Sarah's Sweetwater Greenway Loop Festival

Contact: Brad McClenny

The city of Gainesville has seven neighborhoods that are recognized as historic. A partnership of local organizations will hold a five-day festival to highlight how these neighborhoods are all connected.

Sarah’s Sweetwater Greenway Loop Festival is scheduled to take place Feb. 16-20, 2023. According to the organizers, the festival is “a local celebration of Gainesville’s unique artistic, environmental, and civic heritage and an acknowledgement of the need for greater collaboration throughout our historic neighborhoods.”

The festival will provide residents the opportunity to see the route of a proposed greenway that will follow Sweetwater Creek, and learn about the history of the historic neighborhoods that surround the creek. The City of Gainesville has already approved the greenway route in it's Strategic Plan. The festival will also serve as an opportunity for residents to give their input on the greenway plans.

Each day of the festival a different neighborhood will be highlighted. See the festival website for the events schedule.

The Alachua County Library District, along with the Matheson History Museum and Sweetwater Branch Inn, will represent the Southeast Historic District on Sunday Feb. 19 from 2-8 p.m. The three locations will host history tours, a live outdoor theater, a cooking demonstration, kids activities, and a screening of the film, "Sarah's Place," about beloved Gainesville entrepreneur Sarah McKnight. 

The festival is sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida and organized by the Thriving Cities Lab of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and local arts organization Spatially-Fed.

Many organizations came together to make this festival possible. Some of the partners are the Matheson History Museum, Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, South Main Station Sweetwater Branch Inn, Cypress & Grove Brewing Company, Save Old Mount Carmel, and the Alachua County Library District.

To schedule an interview in relation to the SE Historic District, or to preview the festival please contact Brad McClenny at or 352-334-3909

By Brad on January 27, 2023