Gainesville area events

10/6 5-7pm: Oral History Program open house, Pugh Hall Ocora, UF,

10/7 2-4:30pm: Radical Rush, Civic Media Center (433 S. Main St);

7pm: The Band’s Last Waltz, Bo Diddley Plaza (111 E. University Ave); free;

10/8 UF Homecoming – Parade, football (vs Missouri) at noon, partying all over: join in or stand clear!

10/9 11am-4pm: Soma Art Market (435 S. Main St); › somaartmediahub
12:30-4:30pm: Candidate Forum for local & national candidates, Pugh Hall, UF;

10/10, 11:30am: Fla Free Speech Forum – Ron Cunningham on “Sweetwater Creek Loop: Reclaim a Creek, Connect Neighborhoods” – Aloft Hotel (3743 Hull Rd);

10/11 5pm: Hickory Sink 4000-acre development review: Alachua County Administration Building, 12 SE 1st St; online at

10/13 7pm: “An African American and Latinx History of the United States” with Paul Ortiz, Ph.D., Matheson Museum (513 E. University Ave); free with advance registration:

10/14 8pm: Running Mates political comedy opens at The Hipp (25 SE 2nd Pl), runs through 10/30; ticket prices vary;

  8pm: A Visit with Quentin Crisp opens at Actors’ Warehouse (2512 NE 1st Blvd), runs through 10/23;

10/15 Time TBA: UF football vs LSU (& Tom Petty Day), The Swamp

7pm: CMC Anniversary at Matheson Museum (513 E, Univ Ave); see pg 24 

  7-10pm: *!#@ Nestlé Springs Legal Fund Benefit for Save Our Springs, Heartwood (619 S. Main St), $10-15,

10/16 4-7pm: Tribute to Life and Music of Bob McPeek, Heartwood (619 S. Main St),; see pg 17

10am-3pm: Pride at Prairie Creek – live music, food, crafts, nature walks, more, Prairie Creek Lodge (7204 Co. Rd 234);

11am: Sunday Assembly speaker Henri Pellissier on “Humanist Global Charity-Humanitarian Atheists Helping Internationally”; Pride Center (3131 NW 13th St).

12-8pm: We’re Here, We’re Queer–Loud and Proud! Pride festival & concert, Bo Diddley Plaza (111 E. University Ave);

6 pm: Spirit of Pride Community Awards Dinner, with Nikole Parker, Equality Florida director of Transgender Equality, Sweetwater Branch Inn (625 E. University Ave);

10/17 7-9pm: Pride Adult Social Mixer, Pride Center (3131 NW 13th St)

10/18 6-7:15pm: Environmental Leadership as the Clean Water Act Turns 50 talk & panel, Pugh Hall, UF, free;

10/19 7pm: “Play All Night! Duane Allman and the Journey to Fillmore East” with Bob Beatty, Ph.D., Matheson Museum (513 E. University Ave); free with advance registration:

10/20 Late afternoon or evening: Gov. R. DeSantis in Alachua – He deserves a hearty blue dot welcome!

10/20 6pm: Pride Film Fest, titles TBA: Civic Media Center (433 S. Main St); see CMC on Facebook

10/20 6-7pm: Investigative reporter Jason Leopold speaks, Pugh Hall Ocora, UF; free;

7pm: Tom Petty Weekend w/ 17 performers/bands kicks off at Heartwood Soundstage (619 S. Main St); free-$125 with registration at

10/21 1-3pm: Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice – pumpkin carving and tasty treats, Rockwood Park (2221 NW 2nd St), free;

10/22 9am-5pm: Friends of the Library Book Sale opens, endless goodies, amazingly cheap, runs 5 days – 430 N. Main St;

10/22 10am-5pm: Florida Bat Festival 2022, Lubee Bat Conservatory (1309 NW 192nd Ave), w/bat experts, music, kids’ games, more; kids $5, adults $8, unlimited-sample beer garden $28;

9pm: Music show, acts tba, at Civic Media Center (433 S. Main St);

10/23 11am-1pm: Pride Brunch, Paramount Grill (12 SW 1st Ave), $33.46/person (purchase by 10/17);

4-7pm: Old Time Bluegrass & Traditional Music Jam,  Civic Media Center (433 S. Main St);

10/28-30: The Fest 20: at damn near every downtown venue;

10/29 Queer the Fest! – details announced soon via Civic Media Center Facebook page

11/3 7pm: “Writing a Florida Novel” with Rebecca J. Johnston, Matheson Museum (513 E. University Ave); free with advance registration:

11/4 8pm: New Works Festival opens at Hipp (25 SE 2nd Pl) w/ 4 original plays Nov 4-5;

8pm: A Night of Literary Horrors opens at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre (619 S. Main St), runs through 11/13;

11/6 7pm: “Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point” with Gary Mormino, Ph.D., Matheson Museum (513 E. University Ave); free with advance registration:

11/12 All day: Energize Alachua! Energy Equity and Savings Fair – how to save energy & money, with job fair, gifts, complimentary lunch, childcare & kids’ activities – Santa Fe College Blount Ctr, 401 NW 6th St; (see page 8)

11/13 7pm: “Native American Heritage Month: Indigenous Florida” with Nicole Nesberg (Migizi Miigwan), Matheson Museum (513 E. University Ave); free with advance registration:

11/16 5-7pm: 15th Mississippi Freedom Project Trip 2022 – reflection & celebration of Samuel Proctor Oral History Program research into civil rights campaigns, UF Pugh Hall Ocora, UF; webpage & livestream

11/19-20: 41st annual Downtown Festival & Art Show,

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