Fall is on the horizon, but What’s Good is just heating up! The first weekend in September brings the return of Gators Football. Join over 85,000 football fans in The Swamp at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and enjoy game day activities, plus all of the fun pre-game gatherings like Chomp the Block. Make time for dinner and a show as the Hippodrome Theatre opens its 50th season with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Or, get inspired for FEST20 with the Warm Up, featuring three days of live indie and punk acts across three stages in Downtown Gainesville.
Get outside with Carson Springs Wildlife on a Labor Day Weekend safari tour and see over 100 rare animals. Explore nature with guided tours at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and Sweetwater Wetlands Park or go on a birding walk at First Magnitude Brewing with Alachua Audubon Society with Birds and Brews.
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Cheer on the Orange and Blue as Gators Football Opens the Season Against Utah
Saturday, September 3, 7 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
157 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611
Join over 85,000 fans to see #7 Utah and new-look Gators Football open the 2022 football season under the lights. Arrive early for pre-game festivities, food and entertainment. View parking details, mobile ticketing, clear bag policy and more at the Gators Football Gameday Guide.
Celebrate Gameday Weekend at the Official Block Party of the Florida Gators at Chomp the Block
Friday, September 2, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave, Gainesville, FL 32608
Friday nights before home football games, Celebration Pointe hosts a pre-game event featuring fun, food, drinks, live music, UF celebrity appearances and good times. Kids activities include bounce houses, balloon animals and face painting and more.
Craft Gameday Weekend Fun at Swamp Head Brewery’s Football Fridays
Friday, September 2, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
Head to The Wetlands tasting room for new beer releases. Dance to reggae from De Lions of Jah and savor menus from Swamp Religion and Germain’s Chicken Sandwiches.
See Rare Animals on a Labor Day Weekend Safari Tour
Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m., Monday, September 5, 10 a.m.
Carson Springs Wildlife | 8528 E CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609
Walk or ride though Carson Springs Wildlife and see over 100 rare animals in an outdoor nature setting. TripAdvisor awarded Carson Springs Wildlife the 2022 Traveler’s Choice Award recognizing the attraction at the top 10% of things to do worldwide based on visitor reviews.
Take in a Weekend of Indie and Punk Music as The FEST Presents The Warm Up
Friday, September 2, 6 p.m – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Friday, September 2, 9 p.m. | Loosey’s
Saturday, September 3, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville hosts the Free Fridays Concert Series with Orbiter, No More and You Vandal. Afterwards head to Loosey’s for Problems, Sports Reference and Mike and the Nerve. On Saturday, the Heartwood Soundstage hosts a day of music with Expert Timing, Woolbright, Gilt, Glazed, Evening Standards, Vicious Dreams and Rugh.
The FEST music festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with hundreds of bands, comedians and wrestlers October 28-30, 2022 in downtown Gainesville. See the complete lineup and get weekend passes online.
Spark Independent Thinking at the Opening Weekend of Fahrenheit 451
September 2-18 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601
The Hippodrome Theatre and UF’s School of Theatre and Dance open the Hipp’s 50th season with the stage adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 award-winning novel. Fahrenheit 451 explores a dystopian world that bans the written word, where “firemen” incinerate any books that are found. The futuristic society is forced to choose between conformity or risk it all for independent thought.
See Giant Victoria Water Lilies on a Guided Tour of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608
The peak growing season for Giant Victoria Water Lilies is happening now. View other seasonal highlights on this monthly guided walk.Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is located on 68 acres and features plant collections visible from a 1.5-mile, pet-friendly walkway including the state’s largest display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the southeast.
Spot Wildlife and Learn About Water Quality on a Ranger Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, September 3, 8:30 a.m. | Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Rd., Gainesville 32640
The ranger-led tour includes a half-mile walk and lasts about an hour. Bring water, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Recent bird sightings include Spotted Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher, Ruby Throated Hummingbird and Sandhill Cranes.
Sweetwater Wetlands Park consists of more than 125 acres of wetlands and ponds and improves the water quality of Paynes Prairie and the Floridan Aquifer.
Join Volunteers from Alachua Audubon Soceity and Go Birding at the Brewery with Birds and Brews
Sunday, September 4, 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company
1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Meet at First Magnitude Brewing Company for monthly bird walks. Head to Depot Park’s nature trail for an hour-long guided walk. The tour returns to the brewery with plenty of time for a night cap.
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Arts & Theatre
Glory Days & The Bar-Crossed Drunkards Present Drunk Hamlet
Wednesday, September 7, 8 p.m.
Events & Festivals
Ribbon Cutting at Santa Fe Palms RV Resort
Thursday, September 1, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Southeast Horse Shows Presents Ride Lite Dressage at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4
Cactus Cutting Sale at Serpentine Plants and Provisions
Saturday, September 3, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Music & Performance
Australian Country Star Catherine Britt in Gainesville at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, September 1, 1 p.m.
Singer-Songwriter Eli Lev at Satchel’s Pizza
Thursday, September 1, 6 p.m.
NIGHTRAIN, The Guns N Roses Tribute Experience at High Dive
Thursday, September 1, 8 p.m.
Poetry Jam at Civic Media Center
Thursday, September 1, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Soul, Funk, Jazz and R&B with The Browns at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, September 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, September 2, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Classic Rock with Couch Messiahs at One Love Cafe
Friday, September 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
AUDIOECHO: Tribute to Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, Audioslave at High Dive
Friday, September 2, 8 p.m.
Southern Rock with The Good Voodoo at Mother’s Pub and Grill North
Friday, September 2, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Electronic Music with Henry Fong at Vivid Music Hall
Friday, September 2, 10 p.m.
