Alachua County

Alachua County is located in North Florida, 85 miles from the Georgia state line, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Alachua County was established in 1824 from a portion of St. Johns County and named for a Spanish ranch existing in the vicinity in 1680. The name comes from a Seminole Indian word meaning "sink" and possibly was named for a large sinkhole in Paynes Prairie. 

Alachua County was established in 1824 from a portion of St. Johns County and named for a Spanish ranch existing in the vicinity in 1680. Two derivations have been proposed for the name: La ("the" in Spanish) and Chua ("sink" in Seminole) and Luchuwa ("jug" in Seminole). The name possibly comes from a large sinkhole in Paynes Prairie.

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Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium popularly known as "The Swamp" is located at the University of Florida in Gainesville Florida. Home to the universities Florida Gators football team and hosts other university events throughout the year as well as high school football playoffs. With a seating capacity of 88,548, The Swamp is the 12th largest stadium in American college football. 

December 1 - 2, 2018

Location: Downtown Gainesville, Florida

Come out to historic downtown Gainesville for a celebration of art and creativity, live music, performing arts and great food. 

January 27 - 28 & February 2 - 4

Location: Alachua County Fairgrounds

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is a great way to feel like you are in a different time. The entire fairgrounds become a bustling medieval marketplace. You will also find jousting knights, living chess boards, delicious food, and other fun activities for the whole family.

April 21, 2018

Location: Alachua County Fairgrounds, Gainesville

Sample beers from various local, regional and national breweries along with some of the best food and cuisine from local restaurants and caterers. This festival showcases local Florida craft breweries and brewpubs, offers beer seminars and homebrewing demonstrations.

October 27 - 28, 2018

Location: Cholokka Boulevard, Micanopy, Florida

Fall festival with the true Florida small town traditions. Local artists, crafters, musicians, and lots of activities for the whole family. 

May 19, 2018

Location: The new Country Way Town Square, Newberry, Florida

Newberry Watermelon Festival features a pageant, parade, entertainment, food and of course, watermelon! 

March 24 - 25, 2018

Location: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville

This festival is the most popular gardening event in Gainesville! Check it out for tons of vendors offering all kinds of colorful plants you can add to your own garden! Here you will also find other supplies and accessories for your garden, live entertainment, delicious, and a children's activity area.

October 24 - 25, 2018 (Ybor City)

October 26 - 28, 2018 (Gainesville)

Location: Gainesville, Florida; Ybor City, Tampa, Florida

Join this predominantly Punk Rock festival for both the main festival in Gainesville and the Pre-Fest in Ybor City (transportation available), or you can choose one or the other. Either way, this is one of Florida's best way to experience music up close and personal!


May 13, 2017

Location: Windsor, Florida

Every spring to celebrate the crop of zucchini's and to benefit the volunteer fire department, Windsor

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The Alachua County Library District has 12 branches located in Alachua, High Springs, Newberry, Archer, Micanopy, Hawthorne, Waldo, and Gainesville. Five branches are located in Gainesville including the Headquarters, which is the largest library. The district also has two bookmobiles, which bring books to other locations throughout the county.

Center for Gifted and Talented Studies Magnet School

Academy of Technology & Gifted Studies Magnet School

City College is a Florida college with locations in Altamonte Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Hollywood, and Miami. It offers associates and bachelors degrees in the fields of business, heath, and legal/justice.

Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine is a school in Gainesville that trains students in the field of acupuncture and other oriental medicine practices.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB) Magnet School

The Cambridge Program Magnet School

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The Hippodrome is a cultural center in Gainesville. It puts on many mainstage theater shows as well as a classic film series and a gallery space for local artists.

Our low student-teacher ratio, one-to-one and small group instruction, and complete Montessori curriculum enable children to have a self-paced, individualized program. Hands-on materials enhance visual and kinesthetic learning, while independence and self-discipline develop through the classroom dynamics. 

Oak Hall School is an independent, college-preparatory school serving approximately 770 students in grades pre-K through 12. 

Center for Advanced Academics & Technology Magnet School

Professional Academics Magnet

Center for Fine Arts Magnet School

CCH offers fellowship, encouragement, and academic enrichment for over 40 homeschooling families in Alachua County and surrounding areas.