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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, March 25-31, 2021

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The fun is on with What’s Good! Enjoy the final weekend in March with off-the-beaten-path Alachua County adventures. Take a sweet country road ride down to the South Moon Market at Dancing Cows Ranch in Cross Creek. Bring the kids to an early Easter Egg Hunt at Roger’s Farm, or follow the light of the moon with an evening paddle on the Santa Fe River.

Get festive with diverse foods and entertainment at the Grove Street Totally Awesome Food Truck Festival and with the International Food Truck Rally, plus Swamp Head Brewery celebrates 13 years. Music fills the air at Heartwood Soundstage’s Indie Live outdoor concert, Playlist at the Pointe, High Dive and more.

***Special to our What’s Good subscribers and social media followers, enter to win tickets to the Carson Springs Wildlife Easter Safari.*** Read on for more of What’s Good.

Wear your mask and stay at safe physical distances while you enjoy the most of each day. Please adhere to public safety guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays,
– Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County 


The below information was accurate at the time of publishing. Due to the current fluctuating environment, please contact organizers directly to double-check details.


Safety First. Be Informed About COVID19

In Alachua County, masks or face coverings are required when social distancing is not possible. 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).


glass house point band

Feel that Good Outdoor Music Energy with Fresh Alt-Rock from Glass House Pointe and Vibey Tunes from Laney Trip at Indie Live
Saturday, March 27, 9:30 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Swamp Records and Heartwood Soundstage present a socially distanced concert from the stage on the Heartwood lawn. Glass House Point presents an all-new set with six new songs. General admission tickets and limited seating tickets available online. Masks are required.


tigers at carson springs

Ticket Giveaway Alert: Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation is the Cat’s Meow! Don’t miss your chance for FREE TICKETS to an unforgettable Easter Wildlife Tour 

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is located on 275 acres of lush Florida woods and farmland. It’s home to approximately 30 rare and endangered species and over 100 animals. The personality-filled residents have made Carson Springs top-ranked on Trip Advisor and a 2020 Traveler’s Choice. Learn more at CarsonSpringsWildlife.org.

Enter to win free admission for two to the Saturday, April 3 tour by emailing info@visitgainesville.com with the subject line “Carson Springs” and the animal you are most excited to see. Entries accepted through 9 a.m. on Monday, March 29. Five winners will be randomly selected and notified by email on Tuesday, March 30.


history bike tour

Depart from The AUK Market and Explore the City on a Guided Bicycle Tour with History Bike Gainesville
Saturday, March 27, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | The AUK Market
2031 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32609

Meet at the AUK Market and embark on a history tour of NW 6th Street in Gainesville, between 23rd Avenue and University Avenue. Discover historic landmarks, sites of lost industry, and sites of continued controversy as you ride the streets and sidewalks of this section of Northwest Gainesville. Bring water, a helmet and your mask. After the ride enjoy exploring Auk Market and the food and refreshments at Curia on the Drag.


celebration pointe promenade live music

Rock into the Weekend at Playlist at the Pointe with the Hogtown Slayers
Friday, March 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Cap Smith leads the Hogtown Slayers, a dynamic five-piece classic rock and blues band. The Hogtown Slayers are known for their crowd-pleasing and high-energy stage performances. Pull up a chair or throw down a blanket and enjoy the music as the sun sets. Food, beverages and sweet treats available from Celebration Pointe restaurants.


family road trip

Plan Your Savecation. Hit the Road for a Mini Escape with Help from Hilton’s Gas and Go Promo 

With so many outdoor, affordable and family-friendly activities to choose from, Alachua County is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser for a Spring Break or spring fever road-trip getaway. With 7 exits along I-75, getting here is easy! Enjoy world-class performing arts, museums, and a vibrant live music scene. Explore 8 state parks and more than 100 miles of trails for biking, birding and hiking or paddle down the Santa Fe River to crystal-blue freshwater springs. Take a walk on the wild side with a Carson Springs Wildlife safari or with guided strolls at Sweetwater Wetlands Park and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

After an action-packed day, book a relaxing night at the Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville. Receive a complimentary breakfast and a $20 Gas Card with their Gas and Go package located by scrolling down to the package deal section after you select your dates and room. 


