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January

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First Day Hike at Paynes Prairie

Start the new year off with a hike at Paynes Prairie. Join a park ranger on a guided walk on Bolen ...

First Day Hike at Dudley Farm

Come in for a fun morning. Follow a birding guide through the farmstead woods. Learn about and perhaps catch a ...

First Day Hike at Gilchrist Blue Springs

Happy new year! Enjoy a 1-mile ranger-led hike on the Blue Trail. Explore a pristine area of the park that ...

  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Location: Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, 7450 N.E. 60 St. High Springs FL 32643
  • Cost: $6/vehicle
  • Website: www.floridastateparks.org
  • Category: Family Fun

Carson Springs Wildlife New Years Tours

Great way to ring in the new year meeting our wonderful animals and contributing to saving species. Come on out ...

  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Location: 8528 East County Road, 225. Gainesville, FL 32609
  • Cost: Adults $25 | Under 12 are $8
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

High Springs BMX New Years Day Race

Get 2020 points of to a quick start with our 5th annual New Year's Day Race! Registration and practice 2:30-4pm Race ...

  • 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Location: High Springs BMX, 1050 NW 2nd St, High Springs FL
  • Cost: $8 ($5 for balance bikes)
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Work Out at Bouncers

Come do a work out video while your little ones play! Workout starts at 10am. Bouncing is from 9am-noon. Socks ...

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: 3401 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
  • Cost: $10 per child, free for members
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Ichy Nippy Dip Day

Start the new year with a dip in the springs. Celebrate 50 years of Ichetucknee as a state park and ...

  • 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Ichetucknee Springs State Park, North Entrance, 8294 SW Elim Church Rd, Fort White, FL 32038
  • Cost: free with park admission, $6/vehicle
  • Website: www.floridastateparks.org
  • Category: Family Fun

Tinkergarten Babies - Free Trial

Both babies and new parents benefit tremendously from nature, play, and strong, supportive community! At Tinkergarten, we provide a safe ...

Tinkergarten - Free Trial

At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader Amy Carson ...

Downtown Alachua Farmers Market Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Come join us for the Grand re-opening of the Downtown Alachua Farmers Market! Enjoy live music by Front Porch Backsteppers! ...

  • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Skinner Field, Main Street, Alachua, Florida 32615
  • Cost: free
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Old Toys New Home at Bouncers

Come drop off gently used toys for $2 off admission price. Socks and waivers required.

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: 3401 NW 34 Street, Gainesville FL
  • Cost: $10 per child. Members are FREE
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Storytime at Depot Park

Join us the 2nd Friday of every month as the Alachua County Library District presents Story Time at Depot Park ...

4th Ave Food Park - Grand Opening Celebration

Come join us for a full day of food, drinks, fun, music and celebration of the GRAND OPENING of the ...

  • 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Location: 409 SW 4th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Cost: free admission
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Alachua Audubon’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

Join us as we celebrate 60 years of community education, conservation, partnerships, and birding! Celebration will include inaugural tours of the ...

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE County Road 234, Gainesville, Florida 32641
  • Cost: free
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Wrestling Legends Jimmy Hart at Waldo Farmers and Flea Market

Free Pictures, Free Autographs and Free Admission. Free live wrestling shows by Knockout Wrestling starts at 11am.

Florida Museum Collectors Day

Join the Florida Museum for the 41st celebration of collectors on Jan. 11, 2020 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors may ...

  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Cost: free
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Kimberly Morales' 1st Annual Snow Party

Please join us for an afternoon of family fun at Kirby Farms! We will have two SNOW SLIDES, train ride, ...

  • 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Location: Kirby Farms, 19630 NE 30 St, Williston, FL 32696.
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Tot Trot Nature Walks at the Florida Museum

Get your toddler excited about science and natural history! Join Discovery Zone nature ambassadors for an exciting and interactive Florida ...

  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Cost: $8 per child/adult pair -$4 for each additional child/person Museum Member Cost: -$6 per child/adult pair -$3 for each additional child/person
  • Website: www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu
  • Category: Family Fun

MJM7 Band in Concert at St. Patrick's Church

Join us on Sunday January 12 at 5pm for a concert featuring MJM7. MJM7 is a Catholic family band comprised ...

  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Location: St. Patrick Catholic Church, 500 NE 16th Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601
  • Cost: free, donations welcome
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Tot Trot Nature Walks at the Florida Museum

Get your toddler excited about exploring the great outdoors! Join Discovery Zone Nature Ambassadors for a safe and exciting hands-on ...

  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Location: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Cost: $8 per child/adult pair -$4 for each additional child/person Museum Member Cost: -$6 per child/adult pair -$3 for each additional child/person
  • Website: www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu
  • Category: Family Fun

Oak Hall School Middle School Math and Science Night

For parents of rising 5th & 6th Grade students. Open to the Gainesville community.

  • 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Location: Oak Hall School, Cofrin Gallery, Gainesville FL
  • Cost: free
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Tinkergarten Free Trial

At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial, Tinkergarten Leader, Elyse Moser, will ...

