Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Gainesville!

By Julia Bauer
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Are you in search of fun for your kiddos – or yourself – this weekend in Gainesville? If so, we have you covered! Here are some of the best events in Gainesville for you and your family.

Looking for more fun in the future? Check back here every week for the best upcoming events. Or view our Community Calendar!

March 1 – 3

Lyrics for Life: A Night of Making Music Matter

Saturday, March 2
7 – 10 p.m.
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Lyrics for Life: A Night of Making Music Matter is an intimate concert event in support of Stop Children’s Cancer, the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation and other charities to help fight children’s cancer. There will also be a silent auction featuring items from the music industries biggest names. Keep reading to find out more.

Amber Brooke Farms Strawberry Festival

Saturday, March 2 –
Sunday, March 3
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Amber Brooke Farms

At the third annual Amber Brooke Farms Strawberry Festival, there will be tons of strawberries to pick, strawberry-themed activities and treats, arts and crafts vendors, live music and food trucks! There will also be all of your favorite farm activities like the slide hill, bubble barn, barrel train and more! Keep reading.

11th Shakespeare Festival at Millhopper Montessori School (MMS)

Friday, March 1
1:30 – 5 p.m.
Abundant Grace Stage

Millhopper Montessori School (MMS) middle school students will present re-written scenes from Twelfth Night at our biennial Shakespeare Festival. The following scenes will be performed, according to the MMS media release:
Act I Scene 2, and Scene 3 (performed by the 8th graders)
Act I, Scene 4, and Scene 5 (performed by the 6th graders)
Act III, Scene 4 (performed by the 7th graders)
Find out more here.

Free Movie in Barry Park

Friday, March 1
6:30 p.m.
The field next to the Newberry Municipal building

Come out for a free movie in Barry Park located next to the Newberry Municipal building! Disney’s Brave will be playing, and there will also be free activities for your children sponsored by local Newberry Businesses and the Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more.

Clay County Fairgrounds 8th Annual Strawberry Fest

Saturday, March 2 –
Sunday, March 3
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Clay County Fairgrounds

The 8th Annual Strawberry Fest at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs is fun for the whole family! There will be Plant City strawberries, arts and crafts, food, bounce houses, live entertainment, pony rides, face painting, a petting farm, games and more! Keep reading.

Buchholz Players present The Three Musketeers

Friday, March 1 –
Sunday, March 3
Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Buchholz High School

En Garde! Buchholz Players present The Three Musketeers featuring lavish sword fights and sweeping romance. This adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel evokes a time where honor and love ruled all. Online tickets are $10 general admission, $8 students/seniors, and at the door tickets are $12 general admission, $10 students/seniors. Learn more.


Feb. 23 – 25

Amber Brooke Farms Strawberry Festival

Saturday, Feb. 24 –
Sunday, Feb. 25
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Amber Brooke Farms

At the third annual Amber Brooke Farms Strawberry Festival, there will be tons of strawberries to pick, strawberry-themed activities and treats, arts and crafts vendors, live music and food trucks! There will also be all of your favorite farm activities like the slide hill, bubble barn, barrel train and more! Keep reading.

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.

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.

4th Annual Strawberry Fest at Suwannee County Fairgrounds

Saturday, Feb. 24 –
Sunday, Feb. 25
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Suwannee County Fairgrounds

The fourth annual Strawberry Fest at Suwannee County Fairgrounds is fun for the whole family! There will be Plant City strawberries, bounce houses, strawberry shortcake, live entertainment, face painting, a pie eating content, an axe throwing tournament and more! Learn more.

Looking for more strawberry picking?

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.


