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Activities in Every Season

Activities in Every Season

Looking for some fun things to do in the Greater Gainesville area? Well, there’s a lot going on throughout the year, more than we can include in this list, but at least it’s a start. Read on to learn about the diversity of activities for every season. There’s something for everyone.

Once-a-Week Events

Every Monday

  • Karaoke at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta and Palomino

Every Tuesday

  • Taco Tuesday at Swamp Head Brewery featuring Cilantro Tacos

Every Wednesday

  • Bo Diddley Plaza Farmers Market

Every Thursday

  • Sausage and Suds w/ Mayflower Cellars @ Swamp Head Brewery
  • Veterans Night Open Jam at the Dirty Bar

Every Friday

  • Free Friday Concert Series (from May through October) at Bo Diddley Plaza

Every Saturday

  • Haile Plantation Farmers Market
  • 441 Farmers Market
  • Tours of Historic Homestead

Every Sunday

  • Tours of Historic Homestead

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Once-a-Month Events

First Monday 

  • Gainesville Music Association Public Symposium & Workshop

First Friday 

  • High Springs First Friday Night
  • Food Truck Rally @ Root and Pecker

Second Thursday

  • Civil War Roundtable of North Florida

Last Friday 

  • Gainesville ArtWalk

Once a month

  • Gainesville Food truck rally, dates alternate

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January

  • Event: An Evening in Mayberry with Rodney Dillard & The Walker Brothers
  • Event Details: Thursday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. The Thomas Center, 302 NE 6 Ave.
  • Event Cost: VIP Tickets – $30, General Seating – $20

Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center featuring cast member of the Andy Griffith Show, Rodney Dillard accompanied by the talented Walker Brothers.

Hear the fascinating stories of how it really was in Mayberry firsthand by Rodney Dillard as he worked on the set with Andy, Barney, Opie and Aunt Bea. You will also be able to ask questions.

Source: http://www.historicthomascenter.org/concerts-events/jewel-box-concerts/

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  • Event: Gators Women’s Basketball – Gators vs. Alabama
  • Event Details: Thursday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
  • Event Cost: Ticket prices varyWomen’s Basketball season began Nov. 11 and continues into March 2019.

Source: http://floridagators.com

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  • Event: ARC Gala IV Bowden and Bowties
  • Event Details: Saturday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m. at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall Theatre
  • Event Cost: $100

Legendary FSU football Coach Bowden will speak to a variety of issues including his upbringing, his coaching career at FSU, and his faith. Coach Bowden will take photos with guests and sponsors beginning at 5 p.m. An interview with Bobby will take place from 6 – 7:15 p.m. Arc Gala IV will feature a formal dance from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. with Aaron Covlerson and his musical mates providing the music. Catering courtesy of Dos Mamas Catering. There will also be a Silent Auction of sports memorabilia signed by Coach Bowden.

Source: http://bit.ly/2xMbI9N

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  • Event: Gators Men’s Basketball – Gators vs. Mississippi State.
  • Event Details: Jan. 10, 7 p.m., Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
  • Event Cost: Ticket prices vary

Basketball season continues into March.

Source: http://floridagators.com

  • Event: Gators Gymnastics
  • Event Details: Friday, Jan. 12, 6:45 p.m., Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
  • Event Cost: Ticket prices vary

Gators vs LSU

Source: http://floridagators.com

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  • Event: The Royale
  • Event Details: Jan. 12 – Feb. 11, The Hippodrome
  • Event Cost: Tickets prices vary

This play is inspired by the real-life story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight champion. Set in 1905, deep in the midst of Jim Crow, we meet charismatic African-American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson and his sister Nina, his greatest adversary and strongest motivation.

Source: http://thehipp.org/mainstage/2017-2018-season/

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  • Event: Club Creole Gala
  • Event Details: Saturday, Jan. 20, 7 – 10 p.m., Gainesville Woman’s Club
  • Event Cost: $39

Get ready to laugh, love and most importantly reconnect to your Haitian roots! Gala 2018, Sé La Pou Ou La!!!

Source: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/club-creole-gala-2018-tickets-38717201191

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  • Event:  The Springs Run 2018
  • Event Details: Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Magnitude Brewing Company
  • Event Cost: TBD

Raise money for springs protection and get your sweat on. This year the run will be followed by an all day festival with music, artists, vendors, and whatever other shenanigans our team dreams up.

