Gainesville Event Calendar: Annual Events

Looking for something to do in Gainesville? Our Gainesville event calendar is the place to start. In addition to the many area attractions in the Gainesville area, there are frequent festivals, concerts, and exhibits held annually for the entertainment of all. .

Travel back in time during the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, thrill to the sound of live music during the Jazz Festival, or take in all the art exhibits during the art festivals. During the warmer months, enjoy the live entertainment at the Downtown Community Plaza, where locals perform live music, theater, and dance, and public movie showings are often held.

Browse the Gainesville event calendar below for a good look at many of the fun local events that the Gainesville area has to offer.

January and February

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Held in late January - early February

Location: Downtown Gainesville


Step back in time, cheer on royal knights as they joust on horseback and charge head-on at a full gallop with only a lance and shield to defend themselves. Watch a chess game played out with human chess pieces on the Living Chessboard. Laugh along with jugglers, magicians and a colorful cast of characters. In the marketplace visitors will find more than 140 skilled artisans selling and demonstrating their time-honored arts and crafts of the Middle Ages. Feel the exhilaration of human powered push rides and live animal rides. Prepare to be tempted by the delicacies of the Food Court, where even a King's appetite can be pleased. For many years the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire has been one of the most highly anticipated festivals in North Central Florida.


NHRA GatorNationals

Held in mid March

Location: Gainesville Raceway


The traditional East Coast opener and the season’s first of 17 events for Pro Stock Motorcycle riders, this event is one of the sport’s most revered with a rich tradition of history-making performances. This hallowed quarter-mile has entertained spring-break-loving fans for decades with such notable occasions as the first 260-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car runs in 1984 and the first 270-mph and 300-mph Top Fuel passes, in 1986 and 1992, respectively. Its 675-foot concrete launch pad is one of the longest on the tour.

May - September

"Let's Go Downtown" Plaza Series

Held May - September

Location: Downtown Community Plaza


From May to September, the Downtown Community Plaza comes alive every Friday night as local talent and other cultural events are showcased under the stars. Hundreds come out to enjoy free live bands, theater groups, dance performances, Movies on the Plaza, and much more. The Plaza is located on the corner of SE 1st St. and E. University Ave. in historic downtown.


Downtown Festival and Art Show

Held in early November

Location: Downtown Gainesville


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Downtown Gainesville hosts one of North Central Florida's most exciting fall festivals of the arts.

The streets of historic downtown Gainesville come alive as thousands of spectators enjoy over 250 colorful artist's displays by the region's finest artists who bring one of a kind paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. This highly acclaimed event has been rated among the top 200 best shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, which voted it one of the best in the nation. Enjoy three stages of continuous live music and performances, create art with the kids at the "Imagination Station", and indulge in food from around the world.


Downtown Countdown: A New Year's Celebration

Held in late December

Location: Downtown Gainesville

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Downtown Gainesville's New Year's entertainment is second to none. Ring in the New Year with music, lights, prizes, giveaways, food vendors, and radio station remotes. Nationally and locally known performing artists electrify the night at the Downtown Community Plaza, as the brick-lined streets are energized by thousands celebrating another year.