What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, October 24-27, 2019

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What to do? Bats and brews, Pride parade and celebrations, the Greater Alachua County Fair, majestic horse shows, stunning ballet and orchestral performances, captivating theatre stage shows, Artwalk, cooking classes, fall festivals – it’s all here and happening this weekend in Gainesville and Alachua County.

With so many activities to choose from, it’s easy to create and enjoy memorable moments with your loved ones. When you’re done with your day, kick back at a local craft brewery or savor innovative cuisine and specialty cocktails at inspired local restaurants – and 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!
Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County

Romantic ballet dancers for Anna Karenina

Experience an Epic Story of Drama, Intrigue and Love as Dance Alive National Ballet Presents Anna Karenina
Thursday, October 24 – Friday, October 25, 7:30 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Drama, intrigue, love and infidelity – this is the story of Russian beauty Anna Karenina. Based on Tolstoy’s magnificent novel, it explores a wellspring of family dynamics, social issues, and changing times. With a stunning set design by Mihai Ciupe and striking projections by Houston Wells, Executive Artistic Director Kim Tuttle’s Anna Karenina superbly entertains and delights. Enjoy the pre-show dinner Café Russe, Friday, October 25, 6 p.m.

Full moon with silhouette of a cat on a tree branch.

Enjoy a Mix of Music and Mystery at Gainesville Orchestra’s Symphony Fantastique! a Harvest Halloween Concert
Friday, October 25, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St., E-127, Gainesville, FL 32606

The Gainesville Orchestra, conducted by Evans Haile, presents a concert of fantasies and musical storytelling from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to selections from Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique!” Arrive early to enjoy piano in the lobby, and to show off your costume. 

Greater Alachua County Fair. Ferris Wheel in the background. Megapasses on sale now. Free admission and unlimited rides only $20.89. October 25-November 2, 2019 at Alachua County Fairgrounds

Find Circus Acts, Music, Karaoke, Rides, Yummy Treats and Tons of Fun at the Greater Alachua County Fair
Friday, October 25 – Monday, November 2 | Alachua County Fairgrounds
3100 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

The fun-filled fair takes over the fairgrounds for two weeks with thrilling rides, and assortment of games and tasty food. Discounted tickets are available online. Entertainment is free with admission.

Rustic dinner table set up on the farm

Treat Your Senses at the Farm to Table Dinner with Chef Clif Nelson of Paramount Grill
Saturday, October 26, 4 p.m – 9 p.m. | Swallowtail Farm
17603 NW 276th Ln., Alachua, FL 32615

Enjoy an evening touring the farm and meeting the farmers who help raise and grow your food. Then savor a one-of-kind dinner menu prepared by Chef Nelson paired with locally brewed craft beer and organic wines. Photo by Onna Maya Meyer.

People marching in the Pride Parade along University Ave

Celebrate Diversity at the Pride Parade and Festival
Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. | University Avenue and Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

The 2019 Pride Parade marches down University Avenue to Bo Diddley Plaza. The Pride Festival continues into the day with live music and vendors.

people in bat costumes. 5th annual Florida Bat Festvial, October 26, 10-5pm

Go Batty at the Florida Bat Festival
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Lubee Bat Conservancy
1309 NW 192nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609

Lubee Bat Conservancy hosts the 15th Annual Florida Bat Festival. This is a family friendly event. View the world’s largest bats. Enjoy activities, games, live music, and educational exhibits. Enter raffle prize drawings featuring zoo and theme park tickets. Check out the Kids Zone area featuring Bounce Houses provided by Space Walk of Gainesville and face painting by Fabulous Faces.

GCM Food Festival. Enjoy Food from over 50 restaurants. Thursday, october 24, 5-9 pm at Celebration Pointe. Free admission with $2 food tickets. download the GCM app for a free ticket. VIP at Midici with beer and wine available.

Taste Food from 50 Restaurants at GCM Food Festival
Thursday, October 24, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Restaurants from the Gainesville area serve up food with live music from Elio Piedra and Whiskey Jones. A kids zone includes bounce houses and laser tag. 

Large group of cyclists at First Magnitude Brewing Company

Pedal Through the Scenic Landscape during the Gainesville Cycling Festival – Featuring Two Century Rides, Gravel Challenge and Family Ride
Santa Fe Century: Saturday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. | Northwest Boys & Girls Club
2700 NW 51st St., Gainesville, FL 32607

Horse Farm Hundred: Sunday, October 27, 8:30 a.m. | First Magnitude Brewing
1220 SE Veitch St, Gainesville, FL 32601

The Santa Fe Century is a tour through lush forest and pasture north of Gainesville through the Santa Fe River valley. Bring your gravel or cyclocross bike to the 65-mile Gravel Challenge. The Horse Farm Hundred travels through the picturesque horse farms south of Gainesville.

Abstract artwork of an alligator's teeth

Explore the Gainesville Art Scene on a Self-Guided Tour during Artwalk Gainesville
Friday, October 25, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Multiple Venues
Downtown Gainesville

Discover 19 local galleries and exhibit spaces during Artwalk Gainesville’s October event. Head to GFAA Gallery for the opening reception of the new exhibit Gainesville: The heART of Florida featuring iconic people and places, including the above Al, The Gator by Michael Frommer. Artwalk Gainesville is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer. Be inspired by new artists and exhibit openings on this monthly self-guided art tour. Download the map here.

