Whats Good Update from Visit Gainesville, Alachua County, April 23-29, 2020

While we are all sheltering in place, we remain grateful to the many in our community who continue to share the magic of our destination. If you’re missing your favorite places and activities in Alachua County, we invite you to read on for ideas on how to beat the stay-at-home blues, for delectable and deliverable food and drink options, and for inspiration from our abundant natural resources and the online offerings of our art institutions.  

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Please continue to be safe. We are proud to live in this mindful, resourceful and resilient community, and to share with you all that we have to offer – What’s Good.

Be safe and be well,– Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily updates and re-shares of your inspiring photos. Tag us at #whatsgoodalachuacounty  Please continue to be safe. We are proud to live in this mindful, resourceful and resilient community, and to share with you all that we have to offer – What’s Good.

Be safe and be well,– Your partners at Visit Gainesville, Alachua County 


For more information on mass gatherings, visit the CDC Mass Gatherings COVID-19 website.

For current Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, visit the Alachua County Coronavirus website, the Alachua County Facebook page, call the Coronavirus Information Line at 866-779-6121, visit the Florida Department of Health website, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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.


Flower at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Change Your View – Explore Gainesville and Alachua County’s Bountiful Outdoor Open Spaces

There are over 100 miles of trails in Alachua County for biking and hiking. With many park closures, it may be difficult to figure out where you can still go for outdoor relaxation, recreation and exercise. Visit Gainesville, Alachua County has done the research for you, and provides the most up-to-date information on parks and open areas to explore. Click to find a list of open spaces, What’s Good Now.

When enjoying the outdoors, please strictly adhere to public health safety guidelines, keep 6 feet away from others and follow all State and local ordinances. Note that due to the changing environment and regulations, open hours are subject to change.


City Nature Challenge 2020

This weekend, join “Community Scientists” around the world by participating in the global iNaturalist City Nature Challenge, April 24-27. Get outside and document all the plants and animals in your yard or neighborhood, then post to iNaturalist through the website or app.
Ensure Alachua County is represented by sharing your natural discoveries! Participating is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Create an account at or download the iNaturalist app 
  2. Take pictures of plants and animals in your yard and neighborhood (make sure your geo locator is on so it records that the photo was taken in Alachua County)
  3. Post to iNaturalist through website or app

The information you post will help record the amazing biodiversity in our area and iNaturalist even helps identify the plants and animals that you post. Please be mindful to continue to follow all federal and local recommendations to keep communities safe. 


Dining section on Visit Gainesville website

Check out the Delicious Dining section on the website. You can now search by Takeout and Delivery.

Interact with Local Restaurants on the EAT GNV Facebook Group

Local Restaurants are Preparing Meals for Take-Out and Delivery. See this list from the Gainesville Sun

Weekly Café Share Baskets from The Fat Tuscan Café
Pickup Wednesdays 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Share your photos of what you love about Gainesville and Alachua County, like the image above from IGer @chrissy_martinez_photography. We’ll repost and share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and will collect some of our favorites on a blog post on

Tag us or use hashtags #WhyILoveGNV or #WhatsGoodAlachuaCounty


One Love Cafe performing schedule

One Love Café Virtual Charity and Concert
Performances Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, April 26
Catch musical performances live on Facebook from acts usually seen at One Love Cafe.

Heartwood soundstage and first magnitude brewing company present a virtual music event

Support Local Music as Heartwood Soundstage and First Magnitude Brewing Company present a Virtual Live Music Event
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.

musician performing

FEST from Home with Live Streaming on Facebook
Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
See live streamed music sets from artists performing at FEST 19.

music lineup schedule with music stage in the background

3-Day Online Music Festival at Quarantine Sessions II hosted by Gator Sound and Lighting
Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Elio Piedra live

Online Fiesta with ELIO
Friday, April 24, 10 p.m. 
Since you can’t see his high energy latin percussion shows at a live venue, Elio Piedra brings the fiesta to you.

Live at Heartwood

Live at Heartwood – If you are missing local live music performances try streaming some of THE BEST (prerecorded) indie bands to hit the stage at Heartwood Soundstage – on any device, the bigger the better!

Billy Buchanan live streaming music

Live Streaming with Billy Buchanan
Date Night: Friday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Worship Set: Sunday, April 26, 11 a.m.
The Disco Set: Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m.

Open mic at the bull

Open Mic from Home with The Bull on Facebook Live
Monday, April 27, 9 p.m.

Fun 4 Gator Kids montage of kid-friendly and family-friendly activities

Fun 4 Gator Kids features daily updates of kid-friendly activities.


Shop Sustainably with Life Unplastic

Saporito Oil Vinegar Spice

River Run Olive Oil Company

Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies

Buffalo Girl Soaps

Bundles of dried lavender from the AUK market

The AUK Market Virtual Sale
Find a variety of jewelry, soaps, art, ceramics, clothing and more created by local artists or curated by vintage vendors.


Tell Me on Sunday, Storytelling with Guts & Glory GNV and First Magnitude Brewing Company on the Topic of “First Jobs”
Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This curated collection of tales takes you on a journey exploring new themes and ideas. Tune in every Sunday at 7 p.m. for these incredible FREE shows by clicking on the ticket link and signing in to the Heartwood Soundstage web portal.

Flights of beer served in a Florida license plate at First Magnitude Brewing Co

Growler Fills and Kegs from Cypress & Grove Brewing Company

To-go Cans from Swamp Head Brewery

Drive-Thru Beer Pick Up at First Magnitude Brewing Company

Growler Fills and 32 oz. Crowlers at Blackadder Brewing Company

Growler Fills at High Springs Brewing Company

Sangria, Wines and more at Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House

MAGnify by First Magnitude Brewing Company. Illustration of telescope with heart. Let's Hang GNV

Hang Out Virtually with MAGnify
First Magnitude Brewing Company is hosting a new series of online MAGnify events featuring local entertainers and businesses. Sign up for Virtual Brainaholics Trivia or MAGnify Monday Yoga and stay tuned for future event announcements.

Cocktails To-Go

Looking for Cocktails To-Go?
Ingenious mixologists have delivered a new way to provide your favorite mixed drinks. Find to-go cocktails from Madrina’sBoca Fiesta, Cry Baby’sDragonfly Sushi and Sake CompanyIf It Is Kitchen & CafeThe Keys Grill & Piano Bar, Bahama Breeze, Public & General and more.


U Pick Blueberries

U-Pick Blueberries at Aunt Zelma’s Blueberries
Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Strawberry U-Pick and Food Market at Frog Song Organics
Thursday, April 23, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Order in Advance and Pick Up at Drive-Thru Farmer’s Market  at Shoppes at Thornebrook
Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Drive-Thru Farmer’s Market CSA at Working Food
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Farm Stand Fridays at Bambi’s Café
Friday, April 24, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Organic Farmstand at The Family Garden
Friday, April 24, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Drive-Up Farmstand at Rogers Farm
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Order Online for Pickup and Delivery from Swallowtail Farm
Wednesday and Saturday Pickup at Working Food
Deliveries on Fridays

Union Street Farmer’s Market at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Alachua County 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.

Grove Street Farmer’s Market
Mondas, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Butterfly at Florida Museum

Watch the Release of a Mexican Kite Swallowtail Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History

GFAA The Garden exhibit

GFAA Virtual Gallery: The Garden

Take a Virtual Museum Tour with the Greatest Hits from Florida Museum of Natural History

View Online Classes presented by the Cade Museum


Gainesville LIVE! Music Series, May 1

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