What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, November 11-17, 2021

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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. 

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Veterans Day 2021 – Celebrate the Brave Men and Women Who’ve Served Our Country 

Alachua County Veterans Day Celebration
Thursday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Veterans Memorial Park

7400 S.W. 41st Pl., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Alachua County Community Support Services Veteran Services Division, additional Alachua County departments, the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center and multiple veteran, non-profit, and community organizations invite the public to a Veterans Day Celebration. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with military and veteran displays and presentations. The formal program starts at 11 a.m. and features skydivers, veteran, military and organizational tents, live music, helicopter displays, the UF Drill Team demonstration, and multiple patriotic ceremonies. Food is available. 

Evergreen Cemetery Veterans Day and Monument Dedication Ceremony
Thursday, November 11, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Evergreen Cemetery
401 SE 21st Ave., Gainesville, FL  

The City of Gainesville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony includes the dedication of a new Veterans Monument with artwork by James Dinh. The event features the presentation of colors by the Milton Lewis Young Marines, with remarks by World War II Historian George E. Cressman, Jr., Mayor Lauren Poe and the artist. 

Free Admission for Veterans at the Cade Museum
Thursday, November 11, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Free Admission for All Visitors at Florida State Parks
Thursday, November 11

Free Admission to the Butterfly Rainforest and Tiny Titans Exhibit at Florida Museum of Natural History
Thursday, November 11, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Veterans Day Special, Free Admission for Veterans at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Friday, November 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

20th Annual Bikers on Parade Honoring Veterans and First Responders at Gainesville Harley-Davidson
Sunday, November 14, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Soar with the Gainesville Orchestra and Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony
Friday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

An inspiring evening with Dvorak’s classic, full of great melodies and featuring new voices, including Dr. Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes’ premiere of “Visions of a Renaissance,” and audience participation favorite Tan Dun’s “Secret of Wind and Birds.” 

crowd at festival

Get into the Spirit of the Season with the Fun and Festive Alachua Main Street Harvest Street Festival
Sunday, November 14, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Main Street Alachua
15000 Bob Hitchcock’s Main St., Alachua, FL 32615 

Gather along scenic Main Street Alachua and browse paintings, jewelry, handmade furniture, local honey, baked goods and more made by area artisans and crafters Enjoy kids activities and live music on two stages. 

stirring the leaves

Happy 200th, Micanopy!
Celebrate Micanopy’s Bicentennial with a Special Performance of “Stirring the Leaves”

Friday, November 12- Saturday, November 13 | Micanopy Historical Society Museum
607 NE 1st Ave., Micanopy, FL 32667 

Founded in 1821, the oldest inland town in Florida shares its rich history in “Stirring the Leaves,” a historical fiction play written, directed and starring Micanopy residents. The performance takes place on the outdoor grounds surrounding Thrasher Warehouse in the Micanopy Historical Society Museum complex. 

bed and breakfasts

Explore Authentic Local Experiences with a Stay at Historic, Charming and Well Appointed Bed and Breakfasts 

Bed and breakfasts are the perfect accommodations for extended family visits, remote work workations, a personal hideaway or a romantic weekend escape with your partner. Explore where to stay in Gainesville’s Historic Bed and Breakfast district, and the historic and charming towns of Micanopy and High Springs.  

Save the Date! Have Fun Exploring Area B&Bs Before Your Stay with the Holiday Home Tour
On Saturday, December 11, go on a Holiday Home Tour of Victorian houses in Gainesville’s Bed & Breakfast district. The Laurel Oak Inn, Sweetwater Branch Inn, Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast and the 1867 Matheson House will open their doors for an afternoon walking tour. Tickets go on sale Sunday, November 13.

cotton club museum

Discover Local History of the Cotton Club at its Reopening Reception
Sunday, November 14, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
837 SE 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The reopening of the historic Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center features artwork by Patricia Hilliard-Nunn and Anthony F. Greene, with refreshments, music, a video feature and door prizes. Admission is free but registration is required. 