Source: http://www.facebook.com/events/489082921451288/

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  • Event: Passion and Power “Tchaikovsky’s Romantic 5th” by the Gainesville Orchestra
  • Event Details: Friday, Jan .26, 7:30 p.m. at Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall Theatre.
  • Event Cost: Adult – $40, Senior – $30, Student – $15

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music has come to be known and loved for its distinctly Russian character as well as its rich harmonies and stirring melodies. His works, however, were much more western than his Russian contemporaries as he effectively used both nationalistic folk melodies and international elements.

Source: http://www.gainesvilleorchestra.com/

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  • Event: Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
  • Event Details: Jan. 27 – 28 & Feb. 2 – 4, Alachua County Fairgrounds
  • Event Cost: Prices vary

Step back in time and cheer on jousting knights, wander through the medieval marketplace where hundreds of artisans sell their wares, witness a battle on the living chess board, partake in old world games and rides, and feast on food fit for a king.

Source: http://www.hoggetownefaire.com 

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February

  • Event: Alachua County Father-Daughter Dance
  • Event Details: Saturday, Feb. 3, 5 – 8 p.m., location TBA
  • Event Cost: $50

This event is a combined effort of the nonprofit 10 CAN, Inc., Newberry Parks & Rec., and a potential third party (TBD). All proceeds benefit youth development programs in our local area. Fathers, enjoy a night with your little princess. Make memories that will last a lifetime, while fortifying an unbreakable bond. Currently developing program and venue to make this even bigger and better than last year.

Source: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-alachua-county-father-daughter-dance-tickets-35535937947

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  • Event: Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert
  • Event Details: Sunday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m. Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall Theatre
  • Event Cost: Regular tickets $25-$50 each, VIP $125

Musical superstar Ethan Bortnick celebrates some of the best young musical talent in the Gainesville area in a two-part special.

Source: http://www.wuft.org/tickets/

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  • Event: Winter Concert by Gainesville Community Band
  • Event Details: Sunday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m., Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
  • Event Cost:  $5

Comprised of teachers, professors, scientists, business professionals, students, physicians, contractors, realtors, trades-persons, and retirees, the Gainesville Community Band performs under the direction of Robert Gary Langford.

Source: http://www.gnvband.org

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  • Event: Gator Lacrosse
  • Event Details: Sunday, Feb. 11, Noon, Donald R. Dizney Stadium
  • Event Cost: Free

The Gators have 17 regular season games scheduled, including 10 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Florida has gone 75-15 (.833) at “The Diz” in the eight-year history of the program.

Source:http://floridagators.com/

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  • Event: Santa Fe Valentine’s Swing Dance
  • Event Details: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall Lobby
  • Event Cost: Tickets – $10

A swing dance class at 6:30 p.m. followed by the sounds of the Santa Fe Big Band at 7:30 p.m. Dance the night away in the lobby of the Fine Arts Hall!

Source:http://news.sfcollege.edu/2017/08/02/santa-fe-college-fine-arts-department-2017-2018-performance-schedule/

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  • Event: Gators Softball
  • Event Details: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
  • Event Cost: Ticket prices vary

Gators vs. North Florida

Source: http://floridagators.com

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  • Event: Gator Baseball Season Begins
  • Event Details: Friday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at Perry Field
  • Event Cost: Ticket prices vary

Gators vs. Siena. The home schedule features 34 games with five Southeastern Conference series on tap. UF holds a 296-84 (.779) record at McKethan Stadium.

Source: http://FloridaGators.com/tickets

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  • Event: Majesty of the Sea “Debussy’s La Mer”
  • Event Details: Friday, Feb. 23, Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall Theatre
  • Event Cost: Tickets prices vary

Performance by the Gainesville Orchestra

Source: http://www.gainesvilleorchestra.com/concerts

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  • Event: 352Creates
  • Event Details: Monday, Feb. 26, various locations.
  • Event Cost: Free

Imagine, make, play and thrive: Join one of the many creative activities happening throughout the day. This community-wide celebration is designed to demonstrate that creativity can be fun for everyone — and it can make our community stronger and healthier. “Pop-up” style art activities will range from poetry readings to sidewalk chalk contests to sing-alongs. Anything goes!

Source: http://www.352creates.com/

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  • Event: Vegfest Gainesville
  • Event Details: Saturday, Feb. 17, Depot Park
  • Event Cost: Free

Gainesville VegFest 2018 will feature informative exhibitors, vegan food vendors, animal rescue organizations and sanctuaries, speakers, food demos, music and more. Everyone is welcome.

