November PlanAhead: Your November Lakeland events calendar

November is in full swing — and to help you get the most out of your fall, we’re rounding up some of the top local events (both virtual and in-person) to help you stay connected🍂

Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in the following events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.

Friday, October 30-Sunday, November 1

Friday | October 30

Buckingham Terror Haunted House |Fri., Oct. 29 | 7:30-11 p.m. | Camp Fire Sunshine, 2600 Buckingham Ave. | $5+ | Venture into the witch infested Twisted Forest…if you dare. 👻

8th Annual Halloween Party | Fri., Oct. 29 | 12 p.m.-12 a.m. | The Brass Tap, 1515 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | Get into the holiday spirit with some spirits + don’t forget to wear your favorite costume. 🧟

Buena Nights | Fri., Oct. 30 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Cob & Pen, 1221 S. Florida Ave. | Prices Vary | Take your friends and family to this Halloween + Dia De Los Muertos party featuring a wide variety of activities including scary movies, a costume contest, and art. 💀

Plant City Boo Bash | Fri., Oct. 29 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Grace Manor at Hunters Creek, 765 W. Grant St. | Free | You won’t want to miss this costume party with games, music, food, and more. 👻

Costumes & Candy Parade | Fri., Oct. 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Free | Slip on your spookiest costume and pick up pre-packaged treats as you stroll through this festive event. 🧛

Saturday | October 31

MASK-arade Halloween Party| Sat., Oct. 31 | 4 p.m.-2 a.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland, 124 S. Tennessee Ave. | Prices Vary | Wear your favorite mask and jam to live music from DJ Trinidad and The Detectives. 👺

Halloween is Dead | Sat., Oct. 31 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Maddox Ranch, 2505 W. Bella Vista St. | Prices Vary | Rock out to Florida’s top bands, featuring music from the Grateful Dead,munch on food from vendors + BYOB. 🎸

Just Cares Annual Fall Festival | Sat., Oct. 31 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland, 100 N. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Gather up the family and head on over to this festival featuring fun holiday games and treats. 🍁

Trunk or Treat | Sat., Oct. 31 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Plant City YMCA, 1507 YMCA Pl. | Free | Grab candies and goodies while you drive through and visit each festive trunk.

Sunday | November 1 

Radoslav Lorkovic w/ Smokin’ Chanchos | Sun., Nov. 1 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine | Prices Vary | Enjoy live music from Chicago’s “Croatian Sensation” Radoslav Lorković and order some grub from Smokin’ Chanchos. 🎵

Halloween Hangover SQUAD Brunch | Sun., Nov. 1 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland, 124 S. Tennessee Ave. | Ring in the new month and fill up on brunch with a shareable menu while jamming to live music from DJ Trinidad. 🍳

Moving Beyond Fake News | Sun., Nov. 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual | Join Trinity Laurino as she discusses misinformation in the media to help promote media literacy. 📰

Monday, November 2-Sunday, November 8

Monday | November 2

ACT Prep | Mon., Nov. 2 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Learning Resource Center of Polk County, 1628 Florida Ave. S. | $70-$470 | Is your teen in need of some test prep? Enroll them for this prep course catered to grades 9-12 in-person or virtually. ✍️

The Generators | Mon., Nov. 2 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Time to crack open those records and learn more about how you can explore your family’s genealogy in this ad hoc hands-on workshop. 🔍

Craft Beer + Bingo | Mon., Nov. 2 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Craft + Kitchen, 3234 S. Florida Ave. | Prices Vary | Enjoy this bingo night with friends and family while sipping on drafts and competing for prizes. 🍺

America’s Largest Virtual Turkey Trot | Mon., Nov. 2 | 12 a.m.-11:30 p.m. | Virtual | $35-$50 | Compete in this 5k anywhere you feel comfortable and compete for the Biggest Flock award + don’t forget to sport the festive merch. 🦃

Just Cares Free Outdoor Movie Night | Mon., Nov. 2 | 5-9 p.m. | Munn Park Historic District, 201 E. Main St. | Free | You won’t want to miss this event featuring Coco the movie as well as music, games, and live performances in honor of Dia de los Muertos. 📽️

Tuesday | November 3

Clay Class: Pressed Clay Bowls | Tue., Nov. 3 | 6-8 p.m. | PicassoZ Art Cafe, 4632 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | $32 | Craft and paint two food-safe bowls of your own creation using pressed lace. 🏺

