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First Friday Concerts continue ON THE SQUARE in Historic Downtown Gainesville!

Join us every Wednesday in July from 6-9pm for Gainesville’s Hot Summer Nights on the Historic Downtown Square!

The Downtown Dining Trolley is BACK, running this summer Thursday-Saturday in Downtown Gainesville!

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!

July 17, 2024 Author Event: Allie Millington – The Storybook Market
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July 17, 2024 Hot Summer Nights Concerts – Downtown Gainesville
Join us every Wednesday in July from 6-9pm for Gainesville’s Hot Summer Nights on the…
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July 18, 2024 Open Mic Night – Blackstrap Rock Hall
Join us at Blackstrap Rock Hall every Thursday in July for Open Mic Night!
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July 18, 2024 Country Karaoke Night – Big Daddy’s Honkytonk
Sing your heart out at Country Karaoke Nights at Big Daddy’s Honkytonk!
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July 19, 2024 Live Music: The Lacs – Boot Barn Hall
Collectively as the LACS, Baxley, Georgia’s renegade redneck rap duo Clay Sharpe and Brian King…
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July 19, 2024 Live Music: Josh Hamilton Solo – Big Daddy’s Honkytonk
Every Friday and Saturday Night we are bringing the best local country artists to the…
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We are just three days away from our next Hot Summer Nights event on the Historic Gainesville Square!

Join us every Wednesday in July from 6-9pm for Gainesville’s Hot Summer Nights.

Hot Summer nights are all about celebrating our hometown, with homegrown fun! As the sun goes down, head downtown for dinner, shopping, and live music. If you want to hang out for a while, plan to bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets or snag a spot on a bench in the park.

From 6-9 pm, enjoy local Gainesville vendors along with a local charity that we’ll be supporting/celebrating for the evening!

From 7-9 pm, the Gainesville Micro Music festival will provide music from local North Georgia Artists. The ‘Gainesville Micro Music Festival®’ is hosted by a hometown musician and production artist, David Craver. David has trademarked a unique, vetted style of an Open Mic Night for communities around the Atlanta Area. We’re thrilled to feature North Georgia artists during our Hot Summer Nights event.

Learn More: www.facebook.com/events/330824133376620
Website: www.exploregainesville.org/hot-summer-nights/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #livelocal #localmusic #eatlocal #playlocal #shopsmall
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We are just three days away from our next Hot Summer Nights event on the Historic Gainesville Square! 

Join us every Wednesday in July from 6-9pm for Gainesville’s Hot Summer Nights.

Hot Summer nights are all about celebrating our hometown, with homegrown fun! As the sun goes down, head downtown for dinner, shopping, and live music. If you want to hang out for a while, plan to bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets or snag a spot on a bench in the park.

From 6-9 pm, enjoy local Gainesville vendors along with a local charity that we’ll be supporting/celebrating for the evening!

From 7-9 pm, the Gainesville Micro Music festival will provide music from local North Georgia Artists. The ‘Gainesville Micro Music Festival®’ is hosted by a hometown musician and production artist, David Craver. David has trademarked a unique, vetted style of an Open Mic Night for communities around the Atlanta Area. We’re thrilled to feature North Georgia artists during our Hot Summer Nights event.

Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/events/330824133376620
Website: https://www.exploregainesville.org/hot-summer-nights/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #livelocal #localmusic #eatlocal #playlocal #shopsmall

We are three weeks away from our August First Friday Concert!

Join us for our free summer concert series on Friday, August 2nd featuring Fly Betty Band!

Gainesville's hometown party band has made waves through the Atlanta region, and we're ready to welcome them home right here on the Historic Downtown Square this summer. Get ready to sing and dance along to all your favorite hit songs!

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

Website: www.exploregainesville.org/first-friday-concerts/
FB Event: www.facebook.com/events/1140729830262299

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We are three weeks away from our August First Friday Concert!

Join us for our free summer concert series on Friday, August 2nd featuring Fly Betty Band!

Gainesvilles hometown party band has made waves through the Atlanta region, and were ready to welcome them home right here on the Historic Downtown Square this summer. Get ready to sing and dance along to all your favorite hit songs!

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

Website: https://www.exploregainesville.org/first-friday-concerts/
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1140729830262299

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #firstfridays #communitylife #shopsmall #eatlocal Explore Gainesville

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𝗚𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲’𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗼𝗻-𝘁𝗼-𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗻 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 ‘𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁’
𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘎𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦, 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘱𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘙𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘚𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘦

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (June 4, 2024) – Public Art Gainesville, GA (Vision 2030 Public Art) in partnership with the City of Gainesville, Georgia, isn’t “dragon” its feet on its newest public art endeavor. In fact, the organizations are “slaying” the public art game and breathing some fire into their latest efforts to have “Art Everywhere” in Gainesville, which they hope to rebrand as a popular art destination.

