What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, October 14-20, 2021

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Add a splash of color to your weekend with What’s Good. Thornebrook Village transforms with fine artists and food vendors for the 36th Annual Art Festival. Visit local artists and see live painting and art demonstrations at High Springs Art Walk or bring the family and enjoy the City of Waldo Fall Festival.

Go UpStage at the Phillips Center for a modern take on chamber music with Merz Trio. Spend an evening socializing with friends and exploring your playful side at Cade After Dark, for ages 21 and up. Cruise isles of exotic cars at Import Face-Off at Gainesville Raceway or enjoy music under the evening sky at the Free Fridays Concert Series with Morningbell.

Read on for more of What’s Good.

Be safe and be well,
 –Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County 

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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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FEST 19 takes place October 29-31 in downtown Gainesville. The annual music festival hosts hundreds of bands, comedians and independent wresters in multiple venues and welcomes thousands of music lovers from around the world. Find the band lineup and schedule at 

Enter to win a weekend pass by emailing with the subject line “FEST 19” and list the band or bands you are most excited to see. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email on Tuesday, October 19.  

Please note COVID testing requirements to attend FEST 19, located on their FAQ page.

thornebrook arts festival

Carve Out Time for Food, Fun and Fine Arts at the 36th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook
Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Thornebrook Village
2441 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606 

Thornebrook Village transforms into a two-day art festival this weekend. Enjoy live music and food vendors and browse artist booths spread throughout the square. Browse local boutiques and sit down and relax for lunch at a restaurant located in Thornebrook Village.

museum nights

Create Art at the Harn During Museum Nights: Reframing the Lens
Thursday, October 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Inspired by the photography exhibition Shadow to Substance, Museum Nights: Reframing the Lens performances, tours, activities and more. Dopenmic hosts an open mic under their moto: “Come to understand. Stay to be understood.” Dopenmic is dedicated to creating a space for underrepresented BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists. Enjoy music by DJ Wax Atom. Make art inspired by local neighborhoods with Bailey’s Learning and Art Collective, Inc. 

city of waldo fall festival

Bring the Family and Enjoy the City of Waldo Fall Festival
Friday, October 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Waldo City Square
14450 NE 148th Ave., Waldo, FL 32694 

The City of Waldo hosts an evening of family-friendly fun with games to play, vendor booths, and food and drinks. Admission is free.

cade museum at night with lights on

Spark Wonder with Your Inner Child at the Cade after Dark (For Ages 21+)
Friday, October 15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Explore the museum with other kids young at heart. Get messy with slime, challenge your friends to a game of giant Jenga and explore Virtual Reality. The Cade Museum’s “Toys and Games” theme brings you back to your childhood. Drink ticket included with admission, light appetizers served. Sponsored by Goldie’s and First Magnitude Brewing Company.

high springs art walk

Stroll Along the Shops in High Springs and Meet Local Artists at Art Walk
Saturday, October 16, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Various Locations
Downtown High Springs 

Historic downtown High Springs hosts a day of art featuring local artists and makers situated both inside stores and on the sidewalks with live painting and demonstrations. Participating merchants will offer specials and sales during the event. Unique Notions celebrates its three-year anniversary with an enter-to-win $50 gift certificate with purchase. 

Artists include string art with Donald Barber, macramé with Ashley Hoppes, collage with Karen Koegel, pyrography with Patti Wolfe and more. Good New Arts hosts a kids area, in addition to a cyanotype workshop at 12 p.m. and a screen-printing workshop at 3 p.m. Workshop registration is available at

crowd at downtown festival and art show

Celebrate the Season with Local Fall Festivals

The fall season brings cooler weather and an abundance of outdoor festivals and events to Gainesville and Alachua County. Plan your next excursion around one of these spectacular events. You can spend a day or a weekend
• exploring farm-to-table dinners and festivals framed by the picturesque landscape of a biodynamic farm
• viewing hundreds of booths at the largest indoor crafts fair in North Central Florida
• strolling and shopping the plant sale on the grounds of the award-winning gardens at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
listening to hundreds of bands at a multi-day independent music festival
• browsing a downtown festival and art show, ranked among the nation’s best

