Downtown Getdown Preview

By: Charlene Cristobal
September 4, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Downtown Getdown, one of the busiest times of the year for downtown Tallahassee. But what makes it so special?

"Personally, I'm a local here, I've been here for eight years," said Tallahassee resident Troy Kirkingburg. "The bands they bring downtown are awesome."

Bands, foods, vendors...all of this part of the atmosphere every Friday before a home football game. And this year, the United Way of the Big Bend is switching things up.

"We're expecting each week to be a little bit different, we're theming our getdowns this year," said Director of Special Events at the United Way Kate Cruikshank. "So, the first one is going to be a beach party. We worked a little bit with what our bands were going to be for that night and then what we thought people would be interested in participating with. So tomorrow we're bringing the Flip Flop Boys as our main act on the main stage so we thought it would be nice to theme around that and bring the beach party. And we also will have Polynesian dancers and a fire troop coming out to help bring that feel."

Usually the turnout for Downtown Getdowns are anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 people. This year, they're expecting even more because the Florida State Seminoles are National Champions. But, for the people in Tallahassee, they're just excited to be a part of the atmosphere.

"I'm most excited about the food," said Kirkingburg. "I personally, like to check out the different food trucks and see the environment and see what kind of businesses come out and promote themselves downtown."

Downtown Getdown will kick off tomorrow at the Adams Street Commons. And the Seminoles will kick-off against the Citadel Saturday night at 7:30.