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The Butterfly Festivus!
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Featuring live music performed by the Killer B’s classic rock band,
bounce house, butterfly houses, vendors, butterfly release, contests, children’s activities, feats of strength, airing of grievances, decorate the festivus pole, and organic butterfly plants for sale! Also, visit our Beautiful Gift Shop full of a charming mix of new and vintage treasures!!
-Admission is only $5 per person
15th Annual Great Air Potato Round-Up
On January 25, 2014 with the help of hundreds of volunteers during the Annual Great Air Potato Round-Up Gainesville’s natural areas will be closer to being air potato free! During the Round-Up, which is modeled after a litter clean up, volunteers will be dispersed throughout Gainesville to remove air potatoes and other invasive exotic plants from Gainesville's natural areas. Air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera), is a non-native vine that jeopardizes Florida's natural communities by engulfing native vegetation. The rapid-growing vine produces aerial tubers (hence the common name "air potato") that fall to the ground in the late fall and winter and produce new vines that sprout in the spring.
The previous fourteen Great Air Potato Round-Ups have all been tremendously successful! Last roundup, nearly 1,000 eager participants enjoyed beautiful weather while removing over 6.69 tons of air potatoes, 1,905 lbs. of other invasive plants and one 20-yard construction dumpster of trash from over 25 natural areas and parks throughout Gainesville! With your help, we are making a difference!
This year’s theme for the event will be “Taters of the Lost Park.” You can join the adventure and help natural areas being “lost” to air potato and other invasive, exotic plants in several different ways:
• Participate in the event: Online registration is open, and you must register to participate. Volunteers will be assigned to a site where they will gather air potatoes in the morning from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Following the roundup at 11a.m. until 1 p.m., a celebration festival will be held at Morningside Nature Center located 3540 E University Avenue, with food, music, T-shirts and prizes. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Visit www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org to register or click on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14ulsuQavaNByPVPtKwb5K7Ub78cLapt726oqYLpyzSc/viewform?utm_source=CC+Thanksgiving+131127&utm_campaign=DEC+2013+Community+Connections&utm_medium=email. Even if you can’t participate in the event this year, you can still help by spreading the word about the event!
• Lead a crew of volunteers at one of many air potato collection sites though out the community by being a Site Leader. Being a Site Leader is easy but it’s an important part of maintaining organization to this major event that gets rid of tons of air potatoes from our natural areas. To sign up to be a site leader contact Geoff Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-393-8437.
• Get your name out in the community! Being a sponsor of this event is a wonderful opportunity for your business or organization to get your name out, and your logo on our collector tee-shirt! For more information, please contact Sally Wazny.
• You can also volunteer on site at Morningside to help with set up and the tee shirt and snack give away at the post clean-up celebration. To sign up for this volunteer opportunity contact Sally Wazny.
As homeowners and community organizations remove invasive plants from their yards— reward yourself by planning to attend the 2014 Spring Native Plant Sale at Morningside Nature Center on April 4th and 5th! Put some zing in your garden and bring the family out to the Native Plant Sale to get native plants for your home. The largest native plant sale in North Florida features thousands of ferns, grasses, trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.
Contact Sally Wazny (at email@example.com or 352-393-8438) with questions or if you need additional information about the 15th Annual Great Air Potato Round-up on January 25!
28th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Step back in time at the 28th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Fair at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Jaunary 25 and 26 and January 31 and February 2, 2014. Cheer on royal knights as they joust on horseback for their ladies' honor. Visit eight stages of continuous entertainment featuring gypsy dancing, full-flight falconry and incredible magic acts. Shop at the marketplace, where hundreds of artisans sell their medieval wares. Feast on food fit for a king, including giant turkey legs and bloomin' onions. For information call the City of Gainesville at 352-334-ARTS.