Feb. 16 – 18

Anthropologie Community Pop-Up Market Celebrating Black History

Saturday, Feb. 17
Noon – 4 p.m.
Anthropologie at 2850 SW 35th Dr

Celebrate Black History and support and shop local black-owned businesses at Anthropologie’s Community Pop-Up Market! The local vendors include Sugar Baby’s Cookies, Diasporic Pigments, My Soulful Intentions, local author Danisha Huntley, Jayda’s Jam and more! You can also chat with members of The Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center to learn about the history and culture of African-derived cultures, highlighting those in Gainesville and North Central Florida and the African American music legacy. Keep reading here.

LifeSouth 5K & Party in the Plaza

Saturday, Feb. 17
9 a.m. – Noon
Bo Diddley Plaza

The LifeSouth Race is an initiative of the LifeSouth Community Foundation, which educates K-12 students about the need for blood donation. This event will begin with the 5k, which will start downtown and take you through the Bed and Breakfast district, on to Hawthorne trail and back downtown. Then, the Party in the Plaza will take place where there will be booths from local vendors, live entertainment, food and drinks. Find out more!


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.

Celebrate Lunar New Year as a Family!

Saturday, Feb. 10

Lunar New Year is this weekend! Take time to celebrate the year of the dragon as a family, even if you’ve never celebrated before.

UF/IFAS Family Day at the Dairy Farm

Saturday, Feb. 10
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
UF/IFAS Dairy Unit

Come out to the eighth annual UF IFAS Family Day at the Dairy Farm at the UF Dairy Unit! This open house is an educational event for both children and adults, and you will get to see a real working dairy farm and learn about dairy farming practices! Keep reading.

Go strawberry picking!

All month

It’s strawberry season! Strawberry picking is an opportunity to get outside, enjoy the weather and have fun with your whole family.

Brushes and Brunch

Sunday, Feb. 11
Brunch starts at 10 a.m.
Class starts at 10:30 a.m.
Langan Acres

At Brushes and Brunch, Langan Acres and Corks and Colors Studio will host an early Valentine’s Day painting class and brunch! Painting supplies, instruction and brunch are included with event ticket. Find out more.

Gal-entine’s Hat Making Class

Sunday, Feb. 11
Brunch starts at 2:30 p.m.
Class starts at 3 p.m.
Langan Acres

Enjoy a hat making class at Langan Acres for Galentine’s Day! Your ticket includes hat-making instruction, your choice of felt hat, decorative supplies and a charcuterie board. Learn more.

Falling in Love with Reading

Saturday, Feb. 10
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church

This event will make you fall head over heels for reading for Valentine’s Day! It help you and your child bond through reading. There will be book giveaways, fun and interactive reading activities for kids, parent tips on how to encourage reading at home and free literacy growth resources. Learn more here.

Girls Do Science 2024

Saturday, Feb. 10
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church

At Girls Do Science 2024, celebrate International Women and Girls in Science Day with activities, experiments and conversations with scientists! This free event aims to further achieve gender equality and encourage women in science. Read more.

Brick City Anime Festival

Saturday, Feb. 10 –
Sunday, Feb. 11
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
World Equestrian Center

At Brick City Anime Festival, meet voice actors from your favorite Japanese animated shows. Kids 10 and under get in for free! Learn 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.

Cade Museum Tinker Workshop Series

Saturday, Feb. 3
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cade Museum

Visit the Cade Museum every Saturday for its Tinker Workshop Series! This is an innovative program for kids ages 9 and up to participate in hands-on “maker sessions” to build and create using different materials, electronics and coding platforms. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Read more.

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.

Frogs and Friends Fridays

Friday, Feb. 2
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Morningside Nature Center

Frogs and Friends Fridays is a free event is held at 2 p.m. the first Friday of each month! At the outdoor screened pavilion at Morningside Nature Center, you and your child can learn about amphibians and reptiles! 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.

Sunshine State Book Festival

Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center

Browse books and mingle with fellow book-lovers at the Sunshine State Book Festival! There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the 200 regional and local authors at the festival and get your books autographed. On Saturday, there will be a kids story time from noon until 4 p.m.! Find out more here.

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