Spend Game Day in Gainesville and Cheer On Your Favorite Team

Welcome, football fans!

Football on kicking tee at The Swamp at The University of Florida
“The Swamp” at The University of Florida by Tim Casey

Enjoy your stay and fill your weekend with fun things to do in Gainesville and Alachua County.

Upcoming 2023 Gators Football home schedule:

Tennessee (Championship Reunion Weekend)
September 16, 7 p.m.

Charlotte (Tom Petty Day)
September 23, 7 p.m.

Vanderbilt (Homecoming)
October 7

Arkansas (Saluting Those Who Serve)
November 4

Florida State (Sunshine State Showdown)
November 25

Weekend Events and Things to Do

Signup with your email to get our What’s Good Guide of Weekly Events delivered to your inbox. Plan your weekend with events and festivals, live music, craft breweries, museums and more. View this weekends What’s Good guide and make the most of your game day weekend.

Go Behind-the-Scenes with “Tom Petty: Among the Wildflowers” at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Open Now through December 31, Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Laugh the Whole Way Through POTUS with All the President’s Women at the Hippodrome Theatre
Friday, September 8 – Sunday, October 1

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the 8-Day Gainesville Latino Film Festival
Thursday, September 14 – Sunday, September 24

Museum Nights Noche de Museo at the Harn Museum of Art
Thursday, September 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Entertainer and Stuntman Steve-O at UF Phillips Center
Sunday, September 17, 7 p.m.

Circuspalooza with Gainesville Circus Center at UF Phillips Center
Friday, September 22 – Saturday, September 23, 7 p.m.

Stand-Up Comedian Daniel Tosh at UF Phillips Center
Monday, September 25, 8 p.m.

Bored Teachers Comedy Tour at UF Phillips Center
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.

Bluegrass with Steep Canyon Rangers at UF Phillips Center
Monday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.

View Florida Gators schedules for Volleyball, Soccer and Women’s Basketball at

Explore the Sippin’ Seven Alachua County Ale Trail

sippin seven pint glasses

Sign up for free to the Sippin’ Seven Alachua County Ale Trail and earn points by checking in at local craft breweries.

Splash Into Local Freshwater Springs

tubing at the springs

Discover crystal-clear water flowing from underground at 72 degrees year-round. North Florida is home to hundreds of freshwater springs and the largest collection of First Magnitude springs in the United States.

Explore the Great Indoors

a florida legacy at harn museum

Make cool escapes in Gainesville and Alachua County at local museums and gallery exhibits. Beat the heat and make discoveries at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Butterfly Rainforest and Harn Museum of Art, all located next door to each other at the UF Cultural Plaza. 

FREE Things to Do

Harn Museum of Art

Have fun without breaking the bank. Explore our collection of FREE and activities and destinations in Gainesville and Alachua County.

Across from Lake Alice at sunset, see hundreds of thousands of bats take flight from the UF Bat Houses.

Explore over 100 miles of trails, including the paved 16-mile multi-purpose path on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail, hiking trails at Morningside Nature Center and walking, equestrian and cycling trails at Turkey Creek Preserve.

Make a trip to historic small towns like Micanopy, Alachua and High Springs. Browse galleries, boutiques and antique shops. Relax and feel refreshed at a local cafe or restaurant.

Drive-Worthy Dining

variety of food

From food trucks and craft breweries to farm-to-table dinners and fine dining, you can treat your taste buds with delectable culinary options. Browse our listings of restaurants, bakeries, cafes and more online.

Game Day Information

sign describing gatorade's birthplace

Plan ahead with the Florida Gators Football Game Day Guide, and get details including mobile ticketing, parking and shuttles, pre-game events, tailgating and more.

Get the “Visit the SEC” Digital Pass and Earn Prizes

Football season is the perfect time for the best fans in the country to get rewarded for visiting their favorite SEC cities! Use your Visit the SEC pass to check in at the top restaurants, shopping and attractions in your favorite college towns. Learn more and get your pass for free.

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