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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.


international food trucks

Taste Foods from Around the World at the 3rd Annual International Food Truck Rally
Sunday, March 28, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. | GNV Streatery Park, Downtown Gainesville
SW 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

MA Latin Entertainment and the City of Gainesville host a day of diverse foods and entertainment with over 19 food trucks. International flavors include La Maracucha Food Truck, Ahar Twisted Tikka, Eim Thai, Lulu’s Gelato and more. Tables and chairs provided for attendees to spread out and enjoy the day. 


Full Moon Paddle Tour on the Santa Fe River

Follow the Light of the Full Moon on an Evening Paddle Tour of the Santa Fe River
Saturday, March 27, 8:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs, FL 32643 

The full moon in March, signals the beginning of the spring season. The tour includes a two-person canoe or double kayak, safety equipment and transportation. Reservations are required.


tamayo band members

Make it a Funky Friday with Live Music from Tamayo, Slow Ocean and The Good Voodoo
Friday, March 26, 8 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

High Dive presents and night of live local music with a rock, folk, electronica and psychedelic jam. Limited in-person tickets are available here. The show will also be livestreamed, with access provided on a “pay what you want” scale here. 

High Dive was named #74 of “100 Greatest American Music Venues” by Consequence of Sound.


13 years of beers

Celebrate 13 Years of Beers with Swamp Head Brewery
Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery

3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Back in 2008, iPhones were starting to get into people’s hands and the first films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe premiered. It was also the first year for Swamp Head Brewery. To celebrate and reminisce, the brewers put together exclusive bundles with a 12-pack of anniversary beers and two anniversary glasses. Online sales begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with drive-thru pickup available until 10 p.m. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for the latest updates.


grove street food truck festival

Get Festive and Savor Diverse Foods with Live Music and Family-Friendly Fun at the Grove Street Food Truck Festival
Wednesday, March 31, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Corner of NW 4th Ave. and 10th St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Visit the historic Grove Street Neighborhood for a mid-week festival benefiting Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. Visit over 10 food trucks, including Big Lee’s BBQ, Wild Man Foods, Soul Spice and Tropical Sno Hawaiian. Participating neighborhood businesses include Cypress & Grove Brewing Company, Goodbike, Serpentine Plants + Provisions, Samurai Skate Shop and more. The festival is kid-friendly with inflatable slide, sidewalk chalk and more. Pets on leashes welcomed.


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Arts & Theatre

Dance Theatre of Santa Fe Presents Elements of Style Online Streaming Dance Performance
Friday, March 26 – Saturday, March 27

UF School of Theatre + Dance Presents Dance 2021: orbits – apogees – episodes Online Streaming Dance Performance
Friday, March 26 – Sunday, March 28

art fest at thornebrook

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Family Arts Festival at Thornebrook Village
Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Stroll through Thornebrook Village to visit youth artists, family-friendly organizations, and enjoy live music, art activities and demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. Admission is free.

Chime In and Laugh Out Loud at Stream of Consciousness: Live Improv with the Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Children’s book discussion by Florida Museum and Alachua County Library District
Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Free Flow Art Class at Mai Kai Kava
Tuesday, March 30, 7 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

Pop Up Market at Flashbacks Recycled Fashions
Saturday, March 27, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

South Moon Market in Cross Creek
Saturday, March 27, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Music & Performance

Rock and Blues with Mike Johnson at One Love Cafe
Thursday, March 25, 6 p.m. 

Country and Rock with Rusty Wilmot at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Thursday, March 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Comedy Show and Open Mic at Flaco’s
Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at One Love Cafe
Friday, March 26, 6 p.m.

