What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, September 26-29, 2019

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The Gators are 4-0 and, adding to that excitement, there are dozens of pre and post-game activities to keep everyone entertained.

Off the field, the arts take center stage with Dance Alive National Ballet’s Meet the Dancers at the Cade Museum, Artwalk and free live music in Downtown Gainesville, plus a piano concert by Mitch McKay inspired by the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region.

Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
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Gators football player doing The Chomp. GAME TIME

Rock The Swamp as Gators Football takes on Towson
Saturday, September 28, 4 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
121 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608

A week after a big SEC win, the Gators host the Towson Tigers in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The pre-game experience has been amped up this year. Arrive early for the Gator Walk Village, the Official Swamp Head Tailgate, Fan Fest and more.

Entrance to Somewhere Along The Way Art Gallery

Explore the Gainesville Art Scene on a Self-Guided Tour during Artwalk Gainesville
Friday, September 27, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Multiple Venues
Downtown Gainesville

Discover 15 local galleries and exhibit spaces during Artwalk Gainesville’s September event. Head to GFAA Gallery for the opening reception of the new mixed-media exhibit “Mix It Up.” Artwalk Gainesville is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer. Be inspired by new artists and exhibit openings on this monthly self-guided art tour. Download the map here.

Dancers on stage

Meet and Mingle with the Dancers of Dance Alive National Ballet
Friday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Attend an up close and personal performance and witness the artistry and athleticism of the dancers as they preview the 2019-2020 season. Enjoy an unforgettable evening with music and entertainment from Elio Piedra, wine and hors d’oeuvres and a live auction.

Alex Williams performing with guitar

Catch Rising Country Music Star Alex Williams’ Jennings Style Tunes with a Modern Twist
Thursday, September 26, 8:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Country music fans get ready for classic country music baritone, Alex Williams, playing Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson style tunes with a modern twist. The Austin Hunter Band and J.R. Ward join Williams for what promises to be an electric performance. 

Mitch McKay at the Piano on stage

Relax with Nature Inspired Music at the Where Nature and Culture Meet Piano Concert with Mitch McKay
Friday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. | Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606

This concert focuses on the natural beauty and cultural richness of Gainesville and Alachua County. Between performances, a visual presentation will focus on freshwater springs and Santa Fe River turtles. 

Free Fridays Concert Series

Dance under the Stars at A Night in El Barrio
Friday, September 27, 8 p.m – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Tropix band members

Get energized with a night of upbeat music. “El Maestro de Salsa” Gilberto de Paz and Tropix perform music from all over Latin America and Spain, along with American standards. From merengue and salsa, bachata and cumbia, to disco and ballads, crossover bilingual songs and everything in between. This show is part of the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series under the stars.

Palimony EP Release Show with Jordan Burchel. 7 pm, saturday septebmer 28, 619 S Main St. $12 advance/$15 door

Listen to Mellow Country Grooves by Palimony at their EP Release Show
Saturday, September 28, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Palimony brings you their unique take on slow, blue, psychedelic country. Influences ranging from Dolly Parton and Willy Nelson to Slowdive and Wilco have shaped the Palimony sound. Jordan Burchel (with full band) joins this EP release show that promises to add something new to the country and western songwriting tradition.

Indie Flea Gainesville, Outdoor Pop Up Market. September 29 12-5pm. 40+ makers & artisans. Vintage - plants - handmade goods. Cocktails at Dad's Bar. Family Friendly

Shop for Unique Handmade Goods at Gainesville Indie Flea Pop Up Market
Sunday, September 29, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | The AUK Market
2031 NW 6th St., Gainesville, FL 32609

Indie Flea is a monthly showcase of vintage goods, plants and handmade crafts. Find something unique and meet over 40 makers and artisans. 

Oktoberfest at Magnolia Parke. Hosted by One Cafe. Beer and Food. Live music, local beer, food trucks. 9.29. 4pm-8:30pm Live music: subliminal peppers

Raise Your Glass and Celebrate Oktoberfest with Food Trucks and Local Breweries
Sunday, September 29, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | One Love Café
4989 NW 40th Pl., Gainesville, FL 32606

The free family-friendly and dog-friendly festival features live music from Subliminal Peppers, a full lineup of food trucks and local breweries First Magnitude and Cypress & Grove.

Barbara Padilla. logo for Climb for Cancer Foundation.

Get Swept Away by Operatic Soprano and America’s Got Talent Runner Up Bárbara Padilla
Sunday, September 29, 4 p.m. | Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606

Padilla’s singing commands attention and will bring chills to your spine. Her performance of Charles Gounod’s “Ave Maria” prompted judge Piers Morgan to declare, “It was the greatest single vocal performance we’ve ever had on ‘America’s Got Talent.’” 


Handpan performers. Handpan 360 Presents Singing Steel from Around the World. At the Thomas Center Spanish Court, September 27, 7pm-9pm.

