2012 Fall Festival Calendar for Gainesville & Surrounding Communities

2012 Fall Festival Calendar for Gainesville

My blog post last year about the Gainesville area festival calendar was such a big hit – we had to get this year’s calendar up for you to use and make plans for our 2012 Festival Season.

So mark your calendars with all of these great events &  THINGS TO DO in and around  beautiful GAINESVILLE, FL.

It’s Fall Festival Time 2012!   And I’ve done some research to gather all the WHEN, WHERE, and WHAT on most of them and put them all into a great list for easy reference!   So, Let’s get some “fall weather” and plan to attend all these great events in Gainesville, Alachua, High Springs, Williston, Micanopy, McIntosh and more.

September 29-30, 2012 – THORNEBROOK ART FESTIVAL

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The Art Festival at Thornebrook 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 on NW 43rd St.  Fine Arts, crafts, Food, Music, Entertainment.

Location: Thornebrook Village -Gainesville FL  10am to 5pm   Info: www.thornebrookart.org


October 1, 2012 – 24th Annual Central Florida Harvest & Peanut Festival

The Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place the first Saturday of October each year in Williston’s Linear Park.  Location:  9am to 4pm Linear Park, Williston, FL   Info: www.willistonfl.com   Food, Crafts, Entertainment and Event Web Site.



Location: Downtown Gainesville    10am to 5pm    Info: www.gvlculturalaffairs.org

The nationally recognized Downtown Festival & Art Show transforms downtown Gainesville into a venue for award-winning artists and draws a crowd of more than 100,000.  Art, Jewelry, Ceramics, Photography, from over 250 Artists.  Live Music, Entertainment, Food & More!



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.   Location: Downtown Micanopy   9am to 5pm   Info: www.micanopyfallfestival.org

Local Artists, Crafts, Food, Live Music, Entertainment


October 27, 2012 – McINTOSH 1890′s FESTIVAL

The first festival was held on Oct. 19, 1974 as a fund raiser and originally called the McIntosh Gay Nineties Festival.  It had an attendance of approximately 4,000 people.  It has since grown and the Festival now hosts over 250 vendors and an estimated 35,000 visitors  Location: City of McIntosh, FL    8am to 5pm Rain or Shine!!     Info: www.friendsofmcintosh.org


November 11th, 2012 – The  10th ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL – Downtown Alachua

All along Main Street in Down­town City of Alachua, Exit 399 off I-75 (13 Miles North of Gainesville).  SUNDAY   11AM — 5 PM:   Twice a year since  2003, res­i­dents, vis­i­tors, and 200 ven­dors come together for a leisurely after­noon of music on two stages, lots of fun food, and many free child-friendly activ­i­ties.

Location:  Main Street City of Alachua   11am to 5pm.   Arts, Crafts, Music, Food, Shopping   More info:  www.alachuabusiness.com/festivals


November 17 & 18th, 2012  – The 31st Annual Yankeetown Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival

Held on the tree-lined boulevard of Riverside Drive in Yankeetown an old Florida coastal village on Floridas Nature Coast.  Free admission and family fun.   More info at Yankeetown Seafood Festival web site.



November 17 & 18th, 2012  – St. Johns Blues Festival in Palatka

The “2012 St. Johns River Blues Festival”, sponsored by The St Johns River Blues Festival, Inc., a Not For Profit organization with the goal to provide scholarship funds for fine arts students of Putnam county, 714 St Johns Ave, Palatka, Florida, is seeking Competition Blues Bands for a two day festival and competition.



If you are looking for a Festival, and it’s not on my list.  Please check this Craft Events & Festivals source at MY FAIRS & FESTIVALS.  You can search by city, zip code, and event name.

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