TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – March 25, 2021 – Visit Tallahassee shares plans to safely reintroduce its annual spring lineup of open-air concerts, festivals and events surrounded by vibrant arts, culture and natural beauty. With a focus on outdoor and virtual attendance, along with enhanced protocols - visitor and community member health remains Visit Tallahassee’s top priority.
LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival, April 9 - 18
North Florida’s premier outdoor fine art event, the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival takes place downtown April 9-18. The expanded celebration kicks off with Zerbe Zelebration, a citywide exhibit celebrating renowned Expressionist Movement artist and professor Karl Zerbe’s 50th retirement anniversary from Florida State University. Events with emphasis on civil rights dialog and community participation will fill the week with opportunities to explore fine art. Beer lovers will delight with Proof Brewing Co.’s collaboration with Chain of Parks called Zerbe PilZner, a German-style PilZner brewed in tribute of Karl Zerbe’s German heritage. Artists in the Park, April 17 – 18, turns the city’s iconic downtown chain of parks into a natural gallery complete with over 100 strategically placed fine art booths, live entertainment, food trucks, a picnic area as well as selfie-worthy chalk art displays. To ensure the safety of patrons and to control attendance levels, a new ticketed entry system and safety protocols are in place. Tickets are required for entry and are available for free on the event website.
Word of South, a Festival of Literature and Music returns with a live exploration of writers and musicians at Cascades Park April 10-11. Set amongst the backdrop of the Capital City skyline at Cascades Park, Word of South intertwines the relationship between each discipline - including those authors who write about music, musicians who also are also authors and everything in between. The family-friendly event also boasts a children’s ‘Storybook Village’ offering tales from local authors, as well as literary and musical performances on multiple stages. To ensure the safety of visitors, the event has limited attendance and stage capacity along with increased safety protocols. Tickets are required for entry and are available for free on the event website. In addition, there will be select events available via livestream.
Shakespeare in the Park Festival, May 6-9
Continuing its tradition of offering a multiday celebration the Shakespeare in the Park Festival takes place in Cascades Park May 6 – 9. Attendees will enjoy special guest, actor, director and comedian Hal Sparks as he plays Malvolio in one of William Shakespeare’s best comedies, “Twelfth Night” at the Capital City Amphitheater. The event is free to the public, but attendance is limited. To learn more about safety protocols in place for the festival due to COVID-19 such as assigned seating, visit the event website.
Springtime Tallahassee, May 15
Celebrating the season through fun in the sun, renowned musical entertainment, outdoor arts and crafts and local cuisine, a relocated Springtime Tallahassee takes place for the first time at the Leon County Fairgrounds May 15. Kicking off at 9 a.m., the now single-day event includes the ‘Jubilee in the Park’ with its traditional children’s area, arts and crafts and food vendors, and an evening outdoor concert under the stars. The temporary location of the 2021 event from downtown due to COVID-19 allows for the implementation of additional safety protocols and proper space for social distancing. For more information about attending the event, visit the event website.
Named as one of Southern Living’s top 10 Cities of the South, Tallahassee’s unique charm and style is derived from the undeniably pretty and often unexpected features found in Florida’s Capital. Tallahassee lies in one of the most biologically diverse regions in the U.S. and is home to more than 700 miles of diverse trails - aptly lending the nickname “Trailahassee” - with abundant biking, hiking, paddling, equestrian and running trails. Whether by land or water, breath-taking landscapes, amazing wildlife and recreational activities abound for outdoor enthusiasts, explorers, trailblazers and adventurers of all types. Home to three major colleges and universities, Tallahassee’s vibrant arts, culture and deep-rooted history shine through its murals, museums and performing arts. With its many popular craft breweries and emerging culinary scene, spring is the perfect time to enjoy the flavors of Tallahassee.
For a complete schedule of spring events, please visit www.VisitTallahassee.com.
About The Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee:
The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) is the official destination marketing organization for Tallahassee-Leon County. Tourism is charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County nationally as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports and visitor services. Named as one of Southern Living’s top 10 Cities of the South, in 2020, Tallahassee-Leon County welcomed 1.6 million visitors who contributed $766 million in economic impact and accounts for more than 11,943 people employed in our community in the tourism & hospitality industry. For more information, go to VisitTallahassee.com or call toll free (800) 628-2866. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #iHeartTally and #Trailahassee.
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