Live Trivia| Tue., Nov. 3 | 7-9 p.m. | The Brass Tap, 1515 Town Center Dr. | Free | Challenge yourself and friends to a live trivia game and compete for a $70 prize. 🏆

After School Tuesdays | Tue., Nov. 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Art Centric Studio, 1035 S. Florida Ave. | $60 |Have your kiddos get creative at this after school program where students will make 2-4 projects based on a theme and their grade level. 🎨

Donor Town Hall | Tue., Nov. 3 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join Talbot Ministries as they host this webinar featuring how community donations have helped protect the homeless from COVID-19, nourished thousands of families, and much more. 🤝

Wednesday | November 4

Beautiful Braids with the Frozen Sisters | Wed., Nov. 4 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Blown Beautiful Dry Bar, 1021 E. County Rd. 504A | $40 | Get a magical transformation with a Frozen inspired hairstyle at this salon and get a chance to meet the Frozen sisters with a special royal portrait and a meet and greet. 👸

Chef Pairing Dinner with Charlie Garrison |Wed., Nov. 4 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Frescos, 132 S. Kentucky Ave. | $75 | Join Whiskey Peddler Charlie Garrison + Bourbon Evangelist Erika Myers and enjoy a five-course meal paired with cocktails and neat pours of Garrison Brothers Bourbon. 🧑🏿‍🍳

Red Door + Grove Roots Beer |Wed., Nov. 4 | 6:15-9 p.m. | Red Door Lakeland, 733 E. Palmetto St. | $55 | Fill up on comfort food and craft beers with Joe Dunham of Grove Roots Brewing Co. and Richard DeAngelis of Red Door in an outdoor, limited seating dinner event. 🍺

Thursday | November 5

Lakeside Village Live | Thur., Nov. 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free | Jam out at this weekly concert by Lauren Carder Fox featuring jazz, pop, rock, country, folk guitar, and vocals. 🎼

Small Business Council|Thur., Nov. 5 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland, 511 W. | Free, RSVP | Join the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce for a roundtable with experienced small business owners. 👔

Strings Concert | Thur., Nov. 5 | 7-8 p.m. | Harrison School for the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $9-$12 | Enjoy the music from the Harrison Symphony Orchestra with a guest performance from violinist and UCF Professor Ross Winter in-person or online. 🎻

Athena Awards | Thur., Nov. 5 | 6-8:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St. | $20-$50 | Attend this awards dinner which honors Lakeland’s women leaders featuring keynote speaker Rita Barreto Craig. 🏅

Friday | November 6

Dog Days Downtown | Fri., Nov. 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Venture downtown with your furry friend with fund activities in Munn Park + shops and restaurants will be open late. 🐾

Clay Class: Mini Succulents | Fri., Nov. 6 | 6-8 p.m. | PicassoZ Art Cafe, 4632 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | $25 | Get those artistic juices flowing and craft +paint your own succulent plant from raw clay. 🌱

First Friday – It’s BACK! | Fri., Nov. 6 | 3-9 p.m. | Brew Hub, 3900 Frontage Rd. S. | Prices Vary | First Friday is back with buy-one-get-one-free drafts all day, and don’t forget to try the snacks and food from the menu + food trucks. 🍺

Saturday | November 7

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Sat., Nov. 7 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland, E. Oak St. to E. Main St.| Prices Vary | Step out on the town and enjoy treats, art, smoked jerky, and trinkets from local makers and farmers. 🧺

Second Sunday Artisan Market | Sun., Nov. 8 | 12-5 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | Head on over to this market to stroll and shop for decorations, jewelry, and unique goods handmade by local artisans. 🧵

Veterans Day Ceremony & Rotary Salute | Sat., Nov. 7 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 141 Lake Beulah Dr. | Free | Join this annual salute to veterans at Veterans Memorial Park with an unveiling of a new monument in honor of veterans of Operation Desert Storm. 🎖️

Movies in the Park Double Feature | Sat., Nov. 7 | 6:30-10 p.m. | Dobbins Park, 514 Ariana St. | Free | Take the family out for a trip to enjoy this double feature movie event with the live-action Aladdin at 6:30 p.m. and Secret Life of Pets 2 at 8:30 p.m. 🍿

