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Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs


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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!.

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



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

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