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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, October 10-13, 2019

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The slightly cooler weather (and that Gator Football SEC win against Auburn) has most everyone wanting to go outside and celebrate the return of fall and all that is good in Gainesville and Alachua County. With the Thornebrooke Village Annual Art Festival, ButterflyFest at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the gorgeous Kanapaha Botanical Garden’s open house and plant sale, and the yummy food, lively music and cultural experiences at the Downtown Latino Festival it will be a breeze planning a great adventure to share with family and friends.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
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Montage of artwork at the 35th Annual Art Festival at Shoppes at Thornebrook Village

Explore Over 100 Artists and Entertainment on 4 Stages at the 35th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook
Saturday, October 12 – Sunday, October 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Thornebrook Village
2441 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606

The boutiques and cafes in the park-like setting of Thornebrook Village offer the backdrop for the annual art festival. Local talent and traveling artists from across the country will put their works on display, ranging from sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry and mixed media.


Butterfly at the Florida Museum

For a Family Friendly Good Time, Let Your Curiosity Take Wing at ButterflyFest
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

The 14th annual ButterflyFest is a celebration wings, wildlife and biodiversity. Native butterfly releases, live animals, workshops, vendors, entertainment and food make ButterflyFest an educational and fun event for all ages.


Prize winning orchids

Discover Plant Collections and Orchids at the Open House, Plant Sale and Orchid Show
Saturday, October 12 – Sunday, October 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

Each October, the gardens host an open house and fall plant sale with free admission. The American Orchid Society will have their annual American Orchid Society’s judged show inside Kanapaha’s entrance building.


Festive graphics with dancers, guitars and music notes. Downtown Latino 2019. With Franky Torres, Winston Paulino, Jose Novoa, Mercy Group

Celebrate Latin and Hispanic Culture at the Downtown Latino Festival
Saturday, October 12, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

The 17th annual festival features traditional music, art, dance and food from Latino and Hispanic cultures in downtown Gainesville.


Actor Conor Lovett

Experience Riveting Performances by the Acclaimed Gare St Lazare Theatre Company Featuring Conor Lovett
The Beckett Trilogy: Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Conor Lovett is widely considered the preeminent Samuel Beckett interpreter alive today, and nobody will question that reputation after experiencing this work.

Moby Dick: Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

In Lovett’s interpretation of “Moby Dick,” you taste the saltwater, and you feel Captain Ahab’s rage, fear, and maniacal fixation in your bones. Lovett distills the genius of Melville’s prose and presents it with deliberation, focus, humor, and constraint, leaving you feeling as if you have lived this tragic tale.


Engineering demos at the Harn Museum. Museum Nights Art in Engineering

Enjoy an Evening of Innovation at Museum Nights: Art in Engineering
Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, Florida 32611

Enjoy an evening of innovation and interdisciplinary connections. View works of art and attend performances by University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering faculty and students. Be experimental and creative with art-making challenges. Engage in the gallery conversation Mapping a Dialogue: Marginalized Youth and Literacyat 7 p.m. 


The Blameless. Dinner plate with bullet casings on it.

Don’t Miss the Opening Weekend of The Blameless
October 11 – November 3 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Achingly real and surprisingly funny, “The Blameless” tells the story of people confronted with an act of violence and their determination to move forward with hope. The San Diego Union-Tribune calls it “an understated gem that announces Gandiello as an important young voice.” The east coast premiere of “The Blameless” opens at the Hippodrome Theatre on October 11. 


Free Fridays Concert Series


Experience the Music of Jimi Hendrix in Downtown Gainesville 
Friday, October 11, 8 p.m – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Michael Derry on guitar

Grab your blankets and chairs, and head downtown for music under the evening sky, brought to you by Michael Derry (guitar/vocals), Paco (guitar/vocals), Lothar Weinmann (guitar/vocals), Ron Thomas (bass/vocals) and Rob Thornton (drums). This free concert celebrates the genre-defying music of Jimi Hendrix.

This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.


Sordid Lives poster

Get the Low-Down at the Opening Weekend for Sordid Lives
October 11 – 27 | Actors’ Warehouse
619 NE 1st St., Gainesville, FL 32601

A dark comedy about white trash. The author of Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?) brings you a comedy that was nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.


