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  • Atlanta Botanical Garden

    Enjoy a walk through the gardens, Wine in the Woodlands events and outdoor concerts!

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  • Lake Lanier Olympic Park

    Home of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games where the Legacy Continues and Champions Grow.

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  • Chattahoochee Golf Course

    "Chattahoochee Golf Course is consistently one of the best public courses that I have ever played..." - Gary Palmer

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  • Northeast Georgia History Center

    Travel back in time over 150 years and experience history in a new way!

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Located on the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier and at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville, Georgia is the tourism and economic center of Northeast Georgia. The city sits halfway between the Appalachian Mountains and the urban city center of Atlanta. Also known as a City of Excellence, Gainesville is home to over 42,000 people.


Gainesville's Nicknames

Gainesville has earned many nicknames over the years because of its’ valuable location and because of its people. The most notable are Queen City of the Mountains and the Poultry Capital. The most recent and honorable designation came following the 1996 Olympics. An NBC broadcaster covering the Rowing/Kayaking event referred to Gainesville as the Hospitality Capital of the World.

Calendar of Events

We love to connect our community and share events around Gainesville. If you would like to add your event to the City of Gainesville’s Calendar of Events, please fill out the following form and submit. Thank you for making Gainesville a great community to live.

Calendar of Events Form

What makes Gainesville unique?

In Gainesville, you can...

  1. Walk through the solar system
  2. Touch a real tornado (click here)
  3. Fly a plane at a hands on children’s museum (click here)
  4. Enjoy a burger at a classic 1947 diner (click here)
  5. Play a round of golf on the lake at the Chattahoochee Golf Course
  6. Learn to row & paddle where Olympians train (click here & here)
  7. Stroll tree lined streets, charming cafes & modern boutiques
  8. Splash around in an outdoor fun zone (click here)
  9. See where southern fried chicken was invented
  10. Relive the past of an African American pioneer in education (click here)
  11. Relax with an evening of intimate jazz (click here)
  12. Experience a Hong Kong Dragonboat Festival (click here)
  13. Watch theater doors open into new worlds, new people and new ideas (click here)
  14. Taste chicken 47 different ways at GA’s official chicken cook-off
  15. Riverside Military Academy - where leadership comes to life (click here)