Annual Events

This page lists family-friendly events in the Gainesville, Florida area. Note: Details of these events can change from year to year, so please check our calendar of events for specific dates and updated information.
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Alachua County Fair

Fun for the whole family! Rides, games, food, shows and more!

Season: Fall
October
3100 NE 39th avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32609
Art Festival at Thornebrook Village

Fine Arts Show located in the beautiful Thornebrook Village showcasing 130 artists, two days of entertainment, children's area and fine food.

Season: Fall
October
2441 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL, 32606
City of Alachua - Annual Events

The City of Alachua is proud to host a variety of holiday and special events throughout the year. Some events are sponsored by the City and others ar ...

City of Gainesville Annual Events

Howl-o-Ween Dog Pool Party (October): Join the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department for a Drool and Ghoul Howl-O-W ...

City of Newberry Annual Events

Trick or Treat in Newberry (October) Newberry will have Trick or Treat time Citywide Newberry Festival of Lights and Christmas Parade (December) ...

Coon Hollo Farm Corn Maze

Join us for Fall Family Fun Weekends on the Farm! Mini Maze - Hayride to Feed Cows - The real highlight of the farm is the trip out to feed th ...

Season: Fall
October
22480 N Hwy 441, Micanopy, FL, 32667
Dance Alive National Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Become entranced by the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her dazzling Court, enchanted by the swirling snowflakes and breathtaking snow, and cheer f ...

Season: Winter
December
3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL, 32611
Dudley Farm Fall Farm and Cane Festival

Commemorate Miss Myrtle Dudley's birthday by grinding sugar cane and boiling cane syrup. See an original Florida working farm from the post Civil War ...

Season: Fall
November / December
18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, FL, 32669
Fanefares and Fireworks at Flavet Field

Enjoy an evening of live music and spectacular fireworks presented by WUFT-TV, WUFT-FM and WUFT Classic. For safety reasons, no dogs, sparklers, dr ...

Season: Summer
July
Free Admission
605 Woodlawn Drive, Gainesville, FL, 32603
Florida Museum of Natural History - Annual Events

Butterfly Fest (October): A celebration of wings, wildlife & biodiversity! Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at this fall’s Butt ...

Free
3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL, 32611
Folk in the Springs

Annual ‘Folk in the Springs’ - (a small town music festival) High Springs Music in the Park & Concert Series hosts acoustic artists from all over Flor ...

Season: Fall
September
Free
Friends of the Library Book Sale

Twice a year, in October and April, the Friends of the Library hosts the largest book sale of its kind in Florida. More than 500,000 books, records, ...

October and April
430-B North Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Gainesville VegFest

Gainesville VegFest is a celebration of a healthy, sustainable and compassionate way of life in the Gainesville community. This all invited, free admi ...

Season: Winter
February
Free Admission
200 SE Depot Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway

The Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, held each March at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, is one of NHRA’s longest standing annual eve ...

Season: Winter
March
11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville, FL, 32609
Hawthorne Area Chamber of Commerce - Annual Events

Halloween Trick or Trick Fun Night (October): Trick or Treat Fun Night is a FREE event. Kid's games, activities and trick or treating! Christmas F ...

Lubee Batfest

The conservancy is not open to the general public on a regular basis, so this event is a rare opportunity for wildlife lovers to see our bats up-close ...

Season: Fall
October
1309 NW 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32609
McIntosh 1890's Festival

The 1890's arts crafts and antiques festival in historic McIntosh will be held on a Saturday in October from 8 am to 5 pm. Over 280 vendors.

Season: Fall
October
Micanopy Fall Festival

Micanopy Florida is a scenic location for a fall arts and crafts festival. Micanopy is the town that time forgot. This quiet little town bustles with ...

Season: Fall
November
Free Admission
Newberry Cornfield Maze

Maze - The Maze is not haunted during the daytime and is family Friendly, but when dusk falls the maze becomes haunted and that's when all of the ghou ...

Season: Fall
September - October
20015 W Newberry Road, Newberry, FL, 32669
O2BKids - Annual Events

Spooktakular (October): Our annual Halloween event is spooktakular! Join us each year for endless trick or treating, costume contests, haunted house ...

6680 West Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL, 32605
Rogers Farm Fall Festival and Corn Maze

Fun filled entertainment for the whole family. Young and old will have a memorable experience. Take a pleasant stroll down the spooky trail where you ...

Season: Fall
October - November
3831 NW 156th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32609
Rooterville Animal Sanctuary - Annual Events

Boo at the Roo (October): Celebrate Halloween a week early at Rooterville Animal Sanctuary! Wear your costume and trick-or-treat with 400 amazing res ...

5579 Darwood Street, Melrose, FL, 32666
Santa Fe College - Annual Events

Spring Arts Festival (April): Set amid picturesque turn-of-the-century homes in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District, the Spring Arts Festival ...

Screaming for Safety

Screaming for Safety is a large, free public safety event that we hold each year during the National Fire Prevention Week. This event provides a safe ...

Season: Fall
October
Free Admission
1025 NE 13th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Spring Garden Festival at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

This is Gainesville's premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 150 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden ac ...

Season: Spring
Late March
4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville, FL, 32608
Sun Country Sunny's Howlapalooza

Every year Sun Country Sports Center hosts a benefit Halloween Howl-A-Palooza at our West location. Our staff will host an afternoon of play complet ...

Season: Fall
October
333 SW 140th Terrace, Jonesville, FL, 32669
UF Ghouls, Goblins, and Greeks

Come enjoy a fun-filled night with your kids on Sorority Row at the University of Florida. There will be fun, food, games, and a costume contest for t ...

Season: Fall
October
Free
Sorority Row, located on East and West Panhellenic Dr., between 8th and 9th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601, Gainesville, FL
UF Homecoming Parade

The University of Florida Homecoming Parade is the country’s largest student run parade! With over 120 participants ranging from local charities, busi ...

Season: Fall
October, November
W. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL