October PlanAhead: Your Lakeland events calendar

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Happy October, Lakeland. 🎃 If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the crisp(er) air, fall drinks and treats, and the spooky holiday season — 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

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  • Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Every Sat. | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Support local business and shop from over 100 vendors including East of These, Florida Fresh Live Herbs, + La Caribbean Taste. 
  • Winter Haven Farmers Market | Every Sat. | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | BB&T bank parking lot | Free | Enjoy live music while you shop local goods in Downtown Winter Haven.

Seasonal

  • Brick-or-Treat | Select nights in October | 2:30-7:30 p.m.| LEGOLAND Florida Resort | $85+ | A trick-or-treat experience for the whole family with live shows, meet-and-greets, and a fireworks spectacular. 🎃
  • Shimmering Lights Fall Festival | Select nights in October | 7-10 p.m.| 2302 N. Dover Rd. | $7 | A fun way to celebrate Halloween without all the scares — see the shimmering lights along a walking trail while enjoying games + activities. 

Featured Event

  • 3-Week Hybrid Foster Care Class | Sat., Oct. 9, 16, 23 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to become a foster parent in Polk, Hardee, or Highland County. Ⓟ

Mon., Sept. 27- Sun., Oct. 3

Talk

  • Superintendent’s Community Conversation | Mon., Sept. 27 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid is hosting a virtual discussion to talk with stakeholders about ways to improve our public school system. 

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  • After School Art | Mon., Sept. 27 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | This event is free for members and $5 per child per class for non-members, so bring your child to learn + enhance their art skills. 
  • Painting With a Twist: Mom’s Night Out | Mon., Sept. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | Celebrate the fall season by trying your hand at this guided painting of a pumpkin patch that represents your family, titled “Welcome to Our Patch.”

Dish

  • Couples Cooking: Late Summer Cookout | Mon., Sept. 27 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $100 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class where you’ll learn all about cooking up your summer favorites both indoors and outdoors. 🍴

Tuesday | September 28

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  • Yoga for Pain Relief | Tues., Sept. 28 | 6-7 p.m. | Soul Tree Yoga Studio | $10 | Try this yoga class to relieve your pain from migraines, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other common ailments.
  • Virtual Knit Night | Tues., Sept. 28 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join + connect with Four Purls Yarn Shop for this virtual knit night event. 🧶
  • Painting With a Twist | Tues., Sept. 28 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | It’s Diva’s Night Out at Painting With a Twist, so grab your most fabulous friend and bring them along for tonight’s painting, titled “Pretty in Pink.”

Dish

  • Eggs Essentials | Tues., Sept. 28 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Spicy lobster deviled eggs, lemongrass ginger creme brulee, and classic french omelets are just some of what you’ll learn at this hands-on cooking class. 🍴

Wednesday | September 29

Show

  • Jeff Foxworthy | Wed., Sept. 29 | 7 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Prices Vary | Jeff Foxworthy is bringing the laughs at this family-friendly comedy show.

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  • Co-ed Volleyball | Wed., Sept. 29 | 6-7 p.m. | Presbyterian Church in the Highlands | Free | Put together a volleyball team or join a new one for a friendly game of volleyball — occurs every Wednesday night. 
  • Open Mic with Chelsea Margaret | Wed., Sept. 29 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Give performing a try for a night of music + fun. 🎤

Trivia

  • Triviosity | Wed., Sept. 29 | 7 p.m. | Front Page Brewing | Free | Check-in starts at 6:30, and tables fill up fast, so bring your crew + grab a bite from a food truck. 

Learn

  • Long-term Caregiver Class | Wed., Sept. 29 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Shepherd’s Community United Methodist Church, 6885 Chelsea Oaks Dr. | Free | Senior and long-term care experts are here to offer support and connection for individuals taking long-term care of loved ones.

