Football season is electric in Tallahassee. With both the FSU Seminoles and the Florida A&M University Rattlers kicking off, fall is a special experience in Tallahassee. Friday nights before home games, Downtown features the iconic Downtown Getdown street party on Adams Street. This family favorite features food vendors, live music and great kid-friendly entertainment. In Kleman Plaza you will also find up-and-coming touring music groups as well as plenty of adult beverages. Be sure to stop by these events when football season is underway.
The Leon County Civic Center is home to FSU men’s and women’s basketball as well as many other sporting events throughout the year. There are also Broadway shows, concerts and other great options year round. For a relaxed evening of great music, stop by the Saturday in the Park Jazz series each first Saturday of the month from March to November. Located in the Chain of Parks, this event headlines some of the nation’s best jazz musicians showcasing their talents under Downtown’s canopy oaks.
Festivals are a huge part of Tallahassee’s always-in-session welcoming theme. Each December, Winterfest lights up Downtown to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, kicking off with the annual Jingle Bell Run and the lighting of the holiday lights. New Year’s Eve features a street party and concert featuring some of the best bands touring the U.S. Occurring the first weekend of March, the Springtime Tallahassee festival is known as one of the greatest weekends of the year featuring a Grand Parade, music and street party annually. Other great Tallahassee celebrations are Jubilee in the Park, Seafood Fest, and the Lemoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival where each April hundreds of artists line the central parks to showcase their work. These are just a part of our celebration of our city's center, Downtown Tallahassee.
Capitol Hill, Entertainment
The culmination of Florida's history in science, art, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, architecture, and any other learning faculty that you can think of, is housed in the mecca that is the Florida Museum of History. Standing tall since 1977, the museum is the visual and auditory representation of the cultural contributions that the state of Florida has made nationally and globally.
A site to truly behold, a visitor new to Tallahassee might make the mistake of thinking that the Historic Capitol is the actual capitol building. The Historic Capitol has stood tall since 1845 and continues to be a shining beacon of Florida government well into today.
A true historic landmark, the Knott House has truly stood the test of time. Built in 1843, it was once used as Union Headquarters in 1865, where it was the site of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation by Union Brigadier General Edward McCook at the conclusion of the Civil War. For a lesson in the role that Tallahassee played in some of our nation's more storied and historically significant events, a visit to "The House That Rhymes" should definitely be on your itinerary.
The LeMoyne Center for Visual Art is a magnificent visual arts gallery that displays historical and current art exhibits for the purpose of illuminating changing trends and adaptations to the field of artistic expression over time. Housed within a restored 1864 Antebellum home, the education center and Helen Lind Sculpture Garden combine to create a unique experience that cannot be matched by many other art galleries.
The John G. Riley House and Museum is a beacon that represents the last of the emerging black middle class that made great contributions to the advancement of the Tallahassee community. What makes this historical preservation establishment so unique, however, is in its quest to highlight the ways in which different cultures, from African-Americans to Native and European Americans, blended and worked together for the betterment of all people, right here in Tallahassee.
One of the largest collections of preserved source material on African-Americans from historic to contemporary times can be found at the Black Archives Research Center and Museum. Founded by Florida A&M history professor Dr. James M. Eaton in 1976, the Black Archives serves as an ongoing educational resource for students and visitors who wish to learn about the wealth of contributions that African-Americans have made in the realms of literature, science, and philosophy.
Learning and education are given an interactive and engrossing overhaul at the Tallahassee Challenger Learning Center and IMAX Theater. When textbooks, pencils and notepads need a little assistance, the facility- complete with a planetarium, digital dome theater and state-of-the-art IMAX attraction, among others- makes for one of the most intuitive, fun and exciting educational experiences around.
Tallahassee's Memorial to the Florida veterans who served in the Vietnam conflict from 1964-1975 is an awe-inspiring testament to courage, patriotism and sacrifice. Located adjacent to the State Capitol Complex, the names of the veterans who paid the ultimate price in the name of American values, ideals and liberties are engraved on the memorial as a token of everlasting appreciation.
College Park, Entertainment
The flagship of FSU photographs everywhere, the Wescott Building on Florida State University's main campus is home to the nationally-renowned Ruby Diamond Theater and Performance Hall. The legendary stage has been graced by the likes of Michael Moore, Randy Newman and Bill Cosby, and its "Seven Days of Opening Nights" concert series sees no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
With a seating capacity of over 490, the Richard G. Fallon Theater houses the FSU School of Theater's largest performance space; and for good reason. With over 150 productions to its credit since its opening in 1970, the Richard G. Fallon Theater is a primary, oftentimes only choice when determining the site of an acclaimed stage production. It has been voted Tallahassee's Best Place to See a Play for seven consecutive years.