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Hey Lakeland, Connor here. It’s a relatively quiet weekend as the city comes back from a busy holiday season. I wouldn’t miss the very first First Friday of the year, and there are also a few comedy shows that you could hit after you walk through downtown. Here’s more to try out during the first weekend of 2024.

Friday, Sept. 15
  • Ektor Keys & Tito’s Latin Cuisine | Friday, Sept. 15 | 5-10 p.m. | The Yard on Mass, 802 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland | Free entry | Kick off the weekend with live music and food truck eats.
  • Sangria Night at Keel Farms | Friday, Sept. 15 | 5-10 p.m. | Keel Farms, 5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City | Free entry | It’s all about sangria at this event — visit for Latin music, food, and drinks.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Mind, Body, Movement: Zumba | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 8-9 a.m. | Bonnet Springs Park, 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd., Lakeland | Free | Celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a Zumba fitness class on the Allen & Company Family Lawn.
  • Hispanic Heritage Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Lake Gwyn Park, 135 Ave. A E., Winter Haven | Free entry | Polk County Parks & Recreation hosts this family-friendly festival with live entertainment, art, and music.
  • Matthew Lowry Album Release Show | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7 p.m. | Union Hall, 1023 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland | $20-$25 | Matthew Lowry & The Flamingo County Players will play newly released music — doors open at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • F.I.R. Expo - Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show | Saturday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland | $6-$15 | Snakes, chameleons, and geckos, oh my — see them all at this expo with $10 parking.
  • Shoreline Sunday | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St., Lakeland | Free entry | Relax with acoustic tunes by John Frinzi and grab lunch from Mi Pizza PIU.
Plan Ahead
  • Fall Family Day | Saturday, Sept. 23 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland | Free | All ages are invited to the museum’s open house for fall-themed games, magic shows, a scavenger hunt, and activities.
  • K9s for Cops — Evening with the Stars 2023 | Saturday, Sept. 23 | 6 p.m. | Lone Palm Country Club, 800 Lone Palm Dr., Lakeland | $75 | Tickets to this gala help to purchase dogs for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Unit.
  • 2023 Annual Hispanic Festival of Lakeland | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 1-9 p.m. | Lake Mirror, 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland | $15 | Celebrate Hispanic heritage with music and dancing on the Frances Langford Promenade.
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From the editor
  • The official start of autumn is right around the corner on Saturday, Sept. 23. We’re looking ahead to see when cooler temperatures will start rolling in with our seasonal weather outlook. Spoiler alert: It’ll be a while before it really feels like fall.
  • Esports are taking over Lakeland, from young gamers to the collegiate level. Florida Polytechnic University’s teams are even gaining national recognition for their high ranks and undefeated seasons. Members from Florida Poly will be on the board of the City’s new esports program for youth. (LkldNow)
Real Estate
  • Looking for a new pad? Try the downtown Sommer Building, on sale for $4.15 million. The four-story building (230 N. Kentucky Ave.) is home to retail shops on the ground floor, topped with event space and a residential floor. Our Instagram followers are already planning to move in.
Great Escapes
Our guide to Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunset at Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay, CA.
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Whether for a beach day, a waterfront lunch, visit to the pumpkin patch, or a walk along the Coastside trail, Half Moon Bay’s small town charm makes for a great destination year-round.
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