Handpan Concert with Kabeção at the Thomas Center Spanish Court
Friday, September 27, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Classic Rock and Blues with Raftus Brown and the Melrose Horns at One Love Cafe
Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Kyle Kenner plays Campfire Americana Music at Lightin’ Salvage
Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jazz Night at Dad’s Bar
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

University of Florida Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert
Thursday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Rock with Majic Dust, Orbiter, Curious Markings at Loosey’s Downtown Gainesville
Thursday, September 26, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Work It: Back to the 2000’s Dance Party
Thursday, September 26, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Folk with a Tinge of Punk by Swamp Rats, King Strang & Lightnin’ Luke at Lightin’ Salvage
Friday, September 27, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Live Irish Music at Durty Nelly’s 25th Anniversary Party
Friday, September 27, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Hippvana Nights with Elio Piedra at the Hipp Lower Level

Dance Instruction and Salsa Music from Elio Piedra at Hippvana Nights at the Hipp Lower Level
Friday, September 27, 8 p.m. – 12 p.m.

Guitar Slinging Poet and Storyteller in the American Folk Tradition Grant Peeples Performs at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, September 27, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Tributes of The Killers and Green Day with Hot Fuss and Dookie at High Dive
Friday, September 27, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Indie Music with John Vanderslice at Mystery Living Room Location /Hear Again Records
Sunday, September 29, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

High-energy Rock, Funk and Soul with Chris McCarty at Tioga Town Center
Saturday, September 28, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Metal Bands: Thou, Blackwater Holylight, Big Brave at The Atlantic
Saturday, September 28, 9 p.m.

Noir: A Night of Fetish, Burlesque, Drag and More at High Dive
Saturday, September 28, 10 p.m.

Hearoes for Hearing Benefit Concert at High Dive
Sunday, September 29, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Blend of Rock, African Traditional and Folk Jams with Toubab Krewe at Heartwood Soundstage
Sunday, September 29, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Global Music from 25 Emerging Musicians Representing 17 Countries, Pulp Arts and Heartwood Soundstage Present OneBeat 2019
Monday, September 30, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Who’s Performing? Where is it? It’s a Secret! Mystery Bands Perform at a Secret Venue at Sofar Sounds Gainesville
Monday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.

Hippodrome Jazz Series with Jacob Hardy at the Hipp Lower Level
Monday, September 30, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Gypsy Jazz with Gypsy Tears at Heartwood Soundstage
Tuesday, October 1, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Piano Mastery and a Sommelier-led Wine Paring with Alpin Hong at the Phillips Center
Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Avant-pop Sounds from Helado Negro at The Atlantic
Wednesday, October 2, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.


Brewery sign at Big Top Brewing Company

Brews and Blues with Cassie Keenum at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Escape Nights at Island Grove Tasting House
Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 28

Comedy Super Friends present Grandma Lee at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Friday, September 27, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artwalk at First Magnitude Brewing Company with Alli W.
Friday, September 27, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Oktoberfest at Cypress & Grove
Saturday, September 28, 1 p.m.

Gainesville Harley Davidson Hangout at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, September 28, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 


American Musical History with Dreamgirls at the Starcenter Theatre
Friday, September 27, 8 p.m., Saturday, September 28, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The 15th Gainesville Latino Film Festival wraps up with the 3rd Annual Short Film Contest at The Historic Thomas Center
Saturday, September 28, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

90-minute Variety Show of Upcoming Comedians at (S)laughterhouse Comedy: Variety and Sketch Comedy Show at High Dive
Saturday, September 28, 7:30 p.m.

Cocktails & Classics: Dial M for Murder (in 3D) at the Hippodrome Cinema
Saturday, September 28, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

We Are Proud to Present, a Presentation at the University of Florida Black Box Theatre about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915
Now through Sunday, September 29

Sunset Village at Gainesville Community Playhouse
Now through September 29

Jekyll & Hyde The Musical at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Now through October 6

Save the date for the next performance at High Springs Playhouse: A Party to Murder
3 shows per week October 4 – 27


Beer Pairing Dinner with Halpatter Brewing Co. at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Traditional Pickles and Brined Veggies at Bambi’s Country Market and Café
Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tipsy Trivia Night and Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, September 26, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Pizza Night at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Friday, September 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Ice Cream Made from Local Ingredients at Grand Opening Hoggetowne Creamery with Pizza from Ash and Ember Wood Fire and Live Music by Jason and Sarah Hedges
Saturday, September 28, 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Local Plates, Drinks and Ghost Stories at Eat, Drink and Be Scary with Gainesville Food Tour
Tuesday, October 1, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Gator Talk with head coach Dan Mullen

Go Beyond the Sidelines with Gators Football Head Coach Dan Mullen at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar in Celebration Pointe
Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gators Soccer vs. Missouri at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Gators Kickoff Lunch with Head Coach Dan Mullen at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Friday, September 27, 11:30 a.m.