The structure that became the Cotton Club was originally the Post Exchange at Camp Blanding before relocating to Gainesville. It served as a movie theatre before becoming a big bands’ club, hosting performers including James Brown, B.B King, Ray Charles, Brook Benton and Bo Diddley.

paddling on the santa fe river

View the Scenic Santa Fe River on a Guided Paddle Tour with Lars Andersen
Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Poe Springs Boat Ramp
28800 NW 182nd Ave., High Springs, FL 32643 

Local guide and Florida Master Naturalist Lars Andersen of Adventure Outpost leads a guided paddle on the Santa Fe River. The downriver paddle takes about 3 hours. A portion of proceeds benefits future Santa Fe River conservation by Alachua Conservation Trust.

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gators football

Cheer on the Orange and Blue as Gators Football takes on Samford in The Swamp
Saturday, November 13, 12 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
157 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611 

After five weeks away from Gainesville, the Gators return to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for a matchup against the Samford Bulldogs. Arrive early for pre-game festivities and tailgating. Click to view game day details including parking, mobile ticketing and more.

chomp the block

Party into the Football Weekend at Chomp the Block
Friday, November 12, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Before the Gators take to the Swamp on Saturday, join the official block party of the Florida Gators®. Presented by GameDay Vodka, Chomp the Block features fun, food, drinks, music, Gator legends and good times. Enjoy kids activities from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and live music from Heavy Petty. 

pig kissing cow

Meet New Furry Friends and Browse Plant-Based Goods at November’s Farmers Moo-Ket
Sunday, November 14, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary
12626 CR 231, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Learn about plant-based foods and products from vendors. Interact with rescued cows, pigs and miniature donkeys at this farm  dedicated to caring for injured, abused, or at-risk farm animalsPhoto by Critter Creek Photography

families fishing

Make the Perfect Cast at UF IFAS Family Fishing Day
Saturday, November 13, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | UF IFAS Fishing Ponds

7922 NW 71st St., Gainesville, FL 32653 

Anglers of all skill levels are welcome at monthly Family Fishing Day events. The UF/IFAS catch-and-release ponds contain largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish. Saturday’s event is the final family fishing day of 2021 and features a Veterans Day BBQ.

Jazz on the Green at Celebration Pointe

Dance to Swing and Contemporary Big Band Styles at Jazz on the Green with Gainesville Big Band
Saturday, November 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

The talented collection of musicians deliver a wide range of big band favorites to the stage. Spread a blanket or snuggle up by the fire pits in the promenade and enjoy music under the stars. Grab dinner and drinks from nearby Celebration Pointe restaurants. 


Explore Jewish Choral Music through the Ages at the Shabbatones Fall Concert
Sunday, November 14, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Westminster Presbyterian Church
1521 NW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32605 

Led by maestro Will Kesling, the annual concert features sing-along favorites, Majestic Rossi motet from 18th century Italy, selections written by Dr Paul Richards, sung by Anthony Offerle-Adijo, Kerida Sephardic Lovesong, Dona, Dona, and more.

shade closing reception

View Images Blurring the Lines of Truth and Fiction at the Closing Reception of Photography Exhibit “Shade” by Marina Sachs
Saturday, November 13, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Good News Arts
23352 W US Hwy 27, Suite 80, High Springs, FL 32643 

SHADE is the second of two MFA thesis shows by MFA Photography Graduate Marina Sachs. Installed at Good News Arts in High Springs, this exhibition is a selection from Sachs’ ongoing 35mm photographic body of work. The closing reception features live music, alcohol-free mocktails, and a mini-market. 

bike riders on dirt road

Grind Your Pedals across Miles of Scenic Roads at the 10th Annual Heartbreaker Cycling Invitational
Saturday, November 13, 8:30 a.m. | One Love Café
4989 NW 40th Pl., Gainesville, FL 32606 

The Heartbreaker is a grassroots cycling event traversing some of Gainesville’s most beautiful roads, featuring Live Oak canopies adorned with Spanish moss, dirt, limerock, gravel and paved roads. Due to mixed riding surfaces, cyclocross or mountain bikes are recommended for this ride. 

pop up shop

Browse a Showcase of the Next Generation of Business Owners at the 2nd Annual Kidpreneur Pop-Up Shop
Sunday, November 14, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | San Felasco Tech City
13900 Tech City Cir., Alachua, FL 32615 

