What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, May 12-18, 2022

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Put a little wow factor in your weekend with What’s Good! For one day only, The Gala of the Royal Horses puts on an entertaining show sure to impress fans of all ages – celebrating the tradition, athleticism and grace of the Royal Horses of Europe at the Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center in Newberry. Indie music favorites Palimony and Jodan Burchell take the stage a the Free Fridays Concert Series in Downtown Gainesville. And, Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collier delivers a high-energy lap and pedal steel performance at Heartwood Soundstage.

Add color to your landscape with fun plant sales by UF/IFAS and Dudley Farm Historic State Park, and with the Spring Pop-Up Series at Grow Hub. Savor diverse menus with the Spring Food Truck Rally at Magnolia Parke or join the party at the Wombash, celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Gainesville’s local radio station The Wombat 90.1 WMBT at First Magnitude Brewing.

Read on for more of What’s Good!

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the gala of the royal horses

Experience Majesty and Beauty at The Gala of the Royal Horses
Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center

23100 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL, 32669 

World-renowned riding master René Gasser has recreated a show for this tour, only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain. The Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored by royalty and equestrian riders for centuries. This performance celebrates the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered horses. 

Don’t miss The Royal Horses at the Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center. This is an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Click to purchase tickets online.

uf ifas plant sale

Browse a Variety of Plants and Learn More About Their Care at the UF/IFAS Master Gardener Plant Sale
Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County
22712 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669 

Browse herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more. Master Gardener Volunteers are on site for advice on plant selection and care.  

See the art installation celebrating Alachua County agriculture, nature and science at the UF/IFAS Extension facility. At 10 a.m. a presentation inside the Ag Auditorium explores reducing sodium with herbs.

roosevelt collier and blaque dynamite

Get Down with Grammy-Nominated Roosevelt Collier
Sunday, May 15, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage

619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Known as “The Dr.,” Roosevelt Collier plays lap steel and pedal steel guitar in the Sacred Steel tradition, delivering high-energy funk and soul with gospel roots. Award-winning drumming phenom Blaque Dynamite joins Roosevelt Collier on stage.

Heartwood Soundstage is a state-of-the-art recording studio, video production facility, intimate performance venue with an outdoor music stage – built by musicians for music lovers and music makers. 

museum nights

Say “Cheese” and Capture Fun Moments at the Harn’s Museum Nights: The Same, But Different
Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608 

The Harn Museum of Art stays open late for photography-themed activities, tours and yummy snacks. Put yourself into the frame with The Same, But Different photobooth. Go on a tour of the new “Copia II” photography exhibition featuring images with “chance” similarities. Enjoy a live performance of blues & soul by the Ramblin’ Mutts and participate in a storytelling open-mic meet-up with Self Narrate. Admission is free. 

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Go On a Family Reunion at the Opening Weekend of the Dark Comedy August: Osage County
Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 29 | Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. August: Osage County won Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play in 2008.

the revolutionists

Take a Wild Ride with Four Brave Women on the Hippodrome Main Stage at The Revolutionists
Now through Sunday, May 15 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The French Revolution’s Reign of Terror is the unlikely setting for a comedic adventure. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle are brought together to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. The characters are based on the bravery of real women who made the world a better place to live today.

free fridays concert series

Psychedelic Country and Indie Pop Take the Stage with Palimony and Jordan Burchel at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville 

Lasting May-October, Free Fridays concerts bring live music to downtown Gainesville each week. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy music from the outdoor stage. Make a night of it and grab dinner and drinks from a downtown restaurant. This year’s concert lineup features jazz, folk, hip hop, reggae, blues and more. 

dudley farm plant sale

Select from Heritage Plants at Dudley Farm’s Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Dudley Farm Historic State Park

18730 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669 

Take home plants from the historic gardens at Dudley Farm. Native pollinator-friendly plants are also available.  Dudley Farm Historic State Park contains a working 1800s Florida farm and was recently designated a National Historic Landmark.

cade museum inventivity bash

Get a Sneak Peek at the Cade’s Newest Exhibit at an Animated Evening at Inventivity Bash
Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Join the Cade Museum for a fun-filled evening with animation activities, live DJ, photo booth, appetizers and the first look at the new traveling exhibit Animationland. Learn more and get tickets online.

spring food truck rally

Savor Diverse Menus at the Magnolia Parke Spring Food Truck Rally
Sunday, May 15, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Magnolia Parke
4989 NW 40th Pl., Gainesville, FL 32606 

One Love Cafe presents a family-friendly night of fun. Spread a blanket or bring a chair and enjoy live music and delicious bites on the outdoor lawn at Magnolia Parke. Food vendors include Zen Asian Eats, B’z Gelati, Filipino Flavors, Mexi Cocina, Arepa Burger and more. Find beer, wine and cocktails at One Love Café.