Jazz On The Green

Groove to Jazz on the Green with Marty Liquori Jazztet
Saturday, October 12, 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 guitarist Marty Liquori. Food will be available for purchase from Celebration Pointe restaurants. Gather around the lawn and fire pit for an evening of jazz under the stars.


MUSIC & PERFORMANCE

Little Mike & The Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Brass Band Hits with Sooza, Seaplanes, South the Bayou at High Dive
Thursday, October 10, 8:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

80’s Dance Party at The Atlantic
Thursday, October 10, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Punk Rock n Roll with Mike Llerena & the Nerve/Jay Rogue & the Stoges/Southpaw at Hardback Cafe
Thursday, October 10, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

High Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, October 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Reggae Beats, Ska Rhythms and a little bit of Punk Rock performed by The Supervillains, The Bitter, Not Your Hero, Xenogenesis at High Dive
Friday, October 11, 8:30 p.m.

Havana Nights: Salsa with Elio Piedra! At The Wooly
Friday, October 11, 2019 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Salsa Mundial Anniversary Social at Salsa Mundial Dance Studio
Saturday, October 12, 1 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Rock and Funk with Fast Lane at One Love Café
Saturday, October 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Local Hip Hop Showcase & New Talent Night with DJ Mellow Blendz at High Dive
Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Have a Heart Florida Hurricane Relief Music Festival at High Springs Lions Club
Sunday, October 13, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Reggae Sundays at Boxcar Wine and Beer Garden
Sunday, October 13, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Electronic Music with AL1CE, SANGS, Automatik Fit, Idylwild at Hardback Café
Sunday, October 13, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Unique Alt-Pop with Kyle Denmead at High Dive
Sunday, October 13, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Jazz musicians and their insturments. Hippodrome Jazz Series Monday Nights

Hipp Jazz Series with Bill Fote and Scott Wilson
Monday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Blues with Joyann Parker at the Music Box at Dos Mamas
Monday, October 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Traditional Irish Session at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

UF Concert Choir Presents Earthsongs: A Multinational Musical Tour at the University Auditorium
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Americana, Folk and Punk with Bryan McPherson, Jason Guy Smiley, Kyle Keller at Loosey’s Downtown Gainesville
Tuesday, October 15, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Pompeii’s Latin Night Featuring Local Drag Queens at High Dive Tuesday, October 15, 9 p.m.


CRAFT BREWERIES

Brewery sign at Big Top Brewing Company

Acoustic Pop Rock with Ethan Thompson at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Blues and Brews with Cassie Keenum at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Country Pop with Clay Brooker at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Friday, October 11, 2019 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Oktoberfest at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, October 12, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

UF vs. LSU on the Big Screen at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Beer and Brush Lettering Workshop at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, October 13, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Trivia Night at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


ARTS & THEATRE

A Party to Murder at High Springs Playhouse
3 shows per week | Now through October 27

Black Label Movement at the Phillips Center
Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.

Speakeasy Night at the Hippodrome
Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Final Weekend for Seussical Jr. – A Fun Musical for All Ages at Gainesville High School
Now through October 12

Folklore of Florida’s Haunted Hometowns at Alachua County Library District Locations
Saturday, October 12 – Sunday, October 13

Illustration of a ghost holding a beer. Hippodrome Theatre in the background. Boos and Brews October 13 and October 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Boos & Brews Building Tour of the Hippodrome Theatre
Sunday, October 13, 4:30 p.m.

The Hipp Unplugged Presents The Report at the Hippodrome Cinema
Monday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Storytelling Meetup & Braided Brook Release at Third House Books
Wednesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


BITES & BRUNCH

D.I.Y. Sommelier Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, October 10, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Five for Five Wine Tasting at Dorn’s Liquors
Friday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Pop-Up Tea House at The Bull
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Traditional English Tea in the Pumpkin Patch at Haile Village Bistro
Saturday, October 12, 3 p.m.

