April 13, 2024
Tallahassee: A Bicentennial Celebration of Ambitions, Arts, and Allure

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Tallahassee: A Bicentennial Celebration of Ambitions, Arts, and Allure

There is nothing quite like spring in Tallahassee. The city bursts into vibrant colors – a signal that this year, 2024, is more than just a milestone. It is a celebration of two centuries of ambitions, growth and governance in Florida's Capital City.

| 3/1/2024

In 1824, when Florida was a newly claimed United States territory, the seats of power were in the Spanish colonial cities of St. Augustine and Pensacola. The territorial legislature assigned two men to set out and find a desirable location for a new Capital City in the middle of the two cities. Its inception marked the ambitious spirit of pioneers who sought a place that would become the hub of influence and community.

Named by Muskogean Native Americans, Tallahassee's meaning - a gathering place - has held true through centuries, and today, beckons visitors for a myriad of ambitious reasons. Some arrive to influence governance, while others pursue knowledge. Entrepreneurs, sports enthusiasts, and those seeking extraordinary Florida experiences are drawn here.

Spring in Tallahassee is not only a feast for the senses but also a nod to history as the city commemorates its Bicentennial. Two centuries of rich heritage comes to life, offering a unique opportunity to delve into the stories that have shaped Florida and its Capital City.

Whether strolling through a historic site, exploring one of the city’s 700 miles of trails, indulging in local delicacies or experiencing one of the region’s many spring festivals, Tallahassee offers a unique and enchanting experience, unlike any other in Florida.

This year, Tallahassee opens its arms to the world, inviting everyone to be part of the next chapter in its history. From the ambition that founded the city to the cultural relevance that defines it today, there has never been a better time to experience Florida’s Capital City.

Tallahassee extends a warm invitation to visitors to explore the city's treasures and discover the reasons that make it a truly special place, where ambitions are not just dreams but a way of life.

  • Bicentennial Events:
    Jubilee Music Festival – March 22-23
    Two-day Gospel festival to celebrate Tallahassee/Leon County’s Bicentennial in beautiful Cascades Park.
  • Springtime Tallahassee Festival – April 5-7
    Two-day festival featuring a free concert, the Grand Parade — one of the largest and most celebrated parades in the Southeast — the Jubilee in the Park art show, the Children’s Park and 5K and 10K run.
  • LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival – April 20-22
    Ranked the No. 1 art festival in Florida by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the two-day festival under the oaks of downtown Tallahassee features 170 juried artists from around the country, an art village for children, live entertainment and food.
  • Word of South Festival – April 26-28
    Annual three-day festival celebrating literature and music with a variety of musical performances, literary discussions, poetry readings, interviews, book signings and a children’s program. It is a unique blend of renowned and new musicians and writers and an exploration of the relationship between the two disciplines.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Florida's Capital City! Ambitious from the beginning, come explore our fascinating past, enjoy festive events and be a part of history while celebrating Tallahassee's Bicentennial.

Learn more at TallahasseeLeonCounty200.com

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