“Free Fridays” Concert Series

Downtown Gainesville comes alive every Friday night from 8-10 pm as our local and regional bands and performing arts are showcased under the stars. Each year thousands come out to enjoy the FREE live concerts and shows in a family friendly environment. The concert series features a variety of musical genres, from rock to folk, funk to reggae.

Concert Series Schedule



Downtown Festival and Art Show
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. 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 displayed 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. For over four years, the festival has been ranked as one of the top 20 art fairs in the nation.

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Downtown Countdown
New Year's Eve Celebration

Come ring in the New Year with the most rocking celebration downtown! Each year, Bo Diddley Plaza sparkles with sound and spirit as local and reginal bands send out the old and sing on the new!

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The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Have you ever wondered what it was like in Medieval days when knights rode to defend the honor of their King and Queen and villagers filled the streets of bustling medieval marketplaces as they went about their day? The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is your chance to find out! Whether you’re a returning visitor or discovering the magic of Hoggetowne for the first time, you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself at this celebration of Medieval times. The entertainment never ceases as jugglers, magicians and a colorful cast of characters fill visitors with laughter and amazement. Watch as royal knights joust on horseback and human chess pieces battle for a win on the Living Chessboard. Indulge your appetite with delicacies fit for a King at the Food Court, and enjoy your day wandering through the marketplace filled with the wares of 150 skilled artisans selling and demonstrating their time-honored arts and crafts of the Middle Ages. Continually recognized as one of North Central Florida’s most anticipated festivals, the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire has attracted thousands of fairgoers for over 30 years. This year, experience the Middle Ages, and find out what all the excitement is about. More information...

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Jest Fest!
A stellar lineup of thrilling daredevils and laughable buffoons "strut and fret their time upon the stage." The Historic Thomas Center and Gardenh hosts 5 stage locations both indoors and out for an amazing fun-filled festival. World-famous performers like The Flying Wallendas and Avner the Eccentric amaze and astound audiences of all ages. Admission is free. Jest Fest! is an experience not to be missed!
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Holiday Tree Lighting!

Tree Lighting On the first Saturday of December each year, the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosts its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Historic Thomas Center.

The free program runs from 6-8 p.m. and features caroling by performers such as the Singers of the Reformation and the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus, as well as holiday music on the hammered dulcimer and autoharp by Jim and Joyce Lillquist of the Gypsy Guerrilla Band.

The heart of the celebration is the holiday decorations on the giant tree and around the building, which are annually provided by the Thomas Center Associates.

Santa will be on hand to visit with children. Light refreshments will be served.




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