May PlanAhead: Your Lakeland, FL events calendar

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Happy May, Lakeland. 🌸  If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the sunny days, blooming flowers, and summer on the horizon — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in Swan City.

All month long

  • Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Every Saturday | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Support local businesses and shop from 100+ vendors including Omusubee, The Red Swan Shop + Mk Boba. 🍅 

Sunday, May 1

Sun., May 1

  • HB Jazz Live | Sun., May 1 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Listen to jazz music from HB Jazz + grub on food from Big Baby Bitez. 🎷 
  • Kitchen Pop-up: Bandi Brunch | Sun., May 1 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult | Free | Swing by Catapult to get your homemade brunch from Bandidas today. 
  • Brunch & Boozy | Sun., May 1 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Jade Fox Lounge, 3010 Lakeland Highlands Rd. | $10+ | Eat brunch, drink bottomless mimosas, and hear music by DJ Yayo. 🍳 
  • Symphony Guild Season Finale 2022 | Sun., May 1 | 3-5 p.m. | Polk State College, 999 Ave. H. NE | Free | Hear a live performance from Polk State School of Music’s Carol Ann Golden Scholarship winners. 🎼
  • Winter Haven Brunch Food Tour | Sun., May 1 | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven’s brunch spots and sample a variety of foods while learning about the city’s culture + history. 🥞 

Monday, May 2-Sunday, May 8

Mon., May 2

  • Trivia Night | Mon., May 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Open Mic Night | Mon., May 2 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local singers and musicians. 
  • Make Mom’s Day | Mon., May 2 | 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. | Lakeside Village | $150+ | Get a free Katie Loxton bracelet from Anna’s after spending $150+ at Lakeside Village restaurants + shops now through May 6 — first 200 customers only.
  • Open Mic Night | Mon., May 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Gram Parsons’ Derry Down | Free | Musicians of any age can sign up and perform up to three songs for a live audience. 🎤

Tues., May 3

  • On Broadway! | Tues., May 3 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4450 Harden Blvd. | Free | See the Florida Philharmonia Orchestra perform Broadway hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim + more. 
  • Walk in the Park | Tues., May 3 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Peterson Park, 3700 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | Free | Get active in nature and go for a mile-long walk in Peterson Park. 
  • Music BINGO & Fun Run | Tues., May 3 | 5:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Participate in a fun run at 5:30, then play a game of music BINGO at 6:30 + eat food from Bad Dog BBQ. 
  • Spring Orchestra Concert | Tues., May 3 | 7 p.m. | Harrison School For the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $12 | Hear students from Harrison School for the Arts’ Orchestra Department perform their spring concert. 🎻
  • Kitchen Fundamentals: Béchamel | Tues., May 3 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Level up your kitchen expertise by learning to make this kitchen staple, Béchamel sauce. 
  • Mental Health and Youth | Tues., May 3 | 8:30 a.m. | Peace River Center | Free | Learn about intervention practices for mental health situations in teens from a panel of experts. 
  • Flying Tigers | Tues., May 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. ⚾
  • Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., May 3 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW. | Free | Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing to this hour-long yoga practice — space is limited. 🧘‍♀️
  • Star Wars Trivia | Tues., May 3 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Keel Farms | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your “Star Wars” trivia skills while sipping Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷

Wed., May 4

  • General Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., May 4 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | You and six teammates can compete in general trivia + feast on bites from Smokin’ Chanchos.
  • One Night of Queen | Wed., May 4 | 8-10 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $42+ | See Gary Mullen and the Works perform Queen’s top hits. 
  • Lunch & Learn: Growing & Cooking with Summer Edibles | Wed., May 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Lakeland Electric, 501 East Lemon St. | Free | Learn what to plant, how to harvest it, and how to prepare it. 🥦
  • Kitchen Pop-up: Bandi Brunch | Wed., May 4 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult | Free | Swing by Catapult to get your homemade brunch from Bandidas today. 
  • Poker Night | Wed., May 4 | 6-9 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Play in a friendly game of poker while sipping on $5 Tito’s — essential workers get 35% off.
  • Flying Tigers | Wed., May 4 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. ⚾
  • Books That Teach Book Club | Wed., May 4 | 9-10 a.m. | Unfiltered Bartow, 160 S. Broadway Ave. | Free | Gather on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss the assigned book with other women while sipping coffee or tea. 📖 
  • Trivia Night | Wed., May 4 | 7-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, 245 W. Central Ave. | Free | Pour your own drafts at Union Taproom + compete in a round of trivia. 🍺

