What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, September 16-22, 2021

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Find Gators football weekend fun with What’s Good. Chomp the Block with pre-game festivities and great dining at Celebration Pointe or enjoy a starlit serenade by folk-rock favorites Wax Wings performing live at Downtown Gainesville’s Free Friday’s Concert Series.

Celebrate the opening of the fall theatrical season with “Murder for Two” at the Hippodrome, “BKLYN: The Musical” at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, “The Roommate” at Actors’ Warehouse and “Dog Act, A Post-Apocalyptic Play” at UF McGuire Pavilion. Let art and poetry inspire you with the Plein Air Paintout along Main Street in Alachua and with spoken word and storytelling at ARTSPEAKS, hosted by Alachua County Poet Laureate, E Stanley Richardson, in the gardens of the Historic Thomas Center. 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. 

gators football

The Swamp is SOLD OUT as Gators Football Takes On Alabama
Saturday, September 18, 3:30 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
157 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611 

Arrive early at UF Plaza of the Americas and join the SEC Network for nationally televised TV shows Marty & McGee at 9 a.m. and SEC Nation at 10 a.m. View the football game day guide for details including COVID protocols, mobile ticketing, parking and shuttles, pre-game events and more.

chomp the block

Celebrate Game Day Weekend with the Florida Gators at Chomp The Block
Friday, September 17, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Celebration Pointe hosts Chomp the Block, a pre-game event featuring fun, food, drinks, live music, 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 and face painting.

murder for two

Return to the Hippodrome Theatre for the Hilarious Crime Mystery Murder for Two
September 17 – October 3 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

Murder for Two is a blend of musical comedy, mayhem and murder. 2 performers play 13 roles in the witty homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. Don’t miss the Hippodrome debut of Paul Helm as Detective Marcus. Fans of the stage production of Million Dollar Quartet welcome the return of fan-favorite Brady Wease.

live and local

Soak Up Sonic Soundscapes from Noan Partly Trio and Palimony at Music GNV Live & Local
Thursday, September 16 | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville 

Music GNV and the City of Gainesville present an outdoor concert experience with jazzy indie-folk from Noan Partly Trio and psychedelic country music from Palimony. Admission is free.

families fishing

Make the Perfect Cast at UF Family Fishing Day
Saturday, September 18, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | UF IFAS Catch and Release Fishing Ponds

7922 NW 71st St., Gainesville, FL 32653 

Anglers of all skill levels are welcome at monthly Family Fishing Day events. The UF/IFAS catch-and-release ponds contain largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish. 


Be Inspired by the Beauty and Power of the Human Voice at ARTSPEAKS
Sunday, September 19, 5 p.m. | The Historic Thomas Center
302 NE 6th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Alachua County Poet Laureate, E Stanley Richardson hosts the area’s signature event featuring poetry, spoken word and storytelling. This year’s ARTSPEAKS takes place outdoors in the gardens of the Historic Thomas Center and admission is free. 

grady house bed and breakfast

New Owners Bring Back The Historic Charm of The Grady House Bed & Breakfast in High Springs 

The historic Grady House Bed & Breakfast is ready to host guests. Constructed circa 1917, The Grady House is filled with character and history, beautiful gardens, relaxing water features and home-cooked breakfasts. It’s only a short walk to savor in the culinary delights of The Great Outdoors Restaurant, Headwaters, Spins Sweet and Savory and Bambi’s Café. You will want to save room for coffee and dessert at The Talented Cookie, or a tasty beer at the High Springs Brewing Company.

Nearby, make a trip to the Pink Flamingo Diner and try your hand at their 18-hole mini-golf course. Float down the Santa Fe River or make a splash in the springs. Find more to explore in High Springs

Book your special retreat at The Grady House at

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Learn about our lodging partner’s commitment to a safe stay for all who visit, work and live in Alachua County at Safe Stay Pledge.

bklyn the musical

Get Drawn Into a Touching a Story Within a Story Live on Stage at BKLYN: The Musical
September 16 – October 3 | Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Ragtag musicians on a city street share a story from their lives: Brooklyn, a Parisian girl whose name is her only clue to find the father she never knew. In her journey, she becomes a singer, and possibly a superstar. 

the roommate

Follow Along with a Mid-Life Change of Pace at the Stage Performance of The Roommate
September 17 – October 3 | Actors’ Warehouse
2512 NE 1st Blvd Ste. 100, Gainesville, FL 32609  

Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. The roommate is a dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

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Get Swept Away at a Showcase of Songwriters from the Outdoor Stage
Saturday, September 18, 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Ricky Kendall, Andy Zipf and Lauris Vidal combine their talents for a one-of-a-kind night of music. 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. 

flip turn in gainesville

flipturn Returns to Gainesville for Two Nights on Their Warmth in the Rain Tour
Thursday, September 16, 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 17, 7:30 p.m. (sold out) | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The indie-pop musicians known for unforgettable live shows return take over High Dive for two nights. Live stream tickets are available online.  

