What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, September 8-14, 2022

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Make the most of a Gators Football weekend with What’s Good. Join the official block party of the Florida Gators at Chomp the Block. Celebrate Latin culture with movies and performances at the 18th Gainesville Latino Film Festival. Celebrate 10 years of bringing people and poetry together at ARTSPEAKS. Cheer on high-flying wrestlers at Fest Wrestling’s 6 Year Anniversary Bash.

Get outside and enjoy the outdoors on a ranger-led tour of Sweetwater Wetlands Park. Take the whole family fishing at UF IFAS Family Fishing Day.

Read on for more of What’s Good!

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gators football vs kenturkcy

Join College Football Fans and Turn the Swamp into a Sea of Blue as Gators Football Takes on Kentucky
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m. | Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
157 Gale Lemerand Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611

After an upset victory and jumping to a #12 ranking, Gators Football enters SEC competition against #20 Kentucky. 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.

chomp the block

Celebrate Gameday Weekend at the Official Block Party of the Florida Gators at Chomp the Block
Friday, September 9, 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. 

people attending latino film festival

Discover Latin American Culture through Movies and Performances at the Gainesville Latino Film Festival
Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 18 | Multiple Locations

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

Event Schedule:
Opening Ceremony and Screening of The Mole Agent at the Hippodrome Theatre
Thursday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.
Screening of The Spokeswoman at the Historic Thomas Center
Friday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.
Story Time with La Hora Del Cuento at Tower Road Library
Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.
IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance Company at the Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m.
Screening of I’m No Longer Here at UF Smathers Library East
Sunday, September 11, 3:30 p.m.

tu fiesta radio fest

Show Off Your Salsa Dance Moves at the Inaugural Tu Fiesta Radio Fest
Saturday, September 10, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Digital Latin music radio station Tu Fiesta Radio hosts its first annual festival in downtown Gainesville. Enjoy a day of live music, food trucks, gift vendors and a special performance from Melina Almodovar “La Muneca de la Salsa” honoring the “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz.

tapestry design

Explore the Harn Museum After-Hours at Museum Nights: Wall Talk
Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608

Join the Harn Museum for off-the-wall activities including art-making, poetry readings, docent tours and dance performances. Guest artists include muralist Jenna Horner, Alachua County poet laureate E. Stanley Richardson and Harn choreographers-in-residence. Admission is free.

uf family fishing days

Make the Perfect Cast at UF IFAS Family Fishing Day
Saturday, September 10, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | UF IFAS Fishing Ponds

7922 NW 71st St., Gainesville, FL 32653

Anglers of all skill levels are welcome with loaner poles and bait available. All family members, including those with disabilities, are encouraged to participate. Fish for bream (bluegill, red-ear sunfish, warmouth), largemouth bass, and channel catfish up to 10 lbs. Admission is free.

poets at artspeaks

Tune into the Power of the Spoken Word as ARTSPEAKS Celebrates 10 Years of Bringing Poetry and People Together
Sunday, September 11, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | The Historic Thomas Center
302 NE 6th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

ARTSPEAKS celebrates 10 years of bringing the community together by the sharing of diverse voices through the art of poetry, spoken word and storytelling. The event begins with a reception and live jazz by Ernesto and the EKR Jazz Trio followed by an evening of poetic expression. Admission is free.

fibonacci forum

See the Next Big Thing at the 2022 Cade Prize Fibonacci Forum
Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Meet inventors and their inventions as Cade Prize Finalists share their cutting-edge inventions in AI, renewable energy and more. The Cade Prize is one of the largest prize competitions for innovation in Florida. 

free fridays

Jump Around to ‘90s Rock Covers with Pet Detectives at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, September 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Pet Detectives take the Bo Diddley Plaza stage with hit songs from the Cranberries, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and more. 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.

jazz on the green

Dance on the Promenade with The Shuffle Tones at Jazz on the Green
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608

Grab food and drinks from nearby Celebration Pointe restaurants and spread a blanket or pull up a chair to enjoy a live jazz concert from the outdoor stage.

fest wrestling bash

Cheer On High-Flying Wrestlers at the 6-Year Anniversary Fest Wrestling Bash
Sunday, September 11, 5:30 p.m. | Vivid Music Hall
201 W University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Fest Wrestling celebrate 6 years of wild wrestling action. MV Young, EFFY, Savannah Evans, Kimber Lee, The Ugly Sucklings, GRIT and many others compete in the squared circle.

limpkin with snail

Spot Wildlife and Learn About Water Quality on a Ranger-Led Tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sunday, September 11, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SE Williston Rd., Gainesville, FL 32641

Recent bird sightings include Chimney Swifts, Spotted Sandpiper, Snowy Egret, Pileated Woodpecker and Great Horned Owl. The half-mile tour lasts about 1 hour. Bring water, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Tour included with park admission.

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”
Opening Wednesday, September 14 | 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, 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.

Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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Arts & Theatre

fahrenheit 451

Heat Up Your Weekend at Fahrenheit 451 at the Hippodrome Theatre
Now through September 18
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. 

ballet dancers on stage

Meet the Dancers from Dance Alive National Ballet at Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Friday, September 9, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Hipp Unplugged: A Staged Reading Series Presents Bootycandy by Robert O’Hara at the Hippodrome Theatre
Monday, September 12, 7 p.m.