29th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Adults: $17 Ages 5-17: $8
32nd Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show
Gainesville will transform into a masterful blend of art, music and entertainment during the 32nd Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the festival draws a crowd of more than 100,000 each year. On Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can marvel at artistic displays from more than 250 of the nation’s most talented artists, enjoy entertainment on three stages and sample international cuisine. The Festival features a free hands-on art activity for the children and a free Blues Concert on Saturday evening. Since 1996, the Downtown Festival & Art Show has ranked among the top festivals in the nation. Sunshine Artist magazine ranked the Festival no. 10 among the best fine art shows in the country. For more information, visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org or call 352-334-ARTS.
33rd Downtown Festival & Art Show
34th Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival
The 34th Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival is presented by the Cultural Arts Coalition. The festival features art, entertainment and music which celebrates the rich culture of African-Americans in Gainesville.
The Festival is a two-day street event which hosts gospel, blues, jazz, R & B, Rap, modern and African dance performances throughout the day. There are activities for children and information relevant to the health and welfare of the community. Food booths line the streets of the Festival that ranges from barbecue to Jamaican to seafood. The festival is located on the corner of NW 5th Avenue and NW 6th Street in Gainesville. Check out the link above for a full schedule of events and pictures from the 2012 festival.
41st Annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival
Voted "Best Arts & Crafts Festival" in
Florida Monthly's 2008 Best of Florida Awards!
The SF Spring Arts Festival, April 10-11, is garnishing its 41st birthday celebration with a twist of jazz. The Santa Fe Jazz Big Band, Santa Fe Jazz Combo, Santa Fe Rhythm & Blues Band, The Tazers, 6th Street Rhythm & Blues Review, and GrüvTherapy will perform in a free jazz and blues festival on the Thomas Center lawn 3-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10.
There's lots of festival activity at the Thomas Center, where young artists sell their work and families make art projects at the Kids' Art Jungle.
Another Spring Arts "first" this year is a direct tie-in to the SF Teaching Zoo. The zoo will be open festival weekend so folks can visit two family-oriented events in Gainesville - an art festival for excitement and a kid friendly zoo for enchantment.
44th Annual Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival
The Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival is one of the top 20 arts festivals held across the country, and is one of the largest annual events held annually in Gainesville, with over 130,000 visitors each year. The festival is held in the historic downtown district, and is known for its high quality, unique artwork.
In addition to the art offerings, there are activities for the whole family, including a free jazz and blues concert on Saturday at the historic Thomas Center lawn. This is an event you won’t want to miss.
Art in Thornebrook Village
The Art Festival at Thornbrook is a two-day festival of juried fine arts and fine crafts under the covered walkways and on the grassy areas and plaza of Thornebrook Village.
Bat Festival 2013 at the Lubee Bat Conservancy
Saturday, October 26, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted.
There are plenty of things to do in the KidsZone - crafts, activities, games, and bouncy huts provided by Space Walk!
The 9th Annual Florida Bat Festival offers an opportunity to view giant fruit bats and enjoy the great outdoors while learning about how beneficial bats are to Florida’s environment and ecosystems worldwide.
The Lubee Bat Festival is the only festival in the southeast that offers a chance to view the diversity of fruit bat species while learning about the importance of bats here in Florida and all over the world. People get a chance to see giant fruit bats with a 6' wingspan eating a variety of fruits and vegetables while interacting with numerous enrichment toys.
The Lubee Bat Conservancy is only open to the public one day each year.
Boo at the Zoo
The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo is transformed for Halloween into a kid friendly spook trail, with more treats than tricks for the kids. If you visit before dark you can see the 70 different species of animals that live at the zoo while collecting candy along the trail. Family fun for everyone!
Admission is one can of food per person.
Boo at the Zoo begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.
The Santa Fe Zoo is located behind the gymnasium.
Cane Boil & FiddleFest
9:00-4:00 p.m. the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
Event admission is $2 for 13 and older, $1 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three.
Experience life in 1870’s North Central Florida at Morningside Nature Center Living History Farm. Visitors can sample fresh cane syrup and homemade biscuits, experience live folk music, farm animals and much more! The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will take place during the Annual Cane Boil, thus bringing together the traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a music tradition that has been so influential throughout the South. Make this event part of your Thanksgiving weekend tradition!
Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve Celebration
8 PM - 12:30 AM
Bo Diddley Community Plaza
The City of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host Downtown Countdown, a New Year’s Eve celebration concert at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza.
Earth Day Festival
Join us for a day of crafts, games, plant sales, and educational presentations from UF and Community Organizations to celebrate the Earth! All ages are welcome!
The festival will be held on the University of Florida Campus at Fifield Hall on Hull Road.
Cost is FREE!
Contact JJ Sadler at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Fall Native Plant Sale at Morningside Nature Center
Take advantage of the largest offering of native plants in North Florida during the 2013 Fall Native Plant sale, at Morningside Nature Center, on Saturday, September 28 from 8:30-12:30 p.m. An exclusive “members only” sale is open on Friday, September 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for members of Friends of Nature Parks and the Florida Native Plant Society. Join now (www.friendsofnatureparks.org and www.fnps.org) or at the sale.
The sale features free, expert plant advice, free Park-a-Plant service that allows you to shop hands-free while we tag, store and help you load your plants, a free naturalist-led wildflower walk at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday as well as music.
Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted!
Farm and Forest Festival at Morningside Nature Center
Celebrate Earth Day at the Farm & Forest Festival on April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Morningside Nature Center. This event will focus on the sustainable opportunities we have in our community. Enjoy food, music, demonstrations, environmental displays and activities, live animals, guided walks and talks and wagon rides in a family-friendly atmosphere. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages three to 12, and free for children under three. For more information, go to www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org or call 352-334-3326.
Feed a Frog Fridays
First Friday of the Month, from September 7th to May 2nd, 2008, at 2:00 pm in the Education Building. Join the fun, get the facts! Youngsters, with an adult, can join a Morningside Nature Center animal caretaker for amphibian and reptile feeding during Feed-A-Frog-Fridays. This FREE program begins at 2:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes to an hour.
Fifth Avenue Arts Festival
Theme: "We are our children's keepers"
The Annual FAAF is a celebration of the rich African American culture of Gainesville through the arts. The Festival has traditionally been held the weekend of Malcolm X's birthday (May 19th) The Festival is a two-day street event which host gospel, blues, jazz, R & B, Rap, modern and African dance performances throughout the day. The are activities for children and information relevant to the health and welfare of the community. Food booths line the streets of the Festival that ranges from barbecue to Jamaican to seafood.
First Annual Garden Bike Tour of Gainesville
Bike Tour: 14-mile loop around gainesville to public and private gardens.
The tour starts at the Downtown Plaza and ends at Citizens Co-op new store location, 435 South Main. Citizens Co-op is a local food market offering a dependable marketplace to small farmers in our area. It is a cooperatively-owned business with over 500 current members. The retail store aims to be fully operational in May 2010.
Registration 9-11am at Downtown Plaza in Gainesville to receive Bike Tour Map, including workshops, classes, and garden visits around the greater Gainesville area. Pay a $20 fee to enter, receive event t-shirt, bike tour map, sponsor gifts, and entrance to music festival at Citizens Co-op new storefront, 435 South Main. Music Festival takes place from 5-12pm at the Co-op store to kick-off the opening of Citizens Co-op and help raise funds to further the Local Food Movement. Tickets are $10 if not attending the bike tour. Featuring Swamphead Brewery and Local Gainesville Musicians
Florida Crane and Nature Festival
Join the Florida Trail Association and the Alachua Conservation Trust during MLK weekend to celebrate the wintering Sandhill Cranes, endangered Whooping Cranes, wild horses, bison and more than 270 species of birds in Alachua County.
Discovering more than 150 wintering birds, including the American Bald Eagle
Biking the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail
Saturday night dinner with a keynote speaker
Wildlife and Birding Presentations
There is a fee for registration that covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and shuttle service to bird-watching locations.
Florida Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Fest
Fun takes flight at ButterflyFest:
Admission to ButterflyFest is free!