Sunday | November 8

Self Care Sunday: Pop-Up Market and Brunch | Sun., Nov. 8 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Cafe Zuppina, 4417 S. Florida Ave. | Prices Vary | Enjoy a Turkish-style breakfast, special packages from Beauty, Skin, & Tonic + specialty artisanal goods from Bliss. 🍲

Sunflakes Buckle Series Race #1 | Sun., Nov. 8 | 3 p.m. | Aldine Combee Arena, Fish Hatchery Rd. | Prices Vary | Head on over to this barrel racing buckle series featuring Peewee, Youth, and Open exhibitions. 🏇

Letterfly Pinstriping at Roscoe’s Chili Challenge | Sun., Nov. 8 | 8 a.m.-10 p.m. | Roscoes Chili Challenge, 5320 N. Shady Oak Dr. | Prices Vary |  Hey bikers, check out this event featuring one-of-a-kind artwork just for you and, be sure to watch live pinstriping while you’re there. 🏍️

Monday, November 9-Sunday, November 15

Monday | November 9

Yoga: Breath, Flow & Glow | Mon., Nov. 9 | 6-7 p.m. | Soul Tree Yoga Studio, 330 Doris Dr. | $10 | Find your inner peace at this yoga class for all skill levels featuring fun glow bands for your hands. 🧘🏿

Live Trivia at Cob & Pen | Mon., Nov. 9 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen, 1221 S. Florida Ave. | Prices Vary | Challenge yourself and your friends at this trivia night and compete for prizes while enjoying grub and drinks from the menu. 🏆

Craft Beer + Bingo | Mon., Nov. 9 | 7-8 p.m. | Craft + Kitchen, 3234 S. Florida Ave. | Free | Hit the town,join this bingo night where you can  compete for top prizes. 🍻

Windows 10 Basics | Mon., Nov. 9 | 10-11 a.m. | Lakeland Public Library, 100 Lake Morton Dr. | Free, RSVP | Brush up your skills and learn more about the new features of the Windows 10 software, how to customize a start menu, manage multiple tabs, and more. 💻

Tuesday | November 10

Imperial Symphony Orchestra | Tue., Nov. 10 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Sun ‘n Fun Outdoor Pavilion, 4175 Medulla Rd. | Enjoy an evening of orchestral music live or virtually with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 🎻

Fall Percussion Concert | Tue., Nov. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Enjoy this performance of percussion instruments by Southeastern University students from the comfort of your home. 🥁

Tuesday Trivia Night | Tue., Nov. 10 | 7-9 p.m. | Mellow Mushroom, 3555 Lakeland Highlands Rd. | Prices Vary | $8 pitchers available and prizes for the top three teams. 🏆

Wednesday | November 11

Family Drive-In Movie | Wed., Nov. 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Harvest Church, 2120 Airport Rd. | Free | Take the family out to this drive-in movie screening featuring an Auntie Anne’s truck + snacks and drinks available for purchase. 🍿

Yoga on the Yard | Wed., Nov. 11 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | The Yard on Mass, 802 N. Massachusetts Ave. | $10 | Stretch out those limbs and try this beginning yoga class, including a drink. 🧘‍♂️

Brass Quintet Concert | Wed., Nov. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Kick back and enjoy this brass quintet concert featuring Southeastern University students. 🎺

The Officer: Stage Reading | Wed., Nov. 11 | Virtual | 7:30-10 p.m. | $10 | Watch this military-based comedy in commemoration of Veterans Day, following the story of Arthur Graham and his experience joining the military. 🎭

Veterans Day Mission BBQ | Wed., Nov. 11 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Mission BBQ, 4014 Florida Ave. S. | Prices Vary | Veterans, active duty, NG, and reserves get a free sandwich and all can check out the vehicles on display in commemoration of the holiday. 🎖️

Veterans Day Ceremony | Tue., Nov. 10 | 1-2 p.m. | Haines City Railroad Park, 502 E. Main St. | Free | Honor our nation’s veterans at this event commemorating the lives and sacrifices of those who served. 🎖️

Thursday | November 12

Natalie Fleming Trio Variety 50’s through today | Thur., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free | Enjoy this family-friendly, free concert featuring tunes from the 1950s to the present day. 🎙️

Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally | Thur., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland, 100 N. Kentucky Ave. | Prices Vary | Venture downtown and chow down on food from local vendors in support of small businesses. 🚚

Launch Pitch Night | Thur., Nov. 12 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Free, RSVP | See what is next in the business scene by hearing from entrepreneurs as they compete to win up to $10k in funding from judges. 📈