Thurs., May 5

  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration | Thurs., May 5 | 8 a.m.-9 p.m. | Publix GreenWise Market, 4747 Florida Ave. S. | Free | Head to Publix GreenWise Market and get deals on burrito bowls, Mexican-style pizza, and drinks + a chance to win a gift card. 🌯
  • Cinco de Mayo at Rec Room | Thurs., May 5 | 9 p.m. | Rec Room | Free | Spend Cinco de Mayo playing arcade games, listening to music by TheTimeTravlrs + sipping craft drinks. 
  • Dan Pepin Spanish Guitar Live | Thurs., May 5 | 7-10 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and hear Dan Pepin play the Spanish guitar + eat Mexican food from La Palapa Time.
  • Margarita Magic Painting | Thurs., May 5 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $39 | Learn to make a painting of this classic cocktail in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨
  • Storytellers Dinner | Thurs., May 5 | 5 p.m. | Haus 820 | $35+ | See art, interact with artists, hear live music + enjoy dinner, drinks, and dessert. 
  • Spring Choral Concert | Thurs., May 5 | 7 p.m. | Harrison School For the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $12 | Hear students from Harrison School for the Arts’ Choral Department perform their spring concert. 🎶
  • Flying Tigers | Thurs., May 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. ⚾
  • Yoga Class | Thurs., May 5 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Florida Blue Winter Haven Center, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | Free | Relax and recenter with this free yoga class — participants must bring their own yoga mat.
  • Tastes Of The World Food Tour | Thurs., May 5 | 2-5 p.m. | 220 Ave. A NW | $45+ | Sample dishes from around Winter Haven while learning the history of both the food and the city. 

Fri., May 6

  • First Friday: Family Fun Night | Fri., May 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Celebrate the start of summer with the whole family and enjoy a night of drinks, food, vendors + a car show. 
  • Live Music in Munn Park | Fri., May 6 | 6 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown and enjoy an outdoor concert with the Harrison School of the Arts string department. 🎻  
  • Southern Wine and Dine | Fri., May 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Taste Bread & Butter wines paired with classic southern food. 🍷 
  • Galactic Beach Painting | Fri., May 6 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $39 | Get creative and make a painting of a beach with a galactic twist in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨
  • Up, Up & Away Balloon Festival | Fri., May 6 | 3-9:15 p.m. | SUN ’n FUN Expo Campus | $20+ | Hear live music, catch a car show, go on a helicopter ride + of course, see hot air balloons take off. 🎈
  • Short-Film Showcase | Fri., May 6 | 7 p.m. | Harrison School For the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $12 | Watch short original films made by the students in the Harrison School For the Arts Film Department. 📽️ 
  • Flying Tigers | Fri., May 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. ⚾