ButterflyFest is dedicated to increasing awareness of Florida's butterflies as fun, fascinating ambassadors to the natural world. Activities will promote inquiry and provide a call to action for the conservation and preservation of backyard wildlife and habitats.
ButterflyFest offers something for everyone! Throughout the weekend, all ages can participate in fun and educational activities, including take-away crafts for children, informative workshops, and presentations on conservation and attracting butterflies and other pollinators. Take part in a special field trip or tour and shop for unique butterfly and garden gifts.
Gainesville Christmas Historic Home Tour
Step back in time and kick-off the holidays by reserving your luxurious and cozy weekend away at one of our charming Bed & Breakfasts during Gainesville’s Annual Historic Holiday Homes Tour December 11–13. Lavishly decked for the holidays, each of our four downtown B&B’s are offering exclusive holiday packages; including two-night accommodations, holiday wine & cheese, and admission for two for the Holiday Historic Homes Tour on the evening of Saturday, December 12.
For full details about the Holiday Historic Homes Tour visit the Matheson Museum website(http://www.mathesonmuseum.org/).
Historic Halloween Haunt at Matheson Museum
The Matheson Museum is the place for ghosts and goblins at the Annual Historic Halloween Haunt. Bring out the junior historian in your child! The evening will feature a tour of the Matheson House (the second oldest home in Gainesville), a costume parade through the Botanical Gardens, storytelling and of course treats. Costumes are encouraged. Hear the history of Halloween come alive with poetry readings and mad-libs. Every child will receive a bag of candy, no trick or treating required!
Historic Holiday Weekend Festival
Gainesville hosts its seventh annual Historic Holiday Weekend Festival Dec. 10-12, 2010 in the heart of its Southeast Historic District. The weekend features guided tours of charming historic homes, including four of Gainesville’s bed and breakfast inns, as well as the Polar Express Holiday Train Show at the Matheson Museum and tree lighting at the historic Matheson House. This year will include a turn-of-the-century street festival on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 5-9 p.m. For additional information about special weekend vacation packages, visit our website at www.visitgainesville.com or phone Marcheta Keefer at the VisitGainesville toll-free at 866-778-5002 or 352-376-7720.
Jest Fest!, a free, fun, family-friendly event produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department returns this April with a great lineup of international stars. In its inaugural season last year, thousands of captive audience members, innocent bystanders, gawkers and curious on-lookers were stricken with contagious, uncontrollable laughter caught from the antics of an impressive assembly of some of the world’s finest cirque and comedy/variety acts.
This year’s stellar lineup of thrilling daredevils and laughable buffoons will “strut and fret their time upon the stage” at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza each Saturday night in April at 6 p.m., highlighting the virtues of hilarity and derring-do. Each Saturday night will feature entirely different world class entertainers so, to enjoy all that Jest Fest! has to offer, patrons should plan on attending all four evenings. Some of the astounding entertainers traveling to Gainesville to perform include:
• The amazing Cirikli Stilt Bird puppets of Epcot Center fame will interact with the audience and perform an enthralling show onstage.
• The cast of the Hippodrome Theater’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will make an appearance.
• The Flying Wallendas, perhaps the world’s most famous circus family, will thrill the audience with circus clowning, juggling, acrobatics and breathtaking feats on the high-wire over 20-feet in the air!
• Audiences will be greeted by Barbara and Ina with their living and breathing human statue exhibition.
• Ed Thomas and Hugo will be featured onstage with a comedy and ventriloquist act straight out of the 1950s. You might be left wondering just which one of the two is really the dummy.
• The headliner act is magician and sword-swallower Johnny Fox. Fox has wowed audiences around the world and made numerous television appearances, including “The Merv Griffin Show,” “Comic Strip Live,” “Jonathan Winters’ Magic and Comedy Showtime Special,” Barbara Walters’ “The View” and several appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
• The fun continues with Marc Dobson’s walking one-man-band greeting the audience as they arrive with a drum on his back and guitar in his hands while playing and singing an excellent repertoire of popular tunes.
