What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, October 7-13, 2021

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What’s Good is on parade in celebration of University of Florida Homecoming weekend. Orchestrate fun plans, beginning with cheers for the motorcade of orange and blue as the beloved annual homecoming parade kicks off festivities. The celebration continues with Gator Growl featuring live music and comedy acts, leading up to the big game on Saturday, and culminating with Soulfest on Sunday.

Get energized with the versatile musical stylings of Dr. Neu and LP3 at the Free Fridays Concert Series in downtown Gainesville, or slide on over to Jazz on the Green at Celebration Pointe for danceable tunes by Swing Theory. Enjoy the night sky with the sounds of bluegrass at Heartwood Soundstage. Indulge your artistic side at the Artisans’ Guild Gallery Art Market, or celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with select activities.

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. 

homecoming and gator growl

Cheer on the Orange and Blue at UF Homecoming and Gator Growl
Homecoming Festival at Plaza of the Americas
Friday, October 8, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Find fun activities for all ages and giveaways at the UF Homecoming Festival. 

99th Annual Homecoming Parade
Friday, October 8, 12 p.m.

Start: Museum Rd. and 13th St.
End: University Ave. and Main St.
The homecoming parade has an updated route this year. The parade starts at Museum Rd. and 13th St, traveling North and ends at University Ave. and Main St. 

Gator Growl with Neon Trees and Gunna
Friday, October 8, Doors at 5 p.m.

The largest student-run pep rally in the nation continues the tradition of entertaining Gator Nation with rock band Neon Trees and rap artist Gunna.  

Soulfest “Growling Loud” at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
Sunday, October 10, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

See a showcase of dance moves, singing voices and school spirit.

gators football

The Swamp Roars to Life as Gators Football Hosts Vanderbilt
Saturday, October 8, 12 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

157 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611 

UF’s Homecoming matchup sees the Gators take on the Commodores. View the football game day guide for details including COVID protocols, mobile ticketing, parking and shuttles, pre-game festivities and more.

chomp the block

Celebrate Game Day Weekend at Chomp The Block
Friday, October 8, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Celebration Pointe

4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Before the Gators take to the Swamp on Saturday, Celebration Pointe hosts Chomp the Block, a pre-game event featuring fun, food, drinks, live music by Little Jake and the Soul Searchers, UF celebrity appearances and good times presented by GameDay Vodka. 

From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., the family-friendly Entertainment Zone features bounce houses, balloon animals, face painting and more.

jazz on the green at celebration pointe

Do the Lindy Hop with Swing Theory at Jazz on the Green
Saturday, October 9, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe

4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Dance to jazz standards with the seven-piece band Swing Theory. Pull up a chair, spread a blanket under the setting sun and catch live music. Make an evening of it and grab dinner and drinks at a Celebration Pointe restaurant.

hispanic heritage month

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 

Guided Zoo Tour in Spanish at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Sunday, October 10, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 

Cuban-American Fusion Food with Rancho Luna Food Truck at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, October 10

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uf symphony orchestra

Experience the Power of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Thursday, October 7, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center

3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Four internationally known soloists join Gainesville Master Chorale and UF School of Music for a performance of what is considered one of the finest achievements in the history of Western music. Tickets to attend in-person and livestreaming available online.

faba annual conference

Forge Your Blacksmithing Skills at the Florida Artist Blacksmith Association Annual Blacksmithing Conference
Friday, October 8 – Sunday, October 10 | Best Western Gateway Grand

4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606 

Welcome Florida blacksmiths! Gainesville hosts the FABA Annual Blacksmithing Conference for the first time.  