Newberry Food Truck Rally
Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Mary’s High Tea at Sweetwater Branch Inn
Tuesday, October 15, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

An Afternoon of Pasta Making: Fettuccine Alfredo and Fettuccine Carbonara Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan Wednesday, October 16, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


FOOTBALL, SPORTS & FANS

Gator Talk with head coach Dan Mullen

Go Beyond the Sidelines with Gators Football Head Coach Dan Mullen at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Supercross and Motocross Action at the 37th Annual Florida Gold Cup at Gatorback Cycle Park
Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (practice) Sunday, October 13, 9 a.m. (races)

NHRA Division 2 Summit E.T. Finals and D2 Junior Finals at Gainesville Raceway
Racing Starts: Thursday, October 10, 4 p.m., Friday, October 11, 8 a.m., Saturday October 12, 8 a.m., Sunday, October 13, 9 a.m.

USSSA Baseball Return to Champions Park Tournament
Saturday, October 12 – Sunday, October 13

Spider Cup #5 – NFAA Field Round at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Gator Fan Day at the Wrap Shack of Hawthorne
Saturday, October 12, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Gators Soccer vs. Kentucky
Sunday, October 13, 1 p.m.

Gators Lacrosse vs. Jacksonville and Mercer
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m.


FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Pumpkin Carving & Food Trucks at Alachua’s Pumpkin Patch
Friday, October 11, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

K-Country – Wind FM Gainesville Outdoor Expo at the Oaks Mall
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Oktober Fun Fest & Outdoor Living Show at the Green House Nursery
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rogers Farm Sunflower Field and Corn Maze

Fall Festival and Haunted Corn Maze at Roger’s Farm
Now through October 27 

Peanut Patch and Corn Maze in Archer
Now through October 27

Hollow Oaks Corn Maze in Alachua
Now through October 27

Crosswalk with rainbow colors

Ribbon Cutting for Rainbow Crosswalks on National Coming Out Day at NE 1st St. and NE 1st Ave.
Friday, October 11, 1 p.m. 


U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS

Fresh Pick. U-Pick Veggies, Cheese, Canned Goods, Bread, Herbs, Eggs, Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb, and so many more home grown options from our local vendors. Logos for HK Cattle & Farms, and Pastorale Farm

October Fresh Pick at HK Cattle & Farms
Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m. – 12 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.


PARKS & TRAILS

Craft Owl made with paper plates

Kids Day: Super Owls! at Dudley Farm Historic State Park Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Forest Stewardship Field Day: Forest Plant Identification at Morningside Nature Center
Thursday, October 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Newnans Lake State Forest
Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m.

Morning Bug Walk at Tuscawilla Preserve
Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The Pumpkin Run™ 5K at Westside Park
Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Fire and Flowers Adventure at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Bolen Bluff Trail
Sunday, October 13, 8 a.m.

Wednesday Bird Walks with Alachua Audubon Society at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, October 16, 8:30 a.m.


RIVER & SPRINGS

Full Moon Paddle Tour on the Santa Fe River

Full Moon Paddle Tour on the Santa Fe River
Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Save the date for the inaugural Ginnie Brew Fest, showcasing craft beer, cider and mead from over 20 craft breweries at Ginnie Springs
Saturday, October 19, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

ButterflyFest Plant Sale at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Friday, October 11, 10:00 a.m. – Sunday, October 13, 5:00 p.m.

Original Florida Highwaymen Robert L Lewis at Micanopy OutPost
Saturday October 12, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Basketball Handling Champions The Creviers from America’s Got Talent at The Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
Saturday, October 12, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Art Activities at SciArt Meetup: Pollinators at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Mix It Up at GFAA Gallery
Now through October 19, 2019

Vitruvian Women, Paintings by Allison Zuckerman at University Gallery
Now through Friday, October 25, 2019

Tile Exchange Exhibition: Wuhan Textile University and University of Florida at Gary R. Libby Gallery
Now through Friday, October 18, 2019

Gainesville Fine Arts Association’s Members Best Exhibit at the Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School
Now through Friday, October 18, 2019
View the work of many of this area’s most accomplished fine artists in a wide array of media, subject matter and style.

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:
Tom Petty Birthday Bash, October 19-20
Tom Petty Weekend at Heartwood Soundstage, October 17-19
Swallotail Farm Dinner, October 26
15th Annual Florida Bat Festival, October 26
THE FEST, November 1 – 3
45th Micanopy Fall Festival, November 2 – 3
Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 16 – 17
Spirit of the Horse Holiday Show, December 6


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

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