Sat., May 7

  • Mayfaire by-the-Lake | Sat., May 7 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Lake Morton | Free | Spend Mother’s day weekend at this regionally recognized art festival. 🖼️
  • Keel Farms Sip & Shop | Sat., May 7 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Keel Farms | Free | Support local artisans and makers and shop art, baked goods, and boutique items. 
  • Big and Little Chef: All About the Cupcake | Sat., May 7 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $80 | A parent and their child can make different kinds of cupcakes, including a corn dog cupcake and a cereal + milk cupcake with fruit loops frosting. 🧁
  • Wine and Dine: France | Sat., May 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Experience a taste of France with French wine and dishes including quiche lorraine, Bouillabaisse + alsatian cheesecake. 🍷
  • Mom and Me Mermaid Set Painting | Sat., May 7 | 12-2 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $39 | Mother + child duos are invited to try their hand at this two-sided mermaid painting — supplies are included. 🎨
  • Completely Unchained Live | Sat., May 7 | 8-12 p.m. | Union Hall | $20+ | Rock on with the Van Halen tribute band, Completely Unchained. 🤘 
  • 4-Person Scramble Golf Fundraiser | Sat., May 7 | 7:30 a.m. | Bartow Golf Course, 190 Idlewood Ave. S. | $60+ | Support the Bartow High School golf team and play in a round of golf for a chance to win prizes. ⛳
  • Up, Up & Away Balloon Festival | Sat., May 7 | 7 a.m.-9:15 p.m. | SUN ’n FUN Expo Campus | $20+ | Hear live music, catch a car show, go on a helicopter ride + of course, see hot air balloons take off. 🎈
  • Mother’s Day Royal High Tea | Sat., May 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $35+ | Celebrate Mother’s Day with a tea party + meet two special royal guests. ☕
  • Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch & Floral Display | Sat., May 7-Sun., May 8 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Terrace Grille Lakeland,  329 E Main St. | $20+ | Regular menu plus Sunday specials, complimentary mimosa (21+), flower display by local florist Bloom Shakalaka in the iconic Lake Mirror Room, plus an Instagram-worthy photo backdrop. 💐*
  • 3rd Annual “Mother’s Day” Glam Party | Sat., May 7 | 4-8 p.m. | Just Dance Studio, 124 S. Kentucky Ave. | $5+ | Moms can leave the kids and husbands at home and come out for a day of pampering, drinks, and shopping. 
  • 7th Annual Autism Awareness family fun day and market | Sat., May 7 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1211 E. Main St. | Free | Help spread awareness for autism while you shop from local food and craft vendors — masks are required.
  • Flying Tigers | Sat., May 7 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $7+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. ⚾
  • Short-Film Showcase | Sat., May 7 | 5 p.m. | Harrison School For the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $12 | Watch short original films made by the students in the Harrison School For the Arts Film Department. 📽️
  • The Bandit Market | Sat., May 7 | 12-5 p.m. | Historic Ritz Theatre | Free | Shop vintage and handmade vendors, indulge in food from Pinoy Cravings, and sip on drinks from Bespoke craft cocktails. 
  • Auburndale’s Downtown Market | Sat., May 7 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 119 W. Park St. | Free | Bring the whole family to Auburndale for live music and 60+ vendors offering handmade home decor, natural food products, and services.

Sun., May 8

  • Mayfaire by-the-Lake | Sun., May 8 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Lake Morton | Free | Peruse the works of local artists at the 50th year of this regionally recognized art festival. 🖼️
  • Mother’s Day at the Gardens | Sun., May 8 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $16 | Bring the whole family out to enjoy some flora + fauna — mothers get free admission to the gardens. 
  • Mothers Day with Botany Cats | Sun., May 8 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Make some feline friends at Botany Cats, listen to music by Jim Thomas, and enjoy food from the Gin Khao food truck. 🐈
  • Second Sunday | Sun., May 8 | 12-5 p.m. | Lakeside Village | Free | Take your mom to Lakeside Village and shop for unique local goods + listen to live music by Frankie Raye. 
  • Mommy and Me Love Birds Set Painting | Sun., May 8 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $30 | Mother + child duos are invited to try their hand at this two-sided love birds painting — supplies are included. 🎨
  • Up, Up & Away Balloon Festival | Sun., May 8 | 7 a.m.-9:15 p.m. | SUN N’ FUN Expo Campus | $20+ | Hear live music, catch a car show, go on a helicopter ride + of course, see hot air balloons take off. 🎈
  • Flying Tigers | Sun., May 8 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. ⚾
  • Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch & Floral Display | Sat., May 7-Sun., May 8 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Terrace Grille Lakeland,  329 E Main St. | $20+ | Regular menu plus specials, complimentary mimosa (21+), flower display by local florist Bloom Shakalaka in the iconic Lake Mirror Room, plus an Instagram-worthy photo backdrop. 💐*