Source: http://gainesvillevegfest.com

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  • Event: F.I.S.S Step Show
  • Event Details: Saturday, Feb. 17, North Lawn, UF
  • Event Cost: Prices range from $7-$25

FISS is the largest student run step show in the southeast united states, and is produced annually by the university of Florida’s Black Student Union.

Source:http://uffiss.com

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  • Event: Five Points of Life Weekend
  • Event Details: Saturday Feb. 17-18. 7 a.m. Start and finish lines are at UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
  • Event Cost: Prices vary

Run for a great cause at the 13th Annual Five Points of Life Race Weekend in scenic Gainesville, Florida!

Source: http://www.fivepointsoflife.com/registration/marathon-half-marathon-relay/

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March

  • Event: Ripcord
  • Event Details: Mar. 2 -25, The Hippodrome
  • Event Cost: Ticket prices vary

A high-stakes comedy set in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility. When cantankerous Abby meets her new, infuriatingly optimistic roommate Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the woman by any means necessary.

Source:http://thehipp.org

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  • Event: GFFA’s 11th Annual Fine Arts Fair
  • Event Details: Mar. 3 – 4, Tioga Town Center
  • Event Cost: Free

This unique festival will feature over 100 artists, a local Student Art Show, a Kids Zone, and entertainment. The 2018 Winter Art Fair continues the tradition of providing quality family fun in a pedestrian-friendly streetscape with ample parking and convenient access.

Source: http://www.gfaaartsfairtioga.org

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  • Event: Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
  • Event Details: Mar. 15 -18, Gainesville Raceway
  • Event Cost: TBD

Fans can watch as the world’s best drag racers power their 10,000 horsepower, fire-breathing machines down the strip in pursuit of championship points and early-season momentum.

Source: http://www.nhra.com/tickets

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  • Event: Gainesville Old Time Dance Society
  • Event Details: Sunday, Mar. 4, Thelma A. Boltin Center
  • Event Cost: $5-$10

Contra dancing is energetic, social dancing that’s fun for everyone (all ages are welcome) and no partner is necessary. The music is live. Dances are taught, walked through, and called. No experience or special dress is required. Wear casual attire and comfortable shoes. If you are new, please come to the beginner lesson (workshop) that begins about 30 minutes before the dance.

Source: http://godsdance.org

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  • Event: Florida Relays
  • Event Details: Mar. 29-31, James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track
  • Event Cost: Prices range from $6-$12

The Annual Track & Field Meet held in honor of former head coach Percy Beard

Source:http://floridagators.com

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  • Event: 31st Annual Puttin’ on the Ritz
  • Event Details: Saturday, Mar. 17, 7 – 10 p.m. Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.
  • Event Cost: TBA

A fun night of food and entertainment for a good cause – to support Children’s Home Society of Florida’s efforts to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. Live entertainment, dancing, an extensive silent auction and fine cuisine and beverages.

Source: http://www.chsfl.org/events/puttin-on-the-ritz/

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  • Event: Spring Concert by the Gainesville Community Band
  • Event Details: Sunday, Mar. 25, 3 p.m., Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
  • Event Cost:  $5

Come enjoy the Gainesville Community Band perform under the direction of R. Gary Langford.

Source:http://www.gnvband.org

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  • Event: Women of Distinction
  • Event Details: Tuesday, Mar. 27. Location to be announced.
  • Event Cost: $40

Women of Distinction has honored more than 180 outstanding women in the community since its inception and acknowledges new women each spring at a formal ceremony.

Source: http://www.sfcollege.edu/wod/index

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April

  • Event: Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival
  • Event Details: Apr. 7-8, NE 1st St. and the grounds of the Thomas Center in downtown Gainesville’s historic district.
  • Event Cost: Free

The festival is one of the three largest annual events in Gainesville and is known for its high quality, unique artwork.

Source: http://www.sfspringarts.org/

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  • Event: 39th Annual Fifth Avenue Art Festival
  • Event Details: Apr. 20-22, 5th Avenue.
  • Event Cost: TBD

The Festival has grown and now regularly hosts more than 20,000 people each year. The event features three days of performance and visual arts.

Source: http://culturalartscoalition.org

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  • Event: Swamp Challenge
  • Event Details: Saturday, Apr. 14, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Event Cost: $200

A one-day fitness competition comprised of three classes (Male/Male, Female/Female, Male/Female) and three divisions (Masters, Scaled, Rx).

