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Word of South Festival of Literature and Music
April 21 @ 7:00 pm - April 23 @ 6:30 pm
Florida Litfest presents the eighth annual Word of South Festival of Literature and Music 2023 in Cascades Park from April 21 through April 23, 2023. Ben Folds and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra opens the weeks with a performance in the Adderley Amphitheater Friday, April 21. Tickets are required to attend this event.
The fun continues April 22 and 23 with two days of free events featuring authors and musicians around the country giving talks and performing, sometimes together in the festival’s popular “mu-ashups” where authors and musicians are paired together. This festival’s musicians include jazz, gospel, New Orleans-inspired, Americana, hip hop, and more. Fiction and nonfiction authors share their stories at a variety of panels and discussions. Visit for a full line up of over 70 authors and artists.
All events on April 22 and April 23 are free and open to the public. Parking for all festival events is available in the garages and lots around Cascades Park. State garages and parking lots are free nights and weekends.
Funding is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Book Festival Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Florida Litfest. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
April 21 @ 7:00 pm -
April 23 @ 6:30 pm