Monday, May 9-Sunday, May 15

Mon., May 9

  • Trivia Night | Mon., May 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Open Mic Night | Mon., May 9 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local musicians. 
  • What’s Stress Costing You? | Mon., May 9 | Times vary | Virtual | Free | Take this online Zoom seminar spread out over five days and learn how you can prevent and treat stress holistically in your own life. 
  • A Pink Bouquet Painting | Mon., May 9 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | Learn to paint a rustic floral bouquet in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨

Tues., May 10

  • Tribute Tuesday | Tues., May 10 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | See Robin Brooke give musical tribute to the cranberries and Alanis Morrisette + drink beer, wine, or craft cocktails.
  • Music BINGO & Fun Run | Tues., May 10 | 5:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Participate in a fun run at 5:30, then play a game of music BINGO at 6:30 + eat food from La Palapa Time. 
  • Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., May 10 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW | Free | Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing at this hour long yoga class — space is limited. 🧘‍♀
  • Tastes Of The World Food Tour | Tues., May 10 | 2-5 p.m. | 220 Ave. A NW | $45+ | Sample dishes from around Winter Haven while learning the history of both the food and the city. 

Wed., May 11

  • Couples Cooking: New and Improved Pasta | Wed., May 11 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $110 | Learn new ways to cook pasta dishes like baked macaroni and cheese, corn spaghetti carbonara, seared scallops and orzo, and spinach-artichoke rolled lasagna. 🍝
  • General Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., May 11 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | You and six teammates can compete in general trivia + feast on bites from Cuban B’s. 🍔
  • Poker Night | Wed., May 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Play in a friendly game of poker while sipping on $5 Tito’s — essential workers get 35% off.
  • Trivia Night | Wed., May 11 | 7-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, 245 W. Central Ave. | Free | Pour your own drafts at Union Taproom + compete in a round of trivia. 🍺
  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Wed., May 11 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Go on a guided tour of downtown Winter Haven and visit restaurants + bars for Happy Hour. 🍸

Thurs., May 12

  • Sushi 101 | Thurs., May 12 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $60 | Sushi lovers can learn how to make different rolls including the California roll, Philadelphia inside-out roll, tempura shrimp & asparagus roll + spicy crab hand roll. 🍣
  • Lakeland Food Truck Rally | Thurs., May 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown + sample a variety of dishes from 20+ vendors including Spontaneous Consumption, The Chicks Coop, and Sweeties BBQ. 🍴 
  • Classic Albums Live The Eagles Greatest Hits | Thurs., May 12 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $34+ | Hear hits from The Eagles’ first four albums recreated live.  
  • Caribbean Boardwalk Sunset Painting | Thurs., May 12 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $39 | Learn to paint a scenic ocean view in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨
  • Seasons of Service presents Mitch Albom | Thurs., May 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Lake Mirror Auditorium, 121 S. Lake Ave. | $75 | Meet best-selling author Mitch Albom, receive a signed copy of his book “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” + have a catered lunch. 📖
  • Yoga Class | Thurs., May 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Florida Blue Winter Haven Center, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | Free | Relax and recenter with this free yoga class — participants must bring their own yoga mat.
  • Paint Your Pet | Thurs., May 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $54+ | Learn to paint your four-legged friend in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨

Fri., May 13

  • Point of View Gallery Talk | Fri., May 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Learn about the museum’s current exhibition from a special guest speaker. 🎨
  • Live Music in Munn Park | Fri., May 13 | 6 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown and enjoy an outdoor concert with the band Big Chill. 
  • An American Road Trip | Fri., May 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Let professional chefs prepare you Alaskan king crab cocktail, North Carolina pulled pork sliders, South Carolina frogmore stew + Alabama lane cake. 
  • Birdies for Boys and Girls Golf Tournament | Fri., May 13 | 7 a.m. | Eaglebrooke Golf Club, 1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd. | $175 | Play 18-holes, enjoy lunch, and have a chance to win prizes and a raffle — proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Polk County. ⛳
  • Downtown Winter Haven Beer, Spirits, and Ghosts Walking Tour | Fri., May 13 | 7-10 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Experience two kinds of spirits in this guided drinking + ghost walking tour. 👻 

