When I was a student at Florida State, many of us lamented there was ‘nothing to do’ in Tallahassee. I’ll admit, you did have to do a little digging back then, but nowadays with the Internet (did I just date myself?!) it’s a whole heck of a lot easier to find stuff. Here are some things to get you started, including some of our personal favorites.
To start, there are three different block parties around town you can relish the Friday night before every home game:
The official Friday Night Block Party from 5-10 p.m. at CollegeTown features live music, along with on-site vendors and special appearances. This always has a great turnout, and while you’re in CollegeTown you can hit one of the fun restaurants and bars down there. If you’re a booster member, you can check out the new ‘51’ on Madison. It’s a great place to get a drink and small plate meal (reservations recommended).
The Adams St. Block Party is downtown from 5:30-9:30 p.m. They shut down the street and turn up the festivities with free, family-friendly fun to cheer the ‘Noles and celebrate the season. Local live music, libations, food, face painting and fun for the kids.
If you live or are staying on the northern side of town, you can check out the Northtown Getdown at Bannerman Crossings. Starts at 5:30 p.m. with kids activities such as mini golf, bounce houses and more. The concert’s from 7-10 p.m.
Would you like to gaze upon Bobby Bowden Field while it’s not filled with fans? You can check out the University Center Club’s Terrace At Doak Friday nights from 5-9 p.m. Live music, an extended Chef’s Table, a full bar and the best view in Tallahassee! Jerry and I often like to start our evening here and then head down to College Town. For more on the University Center Club, click here.
Did you know that Tallahassee has a FREE Trolley every Friday and Saturday night from 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m.? It has a loop that services Midtown, CollegeTown and Downtown and comes to every stop approximately every 30 minutes. Riders will be able to track the Trolley during the times above in real-time using this interactive map: https://www.talgov.com/gis/trolley/index.html
All trolley stops are marked with iconic red, circular signs that say “TROLLEY STOP”. So you can park your car and party hop all over Tally in your Garnet and Gold. All aboard!
A couple of other regular events here in Tally that you may not know about include First Fridays and the Tallahassee Downtown Market:
First Friday at Railroad Square Art Park (in case you didn’t figure) is the first Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m. If you’ve never been, Railroad Square Art Park has a really neat collection of eclectic shops, eats, theaters and more. Stroll through the art park and enjoy live music, drum circles, food vendors, craft beer, education booths, creative demonstrations and a cross-section of local Tallahasseeans. For more information, click here.
This one is best if the game isn’t at noon … and it is not with FSU kicking off at 3:30 p.m. this week against Louisville and 7:30 p.m. next week versus NC State. Wake up on Saturday, and head to the Tallahassee Downtown Market from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fresh from the garden local produce, fresh baked bread with homemade jams and jellies, unique arts and craft gifts (including some FSU) are hand made by the artist in the booth. There’s also live music under the beautiful oaks across the street from the Doubletree by Hilton.
Brunch anyone? My favorite meal in the whole wide world. May be because of the mimosas. Or the bacon. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Some of our favorite spots include:
The Egg Cafe & Eatery
Downtown in Kleman Plaza and on Capital Circle Northeast. A nice selection including amazing Benedicts, omelets, Bloody Mary’s (and of course, Mimosas). Dog friendly if you sit outside. Tell Mike and Flo hello.
Weekend Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
In Midtown, beautiful atmosphere under the oaks in an old, beautifully restored 1920’s house. We love their Southern Slate, which includes pimento cheese, deviled eggs and candied bacon. (Mimosas are good here, too). https://www.table23tally.com/
Brunch hours: Sunday: 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Liberty Bar and Restaurant
We just tried this place for brunch for the first time the other day. It’s just north of downtown on Monroe across from Krewe de Gras. I had a fabulous Greek Omelet and Jerry loved his soft shell crab benedict (and I may have had a mimosa….). More info here
Weekend Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
The University Center Club Brunch
If you are a University Center Club member, you know about their Sunday Brunch, which is extensive and has, you guessed it, mimosas! If you are not a member yet, it’s a good reason to join and great way to end your Seminole football weekend at Doak.
There are also some exciting special events coming up that you need to plan for including:
The 4th Annual Halloween Symphony Spooktacular at Cascades Park
Oct. 25 from 6-8:30 p.m.
This is a free event featuring the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra family concert, kids’ activities, trick-or-treat stations and food trucks. Trick-or-Treating opens at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra is filled with a lot of really talented people. If you’ve never been, Cascades Park is also a beautiful venue. Details here
The Annual St. Marks Stone Crab Festival
October 26, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Jerry and I look forward to this festival every year. I LOVE Stone Crab, first of all, but it’s also really nice to get down by the river and let loose. Last year it was unfortunately canceled because of Hurricane Michael. Let’s pray we don’t have anything happen like that again this year. It’s about a 25-minute drive from downtown Tallahassee with great food and music, and attractions including a parade, children’s activities, educational displays, and dozens of vendors. The main event is, of course, the stone crab. https://www.stmarksstonecrabfest.com/
Halloween on Madison
Who says Halloween is just for the kiddos? Join us this Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. for some spooktacular fun in Tallahassee’s premier entertainment district! From adult trick-or-treating to hauntingly delicious boozey treats, Talloween has never been this big on Madison. Event is free to all!
Nov. 15 – Third Eye Blind with special guest Smallpools, 7 p.m.
Remember “Semi Charmed Life?” Third Eye Blind, joined by special guest, Smallpools, will play at the Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. That will be a great show the night before the Alabama State game! Visit CapitalCityAmphitheater.com.
That’s all I’ve got for now! If you have any suggestions on places you like to go on game weekends please share! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to seeing you out and about and Go ‘Noles!
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