What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, October 27 – November 3, 2021

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Find trick-or-treat and holiday events in Alachua County and add some fun to your Halloween weekend. Stroll under the Live Oaks at the 46th Micanopy Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Dance Alive National Ballet presents the torn life of Phantom. Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation hosts drive-through safari tours. Cast a spell of curiosity at the Cade Museum’s Sparks and Spooks.

Thousands of music fans transform downtown Gainesville for The FEST 19. Take a self-guided tour of the local art scene at Artwalk Gainesville. Learn all about bats at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. 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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Stroll Under the Live Oaks in Florida’s Oldest Inland Town at the 46th Micanopy Fall Festival
Saturday, October 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, October 31, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Micanopy
NE Cholokka Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667 

Florida’s oldest inland town welcomes the popular 46th Annual Micanopy Fall Festival. Art lovers stroll through the town’s charming oak tree-lined Cholokka Blvd. enjoying more than 200 artist and food vendor booths, all to the soundtrack of live music and entertainment throughout the day.  Save the date for Micanopy’s Bicentennial Celebration from the Micanopy Historical Society, November 12-13, 2021. 

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Be Spellbound by the Torn Life of the Phantom, Presented by Dance Alive National Ballet
Saturday, October 30, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611 

The Dance Alive National Ballet dancers present a thrilling performance that is both classical and contemporary and features high tech lighting effects, scintillating opera, and a uniquely bold revolving set. PHANTOM mesmerizes, enchants and enthralls. Love and obsession, good versus evil, and a classic love triangle – this is PHANTOM. Photo of Andre Valladon by Ani Collier

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Go UpStage and Experience a Master of Jazz Organ with Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Thursday, October 28, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611 

Joey DeFrancesco is a four-time Grammy Award-nominee and recipient of countless awards and accolades since his emergence in the 1980s on the modern jazz organ. He is also known for being one of the youngest players ever recruited by Miles Davis for his talents on trumpet.  UpStage performances bring the audience literally up onto the Philips Center main stage, transformed into a cabaret-like setting complete with tables, chairs and cash bar. The early seating includes hors-d’oeuvres while the later seating includes desserts.

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Discover What Lurks Beneath the Surface at Nightmare on the Santa Fe River
Thursday, October 28, 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 US 441, High Springs, FL 32643 

Current Problems and Kings of the Springs present a spooky Halloween paddle. On a leisurely 30-minute paddle loop, witness the horrors of the deep. Kids receive bags with treats from The Talented Cookie, non-toxic playdough and four homemade recycled crayons. 

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Treat Yourself and the Kids to Over 100 Animals at Halloween Drive-Thru Wildlife Tours
Friday, October 29, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, October 30, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 31 12 p.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 E CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Drive through Carson Springs to see wild animals in a nature setting. For more scares, take the optional “Path of Horrors” walk-thru path. Make reservations online here.  TripAdvisor awarded Carson Springs the 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award recognizing the attraction at the top 10% of things to do worldwide based on visitor reviews. 

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Hundreds of Bands, Comedians and Wrestlers Transform Downtown Gainesville for FEST 19
Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31 | Downtown Gainesville
Various Locations 

The FEST is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville, FL now in its 19th year – and going strong! For three days, thousands of music lovers from across the country and around the world meet up to see their favorite independent and alternative bands in downtown Gainesville. This year’s band lineup features Hot Water Music, Frank Turner, Into It. Over It., Eve 6 and many more. A very limited number of weekend passes and single venue passes are available online.

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Trick-or-Treat with the Family All Halloween Weekend Long:
Dress up in costume and load up those goodie bags at these family-friendly holiday events. 

Trick-or-Treating and Dance Performance from Danscompany at Celebration Pointe
Friday, October 29, 6 p.m. 

Trick-or-Treat Along “Scarecrow Row” on Main Street Alachua
Saturday, October 30, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Monster Mash and Trick-or-Treat at the Oaks Mall
Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Trick-or-Treating and Fun Festivities at Tioga Town Center
Sunday, October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Trick-or-Treat Drive Through at Ironwood Golf Course
Sunday, October 31, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Explore the Local Art Scene and Meet Artists at the Self-Guided Artwalk Gainesville Tour
Friday, October 29, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Downtown Gainesville
Various Locations 

October’s Artwalk features eleven art galleries and exhibitions including “To An Infinite Past” at Hippodrome Gallery, Art and Jazz at Swamp City Gallery Lounge, Moonlight Art Market at Artisans’ Guild Gallery and more. Find more venue details and download the tour map online.  