Sat., May 14

  • Spring Wine Dinner | Sat., May 14 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $60 | Feast on dishes prepared by professional chefs including caramelized leek tart, herb-crusted leg of lamb + blueberry crisp with berry ice cream. 🍴
  • Rock for Paws | Sat., May 14 | 7-10 p.m. | Nora Mayo Hall, 500 3rd St. NW. | $15 | Hear Smokepoint perform to support SPCA Florida’s disaster response program. 
  • Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge & Lakeshore Festival | Sat., May 14 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lake Hollingsworth Boat Ramp, 920 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Free | Enter to build your own boat or show up and watch teams race across Lake Hollingsworth in a hand-crafted cardboard vessel. ⛵
  • International Bashment Party | Sat., May 14 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Stage Room Lakeland, 310 E. Lemon St. | $5+ | Dance to music from different cultures played by DJ Price. 
  • MomPreneur’s Brunch | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Masterpiece Event Venue, 3048 Cypress Gardens Rd. | $30 | Female entrepreneurs can enjoy brunch while they network with other moms.
  • Stack The Deck To Save Lives Charity Poker Tournament | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m. | Winner’s Circle Sports Bar & Grill, 4215 Florida Ave. S. | $50+ | Play poker to benefit Citizen CPR Inc. of Polk and have a chance to win big. 🃏

Sun., May 15

  • Big and Little Chef: All About the Cupcake | Sun., May 15 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $80 | A parent and their child can make different kinds of cupcakes, including a corn dog cupcake and a cereal + milk cupcake with fruit loops frosting. 🧁
  • Plant Based Junk Food | Sun., May 15 | 12-7 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Try Vulture Food’s vegan crispy chik’n sandwiches and gluten-free loaded fries. 
  • Open Mic Sessions | Sun., May 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Just Dance, 310 E. Lemon St. | Free | New artists can show off their skills at open mic night. 🎤
  • Sleeping Beauty Tea Party | Sun., May 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $30 | Have tea and treats with Sleeping Beauty, followed by a sing and dance along. 👑 
  • Poetry, Spoken Word, and Open Mic Night | Sun., May 15 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Stage Room Lakeland, 310 E. Lemon St. | Free | Show off your poetry, music, or spoken word at open mic night. 
  • Slow Burn Sunday | Sun., May 15 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | Quinteassence Kava Bar, 839 N. Massachusetts Ave. | Free | Watch fire performers light it up while you eat from Pinoy Cravings, drink tea or kava from Quinteassence + play with cats from Botany Cats. 🔥 
  • Mother & Son Charity Banquet | Sun., May 15 | 5-8:30 p.m. | The Ritz, 263 W. Central Ave. | $100 | Mothers and sons can join for food, drinks, and guest speakers.
  • Pinoy Kamayan Brunch Fiesta | Sun., May 15 | 12-2 p.m. | Catapult | $45 | Taste classic Filipino brunch items + pastries prepared by Pinoy Cravings.* 

Monday, May 16-Sunday, May 22

Mon., May 16

  • Trivia Night | Mon., May 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Open Mic Night | Mon., May 16 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local musicians. 
  • Historic Preservation Awards | Mon., May 16 | 6 p.m. | Polk Theatre, 139 S. Florida Ave. | Free | See historical preservation and restoration efforts be awarded in honor of Historic Preservation Month.
  • Coffee, Tea, and Treats Food Tour | Mon., May 16 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven and taste pastries, coffee + tea from local Winter Haven shops. 

Tues., May 17

  • Big and Teen Chef: Grilled Cheese and Soup | Tues., May 17 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $85 | Parents and teens will make tomato soup and grilled cheese dippers, an artichoke bisque and goat cheese panini + caramel hot chocolate with brie toasties. 
  • Tasty Tuesday | Tues., May 17 | 4:30-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | $25+ | Skip dinner and try dishes from different participating downtown restaurants — tickets are sold in packs of 10. 🍴 
  • Flying Tigers | Tues., May 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads. ⚾
  • Music BINGO & Fun Run | Tues., May 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Participate in a fun run at 5:30, then play a game of music BINGO at 6:30 + eat food from Cuban B’s Burgers & Bakes. 
  • Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., May 17 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW | Free | Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing to this hour-long yoga class — space is limited. 🧘‍♀

