Cheer on Your Home Team from the Sunshine State

Head to Florida this Fall for Football, Food and Festivities

Tallahassee, FL – The hot dogs are sizzling on the grill, team flags are waving in the breeze, and corn hole games have commenced in parking lots across the country. College football is here and what better location to watch a game than the Sunshine State? Here are a few of the Fall football festivities occurring around Florida:

Tallahassee (Florida State)

Start your weekend at the Friday Night Block Party, where up-and-coming country artists such as Corey Smith, Dallas Smith, Chris Lane and Chase Rice will perform throughout the season. For proper tailgating fare, consider one or two of Dog et Al’s 10,230 frankfurters.

Tampa (University of South Florida)

Arrive before kickoff at Raymond James Stadium. Since 1999, the USF “Herd of Thunder” marching band rushes the field for a performance of “El Toro Caliente.” Continue the celebration at the Ritz Ybor, where it’s 18+ to party and 21+ to drink. Sleep in on Sunday and then head to Datz Café for a smoky bacon cinnamon roll. Brunch is served until 3 p.m.

Orlando (Central Florida)

Come for the football but stay for the festivities at Universal CityWalk, the entertainment capital of Orlando. At Pat O’Brien’s, celebrate Mardi Gras 365 days a year with dueling pianists and a fountain that shoots flames. At Rising Star, visitors can take center stage and belt their favorite tune with a live band and backup singers. No late night is complete without pizza. Lazy Moon’s special features “Jason’s Mom’s Sauce,” which is so popular that it’s distributed to the Tijuana Flats restaurant chain.

Gainesville (University of Florida)

Bo Diddley Community Plaza will be rocking Friday nights through Oct. 24 with The Beatles and Tom Petty cover bands. The party continues at any of Gainesville’s three craft breweries. Try the Big Nose IPA at Swamp Head, where tours and tastings are available 7 days a week. First Magnitude just opened in August. The morning after game day, go to Volta. One of the baristas will pair a homemade dessert (like a peach bourbon hand pie or Mikkeller stout fudge) with your choice of coffee. Bakery goods change daily.

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