Located in the former home of Common Grounds and Covered Dish, High Dive has hosted top live entertainment and music acts have drawn fans to High Dive since 2011. High Dive was named #74 of “100 Greatest American Music Venues” by Consequence of Sound.

illustration of happy pig

Meet Furry Friends and Find Unique Gifts at September’s Farmers Moo-Ket
Sunday, September 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary
12626 NW CR 231, Gainesville, FL 32609  

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary provides a home for rescued farm animal residents and is the largest cow sanctuary in the country. Browse local produce and shop artist and craftspeople vendors. All products for sale are vegan. 

kayakers on the water

Follow the Light of the Full Moon on a Guided Paddle Tour on the Santa Fe River
Saturday, September 18, 8 p.m. | Santa Fe Canoe Outpost 

September’s full moon is known as the Harvest Moon. The tour includes a two-person canoe or double kayak, safety equipment and transportation. Reservations are required.

movies in the park

Join Raya on her Journey at Legacy Park Movie in the Park
Friday, September 17, 8 p.m. | Legacy Park15400 Peggy Rd., Alachua, FL 32615
Bring a chair or spread a blanket on the lawn to watch the family-friendly Raya and the Last Dragon. Free food and beverages served while supplies last. 

alachua plein air paintout

Watch Artists Produce Works at Alachua’s Plein Air Paintout
Friday, September 17, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Main Street Alachua 

Look for artists exhibiting in front of local businesses. Take part in free art classes and shop store specials along Main Street. 

studio tm

Browse Unique Craft Vendors at the Studio TM Pop-Up Artist Market
Sunday, September 19, 12 p.m – 4 p.m. | Studio TM
2618 NE 18th Terr., Gainesville, FL 32609 

Learn about the ceramics studio and shop a curated collection of vendors outside. Find paintings, prints, jewelry, furniture and beautiful plants to take home. 

wax wings

Find Festival Favorites Wax Wings at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, September 17, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville 

The folk-rock quintet Wax Wings features Brian Turk on upright bass, Andrew Cook on fiddle, Terence Sorel on keys, Jared Groom on drums, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Chelsea Carnes. The results are strikingly textured and sincere compositions that rouse and haunt. 

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.

Photo by Onna Maya Meyer

salsa in the streets

Learn to Dance the Romantic Bachata in the Streets of Gainesville with Bachata Boulevard, Presented by Salsa in the Streets
Saturday, September 18, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. | The Bull
18 SW 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Dance to Latin music with bachata, salsa and kizomba. If you don’t know how to dance or want to brush up on your steps, get there early for free dance classes.

gainesville latino film festival

Experience Groundbreaking Films from Latin America at the 17th Gainesville Latino Film Festival
Now through September 23 | Online Event with the Gainesville Latino Film Festival 

The 2021 lineup of films includes Negra, The Journey of Monalisa, Stateless, Sembradoras de Vida/Mothers of the Land. Find the film lineup and watch trailers online.

florida paintings

View More Than 50 Paintings Composing a Visual History of the State at Florida Impressions: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers
Tuesday, September 21 | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, Florida 32608

Florida Impressions celebrates the transformative gift from Samuel and Roberta Vickers who formed one of the most extensive collections of Florida-themed art. The selected works on display cover a broad range of themes from scenic views of coastlines and waterways, to depictions of historic landmarks, and scenes capturing popular forms of entertainment enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

Pictured above:
Left: Thomas Moran, Old Watchtower at St. Augustine, 1881 
Right: Stevan Dohanos, Trailer Park Garden, 1951

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Arts & Theatre

dog act

Dog Act, A Post-Apocalyptic Play at McGuire Pavilion Black Box Theatre
September 16-26 

Dance Alive Great Costume Sale
Saturday, September 18, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Encaustic Demonstration with Francine Michel at Mott-May Gallery
Saturday, September 18, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Music & Performance

wild shiners

Rockin’ Americana with Wild Shiners at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, September 16, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Thursday Comedy Show & Open Mic at Vecinos
Thursday, September 16, 8 p.m. 

Bachata Boulevard at The Bull
Thursday, September 16, 8:30 p.m. 

Electronic Music with Mr. Carmack at Simons Nightclub
Thursday, September 16, 10 p.m. 

Where the Mountain Meets the Swamp with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, September 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Songwriter Kyle Strawn at Crafty Bastards Restaurant & Pub
Friday, September 17, 6 p.m.

johnson and burns music

Southern Rock with Johnson and Burns at Wahoo Seafood Grill
Friday, September 17, 6 p.m. 

Electronic Music with RL Grime at Vivid Sky Warehouse
Friday, September 17, 8 p.m. 

Rock Music with Westfall Featuring Karen Morgan at Mother’s Pub & Grill North
Friday, September 17, 9 p.m.- 1 a.m. 

Punk Rock and Roll with Mike & The Nerve Album Release Show at Fox Lounge
Friday, September 17, 9 p.m.

Latin Night on the Rooftop at The Social GNV
Friday, September 17, 10 p.m. 

Swing Music and Dancing with Swing Theory Jazz at One Love Cafe
Saturday, September 18, 6 p.m. 

Hip Hop, R&B with Follow The Smoke Vol. 6 at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Saturday, September 18, 8 p.m. 

