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.
March 31 – April 1
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, A national musical act 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.
April 14 – 16
As the only city in Florida with rolling hills and canopy roads, the festival offers bikers seeking an extra thrilling and unique biking experience you can’t find anywhere else in the sunshine state. The event features live music, vendors, and a wide array of bikes to dream about making your own.
LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival
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.
Word of South
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. Ben Folds kicks of the event with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 21. For tickets visit https://www.capitalcityamphitheater.com/
Shakespeare in the Park Festival
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 doomed imperial romance of Antony & Cleopatra – This year the troupe is joined by Emmy-nominated Kelsey Scott (as Cleopatra) in director James Alexander Bond’s production spanning the political intrigue of the Roman Empire to the “immoral longings” of ancient Egypt. Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior performance troupe, The Bardlings will perform an abridged version of As You Like It prior to some shows. In addition, on Saturday, attendees will find local vendors, food trucks, games, costume play for children and so much more. This year the troupe is joined by Emmy-nominated Kelsey Scott in director James Alexander Bond’s production spanning the political intrigue of the Roman Empire to the “immoral longings” of ancient Egypt.
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
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.