A streak of sunny days and the first weekend in May are here! Make plans to safely enjoy a little rest and relaxation, Alachua County style. The downtown Gainesville Free-Fridays open-air concert series, the area’s longest running weekly outdoor music event, announces a virtual launch this Friday with Gainesville LIVE! Read on for ways to entertain yourself all weekend long with additional streaming performances and activities hosted by Heartwood Soundstage, MusicGNV, Fest, the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, Harn at Home and more. Find additional ways to experience the outdoors with biking and birding trails, and bring the tastes of Gainesville into your home with Sweetwater Branch Inn and Uppercrust.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
SAFETY FIRST: BE INFORMED ABOUT COVID-19
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).
The below information was accurate at the time of publishing. Due to the current fluctuating environment, please contact organizers directly to double check details.
Free Fridays Concert Series Kicks Off Gainesville Live! (an Online Live-Streaming Event) with Paco
Friday, May 1, 8 p.m.
On Fridays from May to October, hundreds of visitors and locals head to the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville to listen and dance to a superb assembly of bands and talented musicians at the Free Fridays Concert Series, the region’s longest running free outdoor live music series.
To kick off the season this year, Free Fridays joins MusicGNV to offer free streaming music shows, live from Facebook, starting with the unique guitar stylings of Paco.
Get the upcoming schedule of performances from the Free Fridays Concert Series Facebook Page.
OUTDOOR OPEN SPACES
Bike, Hike or Just 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. You can find some of the area bike trails listed here. However 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.
You can still go birding alone or with a friend… just stay six feet or more apart. Alachua County is known for having one of the largest inland bird counts in North America. For more birding information visit the Alachua Audubon Society resource page.
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.
TAKE OUT, SNACKS & PROVISIONS
Check out the Delicious Dining section on the VisitGainesville.com 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
Brunch Boxes from Public and General
Sunday, May 3
Weekly Café Share Baskets from The Fat Tuscan Café
Pickup Wednesdays 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS
Share your photos of what you love about Gainesville and Alachua County, like the image above of a Limpkin from Michael Allard, on IG @photos.by.admiral.elk . We’ll repost and share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and will share our favorites on a blog post on VisitGainesville.com.
Tag us or use hashtags #WhyILoveGNV or #WhatsGoodAlachuaCounty
LOCALLY FOCUSED ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT
FEST from Home with Live Streaming on Facebook
Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
FEST hosts its 19th music festival in October featuring hundreds of bands in downtown Gainesville. In anticipation of this yearly sellout event, see live music sets from scheduled artists through the summer.
Live From Home Streaming to Benefit High Dive
Friday, May 1, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The stage at High Dive is known for showcasing musical talent for passionate crowds throughout the year. Friday night features streaming lineup of talented acts. Donations to High Dive benefit the venue and staff.
Support Local Music as Heartwood Soundstage and First Magnitude Brewing Company present a Virtual Live Music Event
Saturday, May 2, 7 p.m.
Heartwood Soundstage is a state-of-the-art recording studio, video production facility, and intimate performance venue – built by musicians for music lovers and music makers. We can’t wait for our friends at Heartwood to be able to open their doors again. Until then, music fans can enjoy a little of the Heartwood Soundstage and friends magic via their virtual listening experiences.
#SAVEONELOVECAFE Virtual Concert & Charity
Wednesday, April 29 – Sunday, May 3
The popular cafe and brunch spot normally hosts local live music every week. This week they are reaching out with live streaming music performances and a way to make song requests.
Online Fiesta with ELIO
Friday, May 1, 10 p.m.
Until you can catch a live performance at The Wooly or Hippodrome Lower Level, invite Elio to your home (only on your favorite screen of course) and then turn your living room into a dance floor with your favorite Latin dance tunes accompanied by live percussion. Let Elio Piedra bring the fiesta to you.
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!
Live Streaming with Billy Buchanan
Narrow Magazine states that, “When it comes to innovation, and expanding musical horizons, Billy Buchanan is one of the premiere purveyors of music in our region.” Until you can get to a live venue for a rocking soulful performance from Billy Buchanan, let the groove come to you, live-stream style, here:
Request Night: Friday, April 24, 8 p.m
Worship Set: Sunday, April 26, 11 a.m.
Stevie Wonder Set: Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m.
MusicGNV Safe At Home Live Virtual Concert with Ricky Kendall
Monday, May 4, 7 p.m.
MusicGNV announced the first five out of ten planned Safe at Home Livestream Concerts to be aired over the next few months. Each Monday at 7 p.m., tune in to your favorite Gainesville-based artists playing their music live from their Facebook pages.
May 4 – Ricky Kendall
May 11 – Arrows In Action
May 18 – Maggie Clifford
May 25 – tanna music and Faith & Majesty
June 1 – Palimony Revue
VIRTUAL SHOPPING WITH A LOCAL FLAIR
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.
CRAFT BREWERIES – PACKAGE TAKE OUT
MAGnify Art: Virtual Art Showcase with First Magnitude Brewing Company
Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Since Gainesville Artwalk and galleries are closed, meet local artists live on Facebook.
May the 4th Beer With You at Swamp Head Brewery
Monday, May 4, 12 p.m.
Swamp Head Brewery celebrates Star Wars Day every year and 2020 is no exception. Choose the light side or join the dark side with themed beer releases and pre-sale bundles available.
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
To-Go Cans from Big Top Brewing Company
Growler Fills at High Springs Brewing Company
Sangria, Wines and more at Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House
Looking for Cocktails To-Go?
Ingenious mixologists have delivered a new way to provide your favorite mixed drinks. Find to-go cocktails from Madrina’s, Boca Fiesta, Cry Baby’s, Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company, If It Is Kitchen & Cafe, The Keys Grill & Piano Bar, Bahama Breeze, Public & General and more.
U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS
U-Pick Blueberries at Aunt Zelma’s Blueberries (check for availability)
Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Strawberry U-Pick and Food Market at Frog Song Organics
Thursday, April 30, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Farm Stand Fridays at Bambi’s Café
Friday, May 1, 12 p.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.
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.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
NATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM WEEK
Next week, we’ll join the nation-wide celebration of the Spirit of Travel with ideas to put on your future itinerary to Gainesville and Alachua County, FL
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