What are some annual and biannual events unique to Gainesville?

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If you're looking for special events unique to your city, Gainesville is the place to be! Gainesville holds several annual and biannual events that attract crowds of visitors from all over Florida. While searching for apartments in Gainesville, it will be exciting to know you won't have to drive very far for exclusive entertainment.

One of Gainesville's most popular annual events is the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, held at the Alachua County Fairgrounds for two weekends in late January and early February. If you're sick of staring at your iPhone and computer, travel back in time to cheer on jousting knights and dance with medieval musicians instead! The faire, which welcomes attendees of all ages, has something for everyone. For those who like to sit comfortably and be entertained, mystical belly dancers, birds of prey demonstrations, and comedy acts will keep you busy for hours. Over 150 artists and vendors can provide you with something special to hang on the walls of one of your new Gainesville apartments. When it's time for lunch, a juicy turkey leg and a mug of mead will hit the spot! If a medieval setting is not your cup of tea, however, then you may be interested in the annual Alachua County Faire held in October in the same spot. Enjoy a more current setting with live music, beauty pageants, and classic rides and games.

Are you a voracious reader that can never have enough books? If your wallet needs a break, head over to the biannual Friends of the Library book sale and grab boxes of your favorite books for super low prices. All the proceeds from the sale are used to benefit literacy projects, so you'll be making an important contribution your Gainesville community. This event is the largest used book sale in Florida, with over 500,000 books, magazines, DVDs and other related categories for sale to the public. Planning on attending twice a year? You may need to grab an extra bookshelf while you're looking for apartments in Gainesville because it will overflow faster than you think!

If you like anime, video games, or anything science fiction/fantasy related, you won't want to miss Gainesville's multi-genre convention held at the University of Florida Student Reitz Union in mid-January. SwampCon is a free convention that consists of guest speakers, gaming tournaments, themed scavenger hunts, and much more! Special panels are held all weekend long – you may meet some new friends or find out what it takes to be a published author. Feeling creative? Dress up as your favorite character and pose for photos with other costumed attendees, or in front of the Dr. Who TARDIS replica. In the evening, don't miss out on a themed dance party that changes every year (2014 held a spectacular Monster Mash). Many Gainesville apartments are very close to the University of Florida so you'll be close to many fun events.

These are only some of the special events unique to Gainesville. You may also want to visit the Downtown Festival & Art Show, Paynes Prairie Historic Walk through Time, or the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival. Here on Swamp Rentals, you'll find maps of apartments in Gainesville that will help you locate all these fun events.

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