Downtown Tallahassee Events

April 2015

2nd Saturday Family Programs at the Museum of Florida History offer hands-on history for every member of the family. The program, admission, and parking are free.

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The Word of South Festival is Proud to present a special concert performace with internationally renowned ska - punk band Sublime with Rome. The concert will be in the beautiful new Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park. 

Over twenty years after forming legendary ska-punk band Sublime, co-founder and bass player Eric Wilson aligned with musician Rome Ramirez whose talent and enthusiasm spawned Sublime with Rome. Following the release of Yours Truly in 2011 , Sublime with Rome continues the iconic Sublime legacy by entertaining fans with both new songs as well as Sublime favorites that many never had a chance to hear live.

Formed in Long Beach, CA, in 1988, Sublime delivered an irresistible blend of ska, reggae, punk, surf rock, and hip-hop that captured the...

Word of [South], a festival of literature and music with its inaugural event scheduled for April 11-12, 2015, is a unique blend of writers and musicians and an exploration of the relationship between the two disciplines. The festival will feature authors who write about music, musicians who also are authors, authors and musicians appearing together, and everything in between. From Ann Patchett to the gospel group Sweet Honey in the Rock to the joint appearance of the writer Mary Gaitskill and the musician Peg Simone, the festival promises excitement and interest to all who love books and music.

Word of [South] also boasts a tremendous children’s program, with authors and musicians appearing who appeal specifically to children ages 2 to 18 (and above!) Click on the “Kids” link...

The Word of South Festival is proud to present a very special perforamance of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. TSO will be joined by Acadamey Award Winning actor J.K. Simmons as they present a collection of great americana pieces to close out the festival. 

Join the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra for a program of beloved classics. The concert will begin with music from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, followed Marcía Porter and Ungar's "Ashokan Farewell" of the Ken Burns Civil War documentary. Concluding with Copland's famous "Lincoln Portrait," with the words of the great president read by Academy Award winning actor, J.K. Simmons.

For more information and tickets please visit ...


Every Wednesday members of the Tallahassee Food Truck Association gather at the Downtown Food Truck Court for a weekly lunch roundup. The Food Truck Court is located just off Gaines Street at 725 S Brunough Street. Each week from 11am to 2pm you will find a gathering of some of the city's best Food Trucks! 

The Wednesday Roundup is the perfect place to grab a quick bite and enjoy the beauty of Tallahassee's Downtown. The Food Truck Court is convient to everyone working Downtown and makes for a unique place to take in lunch each Wednesday.

Come on out and give the Wedensday Roundup a try! You can learn more about which trucks will be there each week by following the Tallahassee Food Truck Association on Facebook at ...

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals 
to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered 
an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national 
television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional 
percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, 
Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return 
of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of 
the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale 
routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. STOMP. See 
what all the noise is about....

Open from 9am until 2pm every Saturday from March through November, the Downtown Marketplace features fresh homegrown produce and organic items. Fresh bread and eggs are available. Look for fresh cut flowers and native plants. These are our local farmers offering Mother Nature's best. Most of our farmers welcome WIC checks.

In this tranquil setting, celebrated local musicians play their music on stage, authors and poets present readings of their latest books, and regional artists show their fine arts and crafts. Special events bring hands-on art activities for children or sneak previews of upcoming cultural events.

Look forward to a great season continuing all the special events you'd expect and some new features to spice things up a notch.

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The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) invites you to enter the 2015 Amazing Capital Race, an incredible competition that will send teams on a THRILLING QUEST through the Capital City. Teams of two will complete a series of challenges at local stops and businesses throughout Tallahassee, having fun and discovering the things that makes this city so unique. Challenges are designed to test creativity, mental acuteness and general knowledge of Tallahassee.

This is a community event, and registration is OPEN to  the public as well as members of FPRA!

A portion of the proceeds will go towards student scholarships and professional development programs.

Date: April 18th
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Gaines and Madison Streets
Cost: $50 for teams of 2...

LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to present the 15th Annual Chain of Parks Art Festival Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm in Tallahassee’s downtown Chain of Parks.

This annual two-day event draws tens of thousands of people from around the Big Bend/Southeast region to see 150+ artists who have traveled from all over the country to display their original works of fine art for sale and be judged by a juried panel in their media category.  Visitors stroll through beautiful downtown Tallahassee parks, under the stately live oaks, and enjoy our beautiful city in the height of Spring’s grandeur.

The newly updated layout for the festival will include art education components for the kids at the Children’s Festival, ramped up live...

In 1995 Southern Shakespeare Festival began as a touring company which toured local theaters, high schools, and community art centers. After Southern Shakespeare Festival’s first year, in conjunction with FSU’s School of Theater Dean, Richard Fallon, SSF established a home in Tallahassee, Florida with a free Shakespeare festival in the park. During its short lifetime it put on plays such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Merry Wives of Windsor and The Tempest. The free festival found its home in Tallahassee’s Kleman Plaza and ran until 2000.

After a fourteen-year hiatus, Southern Shakespeare Festival has been revived thanks to Dr. Kevin Carr, Dr. Brent Griffin, and a dedicated group of Tallahassee theater artisans, including Laura Johnson,...