Thursday | September 30

Show

  • Open Mic with Kristy Scott | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 8 p.m. | Union Hall | Free | Come to Union Hall tonight, free of charge, to hear from local musicians or find your own place on stage.
  • Royce live at Swan Brewing | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Royce is back at Swan Brewing putting on a solo performance for you to enjoy with a cold brew. 🎤

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  • Karaoke with Don and Myra | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 7 p.m. | Off the Chain, 1560 Havendale Blvd. NW | Free | Hailed as the Godfather of Karaoke, “The Don” is hosting tonight’s karaoke night at Off the Chain.
  • Ladies Night Downtown | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Downtown Winter Haven | $10 | Dress in pink 80’s fashion and participate in ladies night to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month, featuring door prices, food + drink specials, and more. 

Dish

  • Taco Thursday | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Fuzzy’s Taco Shop | Prices vary | This marketing lunch is open to all, so come prepared to meet other professionals at this event organized by Senior Helpers.

Fri., Oct. 1 

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  • First Friday: Cookie Carnival | Fri., Oct. 1 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Experience live music, vendors, family fun + lots of delicious cookies. 🍪 
  • Trick or Treat Tasting Sweet Ghost Walking Tour | Fri., Oct. 1 | 12 p.m. | Winter Haven, FL | $69+ | Eat local sweets + learn about the ghosts of Winter Haven — exact meeting location will be provided on the ticket. 👻
  • Gasparilla Music Festival | Fri., Oct. 1 | All Day | Curtis Hixon Park | $40+ | A weekend long music festival with 35 bands and 4 main stages —  proceeds benefit music education and professional musicians.

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Fri., Oct. 1 |  7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Show

  • The People Who Live There Premiere | Fri., Oct. 1 |  7 p.m. | Polk Theater | $12 | Attend the live premiere for this feature-length Lakeland based documentary to learn more about Lakeland’s homes and residents. 🎬  
  • Ladies of Lakeland | Fri., Oct. 1 | 7-10 p.m. | LKLD Live, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. | Free | Come out to hear Noan Partly, Stephani Richards, Anisette Mayer and Robin Brooke as part of this First Friday event. 
  • Punk Music Live | Fri., Oct. 1 | 7 p.m.-1 a.m. | Union Hall | Free | Come out to see multiple Punk artists including Sick Talk, The Punk Service, The Fatties, and Tyler West. 🎤 

Featured Event

  • Catapult Pop-Up: Fritango Nicaraguan Cuisine | Fri., Oct. 1 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Free | This Friday, find Catapult Kitchen Member Fritango Nicaraguan Cuisine, serving authentic Nicaraguan food.

Sat., Oct. 2 

Cause

  • Cornhole for a Cause | Sat., Oct. 2 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Swan Brewing | $25 | Play in a cornhole tournament to raise money for the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, or cheer on a friend + enjoy a drink from Swan Brewing’s tap list. 🍻

Show

  • Someday Honey | Sat., Oct. 2 | 8-11 p.m. | LKLD Live, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. | $10 | Come out to  LKLD Live to hear the band Someday Honey. 
  • Lakeland Symphony Orchestra | Sat., Oct. 2 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Polk Theater | $21-$46 | Hear the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra honor Beethoven with a performance of symphonies 1, 3, 5, 7 + 9. 🎼

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  • Karaoke Night | Sat., Oct. 2 | 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. | Union Hall | Free | Come to Union Hall and warm up those vocal chords with some Karaoke.  
  • Proper Wednesday Live | Sat., Oct. 2 | 7 p.m.-10 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Enjoy drinks + a live performance from Proper Wednesday.
  • Run for the Boo-lies | Sat., Oct. 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Lake Hollingsworth Park | $15 | 5k run to support the Polk County Bully Project — there will be a celebration after the run with free beer + trophies. 
  • Bartow Chalk Walk | Sat., Oct. 2 | All day | Downtown Bartow | Free | See local artists create chalk art + enjoy food trucks + local vendors in Downtown Bartow.
  • Gasparilla Music Festival | Sat., Oct. 2 | All Day | Curtis Hixon Park | $40+ | A weekend long music festival with 35 bands and 4 main stages — proceeds benefit music education and professional musicians.

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Sat., Oct. 2 |  7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 South Frontage Rd. | $25| Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 😱

Family

  • Community Fest Winter Haven | Sat., Oct. 2 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 401 Ave. B NW. | Free | A fun opportunity for both families and businesses featuring a variety of games + activities. 

