What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, October 3-6, 2019

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Get excited for University of Florida Homecoming! Enjoy a weekend of activities including the parade, Gator Growl, and tailgates leading up to the much-anticipated SEC contest between two top-ten undefeated teams, the Florida Gators and the Auburn Tigers. Gator Nation takes the national stage across millions of homes with the EPSN College GameDay on site live broadcast.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
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Homecoming parade with UF mascots Albert and Alberta riding in a car down University Ave

Get in Step with the Festivities – Enjoy UF Mascots Albert and Alberta, Marching Bands, Cheerleaders, Floats and More at the UF Homecoming Parade
Friday, October 4, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | University Ave.

Over 120 organizations march down University Avenue during this cherished community tradition. Find your seat along the parade route and join thousands of fans cheer on the Gator Nation. Parade-goers can also experience the local community through the street vendors lining University Avenue, bringing joy and full stomachs through pizza, snow cones, sandwiches, and more.

Gator Growl with Chase Rice, LANCO, Blanco Brown and hosted by Scotter Magruder

Stand Up and Holler! Feel the Excitement at Gator Growl, the Nation’s Largest Student-run Pep Rally
Friday, October 4, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Flavet Field
2307 Woodlawn St., Gainesville, FL 32611

Country music stars Chase Rice, LANCO and Blanco Brown headline the flagship homecoming event. The evening is hosted by YouTube sensation Scooter Magruder and includes appearances by Gator athletes, UF Cheerleaders, the Dazzlers and Pride of the Sunshine Marching Band. Tickets available at TicketMaster.

Auburn vs Florida retro graphic

Cheer for the Orange and Blue as the UF Gators Battle the Auburn Tigers in an SEC Top 10 Matchup
Saturday, October 5, 3:30 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
121 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, Florida 32608

It’s hard to beat the experience of watching Gator football on homecoming weekend. Fans can expect an amped up pre-game scene. Arrive early for the Gator Walk Village, the Official Swamp Head Tailgate, Fan Fest and more. ESPN’s College Gameday will broadcast from Plaza of the Americas 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday.

High Springs First Friday

Visit the Quaint Shops of Downtown High Springs at First Friday
Friday, October 4, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Downtown High Springs

Take a leisurely stroll at First Fridays in High Springs and enjoy the local food and craft brewery scene followed by a stroll downtown to visit the eclectic shops that stay open late with sales and specials for visitors to enjoy.

Unique Notions celebrates its one-year anniversary with sales, snacks and wine.

Ulisses Rocha playing guitar

Treat Your Ears to the Incomparable Guitar Sounds of one of Brazil’s Finest Guitarists, Ulisses Rocha
Thursday, October 3, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Ulisses Rocha has achieved international acclaim with his performances in festivals around the world. His unique style is a mix of Brazilian, classical and jazz. Opening for Rocha is guitarist Erik Abernathy.

Free Fridays Concert Series

Stomp Your Feet with Gumbo Limbo
Friday, October 4, 8 p.m – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley PlazaDowntown Gainesville

Gumbo Limbo band members with instruments

Gumbo Limbo plays the Cajun, Creole and zydeco dance music of Louisiana. Their sweet and soulful swamp pop and classic country injected with spicy Louisiana accordion never fails to put folks in a honky-tonk state of mind.

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

Fireplace in background. A Party to Murder poster

Look for Clues on Opening Weekend for A Party to Murder at High Springs Playhouse
3 shows per week October 4 – 27 | High Springs Playhouse
23416 W US Hwy. 27, High Springs, FL 32643

A rustic island cottage is the setting as six people arrive in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game. Secret passageways, incriminating letters, hidden compartments, bodies in the window seat and a twenty five year old unsolved mystery twist and turn toward the unexpected and terrifying conclusion. Written by Marcia Kash, Douglas E. Hughes and directed by Katy Lasiter.

Scenes from paddling movies. 2019 Paddling Film Festival Poster

Experience Thrilling Tales from the Water at the 2019 World Paddling Tour Film Festival
Saturday, October 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Prairie Creek Lodge
7204 SE County Rd. 234, Gainesville, FL 32641

The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world.

Retro photo of Gator fans smiling at stadium.

Savor New Releases and Enjoy Live Music at First Magnitude Brewery’s Homecoming Bash + Dash
Friday, October 4, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601

After driving their beer float in the parade, the brewery will set the stage for live music all day and the can release of Mango Lassi Sour. At 8 p.m., the warehouse turns into a 90’s gymnasium to host an old school dance party into the night.

Standup comedians. Fake Famous Comedy UF Black Alumni Reunion Edition, Gainesville, FL

Laugh Out Loud at the Fake Famous Comedy Tour
Friday, October 4, 9:30 p.m. | University Auditorium
333 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

UF Black Alumni Reunion presents a comedy showcase featuring comedian Barry S. Naylor II, Nod Ross and Rich Broke ENT.

Ying Quartet with string insturments

Listen to a Creative Exploration of Chamber Music with the Grammy-winning Ying Quartet
Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m. | University Auditorium
333 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

For nearly three decades, Ying Quartet has been gifting listeners fearless, imaginative chamber music, firmly establishing itself as an ensemble of the highest caliber.


Dr. Steve Bingham Directs Santa Fe Winds Reunion Concert at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
Thursday, October 3, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Reggae Rock with Through The Roots, Pacific Dub, Skunkape, Broskis at High Dive
Thursday, October 3, 8:30 p.m.