Classic Rock and Americana with Aunt Jackie Live on The Patio at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Friday, March 26, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Country Music with Noah Alan & Brennan Burns 2021 Road Show at the Pink Flamingo Diner
Friday, March 26, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Singer, Songwriter George Gomez at One Love Cafe
Saturday, March 27, 12 p.m. 

Rock Music with Whiskey Jones at One Love Cafe
Saturday, March 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock and Americana with Crooked Counsel at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, March 27, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

whale feral band membes

Jam Band Rock with Whale Feral, The Late Night Losers, Pose Norma at High Dive
Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m. 

Acoustic Guitarist Extraordinaire Richy Stano at One Love Café
Sunday, March 28, 11 a.m. 

Country Music with Scotty Lee William at Mother’s Pub & Grill North Gainesville
Saturday, March 28, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Gainesville Jazz Collection at One Love Cafe
Sunday, March 28, 5 p.m.

bohemian sunshine

Americana and Folk Duo Bohemian Sunshine at The Bull
Sunday, March 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Country Music with Jamie Davis at Woodyard Grill
Wednesday, March 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Country Music with Justin Lee Partin at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Wednesday, March 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Craft Breweries

first magnitude cave dive 7

Pictured above: Cave Dive #7 from First Magnitude Brewing Company, a White Wine Barrel-aged Saison with Brettanomyces (type of yeast that produces a beer with a drier finish and extremely complex yeast character)

Open Mic Night at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Thursday, March 25, 6 p.m. 

Create Your Own Farmhouse Step Stool with DIY Wood Signs at Island Grove Wine Tasting House
Friday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.

miami nights takeover

Miami Nights Takeover at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Friday, March 26, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Drag Brunch at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Sunday, March 28, 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Beer Bingo Tuesdays at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Tuesday, March 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Cornhole Tournament at High Springs Brewing Company
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. 

Team Trivia at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Wednesday, March 31, 6 p.m.


U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

strawberries

Organic Strawberry and Food Market at Frog Song Organics
Sunday, March 28, 2 p.m.

Easter egg hunt

Easter Egg Hunt at Roger’s Farm
Sunday, March 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Let the kiddos search for Easter eggs next to the strawberry fields.

U-Pick Strawberries at Roger’s Farm (check their Facebook for latest updates)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

wine tastings at downtown wine and cheese

Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, March 25 

(sold out) Pasta Making Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, March 25, 6 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 “Streatery GNV” 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

archery targets

Funtastic Fridays at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, March 26, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Friday Night Street Legal Madness at Gainesville Raceway
Friday, March 26, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Car Show and Drag Racing at “Racewars” at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, March 27 

Mud Racing Mega Trucks at Waldo Motorsports
Saturday, March 27 

USSSA Super Regional Baseball Tournament at Champions Park
Saturday, March 27 – Sunday, March 28

Parks & Trails

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

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. 

Master of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition I at University Galleries
Now through April 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Works Created During the Pandemic at Art in Isolation at GFAA Gallery
Open Tuesday – Friday 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spring Showcase at Firehouse Gallery
Open Thursday – Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Diaristic Explorations at Good News Arts
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. or by appointment

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.

Winter Show at Mott-May Gallery
Now through March 28

Spark Wonder at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Open Friday-Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Save The Date

Reopening of Matheson History Museum, April 2

Hallelujah Girls at High Springs Playhouse, April 2-25

Easter Tour at Carson Springs Wildlife, April 3

Fun Home at Gainesville Community Playhouse, April 8-25

44th Annual Pioneer Days Festival, April 24-25

Top Golf Live at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, April 22-25

GLAM Craft Show, April 25

40th Birthday Party for “Henry” the Indian Rhino at Carson Springs Wildlife, May 14

Cool Cars Under the Starsat Waldo City Square, May 22

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

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