What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, September 9-15, 2021

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with What’s Good. Add lively cultural events to your weekend with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Viva Museum, and with the Harn Museum’s Noche de Museo, a special evening featuring tours, activities, food, and entertainment. View groundbreaking films with the online Gainesville Latino Film Festival or head to the Cofrin Gallery for the thought-provoking Libertad (Freedom) exhibit showcasing works of art by artists Jesus “Seck37” Martinez and Carrie Elizabeth Martinez.

Tempt your tastebuds with delectable cuisine at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally. Find some of the best live music in the region at the Free Fridays Concert Series, the Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River benefit concert, and the Second Annual Gainesville Blues Showcase.

Read on for more of What’s Good.

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 –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. 

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Tempt Your Tastebuds at the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally
Saturday, September 11, 5 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Glory Days and High Dive bring a variety of tasty menus to one location. Featured food trucks include Charlies Snow Shack, Germains Chicken Sandwiches, Monsta Lobsta, Off The Griddle, Vegan Gator and more. Inside High Dive, enjoy live local music from Medicine Show (rock covers), Bruce Watt and Dylan Schehr.

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.

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Discover Latin American Culture at Viva Museum
Sunday, September 12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 

The Gainesville Latino Film Festival and Florida Museum of Natural History celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. See objects and artifacts created by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest. Speak to museum scientists and go on a bilingual scavenger hunt available in English and Spanish.

kayak on santa fe

Paddle the Upper Santa Fe River on a Guided River Tour with Alachua Conservation Trust
Sunday, September 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Bible Camp Boat Ramp
2023-2099 SE Bible Camp St., High Springs, FL 32643 

Florida Master Naturalist Lars Andersen of Adventure Outpost leads a tour up the Santa Fe River. Take in the scenic landscape with towering Live Oaks and Cypress trees, view wildlife and visit the second-magnitude Santa Fe Spring. Registration is required. 

soul of the santa fe river concert

Float Away with Music for a Cause at Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River Benefit Concert
Saturday, September 11, 6 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 

Join Shine and the Shakers, Madwoman and Tamayo for a benefit concert from Heartwood’s outdoor stage. Learn from local water-protecting organizations and grab a bite from food trucks. Proceeds from the concert benefit the legal fund protecting the springs and river.  

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. 

jazz on the green at celebration pointe

Exhale and Find Mellow Vibes at Jazz on the Green with Global Jazz Quartet
Saturday, September 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Celebration Pointe
4949 Celebration Pointe Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 

Enjoy smooth jazz from Global Jazz Quartet on the promenade. Spread a blanket under the setting sun, and catch live music on the outdoor stage. Make a night out of it and grab dinner from nearby Celebration Pointe restaurants.

north central florida blues society

Get Down with the Blues at the 2nd Annual Gainesville Blues Showcase
Sunday, September 12, 4:30 p.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 

The North Central Florida Blues Society presents a showcase of the area’s finest blues performers. The lineup includes Little Mike and the Tornadoes, the Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, Bridget Kelly Band, JuJu Junction and Sheba the Mississippi Queen and the Bluesman. 

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Latin American Art and Culture comes Alive at Museum Nights: Noche de Museo
Thursday, September 9, 6 pm | Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Rd., Gainesville, Florida 32608 

Visit the Harn Museum after hours for exhibitions, tours, activities, food and entertainment. Macarena Deij Prado leads a gallery tour of the new exhibit “Plural Domains.” Y-Not-Theatre performs the bi-lingual play “The Gulf” by Jessica Farr. Outside the contemporary pavilion, find live music from Elio Piedra.

fast lane band members

Get Funky with Fast Lane at the Free Fridays Concert Series
Friday, September 3, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville 

Dance to the grooves from Fast Lane. Their musical inspiration includes Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament/Funkadelic. 

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.

painting of children with fists raised

View Powerful and Thought-Provoking Paintings on Display at the Libertad (Freedom) Exhibition
Friday, September 10, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Oak Hall Cofrin Gallery
1700 SW 75th St., Gainesville, FL 32607 

Artists Jesus “Seck37” Martinez and Carrie Elizabeth Martinez explore freedom as a driving experience of the human experience. Each painting highlights the concept of freedom and plays on the Cuban-American heritage of Seck37 and the country’s current political upheaval.

