As Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee is nationally known for a number of its festivals and events, including Word of South, the Chain of Parks Art Festival, and many more. Equally as impressive is the city’s commitment to promoting the arts year-round. In fact, the Council on Culture and Arts (COCA) is dedicated to serving as the facilitator and voice for the arts and cultural industry in the Tallahassee area.
Tallahassee has so much to offer when it comes to performing arts. As the home to two major universities, FSU and FAMU, the talent and dedication of these budding performers results in an abundance of awe-inspiring plays, musicals, and more. Check out some of the top performing arts venues here in Tallahassee to learn more and find an upcoming show!
Opening Nights at Florida State University began in 1921 and has provided a place for meaningful artistic and professional experiences to students on and off campus. It has evolved into an annual series of performances that occur from the fall to the spring. Some of the past performances have been ukulele orchestras, trumpet and saxophone shows, and The King’s Singers! From folklore to story-telling, and even performances by the world-renowned Marching Chiefs, there’s certainly something for every art aficionado at Opening Nights! Check out their upcoming shows and book your tickets now!
The Tallahassee Ballet has been Tallahassee’s premiere Ballet company since 1972. It is a regional, nonprofit dance company featuring a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary ballet performed by both professional and emerging professional dancers. For 49 years, the Tallahassee Ballet has put on extravagant performances paired with exquisite music, original costumes, and new choreography. Each December, they feature The Nutcracker and in May they put on An Invitation to the Party, inspired by the book. Make sure to book your tickets now to reserve your seat!
The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra is here to engage, enrich, and inspire people at all stages of life through great music. Since 1979, they have provided engaging performances and meaningful educational programs of the highest quality. They have a yearly concert schedule and even a live stream option for those who can’t make it to the in-person show. There are 3 live performances for the year, so make sure to check them out and get your tickets now!
How does Broadway in your backyard sound? Theatre Tallahassee was founded in 1949 and has been bringing live performances and shows ever since! The mainstage holds 271 patrons with comfortable high-backed seats and a high-quality sound system. The shows performed on the main stage tend to be geared toward larger audiences and often feature lavish sets. They also have The Studio which is for smaller, more intimate audiences. These shows sometimes contain more adult subject matter and themes. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 12pm-4pm, and one hour before curtain on show nights. Make sure to check out their page to find the next upcoming show!
Tallahassee Young Actors Theatre is one of the oldest independent youth theatre programs in the country and combines the three elements which are music, drama, and dance. This theatre has the largest professionally staffed program in the southeast with over 10,000 patrons who attend annually. They have featured shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Little Women, and Crossing Jordan. Make sure to reserve your spot or check out their summer camp for ages 3-18.
From plays and musicals to intimate and over-the-top performances, there is an art form for everyone in Tallahassee.