What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, October 31 – November 3, 2019

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Be sure to set your clocks and “Fall Back” one hour this Sunday. The good news is you’ll gain an hour to explore Gainesville and Alachua County. With choices like Boo at the Zoo, the 45th Micanopy Fall Festival, the Fair Oaks Foundation Plein Air Paint Out and Patrons Gala, the 300+ band 3-day FEST18 indie music festival, along with captivating music performances at Heartwood Soundstage, the UF Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and the Hippodrome, plus family fun at the Greater Alachua County Fair and so much more, you’ll wish you had even more time to take it all in.

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Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
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Illustrations of ghosts bats and cats with spider webs. Boo at the Zoo, October 31 at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Trick or Treat Among the Animals at the 25th Annual Boo at the Zoo!
Thursday, October 31, 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606

Boo at the Zoo is one of Gainesville’s favorite Halloween treats for families. Students and staff transform the zoo into a spooky but safe trick or treating event with 14 different candy stations decorated in themes from children’s classics and fan favorites. Admission to the event is one canned good per person.

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
Thursday, October 31, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday, November 1, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. | 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.

High Springs First Friday

Visit the Quaint Shops of Downtown High Springs at First Friday
Friday, November 1, 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.

Painting of live oak with spanish moss overlooking a lake and farm house in the distance

Watch Artists Paint the Landscape at the Fair Oaks Foundation Plein Air Paint Out and Patron’s Gala
Thursday, October 31 – Friday, November 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Gala is Saturday, November 2, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Fair Oaks
7726 SE 179th Pl, Micanopy, Florida 32667

Enjoy a ride or stroll through the Fair Oaks fields and see great work in progress by over 30 artists. Canvases are available for sale directly from the artists. The paint out culminates with live music, beverages and hors d’oeuvres at the Patron’s Gala. The paint out is free for spectators. Tickets for the gala available at Painting by Kate Barnes, Fair Oaks Summer, acrylic on canvas

Band members posing in front of a bar

Go UpStage and Get Treated to Joyful Jazz and a Touch of Comedy with Sammy Miller and the Congregation
Friday, November 1, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Formed by drummer, singer, and bandleader, Sammy Miller, this group is on a mission to put generosity back into jazz and are committed to letting audience members feel like they’re participants rather than passive witnesses.

UpStage performances take place directly on the Phillips Center Main Stage, transformed into a jazz club with tables, chairs and a cash bar. The 7 p.m. show includes hors-d’oeuvres, while the 9 p.m. show includes desserts.

Band members playing on stage

Immerse Your Senses in Someday Honey’s Blend of Blues, Country and Soul
Friday, November 1, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Listening to Someday Honey live is an intimate, quality musical experience. Expect amazing musicianship, stellar vocals, and a delightful dose of witty stage banter as they roll out captivating mountain-soul tunes. This musical collective is led by vocalist and guitarist Kaleigh Baker with Matt Walker on guitar, Mark Cunningham on upright bass and Sam Farmer on drums round out their sound. 

Dressage horse and rider

Experience Equestrian Excellence at Holiday Kick-Off Dressage
Saturday, November 2 – Sunday, November 3 | Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
23100 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669

Dressage is a highly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition or competition. The Holiday Kick-Off Dressage competition is free for spectators and features riders and horses showing off their skills in a showcase of the Olympic discipline. 

Historic Micanopy sign. Founded 1821

Celebrate Fall in Oldest Inland Town in Florida at the 45th Micanopy Fall Arts Festival
Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, November 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Historic Micanopy
Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667

Hundreds of artists and vendors from across the Southeast converge and gather under the oak trees of this historic town to celebrate fall and kick-off the holiday season. In addition to arts, crafts and tasty food, the main stage hosts live music on both days.

The historic home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Get the Inside Scoop on Dreaming the Marsh, an Environmental Fable, at the Writer’s Talk and Writer’s Life House Tour
Saturday, November 2, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S CR 325, Cross Creek, FL 32640

First in a series of Writer’s Talks features Elizabeth McCulloch and her new book Dreaming the Marsh. Special guests include Lars Anderson, author of Paynes Prairie – The Great Savanna and Florence Turcotte, Literary Manuscripts Archivist at the George A. Smathers Libraries of the University of Florida.

Fest 18 logo

Join the Fun at Fest 18 – Gainesville’s Longest Running Independent Music Festival, Featuring 16 Venues, 300+ Bands and All the Decibels You Can Handle
November 1-3 | Multiple Venues
Downtown Gainesville
The multi-day festival transforms downtown Gainesville. Sixteen venues host over 300 bands, pro wrestlers and comedians. 3-day passes are sold out, but single venue tickets are still available. See the lineup and ticket information at

Underwater cave diver. Florida Cave Fest hosted by Extreme Exposure

Discover Underwater Caves at Florida Cave Fest
Sunday, November 3 – Thursday, November 7, | Extreme Exposure Adventure Center
18481 High Springs Main Street, High Springs, Florida 32643

This North Florida cave diving event features guided underwater dives, presentations, demos, socials and more. Explore new dive locations and learn from experts and leading instructors. Meet cave and diving enthusiasts at the Florida Cave Fest Social on Tuesday, November 5 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Comedian Chris Kattan

Laugh Out Loud with Chris Kattan (from Saturday Night Live) and Friends
Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

On a Florida Tour, stand-up comic, actor and author visits Gainesville for the first time. The SNL veteran will be joined by Allie Markwich, Cameron Atkinson and Surfer Jesus.