Lakeland Run/Walk at Lake Hollingsworth | Thur., Nov. 12 | 7-10 p.m. | Lake Hollingsworth, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Free, RSVP | Get your body moving at this event and participate in a comfortable run or walk for all skill levels. 🏃‍♀️

Friday | November 13

Art & Wine Walk | Fri., Nov. 13 | 5-9 p.m. | Bella Visage, 119 Traders Alley | $25 | Spend a night on the town at the progressive art gallery hosted by downtown businesses and enjoy wine + food samples during your walk. 🍷

Cosplay Night | Fri., Nov. 13 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | Galaxy Bar Lakeland, 5153 US Highway 98 N. | Prices Vary | Transform into your favorite character and head on over to this event…and don’t forget to check out the cars in “carsplay” too. 🦸‍♀️

Dueling Pianos | Fri., Nov. 13 | 9-11:59 p.m. | Winners Circle Sports Bar and Grill, 4215 S. Florida Ave. | $10+| Enjoy an fun and comedic evening of duelling pianos featuring songs from the ‘70s to today. 🎹

Beatles + Stones: Hits of the Brits | Fri., Nov. 13 | 7-9 p.m. | The Polk Theatre, 121 S. Florida Ave. | Catch two shows in one night by tribute bands of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones where performers will showdown to settle the decades long debate of which iconic band is the best. 🎸

Saturday | November 14

Honey Bee Festival and Craft Show | Sat., Nov. 14 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Downtown Bartow, 165 E. Main St. | Free | Explore handmade crafts, antiques, a car show, and bee education area in Bartow’s historic district. 🐝

Lakeland Holiday Shopping | Sat., Nov. 14 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lakeland Square Mall, 3800 US Highway 98 N. | Free | Head on over to the mall and check out holiday themed vendors to find the perfect items for the holidays. 🕎

Handmade Holiday Open House | Sat., Nov. 14 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hardwood Lumber & Millwork, 4316 Wallace Rd. | Prices Vary | Enjoy refreshments, crafts for kids, and turning demos to spark some inspiration on how to incorporate handmade gifts this holiday season. 🎁

Sunday | November 15

Baskerville –  A Sherlock Holmes Mystery | Sun., Nov. 15 | 2-4 p.m. | Lake Mirror Theatre, 121 S. Lake Ave. | $1.50 | Watch this comedic take on one of literature’s classic stories as Sherlock Holmes and his companions explore the Devonshire moors to find the truth. 🕵️‍♂️

Straitjacket Smile at Leo’s Live | Sun., Nov. 15 | 9:30 p.m. | Leo’s Live Music & Billiards, 5263 S. Florida Ave. | Prices vary | Groove to live local music while you enjoy refreshments and compete in billiards. 🎱

Rapunzel Tea Party | Sun., Nov. 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $10+ | Take the kiddos to this royal event where special guests will participate in a meet and greet, story time, a sing along, and treats + tea. 👸

Monday, November 16-Sunday, November 22

 

Monday | November 16

Fall Choral Concert | Mon., Nov. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch this online choral performance by Southeastern University Arts Students featuring a women’s choir, concert choir, and chamber singers as they present classic holiday songs. 🎤

Mega Pantry Distribution | Mon., Nov. 16 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Lakes Church, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd. | Free | All that are in need are welcome to stop by this food drive and pick up a pre-packaged bag of groceries. 🥫

City Commission Meeting | Mon., Nov. 16 | 3-5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Attend this week’s meeting covering new ordinances and recommendations that you can find here on the agenda. 🏛️

Hospitality Night | Mon., Nov. 16 | 9-11 p.m. | The Brass Tap, 1515 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | All customers working in the hospitality industry can enjoy half off on pint drafts + proof of employment is required. 🍻

Live Trivia at Cob & Pen | Mon., Nov. 16 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen, 1221 S. Florida Ave. | Prices Vary | If you’ve got a competitive streak check out this live trivia night with awards for the top three teams. 🏆

Tuesday | November 17

Fall Bear Art with the Brave Princess | Tue., Nov. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $20 | Have your kiddos join the Brace Princess for a meet and greet and a themed art project. 🎨

Tuesday Night Trivia | Tue., Nov. 17 | 7-9 p.m. | Mellow Mushroom, 3555 Lakeland Highlands Rd. Prices Vary | Gather your friends and compete in this trivia tournament with prizes for the top three teams and $8 pitchers. 🍻

Mosaic Workshop | Tue., Nov. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | PicassoZ Art Cafe, 4632 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | $21 | Get crafty at this art class and learn how to create your own mosaic project. 