Join blacksmith artists for a weekend of leatherworking, knife making, fellowship and more with classes for all skill levels. Demonstrations include sand casting from the bronze age to modern specialized knife making led by Trenton Tye, Ryan Rowe, Peter Hill and David Sandlin. The instructors bring years of experience and have been featured on “Forged In Fire” on the History Channel and “Master of Arms” on the Discovery Channel. Weekend tickets and one-day passes are available online.

fever metal art center

Learn How to Create Your Own Survival Knife at a Two-Day Blacksmithing Workshop with [Fe]ver Metal Art Center
Saturday, October 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, October 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Fe[ver] Metal Art Center
Location Provided After Registration 

Learn basic hammering and shaping techniques to create a survival knife on Saturday. On day two, create a paracord wrap and custom sheath. All safety gear provided and no experience is required.

medicine springs band

Get a Dose of Bluegrass from Medicine Springs at the Outdoor Stage
Sunday, October 10, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Medicine Springs is comprised of Scott Anderson on banjo, Gabriel Valla on guitar and mandolin, Christian Ward on fiddle, Lon Williamson on upright bass and Lis Williamson on rhythm guitar and vocals. 

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. 

florida vintage market

Score a Retro Find at The Florida Vintage Market
Sunday, October 10, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | 4th Ave Food Park

409 SW 4th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 

Browse custom clothing and sneakers, handmade art, street wear and more. The curated variety of vendors include That Henna Girl, Garage Shirts, Cowboy City Vintage, Tailgate Fever and more.

limpkin bird and snail

(Registration Full) Explore Trails and Spot Wildlife on a Ranger-Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sunday, October 10, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Rd., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Join a park ranger to see birds, alligators and more wildlife on the trails at Sweetwater Wetlands Park. The ranger-led tour is free with general park admission and includes a one-mile walk that lasts about an hour. Bring water, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

concert under the stars

Dance Along to a Classic Rock Soundtrack with The Couch Messiahs
Friday, October 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Tioga Town Center
13085 SW 1st Ln., Newberry, FL 32669 

Enjoy the sounds from the Couch Messiahs live from the amphitheater at Tioga Town Center. Grab dinner and a drink from a nearby restaurant and relax with live music under the stars. 

longineu parsons and trumpet

Discover a New Generation of Musical Mastery with LP3 and Dr. Neu at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, October 8, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville 

With deep roots in jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, metal, gospel, blues and classical music, LP3 was founded by Longineu Parsons III and keyboardist Zac Chester. For Friday’s concert, Longineu Parsons II, “Dr. Neu,” joins his son on trumpet.  

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.

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Arts & Theatre

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  

Now Playing at the Hippodrome Cinema, Titane
Now through Sunday, October 10 

Follow the Life of Celie at The Color Purple, The Musical at Star Center Theatre
Now through Sunday, October 10  

Mississippi Freedom Project with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF at Pugh Hall
Tuesday, October 12, 2 p.m.

punkhouse in the deep south

Author Discussion of A Punkhouse in the Deep South, The Oral History of 309 at The Matheson History Museum
Wednesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show Live on Stage at High Dive
Wednesday, October 13, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Pop-Up Markets

movie on the lawn

Monsters Inc. at 10th Annual Movie on the Lawn at Campus USA Headquarters at Empower Park
Thursday, October 7, 7:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

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 

A Scary Tale Princess & Pumpkin Party at Marry Me Minimonies
Saturday, October 9, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Gainesville Street Rods Monthly Cruz-In
Saturday, October 9, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Gainesville Cars & Coffee at Butler Town Center
Sunday, October 10, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  

City of Gainesville Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration at City Hall Plaza
Monday, October 11, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

dungeon and dragons for kids

Dungeons & Dragons for Kids at Gainesville Tabletop
Wednesday, October 13, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Pop-Up Markets

grow hub pop up

Plants and Art at Growhub Fall Pop-Up Shops
Saturday, October 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Shop Rare Historic Roses at Open Nursery and Garden Day at Rose Petals Nursery
Saturday, October 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Artisans’ Guild Gallery Art Market
Saturday, October 9, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Music & Performance

Acoustic Jam with Jerry and Friends at Tony and Al’s
Thursday, October 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Singer-Songwriter Mark Miale at One Love Café
Thursday, October 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Faster Than Flash at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Friday, October 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Americana with Matthew Fowler at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, October 8, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Prohibition Style Gypsy Jazz with Dean Johanesen at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, October 8, 6 p.m.


