Where can I go to see local art or cultural events near FAMU apartments?

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With FAMU, FSU and TCC, Tallahassee certainly caters to college students so it's not difficult to find out which watering hole is most popular. But with a little help you can find out where to go for art from our local artisans near FAMU apartments.

Downtown on North Gadsden Street you will find the LeMoyne Center for Visual Arts, a visual arts gallery for changing local, regional and national exhibitions. The LeMoyne Center also has an education center for year-round art classes and lectures and a beautiful sculpture garden by local artists.

Within walking distance of FAMU is Railroad Square Art Park, a re-purposed industrial park dedicated to local artists and a lot more. Walking through Railroad Square you can see a community theatre performance, hear live music, look at and buy beautiful artworks and even get a lesson in Belly Dancing. Many of the spaces are not just galleries, but working studios and are only open during public events like the First Friday Gallery Hop. At these events you can meet the artists as you peruse their work.

The Seven Days of Opening Nights Festival is a year-round performing arts series with everything from music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, and creative writing. The series has everything from music superstars to Pulitzer-prize winners to poets to comedians and everything in between. What is really great about the Seven Days series is that it is more than just entertainment but also education. This FSU program encourages the artist to stay for more than just a performance and help educate the community on the arts.

Just a few minutes from FAMU apartments, the Downtown Market is an arts and crafts marketplace held outside downtown every Saturday from March to November. Think about starting out with yummy bakery goods and fresh produce from local farmers, getting a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers while talking to local artists about their art. Original art demonstrations are always a part of the Downtown Market, where you can watch an artist in the process of his craft. Live music is also always a part of the market. The theme is Fresh and local, so you can get a feel for Tallahassee flavors.

The African-Caribbean Dance Theatre has been a part of Tallahassee for 20 years. Their annual Florida African Dance Festival is three days of dance and drum workshops, and an amazing performance concert that will leave you breathless.

The Tallahassee Film Festival Film Art Music experience produces an annual festival in the spring as well as year round events. Be sure to check their website for a schedule of events.

There are several local theatre groups that are associated with the universities and colleges and some that are independent. These theatres provide an abundance of plays, musicals and shows that will entertain and inspire you.

These are just a few of the places and events you can go to feed your artistic soul near FAMU apartments, but there is so much more. The Council on Culture and Arts for Tallahassee and Leon County is dedicated to supporting the local arts here in the Capital City. Be sure to follow them on social media, join their e-mail list or just regularly check their website to keep up to date on the cultural happenings.

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