Guitar Concert | Tue., Nov. 17 | 7-8 p.m. | Harrison School for the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $9+ | Attend this show in-person or online performed by Harrison School for the Arts student musicians. 

Mobile Food Pantry | Tue., Nov. 17 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Blessings & Hope Lakeland, 2150 E. Edgewood Dr. | Free | All that are in need are welcome to stop by this food drive and pick up a bag of grocery items. 🥫

Fair Housing Virtual Community Workshop | Tue., Nov. 17 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Attend this virtual workshop hosted by the City of Lakeland to inform the public about the fair housing planning process as it relates to Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. 

What’s Next for Small Businesses? | Tue., Nov. 17 | 3-4 p.m. | Virtual | Free, RSVP | Join the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and its reopening task force to discuss what is next for Lakeland’s small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the economy. 

Wednesday | November 18

Free Virtual Zumba Class | Wed., Nov. 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get your body moving and burn off some calories in this cardio dance class to the tune of international music. 💃🏽

Plant City Virtual Game Night | Wed., Nov. 18 | 7-10 p.m. | Virtual | Free, RSVP | Participate in this game night featuring topics from 8,000+ quiz questions, charades, drawing, trivia, and drinking games. 🖥️

After School Portfolio | Wed., Nov. 18 | 4-5 p.m. | Art Centric Studio, 1035 S. Florida Ave. | $75 | Kids from ages 9-12 years can attend this art class to build their art portfolio and learn the basics of drawing a bike. 🖌️

Food Giveaway | Wed., Nov. 18 | 6-7 p.m. | St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, 4450 Harden Blvd. | Free | All that are in need are welcome to stop by this food drive and pick up a bag of grocery items on a first-come-first-served basis. 🥫

Thursday | November 19

Lakeside Village Live | Thur., Nov. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free | Check out this free performance from the Groove City Jamz Duo and enjoy groove-heavy sooth music. 🎼

Food Trucks | Thur., Nov. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Venture out this food truck event and try some grub from Breezy Eazy Bistro like the grouper sandwich, fish and chips, and grouper tacos. 🚚

Contemporary Band Concert | Thur., Nov. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch this virtual performance streamed live by Southeastern University College of Arts students showcasing contemporary songs. 🎵

Mobile Food Pantry | Thur., Nov. 19 | 10-11 a.m. | Salvation Army, 2620 Kathleen Rd. | Free | All that are in need can pick up a bag or box of pre-packaged grocery items. 🥫

Mobile Food Pantry | Thur., Nov. 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Lake Wales – Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Ministries, 511 Jackson St. | Free | All that are in need can stop by this food drive and can pick up a bag or box of pre-packaged grocery items. 🥫

Friday | November 20

Kettle Kick-Off at Lakeside Village | Fri., Nov. 20 | 6-7 p.m.| 1479 Town Center Drive | Free | Head out to Lakeside Village as they turn on their Christmas Tree with The Salvation Army Lakeland for their annual Kettle Kick-off.

2nd Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest | Fri., Nov. 20 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St. | Free | Take the family on a trip to this event with a storytime, coloring station, reindeer food station, photos with Santa, and more. 🎄

80s Costume Party | Fri., Nov. 20 | 10 p.m.-2 a.m. | Jade Fox, 3010 Lakeland Highlands Rd. | Prices Vary | Step back in time and slip on those acid wash jeans for this event with a DJ line up playing some of the best 80s hits. 🌌 

Red Headed Stepchild at Leo’s Live | Fri., Nov. 20 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Leo’s Live Music & Billiards, 5263 S. Florida Ave. | Prices Vary | Groove to live music from this party band performing hits from today and yesterday as you enjoy billiards and a full-service liquor bar. 🎸

Saturday | November 21

Free Photos with Santa | Sat., Nov. 21 | 12-4 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free, RSVP | Gather family and get a memorable snapshot with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in a living room themed set + make sure to choose only one-time slot. 🎅🏾

Fairytale Treats with Cinderella | Sat., Nov. 21 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $5+| Take the kids to meet Cinderella and enjoy themed refreshments, a stage show, storytelling, and singing. 👸