Royal horses with their riders

Experience the Majesty of Beautiful Horses at The Gala of the Royal Horses
Sunday, October 27, 4 p.m. | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
23100 W. Newberry Road, Newberry FL 32669

This spectacular show for the entire family has previously only been seen at famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain. The Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty and equestrian riders. The gala performance celebrates the Royal Horses’ tradition, athleticism and grace. 

Musicians Myra and Gabe from Stereo RV

Make a Connection with Modern Soulful and Emotive Original Pop with Stereo RV
Sunday, October 27, 8 p.m.  – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Myra Gleason, Stereo RV’s lead singer, has one of the most powerfully expressive voices you’ve ever heard. Her fervent vocals are backed by the guitar and extraordinary beat boxing abilities of her husband, Gabe. The duo has been thrilling audiences in their hometown of Portland since they began performing together six years ago. Myra’s singing and Gabe’s ability to mimic the sound of a full drum kit, make every live performance an other-worldly event.

Free Fridays Concert Series

Dance to Music from Around the Globe with UF World Music and Dance Ensembles
Friday, October 25, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Drummers and dancers from UF World Music ensembles

Start your weekend with a lively and engaging evening of music and dance. The event features special guest Maharajah Flamenco Trio in concert with students and faculty artists from the University of Florida College of the Arts – and it is the final Free Friday Concert Series performance of 2019. This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.


Americana Music with Collapsible B at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, October 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

High-energy Indie Rock with Flipturn with Brazen Youth at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, October 24, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Indie Rock with Jared & The Mill at High Dive
Thursday, October 24, 9 p.m.

Acoustic Folk with Lubben Borthers at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, October 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with The Shambles at Playlist at the Pointe
Friday, October 25, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

90’s Alt Pop Rock with Pet Detectives at Loosey’s Downtown
Friday, October 25, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Silent Disco at Hippodrome Theatre, Lower Level
Friday, October 25, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Rock Music with Jacuzzi Boys, Curleys, Golden Pelicans at The Atlantic
Saturday, October 26, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Jazz musicians and their insturments. Hippodrome Jazz Series Monday Nights

Hipp Jazz with Longineu Parsons and Zac Chester at the Hippodrome Theatre, Lower Level
Monday Series from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

DJ’s and Dance Party for Hellwood Screamstage at Heartwood Soundstage
Wednesday, October 30, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.


Big Top Brewing Company 1 year anniversary block party. Saturday, October 26, 12 p.m - 12 am. Live music, pop up market, beer releases and more

Happy Birthday Big Top Brewing Company!
Join the brewery for two great events this weekend. Friday night, Elio Piedra brings the fiesta for Epic Night at Big Top Brewing Company GNV, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

On Saturday, celebrate with live music, food specials, beer releases and more at the 1 Year Anniversary Block Party at Big Top Brewing Company GNV from 12 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Brews and Blues with Cassie Keenum at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Spooktacular Films “Scream” at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

3rd Annual Blocktoberfest at Blackadder Brewing Company
Friday, October 25, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Adult Trick or Treating 2019 at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, October 25, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Art Walk with Sara Donnachie at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Brewery Boo Bash at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, October 26, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Haunted Hogtown IV History Bike Tour from First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, October 26, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Talk Science with Me at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, October 27, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vegan Halloween Party at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Sunday, October 27, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Boos & Brews at Blackadder Brewing Company
Monday, October 28, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Spain Wine Seminar at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Monday, October 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Opening Weekend of Florida Man at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Four performances a week through Sunday, November 10 
A Florida Man, wracked with guilt, digs up his dead father to give him the proper Viking funeral he always wanted. Inhabiting the world of the Florida Man headlines that have consumed the nation’s attention, this dark comedy by Michael Presley Bobbitt is a complement to his recent hit Sunset Village, set against the backdrop of the wild and rowdy folklore of the Sunshine State.

The Blameless at The Hippodrome
Seven shows per week through Sunday, November 3

Pippin at Constans Theatre
Four shows through Sunday, October 27

Sordid Lives at Actors’ Warehouse
Four shows through Sunday, October 27

Stories to Celebrate Gainesville Pride at The Wooly
Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

OEDIPUS REDUX or “Which Man is that in My Bed?” at Black C Gallery
Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fall BFA Dance Showcase Looking Through at Nadine McGuire Pavilion
Five shows through Sunday, October 27

Local Standup Comedy Showcase at High Dive
Friday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.

(sold out) Moonlit Movies Hocus Pocus at The Depot Event Space
Friday, October 25, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Filipino Student Association at UF presents Def Talent Jam XXVII at the Phillips Center
Saturday, October 26, 7 p.m.

Cocktails & Classics: Strangers on a Train at Hippodrome Cinema
Saturday, October 26, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Improv Comedy Night at the Hippodrome
Wednesday, October 30, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Comedy and Classical Music with MozART Group at the Philips Center
Wednesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.


