Downtown Gainesville

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Need help finding your way through Downtown Gainesville? Check out our awesome Downtown Map and the City of Gainesville’s WeGo service!

Downtown Spotlights

Step into the iconic charm of Gainesville, Georgia’s newly renovated Historic City Hall!

Use Main Street Money at participating locations in the historic district— there is truly something for everyone!

Join us on Saturday, March 23, 2024 for Mutts on Main, where downtown goes to the dogs!

Upcoming Events

Save the date, or rather save the DATES because Gainesville’s calendar is filled with exciting events. Join us for annual events such as the Chicken Festival, Jingle Mingle, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, First Fridays, Beach Bash, Food Truck Fridays and more!

April 18, 2024 2024 Art Walk – Historic Gainesville
Join Downtown Gainesville for their second annual Art Walk!
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April 19, 2024 Evenings of Intimate Jazz: The Roman Street Quartet – The Arts Council
Join the Arts Council for their Evenings of Intimate Jazz live music series!
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April 19, 2024 Relay For Life of Hall County: Block Party – Downtown Gainesville Square
Join Relay for Life of Hall County for a night of celebration for Cancer Survivors,…
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April 19, 2024 Live Music: Sara Evans – Boot Barn Hall
Enjoy live music from singer songwriter Sarah Evans at Boot Barn Hall!
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April 20, 2024 Art As Therapy – Quinlan Visual Arts Center
A class on design and doodling that can offer relaxation and mindfulness with the Quinlan…
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April 20, 2024 Waterfest 2024 – Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Join Chattahoochee Riverkeeper on the Midland Greenway for their second annual Waterfest!
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We're just three weeks away from our FIRST First Friday Concert in Downtown Gainesville!

Join us for our free summer concert series, our first concert on Friday, May 3rd featuHot FlashFlash 80's Band!

Come downtown for happy hour and shopping to enjoy the music of Gregg Erwin from 4-6pm, setting the atmosphere for a great evening downtown.

Set up your chairs/blankets starting at 6pm. Grab a bite and a beverage downtown or at a vendor in the park!

The concert will start at 7pm with non-stop fun on the square until 10pm!

Thank you to Hasty Pope for being our Featured Series Sponsor this year.

All Parking Decks are FREE in Gainesville!
Main Street Parking Deck, 301 Main St.
Hall County Parking Facility, 225 Green St.
North Parking Deck: 130 Main Street.

For vendor, sponsor, and general information, visit our website: www.exploregainesville.org/first-friday-c#gvlgas#downtowngainesvillegan#gainesvillegan#FirstFridaysr#CommunityLifem#ShopSmall##eatlocal Hasty PopeHExplore Gainesvilleainesville
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Were just three weeks away from our FIRST First Friday Concert in Downtown Gainesville! 

Join us for our free summer concert series, our first concert on Friday, May 3rd featuring Hot Flash 80s Band! 

Come downtown for happy hour and shopping to enjoy the music of Gregg Erwin from 4-6pm, setting the atmosphere for a great evening downtown.

Set up your chairs/blankets starting at 6pm. Grab a bite and a beverage downtown or at a vendor in the park!

The concert will start at 7pm with non-stop fun on the square until 10pm! 

Thank you to Hasty Pope for being our Featured Series Sponsor this year.

All Parking Decks are FREE in Gainesville!
Main Street Parking Deck, 301 Main St.
Hall County Parking Facility, 225 Green St.
North Parking Deck: 130 Main Street.

For vendor, sponsor, and general information, visit our website: https://www.exploregainesville.org/first-friday-concerts/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #firstfridays #communitylife #shopsmall #eatlocal Hasty Pope Explore GainesvilleImage attachment

We are just one week away from the 2nd Annual Art Walk on Thursday, April 18th, 2024!

Experience the vast creative culture in Gainesville while you discover local galleries, local artists, and pop-up art shows in various downtown business storefronts. This FREE event offers you the opportunity to buy original art, dine in outstanding restaurants, and shop in unique boutiques!

Learn More: www.exploregainesville.org/art-walk/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #artwalk #shopsmall #supportlocal #supportsmallbusinesses The Purple House Gallery Celestial Studios GALLERY on the SQUARE Vision 2030 Public Art OCC Antiques & Interiors – "Out of the Cedar Chest" The Arts Council Quinlan Visual Arts Center Caroline Nix Gallery Brenau University Galleries
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We are just one week away from the 2nd Annual Art Walk on Thursday, April 18th, 2024! 

