Words by: Dennis Boulin
Downtown Tallahassee lives a street festival tradition with live music, food trucks, local arts; craft beer and wine. The festivities are not only for enjoyment, they also benefit charities, and kid’s fun! Tallahassee Downtown Get down is one of the greatest fall traditions in Tallahassee. For nearly twenty years, Adams Street has come alive on the Friday night before Florida State Seminoles and Florida A&M University Rattlers Football teams take the field. This community pep rally is serves as a place for football fans come to celebrate on the eve before the big game. This long standing tradition continues to shape the experience for football fans visiting Tallahassee to watch their favorite teams.
Gil Harret and Christina Lee, both Florida state graduates attended the Getdown together. Both said it’s thier first Getdownthis season, but they love to come and participate. Gil says “My favorite is the vendors and food that I get, and the music is also good and always brings out a crowd”.
The Getdown started at 6:00p.m. and lasted until about 10:00 p.m. They shut down the roads and intersection of Adams Street and College Avenue to allow football fans and town locals to enjoy the festivities.
Cathleen Brewster, Tallahassee native and vendor at the Getdown was selling t-shirts for FSU fans, it was her 1st time. She stated it’s a great place to end your Friday night, “I would always come to the Getdown but this time I decided to come as a vendor and make money”.
Yasmeen Hart is a starving artist but she wasn’t painting on canvases tonight. The Tallahassee native was doing free face paintings for kids, and boy did she attract a crowd! Kids as young as infants were getting their face painted by Hart. Hart stated she’s been doing it for years and wouldn’t miss a Getdown. She loves it. “The atmosphere is friendly and everyone is just happy I’ve been doing face paintings for 8 years”. Said Hart. Hart is an active participant in the community and has done many other events.
All in all, Tallahassee Getdown is a long standing tradition that continues to shape the experience for football fans visiting Tallahassee to watch their favorite teams. It’s a great place to come with your family and friends. There are three more Getdowns scheduled to date in Tallahassee for the remainder of this year’s Football season. The festivities are not only for enjoyment, they also benefit charities and local businesses. There is no charge to get into the event and all the participants hope the tradition stays alive for years to come.