Outlaw Country with Cumberland at The Howlin Wolf in Melrose
Saturday, September 18, 8 p.m. 

Pop Punk and Grunge Lowspeed, Trash the Rental, Shooting Northwestern at Loosey’s Downtown
Saturday, September 18, 8 p.m.

the function at the wooly

House, Techno, Disco Music at The Function at The Wooly
Saturday, September 18, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Kizomba Salsa and Bachata Dancing at Sunday Sunset Kiz at The Bull
Sunday, September 19, 3:30 p.m. 

Music with Farseek, Sports Reference, Flowan at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino
Sunday, September 19, 6 p.m.  

Punk Rock Music at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Sunday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Night with Tabajaro Belo at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, September 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Tankard Tuesday Comedy Night at The Midnight Underground
Tuesday, September 21, 8:30 p.m.  

Comedy Night Wednesdays at Mother’s Pub and Grill North
Wednesday, September 22, 8:30 p.m. 

Craft Breweries

Open Mic Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Thursday, September 16, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Country Rock with Houston Keen with Mayflower Cellars Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, September 16, 7 p.m. 

Football Fridays at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, September 17, 4 p.m. 

80s party

80’s Themed Birthday Bash at Blackadder Brewing Company
Friday, September 17, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. 

Soul, R&B and Rock Covers with Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream and Humble Wood Fire Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, September 17, 7 p.m.  

Jazz Bandits and Tommy Knockers Food Truck at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Friday, September 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Opry Country Classics with Frank Carson at Big Top Brewing Company
Friday, September 17, 7 p.m.  

Big Game on Two Big Screens at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, September 18, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Alabama vs UF Gator Football at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Saturday, September 18, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Jazz with Joe at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Saturday, September 18 and Monday, September 20, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rock Favorites with Faster and Flash with Twisted Tikka Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, September 18, 7 p.m. 

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, September 21, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, September 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

Cypress & Grove Farmer’s Market
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

Pop-Up Wine Tasting with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Thursday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.

One Year Anniversary Celebration with Live Music by Gosia and Ali at Cintrón
Friday, September 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

taste week 2021

2021 Taste Week at Taste Pho & Noodle House
Monday, September 20 – Sunday, September 26

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.


gators football 3 game mini plan

Gators Football 3-Game Plans and Single Game Tickets Now on Sale

Gator Talk with Gators Football Head Coach Dan Mullen at Visors Tailgate + Rooftop Bar
Thursday, September 16, 7 p.m. 

Gators Volleyball vs. Coastal Carolina
Saturday, September 18, 12 p.m., Sunday, September 19, 1 p.m. 

Friday Night Street Legal Madness Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Friday, September 17, 6 p.m. 

Join University of Alabama Alumni at Tailgating with the Tide at UF Reitz Union
Saturday, September 18, 11:30 a.m.  

Gators Soccer vs. North Florida
Sunday, September 19, 6 p.m. 

Tier 1 Softball Showcase at Champions Park
September 17-19

Parks & Trails

Story Time with Alachua County Library District at Depot Park
Thursday, September 16, 10:30 a.m. 

Timed 5K at Depot Park with parkrun
Saturday, September 18, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. 

banana spider

Bug Walk with Alachua Conservation Trust at Tuscawilla Preserve
September 18, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Powers Park and Palm Point Park Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society
Sunday, September 19, 8 a.m.

Wednesday Bird Walks at the Wetlands
Wednesday, September 15, 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

Miniature Painting Workshop with J. Clum Art at Good News Arts
Saturday, September 18, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Encaustic Demonstration with Francine Michel at Mott-May Gallery
Saturday, September 18, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Gallery Reception at Good News Arts
Saturday, September 18, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Curator Talk at the Harn Museum: Shadow to Substance Exhibition
Sunday, September 19, 3 p.m.

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Now Open at the Harn Museum of Art and University Galleries – Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection
Now through April 24, 2022 at the Harn Musuem
Now through December 3, 2021 at University Galleries
Plural Domains features photography, drawing, video, sculpture, and large-scale multimedia installations by 30 established, mid-career, and emerging artists from 10 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The exhibition spans both the Harn Museum of Art and the University Galleries.
Pictured above: Claudia Martínez Garay, Sub América, 2019, Photography by Adolfo Mena & Javier Pérez, Loan courtesy of the CIFO Collection.

View a Powerful Display of Paintings at the Libertad (Freedom) Exhibition Cofrin Gallery
Now through October 15

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.

Explore Fossils, Indigenous Peoples, the Butterfly Rainforest and More at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Save The Date

Upstage at the Phillips Center: Davina and the Vagabonds, September 23

Artwalk Gainesville, September 24

Gainesville Reggae Festival, September 25

Opening Day of Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, September 25

Paynes Prairie PreserveState Park’s 50+1 Anniversary, September 26

Sycamore LaneVintage Market, October 1-2

Roger’s Farm Fall Festival, October 2

UF Homecoming and Gator Growl, October 8

FABA Annual Blacksmithing Conference, October 8-10

For a complete list of events please visit

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