Click here to find our list of fall festivals.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection at the Harn Museum of Art and University Gallery
Now through December 3 at University Gallery
Now through April 24 at the Harn Museum of Art 

View a Powerful Display of Paintings at the Libertad (Freedom) Exhibition Cofrin Gallery
Now through October 15 

merz trio

Discover a Modern Brand of Chamber Music with the Award-Winning Merz Trio
Sunday, October 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Winners of the 2021 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, the Merz Trio performs a program titled Ink Spills, telling the unique and personal story around Ravel’s Piano Trio, completed in 1914. Readings of poetry and prose further illuminate the music and speak to the era. 

UpStage is an intimate, cabaret-style setting on the Phillips Center Mainstage. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. seatings include desserts and cash bar. 

gameday at the pointe

Cheer on the Gators at the Celebration Pointe Game Day Watch Party
Saturday, October 16 | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Celebration Pointe hosts the Gators vs. LSU game on the screen with live music, food and drinks. Make a day of it and enjoy shopping and restaurants located nearby.

ghosts goblins and groceries

Donate Food and Save on Admission to the Zoo at Ghosts, Goblins and Groceries
Now through October 31 | Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
3000 NW 83rd St., Building Z, Gainesville, FL 32606 

The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and Police Department are collecting canned and non-perishable food items to benefit Saints Food Share and Catholic Charities of Gainesville. Visit the zoo throughout October, and save $1 on admission with each canned good donated. Learn more at

import face off

Catch a Close-Up View of Exotic Cars at the Import Face-Off Car Show
Sunday, October 17, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Gainesville Raceway
11211 N CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Join car and bike enthusiasts as the national car show and drag racing series returns to Gainesville Raceway. Competitions include best in class, drag racing, burnouts, low car limbo, two-step and more. Children under 10 are free. 

indie live

Treat Your Sonic Palette to the Sounds of Bobby Kid and Charles Irwin at Indie Live
Friday, October 15, 8 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The Indie Live concert series is presented by Heartwood Soundstage and Swamp Records. Bobby Kid delivers meaningful lyrics and harmonious vocals and Charles Irwin brings an indie-rock sound.

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. 

archer vintage market sale

Find One-of-a-Kind Treasures at the Archer Vintage Market Sale
Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Archer Community Center

16671 SW 137th Ave., Archer, FL 32618 

Browse vendors offering vintage goods, furniture, vintage crafts, glassware and much more. Sponsored by the Archer Historical Society and the City of Archer.


Playboi Carti’s Narcissist Tour Storms through the O’Dome
Sunday, October 17, 8 p.m. | O’Connell Center
250 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Genre-defying rapper Playboi Carti generated attention from fans when the “Narcissist” arena tour was announced. Gainesville is the third stop in a 43-city whirlwind tour as Playboi Carti wows audiences across the country with electric live performances and unique fan experiences.

morningbell band members

Experience the Recreation of Hit Album “Basso Profundo” by Morningbell at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, October 15, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville 

Morningbell is an all-original psychedelic rock band that has been proud to call Gainesville home since 2004. Indie Rock Cafe named 2011’s “Basso Profundo” as “best new release” in their review.

The Free Fridays Concert Series is the region’s longest-running free outdoor concert series featuring local and regional talent. Grab dinner at a downtown Gainesville restaurant, and find a cozy spot on the Bo Diddley Plaza lawn to enjoy a live music concert every Friday night through October.

