Best Things to Do This Weekend in Gainesville!

By Julia Bauer
People outside at music concert

Are you looking for fun in Gainesville this weekend? If so, we got you! Here are some of the best things to do in Gainesville over the weekend.

In search of future fun? Visit this blog every week to stay on top of the best upcoming events. Or check out our Community Calendar!

Feb. 23 – 25

Heartwood Music Festival

Friday, Feb. 23 –
Sunday, Feb 25
Friday 4 – 9 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 11 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 10 p.m.
Heartwood Soundstage

This weekend is the Heartwood Music Festival! This is the city’s annual celebration of original local music and art. Come out and enjoy some live music from local talent. Also, students with a valid student ID can get into the festival for free this year! Click here to read more and view the lineup.

10th Annual Pints and Predators at First Magnitude Brewing Co.

Saturday, Feb. 24
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
First Magnitude Brewing Co.

Join us for the 10th Annual Pints and Predators at First Magnitude Brewing Co.! Your local wildlife rehabilitation community – Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation, Lubee Bat Conservancy and many more – will be at this educational festival and fundraiser with live birds of prey, creatures of the night and more! Find out more here.

North Florida Outdoor Expo

Saturday, Feb. 24
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center

UF/IFAS is hosting the North Florida Outdoor Expo! This is a fun event for families of outdoor enthusiasts like hunters, fishermen, hikers and more. Keep reading.

Spring Job Fair at the Library

Friday, Feb. 23
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Headquarters Library

If you’re in search of a new career, this event is for you! At the Spring Job Fair at the Library, you can talk directly with potential employers, ask questions, get information, and share your resume. Learn more.

Created Gainesville: Life Reclaimed – All Things New

Saturday, Feb. 24
6:30 – 9 p.m.
1908 Grand

Created Gainesville, a nonprofit organization committed to reaching and restoring lives impacted by human trafficking and sexploitation since its establishment in 2012, is hosting its 6th annual fundraising event, “Life Reclaimed – All Things New.” You can help restore lives, families, relationships, communities, and more by attending this event. Read more here.

Sunny’s Pre-School Open House

Friday, Feb. 23
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sun Country Sports Center

Come out to Sunny’s Pre-school Open House! This pre-school is dedicated to fostering a love for learning in your little ones. At the event, you can explore our vibrant classrooms, meet the passionate educators and discover the engaging curriculum designed to nurture both academic, physical and social development. Learn more.


Feb. 16 – 18

16th Annual Fiddler Crab Festival

Friday, Feb. 16 –
Sunday, Feb 18
6 – 11 p.m.
Fiddler’s Restaurant and Resort

At the 16th annual Fiddler Crab Festival, there will be over 300 vendors, food, live rock and country music, fireworks, family fun and fiddler crab races! Admission is $5, and people of all ages are welcome.  Click here for more information.

Ranger-Led Tour at Devil’s Millhopper

Saturday, Feb. 17
10 – 11 a.m.
Devils Millhopper Geological State Park

Get outside and explore this Saturday morning! Learn about Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park on this ranger-led tour occurring every Saturday at 10 a.m. Read more.

Depot Park Parkrun

Saturday, Feb. 17
7:30 – 10 a.m.
Depot Park

Every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m., you can go to Depot Park for the Depot Park Parkrun! It is a free, weekly, timed 5K open to everyone! You can run or walk, depending on what you prefer. Parkrun is a global movement to encourage people to enjoy an active lifestyle. First-time runners must register one time at parkrun.us/register and bring the emailed barcode with them to the event. Find out more here.


Feb. 9 -11

Miles for Meridian

Saturday, Feb. 10
8 a.m.
Tioga Town Center

The 5th annual Miles for Meridian is a chocolate-themed 5k walk/run/roll to raise awareness for those affected by mental illness. All proceeds will benefit Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. Their mission is to “promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illnesses and substance use disorders through prevention, coordinated treatment, and supportive services.” Find out more here.

A Farm Valentine with Chef Charlie Keller of Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille

Saturday, Feb. 10
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Swallowtail Farm

Enjoy an early Valentine’s dinner with your loved one at A Farm Valentine with Chef Charlie Keller of Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille! You and your sweetheart can dine on a meal made with fresh farm ingredients, sip on cocktails and devour a delicious dessert. Read more.

Jazz on the Green at Celebration Pointe

Saturday, Feb. 10
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Celebration Pointe Promenade

At Jazz on the Green, you can relax outside on a blanket and enjoy live music, food, drinks and more! Joe Breidenstine Quintet will be performing on stage in the Promenade. Keep reading.

Awaken Your Magic with Guided Imagery

Sunday, Feb. 11
10 a.m. – Noon
Heart Mind Healing

Go on a journey of self-exploration and unlock the hidden reservoirs of your potential through the gentle and safe power of hypnosis in this class led by Certified Hypnotherapist Jazmin Calderon-Marquez. No experience necessary. Dress comfortably and bring a journal! Find out more and register.

