"Free Fridays" Concert Series

From May 3 to October 25 Downtown Gainesville comes alive every Friday night  from 8-10 pm as our local and regional bands and performing arts are showcased under the stars. Each year thousands come out to enjoy the FREE live concerts and shows in a family friendly environment.
“Free Fridays” takes place at the recently renovated Bo Diddley Plaza! 

2019 Schedule is available at

For more information on plaza events, please visit

For more info please call 352-393-8746.

Jewel Box Concert Series at the Thomas Center

A series of multi-genre musical events staged in the historic Thomas Center’s Spanish Court. They feature a spectrum of national and international touring artists from folk to classical and from jazz to bluegrass, with special holiday shows and surprise guests.

Check out the Jewel Box Concert on Facebook for the latest concert news.

For more information and inquiries:
Ernie Evans, Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc.
Email or 904-886-8378

Russell Etling, Cultural Affairs Manager
Email or 352-393-8532


Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve Celebration

Rock out the old and ring in the new with your crowd of friends in Downtown Gainesville!  Celebrate the New Year with music at this annual favorite at Bo Diddley Plaza. The free concert will begin at 9:30 p.m. and run until 12:30 a.m. At the stroke of midnight the sounds of noisemakers passed out to the audience earlier in the evening will chorus in the New Year.