First Friday Concerts

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

 

2024 Dates:

  • May 3rd: Hot Flash 80’s Band, with Gregg Erwin preshow
  • June 7th: Vintage Vixens, with Rodney Appleby preshow
  • July 5th: The Soul Purpose Band, with Sammy Shepard preshow
  • August 2nd: Fly Betty Band, with Jesse Biondi preshow
  • September 6th: Steve Bryson Band, with Andrew Lilly preshow

GENERAL EVENT TIMELINE:
1pm: Parking Closes around the Square

3pm: (Or whenever the stage arrives), Streets close to thru traffic around the square.

3pm: Vendor Set Up begins

4pm-6pm: Pre-Show fun begins in the middle of the square! 

  • Solo musician plays from 4-6pm on Main Street
  • Vendors Open
  • Kids activity area is open (Bubbles, Jumbo Connect 4, Corn Hole, Ladder Golf, Sidewalk Chalk)

6pm: Sound Check on Main Stage. Grab a bite and a beverage downtown, the concert will go from 7 – 10pm! First come first serve seating. Bring your chairs and picnic blankets to mark off an area for your friends and family group to safely enjoy the concert.

7pm: Main Stage Concert Begins

10pm: Event Ends, Clean Up Begins (all vendors are required to close down so we can open roads as soon as people clear out.)

 

Explore Downtown Dining Options: exploregainesville.org/dining

June 2024 Layout Map: (This is for logistics purposes; please note there are MANY downtown businesses for you to eat, shop, and experience during the event!)

Other Activities:

  • Face Painting!
  • Axe Throwing!
  • Punching Bag Activity!
  • Shop and Dine Downtown!
  • Food Trucks!
  • Get your Main Street / Downtown Gainesville-branded giveaways at the “Main Street Gainesville” tent in the middle of the square!

Parking:

All Parking Decks are FREE in Gainesville!

  • Main Street Parking Deck, 301 Main St.
  • Hall County Parking Facility, 225 Green St.
  • North Parking Deck, 100 Brenau Ave NE
  • Historic City Hall, 117 Jesse Jewell Pkwy.

Q&A:

Is this event handicap accessible?

  • Yes, there is handicap parking available in the Main Street Parking Deck, located at 301 Main St, as well as the North Parking Deck, located at 100 Brenau Ave NE.

Can concert-goers bring coolers?

  • Yes, you are welcome to bring coolers, but please no glass or alcohol. This event is intended to help support downtown businesses. We encourage you to purchase beverages, snacks and meals from one or more of the nearby restaurants or food vendors on site!

This event is presented by Main Street Gainesville, a program focusing on economic vitality through Historic Preservation in our downtown commercial districts.

Interested in becoming a sponsor for First Fridays Concerts?

CLICK HERE FOR SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

Thank you to Hasty Pope for being our 2024 First Friday Series Platinum Stage Sponsor!

Volunteer with us!

We are looking for community volunteers to help us during these events. See the sign up link here for more information!

 

Want to Become a Vendor?

CLICK HERE TO see the requirements to be a DOWNTOWN VENDOR

Click here to apply to be a vendor at First Friday Concert Series

 

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First Friday Concerts (2023 Recap)