Bring your future entrepreneurs to a pop-up shop showcasing the young talent and business ideas for kids ages 4-18. Highlights include book authors, bakers, jewelry designers, lemonade stands and more. The event is presented by Trinity Day Spa, Gainesville’s only girls, tween and teen spa party experience.

planetarium projector

Explore the Skies at the Santa Fe College Planetarium
Friday, November 12 – Saturday, November 13 | Santa Fe College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium

3000 NW 83 St., Gainesville, FL 32606 

The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium features a 34-ft projection dome with two state-of- the-art planetarium projectors. Within seconds, the computer-controlled Goto Chronos projector can transport you to any place on Earth or in time forward or backward 10,000 years. This weekend’s schedule of shows include: 
Florida Skies: A Personally Guided Tour of Our Night Sky
Friday, November 12, 7 p.m. 

Space Park 360: Geodesium Edition
Saturday, November 13, 3 p.m. 

Music 360: The Planets by Gustav Holst
Saturday, November 13, 5 p.m.

strings for peace

Experience the Harmony of Indian Classical Sarod Styles and American Classical Guitar with Strings for Peace
Tuesday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Exploring deep connections between two musical traditions, Strings for Peace brings together Indian classical sarod artists Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash, and Ayaan Ali Bangash with American classical guitarist Sharon Isbin. The internationally renowned musicians transcend barriers of language, geography, and culture through sharing the gifts of their unique artistic traditions.

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Arts & Theatre

an evening of literary horrors

Experience Horror Classics on Stage at Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald… and Other Literary Horrors at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Thursday, November 11 – Saturday, November 13, 8 p.m.
Acrosstown presents the world premiere of three never-before-seen horror short-story classics adapted for the stage.

Doxa Dance Company’s Sleeping Beauty and the Saving Prince at UF Phillips Center
Saturday, November 13, 6:30 p.m.

journal entry with pages wripped

Share in the Mystical and Magical Performance Art of Journal Entry at Black C Art
Now through Friday, December 10

Events & Festivals

Gainesville Street-Rods Cruz-In at Springhill Commons
Saturday, November 13, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

embroidery worksho

Embroidery Workshop at the AUK Market
Sunday, November 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Gainesville Cars & Coffee at Butler Town Center
Sunday, November 14, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

(sold out) Single-Day Blacksmithing Knife Workshop at Crooked Path Forge
Saturday, November 13

Pop-Up Markets

Just Between Friends Kids’ Mega Sale at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Thursday, November 11 – Sunday, November 14 

The Pick of the Patch Pop-Up Sale at Rustic Oaks Ranch
Sunday, November 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Pop-Up Jewelry Sale at Humane Society of North Central Florida Thrift Boutique
Saturday, November 13, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Fall Artists Pop-Up at Studio TM Pottery and Clay
Sunday, November 14, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Pop-Up Market at Flashbacks Recycled Fashions
Sunday, November 14, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Music & Performance

Americana with The Ruckus at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, November 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Southern Rock with Big Owl and Don at The Queens Arms British Pub
Thursday, November 11, 6 p.m. 

Blues with Little Mike and the Tornados at One Love Café
Thursday, November 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

north by north band

Chicago Powerpop with North by North at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, November 11, 7 p.m. 

Indie Rock with Zach Person’s “Let’s Get Loud” Tour at High Dive
Thursday, November 11, 8 p.m. 

Southern Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Café
Friday, November 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

High Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, November 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Rock and Country with Faster Than Flash at The Great Outdoors
Friday, November 12, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

someday honey

Smokey Soul and Blues with Someday Honey at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, November 12, 8 p.m. 

Rock and Pop with Barstool Prophets at One Love Café
Saturday, November 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Southern Rock with Firecreek at The Great Outdoors
Saturday, November 13, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

GNVpunk Pop, Punk and Emo Night at High Dive
Saturday, November 13, 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock and Pop with The Real Deelz at One Love Café
Sunday, November 14, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Jazz and Funk from Dionysus with Local Stand-Up Comics at High Dive
Sunday, November 14, 7 p.m. 