Public Art Gainesville, the new name for the Vision 2030 group, unveiled plans during Main Street Gainesville’s second annual Art Walk to bring interactive dragon art to Roosevelt Square in Downtown Gainesville. The dragon, the first interactive art piece to be installed downtown in years, will serve as yet another avenue to attract visitors to the historic square, which has become the hotspot for those seeking the best in restaurants, retail, entertainment and tasting rooms.

“Great communities have great art,” exclaimed Assistant City Manager Angela Sheppard. “We love the idea of the dragon as it was inspired by Gainesville’s lengthy history of hosting the Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival for the last 26 years, soon to be 27, at Lake Lanier Olympic Park (LLOP).”

As a result of hosting these dragon boat races, LLOP has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, rowers, tourists and athletes from around the world. Inspired by the cultural and historical significance of these races on Lake Lanier, Public Art Gainesville and the City set out to create a piece of interactive public art unlike any other.

“Really, the vision that we had was trying to bring a little bit of Lake Lanier to downtown Gainesville,” Sheppard said. “Of course, we're a lake community and everybody knows us as a lake community, but we really wanted to have more of that represented in our art. So we thought what a great way to do that by having this dragon.”

The installation, designed by Todd Vaught with Atlanta-based Confluence Design, will stand 14 feet, 6 inches tall and measure 30 feet long.

“The dragon – it's kind of this interesting, unique blend of art and technology,” Sheppard explained. “The dragon will come to life at certain times of the day. It will roar, it will blow some steam out of its nose as if it's breathing fire, its mouth will light up, its eyes will light up. So it'll just be this really unique experience for visitors to come and see.”

The art display is a smaller part of a larger improvements project underway on the City’s downtown campus. Under this three-phase project, the City will continue work to improve pedestrian flow, repair broken sidewalks and ensure accessibility for all. In addition to Roosevelt Square/the Brenau Plaza, the scope of the project includes improved sidewalks along Jesse Jewell Parkway between E.E. Butler Parkway and Main Street, and a redesigned entrance to the Gainesville Administration Building on the Jesse Jewell side.

For the interactive dragon art component, however, Public Art Gainesville recently kicked off its fundraising campaign, selling “500 names for $500,” which will ultimately be engraved on a set of sleek 3-foot-tall granite walls surrounding the public art piece. Donors who contribute a tax-deductible donation may secure one or more spots where they can opt to engrave an individual’s name, couple’s names, family name or business name. The opportunity to become a “Friend of the Dragon” is available to anyone and everyone until July 31. The walls themselves will be enhanced by replaceable content panels, where organizers plan to share the dragon's story, along with a permanent artwork overview plaque.

Donors have up to 34 characters (including spaces) to spotlight an individual's name, couple's names, family name or business name (ex. John Smith, John and Jane Smith, The Smith Family or The Smiths, or The Smith Company). Engravings will measure .75 inches tall and will allow donors to leave a lasting mark on the downtown cityscape.

The City hopes the dragon and its surrounding plaza will be complete by early fall 2024.

To learn more or donate to the cause, visit PublicArtGainesvilleGA.com or donorbox.org/cityofgainesvilledragon.
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𝗚𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲’𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗼𝗻-𝘁𝗼-𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗻 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 ‘𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁’
𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘎𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦, 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘱𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘙𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘚𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘦

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (June 4, 2024) – Public Art Gainesville, GA (Vision 2030 Public Art) in partnership with the City of Gainesville, Georgia, isn’t “dragon” its feet on its newest public art endeavor. In fact, the organizations are “slaying” the public art game and breathing some fire into their latest efforts to have “Art Everywhere” in Gainesville, which they hope to rebrand as a popular art destination.

Public Art Gainesville, the new name for the Vision 2030 group, unveiled plans during Main Street Gainesville’s second annual Art Walk to bring interactive dragon art to Roosevelt Square in Downtown Gainesville. The dragon, the first interactive art piece to be installed downtown in years, will serve as yet another avenue to attract visitors to the historic square, which has become the hotspot for those seeking the best in restaurants, retail, entertainment and tasting rooms.

“Great communities have great art,” exclaimed Assistant City Manager Angela Sheppard. “We love the idea of the dragon as it was inspired by Gainesville’s lengthy history of hosting the Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival for the last 26 years, soon to be 27, at Lake Lanier Olympic Park (LLOP).”