Source:

http://www.swampchallenge.com/

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  • Event: 3rd Annual Out of Darkness Walk
  • Event Details: Sunday, Apr. 8, 8 – 10:30 a.m. Flavet Field
  • Event Cost: Based on amount made from fundraising

A charity event to raise awareness on suicides and suicide attempts on college campuses.

Source: http://www.facebook.com/events/122258331778767/

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May

  • Event: Stand-up Comedy
  • Event Details: Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. at Elixir Lunge and Juice Bar
  • Event Cost: Free

Come watch comedians take the stage.

Source: http://www.visitgainesville.com

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  • Event: University of Florida Commencement
  • Event Details:  May 4-6, Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
  • Event Cost:  Free

Come congratulate the UF grads.

Source: http://ufl.edu

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  • Event: Mother’s Day Concert by the Gainesville Community Band
  • Event Details: Sunday, May 13, 3 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Event Cost:  Venue offering requested

Bring your mom and listen to the Gainesville Community Band perform under the direction of R. Gary Langford.

Source:http://www.gnvband.org

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June

  • Event: Taste of Greater Gainesville
  • Event Details: Sunday, June 3, 4 – 9 p.m. Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
  • Event Cost: $125 – $175

This year’s fundraiser will feature over 35 Greater Gainesville vendors, wineries, breweries and distilleries, a unique silent auction, and the culinary event of the summer, the 8th annual Iron Chef Gainesville competition! Proceeds benefit four charities: Child Advocacy Center; PACE Center for Girls, Alachua; Ronald McDonald Charities of North Central Florida; and Tyler’s Hope for Dystonia Cure.

Source: http://www.tasteofgainesville.com/

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  • Event: 4th Annual Steamer
  • Event Details: Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m., at Goodbike
  • Event Cost: TBD

Heat up the race on these blazing fast courses then cool off with some great summer fun! The post party will be a block party with music, ice cream trucks, a foam pit after the finish to play in, and great summer fun for the whole family!

Source:http://www.facebook.com/goodbike352/

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July

  • Event: Fanfares and Fireworks
  • Event Details: Tuesday, July 3, 6 – 10 p.m. UF Bandshell at Flavet Field
  • Event Cost: Free

Musical groups include: The Duppies, Hedges, and the Gainesville Community Band. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. During the event, LifeSouth Blood Center will conduct a blood drive and concessions will be available for purchase. For safety reasons, no dogs, sparklers or alcohol are allowed at the event. Coolers are allowed, but may be subject to search by the University of Florida Police Department.

Source: http://www.wuft.org/fireworks/

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  • Event: Micanopy Annual July 4th Parade
  • Event Details: Wednesday, July 4, Downtown Micanopy, 11 a.m.
  • Event Cost: Free.

This parade was featured in“Doc Hollywood.” Come on out, have some ice cream, watch the parade and meet the neighbors of Micanopy.

Source: http://352arts.org/event/micanopy-annual-july-4th-parade

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  • Event:  Alachua’s Fourth of July Celebration
  • Event Details: Wednesday, July 4, 3 – 10 p.m. at Hal Brady Recreation Center
  • Event Cost: Free

Billed as “The Largest Small-Town Fireworks Display in America,” the event will begin at 3 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Source: http://www.cityofalachua.com

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  • Event: Zookeeper Day
  • Event Details: Typically held in July (date TBD), Santa Fe College.
  • Event Cost: TBD

The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo celebrates National Zookeeper Week by showcasing the zookeepers and the amazing work they do every day.

Source: http://www.sfcollege.edu/zoo/teaching-zoo-events/zookeeper-day

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  • Event: Fierce Awards
  • Event Details: July 10, 2018,  5:30-7 p.m., at University of Florida’s Emerson Alumni Hall.
  • Event Cost: TBD

Business in Greater Gainesville recognizes and applauds talented, transformative women in our business community.

Source: http://businessmagazinegainesville.com

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August

  • Event: Wing Bowl
  • Event Details: Aug. date TBD, Splitz Bowling Center.
  • Event Cost: Tickets: $20 per adult (10 and over), $5 per child (6-9yrs), children 5 and under are FREE.

An evening of food, music, bowling, door prizes and the main event – a chicken wing eating contest. Wing Bowl was organized to help raise money and public awareness for the Child Advocacy Center, a local nonprofit that serves abused and neglected children.