Sun., Oct. 3 

Active

  • Dunkin Run | Sun., Oct. 3 | 7-8 a.m. | 2060 E. CR-540A | Free | Local runners can meet up for either a 2.8 or 4.8 mile run followed by time to chat over donuts and coffee. 🏃‍♂️

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  • The Brewery Comedy Tour | Sun., Oct. 3 | 7 p.m. | Brew Hub | $5+ | Come grab a brew + enjoy this live comedy show, featuring a group of traveling comedians touring the continental United States + performing 7 nights a week.
  • David Smith Live at Front Page Brewing Co. | Sun., Oct. 3 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Front Page Brewing Co., 190 S. Florida Ave. | Free | Listen to local artist David Smith and enjoy beers from Front Page Brewing Co. 🍺
  • Bartow Chalk Walk | Sun., Oct. 3 | All day | Downtown Bartow | Free | See local artists create chalk art + enjoy food trucks and local vendors in Downtown Bartow.
  • Gasparilla Music Festival | Sun., Oct. 3 | All Day | Curtis Hixon Park | $40+ | A weekend-long music festival with 35 bands and 4 main stages —  proceeds benefit music education and professional musicians. 🎶

Mon., Oct. 4- Sun., Oct. 10

Mon., Oct. 4

Trivia

  • Trivia Night | Mon., Oct. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to Trivia night + enjoy happy hour prices all day. 
  • Trivia on the Patio | Mon., Oct. 4 | 7-9 p.m. | JF Kicks, 3345 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. | Free | Trivia night featuring multiple specialty rounds and a music round.

Family

  • After School Art | Mon., Oct. 4 | 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | $5 | Parents and their children can learn and practice art concepts. 🎨

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  • Karaoke | Mon., Oct. 4 | 7-10 p.m. | Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co. 3632 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. | Free | Come to sing or enjoy the show over food and tap beers. 🎤

Tues., Oct. 5

Learn

Trivia

  • Live Trivia | Tues., Oct. 5 | 6:30 p.m. | The Brass Tap | Free | Show off your trivia knowledge to try and win the $70 prize + enjoy any of the beers on tap. 
  • Trivia Night | Tues., Oct. 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your trivia skills + enjoy Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷

Wed., Oct. 6

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  • Co-ed Volleyball | Wed., Oct. 6 | 6-7 p.m. | Presbyterian Church in the Highlands | Free | Put together a volleyball team or join a new one for a friendly game of volleyball — occurs every Wednesday night. 

Trivia

  • Live Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., Oct. 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Come and enjoy food + trivia with teams up to 6 people.
  • Trivia by Triviosity | Wed., Oct. 6 | 7 p.m. | Front Page Brewing Co. 190 S. Florida Ave. | Free | Enjoy trivia night at Front Page Brewing + Happy Ending food truck. 🍻

Family

  • Kids Cooking Class | Wed., Oct. 6 | 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland | $50+ | Save the shopping, cooking + cleaning with this kid’s cooking class (ages 5-13) that results in a take-home dinner for four. 🍴
  • Beautiful Waves and Halloween Hair Hijinks | Wed., Oct. 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 1021 E. County Rd. 540A | $30 | Get a princess hairdo done by a hairstylist then trick-or-treat + sing and dance with the Little Mermaid.  

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  • Southeastern University Women’s Volleyball | Wed., Oct. 6 | 7 p.m. | Addison Hall, 1000 Longfellow Blvd. | $5+ | Watch Southeastern’s Women’s volleyball team take on their opponent Webber International University. 🏐

Thurs., Oct. 7

Learn

  • Permaculture in the Home Landscape | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 10 a.m. | Mackay Gardens & Lakeside Preserve, Lake Alfred | Free | Learn the basics of practicing permaculture in the home landscape. 🌱

Art

  • After Hours at the Museum | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 4-8 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | See the art after hours + join the curator tour beginning at 6 p.m. 

Cause

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  • Jukebox Bingo | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Traditional BINGO but the spaces are songs enjoy drinks + food trucks. 