Experience the vast creative culture in Gainesville while you discover local galleries, local artists, and pop-up art shows in various downtown business storefronts. This FREE event offers you the opportunity to buy original art, dine in outstanding restaurants, and shop in unique boutiques!

Learn More: https://www.exploregainesville.org/art-walk/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #artwalk #shopsmall #supportlocal #supportsmallbusinesses  The Purple House Gallery Celestial Studios GALLERY on the SQUARE Vision 2030 Public Art OCC Antiques & Interiors - Out of the Cedar Chest The Arts Council Quinlan Visual Arts Center Caroline Nix Gallery Brenau University Galleries

Join the City of Gainesville in celebrating Georgia Cities Week April 21-27 by attending an open house at the newly renovated Historic Gainesville City Hall!

This iconic landmark marries timeless elegance with modern sophistication. Originally constructed in 1937, the building stands as a testament to the City’s rich heritage, showcasing beautiful architecture and meticulous detailing.

The City invites guests to immerse themselves in a unique fusion of past and present from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at 117 Jesse Jewell Parkway in downtown Gainesville. The event is open to the public – anyone is welcome to attend! Light refreshments will be served.

This carefully restored space provides an exquisite backdrop for small gatherings, evening events, and corporate retreats, offering a captivating setting where history and celebration seamlessly intertwine. If seeking out one of Gainesville’s premier event venues, prepare to create unforgettable memories in this beautifully preserved gem, where the legacy of Gainesville comes to life in every event hosted within its storied walls.

For more information about Historic Gainesville City Hall, please visit www.exploregainesville.org/historic-city-hall/.

Learn More: www.facebook.com/events/1123160208821922
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Join the City of Gainesville in celebrating Georgia Cities Week April 21-27 by attending an open house at the newly renovated Historic Gainesville City Hall!

This iconic landmark marries timeless elegance with modern sophistication. Originally constructed in 1937, the building stands as a testament to the City’s rich heritage, showcasing beautiful architecture and meticulous detailing.

The City invites guests to immerse themselves in a unique fusion of past and present from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at 117 Jesse Jewell Parkway in downtown Gainesville. The event is open to the public – anyone is welcome to attend! Light refreshments will be served.

This carefully restored space provides an exquisite backdrop for small gatherings, evening events, and corporate retreats, offering a captivating setting where history and celebration seamlessly intertwine. If seeking out one of Gainesville’s premier event venues, prepare to create unforgettable memories in this beautifully preserved gem, where the legacy of Gainesville comes to life in every event hosted within its storied walls.

For more information about Historic Gainesville City Hall, please visit https://www.exploregainesville.org/historic-city-hall/.

Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/events/1123160208821922

It's Mural Monday!

Featured Mural: Good People of Gainesville
Address: 120 Bradford Street

The Good People of Gainesville Mural Artist, Louis Hokayem, said it all started with a mural inspired by conversations he had with his grandmother about her experience as a survivor of one of the deadliest tornados in US history that swept through Gainesville, Georgia in April 1936, this month marking the 88th anniversary of the tornados.

President Roosevelt sent Federal aid to help our community rebuild, and he came in 1938 to re-dedicate the newly built Courthouse and City Hall that's still standing today. During his address, he is quoted addressing the "Good People of Gainesville" for their spirit of perseverance.

Just as citizens in the 1930s overcame that devastation to build a better city for future generations, the purpose of the "Good People of Gainesville" brand is to launch collaborative projects that help the community and shine a light on the amazing individuals and families that developed his hometown.

You can purchase a Good People of Gainesville T-shirt while supplies last for $20 at the Visitor's Center at 300 Henry Ward Way, M-F, 8am-5pm.

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega
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Its Mural Monday! 

Featured Mural: Good People of Gainesville
Address: 120 Bradford Street
 
The Good People of Gainesville Mural Artist, Louis Hokayem, said it all started with a mural inspired by conversations he had with his grandmother about her experience as a survivor of one of the deadliest tornados in US history that swept through Gainesville, Georgia in April 1936, this month marking the 88th anniversary of the tornados.

President Roosevelt sent Federal aid to help our community rebuild, and he came in 1938 to re-dedicate the newly built Courthouse and City Hall thats still standing today. During his address, he is quoted addressing the Good People of Gainesville for their spirit of perseverance. 

