What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, May 5-11, 2022

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Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with delectable dining, live music, gift markets, nature tours and more. The Visit Gainesville, Alachua County team has got you covered with a fun curated list of events for creating special Mother’s Day memories.

“Walk Through the Orchestra” at Gainesville Orchestra POPS season finale, performed by the full symphony orchestra under the direction of Maestro Evans Haile with guest singers from Broadway. Treat yourself to a delicious and elegant farm-to-table dinner at Swallowtail Farm, or take a stroll through colorful blooms with a guided tour of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Plus enjoy nature’s harvest and family-friendly fun at the Island Grove Blueberry Festival. 

Read on for more of What’s Good!

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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. 

24-7 at free fridays

The Free Fridays Concert Series Returns with R&B, Funk and Soul from “24/7”
Friday, May 6, 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. 

jersey boys and girls

Hear Garden State Music Icons with the Gainesville Orchestra
Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center

3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

The Gainesville Orchestra presents a musical extravaganza with popular songs from musicians with ties to New Jersey. The “Jersey Boys and Girls” themed concert features artists like Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston and more.

the air dinner

Treat Mom to an Elegant Farm-to-Table Dinner at Swallowtail Farm
Saturday, May 7, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Swallowtail Farm
7301 SE 92nd Terr., Gainesville, FL 32641 

“The Air” themed dinner highlights the air in all its forms, from distributing seeds with the wind to nourishing plants and the earth. The menu features ingredients fresh from the farm composed by Chef Jeffrey Allen of Cheffrey’s Food Trailer and Special Events. 

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.

island grove blueberry festival

Celebrate All Things Blueberry at the Island Grove Blueberry Festival
Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Island Grove
21921 SE US Hwy 302, Island Grove, FL 32654 

Browse craft vendors and the blueberry bake sale. Kids can play in the bounce house. Grab a bite from food trucks and visit Aunt Zelma’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm. Admission is free.  

Make the most of your visit at nearby points of interest including Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, The Yearling Restaurant and Island Grove Winery and Tasting House.

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wildlife tour

See Rare Animals on a Wild Mother’s Day Safari Tour
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

8528 E CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Visit Tosh, the baby Clouded Leopard, Henry the Rhino and witness big cat feedings. TripAdvisor awarded Carson Springs Wildlife the 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award recognizing the attraction at the top 10% of things to do worldwide based on visitor reviews.

mike campbell and the dirty knobs

(Sold Out) Rock Out with Original Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs
Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Original Heartbreaker, current touring guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, and Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Mike Campbell returns to Gainesville for a night that will go down in history at High Dive. The Dirty Knobs became an outlet for Mike Campbell to work on songs he was writing between Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers records and touring.


See Horses and Riders Compete at May Day Qualifier Dressage
Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
23100 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL, 32669

Horses and riders compete at all levels of dressage, from training through the highest level of Grand Prix. Spectator admission is free and leashed dogs are welcome.

colorful flower blooms

See a Vibrant Display of Colorful Blooms on a Guided Walk Through Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Monthly garden highlights are featured each month on a guided walk. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is located on 68 acres with a paved walkway, the largest public display of bamboo in Florida and the largest herb garden in the southeast. 

last tango in gainesville

Join the Counter-Culture Reunion of the Subterranean Circus on a Day Filled with Music and Memories
Saturday, May 7, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The Subterranean Circus Grand Reunion’s Last Tango in Gainesville celebrates music from the 1960s and 1970s in Gainesville. Featured bands include The Impostors, Nancy Luca Band, The Relics and more.

in the moment

Enjoy a Blend of Rock, Country and Blues with “In the Moment” at the Legacy Park Concert Series
Saturday, May 7, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Legacy Park Amphitheatre
15400 Peggy Rd., Alachua, FL 32615

Bring a chair or spread out a blanket at the Legacy Park Amphitheatre. Enjoy food trucks on site and a bounce house for kids.

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Arts & Theatre

the revolutionists

Go On a Wild Ride with Four Brave Women on the Hippodrome Main Stage at The Revolutionists
Now through Sunday, May 15 | Hippodrome Theatre25 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.

Events & Festivals

Archer Mother’s Day Festival with Little Jake and the Soul Searchers
Saturday, May 7, 6 p.m.

Pop-Up Markets

May Market at The AUK Market
Saturday, May 7, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Mother’s Day Mini Market at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Mother’s Day Moo-Ket at Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary
Sunday, May 8, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Music & Performance

Comedian Ryan Niemiller (America’s Got Talent) at High Dive
Thursday, May 5, 8 p.m. 

Tran the Piano Man at Ballyhoo Grill
Thursday, May 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Singer-Songwriter Nolia Joy at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, May 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Classic rock with Couch Messiahs at One Love Café
Friday, May 6, 6 p.m – 9 p.m. 

Soul, Funk and R&B with The Browns at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, May 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Heavy Metal with Torche, Supertwin and Smelter at Loosey’s
Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

tioga concert night

Tioga Concert Night with Nameless Faces
Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Blues with Moondog at One Love Café
Saturday, May 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Mother’s Day Concert with Gainesville Community Band at Highlands Regional Ministry Center
Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m. 

One Man Band Mike Oregano at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, May 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Craft Breweries

matcha and madwoman

Benefit Concert with Matcha and Madwoman at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, May 6, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Mexi Cocina Food Truck and Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Americana with J.T. Collier at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Celebrate Mom at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, May 8, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, May 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets


U-Pick Blueberries at Aunt Zelma’s Blueberries, check their Facebook for Updates
Open Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

U-Pick Blueberries at Hidden Bear Farm
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, 9 a.m. – 3 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 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine Tasting at Petit Uppercrust
Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m – 4 p.m.

(sold out) Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Sweetwater Branch Inn
Sunday, May 8, 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.


archery targets

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, May 6, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

ncaa tennis championships

Gators Men’s and Women’s Tennis Host the NCAA 2022 Division I Tennis Championships at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8 

Gators Softball vs. Mercer at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Friday, May 6, 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 2:30 p.m. 

Gators Softball vs. FGCU at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 12 p.m. 

Gators Baseball vs. Mississippi State at Condron Family Ballpark
Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m. 

Gators Baseball vs. Bethune-Cookman at Condron Family Ballpark
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. 

Gators Softball Hosts the 2022 SEC Tournament at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Tuesday, May 10 – Saturday, May 14

Parks & Trails

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

ferns at devils millhopper

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Nature Day in May with Alachua Conservation Trust at Little Orange Creek Nature Park
Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Mother’s Day at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Free Admission for All Moms
Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m.

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, May 11, 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

Days of Summer Show at Newberry Firehouse Gallery
Friday, May 6, 4 p.m.

mothers day art market

Mother’s Day Art Market at Artisans’ Guild Gallery
Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m. – 5 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.

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.

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

Save The Date

The Gala of the Royal Horses, May 14

Spring Plant Sale at Dudley Farm, May 14

77th Newberry Watermelon Festival, May 21

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