Wed., May 18

  • Kitchen Fundamentals: Knife Skills | Wed., May 18 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Master the knife while cooking up a homemade gourmet meal. 🍴
  • Flying Tigers | Wed., May 18 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads. ⚾
  • Poker Night | Wed., May 18 | 6-9 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Play in a friendly game of poker while sipping on $5 Tito’s — essential workers get 35% off.
  • Kitchen Pop-up: Bandi Brunch | Wed., May 18 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult | Free | Swing by Catapult to get your homemade brunch from Bandidas today. 
  • General Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., May 18 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | You and six teammates can compete in general trivia + feast on bites from Smokin’ Chanchos. 
  • Ciros Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour | Wed., May 18 | 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven and taste a variety of sweets, including pies, muffins, and cupcakes. 🍰
  • Sunset Yoga in the Vines | Wed., May 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | $10 | Come for the relaxing yoga among the grapevines with Wildflower Yogi, stay for the wine tasting. 🍇 
  • Trivia Night | Wed., May 18 | 7-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, 245 W. Central Ave. | Free | Pour your own drafts at Union Taproom + compete in a round of trivia. 🍺

Thurs., May 19

  • After Hours at the Museum | Thurs., May 19 | 4-8 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | View the galleries after hours + go on a curator tour with Dr. H. Alexander Rich. 🎨
  • Yoga Class | Thurs., May 19 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Florida Blue Winter Haven Center, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | Free | Relax and recenter with this free yoga class — participants must bring their own yoga mat.
  • Trauma and the Pandemic | Thurs., May 19 | 8:30 a.m. | The Well, 114 E. Parker St. | Free | Hear from a panel of experts and learn how to deal with the lingering effects of the pandemic. 
  • Flying Tigers | Thurs., May 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads. ⚾ 

Fri., May 20

  • Live Music in Munn Park | Fri., May 20 | 6 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown and enjoy an outdoor concert with the band Peruba. 
  • Upscale Food Truck Wine and Dine | Fri., May 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $60 | Taste food truck delicacies paired with wine featuring brie and bacon grilled cheese, lobster and scallop ceviche tostada + churros with red wine hot chocolate.
  • Karaoke Night | Fri., May 20 | 7-10 p.m. | Just Dance Academy, 124 S. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Sing along to a song of your choice or just cheer on a friend — snacks and drinks are available. 🎤
  • Flying Tigers | Fri., May 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads. ⚾ 
  • MegaCon Orlando After Party | Fri., May 20 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr. | $15+ | After MegaCon, swing by the after party for dancing, music, giveaways + a celebrity guest. 👀
  • Enchanted Painting | Fri., May 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38 | Learn to paint an enchanted forest in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨

Sat., May 21

  • Cinéma Art Historique: Frida | Sat., May 21 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Watch the film Frida, a biopic about Frida Khalo, then discuss it with museum curator Dr. Alex Rich — masks are required. 
  • Big and Little Chef: Food Revolution | Sat., May 21 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $80 | Parents and their children will make classic dishes with a fun twist including chocolate cake shake, nacho-stuffed quesadilla, and cheddar drop biscuits with apple jam. 🍴
  • Only the Best in the Keys | Sat., May 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $65 | Sit back and let the professional chefs take your tastebuds to the Florida keys. 
  • Daniel Donato Live | Sat., May 21 | 7 p.m.-12 a.m. | Union Hall | $20 | See country artist Daniel Donato honor Grateful Dead with his own original country twist. 🎵
  • Dirt Days Water & Wetlands | Sat., May 21 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Polk’s Nature Discovery Center: Nature Classroom at Circle B Bar Reserve | Free | Children in grades K-5 can learn all about Florida’s wetlands. 
  • Armed Forces Day in the Gardens | Sat., May 21 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $16 | Active duty and military veterans get into the gardens free for Armed Forces Day — must have a military ID. 
  • Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K Race | Sat., May 21 | 7-10 a.m. | YMCA of West Central Florida, 3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | $35 | Support Lakeland’s Fallen Heroes Memorial + the families of police officers by running in this 5K — this race can be done in person or from home.
  • Flying Tigers | Sat., May 21 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $7+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads. ⚾ 
  • MegaCon Orlando After Party | Sat., May 21 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr. | $25+ | After MegaCon, stop by the after party for dancing, music, giveaways + a cosplay costume contest.

Sun., May 22

  • Unicorn Tea Party | Sun., May 22 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $35 | Have tea and treats, meet a real unicorn, and converse with princesses. 🦄
  • Flying Tigers | Sun., May 22 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads. ⚾  
  • Van Gogh’s Cafe Painting | Sun., May 22 | 3:30-6:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $49 | Recreate Van Gogh’s famous “Cafe Terrace at Night” painting in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨

Monday, May 23-Sunday, May 29

Mon., May 23

  • Couples Cooking: New and Improved Pasta | Mon., May 23 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $110 | Learn new ways to cook various pasta dishes, including baked macaroni and cheese, corn spaghetti carbonara, seared scallops and orzo, and spinach-artichoke rolled lasagna. 🍝 
  • Trivia Night | Mon., May 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Open Mic Night | Mon., May 23 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local musicians. 
  • Coffee, Tea, and Treats Food Tour | Mon., May 23 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven and taste pastries, coffee + tea from local shops. 

Tues., May 24

  • On the Lighter Side | Tues., May 24 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Learn to make some flavor-packed dishes on the lighter side, including balsamic-grilled eggplant rollatini, broiled fish filet, Louisiana-style blackened chicken + citrus granita.
  • Tribute Tuesday | Tues., May 24 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | See Jared Houts give a musical tribute to RX Bandits + drink beer, wine, or craft cocktails. 🎶
  • Applied Research Center Grand Opening | Tues., May 24 | 9 a.m. | Florida Polytechnic University, 4700 Research Way | Free | Celebrate Florida Polytechnic’s new Applied Research Center with a ribbon-cutting followed by a tour of the building. 
  • Mental Health and the Workplace | Tues., May 24 | 8:30 a.m. | Peace River Center | Free | Hear from a panel of experts and learn how to manage your mental health regarding work.
  • Music BINGO & Fun Run | Tues., May 24 | 5:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Participate in a fun run at 5:30, then play a game of music BINGO at 6:30 + eat food from Gin Khao food truck.
  • Basic Open Water Class | Tues., May 24 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Deep Six Diver’s Service, Inc., 1631 E. Edgewood Dr. | $340+ | This 5-week course will teach beginners how to safely dive in open water — mask, snorkel, and fins are not included. 🤿
  • Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., May 24 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW | Free | Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing to this hour-long yoga class — space is limited. 🧘‍♀️ 

Wed., May 25

  • Fast and Furious Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., May 25 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | You and six teammates can compete in Fast and Furious trivia + feast on bites from Genesis Caribbean. 
  • Kitchen Fundamentals: Béchamel | Wed., May 25 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Learn to make this kitchen staple: Béchamel sauce. 
  • Poker Night | Wed., May 25 | 6-9 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Play in a friendly game of poker while sipping on $5 Tito’s — essential workers get 35% off.
  • Rustic Peacock Painting | Wed., May  25 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | Learn to paint a peacock using a distressed technique in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨
  • Trivia Night | Wed., May 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, 245 W. Central Ave. | Free | Pour your own drafts at Union Taproom + compete in a round of trivia. 🍺

Thurs., May 26

  • Follow the Leaders | Thurs., May 26 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Grasslands Golf and Country Club, 1600 Grasslands Blvd. | $55+ | Hear from local leaders and entrepreneurs Josh “Bump” Galletta and Taylor Irby.
  • Basic Open Water Class | Thurs., May 26 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Deep Six Diver’s Service, Inc., 1631 E. Edgewood Dr. | $340+ | This 5-week course will teach beginners how to safely dive in open water — mask, snorkel, and fins are not included. 🤿
  • Yoga Class | Thurs., May 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Florida Blue Winter Haven Center, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | Free | Relax and recenter with this free yoga class — must bring your own yoga mat.