• Following onstage is comedy juggler extraordinaire Dan Raspyni. Raspyni has worked all over the world as a solo performer and as one-half of the world famous Raspyni Brothers comedy juggling team. Raspyni made appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Jerry Lewis Telethon,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “TNN Prime Time Country,” “Jonathan Winters’ Magic and Comedy Showtime Special,” “Disney New Vaudevillians Special,” “Comic Strip Live” and “Circus of the Stars.”
• To top off the evening, star of Broadway and film Avner the Eccentric, will delight audiences with his silent comedy and physical humor. Avner is probably best known for his endearing portrayal of the Jewel, the scene-stealing holy man, in “The Jewel of the Nile,” co-starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. He was also featured in the film “Brenda Starr” and the television series “Webster” and “Mathnet.” Avner’s one-man show, “Avner the Eccentric,” was a hit of the 1984–1985 Broadway season. He co-starred in Lincoln Center’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” and returned to Broadway in 1989 in a principal role in “Ghetto.” Avner’s new show, “Exceptions to Gravity,” defies the barriers of language and culture and has toured extensively all over the US and abroad. One of the world’s greatest clowns, Avner never says a word but the audience remains in a constant state of laughter from beginning to end.
• For the festival grand finale, the circus returns to downtown Gainesville with a performance by the Walten’s Acrobatic and Performing Dog Show. Seasoned circus arts professionals have performed around the world. Their show consists of balancing feats, juggling, comedy, magic and four adorable performing poodles.
• The evening will also feature a puppet and mask procession through the plaza featuring puppets from Santa Fe College Theatre, Rainbow Tiger Circus, Moxie Productions and the Thomas Center Theatre for Young Audiences.
• Jest Fest! will culminate with an electric stage performance by acrobat, comedian and hand-balancing artist Cory Tabino. Tabino is a multitalented circus performer with 21 years’ experience onstage working for more than 25 circus companies, including the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil.
This year, Jest Fest! is hosting some wonderful giveaways. The Hippodrome State Theatre has donated two tickets to their spring production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Since April is April Fools’ month and since “The Tempest” features one of Shakespeare’s finest court jester fools, we are putting it all together and the two Hippodrome tickets will be given away to the person (or persons) who come in costume on our opening night of Jest Fest! as the best-dressed April fools!
Additionally new this year, Jest Fest! is holding a photography contest. The grand prize (tickets for two to Cirque du Soleil in Orlando) will be awarded Saturday, April 26 at the Jest Fest! grand finale. To be eligible to win the grand prize ($200 value), festival-goers must submit their favorite photo from each of the first three Jest Fest! Saturdays to the Jest Fest! Facebook page. You must be present at the finale to win. Can’t make all of the Jest Fest! dates? Don’t worry - there will also be prizes for best photo from each of the first three Jest Fest! Saturdays. Prizes include $50 gift certificates donated from The Lunchbox Café, Vellos and Harry’s, and are redeemable for dining at these fine downtown restaurants. For more information on these contests and Jest Fest!, please visit and like our Jest Fest! Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jestfestgainesville or our website at http://gvlculturalaffairs.org/website/programs_events/jestfest/jest-fest-gainesville.html.
Kanapaha Spring Gardens Festival
Every spring, Kanapaha hosts its Annual Spring Garden Festival, the region's premier horticultural event. The weekend affair features more than 200 booths offering plants, landscape displays, educational materials, arts and crafts, and food. Educational seminars and entertainment are offered throughout and both live and silent auctions offer many bargains on arts, crafts, plants, and gardening supplies.
Lucas Oil 2011 Racing Series at Gainesville Raceway
Featuring race vehicles that range from five-second Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars to 15-second stockers, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the premier series of its kind in drag racing. The series boasts the eight categories of Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street and whose racers make up the vast majority of entries at NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series national events.
Morningside Nature Center Barnyard Buddies
Every Saturday the living history farm comes to life with staff interpreting life on a rural 18th century farm.
