Exciting Spring Events in Tallahassee
Spring in Tallahassee comes alive with a robust lineup of open-air concerts, festivals and events surrounded by vibrant arts, culture and natural beauty. Plan your getaway to Florida’s Capital City to experience these wonderful events.
Red Hills International Horse Trials
March 11-13, 2022
Visitors can explore the world of elite equestrians and horse-riding enthusiasts during the prestigious Red Hills International Horse Trials. Hosting competitors from across the world, the competition will be held March 10-13 at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, featuring a series of trials, including dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping. The event serves as a qualifying competition for competitors seeking berths on their respective countries’ Olympic and World Equestrian Games teams.
Held the first weekend in April, Springtime Tallahassee is the area’s free flagship spring event and one of the largest and most celebrated parades in the Southeast. Spanning two days, April 1-2, country singer superstar Lee Brice headlines Friday night’s Music Festival at Kleman Plaza followed by Saturday’s Grand Parade and Jubilee in the Park bringing art, crafts, local cuisine and boutique vendors to downtown Tallahassee.
Word of South, a Festival of Literature and Music
April 8-10, 2022
Word of South, a Festival of Literature and Music returns with a live exploration of writers and musicians at Cascades Park. Set amongst the backdrop of the Capital City skyline at Cascades Park, Word of South features authors who write about music, musicians who also are also authors and everything in between. The family-friendly event also boasts a children’s ‘Literacy Lane’ offering tales from local authors, as well as literary and musical performances on multiple stages. The event kicks-off on Friday, April 8 with headliner and eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson who is regarded as “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to The Washington Post. Purchase ticket for Jamey Johnson here.
FSU Spring Football Game & Doak After Dark
April 9, 2022
Florida State Football’s spring football practice will conclude April 9th with the annual Garnet and Gold Spring Football game presented by Whataburger. Immediately following the spring game is the popular Doak After Dark concert, a free concert for those in attendance. Country music star Chris Janson will take the stage inside Doak Campbell Stadium to close out Saturday night. Tickets for the game can be purchased on Seminoles.com for only $10.
LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival
April 23-24, 2022
The weekend of April 23-24, LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival turns the city’s iconic downtown Chain of Park into a natural art gallery with one-of-a-kind works of art from all over the United States. As North Florida’s premier outdoor fine arts festival, visitors will find unique pieces from more than 150 artists, as well as chalk art, local food and craft beer vendors, children’s art activities and live entertainment.
Shakespeare in the Park Festival
May 5-8, 2022
Spring performances continue with the Southern Shakespeare Festival, May 5-8, at Cascades Park, the theatrical celebration features the works of the timeless playwright of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing – a wild, comedic ride full of romance and wit – along with Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior performance troupe, The Bardlings and readings from Sonnet Contest winners. In addition, there will be local vendors, food trucks, games, costume play for children and so much more.
Soul of Southside Arts & Humanities Festival
May 14-22, 2022
Tallahassee honors the past and celebrates the future with the Soul of Southside Arts & Humanities Festival. Celebrating its second year, the intergenerational festival commends the rich and diverse history that exists in Tallahassee’s predominantly African-American Southside. The event’s unique blend of education and entertainment explores the historic influence of the Southside neighborhood and includes history tours, a Youth Entrepreneurship EXPO + Forum, food truck + vendor expo, diverse live music and entertainment
May 20, 2022
Recognizing Emancipation Day on May 20, Tallahassee holds a weeklong celebration, rejoicing freedom in Florida’s Capital City. While today news of a single event can be transmitted across the planet in seconds, this was not the case in April 1865. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, word reached Tallahassee on May 20, 1865, nearly a full month before finally reaching Texas on June 19 (Juneteenth). In partnership with the Knott House Museum and the John G. Riley Museum, each year on May 20, a celebration is held on the steps of the Knott House Museum with performances, speakers, and a historical reenactment of Union General McCook’s reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.