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Your guide to the Swan City Piano Festival

We’ve got the keys to everything you need to know about this annual piano festival with free events.

A pianist playing a grand piano onstage at a church at the Swan City Piano Festival

Professional pianists will bring their talents to Lakeland for your listening pleasure.

Photo by Andy Glogower

If you’re looking for the key to a great weekend, we’ve got 88 of them. The Swan City Piano Festival takes place Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9. The best part? Every event is free to attend.

Don’t miss these performances, masterclasses, and kids’ events all around Lakeland.

Friday, June 7

Musical Storytime
Reservations are filled for this kids’ storytelling event at Pressed Books & Coffee, but you can join the waitlist to snag an open spot. Two sessions hosted by Claire Fleitz are planned for 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Robert Fleitz
This Lakeland native + Juilliard graduate will take the stage at Harrison School for the Arts (750 Hollingsworth Rd.) at 7 p.m. Don’t miss his dynamic and innovative art style in this performance.

Adults hold children on coffee shop couches as one plays a sound bowl.

Even minor musicians can get in on the fun.

Photo by Elisa Rose Vividor

Saturday, June 8

Educational Event
Head to the Florida Children’s Museum at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. for this immersive theater experience featuring jazz pianist John C. O’Leary. Pro tip: It’s free with museum admission, which is $15.

Masterclass with Dr. Charles Hulin
Are you an aspiring pro pianist? Southeastern University professor Dr. Charles Hulin will teach new techniques at Harrison School for the Arts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Martin Bejerano
Latin Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Martin Bejerano will perform among Polk Museum of Art’s exhibits at 7 p.m. Reservations are filled, but you can join the waitlist.

Sunday, June 9

Byeol Kim
End the festival with a solo performance by this award-winning pianist + artist. Catch her in concert at First Presbyterian Church (175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr.) starting at 3 p.m.

Note: Events are free to attend, but registration is required for most. Find more information on the full events list.