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Escape to a Unique Sonic Experience at Juke Night
Saturday, September 11, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. | The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino

232 ½ SE 1st St., Gainesville, FL 32601 

Dion Dia presents a night of music experiences. Inside, find three silent disco stations and vintage pop-up from The How Bazar. Outside on the stage, find a mix of DJs and rappers along with experiential visual installations.

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Show Off Your Dance Moves with The Ambassador of Rock n Soul Billy Buchanan 
Saturday, September 11, 6:30 p.m. | A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center
1013 NW 7th Ave., Gainesville, 32601 

Billy Buchanan performs the soul, blues and rock from the ‘50s to the ‘80s and beyond. Enjoy favorites from Ray Charles, to Motown, to Prince, to Bruno Mars, to toe tapping originals.

gainesville latino film festival

Experience Groundbreaking Films from Latin America at the 17th Gainesville Latino Film Festival
September 9-23 | Online Event with the Gainesville Latino Film Festival 

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

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Arts & Theatre

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Pop Up on the Porch with Art Demos from Debra Lindberg (wax encaustics) and Joyce Lottinville (fiber art) at Artisans’ Guild Gallery
Saturday, September 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dance Alive National Ballet Great Halloween Costume Sale
Saturday, September 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Book Talk with Author Mallory O’Connor: My American Trilogy at A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
Sunday, September 12, 3:30 p.m.

Back in the Spotlight: The Hippodrome Theatre’s 2021-2022 Season
The Hippodrome Theatre welcomes back audiences back to the Mainstage for their 49th season.

Twirl into the 2021-2022 Season of Dance Alive National Ballet
Phantom, Nutcracker, Don Juan and Carmina Burana are just a few of the special performances in store this year from the incredible dancers of Dance Alive National Ballet.

Elements of Entertainment: Gainesville Orchestra Earth Matters 2021-2022 Season
Maestro Evans Haile creates an astounding new season of orchestral music themed to the 5 elements of life: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Ether. 

Music & Performance

Alt-Country and Indie Folk with This Frontier Needs Heros at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, September 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Rock and Blues with Little Mike & The Tornadoes at One Love Cafe
Thursday, September 9, 6 p.m. 

Rock with Mike Bowman at Mother’s Pub & Grill North
Thursday, September 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Bachata Bouelvard at The Bull
Thursday, September 9, 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Soul, Jazz, Funk with The Browns at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, September 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Rock Favorites with Faster Than Flash at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Friday, September 10, 7 p.m.

Blues and Rock with Midnight Blue at the Pink Flamingo Diner
Friday, September 10, 7 p.m.

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Indie Rock with Faze Wave and Madwoman at Indie Live from Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, September 10, 8 p.m. 

Power Metal Music with PoSyzygy and Nibiru at Loosey’s Downtown
Friday, September 10, 8 p.m.

Pop Rock with Driveaway, Driptones, Bobby Kidd, Leah Rando at High Dive
Friday, September 10, 8 p.m.  

Folk and Americana with Local Voices at The Bull
Friday, September 10, 8 p.m.  

Groove and Funk with Chillula at Mother’s Pub & Grill North
Friday, September 10, 9 p.m.  – 1 a.m. 

Drum & Bass with Frolik at The Loft
Friday, September 10, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Jazz and R&B with Gruv Therapy and Danny Bub Combo at Legacy Park Concert Fall Series
Saturday, September 11, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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The Larry Newcomb Jazz Trio at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, September 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Pop and Rock Covers with the Barstool Prophets at One Love Cafe
Saturday, September 11, 6 p.m. 

Heavy Metal with Stunner, Children of the Reptile and Thunderclap at Loosey’s Downtown
Saturday, September 11, 6 p.m. 

Hip Hop Challenge with Hoodway vs YnD at Swamp City Gallery Lounge
Saturday, September 11, 6 p.m. 

Popular Rock Music with Blueraven Band at Junction 21 in Melrose
Saturday, September 11, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Rock and Blues with Little Mike and the Tornadoes at The Great Outdoors Restaurant
Saturday, September 11, 7 p.m. 

GNVpunk Pop Punk & Emo Night at High Dive
Saturday, September 11, 9 p.m.

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Motown, Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz and Swing with Raftus Brown and the Melrose Horns at One Love Cafe
Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m. 

