Fall: Pageantry, Color & Glorious Outdoors
For most, football defines fall in the South. Some view it an obsession. Southerners regard it as a passion. The excitement of a national championship contender and the highly acclaimed Marching "100" make fall weekends special in Tallahassee. There are other factors – great events, concerts and splendid weather – which enhance the fun far beyond the stadium seats. And yes, leaf colors do change in Florida – at least around here. Here are some ideas for planning your trip whether it is following the football Seminoles or Rattlers or desires for invigorating your soul with music or the magic of nature.
Nature provides perfect weather and there are an abundance of activities before and after kick-off. Let’s get your 'Game Plan' started.
A Tallahassee (Party) Tradition
Pre-game festivities begin Friday with a free street party downtown featuring live entertainment and food at the Downtown Get Down. The family-friendly Downtown Get Down fills Adams Street while the Friday Night Block Party moves to CollegeTown. Join the fun from 6 – 10 PM.
Enjoy everything from concerts, clubs, plays or a rocking good time at Florida's only spot on the National Blues Trail.
- Tennessee Strip evokes memories of college years for returning alumni and friends. The mention of hot spots like Ken's, Yanni's, Bullwinkles and Poor Paul's Poorhouse produce stories and smiles.
- Midtown mixes some of the area's most popular restaurants with favorite watering holes like Finnegan's, Fifth & Thomas Kitchen and Musichouse, Waterworks and the Wine Loft.
- Downtown/Collegetown offers new and traditional favorites, from Andrew's, the scenic views offered at Level 8 in Hotel Duval to the contemporary refined look and feel at Wxyz Bar in the Aloft Hotel. For near-campus fun, try Madison Social and Township in Collegetown.
- Tap into the Capital City's latest creations and sample local favorites in the Brew District where there's always something worth toasting.
For a complete list, visit our nightlife page.
Concerts by Styx, ZZ Top, Kansas and Brit Floyd at The Pavilion in the Centre of Tallahassee give music lovers a rocking celebration. For the serene and scenic, try the area’s more than 600 miles of trails for running, hiking, paddling or biking or just birding or wildlife viewing. Your personal pathfinder is Trailahassee.com.
Lower temperatures and humidity make enjoying Tallahassee’s outdoors even more enjoyable for those seeking a peaceful, natural escape or for the adrenalin-fueled set that test their limits on technical rides and long runs. Fall migration, especially for shore birds and raptors, keeps birders busy spotting treasured finds among of hundreds of species who remain here throughout the year.
Color changes usually come with cooler temperatures in November when red maples, black and sweet gums, black cherry, sourwood and beech trees and beautyberry bushes paint the landscape in shades of yellow, orange, purple and red. Ornamentals like the leaves on crepe myrtles and camellia blooms provide colorful accents.