Show

  • My Son Pinocchio | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theater | $15 | The opening night of Lakeland Community Theater’s latest show about a twist on a classic story from the point of view of toymaker Geppetto — music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. 🎭 

Fri., Oct. 8

Art

  • Point of View Gallery Talk | Fri., Oct. 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Learn about the museum’s newest exhibition from a special guest speaker. 🎨  

Learn

  • Tampa Bay Leadership School | Fri., Oct. 8 | 7 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $25 | Learn how to expand and grow your business from leaders in the Lakeland community. 
  • Live 2 Lead | Fri., Oct. 8 | 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland | $99+ | Hear from a distinguished panel of entrepreneurs and professionals at this leadership conference hosted by John Maxwell and other business owners.
  • Cool Season Edibles Lunch and Learn | Fri., Oct. 8 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about planting cool seasonal vegetables in your yard from The City of Lakeland. 🍠

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  • Extra Hour of Happy Hour | Fri., Oct. 8 | 3-6 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Grab a drink with your friends at Cob & Pen’s extended happy hour. 
  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Fri., Oct. 8 | 4:30-7 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven to visit family-owned restaurants and bars that host Happy Hour on weekdays — must be 21 or older to participate. 🍸

Show

  • Punk vs Metal | Fri., Oct. 8 | 8-11 p.m. | LKLD Live, 202 North Massachusetts Ave. | $10+ | Come see bands Hardwire and American Idiots as they battle it out to answer the question — Punk or Metal?
  • My Son Pinocchio | Fri., Oct. 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theater | $15 | A twist on a classic story from the point of view of toymaker Geppetto — music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. 🎭 

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Fri., Oct. 8 | 7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻

Featured Event 

  • Catapult Pop-Up: Cult Legume | Fri., Oct. 8 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Free | This Friday, find Catapult Kitchen Member Cult Legume serving hearty plant-based foods.

Sat., Oct. 9

Cause

  • Hook, Line and Thinker | Sat., Oct. 9  | 6 a.m.-3 p.m. | Camp Mack, 14900 Camp Mack Rd. | $100+ | The proceeds from this fishing tournament fund scholarships through the Take Stock in Children Program. 🎣

Show

  • My Son Pinocchio | Fri., Oct. 9 | Times vary | Lakeland Community Theater | $15 | A twist on a classic story from the point of view of toymaker Geppetto — music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. 🎭 
  • 5 Lost Souls | Fri., Oct. 9 | 8-11 p.m. | LKLD Live | $10+ | Come see the Pink Floyd tribute band 5 Lost Souls. 
  • Brandon Miller | Fri., Oct. 9 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Union Hall | $15 | Spend your Friday night listening to Brandon Miller at Union Hall. 
  • KISS: End of the Road World Tour | Sat., Oct. 9  | 7:30 p.m. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre | $39+ | Watch KISS live in Tampa — must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours of the event or proof of vaccination. 🤘

Family

  • Down the Rabbit Hole Performing Arts Festival | Sat., Oct. 9 | 5-9:30 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Bring the whole family to experience a scavenger hunt, performers, vendors, artists + food trucks. 
  • Henry Hidden Train Hunt | Sat., Oct. 9 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum, 102 N Palmer St. | Free | Part of Plant City’s Railfest, scavenger hunt and train enthusiasts can hunt down all 10 of Henry Plant’s missing train cars using hidden clues.
  • A Study of Polk’s Historic Cemeteries | Sat., Oct. 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn the history of Polk’s Historic cemeteries online, then trick-or-treat at Polk’s History Center and embark on a self-guided driving tour. 

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  • GardenFest | Sat., Oct. 9 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Lakeland City Nursery, 4632 US Hwy. 98 S. | Free | Plant parents will love this event featuring a plant sale, workshops, projects + tours. 🌱
  • Zephyrhills Seafood Festival | Sat., Oct. 9 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. | Free | Enjoy more than just seafood at this family-friendly event featuring seafood vendors, beer and wine for adults + arts and crafts for kids.

