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Gainesville is known for its winning sport teams, culture and nature. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department hosts a variety of activities that make a visit to Gainesville exciting. The City prides itself on its extensive park system, featuring over 2,700 acres of park land with over 40 active parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, swimming pools, sports facilities, a golf course and more. There is something for all ages and ability in Gainesville Parks. 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, Farm and Forest Festival, "Free Fridays" Concert Series and Jest Fest!.

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

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New Year's Eve DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN

January 01, 2015 - December 31, 2014
New Year’s Eve Celebration Welcomes 2015 at Gainesville’s Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Dec. 31 The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will host Downtown Countdown, a New Year’s Eve celebration concert, at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Headlining the concert is the Beatles tribute band, The Impostors, a six-piece group comprised of some of the area’s most popular musicians. Band members include Mike Boulware (guitar/vocals), Don David (guitar/vocals), Michael Derry (guitar/vocals), Ron Thomas (bass guitar/vocals) Brad Bangstad (keyboards) and Rob Rothschild (drums). Sitting in for Rothschild on the drums ...Read More>> ill be Larry Thompson. The Impostors were hatched by keyboardist Mark Loveland and guitarist Michael Derry in 1984. That year, they formed a 14-piece band that played a two-show night at the Thomas Center to a rave response. At that concert, Ron Thomas joined the cofounders with 11 other musicians. Don David joined in 1985, Mike Boulware joined in the early ’90s, Rob Rothschild joined shortly after and the newest member, Brad Bandstad, joined this year. The Impostors play a full range of Beatles’ music from the popular hits of the early heydays, through the experimental era of “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” to the final rooftop appearance and “Abbey Road.” Opening for The Impostors will be americana and roots band Mick Marino and the Couch Messiahs. Band members include Mick Marino (guitar and lead vocals), Paul Goble (guitar and vocals), Kenny Shore (Bass and vocals) and Bill Kellogg (drums and vocals). The free concert begins at 9 p.m. and runs until 12:30 a.m. There will be a countdown to midnight, along with the sounds of noisemakers passed out to the audience earlier in the evening. The Bo Diddley Community Plaza is located on the corner of Southeast First Street and East University Avenue. The City of Gainesville Cultural Affairs Division is the designated local arts agency for Gainesville and Alachua County. Its mission is to promote cultural activity and encourage community based cultural resources. Visit Cultural Affairs online at http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org/. Read Less
http://www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org

plemonssc@cityofgainesville.org

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Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

January 24, 2015 - January 25, 2015
The Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 28th 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 on January 24-25 & January 30-February 1, 2014. 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 e ...Read More>> tertainment on eight stages. Browse through the bustling 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.gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/HMF/medieval_index.html

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Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

January 31, 2015 - February 01, 2015
The Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 29th 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 on January 24-25 & January 30-February 1, 2015. 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 e ...Read More>> tertainment on eight stages. Browse through the bustling 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.gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/HMF/medieval_index.html

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Spring Native Plant Sale

April 04, 2015
“Go Native” at the Spring 2014 Native Plant Sale, held April 4, 2015 at Morningside Nature Center, features thousands of beautiful native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses, and vines grown at area nurseries. An exclusive member's sale is on Friday, April 3, and is open to members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) only. Memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted! visit www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org.
http://www.cityofgainesville.org/RESIDENT/ParksRecreationCulturalAffairs/tabid/415/Default.aspx

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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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