Whats Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, November 7-10, 2019

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This three-day weekend features events that honor our American heroes and their families as well as our cultural heroes – and that will inspire and uplift you!

Alachua County celebrates Veterans Day with multiple patriotic ceremonies. And you won’t want to miss a historical performance of the Carmen Suite gracing the stage with a live orchestra for the first time since 1974. This weekend we also celebrate the return of the Swallowtail Farm Fall festival, the return of UF Football to The Swamp for the Gators’ first home since beating Auburn and so much more.

Don’t forget to share your adventure with us at #WhatsGoodAlachuaCounty and #WhyILoveGNV.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
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Dancers on stage with dramatic imagery of a bull fight

Experience the Passion of the Carmen Suite in a Historical Performance, Featuring American Ballet Theatre and the Gainesville Orchestra
November 8 – 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St. Gainesville, FL 32606

A ballet once banned in the USSR is set for a historic revival this weekend in Gainesville, FL. Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso’s most famous ballet, the Carmen Suite, graces the stage with a live orchestra for the first time since 1974, when Alicia Alonso performed in the starring role with the American Ballet Theatre.

Composer Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite is an inventive, fresh interpretation of Georges Bizet’s beloved masterpiece, choreographed by the legendary Alberto Alonso and accompanied by the Gainesville Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Evans Haile.

Both performances will start at 7:30 p.m., in the beautiful Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall. 

Gator football player. Game time

Pack the Swamp and Salute Those Who Serve as the #10 Florida Gators take on Vanderbilt
Saturday, November 9, 12 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
157 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

Football returns to the Swamp. In recognition of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, the University of Florida presents the annual Saluting Those Who Serve program and honors 19 members of the armed forces with a connection to the University. Arrive early and enjoy the fun of pregame festivities.

Blooming Sunflowers

Celebrate the Fall Harvest with Music, Food and more at the Swallowtail Farm Festival
Saturday, November 9, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Swallowtail Farm
17603 NW 276th Ln., Alachua FL 32615

Swallowtail Farm’s annual celebration of the fall harvest and everything green and good on the farm, the brilliant local community and beyond. Enjoy the best in local eats, drink, live music, homesteading and gardening skills, arts and farming, all in one lovely day on the farm hillside.

Snowflakes with text November 8 is Gonna be Lit. 6:30 tree lighting ceremony, 7:30 chomp the block

Light Up the Holidays and Cheer on the Gators at the City Walk Promenade Tree Lighting and Chomp The Block Pep Rally   Friday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Enjoy live music by Mike Llerena & The Nerve, delicious food, lawn games and family activities hosted by Fun 4 Gator Kids. Activities include face painting, balloon artists, a bounce house and human foosball. Be sure to stick around for the Gators Pep Rally with UF Dazzlers & Albert and Alberta, too.

Jazz On The Green

Groove to Jazz on the Green with Gruv Therapy
Saturday, November 9, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Enjoy a special performance at Jazz on the Green with Gruv Therapy. Spread a blanket under the setting sun, or snuggle up by the fire pit in the promenade, and catch some beautiful music while the kids play games on the lawn. Enjoy food and drinks from a variety of restaurants at Celebration Pointe. The promenade is open container friendly, so you can enjoy some beer or wine while relaxing on the premises. 

Band members of The Krickets

Listen to What Paste Magazine Described as “A Truly Stunning, One-of-a-Kind Sound” with The Krickets
Friday, November 8, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville 32601

Fresh out of the studio, female Americana group The Krickets just finished a sophomore album entitled ‘Redbird.’ The album’s title track, of the same name, was named the 2019 Alt Country Song of the Year at the Independent Music Awards. Blending country, bluegrass, folk and Americana has allowed them to play for a diverse audience, from Nashville’s famous SPBGMA Bluegrass convention to the indie folk lovers at SXSW.  

Band members of The Hails

Jam to Indie Rock as The Hails Return to Gainesville with Driveaway and Miles From London
Friday, November 8, 9:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

The boys are back in town! Known for their high-energy indie sound, The Hails return to their hometown of Gainesville with their new single “Sugar” for a night of dynamic tunes.

Jazz musicians. Hippodrome Jazz Series

Enjoy a Jazz Showcase at the Hippodrome Jazz Series with Ethan Nguyen and Peter McCann
Monday, November 11, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Ease into the week with a quality jazz performance. The Monday night jazz series presents a range of talented jazz musicians in the Hippodrome Lower Level. The upcoming performance features piano and saxophone with Ethan Nguyen and Peter McCann.