As a result of hosting these dragon boat races, LLOP has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, rowers, tourists and athletes from around the world. Inspired by the cultural and historical significance of these races on Lake Lanier, Public Art Gainesville and the City set out to create a piece of interactive public art unlike any other.

“Really, the vision that we had was trying to bring a little bit of Lake Lanier to downtown Gainesville,” Sheppard said. “Of course, were a lake community and everybody knows us as a lake community, but we really wanted to have more of that represented in our art. So we thought what a great way to do that by having this dragon.”

The installation, designed by Todd Vaught with Atlanta-based Confluence Design, will stand 14 feet, 6 inches tall and measure 30 feet long.

“The dragon – its kind of this interesting, unique blend of art and technology,” Sheppard explained. “The dragon will come to life at certain times of the day. It will roar, it will blow some steam out of its nose as if its breathing fire, its mouth will light up, its eyes will light up. So itll just be this really unique experience for visitors to come and see.”

The art display is a smaller part of a larger improvements project underway on the City’s downtown campus. Under this three-phase project, the City will continue work to improve pedestrian flow, repair broken sidewalks and ensure accessibility for all. In addition to Roosevelt Square/the Brenau Plaza, the scope of the project includes improved sidewalks along Jesse Jewell Parkway between E.E. Butler Parkway and Main Street, and a redesigned entrance to the Gainesville Administration Building on the Jesse Jewell side.

For the interactive dragon art component, however, Public Art Gainesville recently kicked off its fundraising campaign, selling “500 names for $500,” which will ultimately be engraved on a set of sleek 3-foot-tall granite walls surrounding the public art piece. Donors who contribute a tax-deductible donation may secure one or more spots where they can opt to engrave an individual’s name, couple’s names, family name or business name. The opportunity to become a “Friend of the Dragon” is available to anyone and everyone until July 31. The walls themselves will be enhanced by replaceable content panels, where organizers plan to share the dragons story, along with a permanent artwork overview plaque.

Donors have up to 34 characters (including spaces) to spotlight an individuals name, couples names, family name or business name (ex. John Smith, John and Jane Smith, The Smith Family or The Smiths, or The Smith Company). Engravings will measure .75 inches tall and will allow donors to leave a lasting mark on the downtown cityscape.

The City hopes the dragon and its surrounding plaza will be complete by early fall 2024.

To learn more or donate to the cause, visit PublicArtGainesvilleGA.com or https://donorbox.org/cityofgainesvilledragon.

Join us tonight for our 2nd Hot Summer Nights event on the Historic Gainesville Square!

Join us every Wednesday in July from 6-9pm for Gainesville’s Hot Summer Nights.

Hot Summer nights are all about celebrating our hometown, with homegrown fun! As the sun goes down, head downtown for dinner, shopping, and live music. If you want to hang out for a while, plan to bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets or snag a spot on a bench in the park.

From 6-9 pm, enjoy local Gainesville vendors along with a local charity that we’ll be supporting/celebrating for the evening!

From 7-9 pm, the Gainesville Micro Music festival will provide music from local North Georgia Artists. The ‘Gainesville Micro Music Festival®’ is hosted by a hometown musician and production artist, David Cramer. David has trademarked a unique, vetted style of an Open Mic Night for communities around the Atlanta Area. We’re thrilled to feature North Georgia artists during our Hot Summer Nights event.

Learn More: www.facebook.com/events/330824133376620
Website: www.exploregainesville.org/hot-summer-nights/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #livelocal #localmusic #eatlocal #playlocal #shopsmall
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Join us tonight for our 2nd Hot Summer Nights event on the Historic Gainesville Square! 

Join us every Wednesday in July from 6-9pm for Gainesville’s Hot Summer Nights.

Hot Summer nights are all about celebrating our hometown, with homegrown fun! As the sun goes down, head downtown for dinner, shopping, and live music. If you want to hang out for a while, plan to bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets or snag a spot on a bench in the park.

From 6-9 pm, enjoy local Gainesville vendors along with a local charity that we’ll be supporting/celebrating for the evening!

From 7-9 pm, the Gainesville Micro Music festival will provide music from local North Georgia Artists. The ‘Gainesville Micro Music Festival®’ is hosted by a hometown musician and production artist, David Cramer. David has trademarked a unique, vetted style of an Open Mic Night for communities around the Atlanta Area. We’re thrilled to feature North Georgia artists during our Hot Summer Nights event.

Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/events/330824133376620
Website: https://www.exploregainesville.org/hot-summer-nights/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #livelocal #localmusic #eatlocal #playlocal #shopsmall

Decoy Gainesville is celebrating its grand opening on July 12!