Embrace Tranquility: An Introduction to Yoga Nidra

Sunday, Feb. 11
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Heart Mind Healing

Discover the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, a technique promoting relaxation, emotional healing, and rest. Learn how to access the healing power of your own body and mind, release stress and improve your well-being. Find out more and register.

Dance Alive National Ballet presents Love in the Swamp

Saturday, Feb. 10
7:30 p.m.
Phillips Center

Dance Alive National Ballet is putting on an amazing show all about love in time for Valentine’s Day! Find out more here.


Feb. 2 – 4

First Annual Blues and BBQ Festival

Saturday, Feb. 3
9 a.m.
Newberry Historic District

At the first annual Blues and BBQ Festival, enjoy a BBQ competition with cash prizes, a car and truck show, live music from local blues groups, vendors and a family fun zone! Find out more here.

17th Annual Souper Fun Sunday

Sunday, Feb. 4
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Saint Francis Catholic Academy

For 17 years, Souper Fun Sunday has been Gainesville’s premier soup tasting competition. This delicious event will feature soups from nearly 30 local restaurants and caterers. Local celebrity judges will determine the Judges Choice winners in the Seafood, Non-Seafood and Vegetarian categories. The almost 600 people in attendance will cast their vote in each category to determine the People’s Choice winners as well as Best Table Display. Read more.

Personal Acupressure for Restorative Health

Saturday, Feb. 3
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Heart Mind Healing

With Personal Acupressure for Restorative Health, come play with valuable, easy-to-use self-care tools that can empower your innate ability to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. As an acupressure therapist, Cristina Eury of Ancient Flow Therapy serves those seeking holistic support to optimize health while lowering stress, pain, and healing time. Learn how to transform your daily physical health and emotional well-being for a more balanced, grounded, and energized life. Register and read more here.

Annual Springs Run 7.2K

Saturday, Feb. 3
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
First Magnitude Brewing Co.

Participate in the annual Springs Run 7.2K and enjoy drinks, music and more afterward! All profits will benefit the Florida Springs Institute. Find out more.

Race for Rehab: Color Run 5k

Saturday, Feb. 3
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Flavet Field

The Race for Rehab: Color Run 5k benefits the UF Department of Physical Therapy community outreach programs including Equal Access Clinic, Children on the Go and more. Keep reading here.


Jan. 26 – 28

Amber Brooke Farms Sip & Savor

Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Amber Brooke Farms

At Amber Brooke Farms Sip & Savor, the whole family can have some fun! There will be food trucks, wine and beer. There will also be live music, happy hour with half-priced drinks and strawberry u-pick! Other activities include archery (admission sold separately), gemstone mining (admission sold separately), a bubble barn, face painting, corn hole, a barrel train, playgrounds, family tug-o-war and more! See more.

37th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Depot Park

The magical 37th annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will come to life as Hoggetowne goes Downtown to Depot Park! It will include beloved highlights such as artisans, craftspeople, olde world demonstrations, stage combat, medieval music and dancing. At the marketplace, you can find one-of-a-kind blacksmithing, jewelry, hand-blown glassware, leather crafts, period fashions and more. There will also be a food court with blooming onions, sweet potato fries, succulent ribs, giant turkey legs and more! Learn more.

Bats & Brews 2024

Saturday, Jan. 27
Noon – 4 p.m.
Swamp Head Brewery

At Bats & Brews, meet some of the bats from Lubee Bat Conservancy and learn about how our ecosystems benefit from these misunderstood mammals. Swamp Head is brewing Sky Puppies Beer specially for this event. $1 from each Sky Puppies purchase will go toward Lubee. Admission is free! Read more here.

The Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally

Saturday, Jan. 27
4 p.m.
High Dive

At the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally, enjoy unique food and a free concert with local music! Food trucks include Mexi Cocina, Monsta Lobsta, Southern Taste Mobile Kitchen and more. Free music inside the High Dive begins at 4:30 p.m., and local bands Sigs Inside, Monk-E and Stick Around will be performing! This event benefits Habitat for Humanity. Find out more.

Gainesville Record Fair

Sunday, Jan. 28
Noon – 5 p.m.
Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.

The Gainesville Record Fair will have live DJs, food trucks and over 25 vendor tables with vinyl records, CDs, tapes, posters, collectibles, music merchandise and more! There will also be games and locally crafted beer. Admission is free. Read more.

Ye Olde Parkrunne (Free 5K)

Saturday, Jan. 27
7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Depot Park

Come out to Depot Park for Ye Olde Parkrunne, a free 5K at Depot Park! Get in the spirit and kick off the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire by dressing in medieval clothing! There will be chess to play along the course of the run. This parkrun is part of the free Depot Park 5k parkrun series that takes place every Saturday morning. Register at parkrun.us/register. Learn more here.

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