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Best Fall Festivals in Gainesville FL

By: Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida / 14 Sep 2023
Best Fall Festivals in Gainesville FL

Celebrate the Spirit of Fall in Gainesville, Florida

Dive into the fall season with a myriad of festivals and events happening in Gainesville, Florida. Enjoy the fun and live music of the Lubee Bat Festival, explore the arts, crafts, vendors, and artists at the Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival, and stroll through downtown Gainesville to check out local artwork and musical performances.

Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned local, these festivals capture the essence of Gainesville, creating unforgettable moments to treasure for a lifetime. Check out our guide to some of your favorite festivals this fall season.

Lubee Bat Festival

Join us to celebrate bats like the rock stars that they truly are at the 2023 Lubee Bat Festival happening in Gainesville. Engage with hands-on exhibits, encounter these flying wonders, and learn about their vital contributions to our environment. Enjoy live music, food trucks, activities, vendors, a beer garden, and loads of entertainment.

When: October 21, 2023

Gator Growl

Kick off this fall season's week-long homecoming festivities and Gator Growl in the Exactech Arena Stephen C. O'Connell Center at the University of Florida. Witness the world's largest student-run pep rally and enjoy parades, soul fest, live musical performances, comedy acts, and Florida Gators football.

When: October 5, 2023

Tom Petty Weekend

Celebrate Gainesville's rock icon, Tom Petty! Revel in a weekend-long event of musical tributes, cover bands, and original acts honoring the legendary singer's enduring legacy. It's a harmonious journey of nostalgia and admiration.

When: October 20-22, 2023


Rock on at THE FEST! Enjoy a thrilling punk rock gathering that attracts bands and fans from every corner, turning Gainesville into the epicenter of punk music for an unforgettable experience. Come together with friends and join the community in embracing rock music.

When: October 27-29, 2023

Micanopy Festival

Step back in time and witness the historic charm of Micanopy, just a short drive from Gainesville. Experience the 48th Micanopy Festival, a perfect blend of heritage and festivity featuring arts, crafts, music, and food. Wander the oak-lined streets, shop for unique handmade gifts, and savor delicious treats from local vendors.

When: October 28 – 29, 2023

Florida Bat Festival

Dive deep into the nocturnal realm at the 19th annual Florida Bat Festival in Gainesville, Florida! Interact with educational displays, witness bats in their captivating habitats, and understand their crucial role in our ecosystem.

When: October 21, 2023

Downtown Arts Festival

Indulge your artistic senses at the Downtown Arts Festival! Stroll through Downtown Gainesville and explore one of the myriad musical performances while exploring the local art-laden stalls, appreciate live artistic performances, and ignite your creativity through immersive workshops. Kids can craft their artistic creations, delight in puppetry, and enjoy face-painting fun.

When: November 18 – 19, 2023

Rodger's Farm Fall Festival

Embrace the ultimate fun and entertainment at the Rodger's Farm Fall Festival! Navigate enchanting corn mazes with a theme and map, enjoy delightful hayrides, and handpick your autumnal pumpkin. Are you ready for family fun, spooky trails, thrilling corn maze?

When: September 30 - October 29, 2023

Plan Your Perfect Fall Getaway at Hotel ELEO

Stay in the heart of Gator Country at Hotel ELEO, located on the University of Florida Campus in Gainesville. Enjoy a relaxed retreat in our contemporary rooms and suites, close to the best upcoming fall festivals. Explore our exclusive specials and offers to save on your next vacation.

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