Tom Petty's Gainesville, where dreams begin. Opening reception November 8

Examine the Beginnings of a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer at the Opening Reception for Tom Petty’s Gainesville: Where Dreams Began
Friday, November 8, 7 p.m. | Matheson History Museum
513 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

The exhibition focuses on the early days of Tom Petty’s 40-year history in rock and roll, that all started in Gainesville. Never-before exhibited Petty memorabilia will be on display, including handwritten lyrics to his hit song “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” as well as instruments and equipment used by Tom’s first band, Mudcrutch and personal items from his childhood. Please  RSVP via Eventbrite.

Western Sport Horse logo, abstract image of cowboy and horse

Watch Horses and Riders Show Off Their Skills at Western Sport Horse Event
Saturday, November 9, 8:30 a.m. | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
23100 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669

Enjoy a family friendly display of western riding disciplines. The event is free to spectators. Visit the Reining and Western Horse memorabilia hospitality area. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and last throughout the day. 

Illustration of beast and rose. Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Step into the Enchanted World of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – A Stage Adaptation that is Family Theatre at Its Best
November 8 – December 8 | Gainesville Community Playhouse
4039 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605

Immerse yourself into the world of Belle and the Beast in this first of Disney’s stage adaptations based on the on the 1991 animated Disney film. A wandering enchantress transforms a cruel and vain prince into a hideous Beast, leaving him only one way to reverse the curse – fall in love with another and earn her love in return.

Diver in the springs, with text: Where Does the Water Come From?

Discover the Hydrogeology of Florida’s Santa Fe River Basin on a North Florida Field Trip Full-Day Tour
Monday, November 11, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Extreme Exposure Adventure Center
18481 High Springs Main Street, High Springs, Florida 32643

Join Dr. Todd Kincaid, Dr. Bob Knight and Tess Skiles of the Florida Springs Institute and naturalist and tour guide Lars Andersen for a full-day tour of North Florida. Head to Gainesville for a hike on Payne’s Prairie and a tour of Devil’s Millhopper sinkhole. Enjoy lunch and a sinkhole hike at O’leno State Park, then head to the Santa Fe River for a canoe trip. This tour is part of the Global Underwater Explorers Conference. 

Two kids running on a Bronx sidewalk. "Jersey Boys meets West Side Story" A Bronx Tale, Broadway's New Hit Musical

Travel to The Bronx in the 1960s at A Bronx Tale, Broadway’s New Hit Musical
Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Variety describes the performance as, “A love letter to the wise guys and tough street kids from the old neighborhood.” Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.


Veterans Day, hat and medals resting on a flag

Annual Alachua County Veterans Day Celebration
Monday, November 11, 9 a.m. | Veterans Memorial Park
7400 SW 41
st Pl., Gainesville, FL 32608

This event honors all veterans with a special emphasis on World War II and Korean War veterans. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. with military and veteran displays and presentations. The formal program starts at 10 a.m. and includes skydivers, veteran, military and organizational tents, live music, helicopter and military vehicle displays, the UF Drill Team demonstration, and multiple patriotic ceremonies. Food is available.

Bikers on Parade, Honoring Those Who Protect from Santa Fe College to Gainesville Raceway
Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m.

Gainesville Community Band presents the Captain James B. King Veterans Day Concert at First Presbyterian Church
Sunday, November 10, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Price of Freedom at Evergreen Cemetery
Monday, November 11, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department host a Veterans Day Ceremony with featured speaker Ronna Jackson, president of the local American Gold Star Mothers and director for the Military Support Group of Alachua County.

Unveiling of Memorial Mile at NW 8th Avenue
Monday, November 11, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The City of Gainesville will officially designate a one-mile stretch of Northwest Eighth Avenue as “Memorial Mile” at NW 31st Dr.

A Musical Salute: Veterans Day Concert at the Phillips Center
Monday, November 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Free Admission for Veterans at Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday, November 11, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Free Admission at Florida State Parks
Monday, November 11


Gainesville The Dillard’s, an Eve in Mayberry at the Historic Thomas Center
Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Island-infused, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Gospel-ninja Soul with Zach Deputy, Whale Feral, Sooza
Thursday, November 7, 9:30 p.m.

High Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, November 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Live@Aloft with Thomas Anthony
Friday, November 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday Night Swing Dance at Thelma A. Boltin Center
Friday, November 8, 8 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Rock and Soul with Cami Maree Live at One Love Cafe
Saturday, November 9, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Classic Rock and Blues with Cap Smith at One Love Cafe
Saturday, November 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Electronic Music with Dan Deacon at The Atlantic
Saturday, November 9, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Raftus Brown and the Melrose Horns at The Diner in High Springs
Saturday, November 9, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Blues with Cassie Keenum at One Love Cafe
Sunday, November 10, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Alternative Folk with Sean Rowe and Matthew Fowler at Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, November 10, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.


