Frequently Asked Questions

Can you purchase tickets at the gate?
Yes, tickets can be purchased at the gate with cash or credit (VISA, MasterCard, American Express.) 

Can tickets be purchased in advance? 
Yes, tickets may be purchased online for a small service fee. Tickets may also be purchased at no additional fee at Gainesville Domino’s stores or at the Thomas Center in historic downtown Gainesville on the third floor. General admission tickets may not be purchased in advanced for Discount Day, Friday, February 2. Schools or homeschools must pre-register in advance for School Day at the Faire, Friday, February 2.

What are the ticket prices?
Weekend tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors/military, $8 for youth ages 5-17, and free for children under 5 . On Friday, February 2, ticket prices for general admission are reduced: admission for adults is $9 and for youth is $4. Schools and homeschools may pre-register in advance for School Day at the Faire at $6 for adults/chaperones and $2 for students.

Are there any special discounts?
Dollar-off coupons are available at the Subway stores in Gainesville and at the Thomas Center. General admission tickets are only discounted on Friday, February 2, and the dollar-off coupons may not be used on Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, discounts of any type are not accepted, including college students, AAA, etc.

Is there a fee for parking? 
Parking is free.

What are the hours?
The hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The hours on Friday are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. We suggest that you arrive early to avoid parking issues, traffic delays and long lines. Tickets will go on sale 30 minutes before the gate opens. In addition, there will be a morning show that will take place 15 minutes prior to the start of the Faire.

Where is the Faire located?
The Alachua County Fairgrounds is located at: 3100 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609 It is  west of the Gainesville Regional Airport. If you are coming from I-75, take exit 390 and head east. Follow signs to the Gainesville Regional Airport.

Are credit cards accepted? 
Credit cards can be used to purchase tickets (VISA, MasterCard, American Express.) Only some vendors accept credit cards at their booths. We suggest you bring cash for food, rides, games and vendors. 

How much money should I bring?
Vendors will be selling meals at prices ranging from $8 to $10, and individual items such as soft drinks, ice cream, funnel cakes, hot dogs, etc., will be sold at about $5. Merchants will be selling goods such as waxed and metal roses, jewelry, hats, toy swords and much more. The average price for rides and games, such as camel and pony rides varies from $2 to $5.

Is there an ATM machine? 
There are six ATMs on site located at: the front and back gate, across from the Information Booth, next to the covered pavilion and in the food court. 

What are the camel ride prices? 
Camel rides are $5 per person.

Are there elephant rides? 
There will not be an elephant ride this year.

Is there parking at the fairgrounds for RVs? 
There is limited RV parking for festival cast and staff only. 

Where can I stay overnight with my RV? 
Campground Info for 2017

Are pets permitted?
Pets are not permitted with the exception of service animals.

Is the site handicap accessible? 
Handicapped parking is located in the front parking lot (on the east side of the fairgrounds.) The site is primarily handicap accessible. However, the food court and jousting arena are located in a grassy area at the west end of the Faire. 

What is the weather policy? 
The Faire will take place rain or shine.

Can you re-enter on the same day?
To re-enter on the same day, you must get your hand stamped by one of the Faire volunteers before leaving the fairgrounds.

What is your weapons policy? 
Weapons with blades are permitted but must be peace-tied (tied down so they cannot be used.)  Legally permitted and licensed CWs are permitted in accordance and limited to the current Alachua County Law.

Can you bring food and drinks in?
Yes, you may bring food and drinks in.

Are there stroller or wheelchair rentals?
No, there are no stroller or wheelchair rentals.

Is there beer sold at the Faire?
Yes, there are two places that sell beer: one is at the front of the Faire near the Information Booth, and the other is located at the beginning of the food court.