Main Street Gainesville

Main Street America Accredited

Main Street Gainesville is an organization of people who care about preserving and improving the heartbeat of downtown Gainesville! Businesses, residents, property owners and non-profits are all welcome to join the vibrant community we're building in the historic district of Gainesville, Georgia.

Georgia Main Street

 

Economic Activity

Main Street Gainesville is a division of the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) that focuses on economic activity in Historic Downtown Gainesville. This program is sanctioned by Main Street America and Georgia Main Street and implements the standard Four-Point Approach used by Main Street programs all over the country.

Four Points Defined
Transformation Strategies

Main Street Advisory Board

Learn more about the Main Street Advisory Board.

Membership

Main Street Gainesville members benefit from the visitors and businesses that the program attracts downtown. Members also have the opportunity to apply for a Façade Grant and Event Grant as part of our downtown revitalization efforts. Learn more about the additional member benefits.

2023 Membership Gatherings and Events: 

  • January 11- Main Street Celebration, 10am, Carroll Daniel Construction
  • February 8- Main Street Connections, 9am, Location: Main Street Market 
  • February 21- Main Street Advisory Board Lunch Retreat, 12pm
  • March 14- Promotions Committee Meeting, Main Street Market, 10am
  • March 15- Design Committee Meeting, Purchase Effect, 3pm
  • March 17- Saint Patrick's Day Events at Tap It Growlers and Downtown Drafts
  • March 25- Mutts on Main Dog Expo + Sidewalk Sale
  • March 29- Art Walk Committee Meeting, 3:30pm, Tourism Office
  • April 1- Easter Egg Hunt, Midland Greenway, Hosted by Parks and Rec
  • April 11- Main Street Connections, 4pm, The Remedy Distillery
  • April 18- Main Street Advisory Board Meeting, 1pm, 300 Henry Ward Way
  • April 20- Downtown Art Walk, 4-8pm, Historic Gainesville
  • April 30- Skate the City, 1-4pm, Highlands to Islands Trail, Midland Greenway
  • May 3- Blue Sky Concert, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Historic Gainesville Square
  • May 5- First Friday on the Square, 7-10pm, Ziavino Salsa Band 
  • May 10- Blue Sky Concert 11:30am - 1:30pm, Roger Moore
  • May 16- Main Street Advisory Board Meeting, 1pm, 300 Henry Ward Way
  • May 17- Blue Sky Concert  11:30am - 1:30pm, Eli Hannon
  • May 24- Blue Sky Concert 11:30am - 1:30pm, Eduardo Cautino
  • May 27- Midland Music Festival (Hosted by the Gainesville Rotary Club)
  • May 29- Memorial Day Parade (Hosted by American Legion, Historic Green St)
  • May 31- Blue Sky Concert 11:30am - 1:30pm, Out Past 9 Band
  • June 2- First Friday Concert on the Square, 7-10pm, Hot Flash 80’s Band 
  • June 7- Main Street Connections, 9am, at The Stag (formerly Chopblock)
  • June 10- Solar System Trail Day, Downtown Gainesville
  • July 6- Main Street Connections Meeting, location TBD
  • July 7- First Friday Concert on the Square, 7-10pm, Backyard Loveseat
  • July 18- Main Street Advisory Board Meeting, 1pm, 300 Henry Ward Way
  • July 22- Water Trail Trek Day (Longwood Park, Tourism + Parks and Rec, TBD)
  • July 27- 3:30pm Christmas on Green Street Committee Meeting, TBD
  • August 2- Promotions Committee Meeting, TBD
  • August 4- First Friday Concert on the Square, 7-10pm, Mixed Tape
  • August TBD- Tiger Takeover, Brenau Welcome Week
  • September 1- First Friday Concert on the Square, 7-10pm, Six Foot Ramblers
  • September 6- Main Street Connections Meeting, 9am, Location TBD
  • September 16- Latino Fest, hosted by the Hispanic Alliance, Midland Greenway
  • September 19- Main Street Advisory Board Meeting, 1pm, 300 Henry Ward Way
  • September 21- Christmas on Green Street Committee Meeting, 3:30pm
  • October TBD: Oktoberfest, The Arts Council and Tap it Growlers
  • October 13-15- Mule Camp Market: Midtown Greenway (hosted by the Gainesville Jaycees)
  • October 13-14- Fall Sidewalk Sale
  • October 17- Main Street Advisory Board Meeting, 1pm, 300 Henry Ward Way
  • October 21- Gainesville Chicken Festival, Lake Lanier Olympic Park
  • October 17 -31- Squarecrow Contest on the Square
  • TBD- Adult Halloween, Bradford Street on the Square
  • October 29- Trick or Treat on the Trail (3-5pm, hosted by Parks and Rec, Midland Greenway)
  • October 31- 4-8pm, Trick Or Treat on the Square
  • November 8- Main Street Connections, 9am, Preparing for Small Business Saturday with Georgia SBDC, Location TBD
  • November 18- 4-8pm, Jingle Mingle and the Lighting of the Chicken
  • November 21- Main Street Advisory Board Meeting, 1pm, 300 Henry Ward Way
  • November 25- Small Business Saturday on the Square
  • November 30- Christmas on Green Street Committee Meeting, 3:30pm
  • December TBD: Holly Jolly Trolley Tours
  • December 3- Christmas on Green Street, Parade and Open House Event
  • TBD- Chanukah Celebration on the Square, hosted by Chabad of Hall County

Want to be on our email list for details about events coming up?

Contact Nicole Parham, Main Street Manager, at mainstreet@gainesvillega.gov

Heritage Members

Business Members

Friend of Main Street Members

Strategic Planning

The City of Gainesville embarked on a strategic planning process for historic downtown in 2015 that involved extensive community input. Voices throughout Gainesville recognized the unique assets that define downtown. Building on these strengths, community members envision a walkable, connected downtown that preserves the rich heritage and character of Gainesville's past while embracing a vibrant future. Read the Downtown Master Plan (PDF), which integrates this community vision to create a road map for the future of Downtown. (This document is large, please allow a few minutes for it to load to your browser.)

Fun Facts

There are over 50 businesses just downtown. Move out a block or two each way and you will be in the hundreds!