What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, September 22-28, 2022

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The first weekend of the fall season brings sunny skies, cooler weather and the perfect opportunity to explore your wild side with What’s Good. Roam freely at the Carson Springs Wildlife Open House and see over 100 rare animals in a natural setting. Watch BMX racers fly through the track at the USA BMX Gold Cup Regional. Select from hundreds of Florida and pollinator-friendly plants at the Florida Museum’s Fall Plant Sale. Plus, raise a glass to Bavarian culture with Oktoberfest celebrations at local breweries.

Area performing arts theatres and live music stages will keep you delighted and entertained. Held over for an additional week – don’t miss the final performance of Fahrenheit 451 at the Hippodrome Theatre. Max Weinberg, a long-time drummer for the E Street Band, invites you to choose the night’s playlist with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox at the UF Phillips Center. Find out who rocks best at Tech Battle of the Bands or unwind at Music on the Patio with Gruv Therapy.

Read on for more of What’s Good!

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wild adventure open house

See Over 110 Rare Animals at the Wild Adventure Open House
Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Carson Springs Wildlife
8528 E CR 225, Gainesville, FL 32609

Carson Springs Wildlife hosts a day to explore and roam on your own. Enjoy birds of the world shows, animal interactions and food trucks. Book online at
Carson Springs is located on 275 acres of lush Florida woods and farmland providing a home environment to approximately 30 rare and endangered species. Voted Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2022, reviews from travelers placed Carson Springs Wildlife in the top 10 percent of attractions worldwide.

high springs bmx track

Watch BMX Racers Fly Through the Track at the USABMX Gold Cup Regional
Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 | High Springs BMX
19449 NW 238th St., High Springs, FL 32643

For the first time ever, High Springs BMX hosts the Gold Cup Southeast Regional Championship. Hundreds of racers attack the challenging track to gain points and secure top rankings.

After a hot day of racing or cheering on your favorites, head over to nearby springs. Enjoy crystal clear water at a cool 72 degrees year round with beautiful trees and local wildlife. Local outfitters Anderson Outdoor Adventures make it easy to visit with everything from guided canoe and kayak tours to tube rentals with pickups. Experience High Springs’ good nature with

fahrenheit 451 extended dates

Don’t Miss the Last Weekend of the Fiery Stage Adaptation of Fahrenheit 451
Final shows extended through Sunday, September 25 | Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

The Hippodrome Theatre and UF’s School of Theatre and Dance present Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. In a dystopian future that bans the written word, where “firemen” incinerate any books that are found, society is forced to choose between conformity or risk it all for independent thought. 

max weinbergs jukebox

Help Pick the Playlist at Max Weinberg’s Jukebox
Friday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. | UF Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Legendary drummer Max Weinberg brings an interactive show to the Philips Center. The audience helps create the evening’s playlist from a menu of hundreds of songs ranging from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones to the E Street Band’s biggest hits.

tech battle of the bands

Rock Out with Innovative Musicians at Tech Battle of the Bands
Friday, September 23, 7 p.m. | The Wooly

20 N Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

StartGNV hosts an evening of bands formed by employees of local tech companies. The bands include Infotech, IC2, Feathr and Remote Control, formed by remote workers. Musical talents are put on display to raise funds to help end homelessness.

andy mckee

Experience Guitar Mastery with Andy McKee
Saturday, September 24, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. | UF Philips Center

3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Andy McKee’s technical and artistic skill transforms the guitar into a full orchestra. Go UpStage as the Phillips Center mainstage transforms into a cabaret-style setting complete with tables, chairs and a cash bar. 

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Prost! Celebrate Bavarian Culture with Oktoberfest at Local Breweries
Photo courtesy Swamp Head Brewery

Oktoberfest at Swamp Head Brewery
Friday, September 23, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Enjoy food from Stubbies Pop-Up Sausages, live polka from the Schnitzel Brother Bier Band, Stein Holding Competition and more.

Oktoberfest at Cypress and Grove
Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy live music, festive fun and new beers.

Oktoberfest at First Magnitude
Saturday, September 24 – 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Enjoy the Gators Football game on the big screen, German-style food, brass music and German-style beer releases.

north central flroida blues society

Slow Down and Get Down with North Central Florida Blues Society’s Gainesville Acoustic Blues Showcase
Sunday, September 25, 5 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
611 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Enjoy acoustic blues performances from Sheba the Mississippi Queen, Little Mike with Josh Miller, Paco, Middleground and Blues Meets Girl.

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. 

flowering plants a fall plant sale

Select from Hundreds of Native and Pollinator-Friendly Plants at the Florida Museum’s Fall Plant Sale
Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Sunday, September 25, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

The Florida Museum’s fall plant sale features over 100 species of plants. Learn which pollinators you can attract and learn about plants that will work best in your landscape. 

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.

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.

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

gatorville collectofest

Find Rare Toys, Comics and Games at Gatorville Collector Fest
Sunday, September 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center
1250 W University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Shop Hot Wheels, GI Joe, Star Wars and retro toys. Browse vendors with classic comics, curated artwork, video games and more.

free fridays

Enjoy Rock and Roll Sets with Late Night Losers and Driptones at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, September 23, 7 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.

playlist at the pointe

Unwind with TJ Brown at Playlist at the Pointe
Friday, September 23, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave, Gainesville, FL 32608

TJ Brown delivers originals and covers from country to R&B. Spread a blanket under the setting sun, enjoy food and drinks from Celebration Pointe restaurants and catch live music on the outdoor stage.

food truck rally

Choose Flavors from Diverse Menus at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally
Saturday, September 24, 3 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Inside High Dive, catch the Gators Football game followed by live music with The Medicine Show and Bruce Watt. Food vendors include Charlie’s Snow Shack, Doughboy Desserts, Off the Griddle, Vegan Gator and more. Admisison is free. 

music on the patio with gruv therapy

Have a Groove Session at Music on the Patio with Gruv Therapy
Saturday, September 24, 6:30 p.m. | A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center
1013 NW 7th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Gruv Therapy presents a blend of jazz, R&B and instrumental funk. A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center serves as a tribute to one of the most influential educators in Alachua County history.

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Arts & Theatre

flashbacks pop up market

Vintage Pop-Up Market at Flashbacks Recycled Fashions
Saturday, September 24, 12 p.m.

Grand Opening of Uniform Destination at Butler North
Friday, September 23

Athletic Wear Clothing Drive and Sale at Cycle Bar
Now through November 30

Shop local boutiques and national brands at Butler Enterprises, Celebration Pointe, The Oaks Mall and Shoppes at Thornebrook.

Arts & Theatre

Explore the World of Black Consciousness at Black: A Night of One Acts at Actors’ Warehouse
Now through Sunday, October 2


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

Stay n’ Clay Family Clay Hour at Studio TM
Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m.

Acrylic Portrait Painting Workshop at Good News Arts
Saturday, September 24, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Events & Festivals

gainesville fear garden

Enjoy a Pop-Up Halloween Speakeasy After Surviving The Dark Story Tent at The Gainesville Fear Garden
Friday, September 23 – Monday, October 31

Newberry Cornfield Maze
Friday, September23 – Saturday, October 29

young leaders for wild florida fall fest

The Young Leaders for Wild Florida Fall Fest and Garage Sale at Prairie Creek Lodge
Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Gainesville HempFest 2022 at Bo Diddley Plaza
Saturday, September 24, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cocktail and Classics: Dracula at the Hippodrome Cinema
Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.

Growing Bananas in North Florida Workshop at Mosswood Farm Store
Saturday, September 24

(sold out) Knife Blacksmithing Workshop at Crooked Path Forge
Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Music & Performance

¡TANGO! Music of Astor Piazzolla for Saxophone, Cello and Piano at UF School of Music
Thursday, September 22, 7:20 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Americana with The Ruckus at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, September 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Local Rock with Level 6 at High Dive
Thursday, September 22, 8 p.m.

