There’s always something fun to do in Gainesville! When you stay with us at Sweetwater Branch Inn, you’ll be conveniently located near downtown Gainesville and everything that Alachua County has to offer. Plan your next getaway around some of these exciting outdoor events in Gainesville!
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Upcoming Outdoor Events in Gainesville
Whether you’re looking to attend an exciting concert, shop at local vendors, or check out a festival, there’s an outdoor event in Gainesville for everyone!
2021 Editor’s Note: Event dates are subject to change because of COVID-19. Please check with individual event pages to ensure they’re still taking place before making your travel plans.
When: Dates vary
Heartwood Soundstage is a state-of-the-art recording studio, video production facility, intimate performance venue, and outdoor event space located on Main Street in Gainesville. It was built by musicians to be a place for music lovers and music makers. This space hosts many musical acts, benefit concerts, festivals, and more.
Location: Heartwood Soundstage
When: Every Thursday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Who doesn’t love a good market? The mission of the GNV Market is to offer a diverse and inclusive space in the Gainesville community where visitors can purchase nutritious and sustainably produced food and goods. When you shop the local vendors at this market, you’ll be serenaded by live music.
When: August 28, 2021, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Florida Vintage Market offers traveling events where they host a Community Pop-Up Market. You can expect vintage clothing, sustainable fashion, streetwear, custom clothing, sneakers, and art at the Gainesville event. Plus, there will be plenty of food vendors and a beer garden!
Location: 2031 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, FL
When: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Tuesdays
If you’re looking for the most compelling retail experience in Gainesville, head to The AUK Market! This is a unique space where small-size brands, artists, and makers can showcase their creative work. The market has a speak-easy style bar in the back so shoppers can ship while browsing one-of-a-kind handmade and vintage items.
Location: 1309 NW 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL
When: October 23rd, 2021, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come celebrate bats like the rock stars that they are! Lubee Bat Conservancy is celebrating their 17th Annual Florida Bat Festival, with live performances, naturalist education, a tasty beer garden, and a chance to hang with bats. All proceeds go to conservation, and private tours can be arranged year round.
Location: 111 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL
When: November 6th and 7th, 2021, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
North Florida’s art scene is kicked into high gear at the annual Downtown Festival and Art Show. The streets of historic Gainesville will be filled with live music, performing arts, and an impressive array of delicious food. You’re sure to find an outstanding art piece here to remember your trip to Gainesville.
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