Classic Rock with Southern Burn at Woodyard Grill
Friday, September 2, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Beyday Renaissance Dance Party with Beyonce Dance Music by DJ Hilt and Lip Sync Contest at The Wooly
Sunday, September 4, 9:30 p.m.
Songwriters in the Round at The Hogtown Rounders at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, September 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Jazz Wednesdays with The Oak Trio at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Wednesday, September 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Latin Music from Ramos Pinta Band at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, September 2, 7 p.m.
Watch the Gators on the Big Screen at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, September 3, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Brunch at the Brewery with Cheffrey’s at Swamp Head Brewery
Sunday, September 4, 11 a.m.
Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, September 4, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
U-Picks & Farmers Markets
Grove Street Farmers Market with Live Music
Mondays, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Archer Farmers Market at Archer Historical Society Railroad Museum
Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
GNV Market at South Main Station Featuring Live Music
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
High Springs Farmers Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Newberry Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Haile Village Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Waldo Farmers Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bites & Brunch
Craftiest Beer Tasting at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Thursday, September 1, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(sold out) Making Ravioli Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, September 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wine Tasting at Superette Wine and Provisions
Thursday, September 1, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Shaved Ice Day at Charlie’s Snow Shack
Saturday, September 3, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Petit Happy Hour Preview: Part Two! at Petit Uppercrust
Friday, September 2, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wine Tasting at Petit Uppercrust
Saturday, September 3, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Vibes, Plants and Cast Iron Burgers at DJs at DJ’s on the Patio at Serpentine Plants and Provisions
Sunday, September 4, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Wine Tasting at Uppercrust
Sunday, September 4, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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. USF at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Thursday, September 1, 6 p.m.
Meet Gators Greats with The Gator Collective at Tailgator 2022 on the Diamond Deck at Condron Family Ballpark
Friday, September 2, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, September 2, 5:30 p.m.
(sold out) Utah Alumni Tailgate at J. Wayne Reitz Union
Saturday, September 3, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Gators Soccer vs. FSU at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Sunday, September 4, 5 p.m.
Gator Talk with Gators Football Head Coach Billy Napier at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, September 5, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wild Wednesday Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Wednesday, September 7, 5:30 p.m.
Parks & Trails
Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, September 3, 7:30 a.m.
Mushroom Meandering at UF NATL
Saturday, September 3, 9 a.m.
Living History Saturday at Morningside Nature Center
Saturday, September 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sinkhole Guided Walk at Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Kids Take a Safe Family-Friendly Ride at Kidical Mass GNV at Roper Park
Monday, September 5, 10 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.
River & Springs
Paddle 8 Springs in 8 Miles or Slowly Float Down the Santa Fe River at Poe Springs Park with Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures
Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Springs Field School with the Florida Springs Institute
Tuesday, September 6 – Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Float or Splash Into Freshwater Springs
North Florida is home to the largest collection of first magnitude springs in the United States.
Museums & Galleries
“Things Unseen” Third Biennial National Juried Exhibition at GFAA
Now through October 22
Tot Time at the Harn Museum of Art
Friday, September 2, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
“Guilty Pleasures” Mixed Media Exhibition Featuring Scuplture and Assemblage from Found and Repurposed Materials by Joanna Clark at Santa Fe College Gallery
Friday, September 2 – Friday, October 7
Explore the Solar System with the Cade Museum’s Scavenger Hunt
Now through January 2023Engage with the Gainesville-wide “Wandering the Milky Way Planetary Partnership Scavenger Hunt” and visualize the scale of the galaxy. Get a map at the Cade Museum and make stops at locations throughout Gainesville including The Historic Thomas Center, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and more. The scavenger hunt is an extension of the museum’s current theme, “Wandering the Milky Way.”
Speechless, Text and Image in Global Culture at the Harn Museum of Art
Now through December 30, 2022Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Discover a Unique African American Culture at Gullah Geechee – African Connections and Cultural Traditions in America at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Explore the Cosmos at the Cade Museum’s New Exhibit: Voyages – A Trip Through Space and Time
Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This featured exhibit is part of the museum-wide theme “Wandering the Milky Way – A Tour of the Solar System.” Discover how spacecraft from the 1970s still teach us about the galaxy and learn how scientists are designing a mission that spans generations.
Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women at the Matheson History Museum
Closing Saturday, August 26
Dig Into the Past at the Florida Museum’s Science Up Close: Fantastic Fossils
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Take a unique look behind the scenes, interact with scientists while they work and explore some of the museum’s coolest specimens. Get face-to-face with giant dinosaur skeletons, beautiful botanical fossils and ancient microscopic life. Plan your visit online. Photo by Florida Museum/Jeff Gage
Save The Date
Gators Football vs. Utah, September 3
18th Gainesville Latino Film Festival, September 8-18
Gators Football vs. Kentucky. September 10
21st Annual Gainesville Senior Games, September 9 – October 1
Gators Football vs. USF, September 17
Easton Newberry Sports Festival, September 18
USABMX Southeast Gold Cup Finals, September 23-25
Return to Forever: Gainesville’s Great Southern Music Hall Opening Reception at Matheson History Museum, September 30
Gators Football vs. EWU, October 1
Windsor Zucchini Festival, October 1-2
Homecoming Gators Football vs. Missouri, October 8
Gators Football vs. LSU, October 15
Tom Petty Weekend, October 20-22
Florida Bat Festival 2022, October 22
City of Waldo Fall Festival, October 22
Kanapaha Botanical GardensFall Plant Sale and Orchid Show, October 22-23
The FEST, October 28-30
Micanopy Fall Festival, October 29-30
The BASHMusic Festival, November 4-6
Actors From The London Stage: Macbeth, November 3-5
Gators Football vs. South Carolina, November 12
Downtown Festival and Art Show, November 19-20
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