Photo by Chris Hillman.

kayakers on the water

Paddle by Light of the Full Moon on an Evening Paddle Tour of the Santa Fe River
Saturday, October 16 | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs, FL 32643

The October “Hunter’s Moon” was named by farmers preparing for the upcoming winter. The river tour includes a two-person canoe or double kayak, safety equipment and transportation. Reservations are required.

families fishing

Reel In The Big One at UF IFAS Family Fishing Day Spooky Candy Day
Saturday, October 16, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | UF IFAS Fishing Ponds
7922 NW 71st St., Gainesville, FL 32653 

Use the provided bait and equipment or bring your own gear. Add to the fishing fun by dressing up in costume. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome at monthly Family Fishing Day events.

drag racing school

Fulfill Your Need for Speed at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School
Tuesday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 20 | Gainesville Raceway

11211 N CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Have fun improving your skills, earn your competition license, check off a bucket list item or upgrade your current license. Learn so much more than how to drag race. No experience necessary. Pre-registration required.

fox pen reserve

Learn About Longleaf Pine Ecosystems and Get an eBird Tutorial with Alachua Conservation Trust
Tuesday, October 19, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Fox Pen Preserve
10777 Holden Pond Rd., Hawthorne, FL 32640 

Join Alachua Conservation Trust at one of the newest perserves in Alachua County. The 1.5-mile hike tours longleaf pines and sandhill habitat restoration areas. Beginning birders can learn about the smartphone app “eBird” with an overview led by ACT staff. 

Photo by Alison Blakeslee

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Arts & Theatre

Encore Performance of The Color Purple: The Musical at Star Center Theatre
Thursday, October 14, 8 p.m. 

Meet the Author: Kimberly Mullins at A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
Sunday, October 17, 3:30 p.m.

the turn of the screw

Take a Haunting Journey to 19th Century England at the Stage Adaptation of Turn of the Screw at High Springs Playhouse
Now through Sunday, October 24

Pop-Up Markets

rose display

Deep South District Conference & Rose Show at Best Western Gateway Grand
Friday, October 15 – Sunday, October 17 

Swine Field Day and Sale – Showmanship, Feeding and Fitting Clinic at UF South Beef Teaching Unit
Saturday, October 16, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

(sold out) Hatchet Blacksmithing Workshop at Crooked Path Forge
Sunday, October 17, 10 a.m. 

Single Day Knife Blacksmithing Workshop at Crooked Path Forge
Wednesday, October 20, 10 a.m. 

9th Annual Wes Skiles Water Stewardship Awards at the Cade Museum
Wednesday, October 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wes Skiles’ memory will be honored at the 9th annual Wine to Water/Wes Skiles Water Stewardship Awards. The event includes recognition of this year’s award winners and a keynote presentation by Terry D Garcia, former Executive VP Mission Programs, National Geographic Society and current Founder & CEO of Exploration Ventures. Terry worked with Wes on several Nat Geo Explorations and will share his favorite photos as he describes the psyche of an explorer.

Roger’s Farm Fall Festival
Now through October 31 

Newberry Cornfield Maze Opening Night
Now through October 30 

Hollow Oaks Corn Maze
Now through November 7 

Peanut Patch and Corn Maze
Now through October 31

Pop-Up Markets

flashbacks pop up market

Vintage, Art and More at October Pop-Up at Flashbacks Recycled Fashions
Saturday, October 16, 12 p.m.

Music & Performance

Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at One Love Café
Thursday, October 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Singer-Songwriter C.B. Carlyle & Desert Angels at High Dive
Thursday, October 14, 8 p.m.  

R&B with The Browns at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, October 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

corey smith on stage with guitar

Singer-Songwriter with Corey Smith at Knockin’ Boots Saloon
Friday, October 15, 7 p.m. 

GNVpunk Pop Punk and Emo Night at High Dive
Friday, October 15, 9 p.m. 

Bubblegum Bass: A Tribute to Sophie
Friday, October 15, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. 

Reggae with Collie Buddz and Keznamdi at Knockin Boots
Saturday, October 16, 6 p.m. 