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Arts & Theatre

the little mermaid

Star Center Theatre and Caring & Sharing School present The Little Mermaid Jr. at UF Phillips Center
Friday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Revised) at Bo Diddley Plaza and 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza
Tuesday, May 17, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at 4th Ave Food Park

headliners for the frontliners

Headliners for the Frontliners Celebrate Professionals to USA (PTU) Nurses with Six Top Filipino Singers, Artists and Entertainers at the UF Phillips Center
Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m.

Events & Festivals

Beekeeping: Honey Extraction & Hive Management at UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Learn from Guest Speakers at BarCamp GNV at the Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

soup and ladle

Popcorn and a Movie Presents Liberty in a Soup at A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center
Saturday, May 14, 5 p.m. 

Converse with People from Different Backgrounds at the Alachua County Library District’s “Human Library”
Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Pop-Up Markets

spring pop up series

Spring Pop-Up Series at Grow Hub
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Browse Vintage, Street Wear, Handmade Art and More a The Florida Vintage Market at Midpoint Park and Eatery
Sunday, May 15, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Music & Performance

little mike and the tornadoes

Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at One Love Café
Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Hip Hop Country Songwriter Overtime at High Dive
Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m. 

Alt-Country with Uncle Mosie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

hudost mand members

Electric Folk with HuDost and Hymn for Her at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

driptones band members

Indie Rock with Driptones at High Dive
Friday, May 13, 8 p.m. 

Shoulder Pads an ’80s Dance Party at The Wooly
Friday, May 13, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Open Mic and Fundraiser Ukes for Ukraine at 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Voices Rising Community Chorus Spring Concert at First United Methodist Church
Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Brazilian Side B at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

the local volume album release show

Indie Rock with Mike Dorsey & The Local Volume with The Impossible Shoelace (Reunion) at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Pop Punk Emo Night with DJ Roxx Xxavage at High Dive
Saturday, May 14, 9 p.m.

ShabbaTones Chorus Concert: Jewish Choral Music Through the Ages at Highlands Presbyterian Church
Sunday, May 15, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Free Reggae Concert at Calvary Chapel
Sunday, May 18, 5:30 p.m. 

The Gainesville Jazz Session at Lightnin’ Salvage
Wednesday, May 18, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Craft Breweries

band members with guitar and banjo

Americana with Pagodaville at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, May 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Live Local Music at “The Wombash” at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, May 14, 5 p.m. 

Folk and Classic Rock with Aisle 14 at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Rock with Whiskey Jones at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. 

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

fam festival day

Festival Day: Strawberry U-Pick, Farm Tour & Open Jam at Frog Song Organics
Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Last Chance for U-Pick Blueberries at Aunt Zelma’s Blueberries, check their Facebook for Updates
Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cypress & Grove Farmer’s Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 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

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Downton Abbey Tea Party at Haile Village Bistro
Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

oysters and bubbles

Oysters and Bubbles at Superette Wine and Provisions
Saturday, May 14, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

(sold out) Making Ravioli Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

(sold out) Brunch and Crepes Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. – 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.


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Gators Softball Hosts the 2022 SEC Tournament at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Now through Saturday, May 14

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

florida high school athletic association

FHSAA Track and Field State Championships at James G. Pressly Stadium
Thursday, May 12 – Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Gators Men’s Tennis vs. North Carolina at the NCAA 2022 Men’s Tennis Championships Super Regional at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Friday, May 13, 5 p.m. 

Gators Lacrosse Hosts the 2022 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Gators vs. Mercer: Friday, May 13, 5 p.m.
Jacksonville vs. Stanford: Friday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.
Winners of Each Game: Sunday, May 15, 4 p.m. 

Insider Exposure May Madness Basketball at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15 

USSSA Baseball “Rex and Brody” Tournament at Champions Park
Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15 

Drag Racing Test and Tune at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m. 

Drive Florida 2022 Night Run
Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, May 14, 7:30 a.m.

ferns at devils millhopper

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, May 18, 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

landscape painting

Opening Reception: The Works of Ernest M. Lee at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Friday, May 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Florida Wildflower Day at Florida Museum of Natural History
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Zine Making Workshop at the Matheson History Museum
Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

(sold out) Tot Trot: Butterflies at Florida Museum of Natural History
Sunday, May 15, 12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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 

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.

Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women at the Matheson History Museum
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Save The Date

77th Newberry Watermelon Festival, May 21

World Tree Kangaroo Day, May 21

Easton Archery Gator Cup, May 27-29

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