  • 1:15 pm - 2:05 pm
  • Location: Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park
  • Cost: Free, sign up online
  • Website: tinkergarten.com
  • Category: Family Fun

One Year Old Playdate at Bouncers

Come meet other 1 year olds....and their families. Older siblings welcome!

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: 3401 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
  • Cost: $10 per child. Members are free
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Newk's Gainesville Grand Opening Celebration

To celebrate the long-awaited grand opening, Newk’s is giving away Free Newk’s For a Year to 10 lucky customers. Fans ...

Arbor Day at Cellon Oak Park

Alachua County invites residents to celebrate Florida's Arbor Day, January 17, 2020, by planting trees at Cellon Oak Park. The ...

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Cellon Oak Park, 4100 N.W. 169th Place, La Crosse, FL
  • Cost: free
  • Website: alachuacounty.us
  • Category: Family Fun

Arbor Day 2020 at Depot Park

Celebrate Gainesville’s 36th year as a Tree City USA with the City Beautification Board, City of Gainesville Urban Forestry, and City ...

  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Depot Park, 874 S.E. 4th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601
  • Cost: free
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Skate Station Star Wars Galaxy Night

Tons of games and prizes! Wookie sound off, Jabba the Hutt eating contest, and don't forget to dress as your ...

  • 7:30 pm - 11:59 pm
  • Location: 1311 NW 76th Blvd, Gainesville, FL32606
  • Cost: starts at $10
  • Website: funworks.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Great Invader Raider Rally

Be a part of this annual tradition to remove invasive plant species from our natural areas! Individuals and groups are ...

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East Univeristy Ave., Gainesville, Florida, 32641
  • Cost: FREE but registration is required
  • Website: docs.google.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

For three magical weekends, the Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 34th Annual Hoggetowne ...

  • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32609
  • Cost: Adults – $19 Youth (5-17) – $9 Senior (60+) - $16 Military (one ticket per valid ID) – $16 Children 4 and under – FREE
  • Website: hoggetownefaire.weebly.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Hands-on for Kids with Joann

Drop in and get crafty with your kids!

  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft, 3202 SW 35th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Cost: free
  • Website: www.joann.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Doggy Meet and Greet at One Love Cafe

We love being a dog-friendly space for our community to enjoy! Come by our DOGGY MEET & GREET. Bring your ...

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: One Love Cafe, 4989 NW 40th Pl, Gainesville, Florida 32606
  • Cost: free to attend
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Drag Race at Toys and More

Drag race Bracket race minimum 12T motor 2S and under Open class anything goes Free free to race $10 buy in to win ...

  • 7:00 pm
  • Location: Toys & More, 2501 N Main St, Gainesville, Florida 32609
  • Cost: free to race
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

For three magical weekends, the Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 34th Annual Hoggetowne ...

  • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32609
  • Cost: Adults – $19 Youth (5-17) – $9 Senior (60+) - $16 Military (one ticket per valid ID) – $16 Children 4 and under – FREE
  • Website: hoggetownefaire.weebly.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Meet the Arabian Horse / Peri Lee Show Horse Open House

Please join us at our new location, Grandeur Arabians, in Citra FL for our 2nd annual open house to meet ...

  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Grandeur Arabians - 1201 West HWY 316, Citra, Florida 32113
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Mock Caldecott Awards at HQ Library

Alachua County Library District, partnering with the University of Florida’s Center for Children's Literature and Culture and UF English, will ...

  • 1:30 pm
  • Location: Headquarters Library, 401 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32641
  • Cost: free
  • Website: www.aclib.us
  • Category: Family Fun

Smart Start at Zion

We look forward to learning some new songs to sing, and jamming to the old ones of course too. Please join ...

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 1700 NW 34th Street, Gainesville FL
  • Cost: $4/family per class, suggested donation
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Sugar Camp Ranch Family Field Trip Day on the Farm

Come out to the farm for a Family Field Trip Day! Horse rides, Critter Corral, Slides, Playground, Ropes Obstacle course, ...

Special Tour at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Tour on Monday at 10am in celebration of MLK Day. Reserve by email.

  • 10:00 am
  • Location: 8528 East County Road, 225. Gainesville, FL 32609
  • Cost: $25 adults, under 12 years old $8
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Craft Station at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Come out to the park and learn about Sandhill Cranes while sipping some hot chocolate! There will be an origami ...

  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Location: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, 325 SW Williston Rd, Gainesville, Florida 32601
  • Cost: free with admission ($5 per vehicle/$2 per bike or pedestrian)
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Skate Station MLK Jr. Skate

School is out so be sure to join us for our Martin Luther King Jr Day skate!

  • 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Location: 1311 NW 76th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606
  • Cost: starts at $10
  • Website: funworks.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Smart Start at Zion

We look forward to learning some new songs to sing, and jamming to the old ones of course too. Please join ...

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 1700 NW 34th Street, Gainesville FL
  • Cost: $4/family per class, suggested donation
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Garden Bros Circus

Garden Bros Circus presents a fast paced 90 minute show in a Theatrical European 3 ring setting featuring the Human ...

