Leo’s Live, 5263 S. Florida Ave. This club offers live music Tuesday-Saturday, so there’s plenty of opportunity to slip on your dancing shoes. Don’t miss Latin Nights on the first Saturday of each month to show off your salsa, bachata, and merengue moves.
Lakeland Loft, 108 S. Tennessee Ave. Stop by this lounge each Friday and Saturday night to cut a rug to live jazz, or visit on the first Thursday of each month for R&B Night with DJ Truth.
Just Dance Academy, 124 S. Kentucky Ave. Dance lessons aren’t just for kids. Adults can learn hip-hop, tango, ballet, and belly dancing at this studio. Join the Open Ballroom Social on Saturday, May 27 — the theme is Red, White, and Blue.
Local Motive, locations vary This artist and dancer collective can be found at events around Lakeland. While their next event is TBA, you can check out their mind-bending moves here.
Is there another place you love to go dancing? Tell us the best place to boogie down and we may add it to our lineup.
Live Music: Andy Heath | Wednesday, May 24 | 6-7 p.m. | Keel Farms, 5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City | Free entry | Listen to live music while enjoying wine, beer, and cider from this local winery.
Trivia Night | Wednesday, May 24 | 7-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, 245 W. Central Ave., Ste. 102, Winter Haven | Free | Pour your own drinks and enjoy fresh pizzas at Union Taproom while showing off your general trivia knowledge.
Thursday, May 25
Med (Mediterranean) Instead of Meds | Thursday, May 25-Thursday, July 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $18 | Cook along with this virtual cooking class series to learn Mediterranean recipes and wellness tips.
Paint @ Dissent Craft Brewing! | Thursday, May 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Dissent Brewing, 125 S. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland | $40 | Painters ages 21 and up can head to Dissent Brewing for this special public painting event — space is limited, register online.
Friday, May 26
2023 Wawa Summer Fun Day | Friday, May 26 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales | Free | Visit the gardens with complimentary admission from Wawa — online registration is required.
Jerk Fest | Friday, May 26 | 7-10 p.m. | Union Hall, 1023 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland | $10 | Celebrate Jamaican culture with reggae music by DJ Plug and food by Our Noire Kitchen.
Saturday, May 27
Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Saturday, May 27 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free entry | Find fresh produce, plants, and locally handcrafted items at this outdoor farmers market.
Sunday, May 28
Feasts of Persia Field Trip to Swan Brewing | Sunday, May 28 | 12-7 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St., Lakeland | Price of purchase | The Feasts of Persia food truck will be set up at Swan Brewing, serving kabob dishes and American fare.
Thursday, June 8
Prospective Member Social | Thursday, Jun. 8 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Cob and Pen, 1221 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland | Free | If you’re interested in joining the Junior League of Greater Lakeland, pop by Cob & Pen to learn more about becoming a member, what causes they champion, and how they affect community impact.*
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Construction on Lake Crago Park’s new sports fields, playground, and concession stand is set to begin in the next 90 days. The $3 million project will be funded by city parks and recreation impact fees, grant funding, and Lakeland’s public improvement fund. (LkldNow)
$84,917.46. That’s how much money was raised for Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine at this year’s Swan Derby. Mark your calendars for next year’s event on Friday, April 26, 2024.
Risk Club at the Dream Center of Lakeland offers at-risk youth a chance to learn life skills, go on field trips, and connect with mentors. About 1,000 teens join the club’s summer camp and after-school program each year — learn more here. (WFTS)
Calling all local authors. Books-A-Million in Lakeside Village is starting a monthly author reading and signing event. Interested in sharing your own book? Send an email to the store’s manager, Diane, to inquire about signing up.
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce has selected Stinson’s Interior Solutions as its May 2023 Small Business of the Month. The interior design firm first opened in Lakeland in 1981, and it has recently expanded to Ocala as well.
Little Lake Play is now open and offering a week full of events. Don’t miss today’s events: Decorating Magnets from 10-11 a.m. and Tabata with Ms. Tina from 12-12:30 p.m. Get an inside look of the space here.
Head to Swan Brewing on Friday, May 26 for “Sips of Science: Let’s Talk Florida Hops.” Meet experts Dr. Brian Pearson and Dr. Katherine Thompson-Witrick for a chat at 5 p.m., then stick around for their talk about flavor profiles and local breweries at 5:30 p.m.
Lakeland mom Julie Stirling is seeking help from the community to buy a new van. She’s raising $50,000 for a new one to transport her son Kamryn, who was born 13 weeks premature, to his doctor’s appointments. (WFTS)
Ax-Caliber will host the first Father of All Axes Tournament on Saturday, June 10. The competition will include top ax throwers, like Glenn “The Reaper” Eddleman, Adam Fortner, Dalton “Handlebar” Wilson, and more.
Ian, Irma, Michael, Dorian — if you recognize these names, you might be a hurricane expert. Look back on 10 years of hurricane seasons before the 2023 season begins on Thursday, June 1. (The Ledger)
Love wine? This is the cooking class for you. Publix Aprons Cooking School is hosting a Wine and Dine: Summer Wines demonstration-style cooking class on Saturday, June 3. On the menu: Heirloom tomato tartare, pulled duck stacked enchiladas, sweet corn ice cream + more (all paired with the best wines, of course).*
How does a Bahamas getaway sound? Orlando International Airportis offering new low-fare direct flightsto Marsh Harbour, Eleuthera, and Nassau (and resuming service to Freeport in June). Read: Pristine white sand beaches + deep turquoise waters are just a few hours away. See flights + book.*
Summer is just around the corner — so is Lakeland Christian School’s Summer Camp program, happening late-May to mid-July and featuring all-ages, hands-on activities in science, music, cooking, athletics, writing, and more. Bonus: The popular Camp LCS is also open to K4-5th grade students. See camp options + register.*
Turn misplaced keys into a thing of the past with the Apple AirTag. The button-sized tracking device can give you step-by-step directions to your lost keys (or phone…or wallet…) and has a battery life of one year. Pro tip: Put one in your checked luggage and never worry about lost baggage again.*
You don’t have to go far for a memorable vacation. If you’re planning a day trip to Tampa this summer, add these must-do activities and new Michelin star-winning restaurants to your itinerary.
Things to do
Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza Bring your little ones to this interactive museum. Pro tip: Make a reservation to see Big John, a 66 million-year-old triceratops skeleton. The dino will be starring in his own exhibit starting Friday, May 26.
Koya, 807 W. Platt St. This intimate restaurant with a new Michelin star offers a hyper-seasonal Japanese tasting menu with ingredients at the peak of their season.
Rocca, 323 W. Palm Ave. Visit this new Michelin star-winning Italian eatery for a mozzarella cart, caviar service, or desserts like basil custard to round out your meal.
Accommodations with noteworthy cuisine
The Tampa Edition, 500 Channelside Dr. Book a stay and make a reservation at Lilac, the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant that recently received a Michelin star.
If you don’t have kids but still want to see Big John, don’t fret; adults can visit the Glazer Children’s Museum without kids. I’ll be booking my timeslot for this once in 66 million years chance to see a triceratops.