Enjoy live music, go line dancing, or take the stage for karaoke at Union Hall.
Looking for a swanky evening? Stop by Lakeland Loft for live jazz every Friday and Saturday night, plus premier cigars, hand-crafted drinks, and elevated views of historic Munn Park.
If the way to their heart is through their stomach
For those who want to feel a little fancy, enjoy a white tablecloth and candlelit dinner at Nineteen61, which has been featured in Best of Central Florida for fine dining four times.
The Terrace Grille, located in downtown Lakeland’s historic Terrace Hotel, was named a winner of the OpenTable Diners’ Choice award for 2023. Bring your date for fine dining, craft cocktails, and desserts.
Free Child Development Screenings | Monday, Sept. 18 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Carol Jenkins Barnett United Way Children’s Resource Center, 650 Bonnet Springs Blvd., Lakeland | Free | Check your child’s development with a quick screening — appointments are recommended.
Yoga for Beginners | Monday, Sept. 18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Simpson Park Community Center, 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Lakeland | $5 | Bring your mat and water to this class for all levels of yogis 16 or older — locations vary by day.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
Author Spotlight Night | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6-8 p.m. | Pressed, 213 E. Bay St., Lakeland | Free | Get books signed, ask questions, and hear from local authors and Dwight and Rebecca MacPherson of HP Comics at this public author talk.
Unchained Melodies | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Robert Davis Performing Arts Center at Florida Southern College, 1100 Johnson Ave., Lakeland | Free | The music faculty of Florida Southern College will perform arias from opera, jazz, and Broadway songs in the Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Live Trivia w/ RBQ Catering | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St., Lakeland | Free entry | Compete for prizes with live trivia hosted by Hold On I Know This.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Carrión Hispanic Leadership Center Lecture Series | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bush Chapel, Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland | Free | Attend this lecture series to learn about the Hispanic community’s contributions to theological education, ministry, and advocacy.
Lakeland city commissioners are voting this morning on a proposed dog park at East Main Street and East Rose Street, across the street from the Lakeland Fire Department. If approved, the park would tentatively open in September of 2024. (LkldNow)
City leaders are exploring potential solutions for the clearance issues in the Sloan Avenue Bridge. In addition to vertical clearance, a lack of bicycle or pedestrian paths through the bridge is also a concern. Now, options including a total reconstruction or a separate pedestrian/bicycle tunnel are being considered. (The Ledger)
The Polk County History Center is expanding its “Women’s Suffrage Movement” exhibit to include the work of Delta Sigma Theta, a Black Greek Letter Organization. Learn about the sorority’s regional + national impacts on the suffrage movement at the soft opening on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 4-6 p.m. (The Ledger)
After two inductee-less years, the Polk Arts and Cultural Alliance is adding six individuals to its Hall of Fame. The organization took a break from inductions during the pandemic; on Oct. 17, a gala will be held to honor the new members at Bonnet Springs Park. Tickets are on sale now. (The Ledger)
Polk Museum of Art has a new exhibit in the Perkins Gallery. Stop by to view “The Weight of Paper: Works by Women in the Permanent Collection” now through Jan.14, 2024. Learn more about the exhibit’s thesis on female artists and paper works.
Lakeland filmmaker Jonathan Sawyer is working on two feature films dealing with mental health. Sawyer’s documentary “I Am This Dark World’s Light” uses interviews and footage from local outreach events to discuss suicide prevention. “Remember,” Sawyer’s narrative drama, will begin filming in Florida + Texas this January. (The Ledger)
The Apiary Studios is working with Richard Elfman on a second project. While exact details are TBA, the biz described the project as “weird, fun,” and “featuring long ago creatures.” Check out their other projects while you wait.
Kelley Buick GMC’s annual Twenty Buck Truck raffle raises funds for local students in 4H and FFA programs. The Bartow dealership will draw its winner on Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m. Attend to watch Sheriff Grady Judd congratulate the winner — will it be you? Enter the raffle online. (WFTS)
Learn, experience + enjoy an evening in the Florida Air Museum with a scavenger hunt, visit to the E.L.E.V.A.T.E co-working space, photo op with an F-14, and mini-tastings from Catapult Kitchen’s members on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus – Prop 75. Learn more and register.*
Audiologists are raving about the latest generation of Horizon hearing aids. Why the excitement? They deliver unmatched speech clarity in an ultra-discreet design. The best part?hear.com offers a local, 45-day no-risk trial, so you can try before you buy. Secure your spot.*
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Was getting more active on your 2023 New Year’s resolution list? Good news: There’s still time. See our roundup of four runs to join in the last four months of 2023 — and be proud of yourself for *actually* completing a resolution. (We knew you could do it.) *
Parking options downtown, labeled by color + type | Screenshot via the City of Lakeland’s interactive parking map
With fall events on the horizon, we’re preparing for the one certainty that’s right up there with death and taxes — parking.
Did you know that your car is tagged downtown to track how long you’ve been parked, or that the City of Lakeland has an interactive parking map and app?
Let’s talk free parking
Free on-street parking is available to everyone downtown for up to two hours daily and is unlimited after 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and all weekend long. Car tagging and tracking begin at 9 a.m., and your two hours start as soon as you park.
This means that your time will continue whether you’re parked on Main Street or Kentucky Avenue, accruing time within the same zone, unless extended by $1 per hour, up to an added two hours.
Wondering where else you can park for free? Keep reading for the city’s free garage, lot, valet, and accessible options.