Morningside Nature Center has a farm, ee—i—ee—i—oh! On this farm youngsters and their parents can meet and greet animals by helping staff with the afternoon feeding. This FREE program begins at 3:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes to an hour.
Rogers Farm Corn Maze
Enjoy Hours of fun at the Rogers Farm Corn Maze! Enjoy hayrides, cow train rides, the corn cannon, huge jumping pillow, pony rides, a petting zoo, rubber ducky racing and more! And of course, test your skill at finding your way out of the HUGE 10 acre corn maze. Also, after 8:00 p.m. the maze is HAUNTED!
Admission is $8 for the attractions, $12 for the attractions and corn maze.
Hours: Fridays, 5 p.m. to Midnight; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to Midnight; Sundays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Located 7 miles north of Gainesville on SR 121
Spring Native Plant Sale at Morningside Nature Center
“Go Native” at the Spring 2014 Native Plant Sale, held April 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm at Morningside Nature Center, features thousands of beautiful native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, grasses, and vines grown at area nurseries.
An exclusive member's sale is on Friday, April 4, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and is open to members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) only. Memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted! Call 352-334-3326 or visit www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org.
University of Florida Homecoming Weekend
Homecoming at UF is one of the largest celebrations in the world run completely by students.
High Springs Florida
High Springs Pioneer Days
34th Annual High Springs Pioneer Days Event! High Springs celebrates its wild past with Pioneer Days, a two-day festival featuring music, food, an arts-and-crafts show, and fun for children. "Outlaws" roam the streets to tease tourists into attending the main action: a shootout at the railroad tracks.
High Springs Thursday Farmer's Markets
Hours: Thursdays 2-6 pm
A wonderful farmer's market featuring fresh produce, local
breads and home made goods. There are often live music or
entertainment groups as well.
Madness and Mayhem 2
Madness and Mayhem Haunted House 2
Held at the High Springs Lions Club
Benefiting Juvenile Diabetes and Community Outreach Christmas Wishes Programs
October 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26, and Halloween nights, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10.00 per person
Children 21 and under half price, MUST be accompanied by paid adult.
A Family Event for All Ages!
The Pedal Paddle Challenge is being produced by the Yellow Bellied Sliders Bicycling Society and includes a full day of activities for all ages. Participants will bike their way through the River Rise State Preserve and O’Leno State Park, and paddle the Sante Fe River upstream to River Rise Resort in order to complete the entire course.
A specially marked “Family Route” will be available for all ages.
Food and entertainment will also be provided to Challenge participants. The Pedal Paddle Challenge will test participants’ bike handling skills and endurance on trails through swamp land, sandy uplands and hills. Sag or bail out points will be available through the course.
Schedule of Activities (all activities at River Rise Resort)
9:00 a.m. Registration and Start of Pedal portion of the Challenge
9:00-6:00 p.m. Lake and river swimming
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Turtle Talk with Jerry Johnston
2:00 p.m. Tube Race by High Springs Main Street
2:00-4:00 p.m. Kayak Exhibit and ‘Test Drives’
3:00 p.m. Culminating Meal
4:00 p.m. Pedal Paddle Awards for Most Challenged Points Reached
4:00-6:00 p.m. Live Music with County Road Band
Santa Fe River Jam
Live at the Santa Fe River Park at Poe Springs!
Performances by LoCash Cowboys, Woodard Johnson,
McKinley and Beggs, Roadhouse, and a tribute to
Elvis by Teddy-Mac
Don't forget your lawn chairs!
Great Country Music.....Great Food
& Fun for the entire family....
Open Air Arts
Melrose Bay Art Gallery, Bellamy Road Fine Arts and Shake Rag Artists' Collective will host this 4TH annual Melrose "en plein air" event. Artists from the region will be making art to celebrate the beauty and heritage of north Florida.
As always, the celebration will include art, music, food and festivities.