Glory Days & The Bar-Crossed Drunkards Present Drunk Hamlet
Wednesday, September 14, 8 p.m.

Events & Festivals

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

Blacksmithing Hatchet Workshop at Cooked Path Forge
Sunday, September 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

car show at whole foods

Gainesville Cars and Coffee at Butler Town Center
Sunday, September 11, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Observe the Moon and Stars with UF Astronomy
Friday, September 9, 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

9-11 Memorial Climb at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Sunday, September 11, 8:46 a.m.

Pop-Up Markets

evening market

Browse Vintage and Maker Crafts at the Evening Market at The AUK Market
Friday, September 9, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Browse Vegan Vendors and Meet Rescured Farm Cows and Pigs at the September Farmers “Moo-ket” at Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary
Sunday, September 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Music & Performance

Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at One Love Café
Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Bo Diddley Meets Africa Lecture Recital by Kingsley K. Okyere at UF School of Music
Thursday, September 8, 7:20 p.m.

jazz night

Jazz Night with The Oak Duo at 4th Ave Food Park
Friday, September 9, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

High-Energy Bluegrass with Boilin’ Oil at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, September 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Classic Rock with Wild Blue Yonder at One Love Café
Friday, September 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Caribbean Country with Lionel Jr. at Bingo Deli & Pub
Friday, September 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Synthpop with Bambii Lamb at High Dive
Friday, September 9, 8 p.m.

Swift and Styles Dance Party at The Wooly
Friday, September 9, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Alt-Pop with Xarissa at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Psychedelic Pop with Timothy Eerie and Dream Phases at Loosey’s
Saturday, September 10, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

tamayo band members

Rock Fusion with Tamayo at High Dive
Saturday, September 10, 8 p.m.

World Music and Classic Hits with Gosia and Ali at One Love Café
Sunday, September 11, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sally B’s Dashing Revue with Live Jazz from Swing Theory at High Dive
Sunday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.

Rock and Roll with Magic Dust at Loosey’s
Sunday, September 11, 7 p.m.

Oboist Christa Garvey (University of Wisconsin Eau Claire) and pianist Owen Lovell (Georgia College) Guest Artist Recital at UF School of Music
Monday, September 12, 7:20 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Singer-Songwriter Paul Eliot at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, September 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

jazz wednesdays

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

Brazilian Jazz Guitarist Tabajara Belo at Heartwood Soundstage
Wednesday, September 14, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Craft Breweries

football fridays

Gameday Weekend Fun at Swamp Head Brewery’s Football Fridays
Friday, September 2, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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

Gators Football Brewery Tailgate and Watch Party at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

FRIENDS Trivia at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

reggae sunday

Reggae Sunday with The Easy Crew at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
Sunday, September 11, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Vegan Brunch with Frenchmen Street Food at Swamp Head Brewery
Sunday, September 11, 11 a.m.

Brewery Yoga at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Sunday, September 11, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Bingo Night at Big Top Brewing Company
Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. – 8 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

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

Relive Old Times and Make New Memories at The Swamp Restaurant

Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
1104 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
After 25 years as a landmark restaurant for UF students and alumni, The Swamp Restaurant reopens at a newly constructed location with historic charm.

Pasta, Pesto & Cream Sauce Hands-On Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(sold out) Sparkling Wine Tasting and Chef Dinner at The Fat Tuscan
Friday, September 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

afternoon roasting

Coffee Tasting with Afternoon Roasting at Petit Uppercrust
Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Seafood Day Party at Embassy Event Hall
Sunday, September 11, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

(sold out) Brunch and Crepes Hands-On Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Sunday, September 11, 11 a.m. – 2 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.


Golf, Archery, Swimming and Pickleball at the 21st Annual Gainesville Senior Games
Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 18

Funtastic Fridays Archery at Easton Newberry Archery Center
Friday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.

Gators Volleyball Hosts the Sunshine Invitational at Exactech Arena
Friday, September 9 – Saturday, September 10

Summit Drag Racing Bracket Series at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.

high springs bmx track at sunset

Sizzling Summer Nights BMX Racing Series at High Springs BMX
Saturday, September 10, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

gator talk

Gator Talk with Gators Football Head Coach Billy Napier at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, September 12, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Gators Volleyball vs. FSU at Exactech Arena
Tuesday, September 13, 7 p.m.

Parks & Trails

Free Family-Friendly 5K with parkrun at Depot Park
Saturday, September 10, 7:30 a.m.

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Saturday, September 10, 8 a.m.

paleontology in the park

Paleontology in the Park at Depot Park
Saturday, September 10, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday Bird Walks at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, September 14, 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.

The Springs Academy Lecture Series at the Florida Springs Institute
Tuesday, September 13, 12 p.m. – 1 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

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

Art & Mindfulness Workshop: Sound and Silence with Kim Holton at the Harn Museum of Art
Saturday, September 10, 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 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

presetation at 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

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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