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Sat., Oct. 9 | 7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻
  • Fox Squirrel Corn Maze | Sat., Oct. 9 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. | $10+ | Get in the fall spirit with a corn maze, hayride, games, pumpkins + food. 🌽

Sun., Oct. 10

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  • Second Sunday Artisan Event | Sun., Oct. 10 | 12-5 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free | Shop local makers selling hand-made goods. 
  • Zephyrhills Seafood Festival | Sun., Oct. 10 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Zephyr Park 38116 Fifth Ave. | Free | Enjoy more than just seafood at this family friendly event featuring seafood vendors, beer and wine for adults + arts and crafts for kids. 🦐

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Sun., Oct. 10 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻
  • Fox Squirrel Corn Maze | Sun., Oct. 10 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. | $10+ | Get in the fall spirit with a corn maze, hayride, games, pumpkins + food. 🌽

Show

  • My Son Pinocchio | Fri., Oct. 10 | Times vary | Lakeland Community Theater | $15 | Your last chance to catch this twist on a classic story from the point of view of toymaker Geppetto — music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. 🎭  

Featured Event

  • Second Sunday Artisan Market-October | Sun., Oct. 10 | Noon-5 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free | Shop festive fall finds and unique hand-crafted goods created by local artists. 🍂 Ⓟ 

Mon., Oct. 11- Sun., Oct. 17

Mon., Oct. 11 

Trivia

  • Trivia Night | Mon., Oct. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to Trivia night + enjoy happy hour prices all day.

Family

  • After School Art | Mon., Oct. 11 | 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | $5 | Parents and their children can learn and practice art concepts. 🎨

Cause

  • Backbone Invitational | Mon., Oct. 11 | 8 a.m. | The Club at Eaglebrooke | $140+ | Golf for a cause — the proceeds for this event go toward the Jensen’s Heart of Gold Foundation and includes a lunch, award ceremony, + auction. ⛳
  • Tom Trupiano Annual Charity Golf Tournament | Mon., Oct. 11 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Country Club of Winter Haven | $20+ | Proceeds fund a scholarship awarded to 4 high school seniors in East Polk County — registration begins at 10 a.m., tournament starts at 12 p.m. 🏌️‍♂️

Learn

  • Medicare Benefits Presentation | Mon., Oct. 11 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get your questions about Medicare answered by a licensed agent + sign up for a plan after.

Tues., Oct. 12

Trivia

  • Live Trivia | Tues., Oct. 12 | 6:30 p.m. | The Brass Tap | Free | Show off your trivia knowledge to try and win the $70 prize + enjoy any of the beers on tap.
  • Trivia Night | Tues., Oct. 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your trivia skills + enjoy Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷

Try This

  • Music Bingo | Tues., Oct. 12 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Prizes are on the line, so keep your ears open and your bingo card close for this free-to-play game.

Learn

  • Medicare Benefits Presentation | Tues., Oct. 12 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get your questions about Medicare answered by a licensed agent + sign up for a plan after.

Biz

  • Business Watch Academy Workshop | Tues., Oct. 12 | 7:30-9:30 a.m. | Front Page Brewing Co. 190 S. Florida Ave. | Free | Learn from the Bartow Police Department how to best protect your business from crime. 

Wed., Oct. 13

TryThis

  • Co-ed Volleyball | Wed., Oct. 13 | 6-7 p.m. | Presbyterian Church in the Highlands | Free | Put together a volleyball team or join a new one for a friendly game of volleyball — occurs every Wednesday night. 

Show

  • Pitbull: I Feel Good Tour | Wed., Oct. 13  | 8 p.m. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre | $29+ | See Mr. Worldwide and Iggy Azalea when they come to Tampa. 🎵

Trivia

  • Live Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., Oct. 13 | 6-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Come and enjoy food + general knowledge trivia with teams up to 6 people.

WaterCooler

Biz

  • Cowork Like a Boss |  Wed., Oct. 13 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Meet Suite, 220 W. Brandon Blvd. | Free | A group coworking space where you can work to music, eat snacks + network — must register to attend. 

Thurs., Oct. 14

Show

  • Singer-Songwriter Night | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Hillcrest Coffee | Prices vary | Come see musical artists Diana Dirt and acoustic duo Marrison — admission is by donation and coffee, tea, + baked goods will be available for purchase. 