Downtown Farmers Market |  Sat., Nov. 21 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Munn Park, 210 E Main St. | Free | Step out on the town and enjoy treats, art, smoked jerky, and trinkets from local makers and farmers. 🧺

A Christmas Carol | Sat., Nov. 21 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch this performance of this classic by Charles Dickens adapted for the stage by FSC showcasing student actors and the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. 🎭

Bartow Holiday Friday Fest | Sat., Nov. 21 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Bartow, 165 E. Main Street | Free | Kick off the holiday season at this event launching the downtown holiday lights, food, vendors, Santa, cars, and performances from Bartow High School. 🎄

Sunday | November 22

9th Annual Chili Cook-off | Sun., Nov. 22 | 5:30 p.m. | Parkway Baptist Church, 4210 Lakeland Highlands Rd. | Free | Bring your own chili recipe and compete for a grand prize, or chow down on hot dogs, fixings for chili, and drinks + don’t forget to visit the s’mores station. 🌶️

SQUAD Brunch with DJ Trinidad | Sun., Nov. 22 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland, 124 S. Tennessee Ave. | Prices Vary | Hit the town and enjoy brunch, bottomless mimosas, and your favorite tunes + furry friends are welcome. 🥂

Bonfire Spirits | Sun., Nov. 22 | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | GrillSmith Lakeland, 1569 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | Embody the fall spirit and sip on handcrafted cocktails inspired by the season in this restaurant featuring classic American dishes. 🍸

NFL Sundays | Sun., Nov. 22 | 12-11 p.m. | The Brass Tap, 1515 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | Watch the NFL Sunday ticket and take advantage of football specials including $4.25 select drafts, $5.25 pizza, and a $6.25 All-American Pub Burger with a purchase of an alcoholic beverage. 🏈

Monday, November 23-Sunday, November 29

 

Monday | November 23

Thanksgiving Camp | Mon., Nov. 23 | 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Gymnastics Etc., 3222 Winter Lake Rd. | $30 | Keep the kids busy and enroll them in this themed camp with lots of games and activities. 🦃

Holiday Story Time | Mon., Nov. 23 | 10-10:30 a.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St. | Free | Take the kiddos out to this storytime event, which features a coloring station, hot chocolate bar, reindeer food station, photos with Santa, and a performance by Harrison School For The Arts students. 🎅

Mindful Movement | Mon., Nov. 23 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Enjoy this virtual meditation and yoga practice to clear your mind and relax. 🧘

Mega Mobile Food Pantry | Mon., Nov. 23 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Lakes Church, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd. | Free | All those in need are welcome to pick up a pre-packaged bag of groceries. 🥫

Tuesday | November 24

Property Management Seminar | Tue., Nov. 24 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | Gain insight on how to handle conflicts and pitfalls as a property manager from industry professionals. 🏘️

I Love the 90’s Trivia | Tue., Nov. 24 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass, 802 N. Massachusetts Ave. | Prices Vary | If you’re a 90’s fanatic, put your knowledge to the test at this trivia night and compete for prizes for the top three winners. 🏆

Tuesday Night Bingo | Tue., Nov. 24 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | The Joinery, 640 E. Main St. | Prices Vary | Compete for prizes at this bingo tournament which features golden-hour drink specials.  🏆

La Palapa Time and FITniche Runners Club | Tue., Nov. 24 | 3-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St. | Prices Vary | Get active by participating in the runner’s club run and enjoy beer + tacos after your run from the food truck. 🏃🏿‍♂️

Surprise Story Time | Tue., Nov. 24 | 10-11 a.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $3+ | Take the kids out to enjoy this storytime event where they can meet a surprise character, listen to + dance to music, and color. 👑

Wednesday | November 25

Starlight Nights Downtown | Wed., Nov. 25 | 5:30-10 p.m. | Downtown Winter Haven Historic District, 263 W. Central Ave. | Free | Enjoy over 22,000 twinkling lights, extended shopping hours, and food + drink specials to ring in the holiday season. 🌟

Thanksgiving Eve Bash | Wed., Nov. 25 | 3 p.m.-1 a.m. | Federal Bar, 124 S. Tennessee Ave. | Prices Vary | Celebrate the holiday with drink specials and an array of menu options to munch on + jam out to Aggie Road and DJ Trinidad. 🦃

Mojito Filter Rocking Blackout Wednesday | Wed., Nov. 25 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Leo’s Live Music and Billiards, 5263 S. Florida Ave. | Prices Vary | Rock out to live music from Mojito Filter + check out the drink menu. 🍹