Saxophone Ensembles Concert at UF School of Music Building Room 101
Tuesday, November 16, 7:20 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Dance Punk with Poorstacy at High Dive
Wednesday, November 17, 8 p.m.

Craft Breweries

houston keen

Country Music with Houston Keen at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, November 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Jazz with Joe at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, November 12, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

No, Soup For You! Soup Tasting Competition at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, November 13, 2 p.m.

bloody mary

Bloody Mary Sunday with Lunch by Everyday Amore! at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, November 14, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Taco Tuesday at Big Top Brewing Company
Tuesday, November 16, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

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Farm Tour, Roselle U-Pick and “Kiss the Ground” Movie Screening at Frog Song Organics
Sunday, November 14, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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

One Love Cafe Local Market
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

GNV Market at Heartwood Soundstage Featuring Live Music from The Shambles
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

resident coffee at superette

Resident Coffee Roasters Pop-Up at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, November 11, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wine Tasting with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Thursday, November 4, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Drag Brunch at Curia on the Drag
Saturday, November 13, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Prairie – A Swallowtail Farm Dinner experience
Saturday, November 13, 3 p.m. – 7 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 “GNV Commons” 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.


drag racing school

Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School at Gainesville Raceway
Thursday, November 11 – Friday, November 12 

Gators Softball Orange vs. Blue Fall Exhibition
Friday, November 12, 6 p.m.

archer aiming at targets

Aim for the Target at Funtastic Fridays at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, November 12, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Group Bike Ride through Gainesville at the Hogtown Gran Fondo with Goodbike
Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m.  

1/8 Mile Drag Racing Bracket Bash at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m.  

NSA Softball at Champions Park
November 13-14 

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. FSU
Sunday, November 14, 1 p.m. 

Gators Softball vs. FSU Exhibition
Sunday, November 14, 2 p.m. 

Baseball Hitting Clinics at Jonesville Park
Monday, November 15, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Gators Volleyball vs. Auburn
Wednesday, November 17, 7 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Bird Walk and eBird Tutorial at Fox Pen Preserve
Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  

Plant and Poetry Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. (registration required) 

Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State park
Saturday, November 13, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  

Take a Journey Through the Water Cycle with Florida Springs Institute Springs Outing: Source to Sink
Saturday, November 13, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, November 6, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 


Native Wildlife of Devils Millhopper
Saturday, November 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Timed 5K at Depot Park with parkrun
Saturday, November 13, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  

Paleontology in the Park at Depot Park
Sunday, November 14, 2 p.m. – 3 p.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

Reception for “Micanopy” Exhibition at Mott-May Gallery
Saturday, November 13, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
On display through Sunday, November 14

artistry in motion

“Artistry in Motion” Exhibit at Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School
Now through December 10 

Museum in the Parks: Mammals at Paynes Prairie
Monday, November 15, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

O-B-S-O-L-E-S-C-E-N-C-E at Grinter Gallery
Now through December 3, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sequential Arts Workshop Exhibit at GFAA Gallery
Now through November 20

Holiday Showcase at Newberry Fire House Gallery
Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

View a Dynamic Pairing of Written Poems and Stories in Response to Painting at Synergy at GFAA Gallery
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

tiny titans exhibit

New at the Florida Museum of Natural History: Look at the Lives of Dinosaurs through their Nests at Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.View authentic specimens from around the world, touch real bones and see lifelike models of eggs, embryos and hatchlings at the egg-citing new exhibit. The Tiny Titans exhibit is bilingual. Photo courtesy Silver Plume Exhibitions.

View More Than 50 Paintings Composing a Visual History of the State at Florida Impressions: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers at the Harn Museum of Art
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Explore the World of Toys and Games, and Learn About the Language of Measurement 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., Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

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

Save The Date

Cade After Dark, November 19

Artisans’ Guild Gallery 50 Year Celebration, November 19

Deck the Runway at Butler Town Center, November 19

Oliver! at Gainesville Community Playhouse, November 19

Newberry 2021 Fall Festival, November 20

Light Up Tioga Town Center, November 28

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