Alt-Rock with Everclear and Wheatus at High Dive
Thursday, October 7, 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. 

Singer-Songwriter Cameron Wheaton at Midpoint Park & Eatery
Friday, October 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Southern Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Café
Friday, October 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at Pink Flamingo Diner
Friday, October 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Indie Rock with The Hails at High Dive
Friday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. 

Singer-Songwriters Local Voices at The Bull
Friday, October 8, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

malibu nights

Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Latin, Afrobeats, EDM at Malibu Nights at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta and Palomino
Friday, October 8, 9 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Homecoming Block Party with R&B from Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream at The Bull
Friday, October 8, 9 p.m. 

Classic Rock and Blues with Stava Mala at One Love Café
Saturday, October 9, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

The Spooky Sweetheart’s Ball – A Burlesque Celebration of Formaldehyde Flower at High Dive
Saturday, October 9, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. 

Electronic Music with Chee and Tsuruda at Signal
Saturday, October 9,  9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Opulent: The Premier UF Homecoming Event with Music by DJ Eddie Lee and DJ Statuz at The Wooly
Saturday, October 9, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Just a R&B Party Part 2 at Jolie Events
Sunday, October 10, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Covers from Red Hot Chili Peppers, 311 and Sublime with Subliminal Pepper at One Love Café
Sunday, October 10, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Fast Preacher, Room Thirteen, Rugh at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Sunday, October 10, 7 p.m. 

Galan Trio | Guest Chamber Ensemble at UF School of Music
Monday, October 11, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Piano Masterclass: Petros Bouras at UF School of Music
Tuesday, October 12, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

jamie davis with guitar

Country with Jamie Davis at Woodyard Grill
Wednesday, October 13, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Drag Night at Vecinos
Wednesday, October 13, 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Craft Breweries

football fridays

Football Fridays at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, October 8, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. 

Prog Rock with Syzygy at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Bloody Mary Sunday at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, October 10, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Beer Yoga at High Springs Brewing Company
Monday, October 11, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

Cypress & Grove Farmer’s Market with Live Music by Local Voices
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

guest chef

Savor Dishes from Local Chefs and Home Cooks at the 20th Anniversary Guest Chef Gainesville Benefiting Peaceful Paths at Gainesville Woman’s Club
Thursday, October 7, 5:30 p.m. 

Doggie Social and Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas at Midpoint Park & Eatery
Sunday, October 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

cereal rush pop up

Cereal Rush Pop-Up at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Sunday, October 10, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Billionaire Brunch and Day Party with Music by Jazzy Jeff at Aesthetic Religion
Sunday, October 10, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

UF IFAS Food Week 2021
Monday, October 11 – Friday, October 15

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 Gallop at Percy Beard Track
Friday, October 8, 11 a.m. 

archer aiming at targets

Funtastic Fridays at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, October 8, 5:30 p.m. 

Hall of Fame on the Goal Line Dinner and Induction Ceremony at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Friday, October 8, 6 p.m. 

Spider Cup Series at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, October 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

PGF Baseball & PGF Softball “B/C Events” at Champions Park
October 9-10 

All Welcome Test and Tune Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, October 9, 4 p.m. 

Gators Soccer vs. Missouri
Sunday, October 9, 1 p.m.

Parks & Trails

ferns at devils millhopper

Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  

Dudley Farm Heritage and Native Plants
Saturday, October 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

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

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands
Wednesday, October 13, 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

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

museum in the parks

Museum in the Parks: Arthropods at Bolen Bluff
Tuesday, October 12, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.  

Gallery Reception “In Pieces” at Good News Arts
Saturday, October 9, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

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

City of Waldo Fall Festival, October 15

36th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook, October 16-17

Farm to Table Dinner at Swallowtail Farm, October 23

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

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