36th Annual Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival
Micanopy Florida is a scenic location for a fall arts & crafts festival. Micanopy is the town that time forgot. This quiet little town bustles with activity as the vendors pour into town and fill Cholokka Boulevard. Many local artists, crafters, and musicians participate in the festival, as well as other artists from across the southeast. The tradition and ever evolving quality of the show attracts a broad range of the buying public. Along with the two hundred displays of arts and crafts there are many other attractions. The main stage plays host to a variety of good time music throughout the festival and an old time auction of items donated by participating vendors on Saturday afternoon.
Today, Micanopy has entered the new century with strong roots to the past. It maintains the small town atmosphere as evident by the involvement of the local citizenry. Along with the many homes being restored, our town boasts an array of historic landmarks; the Micanopy Historical Society Museum and Archives, a variety of shops of art, rare books, antiques, casual eateries, and one of the finest Bed and Breakfasts in the area. Also, many beautification improvements have been made along the boulevard. This environment makes the perfect setting for one of the town's biggest events, The Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival!
For the past 34 years, thousands have gathered under the old oak trees for the Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival. The festival is sponsored by a committee comprised of fifteen local nonprofit groups ranging from churches to youth groups to historical organizations. All of the proceeds from the festival go back to these groups to assist in their annual operating costs.
The many local artists, crafters, and musicians, represent works from all over the southeast. The tradition and ever-evolving quality of the show attracts a broad range of the public. Along with over two hundred displays of arts and crafts, there are other attractions. The main stage plays host to a variety of good-time music throughout the festival and an old-time auction of items donated by participating vendors on Saturday afternoon.
Doc Hollywood Days
As depicted in the movie “Doc Hollywood”, starring
Michael J. Fox, doctors who serve rural areas possess rare
and special qualities. In an effort to recognize and honor
rural practitioners, the Micanopy Area Chamber of
Commerce has planned a two-day event to commemorate the
1991 film and honor a true “Doc Hollywood.” The setting
for the events will be Micanopy, Florida, a small historic
town with a population just over 600, where “Doc
Hollywood” was filmed!
For more information, please contact the Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce.
P.O. Box 331
207 Cholokka Blvd
Micanopy, Florida 32667
Micanopy Family Fun in the Forest Night
SCARIEST HAUNTED TRAIL IN ALACHUA COUNTY!
Friday Oct 18th through Saturday Oct 19th, 7:30-9:30 PM
Admission includes unlimited time on all activities: Haunted Trail, Bounce House, Barrel Train, Hay Ride, Kids Barn w/lots of games & prizes, Kids costume contest @ 8:00 p.m. (Baby-3 yrs, 4-8 yrs Prizes awarded to the winners). Must be present to Win! Concession serving ghostly treats: burgers, dogs, nachos, cotton candy, baked goods, and much more. Call 352-466-3121 for more information.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO MICANOPY FIRE DEPARTMENT EXPANSION PROJECT.
Admission is $5.00, kids 3 & under are FREE (all major credit cards accepted)
65th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival
Each year the Newberry Watermelon Festival committee works hard to improve the festival and its activities. The watermelons are always provided from a local grower and given to the festival goers for FREE.
We have beauty pageants for ages 0-22 years. Our pageants are held at the Newberry Oak View Middle School Auditorium starting on Friday for girls ages 5-16 years old and on Saturday for the boys and girls ages 0-4 years old. Our Queen's pageant for young ladies ages 17-22 years old are held on Friday with the Queen being crowned on Saturda. Our 2008 Master of Ceremonies for the pageants was 93.7FM K-Country’s very own Midday DJ, Mr. Lewis Stokes. Lewis has graciously volunteered his time and talents to our festival pageants for several years now.
Some of the favorite festival activities started many years ago and still continue today. These activities include contests for watermelon eating, seed spitting, hog calling, pie/cake baking, and of course the “Big Melon.”
In 2005 we added a FREE concert on the Saturday night of the festival. In 2008, our concert opened with Newberry’s own, Mr. Mark Copeland. Mark has provided the festival and pageants with his entertainment for many years. Then, Cowboy Crush headlined our 2008 Festival concert.