Gators Volleyball vs. Auburn at Exactech Arena
Friday, September 27, 7 p.m.

19th Annual UF Health Gainesville Senior Games, Archery at Gator Bowmen Range
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m.

2019 Softball Elite Training Camp at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Summit Series Drag Race at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, September 28, 2 p.m.

Gators Volleyball vs. Georgia at Exactech Arena
Sunday, September 29, 1 p.m. 


Author Tim Dorsey with book cover for No Sunscreen for the Dead

No Sunscreen for the Dead Author Tim Dorsey Storms into Waldo Library Branch
Friday, September 27, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Fall Festival and Haunted Corn Maze Opening Weekend at Roger’s Farm
Friday, September 27, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Opening Day of Peanut Patch and Corn Maze in Archer
Friday, September 27, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Opening Weekend at Hollow Oaks Corn Maze in Alachua
Friday, September 27, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, September 28, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Art Fair at One Love Café
Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Open House and Demonstrations, Meet the Mustangs at CZ Mustangs in Archer
Saturday, September 28, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ugly Muggery Pottery Class at Art Alley
Saturday, September 28, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Two-Day Survival Knife Blacksmithing Workshop with [Fe]ver Metal Art Studio
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Get a Scare at the Newberry Cornfield Maze
Now through October 26, Fridays 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturdays 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.


Tomatoes at the Market

Newberry Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Union Street Farmers Market at Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Main Street Alachua Farmers Market at Main Street Alachua
Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

One Love Café Farmer’s Market
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Haile Farmers Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Join the Free 5K Run, Jog, Walk at Depot Park parkrun
Saturday, September 28, 7:30 a.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Saturday, September 28, 8 a.m.

Reptile Day at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Earl P Powers Park
Sunday, September 29, 8 a.m.

Birders of All Levels are Welcome at Wednesday Bird Walks at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, October 2, 8:30 a.m. 


Ginnie Brew Fest Saturday October 19

Save the date for the inaugural Ginnie Brew Fest, showcasing craft beer, cider and mead from over 20 craft breweries at Ginnie Springs
Saturday, October 19, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


There was a Girl at Black C Art Gallery

Performance of There was a Girl and Q&A Session at Black C Art Gallery
Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Meet Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier at The Cade Museum
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fieldwork Fails: A Live Storytelling Event at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Opening Reception of Hidden Fields | An exhibit of recent paintings by Logan Marconi at Rosa B Williams Center/352artspace
Friday, September 27, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free Day of Fungal Fun at Mushrooms at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Gallery Talk at the Harn Museum of Art: The Potential of Fragments and Loose Threads
Sunday, September 29, 3 p.m.

A Table of Contents by Emmanuel Manu Opoku at UF Grinter Gallery
Now through Friday, November 8, 2019

Vitruvian Women, Paintings by Allison Zuckerman at University Gallery
Now through Friday, October 25, 2019

Tile Exchange Exhibition: Wuhan Textile University and University of Florida at Gary R. Libby Gallery
Now through Friday, October 18, 2019

Plants and Animals from the Local Ecosystem at Donald Martin – Sanctuary Printmaking Exhibit and Gallery Talk at Santa Fe College Art Gallery
Now through Friday, October 4, 2019

Gainesville Fine Arts Association’s Members Best Exhibit at the Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School
Now through Friday, October 18, 2019
View the work of many of this area’s most accomplished fine artists in a wide array of media, subject matter and style.

School of Art + Art History 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition at Harn Museum of Art
Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020
This exhibition recognizes and applauds UF’s art faculty as individual artists and as a collective of exemplary art educators.

Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Now through Saturday, January 4, 2020.
This exhibition of 150 photo portraits featuring and created by young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 captures a moment in time and place — Gainesville in 2019.

Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through Sunday, December 31
Through videos, photographs, and objects collected for the Cade throughout Cuba, Cuban Ingenuity highlights the ingenious vision behind dozens of innovations and inventions of necessity.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020
See the result of 200 million years of predatory evolution and learn about one of nature’s oldest and stealthiest hunters: crocodilians. This unique exhibition educates guests on the history and significance of these creatures using live reptiles, realistic models and interactive elements.

Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks at the Matheson History Museum
Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Every city has a period of time that defines its built environment and architectural character. For Gainesville, that moment was the mid-20th century.

SAVE THE DATES, while you are making plans, take a look at these upcoming Fall crowd pleasers:
UF Homecoming & Gator Growl, October 4
Tom Petty Birthday Bash, October 19-20
Tom Petty Weekend at Heartwood Soundstage, October 17-19
THE FEST, November 1 – 3
45th Micanopy Fall Festival, November 2 – 3
Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 16 – 17

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