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Our vision is to be seen as the keepers and hosts of the places where nature, recreation and culture meet, offering memorable experiences for all. With the mission to provide and maintain the natural, recreational and cultural facilities and programs that make Gainesville a great place to live, work and visit; and that help sustain the City economically, socially and environmentally. Our goal is to make each experience in our parks and facilities as enjoyable as possible so that visitors will come back again and again. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department manages over 3,200 acres of parkland with numerous cultural, recreational, and natural areas and facilities. In October of 2013, the Department became one of 119 agencies in the country to be fully accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. The Department also presents many exceptional events including Downtown Festival and Art Show, Cane Boil at Morningside Nature Center, Thomas Center Galleries Exhibitions, Hoggetown Medieval Faire, Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve Celebration, "Free Fridays" Concert Series, Jest Fest! and more.

Amenities:
  • Activities:
  • Bicycle Trails, Bicycling, Birding
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Basketball Court, Covered Pavilion
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours,

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Free Fridays Concert Series

August 08, 2015 - October 24, 2015
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department announces the highly anticipated 2015 “Free Fridays” concert series season schedule. The public is invited to join us for our annual series of free, family-friendly concerts in downtown Gainesville. Featuring some of the best local and regional musicians, the 2015 “Free Fridays” Concert Series opens Friday, Aug. 7, and plays each Friday night from 8-10 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 23. The series includes a diverse selection of musical genres, with a mix of returning audience favorites and bands new to the series. Aug. 7: Little Jake & The Soul Searchers (R&B, Blues, Soul ...Read More>> Aug. 14: The Hard Luck Society (Country, Blues, Jazz) Aug. 21: The Savants of Soul (Soul, Rock, Indie) Aug. 28: The Duppies (Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae) Sept. 4: Ricky Kendall (Americana, Blues, Folk) Sept. 11: Flat Land (Rock, Funk, Blues) Sept. 18: De Lions of Jah (Reggae) Sept. 25: The Shambles (Classic Rock) Oct. 2: The Impostors (The Beatles Tribute Band) Oct. 9: Heavy Petty & Hedges (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute and Originals) Oct. 16: Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu (Vudu Rawk, Ska) Oct 23: The Music of Neil Young by Mick Marino & Friends (Classic Rock) Read Less
https://www.facebook.com/freefridaysconcertseries
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DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL & ART SHOW

November 14, 2015 - November 15, 2015
The nationally recognized Downtown Festival & Art Show transforms downtown Gainesville into a venue for award-winning artists and draws a crowd of more than 100,000. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the festival celebrates its 34th anniversary in 2015. For two days, visitors can leisurely stroll through historic downtown and marvel at works from more than 250 of the nation’s most talented artists, who display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. With such a diverse array of unique art di ...Read More>> played for sale and competition, the Downtown Festival & Art Show is a great way to purchase one-of-a-kind art for you or a friend. Read Less
http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/DFAS/downtown_art_fest.html
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Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

January 30, 2016 - January 31, 2016
The Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Come be swept away by medieval magic as troupes of actors, street performers and musicians journey back to the days of yore. Revel in the sights and sounds of one of North Central Florida’s premier events. Join the crowd and cheer for your favorite contender as mounted knight’s joust in full plate armor on the tournament field. Applaud street performers who dance, juggle and jest for your amusement. Listen to minstrels playing period music and enjoy continuous live entertainment on eight stages. Browse through the bus ...Read More>> ling medieval marketplace for that perfect gift or trinket. Watch and enjoy a battle as it brews during the living chess match, a life-size game of chess in which medieval heroes show off their swordsmanship and battle the forces of evil. Test your own skills in games of chance, strength and skill. Watch and learn as more than 160 artisans demonstrate their skills in blacksmithing, weaving, leatherworking, woodcarving, pottery and much more. Indulge in a feast fit for a king in our food court, where you can find sweet potato fries, bloomin onions and our famous giant turkey legs. Read Less
http://www.hoggetownefaire.com/
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Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

February 06, 2016 - February 07, 2016
The Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Come be swept away by medieval magic as troupes of actors, street performers and musicians journey back to the days of yore. Revel in the sights and sounds of one of North Central Florida’s premier events. Join the crowd and cheer for your favorite contender as mounted knight’s joust in full plate armor on the tournament field. Applaud street performers who dance, juggle and jest for your amusement. Listen to minstrels playing period music and enjoy continuous live entertainment on eight stages. Browse through the bus ...Read More>> ling medieval marketplace for that perfect gift or trinket. Watch and enjoy a battle as it brews during the living chess match, a life-size game of chess in which medieval heroes show off their swordsmanship and battle the forces of evil. Test your own skills in games of chance, strength and skill. Watch and learn as more than 160 artisans demonstrate their skills in blacksmithing, weaving, leatherworking, woodcarving, pottery and much more. Indulge in a feast fit for a king in our food court, where you can find sweet potato fries, bloomin onions and our famous giant turkey legs. Read Less
http://www.hoggetownefaire.com/

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