The next and final Artwalk Gainesville of 2021 takes place December 3. 

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Cast a Spell of Curiosity at the Cade Museum’s Sparks and Spooks
Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

A witch’s brew of fun awaits at The Cade. Sparks and Spooks includes a scavenger hunt, spider-launching catapults, “Makey Makey with Pumpkins” and a literal hair-raising electro-ball. Kids get in free with costume. 

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Vote for Festive Creations at the Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Thursday, October 28, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | High Springs Farmer’ Market Pavilion
23517 NW 185th Rd., High Springs, FL 32643 

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe and High Springs CRA present a Halloween pumpkin decorating contest benefitting families and children in the community. Painted, carved and decorated pumpkins are on display. Following the event, trick-or-treat at downtown High Springs businesses.

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Learn About Bats at Paynes Prairie
Friday, October 29, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Lake Wauberg Pavilion at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667 

The Lubee Bat Conservancy presents an educational event all about bat species, populations and ways to promote conservation. Gain an appreciation for these amazing, gentle and misunderstood animals. 

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Halloween Games, Food and Prizes at the Monster Mash Costume Bash
Saturday, October 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | The Dunbar Hotel
732 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Downtown Wine and Cheese and The Dunbar Hotel present a Halloween bash. Eat ghoulish treats from the mad scientist’s lab, drink from the haunted cauldron or poisoned well, for ages 21+.

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Party into the Night at Steve Aoki Halloween
Sunday, October 31, 5 p.m. | Vivid Sky Warehouse

2386 NE 18th Terr., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Billboard described the two-time-GRAMMY-Nominated artist/DJ/producer and Dim Mak Records founder as “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world.” As a solo artist, Steve Aoki boasts a lauded cross-genre discography that includes 7 studio albums and collaborations with Lil Uzi Vert, Maluma, BTS, Linkin Park and Louis Tomlinson amongst others, counting nearly 3 billion music streams to his name.

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Halloween-Themed Music Rings-Out from Century Tower
Friday, October 29, 7:20 p.m. | Century Tower at the University of Florida

375 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611 

The UF Carillon and Organ studios present a “Spooktacular” holiday program starting inside University Auditorium featuring the Andrew Anderson Memorial Pipe Organ. Afterwards, a large screen projects live images of carillon performers outside Century Tower. Attendees invited to wear costumes. 

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Century Tower is a 157-foot carillon tower in the center of the University of Florida campus featuring 61 bells. The Tower was built in 1953 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the university and was dedicated to UF students killed in World Wars I and II. Find UF COVID guidelines here.

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See the Fastest Street Cars and Drag Racers in Florida Compete at the 6th Annual 352 Shootout
Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m. | Gainesville Raceway
11211 N CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609 

Nine different classes, from streetcars to race cars, launch down the quarter-mile drag strip at the historic Gainesville Raceway. Halloween fun includes costume awards for kids and adults, pit/trailer decoration contest and trunk-or-treat at the race track. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Elimination races are scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Kids under 12 get in free.

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Arts & Theatre

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NAACP Image Award-Winning Author Kathryn Russel-Brown at A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center
Sunday, October 31, 3:30 p.m.

Be Inspired with a Thought-Provoking Visit with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Mountaintop at Hippodrome Theatre
Now through Sunday, November 7 

Hunt for Dark Matter with Phantom of the Universe at Santa Fe College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.

Events & Festivals

Bike Night Fright Night at Gainesville Harley-Davidson
Friday, October 29, 5 p.m. 

History Bike Gainesville Presents the Haunted Hogtown Bike Tour of Spooky Spots
Friday, October 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Spooky Mini Golf at Pink Flamingo Diner and Haunted House at The Opera House in High Springs
Saturday, October 30, 6 p.m.

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All Saints Day Cemetery Tour at Kanapaha Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Sunday, October 31, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Halloween at Haile Equestrian Center with Free Pony Rides, Horse Costumes and More
Sunday, October 31, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Halloween Party and Costume Party at Silver Q
Sunday, October 31, 9 p.m.

