Arts and Culture

Tallahassee is home to an incredible number of arts and cultural organizations with performances, events and exhibits to keep residents busy every week of the year. Listed below are just some of the wonderful groups that call Tallahassee home – find more through the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) for Tallahassee and Leon County  at www.TallahasseeArts.org. Most of our area organizations have special programming for families as well as other outreach and educational programs – contact them individually to learn more!

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Arts & Cultural Organizations

621 Gallery

A nonprofit arts exhibition and programs space, offering progressive and innovative contemporary art, events and programs for all.

 

African Caribbean Dance Theatre

ACDT is the premier source for African cultural activities in Florida, wowing audiences with energizing performances and classes as well as the annual Florida African Dance Festival.

 

Artist Series of Tallahassee

The Artist Series presents an affordable five-concert season featuring a variety of leading classical musicians, increasing the depth, diversity and profile of classical music audiences in Tallahassee and North Florida.

 

Be Artistic

Founded in 1980, the Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts offers a supportive environment for both beginning and advanced artists to receive guidance from experienced instructors. Students also benefit from ongoing art exhibits, special classes, and opportunities to display and sell their art.

 

Capital Chordsmen

A group of men from all walks of life that get together every Thursday evening to sing a capella music in four-part harmony with performances throughout the year.

 

Challenger Learning Center

Combining education and entertainment, the Challenger Center features an IMAX 3D theater, Digital Dome Theater and Planetarium, Space Mission Simulator, exhibit hall and gift shop.

 

FAMU Essential Theatre

Essential Theatre features African-American playwrights and new interpretations of the classics and musicals.

 

Florida Historic Capitol

Built in 1845, the Old Capitol is a symbol of Florida’s government. Photographs, recordings, interactive multimedia and more than 250 artifacts provide visitors with insights into Florida’s politics and history.

 

FSU College of Music

More than 500 concerts and recitals are performed at Florida State University each year. Performances include the Florida State Opera, the Rainbow Concert of World Music and a myriad of classical and jazz chamber concerts.

 

FSU Museum of Fine Arts

MoFA has a history of exciting projects from lush painting to challenging installations. Every season begins with an international exhibition; every semester closes with the exuberance of the graduating artists.

 

FSU School of Theatre

View a single show or sign up for the entire season of performances, including musicals and a special show for kids and families. Performances are held in three theaters: Mainstage, The Lab and the Studio Theatre.

 

Goodwood Museum and Gardens

Goodwood Museum & Gardens is a wonderful place to visit for locals and visitors alike. Come by for a tour of the 170-year-old Main House or a stroll through the lovely gardens.

 

Irish Repertory Theatre

The Irish Repertory Theatre stages the works of Irish and Irish-American classic and contemporary playwrights and encourages the development of new works focused on the Irish and Irish-American experience.

 

Knott House Museum

Built in 1843, the Knott House displays the original furnishings from when the Knott family took possession in 1928. Visitors can explore what life was like during the time when William Knott served as state treasurer.

 

LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts

LeMoyne galleries host eight to 10 annual exhibitions, along with art education classes year-round for children and adults. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, LeMoyne also includes an outdoor sculpture garden.

 

Mickee Faust Theatre

In every Faust show you’ll find a mix of political and social satire, literary and cinematic parodies, old and new vaudeville, original and adapted songs and some fully-staged bad jokes thrown in for good measure.

 

Museum of Florida History

The official state history museum traces the history of Florida from prehistoric times through the 20th century. Some of the annual events are Children’s Day; the State History Fair and the annual Capital City Quilt Show.

 

Opening Nights Performing Arts

The Opening Nights Performing Arts Series and Festival at Florida State University engages the university and local communities in creative experiences and offers interesting events of all disciplines throughout the year.

 

Pas de Vie Ballet

Pas de Vie Ballet is a semi-professional company dedicated to the preservation of the art of dance. Productions include a springtime performance of “Spotlight on Dance” and the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.”

 

Railroad Square Art Park

Railroad Square is a center for creative arts and is home to more than 50 studios, galleries and shops, as well as a café built in a railroad caboose. The park hosts a free Gallery Hop on the first Friday of every month.

 

Riley House Museum

The John Gilmore Riley Center is a museum of African-American history and culture. The museum features programs about oral history, genealogical and architectural studies, cultural literacy and intercultural outreach.

 

Southern Shakespeare Company

Southern Shakespeare Company, making Shakespeare accessible and fun, cultivates an appreciation of the arts through educational programs, training and an annual free “Shakespeare in the Park” Festival.

 

Tallahassee Bach Parley

The Bach Parley presents a five-concert season of Baroque music (1600-1750) using period instruments with a fresh sound immediately accessible to today’s audiences. Commentary is provided before each piece.

 

Tallahassee Ballet

This regional, semiprofessional company offers three major concerts annually: an Evening of Music and Dance in September, the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” in December and a spring production in May.

 

Tallahassee Civic Chorale

Established in 1986, the Tallahassee Civic Chorale is a nonprofit, non-audition community chorus consisting of approximately 40 to 50 singers and organized in traditional choral fashion.

 

Tallahassee Community Chorus

The Tallahassee Community Chorus has grown to over 200 singers and is of the leading non-auditioned community choruses in the country. The season includes a fall, winter and spring concert.

 

Tallahassee Writers Association

The TWA Writers Conference provides aspiring and established writers with the opportunity to network and learn more about their craft.

 

Tallahassee Youth Orchestras

TYO offers a capstone orchestral experience for young musicians and presents a season of annual concerts, including performances with guest artists, chamber groups and community outreach events.

 

Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science

Featured attractions includs the Big Bend Farm, the Phipps Gallery, the Discovery Center and assorted Florida exhibits, as well as special events and visiting exhibits.

 

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra

The TSO is one of the country’s finest regional orchestras led by Maestro Darko Butorac. Offerings include classical concerts, Holiday Magic!, young people’s and family concerts and TSO Jazz Orchestra performances.

 

Theatre Tallahassee

Theatre Tallahassee is home to outstanding community productions throughout the year, from popular Broadway musicals and plays to more avant garde presentations.

 

Theatre TCC!

Theatre TCC! performances take place in Turner Auditorium in TCC’s Fine & Performing Arts Center with plenty of leg room, great sight lines and fantastic acoustics. Advance tickets available at www.tickets.fsu.edu.

 

Voces Angelorum

Voces Angelorum is a volunteer adult women’s chamber choir dedicated to masterfully performing classical music of all eras.

 

World Ballet

Under the leadership of Henry Hernandez, World Ballet brings a high level of excellence in ballet to the region with a number of full productions each season.

 

Young Actors Theatre

Youngsters present classic productions with the flair of a professional theatre at Young Actors Theatre, now celebrating over 40 years of community performances.