Source: http://www.childadvocacycentergainesville.org/

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  • Event: Boys and Girls Club Benefit Gala for Kids
  • Event Details: Saturday, Aug. 4, 6 – 11:p.m., Rietz Union Grand Ballroom. (subject to change).
  • Event Cost: TBD

A fun-filled evening of dinner, dancing, casino games, silent auction and more, all to support Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County programs.

Source: http://www.galaforkids.com

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  • Event: Food4Kids Backpack Program Food Drive
  • Event Details: Date TBD, Haile Jewelry & Loans
  • Event Cost: Donations

Come by Haile Jewelry & Loans to drop off food donations for Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida!

Source: http://www.facebook.com/events/468903976791610/

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September

  • Event: UF Football season starts – Charleston Southern v. UF
  • Event Details: Saturday, Sept. 1, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Event Cost: Ticket prices vary

Go Gators! UF Football season begins in Sept., culminating with the SEC Championship (Atlanta, Ga.) on Dec. 1.

Source: http://floridagators.com

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  • Event: Ocala Extreme Metal Fest
  • Event Details: Sept.r 29 – 30, 4 p.m., Reilly Arts Center
  • Event Cost: Two-Day pass: $40 presale – $50 at the door

Heavy metal festival with over 30 bands.

Source:http://www.facebook.com/ocalaextrememetalfest/?fref=mentions

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October

  • Event: The Fest
  • Event Details: Late October (TBD), Various venues in downtown Gainesville.
  • Event Cost: TBD

The Fest is an independent multiple-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville with support from the fine folks at No Idea Records and now the City of Gainesville.

Source: http://thefestfl.com/news/

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  •  Event: Trick or Treat on Main Street
  • Event Details: Wednesday, Oct. 31, downtown Alachua
  • Event Cost: Free

Local vendors hand out candy so bring the kids to downtown Alachua.

Source: http://www.cityofalachua.com

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  • Event: Boo at the Zoo
  • Event Details: Wednesday, Oct. 31, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
  • Event Cost: Admission to the event is one canned good per person.

Students and staff transform the zoo into a spooky but safe trick-or-treating event for the whole family.

Source: http://www.sfcollege.edu/zoo/teaching-zoo-events/boo-at-the-zoo

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November

  • Event: Downtown Festival and Art Show
  • Event Details: Saturday and Sunday in November (TBD), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Event Cost: Free

North Florida’s art scene swings into high gear with the arrival of the highly acclaimed festival. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity complete with live music, performing arts and a spectacular array of food.

Source: http://www.gainesvilledowntownartfest.org/

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  • Event: Alachua’s Main Street Fall Harvest Festival
  • Event Details: Date TBD, typically a Sunday in early November, downtown Alachua
  • Event Cost: Free

Hosted by Alachua Business League, visitors can enjoy music, food and a variety of vendors.

Source: http://alachuabusiness.com/2017-main-street-festival/4662398

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  • Event: Cane Boil & FiddleFest
  • Event Details: Nov. 24, Morningside Nature Center.
  • Event Cost: Free

Held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the festival combines traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with live fiddle, banjo and string-band music.

Source: http://www.facebook.com/events/403042010092618

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December

  • Event: Stop Children’s Cancer Holiday Traditions
  • Event Details: Dec. 2018 (dates not finalized), Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Event Cost: TBD

A wonderful holiday concert featuring area youth choral and orchestra groups. The tradition continues under the direction of Professor Gary Langford, Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of Florida and Conductor of the Alachua County Youth Orchestra.

Source: http://www.performingarts.ufl.edu

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  • Event:  Impact Awards
  • Event Details: Dec. 3, 2018 (TBD), 11:30-1 p.m. at UF Hilton Conference Center
  • Event Cost: TBD

The Impact Awards recognizes those individuals in the community that have motivated, educated, inspired and altogether had a positive impact on our Greater Gainesville community.

Source: http://businessmagazinegainesville.com

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  • Event: Annual Fall Farm and Cane Festival
  • Event Details: Early Dec., Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry
  • Event Cost: $8.00/car (cash only)

Celebrate our pioneering past by watching some of the area’s rural lifestyle. The Park Service commemorates Ms. Myrtle Dudley’s birthday by grinding sugar cane and boiling it into cane syrup. Farm tours, domestic crafts, children’s activities, music and vendors are featured on this living history day. Demonstrators will be showcasing Florida’s traditions of yesteryear.

Source: http://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Dudley-Farm

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  • Event: Annual Tree Lighting at the Thomas Center
  • Event Description: Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Historic Thomas Center
  • Event Details: December 2018 (dates not finalized),,  6:00–8:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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