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.
Kids Gainesville: Annual Events - Fun 4 Gator Kids
Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is Gainesville's favorite Halloween treat for families. The students and staff transform the zoo into a spooky but safe trick or treat ...

Season: Fall
SF College Teaching Zoo: 3000 NW 83rd Street,,, Gainesville, FL, 32606

A celebration of wings, wildlife & biodiversity! Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at this fall’s ButterflyFest. Enjoy the Butter ...

Season: Fall
Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL, 32611
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
UF Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL
Day Out with Thomas the Train

Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storyb ...

Season: Spring
Florida Railroad Museum 12210 83rd St East, Parish, FL
Drool and Ghoul Howl-o-Ween Dog Pool Party

Join the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department for a Drool and Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and Pool Party. This ...

Season: Fall
Westside Pool, 1001 NW 31st Dr, Gainesville, Florida
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
Dudley Farm Historic State Park 18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, FL, 32669
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, ...

Season: Spring
October and April
430-B North Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601
Gainesville Downtown Festival and Art Show

The streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativ ...

Season: Fall
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
1309 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32609
Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and Fiddlefest

This event is held each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and combines traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with live fiddle, banjo and st ...

Season: Fall
Every November on the Saturday after Thanksgiving
3540 E. University Ave, Gainesville, FL, 32641
Newberry Cornfield Maze at Hodge Farm

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
SR 26 and SW 202nd St in Newberry (On Newberry Road), Jonesville, FL
O2BKids Spooktakular

Our annual Halloween event is spooktakular! Join us each year for endless trick or treating, costume contests, haunted house, and more!

Season: Fall
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
Take SR 121 N. From Gainesville to NW 156 Ave
Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival

Set amid picturesque turn-of-the-century homes in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District, the Spring Arts Festival offers fun and inspiration for ...

Season: Spring
NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL, 32601
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
Safety City, 1025 NE 13th St, Gainesville, FL, 32601
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
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
Sorority Row, located on East and West Panhellenic Dr., between 8th and 9th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601
UF Homecoming Parade

One of the longest-standing Gator traditions at the university, the Homecoming Parade is truly an event for the entire Gator community. The parade att ...

Season: Fall
W. University Ave, Gainesville, FL