Ethereal Piano Blues with Baer and the Lady, Faith and Majesty at Hardback Cafe
Thursday, October 3, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Classic Country with Few Miles South at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, October 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hard Rock Meets Hip Hop with Unidentified, Crack Street Boys, Neuro at Hardback Cafe
Friday, October 4, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Green Day, NOFX and 90’s Rock Radio with Jazon & The Insomniacs, Pet Detectives and SOFX at Loosey’s Downtown
Friday, October 4, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Punk Rock with B Boys, Post Teens, Cesar Santini at The Atlantic
Friday, October 4, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Dr. Fëëldirty Motley Crue Tribute, Parker Road and Heavy Pedal at High Dive
Friday, October 4, 9:30 p.m.

Sally B’s Noobie Revue -A New Burlesque Performer Showcase at Hardback Café
Saturday, October 5, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Gainesville Pop Punk Emo Dance Party at High Dive
Saturday, October 5, 9 p.m.

Sunshine State, Cheap Plastic, Lover’s Booth at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Saturday, October 5, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Old Time Bluegrass, Country & Gospel at High Springs Civic Center
Monday, October 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Punk Rock with Red City Radio, Rockhill, Articles at Loosey’s Downtown
Monday, October 7, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Jazz musicians and their insturments. Hippodrome Jazz Series Monday Nights

Hippodrome Jazz Series features Carlos Vizoso
Monday, October 7, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

[cancelled] Dead Flowers Circus-Sideshow Performance Artists Return to GNV at High Dive
Monday, October 7, 8 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at High Dive
Wednesday, October 9, 8 p.m.


Brewery sign at Big Top Brewing Company

Football Friday! at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, October 4, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bats, Beer & Bingo with Lubee Bat Conservancy at Blackadder Brewing Company
Friday, October 4, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Singer Songwriter Paul Eliott at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Friday, October 4, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

UF vs. Auburn on the Big Screen First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, October 5, 3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Celtic Music with Jig to a Milestone at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, October 6, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Brainholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Acoustic Music with The PairODocs and Friends Listening Room at Cypress & Grove
Wednesday, October 9, 6 p.m.

Wooden Nickel Wednesdays & Trivia! At Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, October 9, 6 p.m.


Stories on Reaching Adulthood at The Conch’s October Storytelling Event “Young and Dumb” at Lightnin Salvage
Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Seussical Jr. – a fun musical for all ages at Gainesville High School
Now through October 12

Final Weekend for Jekyll & Hyde The Musical at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Now through October 6


Festive music notes graphics. A Gainesville Gone Memphis Pre-Party evening of Blues & Bourbon at Celebration Pointe. Saturday, October 5 7pm-9pm

Homecoming Wine Tasting with Cuisine from Chef Miles Burnett at Dorn’s Liquors
Friday, October 4, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Evening of Blues and Bourbon at Celebration Pointe
Saturday, October 5, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.   

Educational Bourbon Seminar at Curia on the Drag
Monday, October 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Gator Talk with head coach Dan Mullen

Go Beyond the Sidelines with Gators Football Head Coach Dan Mullen at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar in Celebration Pointe
Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Hall of Fame on the Goal Line at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Friday, October 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Drag Racing Test and Tune and Gambler Race at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, October 5, 5 p.m.

Roller Derby Battle. Swamp City Sirens vs Gold Coast Derby Grrls. 10/5/19 MLK Center 6pm

Roller Derby: Swamp City Sirens vs. Gold Coast Derby Grrls at MLK Center
Saturday, October 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Gators Soccer vs. Texas A&M
Sunday, October 6, 5 p.m.


Oktoberfest at Haile Village Center
Friday, October 4, 5 p.m – 10 p.m.

Hand-forged Candle Holder Blacksmithing Workshop with [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fall Festival and Haunted Corn Maze Opening Weekend at Roger’s Farm
Friday, October 4, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Peanut Patch and Corn Maze in Archer
Friday, October 4, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Hollow Oaks Corn Maze in Alachua
Friday, October 4, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Illustration of people with telescopes looking at the moon. October 5th, International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night and Planetarium Shows at Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
Saturday, October 5, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Florida Vintage Market at Bo Diddley Plaza
Sunday, October 6, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

A Celebration of the Life of Alexander von Humboldt at the Phillips Center
Sunday, October 6, 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.


Tomatoes at the Market

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.

U-Pick Persimmons and Chestnuts at High Springs Orchard & Bakery
Saturday, October 5, 8 a.m. – 6 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.


Join the Free 5K Run, Jog, Walk at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, October 5, 7:30 a.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Santa Fe River Preserve South Trail
Saturday, October 5, 8 a.m.

Ranger-led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Family Birding with Alachua Audubon Society at La Chua Trail
Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Living History Days at Morningside Nature Center
Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wildflower Guided Walks at Morningside Nature Center
Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Quilt Day & Heritage Nursery Plant Sale at Dudley Farm
Saturday, October 5, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Free Yoga at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Old Florida Seed and Story Swap at Morningside Nature Center
Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Discussion and Hike, Dragonflies of Florida at Prairie Creek Lodge
Saturday, October 5, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Family Drum Circle at Depot Park
Saturday, October 5, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Ginnie Brew Fest Saturday October 19

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.


1100 Cups from 200 Artists at Cup: The Intimate Object XV Opening Reception at Charlie Cumming Gallery
Friday, October 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Artist’s Reception Vibe Inherent: Abstract & Esoteric at Hotel Indigo
Friday, October 4, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Guided Tour at the Harn Museum of Art
Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m. – 3 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

Plants and Animals from the Local Ecosystem at Donald Martin – Sanctuary Printmaking Exhibit at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Friday, October 4, 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:
Butterfly Fest, October 12
Fall Open House and Plant Sale at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, October 12-13
35th Annual Thornebrook Arts Festival, October 12-13
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

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