Latin Dance Favorites with Swing Theory at One Love Café
Saturday, October 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Alternative Rock with The Remedy at Pink Flamingo Diner
Saturday, October 16, 7 p.m. – 10 pm. 

Rock with WAVVES at High Dive
Saturday, October 16, 8 p.m. 

‘90s Rock with Pet Detectives at Loosey’s
Saturday, October 16, 8 p.m. 

Electronic Music with DMVU, Frostbyte, Confuzed, and Potency b2b Soukii with Visuals by Cartoon Advisory at The Loft
Saturday, October 16, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

spellbound video dance party

Spellbound: ‘80s Darkwave, New Wave, Goth at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta and Palomino
Saturday, October 16, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.  

Electronic Music at “A Most Eggcellent Weekend” at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17 

Classic Rock with Moondog at One Love Café
Sunday, October 17, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Jazz with the Joe Breidenstine Trio at Lightnin’ Salvage
Wednesday, October 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Beach Trap with Shwayze at High Dive
Wednesday, October 20, 8 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Bats, Beer and Bingo at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, October 14, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Oktoberfest at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, October 15, 5 p.m. 

Jazz Bandits and Filipino Flavors Food Truck at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, October 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

UF vs. LSU on Two Big Screens at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, October 16, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Beer Yoga at High Springs Brewing Company
Monday, October 18, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, October 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Spooktacular Films: The Nightmare Before Christmas at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Wednesday, October 20, 8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

Farm Tour and Blueberry Wine Tasting at Deep Spring Farm
Saturday, October 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

roselle u pick

Roselle U-Pick at Frog Song Organics
Sunday, October 17, 10 a.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
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 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

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, October 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Wine Tasting with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Thursday, October 14, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

sugar refined

Cupcake Pop-Up at Sugar Refined Bake Shop
Friday, October 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Organic Wood-Fired Sourdough Bread at Mosswood Farm Store
Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m. 

Herb Bread and Yeast Doughs Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, October 20, 2 p.m. – 4 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.


Gator Talk with Coach Dan Mullen and Special Guests at Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille
Thursday, October 14, 7 p.m.

friday street legal madness

Friday Night Street Legal Madness Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Friday, October 15, 6 p.m. 

Run the Good Race 5K at North Florida Regional Medical Center
Saturday, October 16, 8 a.m.  

4-H State Field Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m.

Gators Swimming and Diving vs. Miami at the Ann Marie Rogers Swimming and Diving Pool
Saturday, October 16, 11 a.m

Gators Volleyball vs. Texas A&M
Saturday, October 16, 5 p.m. 

Rey Seymour Invitational Softball Showcase at Champions Park
Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17 

Florida Rugby Alumni Weekend
Friday, October 15 – Sunday, October 17 

20th Annual Gainesville Senior Games: Table Tennis at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice at Rockwood Park
Sunday, October 17, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

wildflower walks

Guided Wildflower Walk at Morningside Nature Center (Registration Required)
Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  

Timed 5K at Depot Park with parkrun
Saturday, October 16, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  

Alachua Audubon Field Trip at Bivens Rim Forest Conservation Area
Saturday, October 16, 8 a.m.  

Sunrise Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sunday, October 17, 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 p.m. 

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands
Wednesday, October 20, 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

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

pastel painting

Pastel Techniques for Landscape Painting with Scott Lamp at GFAA Gallery
Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Drawings into Paintings — My Covid Years by Mike Donovan at Sweetwater Print Cooperative
Now through October 27

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

Adult Trick or Treating at Swamp Head Brewery, October 22

Pride at Prairie Creek, October 24

European Car Show at Butler Town Center, October 23

Halloween Drive-Thru at Carson Springs, October 30-31

The Fest, October 29-31

Micanopy Fall Festival, October 30-31

Gainesville Cycling Festival, November 6-7

Swallowtail Farm Annual Farm Festival, November 6

40th Downtown Festival and Art Show, November 6-7

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