Kizomba, Salsa and Bachata Dance Lessons and Music at The Bull
Sunday, September 12, 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Acoustic Rock Tunes with Sylinter at One Love Cafe
Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Jazz Night with Funk Allstars and the Pyramid Horns at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Monday, September 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Campfire Americana with Kyle Keller at Lightnin’ Salvage
Tuesday, September 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Experimental Sounds with Tristan Harvey at Lightnin’ Salvage
Wednesday, September 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Comedy Night at Mother’s Pub & Grill North
Wednesday, September 15, 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Craft Breweries

Country Music with Clay Brooker and Sister’s Swank Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, September 9, 7 p.m.

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Alternative Country with Black River Harvesters and Big Lee’s Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, September 10, 7 p.m.

Blues and Rock with Midnight Blue at the Pink Flamingo Diner
Friday, September 10, 7 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Moondog at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Friday, September 10, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Mix of 80’s, 90’s Country, Rock and Southern Rock with the Clean Slate Band and Mayflower Food Truck at High Springs Brewing Company
Saturday, September 11, 7 p.m. 

Classic Rock with Crooked Counsel at Pink Flamingo Diner
Saturday, September 11, 7 p.m. 

Bloody Mary Sunday at Blackadder Brewing Company
Sunday, September 12, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Jazz with Joe at Big Top Brewing Company
Monday, September 13, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Brainaholics Trivia at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Trivia Night at Blackadder Brewing Company
Wednesday, September 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

U-Picks & Farmer’s Markets

U-Pick Saijo Persimmons at High Springs Orchard and Bakery
Saturday, September 11

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 from The Impostors
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

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Pop-Up Wine Tasting with Downtown Wine and Cheese at The Dunbar Hotel
Thursday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.

the neon pig

Treat Yourself with The Leaning Pig’s Special Dinner Menu Featuring New York Strip, Watermelon Salad, Salmon Crudo, Whole Fried Snapper, Charred Octopus and More at “The Neon Pig”
Thursday, September 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Doctor Who Tea Party at Haile Village Bistro
Saturday, September 11, 3 p.m. 

(sold out) Pleasant Street Neighborhood Supper Club at The Dunbar Hotel
Saturday, September 11. 6:30 p.m.

Learn New Skills with Cooking Classes at The Fat Tuscan
(sold out) Making Gnocchi Pasta

September 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(sold out) Making Ravioli
Friday, September 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cheesecake Making
Saturday, September 11, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
(sold out) Brunch and Crepes
Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Making Pizza
Wednesday, September 15, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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.


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

Gators Soccer vs. North Carolina
Thursday, September 9, 7 p.m. 

Gators Volleyball vs. Baylor
Friday, September 10, 8 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 7 p.m.

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Pickleball, Archery, Swimming and More at the 2021 Gainesville Senior Games
Friday, September 10 – Sunday, September 12  

Gators Cross Country Mountain Dew Invitational at Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida
Saturday, September 11, 7:55 a.m. 

PGF Softball Showcase at Champions Park
September 11-12 

Gainesville Street Rods Monthly Cruz In at Springhill Commons
Saturday, September 11, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Summit Series Drag Racing at Gainesville Raceway
Saturday, September 11, 2 p.m. 

Gainesville Cars & Coffee
Sunday, September 12, 9 a.m.

Parks & Trails

Alachua Audubon Society Field Trip – Blues Creek Ravine
Saturday, September 11, 8 a.m. 

September 11 Memorial Ceremony at Reserve Park
Saturday, September 11, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Timed 5K at Depot Park with parkrun
Saturday, September 11, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. 

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Love Our Byways Cleanup Event for the Old Florida Heritage Highway at Florida School of Massage
Sunday, September 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.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

image from harn exhibit

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
Saturday, September 11 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.

Museum in the Parks: Mushrooms at Sweetwater Preserve for Grades K-6
Wednesday, September 15, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Spark Wonder with Expanded Hours at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Thursday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Learn about the invention of Gatorade in “The Sweat Solution” and find out how everyday items are manufactured at the traveling “How People Make Things” exhibit inspired by Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours. Plan your visit at 

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.

Last Chance to See the Live Animals of the Survival of the Slowest Exhibit at the Florida Museum
Now through Sunday, September 12
Museum Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Save The Date

MusicGNV Live & LocalPalimony and Noan Partly Trio, September 16

Florida Impressions: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers, September 21

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

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