What are First Fridays?

They are a great family, fun and FREE event that take place on the Downtown Square! Bring your chairs, your blankets and find a spot on the grassy areas or sidewalks/benches to enjoy a great night of music. During First Fridays you can purchase beer/wine from our downtown restaurants/growlers and you can walk around the Square with your beer/wine in the cup and wristband provided when you purchase your beverage. Grab a bite to eat or get a bite to go at one of our incredible restaurants and do some shopping too. 

May 1- Dave Anderson and The Shadetree Smugglers- R&B, rock and a little bit of everything! 

June 5- The 80ators-80's and classics. We will be going back in time to enjoy the stylings of the 70's and 80's. 

July 10- Downtown BEACH PARTY featuring the Alligator Hat Band! Join us for a BEACH PARTY including beach balls, tiki torches great music, dancing and more! Limbo anyone?

August 7- Get ready to party with the famous FLY BETTY BAND! They will have you dancing with today's hits!


Thank goodness it's First Friday! First Friday on Gainesville’s Historic Downtown Square is a fun-filled way to kick-off your weekend.

Be sure to bring a blanket or chair and find a spot on the Square to enjoy the concert. First Friday features a showcase of muscial talent from 7pm-10pm.

No one wants to cook on Friday! Dine in one of our 10 Downtown Restaurants! Each restaurant provides a relaxed atmosphere. Sit outside and listen to music, see artists and enjoy Gainesville’s finest delicacies! On First Friday only, patrons can walk around with their beverage in the designated downtown area. Just ask for a wristband from the participating downtown restaurants.

Bring your friends and family and enjoy Gainesville’s finest after a long, hard week at work!