What to Look for at the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

The Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival returns for another fantastic showing in Gainesville, Florida. Enjoy an afternoon strolling under the shade of the trees to view tons of creative booths while listening to live music. It’s the perfect event to fill your sunny afternoon!

If you love this event, you’ll find so many more in our Insider’s Guide. Check it out so you don’t miss the best happenings in Gainesville during your stay!


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Everything You Need to Know About the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

About the Festival

Every spring, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens hosts this stunning festival to showcase all things horticulture. As you weave through these Gainesville gardens, admire 150 booths of gorgeous landscape displays and homemade crafts, all for purchase! Expect to go home with bundles of colorful flowers to brighten up your day.

Fun Fact: The Timucua, a Native American tribe, coined the name Kanapaha, meaning palmetto leaves and house.

Festival Activities

Not only does the festival map outline the 150 booths for shopping, but you’ll also find an area for the main stage. When you need a break from perusing the park, set up a blanket under the cool shade and relax to local tunes. Later, make sure to catch the live auction, where all proceeds benefit the Frontrunners Chapter of the FNGLA.

There’s also plenty of delicious food onsite, but also be sure to check out our favorite local restaurants like Civilization to complete your evening after the festival comes to a close. And, if you love the treasures you pick up at the booths, make sure to explore some of the best shopping in Gainesville during your stay for even more great finds!

For the Kids

Within the Kapapaha Botanical Gardens, you’ll also find a fun-filled children’s area complete with a bean bag toss, arts and crafts, and a station for learning to plot plants. Each child will get to keep one for themselves! This event is just one of the many things to do in Gainesville with kids.

Some Details to Note


Adult Admission: $10

Child Admission (3-13): $5

A free shuttle bus runs every 15-minutes from event parking lots. Look at the map here.

For large purchases, a Tote-N-Carry service is provided by Interlachen High School ROTC students. Tips are encouraged and help fund school activities!


Stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn to Complete Your Vacation

wine and cheese hour

When your outing at the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival is over, find a relaxing retreat awaiting you at Sweetwater Branch Inn. Every evening at 5:00 p.m., we welcome you to take part in our complimentary wine and cheese hour.

Later, enjoy the comfort of upscale amenities in accommodations like Luisa’s Room. You’ll appreciate the serenity of a 6-foot Jacuzzi tub and the queen size bed placed under a custom-made stained glass window. Not to mention, we also provide plush, complimentary bathrobes for maximum coziness! Check our availability today to begin a great vacation in Gainesville, Florida.


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