Just as citizens in the 1930s overcame that devastation to build a better city for future generations, the purpose of the Good People of Gainesville brand is to launch collaborative projects that help the community and shine a light on the amazing individuals and families that developed his hometown. 

You can purchase a Good People of Gainesville T-shirt while supplies last for $20 at the Visitors Center at 300 Henry Ward Way, M-F, 8am-5pm.

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillegaImage attachmentImage attachment

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Art Walk, slated for Thursday, April 18th, 2024!

Experience the vast creative culture in Gainesville while you discover local galleries, local artists, and pop-up art shows in various downtown business storefronts. This FREE event offers you the opportunity to buy original art, dine in outstanding restaurants, and shop in unique boutiques!

This year's map and event handout are coming soon!

Learn More: www.exploregainesville.org/art-walk/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #artwalk #shopsmall #supportlocal #supportsmallbusinesses The Purple House Gallery Celestial Studios GALLERY on the SQUARE Vision 2030 Public Art OCC Antiques & Interiors – "Out of the Cedar Chest" The Arts Council Quinlan Visual Arts Center Caroline Nix Gallery Brenau University Galleries
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Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Art Walk, slated for Thursday, April 18th, 2024! 

Experience the vast creative culture in Gainesville while you discover local galleries, local artists, and pop-up art shows in various downtown business storefronts. This FREE event offers you the opportunity to buy original art, dine in outstanding restaurants, and shop in unique boutiques!

This years map and event handout are coming soon!

Learn More: https://www.exploregainesville.org/art-walk/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #artwalk #shopsmall #supportlocal #supportsmallbusinesses  The Purple House Gallery Celestial Studios GALLERY on the SQUARE Vision 2030 Public Art OCC Antiques & Interiors - Out of the Cedar Chest The Arts Council Quinlan Visual Arts Center Caroline Nix Gallery Brenau University Galleries

Today marks the 88th anniversary of the Gainesville tornado. Here are some highlights from Access WDUN's article, linked below:

On April 6, 1936, the fifth deadliest tornadoes in United States history hit the City of Gainesville, killing 203 people, and injuring 1,600. It consisted of two main funnel clouds which damaged the downtown square, and a third which damaged the Brenau University campus. Approximately 750 homes were destroyed in the city and 254 were severely damaged. The power grid, water system, and communications systems were completely disrupted. Two key local government facilities were destroyed – the Gainesville City Hall and the Hall County Courthouse.

However, the recovery poised Gainesville for a renaissance: the latest most up-to-date water systems, telephone systems, fire engines, and early warning systems were installed.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a trip to Gainesville in the aftermath of the storm, and 2 years later in 1938, where he would dedicate the new civic buildings.

"Good people of Gainesville" slogan was birthed out of his 1938 speech, and the Roosevelt Square still named in his honor today.

Read more / watch the video from the 75th anniversary of the Tornado:
https://accesswdun.com/article/2021/4/994788/remembering-the-gainesville-tornadoes-of-1936

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #tornadoof1936 #gainesvillehistory #goodpeopleofgainesville WDUN Accesswdun Access WDUN Explore Gainesville City of Gainesville, Georgia
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Today marks the 88th anniversary of the Gainesville tornado. Here are some highlights from Access WDUNs article, linked below:

On April 6, 1936, the fifth deadliest tornadoes in United States history hit the City of Gainesville, killing 203 people, and injuring 1,600. It consisted of two main funnel clouds which damaged the downtown square, and a third which damaged the Brenau University campus. Approximately 750 homes were destroyed in the city and 254 were severely damaged. The power grid, water system, and communications systems were completely disrupted. Two key local government facilities were destroyed – the Gainesville City Hall and the Hall County Courthouse.

However, the recovery poised Gainesville for a renaissance: the latest most up-to-date water systems, telephone systems, fire engines, and early warning systems were installed.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a trip to Gainesville in the aftermath of the storm, and 2 years later in 1938, where he would dedicate the new civic buildings. 

Good people of Gainesville slogan was birthed out of his 1938 speech, and the Roosevelt Square still named in his honor today.

Read more / watch the video from the 75th anniversary of the Tornado:
https://accesswdun.com/article/2021/4/994788/remembering-the-gainesville-tornadoes-of-1936

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #tornadoof1936 #gainesvillehistory #goodpeopleofgainesville WDUN Accesswdun Access WDUN Explore Gainesville City of Gainesville, GeorgiaImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment
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