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Singer-Songwriter Quincy Allen Flint at Bingo Deli and Pub
Friday, September 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Country with Houston Keen at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, September 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at One Love Café
Friday, September 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

A Night of Jazz Fusion with Greg Koch, Dionysys and The Project at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, September 23, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Chill Music with Purple Kloud at Civic Media Center
Friday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.

Jazz with Joe Breidenstine at Tioga Town Center
Friday, September 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Punk Rock with Off With Their Heads at Loosey’s
Friday, September 23, 8 p.m.

gators viola day

Musician Workshops, Master Classes and Guest Artist Recital at Viola Gators Day at UF School of Music
Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Americana with Front Porch Backsteppers at 4th Ave Food Park
Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rock with Whiskey Jones at One Love Café
Saturday, September 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Burlesque Karaoke at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Saturday, September 24, 8 p.m.

Last Nite Indie Dance Party with DJ Cameron Gregory at The Wooly
Saturday, September 24, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Porch Swing Jazz at 4th Ave Food Park
Sunday, September 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Gainesville Community Band presents Americana at Santa Fe College Jackson N Sasser Fine Arts Hall
Sunday, September 25, 3 p.m.

bluegrass jam session

Old Time Bluegrass Jam at Civic Media Center
Sunday, September 25, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Jazzology at The Bull
Tuesday, September 27, 8 p.m.

Jazz Wednesdays with The Oak Trio at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Wednesday, September 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Country with Houston Keen at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Om and Foam at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, September 24, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Classic Rock and Country with Aisle 14 at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, September 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

ugly mug class

Clay Sculpting Class with Ugly Muggery and Emporium at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmers Markets

U-Pick Chestnuts, Persimmons and More at High Springs Orchard
Saturday, September 24, 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.

gnv market

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

plate of vegan food

Spring Rolls, Kimchi Pancakes, Fried Rice, Tempeh Rueben and more at Suki’s Vegan at Haile Village Center
Thursdays – Saturdays, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wine Tasting at The Dunbar Hotel Wine Bar
Thursday, September 22, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

(sold out) Pasta and Bruschetta Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, September 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

BBQ Pop-Up with Day Dreaming of BBQ at Halo Potato Donuts Main Street
Saturday, September 24, 12 p.m. until sellout

(sold out) Wine Tasting, Appetizers and Desserts Couples Cooking Challenge at The Fat Tuscan
Saturday, September 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Rosh Hashanah Menu at Uppercrust and Petit Uppercrust
Sunday, September 25 – Monday, September 26, 8 a.m. – 6 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 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving at UF O’Connell Center
Friday, September 23, 10 a.m.

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.

All Welcome Test and Tune Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m.

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Gainesville Hogs Rugby vs. Orlando at Squirrel Ridge Park
Saturday, September 24, 2 p.m. 

Premier Girls Fastpitch Softball Classic at Champions Park
Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25

Florida Archery Association FITA State Championship at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Gators Soccer vs Georgia at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Sunday, September 25, 12 p.m.

gator talk

Gator Talk with Gators Football Head Coach Billy Napier at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, September 26, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Parks & Trails

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

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Turkey Creek Preserve
Sunday, September 26, 8 a.m.

Kids Meet Heritage Farm Animals at Barnyard Buddies at Morningside Nature Center
Wednesday, September 28, 3 p.m. – 4 p.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

return to forever

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: Wednesdays – Saturdays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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, Steve Martin to name a few. The exhibit features a collection of live performance photos from the house photographer John Moran, Bo Diddley’s signature square guitar and other artifacts. Admission is free.

Art & Mindfulness Workshop: Seeing with Clarity at the Harn Museum of Art
Friday, September 23, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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Into the Woods and Out of the Woods Exhibits at The Historic Thomas Center
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Pictured above, “Log (2)” by Benjamin Ingle

Preserving African American Communities and Landmarks – A conversation with Brent Leggs at Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Friday, September 23, 6 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, 2022
Tuesday – 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.

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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