Alachua County :: Rich in Enjoyment

So much to do, so much to see, and the weather is perfect so much of the time.  We want to enrich your senses with good times in and around Alachua County Florida.  We will share links, Pictures, and tons of information to make a stay here worth the while.

So check back often for pictures and links and information, to make your stay worth the stay!

Alachua County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population of the county is 247,336. Alachua County is the home of the University of Florida and is also known for its diverse culture, local music, and artisans. Much of its economy revolves around the university. (Wikapedia)

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So many things to do in Alachua County this month! Stay cool and let your entertainment sizzle!

Hippodrome State Theatre – Million Dollar Quartet

Free Fridays – Every Friday – 8-10 PM through October


Chiefland Watermelon Festival, Chiefland (1st Saturday in June) June 1st 2019 8-3 PM

March is Festival Time!



Wild Game Feast (Gainesville) for Boys & Girls Club March 7

White Springs Wild Azalea Festival (First Saturday in March)

Florida Azalea Festival (Downtown Palatka)  March 2nd and 3rd 2020

Gainesville Raceway (Gainesville) NHRA Gatornationals March 15 – 17 2019

Newberry Main Street Annual Spring Festival –

Spring Garden Festival – March 23th

Gainesville Native American Festival (Alachua County Fairgrounds) March 30  2019

Spring Bluegrass Festival (Brooksville) March 20 – 24th 2019

Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (Cedar Key)  March 30  2019

RiverFest 2019 – March 23 2019  Rum 138


Levy County Fair (Williston)

Annual O’Leno Chili Cookoff (Oleno State Park)

Annual Hampton Veterans Memorial BBQ and Music Festival (Lake City)

The Alachua Car Show (Alachua) April 20th 2019

Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville) April 6 and 7th 2019

Starke Strawberry Festival (Starke)

Swallowtail Farm Spring Festival (Alachua)

Keystone Music Festival (Keystone)

Jest Fest  (Gainesville)

WestFest  (Newberry) April 20th, 2019

Wanee Festival  (Spirit of Suwanee Park)

Fifth Avenue Arts Festival – (Gainesville)

Ocala Bike Fest – (Ocala)

Alachua Main Street Spring Festival – (Alachua)

Brooksville Blueberry Festival (Brooksville) April 28

Leesburg Bike Festival (Leesburg) April 27-29th

Pioneer Days (High Springs) April 28-29

Grove Street Festival (Gainesville) April 28


Gainesville Free Jazz Fest (Newberry – Tioga Town Center) May 5th

Annual Garden Show and Spring Festival (Williston) Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens

Noche De Gala

Shimmy Mob – World Belly Dancing Day May 12  (Thornebrook Village) Noon

Windsor Zucchini Festival (Windsor) May 12

Florida Folk Festival (Stephen Foster, White Springs) Memorial Day Wkend


Chiefland Watermelon Festival, Chiefland (1st Saturday in June) June 1st 2018


Festivals and Fanfare, Flavet Field Gainesville, July 3rd 7 PM

City of Alachua Fireworks, July 4th

Micanopy Annual July 4th Parade

Red White and Blue Jeans Barbeque



Folk in the Springs, High Springs

Latino Film Festival Gainesville


Butterfly Festival

Thornebrook Arts Show (34th Annual), October 13 – 14 2018

HVMF 2018 Chili Cookoff & Music Festival, Melrose Oct 13, 2018

Main Street Fall Festival (Alachua) October 16 and 17th 2018

High Springs Fall Festival & Car Show – October 20th 2018

The Planet Festival, Fruitland Park, October 18-October 21, 2018

Tom Petty Weekend, Gainesville, October 18-20, 2018

Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Cedar Key, October 20 & 21

Micanopy Fall Festival, Micanopy, October 27 & 28

Boo at the Zoo

Corn Maze (Newberry)


Newberry Fall Festival (12th Annual), Newberry  November 17

Yankeetown Seafood Festival – 11/17 – 11/18/2018

Downtown Blues Concert (Kick off to the Downtown Festival and Art Show) Nov 30, 2018


Christmas on the Square (Live Oak)  11/29-12/1/2018

Downtown Festival and Art Show – December 1 & 2


Thornebrook Village:

City of High Springs:


Haile Plantation:

Festival of Lights, Stephen Foster -11/30 – 12/24  4-9 PM

City of Alachua:

City of Gainesville: (Thomas Center) Usually 1st weekend

Duck Pond:

City of Williston:

Shops at Butler:


Festival of Lights, Stephen Foster -11/30 – 12/24  4-9 PM

New Year’s Eve – Bo Diddley 12/31


Hoggetowne Medieval Faire – Jan/Feb


Gainesville Veg Fest (Gainesville) February 16th 2019

Battle of Olustee Reenactment (Olustee)  February 15 – 17 2019

Cinema Verde Film Festival (Gainesville) Feb 14 – 16 2019

Heritage Day Festival (Brooksville) February 16 2019

Florida Blue Grass Classic  (Brooksville) February 18 – 24 2019

Chimera Fest  (Gainesville) February 23 – 24 , 2019

Heartwood Music Festival  (Heartwood) February 23rd 2019

Wetlands Music Fest (Flavet Field)

Active Streets & 352 Creates (Depot Park) February 2

So it’s Hurricane Season ….. And other disaster events…

Are you prepared?  The County has a CERT program (Community Emergency Response Team) that will help insure you are prepared in the event of a hurricane, or other natural event, as well as man-made.  Think about getting involved for your family, and your community to assist.

Prepare items if you need to stay in your home

Prepare items if you need to seek shelter at one of Alachua’s Approved Shelters in your Community.

Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.s July 2014 issue of “Kilowatt” has an issue FULL of tips.


Helpful Websites in the event of a hurricane or other local disaster

Florida Division of Emergency Management:

The National Weather Service:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency:


The Weather Channel ::

The Red Cross: