A landscape accented with dogwoods and azalea blooms sets a colorful backdrop for “Spring on Stage” when the Tallahassee area celebrates with a four-month party full of outdoor concerts, performance arts and festivals focusing on art, food, history, literature and equestrian prowess. Festivities kicked off Feb. 27 with American rock-jam band O.A.R. — the first of four concerts featuring national recording artists at Capital City Amphitheater in Cascades Park. Other highlights include the largest spring parade in the Southeast, new interpretations of Shakespeare’s works, contemporary artists displaying their work under moss-draped oaks, and the grace and power of an international horse competition. See a complete schedule of spring events at www.VisitTallahassee.com. March 5 marks the return of the Downtown Marketplace, one of the state’s most significant Civil War battles.
The Red Hills Horse Trials, March 10-13 at Elinor-Klapp Phipps Park, feature international riders and horses competing in stadium jumping, dressage and cross country.
The area’s flagship spring event, Springtime Tallahassee, spans several days, with the main event on April 2.It boasts the Grand Parade, the Jubilee in the Park vendor village, local entertainment and a children’s park.
Tallahassee Music Week, April 2-10, features more than 100 local musicians of all genres performing at various locations, including grocery stores, nightclubs, parks, restaurants and plazas.
The Word of South Festival, April 8-10 at Cascades Park,features more than 50 authors and
musicians exploring relationships between music and writing. Appearances are scheduled for Grammy winner George Clinton, musician and author Rita Coolidge, Tribal author and national commentator Diane Roberts, Garden & Gun contributing editor and Oxford American columnist John T. Edge, Pulitzer fiction finalist Bob Shacochis, and others.
Music headliners include Dawes, a rock band based in Los Angeles, on April 8, and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell April 9, both live on the Capital City Amphitheater stage in Cascades Park. Additional musical offerings include Boz Scaggs (a Rolling Stone
top-50 album for 2015) in Cascades Park on April 22, and the Tallahassee Museum provides a
regional slant that weekend with the Jazz & Blues Festival and Pioneer Breakfast
Mid-April brings a unique creative focus. The Southern Shakespeare Festival, April 15-17 at Cascades Park, features a live performance of The Comedy of Errors, set in a 1950s midway carnival complete with barkers, jugglers and sideshow characters. Nearby, the city’s famous downtown parks become a showy, natural gallery for more than 150 artists at the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival, April 16- 17. The Emancipation Proclamation Celebration on May 20 features a re-enactment of the document’s first reading in Florida on the same steps of the Knott House Museum. For more information, browse www.VisitTallahassee.com