Ghouls Night Out Halloween Dance & Costume Party and Smartpunk’s Porch Party at High Dive
Thursday, October 31, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Punk Rock at PreFest at Loosey’s Downtown
Thursday, October 31, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

The FEST Presents: Halloween at “Boo Diddley Plaza”
Thursday, October 31, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Halloween Spooktacular with UF Organ and Carillon Studios at University Auditorium
Thursday, October 31, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Acoustic Punk at the FreeFest/PreFest at The Bull
Thursday, October 31, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Halloween Block Party at The Atlantic and Arcade Bar
Thursday, October 31, 10 p.m.

Soul, Jazz & Funk with The Browns at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, November 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Folk Music with Penn Johnson at Dad’s Bar
Friday, November 1, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Acoustic Folk-rock with The New 76ers at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, November 2, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Original Acoustic Music by Gary Gordon Ensemble at The Historic Thomas Center
Sunday, November 3, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Beautiful Country Music with Gretchen Peters at Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, November 3, 8 p.m. – 10 p.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.

Monday’s Hippodrome Jazz Series features 3 time Grammy nominee Jose Valentino on saxophone, flute and bass; Downbeat winner Robert Acevedo on drums and congas; guitar extraordinaire Erik Abernathy on bass and guitar; and UF Jazz director Scott Wilson on piano and EVI. This is going to be an amazing show with multimedia elements and great music. 

Singers/Songwriters Play Original Tunes at The Swampland Troubadours at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, November 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Halloween Hootenanny at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, October 31, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Halloween Bash at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Thursday, October 31, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Spooktacular Films: ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, October 31, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Jazz Bandits at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Friday, November 1, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

New Orleans Swamp Rock with Jasper Smitty Unplugged at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, November 1, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Southern Rock, Pop & Blues with Josh Gilbert at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Friday, November 1, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Free FEST 18 Show at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Saturday, November 2, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Florida-Georgia Football Game on the Big Screen at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, November 2, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Annual Halloween Ball at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, November 2, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Modern Folk with VOWLS Mixtape Release Party
Saturday, November 2, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

American Classic Food Fest at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, November 3, 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Disco ball in the background. 8-Track, conceived by Rick Seeber. Presented by Star Center Theatre

Opening Weekend: 8-Track, The Sounds of the 70s at Star Center Theatre
3 shows per week through Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

With its propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies, 8-Track is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. Get ready to boogie down through ten years of groundbreaking music!

The Blameless at The Hippodrome
Through Sunday, November 3

Florida Man at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Four performances a week through Sunday, November 10

Fall 2019 Art Bash with UF School of Art + Art History at the UF Fine Arts Complex
Friday, November 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Young Dancer Showcase of North Central Florida Presents its Dance Showcase at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
Saturday, November 2, 8 p.m.

All Saints’ Concert with Dance Alive National Ballet at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Sunday, November 3, 4 p.m.


Hogwarts Style High Tea at Harry Potter Tea Party at Haile Village Bistro
Saturday, November 2, 3 p.m.

Intro to Plant Based Cooking at Peacefield Farm
Saturday, November 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Rum Punch Brunch at Emilianos Café
Sunday, November 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tour of Asia: Food Festvial at One Love Café
Sunday, November 3, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fall Soup Classes at The Fat Tuscan
Wednesday, November 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 6 p.m – 8 p.m.


Gator football crowd. Gator Talk live from Celebration Pointe at 7pm

Go Beyond the Sidelines with Gator Football with Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham and Offensive Line Coach John Hevesy at Gator Talk at Celebration Pointe
Thursday, October 31, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Celebration Pointe

Car Show, Drag Racing, Burnout and Stereo Contests and more at Import Face-Off at Gainesville Raceway
Sunday, November 3, 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

Gators Men’s Basketball vs. North Florida at Exactech Arena Tuesday, November 5, 7 p.m.


Join the Santa Fe College Police Department and Other Public Safety Members and Run with the Cops at the Santa Fe College Track
Thursday, November 7, 9:30 a.m.

It will be a morning of fun and fitness supporting those with special needs. Get an up-close look at police and fire rescue vehicles, learn important safety tips and meet the members of law enforcement who protect and serve the community. Publix and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be on hand to fuel up participants before they get moving.

Trick or Treat on Main Street Alachua
Thursday, October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Halloween Party and $100 Costume Contest at Silver Q
Thursday, October 31, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Halloween Block Party at The Atlantic and Arcade Bar
Thursday, October 31, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Ghouls Night Out Halloween Dance and Costume Party at High Dive
Thursday, October 31, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Artists, Vendors and Food at Magnolia Color Fest at One Love Café
Saturday, November 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation Tour (reservation required)
Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m.

High Flying, Off the Wall Action at Fest Wrestling We Are Family Sunday, November 3, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Guided Farm Tour and Roselle U-Pick at Frog Song Organics
Sunday, November 3, 1 p.m. – 5 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.


Ranger Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, November 2, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Family Birding with Alachua Audubon Society at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.

Living History Days at Morningside Nature Center
Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gainesville 150! History Hunt at Depot Park
Sunday, November 3, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday Birding Walks with Alachua Audubon Society and Park Rangers at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, November 6, 8:30 a.m.

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


Wine to Water Wes Skiles Water Stewardship Awards with Bill Kurtis at the Cade Museum
Monday, November 4, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Graphic Novel Discussion and Book Signing Winter Warrior, a Vietnam Vet’s Anti-War Odyssey with Scott Camil at Matheson History Museum
Saturday, November 2, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Harlem Renaissance Exhibit Opening and Reception at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Saturday, November 2, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Landscapes and Iconic Landmarks at The heART of Florida at GFAA Galllery
Now through November 23

Journey Into Our National Parks Exhibit at Coffee Culture
Now through November 30, 2019

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:
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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