12 p.m. is the ribbon cutting ceremony and reception with complimentary light bites, beverages, and gaming until 1 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner service and live music! Their main entrance is on Brenau Avenue, by the Decoy mural. Park in the North Parking Deck located at 100 Brenau Ave NE, Gainesville, GA 30501

You may now book your table for our grand opening and future dining:
www.exploretock.com/decoy-gainesville/experience/471721/standard-reservation

Their newly renovated, 16,000-square-foot complex includes a large restaurant and 30-seat bar, golf simulators, duckpin bowling, high-tech putt-putt, live music space, and private dining. The restaurant is owned and operated by Rand and Macy Carswell, also owners of Chattahoochee Grill. We're thrilled to welcome this establishment to Downtown Gainesville!

Original post: www.facebook.com/reel/1247451432903207

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Not a great video. Would love to see more pics of the place. What time is live music??

Looks nice! So curious, are the games/bowling pay to play or is there a set fee, plus dinner?? How does it all work?

I messaged you on Facebook messenger.. can you check it when you have time. Thanks

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We are just two days away from our next Hot Summer Nights event on the Historic Gainesville Square!

Join us every Wednesday in July from 6-9pm for Gainesville’s Hot Summer Nights.

Hot Summer nights are all about celebrating our hometown, with homegrown fun! As the sun goes down, head downtown for dinner, shopping, and live music. If you want to hang out for a while, plan to bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets or snag a spot on a bench in the park.

From 6-9 pm, enjoy local Gainesville vendors along with a local charity that we’ll be supporting/celebrating for the evening!

From 7-9 pm, the Gainesville Micro Music festival will provide music from local North Georgia Artists. The ‘Gainesville Micro Music Festival®’ is hosted by a hometown musician and production artist, David Cramer. David has trademarked a unique, vetted style of an Open Mic Night for communities around the Atlanta Area. We’re thrilled to feature North Georgia artists during our Hot Summer Nights event.

Learn More: www.facebook.com/events/330824133376620
Website: www.exploregainesville.org/hot-summer-nights/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #livelocal #localmusic #eatlocal #playlocal #shopsmall
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We are just two days away from our next Hot Summer Nights event on the Historic Gainesville Square! 

Join us every Wednesday in July from 6-9pm for Gainesville’s Hot Summer Nights.

Hot Summer nights are all about celebrating our hometown, with homegrown fun! As the sun goes down, head downtown for dinner, shopping, and live music. If you want to hang out for a while, plan to bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets or snag a spot on a bench in the park.

From 6-9 pm, enjoy local Gainesville vendors along with a local charity that we’ll be supporting/celebrating for the evening!

From 7-9 pm, the Gainesville Micro Music festival will provide music from local North Georgia Artists. The ‘Gainesville Micro Music Festival®’ is hosted by a hometown musician and production artist, David Cramer. David has trademarked a unique, vetted style of an Open Mic Night for communities around the Atlanta Area. We’re thrilled to feature North Georgia artists during our Hot Summer Nights event.

Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/events/330824133376620
Website: https://www.exploregainesville.org/hot-summer-nights/

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #livelocal #localmusic #eatlocal #playlocal #shopsmallImage attachmentImage attachment

It's Mural Monday!

Location: Liberty Midland Cottages: on the corner of Grove and High Streets.

As we wrap up the 4th of July weekend, we thought it would be fun to highlight the patriotic public art that surrounds the Liberty Midland Cottages along the Midland Greenway, near NoFo Brew Co Gainesville! These townhomes boast public art that tributes to its name: the Statue of Liberty. The Norton Agency's Ncredible Properties has several "Liberty" branded neighborhoods around Gainesville, and this one boasts four large pieces of art as part of the "art everywhere" initiative of Vision 2030 Public Art. Bonus: a small tile mural in the sidewalk near one of the gates!

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #publicart #arteverywhere Explore Gainesville The Norton Agency
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Its Mural Monday!

Location: Liberty Midland Cottages: on the corner of Grove and High Streets.

As we wrap up the 4th of July weekend, we thought it would be fun to highlight the patriotic public art that surrounds the Liberty Midland Cottages along the Midland Greenway, near NoFo Brew Co Gainesville! These townhomes boast public art that tributes to its name: the Statue of Liberty. The Norton Agencys Ncredible Properties has several Liberty branded neighborhoods around Gainesville, and this one boasts four large pieces of art as part of the art everywhere initiative of Vision 2030 Public Art. Bonus: a small tile mural in the sidewalk near one of the gates!

#GVLGA #downtowngainesvillega #gainesvillega #publicart #arteverywhere Explore Gainesville  The Norton AgencyImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

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Diana Dokken did you know about these?

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