The Gainesville Oddities Market: A Day of the Dead Festival!

By Julia Bauer
Gainesville Oddities Market flyer

If you like all things weird and strange, mark your calendars and celebrate Cinco De Mayo at the Gainesville Oddities Market! From noon to 5 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza, there will be 87 vendors showcasing and selling oddities including skulls, taxidermy and everything in between.

The first-ever oddities market, organized by Matthew and Stephanie Gray, was in April. This unusual market event attracted hundreds of people, according to The Independent Florida Alligator. Attendees of all ages dug through barrels of animal skulls, shopped for creative (strange to some) handmade ceramic dishes and more. The market provides a less-restrictive and out-of-the-ordinary environment for both vendors and shoppers.

Last month, the market offered other unique items in addition to animal skulls and unique ceramics, according to this WUFT photo gallery. Vendors also sold voodoo dolls, preserved wet specimens, handmade skull lamps and jade crystal axes. You can expect to see similar items and new oddities at the May 5 market!

What to expect

According to the Facebook event, you can expect:

  • Live music and entertainment
  • Food trucks
  • Vendors selling oddities, such as:
    • Taxidermy
    • Bones
    • Bug art
    • Crystals
    • Antiques
    • Witchy items
    • Jewelry
    • Clothing
    • And more

Cost and parking

Admission and parking for the Gainesville Oddities Market is free!

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