Hollow Oaks Corn Maze
Now through November 7

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Roger’s Farm Fall Festival
Now through October 31 

Newberry Cornfield Maze Opening Night
Now through October 30 

Peanut Patch and Corn Maze
Now through October 31

Pop-Up Markets

All Treats and No Tricks at the Horsey Yard Sale Benefitting Alachua County 4-H Horse Program at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, October 30, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Music & Performance

Punk Music at Unofficial Pre-Fest at High Dive with Smartpunk and Friends
Thursday, October 28, 4:30 p.m. 

Mike Johnson at One Love Café
Thursday, October 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Alt-Country with Uncle Mosie at Lightnin’ Salvage Enterprises
Thursday, October 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Gainesville PreFest at Loosey’s
Thursday, October 28, 7 p.m. 

The Real Deelz at One Love Café
Friday, October 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

The Vibe at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Friday, October 29, 7 p.m. 

Barstool Prophets at One Love Café
Saturday, October 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Guitarist Rich Stano at One Love Café
Sunday, October 31, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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Americana with Jonathan Foster at Curia on the Drag
Sunday, October 31, 3 p.m. 

Fast Lane Brings the Funk to One Love Café
Sunday, October 31, 4 p.m. 

Electronic Music and Halloween After Party with Gattuso at Knockin’ Boots Saloon
Sunday, October 31, 10 p.m. 

Local Singer-Songwriters Share the Stories Behind the Songs at The Swampland Troubadours at Lightin’ Salvage Enterprises
Tuesday, November 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Houston Keen at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Wednesday, November 3, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Craft Breweries

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Boos and Brews at Blackadder Brewing Company
Thursday, October 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Houston Keen at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, October 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Halloween Madness with Bluegrass and Country from Jenu Six and The Old Souls at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, October 29, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

High Energy Horns with Sooza Brass Band with Filipino Flavors Food Truck at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, October 29, 7 p.m. 

UF vs. Georgia on Two Big Screens at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, October 30, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Halloween Ball 2021 at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, October 30, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. 

A Spooky Reggae Halloween Party at The Duppy Ball with Easy Crew at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, October 31, 4 p.m. 

Beer Yoga at High Springs Brewing Company
Monday, November 1, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

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

frozen treats from jeremiahs italian ice

Now Open: Jeremiah’s Italian Ice in Butler Plaza offers over 40 flavors of Italian ice, soft-serve ice cream and Jeremiahs Gelati with countless layered flavor combinations. 

Free Chocolate Dip for Customers in Costume at The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops
Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31

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Lacto Fermented Condiments Workshop at High Springs Orchard and Bakery
Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, October 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Wine Tasting with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Thursday, October 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

oktober fest at one love cafe

One Love Café Presents Food Trucks, Live Music and Trick or Treating at Octoberfest
Sunday, October 31, 4 p.m. – 8 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.


Gators Soccer vs. South Carolina
Thursday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.

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Gators Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, October 29, 10 a.m.

Halloween Axe Throwing at The Hatchetbury Axe Throwing Bar
Saturday, October 30 – Sunday, October 31 

Premier Girls Fastpitch at Champions Park
Saturday, October 30 – Sunday, October 31 

Teddy Bear Invitational Gymnastics Competition at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center
Saturday, October 30 – Sunday, October 31 

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Halloween Spooktacular Racing at High Springs BMX
Sunday, October 31, 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. Embry-Riddle at Exactech Arena
Monday, November 1, 7 p.m.

Parks & Trails

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Plants and Poetry Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands Park – Registration Required
Friday, October 29, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Bicycle Rolling Tour Of The San Felasco Nature Trail Plus Discussion Of Technology in the City of Alachua
Friday, October 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

100th parkrun Costume Party – Timed 5K at Depot Park
Saturday, October 30, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. 

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Barnyard Buddies at Morningside Nature Center
Wednesday, November 3, 3 p.m. – 4 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

Free Admission at The Cade Museum at Lights on Afterschool
Thursday, October 28, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

shade photography exhibit at good news arts

SHADE Photography Exhibit by Marina Sachs at Good News Arts
Now through November 13 

Sequential Arts Workshop Exhibit at GFAA Gallery
Now through November 20 

To An Infinite Past by Keiaria Williams, Reception and Performance Screening at Hippodrome Gallery
On display through November 7 

Historic Photos and Art Celebrate Micanopy’s Bicentennial at Mott-May Gallery
Wednesday, November 3 – Sunday, November 14 

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

Gainesville Cycling Festival, November 6-7

Swallowtail Farm Annual Farm Festival, November 6

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

Stirring the Leaves Micanopy Bicentennial Celebration, November 12-13

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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