Pasta and Sauce Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, October 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Haunted House Tours at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Friday, October 25 – Thursday, October 31, 7:15 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sample from Craft Breweries at Beer Tasting Festival at Ward’s Supermarket
Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gainesville Pride Brunch at Emiliano’s Café
Sunday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pumpkin Carving Contest, Face Painting, Games and more at the 6th Birthday Fall Festival Celebration at The Talented Cookie
Sunday, October 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spanish Wine Seminar at Curia on the Drag
Monday, October 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

(sold out) Cheesecake Making Class at The Fat Tuscan
Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A Taste of New Orleans Wine Pairing Dinner at Leonardo’s 706
Wednesday, October 30, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Gator Talk with Mary Wise at Celebration Pointe

Go inside Gators Sports with Gators Women’s Basketball Head Coach Cam Newbauer, Gators Volleyball Head Coach Mary Wise, and Broadcaster Tom Collett at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gators Tennis ITA Regional Championships
Thursday, October 24 – Monday, October 28

Gators Volleyball vs. Alabama at Exactech Arena
Friday, October 25, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Race Cars on a Budget and Exhibition Drag Racing by Big Daddy Don Garlits at Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge at Gainesville Raceway
Friday, October 25, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Costume Contest and Halloween Shoot at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

4-H Florida State Field Archery Match at Easton Newberry Archer Center
Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

USSSA North Florida Super Regional Baseball Tournament at Champions Park
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27

Gators Volleyball vs. Tennessee and Family Fall Festival at Exactech Arena
Sunday, October 27, 1 p.m.

Gators Soccer vs. South Carolina at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Sunday, October 27, 3 p.m.

Gators Mens Basketball vs. Lynn at Exactech Arena
Tuesday, October 29, 7 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Valdosta State at Exactech Arena Wednesday, October 30, 6 p.m.


Greater Gainesville Chamber Veterans Appreciation Lunch at Trinity United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Pet Costume Contest at Petoberfest at Curia on the Drag
Thursday, October 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Candy Stations, Spooky Laser Tag and more at the Kid Friendly Halloween Soiree at Flip Factory Zone
Friday, October 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Haunted House, An Environmental Horror at The Repurpose Project
Friday, October 25 – Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Chamber of Horrors Haunted House in Hawthorne
Friday, October 25 – Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

27th Annual High Springs Rotary Club Car Show in Downtown High Springs
Saturday, October 26, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mid-Century Modern Fun with North By North“East” at The Atomic Ark
Saturday, October 26, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

See Exotic Live Animals from Around the World at Reptiday at Wyndham Garden Gainesville
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Family Friendly Chemistry Demonstrations at Molecular Mania 2019 at the Oaks Mall
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dachshund-only Races, The Running of the Chihuahuas and Canine Costume Contest at the Halloweener Derby Benefitting the Climb for Cancer Foundation at West Side Park
Sunday, October 27, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Boos & Brews at The Hippodrome Theatre
Sunday, October 27, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Fall Festival and Haunted Corn Maze at Rogers Farm
Friday, October 25, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, October 27, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m

Haunted House, Corn Maze, Hayrides, Kids Activities and More at Peanut Patch and Corn Maze
Friday, October 25, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, October 27, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Hollow Oaks Corn Maze in Alachua
Friday, October 25, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, October 27, 2 p.m – 6 p.m.

Plein Air Paint Out at Fair Oaks near Micanopy
Monday, October 28 – Friday, November 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Trick or Treat! Shoppes at Thornebrook
Tuesday, October 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Pumpkin and Vegetable Picking at Pumpkin Day Pick at Fresh Pick in Cross Creek
Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Free Farm Tours, Plant-based Food, Craft Beer and Live Music at Oinktoberfest at Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary
Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m. – 7 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.


Historic Park Tour at Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Wildflower Guided Walks at Morningside Nature Center
Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Yoga and Birding at Zen Birding at Possum Creek Park
Sunday, October 27, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Chapman’s Pond
Sunday, October 27, 8 a.m.

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

Kids Meet Farm Animals at Barnyard Buddies at Morningside Nature Center
Wednesday, October 30, 3 p.m.


Micanopy After Dark invites you to Women Who Whine

Art, Jewelry, Music, Wine and more at Women Who Whine at Fabulous Art Gallery
Thursday, October 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Around the World We Go! Family Day at the Harn Museum of Art
Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Ask a Scientist: Not So Scary Science at Florida Museum of Natural History
Sunday, October 27, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Interactive Museum Tour at Tot Trot: Bats at Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday, October 28, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Matthew Fowler Kickstarter Concert at GFAA Gallery
Tuesday, October 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Vitruvian Women, Paintings by Allison Zuckerman at University Gallery
Thursday, October 24, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Friday, October 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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:
Boo at the Zoo, October 31
THE FEST, November 1 – 3
45th Micanopy Fall Festival, November 2 – 3
Carmen Suite at Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall, November 8-9
Swallowtail Farm Festival, November 9
Veterans Day Celebration, November 11
Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 16 – 17
Newberry Fall Festival, November 23
Spirit of the Horse Holiday Show, December 6

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