Animal Themed Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Football Friday at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, November 8, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Covers You Will Love with Dennis O’Hagan at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co
Friday, November 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Celebration of Decklins Indulgence Chocolate Peanut Butter Brown Ale Release at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, November 9, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Corn Hole Tournament at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co
Sunday, November 10, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.


The Conch, Gainesville’s True Storytelling Project at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m.

Panel Discussion About History, Significance of “Carmen Suite” at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
Friday, November 8, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

8-Tracks, The Sounds of the 70s at Star Center Theatre
3 shows per week through Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Florida Man at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Four performances a week through Sunday, November 10 


Fermenting Grains & Legumes for Digestive Health at Bambi’s Café
Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sushi and Sake Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, November 7, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Five for Friday Wine Tasting at Dorn’s
Friday, November 8, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting, Pairing and Chef Dinner at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, November 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Freshly Baked Treats at Pop Up Bakery at BakerBaker, Amanda’s Traditional Bakeshop
Saturday, November 9, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

South America Wine Seminar at Curia on the Drag
Monday, November 11, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Pastries, Cream Puffs and Eclairs Cooking Classes at The Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, November 13, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.


Gator Talk with Dan Mullen

Go Beyond the Sidelines with Gators Football Head Coach Dan Mullen at During the Live Broadcast of Gator Talk at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Florida Football Kickoff Lunch with Dan Mullen at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Friday, November 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Gators Swimming and Diving vs. Florida State at the O’Connell Center
Friday, November 8, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Midnight Madness Street Legal Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Friday, November 8, 7 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Florida State
Sunday, November 10, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Longwood
Sunday, November 10, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Woofstock 2019 Benefitting Humane Society of North Central Florida
Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

UF Indian Student Association presents Diwali Filmfare at the Phillips Center
Friday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Gainesville Street-Rods Monthly Cruz-In at Springhill Commons Publix
Saturday, November 9, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cars and Coffee Monthly Meet at Butler Town Center
Sunday, November 10, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Florida Vintage Market at Bo Diddley Plaza
Sunday, November 10, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Newberry Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Union Street Farmers Market at Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Main Street Alachua Farmers Market at Main Street Alachua
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

One Love Café Farmer’s Market
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Haile Farmers Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Yoga on the Prairie at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Visitor Center
Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Live Alligators and Discussion of the Amazing Creatures at Alligator Day at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Ride Your Horse to a Winning Hand at Poker Chip Ride at River Rise Preserve State Park
Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kids Day, Sugar Cane and Corn at Dudley Farm
Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Camps Canal
Saturday, November 9, 8 a.m.

Wednesday Birding Walks with Alachua Audubon Society and Park Rangers at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, November 13, 8:30 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m.

Kids Meet Farm Animals at Barnyard Buddies at Morningside Nature Center
Wednesday, November 13, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Full Moon Tour of the Santa Fe River at Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
Saturday, November 9, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Global Underwater Explorers Conference at Hotel Indigo and High Springs
Saturday, November 9 – 11


Starry Night at the Florida Museum

Fun Night with Telescopes and the Cosmos at Starry Night at Florida Museum of Natural History
Friday, November 8, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Opening Reception for Absense & Presence, An Exhibition of Paintings at 4Most Gallery
Friday, November 8, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Harlem Renaissance Exhibit at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Sundays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Landscapes and Iconic Landmarks at The heART of Florida at GFAA Galllery
Now through November 23

Journey Into Our National Parks Exhibit at Coffee Culture
Now through November 30, 2019

School of Art + Art History 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition at Harn Museum of Art
Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020
This exhibition recognizes and applauds UF’s art faculty as individual artists and as a collective of exemplary art educators.

Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Now through Saturday, January 4, 2020.
This exhibition of 150 photo portraits featuring and created by young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 captures a moment in time and place — Gainesville in 2019.

Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through Sunday, December 31
Through videos, photographs, and objects collected for the Cade throughout Cuba, Cuban Ingenuity highlights the ingenious vision behind dozens of innovations and inventions of necessity.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020
See the result of 200 million years of predatory evolution and learn about one of nature’s oldest and stealthiest hunters: crocodilians. This unique exhibition educates guests on the history and significance of these creatures using live reptiles, realistic models and interactive elements.

Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks at the Matheson History Museum
Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Every city has a period of time that defines its built environment and architectural character. For Gainesville, that moment was the mid-20th century.

SAVE THE DATES, while you are making plans, take a look at these upcoming Fall crowd pleasers:

Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 16 – 17
Newberry Fall Festival, November 23
Spirit of the Horse Holiday Show, December 6

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