Fri., May 27

  • Live Music in Munn Park | Fri., May 27 | 6 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown and enjoy an outdoor concert with artist LeRon Hearst. 
  • Wine and Dine: France | Fri., May 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Experience a taste of France with French wine and dishes including quiche lorraine, Bouillabaisse + alsatian cheesecake. 🍷
  • Classic Dinner & A Movie Night | Fri., May 27 | 7-10 p.m. | Stage Room Lakeland, 310 E. Lemon St. | $9+ | Spend date night eating dinner while watching the classic film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” 🎬
  • The Royal Treatment with the Arabian Princess | Fri., May 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $30 | Princes and princesses will get a royal makeover, then sing, dance, and take pictures with Princess Jasmine. 
  • Flying Tigers | Fri., May 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Tampa Tarpons. ⚾ 
  • Rustic Flowers Painting | Fri., May 27 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | Learn to paint farmhouse flowers in a jar in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨

Sat., May 28

  • An American Road Trip | Sat., May 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Let professional chefs prepare you Alaskan king crab cocktail, North Carolina pulled pork sliders, South Carolina Frogmore stew + Alabama lane cake. 
  • Ice Cream with Brittney Kieffer | Sat., May 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $20 | Learn to make plant-based ice cream — ticket includes general admission to the gardens. 🍨
  • Gnome It All -Schools Out Painting | Sat., May 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $41+ | Celebrate the start of summer vacation with this school-themed painting in a step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨
  • Enchanted Pixie Hollow Fairy Festival 2022 | Sat., May 28 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $30+ | Meet, dance + do activities with Tinkerbell and her friends from Pixie Hollow. 🧚
  • Flying Tigers | Sat., May 28 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $7+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Tampa Tarpons. ⚾ 

Sun., May 29

  • Big and Little Chef: Food Revolution | Sun., May 29 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $80 | Parents and their children will make classic dishes with a fun twist, including chocolate cake shake, nacho-stuffed quesadilla, and cheddar drop biscuits with apple jam.
  • Thank you to those who have Served Painting | Sun., May 29 | 6:30-8:30 | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $35 | Make this military-themed painting for Memorial Day in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨
  • Flying Tigers | Sun., May 29 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Tampa Tarpons. ⚾ 
  • John McEuen & The String Wizards Live | Sun., May 29 | 7 p.m. | Gram Parsons’ Derry Down | $45 | See the “string wizard” play music on the banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. 🪕

Monday, May 30-Tuesday, May 31

Mon., May 30

  • Trivia Night | Mon., May 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day. 💭
  • Open Mic Night | Mon., May 30 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local singers and musicians. 
  • Kids Memorial Day Class | Mon., May 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $25 | Kids on summer break can make a memorial day themed painting in this step-by-step class — supplies are included. 🎨
  • Memorial Day in the Gardens | Mon., May 30 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $16 | Active duty and military veterans get into the Gardens free for Memorial Day — must have a military ID. 
  • Ninja Camp for Kids | Mon., May. 30-Fri., Aug. 5 | 9 a.m.-Noon | 4124 S. Florida Ave. | $100 | Unleash your child’s inner ninja with activities designed to stimulate their mind, body + spirit.*

Tues., May 31

  • Elevated Grilling – Looking Beyond the Burger | Tues., May 31 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Learn to grill more than burgers and hotdogs in this hands-on cooking class, featuring halloumi, herb-marinated fish, and ribeye steak.
  • Flying Tigers | Tues., May 31 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Bradenton Marauders. ⚾ 
  • Military-Themed End of Month Party | Tues., May 31 | 5-8 p.m. | Crunch Fitness, 5218 S. Florida Ave. | Free | Put on some camo and come to Crunch Fitness for food + music — RSVP on the Facebook event page. 
  • Basic Open Water Class | Tues., May 31 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Deep Six Diver’s Service, Inc., 1631 E. Edgewood Dr. | $340+ | This 5-week course will teach beginners how to safely dive in open water — mask, snorkel, and fins are not included. 🤿