Two Year Old Playdate at Bouncers

Come meet other 2 year olds....and their families. Older siblings welcome!

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: 3401 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
  • Cost: $10 per child. Members are free
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Baby Meet Up at Comprehensive Women's Health

Join us for Baby Meet-Up at The Birth Center at Comprehensive Women's Health. Baby meet-up is open to ALL NEW ...

  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: 724 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, Florida 32607
  • Cost: free
  • Website: cwhfl.com
  • Category: Family Fun

UF Astronomy Public Night Observatory

The Department of Astronomy operates an on-campus Teaching Observatory for educational and public programs. These events are all free to ...

  • 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Location: UF Astronomy Teaching Observatory, 211 Bryant Space Science Center, Gainesville, FL 3261
  • Cost: free
  • Website: ww3.astro.ufl.edu
  • Category: Family Fun

Yesterday's Festival at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Step back in time at the Yesterday's Festival, and join us in celebrating Gold Head's 80th birthday and the 85th ...

No New Planet: An Interactive Art Event

North Central Florida Indivisible and 352Creates invite all local area musicians and artists to participate in a family-friendly one day ...

  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main Street, Gainesville FL 32601
  • Cost: free
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

For three magical weekends, the Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 34th Annual Hoggetowne ...

  • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32609
  • Cost: Adults – $19 Youth (5-17) – $9 Senior (60+) - $16 Military (one ticket per valid ID) – $16 Children 4 and under – FREE
  • Website: hoggetownefaire.weebly.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Florida Museum Amazing Pollinators Exhibit Opening Day Event

The Florida Museum's next featured exhibit, "Amazing Pollinators" opens Jan. 25, 2020. Take on the role of pollinators like bats, ...

  • 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Location: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Cost: activities free, admission for the exhibit
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary Open House

Interested in coming out and meeting our critters? Whether it’s your first visit or your tenth, gather up your not-cow ...

  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: 12626 NW CR-231, Gainesville, FL 32609
  • Cost: free, donations welcome
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

For three magical weekends, the Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 34th Annual Hoggetowne ...

  • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32609
  • Cost: Adults – $19 Youth (5-17) – $9 Senior (60+) - $16 Military (one ticket per valid ID) – $16 Children 4 and under – FREE
  • Website: hoggetownefaire.weebly.com
  • Category: Family Fun

St. Francis High School Souper Fun Sunday

Souper Fun Sunday is Gainesville’s premier soup tasting competition showcasing the area’s best soups from more than 30 local restaurants ...

  • 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: St. Francis Catholic High School, 4100 NW 115th Terrace, Gainesville FL
  • Cost: Adults $15, Seniors/students $10, Children 5-10 $5
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Smart Start at Zion

We look forward to learning some new songs to sing, and jamming to the old ones of course too. Please join ...

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 1700 NW 34th Street, Gainesville FL
  • Cost: $4/family per class, suggested donation
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Princess Day at Bouncers

Put on that princess gown, and come to Bouncers. Songs from all your favorite princess movies to dance too. Socks ...

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: 3401 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
  • Cost: members free, non members $10 per child
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Smart Start at Zion

We look forward to learning some new songs to sing, and jamming to the old ones of course too. Please join ...

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 1700 NW 34th Street, Gainesville FL
  • Cost: $4/family per class, suggested donation
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Family Friday and School Day

Come experience the colorful culture of a medieval village at festival time! Students and teachers get a firsthand look at ...

  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Location: 2900 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32609
  • Cost: Adults – $10 Youth (5-17) – $5 Children 4 and under – FREE | ​Family Friday tickets available at box office only.
  • Website: hoggetownefaire.weebly.com
  • Category: Family Fun

3 Year Old Meet and Greet at Bouncers

Bring your 3 year old to meet some other 3 year olds! Indoor scavenger hunt. Socks and waivers required.

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: 3401 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
  • Cost: Members free, non members $10 per child.
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Glow in the Dark Tennis

Join us on Friday, January 31st, 2020 as we bring XGLOsive Tennis to Gainesville! Each ticket will include a 1 hour ...

  • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location: Westside Park - Joyce Oransky Tennis Center, 1004 NW 34th St Gainesville, FL 32605
  • Cost: $10
  • Website: www.facebook.com
  • Category: Family Fun

Skate Station Super Bowl Showdown

Which team has the most fans?! Wear your favorite team colors and gear!

  • 7:30 pm - 11:59 pm
  • Location: 1311 NW 76th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606
  • Cost: Starts at $10
  • Website: funworks.com
  • Category: Family Fun

UF Astronomy Public Night Observatory

The Department of Astronomy operates an on-campus Teaching Observatory for educational and public programs. These events are all free to ...

  • 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Location: UF Astronomy Teaching Observatory, 211 Bryant Space Science Center, Gainesville, FL 3261
  • Cost: free
  • Website: ww3.astro.ufl.edu
  • Category: Family Fun