What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, September 15-21, 2022

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Add music and Latin culture to your weekend playlist with What’s Good. Explore Gainesville’s legendary music history through photographs and artifacts at the Matheson Museum’s new exhibit “Return to Forever: Gainesville’s Great Southern Music Hall.” The Free Fridays Concert Series features a folk music showcase with Wax Wings and Folk is People. On Saturday, hear steel pan jazz fusion with Johnathan Scales Fourchestra at Heartwood Soundstage. On Sunday, head to UF’s Century Tower for a 61-bell Carillon Studio Recital.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) with film screenings and performances at the Gainesville Latino Film Festival. Saturday night, join Gilberto de Paz and Tropix for a downtown Gainesville fiesta with salsa, merengue, bachata and more.

For a unique outdoor shopping experience, browse vintage fashion at The Florida Vintage Market at Midpoint Park and Eatery. Join Gators football fun with Chomp The Block at Celebration Pointe on Friday and make your way to the Swamp for the matchup against USF on Saturday.

Read on for more of What’s Good!

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View Memories of Legendary Bands at a Legendary Music Venue at the Matheson History Museum’s Newest Exhibit “Return to Forever: Gainesville’s Great Southern Music Hall”
Museum Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Matheson History Museum
513 East University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The Matheson History Museum looks back at the state-of-the-art concert venue in Gainesville between 1974 and 1978. The Great Southern Music Hall hosted performers including Jimmy Buffett, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Bob Seger and Steve Martin to name a few. Award-winning nature photographer John Moran was the music hall’s house photographer and this exhibit features a collection of his live performance captures. Examine Bo Diddley’s signature square guitar and other artifacts. Admission is free.

gators football usf

Cheer on the Orange and Blue as Gators Football Takes On USF
Saturday, September 17, 7:30 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

157 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

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.

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Celebrate Gameday Weekend at the Official Block Party of the Florida Gators at Chomp the Block
Friday, September 16, 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.

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Don’t Miss the Final Screenings and Performances of the Gainesville Latino Film Festival
Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18 | Multiple Locations

The 18th Gainesville Latino Film Festival features live performances, film screenings and Spanish immersion storytelling for children. All events are free to attend. Learn more about the films and performances at

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15. Celebrate the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans in Gainesville and Alachua County with educational and entertaining events.

Soprano Barbara Padilla in Concert at Santa Fe College
Thursday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.

Salsa in the Streets Free Dance Class and Dancing with Gators Salsa Club at The Bull
Saturday, September 17, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, October 15, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Argentine Soul Music with Fémina, UpStage at UF Phillips Center
Wednesday, September 28, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Viva Museum with Gator Salsa Club at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Sunday, October 2, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

National Taco Day is Tuesday, October 4

MA Latin Entertainment and First Magnitude Brewing Company Present the Homecoming Food Truck Rally
Friday, October 7, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Museum Nights, Noche de Museo at the Harn Museum of Art
Tuesday, October 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Melissa Aldana Quartet, Upstage at UF Phillips Center
Thursday, October 13, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

free fridays

Join an Outdoor Folk Music Showcase with Wax Wings and Folk is People at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, September 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free outdoor concert from the outdoor stage. Make a night of it and grab dinner and drinks from walkable downtown Gainesville restaurants. Find the complete 2022 Free Fridays Concert Series schedule online.

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Explore Black Consciousness at Black: A Night of One Acts
Friday, September 16 – Sunday, October 2 | Actors’ Warehouse

2512 NE 1st Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32609

Actors’ Warehouse hosts 3 one-acts. “Dream of Passion” features Lynda Harris & Kevin O. Mack. “Post-Its” features Steven H. Butler & Lynda Harris. “In the Tank” features Lynda Harris & Kevin O. Mack.

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Get Swept Away by Soprano Barbara Padilla
Thursday, September 15, 7:30 p.m. | Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St., E-127, Gainesville, FL 32606

Barbara Padilla is a Mexican American soprano and runner-up on “America’s Got Talent.” This concert is a fundraising event for the Climb for Cancer Foundation and part of SF’s Master Artist Series that brings performing arts professionals to campus to mentor students. Several students perform with her or as soloists during the concert.

Unwind with the Family at the Cade Museum’s Cade After Dark Family Fun Night
Friday, September 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
811 S Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601

Kids and parents are invited to night of family fun at the Cade Museum. Explore activities and experiments with a unique after-hours experience. Admission includes an adult beverage for grown-ups 21+.

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Feel the Rhythm of Steel Pan Drums from Johnathan Scales Fourchestra
Saturday, September 17, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Johnathan Scales Fourchestra delivers an innovative jazz fusion featuring the steel pan. Johnathan Scales has shared the stage with Béla Fleck and millions have heard his percussion on the viral “It’s Corn” song.

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. 

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Browse Vintage Fashion at the Florida Vintage Market
Sunday, September 18, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Midpoint Park and Eatery

931 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Florida Vintage Market offers an outdoor shopping experience to browse vintage clothing and fashion, handmade goods, art, collectibles and more.

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Hear 61 Bells Ring Out from Century Tower at the Carillon Studio Recital
Sunday, September 18, 1:55 p.m. | Century Tower
375 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

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. For an optimal listening experience, find a location at least 100 feet from the tower.

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Arts & Theatre

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Heat Up Your Weekend with Fahrenheit 451 at the Hippodrome Theatre
Final shows extended through Sunday, September 25
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. 


Navigate a Transforming Society with Rhinoceros at UF Black Box Theatre (McGuire Pavilion)
Now through Sunday, September 25

30th Anniversary Gala at High Springs Playhouse
Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m.

Introductory Embroidery Workshop at Good News Arts
Saturday, September 17, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Events & Festivals

Greater Gainesville International Festival and Longest Table at MLK Center
Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Florida Quarter Horse Association at Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center
Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18

Music & Performance

Indie Live Presents: Brendan Abernathy, Clay Dixon & the Piccadillies, Morghan Copeland at Heartwood Soundstage
Thursday, September 15, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Folk with Quincy Allen Flint at Curia on the Drag
Friday, September 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Swampy Florida Blues with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, September 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Alt-Rock with The Remedy at One Love Café
Friday, September 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Country Duo Muscadine Bloodline at High Dive
Friday, September 16, 7 p.m.

Classic Rock with Southern Burn at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Friday, September 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Jam Fusion with Matcha, Strayin’ Anchors, Jen in the Right Light at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, September 16, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Americana with Front Porch Backsteppers at Bingo Deli and Pub
Friday, September 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Instrumental Guitar with Richy Stano at 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, September 17, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Jazz with Swing Theory at One Love Café
Saturday, September 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Indie Funk with Magic City Hippies at High Dive
Saturday, September 17, 8 p.m.

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Bubble Gum Bass with DJ Drew Love at How Bazar
Saturday, September 17, 10 p.m.

Free Salsa Dance Class and Dancing at Salsa in the Streets at The Bull
Saturday, September 17, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Popular Hits with Cassie and Chris at Creeks 19th
Sunday, September 18, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Pulp presents: Johanna Warren at Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, September 18, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Reggae Rock with Fayuca at High Dive
Tuesday, September 20, 7 p.m.

Jazz Wednesdays with The Oak Trio at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Wednesday, September 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Caribbean-Country with Lionel Jr. at Lightnin’ Salvage
Wednesday, September 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Craft Breweries

football fridays

Gameday Weekend Fun at Swamp Head Brewery’s Football Fridays
Friday, September 16, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Art Night at Island Grove Wine Tasting House
Friday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.

Jazz Bandits at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, September 16, 7 p.m.

Brunch and Bottomless Mimosas at Big Top Brewing Company
Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday, September 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Gators Football Brewery Tailgate and Watch Party at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Brunch with Cajun Knights Fusion Cuisine at Swamp Head Brewery
Sunday, September 17, 11 a.m. 

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, September 18, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmers Markets

U-Pick Chestnuts, Persimmons and More at High Springs Orchard
Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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.

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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

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Wine Tasting Garden Party at the Dunbar Hotel and Wine Bar
Friday, September 16, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

One Year Anniversary Party with Indie Rock by Haunches at Kava Gator
Saturday, September 17

Wine Tasting at Petit Uppercrust
Saturday, September 17, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

British Invasion Tea Party at Haile Village Bistro
Saturday, September 17, 3 p.m.

Wine Tasting at Uppercrust
Sunday, September 18, 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.


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See Demonstrations of a Variety of Sports at Easton Newberry Sports Festival
Sunday, September 18, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Track and Field, Cycling, Petanque at the 21st Annual Gainesville Senior Games
Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.

Gators Soccer vs. Tennessee at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Friday, September 16, 7 p.m. 

Minibikes on the RUN at Waldo Motorsports
Saturday, September 17, 2 p.m.

UF Alumni Association Tailgate at Emerson Alumni Hall
Saturday, September 17, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sizzling Summer Nights BMX Racing at High Springs BMX
Saturday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Gator Talk with Gators Football Head Coach Billy Napier at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, September 19, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Gators Volleyball vs. Alabama at Exactech Arena
Wednesday, September 21, 7 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, September 17, 7:30 a.m.

Morning Bug Walk at Tuscawilla Preserve
Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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“Read Between the Leaves” Literacy Day at O’Leno State Park
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Citizen Science Sunday for Kids: Spectacular Spiders! At Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Center
Sunday, September 18, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Biven’s Rim Forest
Sunday, September 18, 8 a.m.

Wednesday Bird Walks at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, September 21, 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.

River & Springs

tubes on santa fe river

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.

Float or Splash Into Freshwater Springs
North Florida is home to the largest collection of first magnitude springs in the United States.

Museums & Galleries

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Artist Reception for Into the Woods and Out of the Woods Exhibits at The Historic Thomas Center
Thursday, September 15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.Pictured above, “Log (2)” by Benjamin Ingle

One of History’s Greatest Mysteries, Amelia Earhart with Jaime Bach at High Springs Civic Center
Thursday, September 15, 6 p.m.

pets and pet portraits

Pet Portraits Workshop with Samm Wehman Epstein at Gainesville Fine Arts Association
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“Things Unseen” Third Biennial National Juried Exhibition at GFAA
Now through October 22

“Guilty Pleasures” Mixed Media Exhibition Featuring Scuplture and Assemblage from Found and Repurposed Materials by Joanna Clark at Santa Fe College Gallery
Now through Friday, October 7

Explore the Solar System with the Cade Museum’s Scavenger Hunt
Now through January 2023
Engage 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

fossil exhibit

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

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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