VISTE 24th Annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery | Wed., Nov. 25 | 2-5 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St. | Free, RSVP | Volunteer for this food drive to deliver 1,800 meals to local seniors. 🍴

Food Trucks at Brew Hub | Wed., Nov. 25 | 3-7 p.m. | Brew Hub, 3900 Frontage Rd. S. | Prices Vary | Head on over to this food truck event and try menu items from Tastebuds, and don’t forget to pick up some brews from the brewery. 🚚

Thursday | November 26

Thursday Evening Putting League | Thur., Nov. 26 | 6-8:15 p.m. | LeRoy’s Bikeworks, 6935 S. Carter Rd. Ste. 2 | $5 | Try something new and play in this putting + the top three players will win prizes. 🏌️‍♀️

2nd Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest | Thur., Nov. 26 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St. | Free | Take the family on a trip to this event with a storytime, coloring station, reindeer food station, photos with Santa, and more. 

It Takes a Village Food Pantry | Thur., Nov. 26 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 3140 Troy Ave. | Free | Volunteer to deliver food to community members experiencing food insecurity and help to unload trucks, sort + pass out food. 🍴

Friday | November 27

Black Friday BikeFest | Fri., Nov. 27 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Harley-Davidson, 4202 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | Free | Enjoy giveaways, live entertainment, free food & beer. 🏍️

The Sound Machines Debut | Fri., Nov. 27 | 7-10 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St. | Prices Vary | Head on over to this brewery featuring their musical guest The Sound Machines + enjoy food and drinks by the lake. 🍺

Butterfly Garden Work Party | Fri., Nov. 27 | 12-2 p.m. | Friends of Colt Creek State Park, 16000 SR-471 | Free | Get your hands dirty and help create a butterfly garden, and don’t forget to bring sun protection + water. 🦋

Black Friday with Running Reckless | Fri., Nov. 27 | 9:30 p.m. | Leo’s Live Music & Billiards, 5263 S. Florida Ave. | Prices Vary | Enjoy a night of drinks and billiards with live music from Running Reckless. 🎱

Black Friday Parking Lot Sale | Fri., Nov. 27 | 11 a.m. | Second Curves Consignment, 1745 E. Edgewood Dr. | Prices Vary | Head on over to this parking lot sale with crafts, home-baked goods, yard sale, music, vendors, and free refreshments. 🧶

Saturday | November 28

Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Sat., Nov. 28 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland, E. Oak St. to E. Main St. | Prices Vary | Step out on the town and enjoy treats, art, smoked jerky, and trinkets from local makers and farmers. 🧺

Free Photos with Santa | Sat., Nov. 28 | 12-4 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free, RSVP | Gather family and get a memorable snapshot with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in a living room themed set + make sure to choose a one-time only slot. 

Celtic Conundrum w/ Salt & Fire Food Lab | Sat., Nov. 28 | 7-10 p.m. |  Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St. | Prices Vary | Enjoy Celtic music from Celtic Conundrum and grub from Salt & Fire Food Lab. 🎵

Toys 4 Tots Tournament | Sat., Nov. 28 | 1 p.m. | 1229 Pleasant Pl. | Prices Vary | Enter into this Toys 4 Tots fundraising event with blinds draws, raffles + BYOB.  🧸

Mobile Food Pantry | Sat., Nov. 28 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Donald Bronson Community Center, 124 Bronson Trail | Free | All those in need are welcome to pick up a pre-packaged bag of groceries. 🍴

Sunday | November 29

Tree Lighting Ceremony | Sun., Nov. 29 | 6 p.m. | Lake Gibson Church, 6868 N. Socrum Loop Rd. | Free | Take the family out to this tree lighting event featuring music and refreshments. 🎄

Federal FriendsGiving Brunch | Sun., Nov. 29 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Federal Bar, 124 S. Tennessee Ave. | Prices Vary | Gather your friends and enjoy an after-holiday brunch with bottomless mimosas and live music from DJ Trinidad. 🍹

NFL Sundays | Sun., Nov. 29 | 12-11 p.m. | The Brass Tap, 1515 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | Watch the NFL Sunday ticket and take advantage of football specials including $4.25 select drafts, $5.25 pizza, and a $6.25 All-American Pub Burger, with a purchase of an alcoholic beverage. 🏈