rev. Billy C. Wirtz Presented by North Central Florida Blues Society
Sunday, March 13, 7 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The legendary Washington, D.C. blues and roots band the Nighthawks return to Gainesville for the first time in 14 years. Opening for and playing with the Nighthawks is Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, a comic genius, gifted pianist and American musicologist who defies easy classification.


daughters of the mock

Watch the Unraveling of a Family Curse at the Opening Weekend of Daughters of the Mock
Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 27 | Actors’ Warehouse
2512 NE 1st Blvd., Suite 100, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Daughters of the Mock is a poignant and suspenseful statement on disappointment and regret set in a Creole family that is struggling to break with mystical traditions that have bound it up for generations.


balletx

Become Captivated with Cutting Edge Dance from BalletX
Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. | UF Performing Arts

3501 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet commissions choreographers from around the world to create dance that is “fresh, inclusive, and connects to what people want.” BalletX finds new ways to expand the vocabulary of classical dance for more audiences than ever before.


blue man group

Feel the Beat, the Blue Man Group Beat, with Splashes of Color, Technology and Creative Instrumentation
Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. | UF Performing Arts
3501 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction, and hilarious absurdity, join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.


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Arts & Theatre

lost in yonkers

Watch Family Dynamics Unfold on Stage at Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers at the High Springs Playhouse
Now through March 13
Lost in Yonkers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in a New York apartment in 1942. The play opens as Grandma Kurnitz takes in her son Eddie’s two sons. The two boys are left to contend with Grandma, Aunt Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers. 

Experience Powerful Musical Theatre at Caroline, or Change at Star Center Theatre
Now through Sunday, March 20 

Danscompany of Gainesville Presents Spring Concert at UF Phillips Center
Saturday, March 12, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Events & Festivals

32nd Annual International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Ceremony at Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
Thursday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Tioga Movie Night Featuring Encanto at Tioga Town Center
Friday, March 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

historical marker dedication

Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony with the Gainesville Community Remembrance Project Recognizes History of Racial Terrorism and Lynching In Alachua County During the Jim Crow Era at the Martin Luther King Jr Multipurpose Center
Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.

yoga and bats

Yoga and Bats at Lubee Bat Conservancy
Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

(sold out) 2-Day Dagger Blacksmithing Workshop at Crooked Path Forge
Saturday, March 13 – Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Gainesville Street Rods Car Cruz-In at Springhill Commons
Saturday, March 12, 5:30 p.m. 

Sunset Movie Series Featuring Encando at Depot Park
Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Gainesville Cars and Coffee at Butler Town Center
Sunday, March 13, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Blacksmithing Workshop: Tongs at [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Learn All About Bees at Bee College at UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab
Friday, March 11 – Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Dance Alive National Ballet Champagne Gala at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 


Pop-Up Shops

Plants, Art, Local Vendors and Live Music at Grow Hub Spring Pop-Up Series
Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. 

Spring Awakening Gardening Workshop and Market at Flow Space Yoga and Arts
Sunday, March 13, 11 a.m. 

Retro Clothing, Unique Gifts and More at Florida Vintage Market
Sunday, March 13, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Music & Performance

Songs Matter Songwriters Showcase with Matt Woods at Loosey’s
Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. 

Shock Illusionist Dan Sperry: The Anti-Conjuror / The Freak Island Musical Sideshow at High Dive
Thursday, March 10, 8 p.m.

jake blount

Award-Winning Banjoist, Fiddler, Singer and Ethnomusicologist Jake Blount at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, March 10, 8 p.m. 

Comedy Night at Vecinos
Thursday, March 10, 8 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Café
Friday, March 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

High-Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, March 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Latin, Hip Hop, Afro Beats at Malibu Nights at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Friday, March 11, 9 p.m. 

Salsa Music and Dancing at Salsa Mundial Monthly Social
Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m. 

Latin Nights with DJ Mark at Vecinos
Saturday, March 12, 9 p.m.

jazz on the green

Jazz on the Green with Oak Hall Music Students at Celebration Pointe
Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m. 

Singer-Songwriter Soccer Mommy at High Dive
Sunday, March 13, 8 p.m. 

Palisade Trumpet Collective at UF School of Music
Monday, March 14, 7:20 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. 

Rock Opera and Transformers Music with The Protomen and Cybertronic Spree at High Dive
Monday, March 14, 7 p.m. 

Grammy-Nominated Hip Hop Artist AFROMAN at High Dive
Tuesday, March 15, 8 p.m.


Craft Breweries

The Vibe at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, March 11, 7 p.m. 

Tribute to “The Meters” New Orleans Funk from The Funky Miracle Band at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, March 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

reggae sunday

Reggae Sunday with The Easy Crew at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, March 13, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Pi Day Pie Contest at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

Cypress & Grove Farmer’s Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

(postponed) GNV Market at Heartwood Soundstage Featuring Live Music
Thursday

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

Thirsty Thursday Free Beer Tasting at Crafty Bastards Restaurant and Pub
Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

(sold out) Making Ravioli Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Upcoming Cooking Classes at The Fat Tuscan:
Wine Tasting Chef Dinner
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m.

Pie Making 101
Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.

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, March 11, 5 p.m. 

Gators Baseball vs. Seton Hall at Florida Ballpark

Friday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 13, 12 p.m. 

Gators Women’s Tennis vs. Georgia at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Friday, March 11, 5 p.m. 

Premier Girls Fastpitch GatorBall Softball Tournament at Champions Park
Saturday, March 12 

Cycle All Day for 200 Miles with North Florida Freeride Gravel Series at Hell of NorFla 2022
Sunday, March 13, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Grassroots Doubles Edition: Adult Grass Volleyball Tournament at Easton Newberry Sports Complex
Saturday, March 12 – Sunday, March 13

Gators Softball vs. Mississippi State at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Saturday, March 12, 12 p.m.
Sunday, March 13, 4 p.m.
Monday, March 14, 7 p.m. 

Gators Lacrosse vs. Syracuse at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.


Parks & Trails

Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 a.m. 

Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

ferns at devils millhopper

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, March 16, 8:30 a.m. – 11 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

Meet Local Artists, Enjoy Live Music and Shop for Unique Gifts at the Spring Art Market at Artisans’ Guild Gallery
Sunday, March 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Exhibits on Life in High Springs from the 1800s to 1900s and Model Trains at the High Springs Historical Society Museum
Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

process at gfaa

View Finished Works Paired with Artist Tools at “Process” at GFAA Gallery
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Spring Show at the Newberry Fire House Gallery
Gallery Hours Fridays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Examine Florida Fossils, South Florida People and Environments, Northwest Florida Waterways and Wildlife and the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Now on View at the Harn Museum of Art, She/Her/Hers: Women in the Arts of China
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Unravel the Technology of Textiles at Fabric Frontiers at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Thursday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Between Heaven & Earth – The Paintings of Alyne Harris at Thomas Center Galleries
Monday – Friday, 8 a.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.


Save The Date

Spring Garden Festival at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, March 19-20

Gator Fly-In at University Air Center, March 19

Dance Alive National Ballet Presents Carmina Burana, March 25-26

Gators Football Orange and Blue Game, April 16

For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events/

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