A Festive and Colorful Place in the Fall

(Gainesville, Fla.) August 8, 2012Visitors should pack their bags and prepare to fall in love with Gainesville and all its colors this autumn. In this college town football is king, but orange and blue won’t be the only colors lining the streets of Gainesville this fall. Gainesville is home to a variety of exciting fall events such as corn mazes, art exhibits, fall celebrations, bat festival and concerts.

Not only will the leaves change colors in the fall, but so will the trunks of 15 trees. Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos will be painting trees blue using environmentally-safe and non-toxic, mineral-based paint as a way to address “tree blindness.” Blue Trees will appear throughout the University of Florida campus in October to increase awareness of environmental sustainability issues. The famed tree collection will be on campus for 9-12 months, and will be featured in the City of Gainesville’s Cell Phone Tour program.

Those interested in exploring life on the farm, Coon Hollow Corn Maze offers a 5 acre corn maze, hay rides across the farm, train rides, cow feedings and other farm themed games from Oct. 5 - Nov. 4. A farmyard playground with rides on bucking barrels, tire swing and antique farm equipment is great for young visitors.

Toes will be tapping at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Friday nights from 8p.m. to 10 p.m. as the Free Concert Series finishes up it’s schedule on Oct. 5 with The Relics: Woodstock Tribute Band, and Oct. 12 with the UF School of Music Ensembles: World Music/Jazz Combo/Sunshine Steelers Steel Band. The music continues on Oct. 13 with the Downtown Blues Concert, a display of sultry sounds and electric notes, by the North Central Florida Blues Society.

The historic streets of downtown will burst with color on Oct. 13 - 14 during the Downtown Art Show & Festival. One of the one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals, features original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics, vivid photography and live music from more than 250 artists.

If guests are in town cheering for the Gators, THE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS Through the Lens of the Gainesville Sun exhibit will have to be on their list of things to do. Fans will relive the memories of Gator championships as they explore 50 of the paper’s finest photographs documenting the University of Florida’s 3 National Championship Football Seasons on display at the Historic Thomas Center from Oct. 5 - Jan. 5.

Voted one of the top 20 events by Southeast Tourism Society, the Micanopy Fall Harvest is also great way to celebrate Florida’s flair. Talent of local and visiting artists, crafters and musicians are displayed from Oct. 20 - 21. Along with the 200 displays of arts and crafts, the main stage plays host to a variety of concerts as well as an auction. Micanopy is a perfect setting for this event, nicknamed the town that time forgot and where the movie Doc Hollywood was filmed.

Another great time to begin a colorful weekend getaway is on the last Friday of the month, Oct. 26. ArtWalk, a free event, features the talents of local artists. Guests can also visit diverse venues housing live music, artists and artwork as they experience Gainesville’s unique culture.

Lubee Bat Conservancy’s 8th Annual Florida Bat Festival on Oct. 27 celebrates one of the fall’s most notorious animal species. The conservancy, a non-profit organization, houses the largest collection of fruit bats in the world, and works with global conservation partners to protect at-risk species of bats. Visitors will be able to see some of the largest species of bats face-to-face as they enjoy the event’s free activities including bat-themed crafts and games for kids, educational exhibits, presentations by bat experts and live fruit bats. The conservancy is only open to the public one day each year, so make sure to mark your calendar now. All proceeds of the festival help support bat conservation and education programs.

For a brilliant getaway, add one of the colorful events and mix it with one Gainesville’s other remarkable sites including: the Florida Museum of Natural History, with one of the largest Lepidoptera collections in the world or the Harn Museum of Art, the largest university owned art museum and home to a new Asian Wing or Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, the second largest and most diverse botanical garden in the state.

Stay downtown at the Hampton Inn or in one of the four historic bed and breakfasts, and experience the unique culture that sets Gainesville apart from other cities. When you’re hungry, walk to one of the area’s fantastic restaurants like Dragonfly Sushi, Emiliano’s Café or Manuel’s Vintage Room for a delicious meal. Attend our fall festivities, and discover what makes Gainesville such a great place to visit.

VisitGainesville is the official tourism sales and marketing organization for Gainesville an dAlachua County. Gainesville is located in North Central Florida between two of Florida’s main thoroughfares, Interstate 75 and US Highway 441, is equidistant from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean just two hours north of Orlando and 1-1/2 hours south of Jacksonville. www.visitgainesville.com


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