7th FL Infantry Regiment Muster
A historic recreation as living historians and interpreters portray mustering, training and camp life of troops of the Confederate States of America Army in person "in character" in 1862. There will be cannon, musket firing and cavalry demonstrations.9am to 4 pm. $5 per vehicle.
Antique Tractor And Car Day
See farmers on their vintage machines plow a field where sugar cane and corn will soon be planted. This event honors the innovations in methods and equipment, showing the historical significance and importance of the tractor to agriculture. Also the local Antique Automobile Club of America will display their cars. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. $5 per vehicle.
Cane Day Festival
See an original Florida working farm from the post Civil War to the 1940s as they grind sugar cane using mule power and boil it into syrup. Old-time craft demonstrations, woodworking, blacksmithing,children's activities, cane syrup, old-time music and vendors are featured on this living history day. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Dec 7.
Dudley Farm Plow Days
Draft horse teams demonstrate old-time farming before the days of tractors as they prepare the fields for spring planting. Demonstrations held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Usually first weekend in Feb. www.friendofdudleyfarm.org. Regular park admission of $5.00 per vehicle.
Dudley Farm Quilt Day
First weekend in October. Bed Turning featuring popular quilts representative of the Dudley era, 11:00 a.m.-noon. Historical skills demonstrations such as pine needle basket weaving, palm weaving, tatting, spinning, quilting, inkle loom & cornhusk brooms, 9:30a.m.-11:00a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Also featuring the Levy County Quilt Museum, FL quilt groups, quilts for sale, quilt-related vendors and food vendors. www.friendofdudleyfarm.org. Regular park admission of $5.00 per vehicle.
Newberry's Cornfield Maze
Newberry's Cornfield Maze
Laugh by Day, SCREAM by night!
Corn Maze, Haunted House, Hay Rides, Mechanical Bull, Zombie Paintball and more.
September 27th through October 26th
5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Fridays
3 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturdays
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays
Plow teams demonstrate farming life post Civil War prior to the invention of tractors. Observe draft horse teams pulling old time plows, discs and harrows as they work the land getting it ready for our spring planting in April. 10 am to 2 pm. $5 per vehicle.
25th Annual Windsor Zucchini Festival
When spring has sprung and zucchinis are spreading on the ground -- once again it will be time for the Annual Windsor Zucchini Festival.
Zucchinithon Fun Run
Duke of Zuke & Zuqueenie Pageant
Arts & Crafts Vendor Show
Zucchini Contest: Carving, Biggest, Ugliest
Fried Zucchini - Zucchini Ice Cream
Live Band providing music
Food - Food - Food
The Famous Kazucchini Marching Band (played in the Doc Hollywood movie)
Gainesville Ecotours Hike and Wine
Location: Newnans Lake Conservation Area/Park at Owen's Illinois Park
Time: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Cost: $36 per person, Children 12 and Under Free
Help us celebrate our first anniversary and raise money for Conservation Trust for Florida! Hike 2 miles in the forested flatwoods of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and learn about Newnans Lake water ecology, the 100 dugout canoes found around the lake, forest ecology, and fire ecology and enjoy some peace and relaxation while burning some calories! The hike will be followed by a blueberry wine tasting at Bluefield Estates Winery 2 minutes from our hike. Everyone leaves with a bottle of wine included in the registration fee! 1/3 of the anniversary proceeds will go towards Conservation Trust for Florida to continue their land conservation, planning, and education programs!
What to Bring: Wear comfortable shoes, long pants, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and a snack. There are restrooms at the park where the hike begins/ends.
To Register: Email Terri at Terri@GainesvilleEcotours.com or 904-704-4087 by 5:00pm the day before the tour. Payment must be received by the evening before the tour to reserve your spot. To pay for the tour, go to http://www.gainesvilleecotours.com/registration-page and click on the First Anniversary Hike PayPal button to pay for this tour individually (PayPal fees apply). Or mail cash or check made out to Gainesville Ecotours to Terri. Contact Terri for mailing address or if you would like more information.
Cancellation Policy: Payment will be returned if notice is received 24 hours before the tour.