TryThis

  • Lakeland Foodtruck Rally | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 6-9 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head to downtown + sample a variety of delicious dishes from over 20+ vendors across Central Florida. 🍴
  • The Pink Piano Live Music | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. | The Pink Piano | Free | Drink, eat + listen to live musicians Adeem The Artist, Noan Partly, and Sweat Out the Devil. 🎹
  • Jukebox Bingo | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Traditional BINGO but the spaces are songs enjoy drinks + food trucks. 
  • Halloween Charcuterie Class | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | $65 | Learn how to build a Halloween-themed charcuterie board — class includes a cutting board to take home, goodies needed to assemble + a glass of wine. 🧀

Art

  • The Gallery Concert Series | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 6-7 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | $40+ | The Polk Museum of Art and the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra have teamed up to give you a night of ensemble performances in the museum galleries. 

Fri., Oct. 15

Cause

  • GiveVisuals Day | Fri., Oct. 15 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Concord Coffee | Prices vary | Come out to Concord Coffee and support GiveVisuals while sipping coffee and snacking on biscuits + jam from Good Thyme. ☕

Show

  • Steampunk Shenanigans | Fri., Oct. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | The Stage Room, 310 E. Lemon St. | $10 | Sci-fi fans can enjoy this weird act about machines, sea monsters, and time travel featuring work by local writers.  
  • Leisure Chief | Fri., Oct. 15 | 8-11 p.m. | LKLD Live | $10+ | Come see Leisure Chief perform jazz and funk for good tunes and a good time. 
  • Completely Unchained | Fri., Oct. 15 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Union Hall | $20 | Van Halen fans can rock and roll with this Van Halen tribute band. 🤟

TryThis

  • Swantoberfest | Fri., Oct. 15 | 12 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Join Swan Brewing all weekend long for its annual Swantoberfest with beer + fun. 
  • Swan Derby | Fri., Oct. 15 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Lake Crago Park | Free | Come to this community event featuring swan boat races, performances, ticket drawings + food trucks — proceeds support Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. 🦢
  • Progressive IMS Outdoors Motorcycle Tour | Fri., Oct. 15 | 1-6 p.m. | SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus | $20+ | Motorcycle enthusiasts can check out the latest bikes and accessories + experience entertainment and demo rides. 
  • Oktoberfest Downtown | Fri., Oct. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Winter Haven | $25 | Enjoy the German festival Oktoberfest in Winter Haven with over 40 craft, local, and international beers. 🍻
  • Trick or Treat Tasting Sweet Ghost Walking Tour | Fri., Oct.  | 12-2:30 p.m. | Winter Haven, FL | $69+ | Eat local sweets + learn about the ghosts of Winter Haven — exact meeting location will be provided on the ticket. 👻

Art

  • 1-on-1 Painting Workshop | Fri., Oct. 15 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephen Koury’s Home Studio, 1029 Rustic Estates Dr. | $300 | This weekend-long workshop is designed for painters of any medium and any skill level to hone in on their craft. 🎨

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Fri., Oct. 15 | 7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻

Featured Event

  • Catapult Pop-Up: Casita Verde | Fri., Oct. 15 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Free | This Friday, find Catapult Kitchen Member Casita Verde, serving flavorful Nicaraguan fare.

Sat., Oct. 16

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  • Swantoberfest | Sat., Oct. 16 | All Day | Swan Brewing | Free | Join Swan Brewing all weekend long for its annual Swantoberfest with beer + fun. 🍺
  • Progressive IMS Outdoors Motorcycle Tour | Sat., Oct. 16 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus | $20+ | Motorcycle enthusiasts can check out the latest bikes and accessories + experience entertainment and demo rides. 
  • Red Ribbon Kids Fun Run | Sat., Oct. 16 | 7 a.m. | Lake Mirror Auditorium | $5 | Kids can come out and race to win a first, second, or third place trophy + a t-shirt with registration.

Show

  • JB Strauss at Union Hall | Sat., Oct. 16 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Union Hall | $15 | Listen to musical artist JB Strauss as he combines storytelling with music.
  • Steampunk Shenanigans | Sat., Oct. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | The Stage Room, 310 E. Lemon St. | $10 | Sci-fi fans can enjoy this weird act about machines, sea monsters, and time travel featuring work by local writers.  
  • Jonas Brother: Remember This Tour | Sat., Oct. 16 | 7-11 p.m. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre | $20+ | See the Jonas Brothers live as they reminisce and play songs from your childhood + songs from their latest album + singles.

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Sat., Oct. 16 | 7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻
  • Fox Squirrel Corn Maze | Sat., Oct. 16 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. | $10+ | Get in the fall spirit with a corn maze, hayride, games, pumpkins + food. 🌽
  • Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree | Sat., Oct. 16 | 12-5 p.m. | Simmers Young Park, 339 American Spirit Rd. | $5 | Bring the whole family to this kid-friendly Halloween-themed event, featuring pumpkin patch games, a trick-or-treat village, costume contest, and obstacle course.

Art

  • 1-on-1 Painting Workshop | Sat., Oct. 16 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephen Koury’s Home Studio, 1029 Rustic Estates Dr. | $300 | This weekend-long workshop is designed for painters of any medium and any skill level to hone in on their craft. 🎨

Sun., Oct. 17

TryThis

  • Swantoberfest | Sun., Oct. 17 | 12-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Join Swan Brewing all weekend long for its annual Swantoberfest with beer + fun. 🍺
  • Progressive IMS Outdoors Motorcycle Tour | Sun., Oct. 17 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus | $20+ | Motorcycle enthusiasts can check out the latest bikes and accessories + experience entertainment and demo rides. 🚲
  • Steampunk Shenanigans | Sun., Oct. 17 | 2 p.m. | The Stage Room, 310 E. Lemon St. | $10 | Sci-fi fans can enjoy this weird act about machines, sea monsters, and time travel featuring work by local writers.  

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Sun., Oct. 17 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 2837 South Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻
  • Fox Squirrel Corn Maze | Sun., Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. | $10+ | Get in the fall spirit with a corn maze, hayride, games, pumpkins + food. 🌽

Art

  • 1-on-1 Painting Workshop | Sun., Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephen Koury’s Home Studio, 1029 Rustic Estates Dr. | $300 | This weekend-long workshop is designed for painters of any medium and any skill level to hone in on their craft. 🎨

Mon., Oct. 18- Sun., Oct. 24

Mon., Oct. 18

Cause

  • 10th Annual Pumpkin Latte Giveaway | Mon., Oct. 18 | 7-11 a.m. | Both Black and Brew Coffee House & Bistro locations | $1+ | Stop by Black and Brew + donate $1 to get a 12 oz. pumpkin pie latte — all proceeds benefit the United Way of Central Florida.

Family

  • After School Art | Mon., Oct. 18 | 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | $5 | Parents and their children can learn and practice art concepts. 🎨

Trivia

  • Trivia Night | Mon., Oct. 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to Trivia night + enjoy happy hour prices all day.

TryThis

  • Open Jam Mic Monday | Mon., Oct. 18 | 7 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Be the main musical act on stage or the audience member cheering them on at Open Jam Mic Monday. 🎤

Learn

  • Medicare Benefits Presentation | Mon., Oct. 18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get your questions about Medicare answered by a licensed agent + sign up for a plan after.

Tues., Oct. 19

Cause

  • 10th Annual Pumpkin Latte Giveaway | Tues., Oct. 19 | 7-11 a.m. | Both Black and Brew Coffee House & Bistro locations | $1+ | Stop by Black and Brew + donate $1 to get a 12 oz. pumpkin pie latte — all proceeds benefit the United Way of Central Florida.

Try This

  • Tasty Tuesday | Tues., Oct. 19 | 4:30-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | $25+ | Skip dinner and instead try dishes from different participating downtown restaurants — tickets sold in packs of 10. 🍴

Trivia

  • Live Trivia | Tues., Oct. 19 | 6:30 p.m. | The Brass Tap | Free | Show off your trivia knowledge to try and win the $70 prize + enjoy any of the beers on tap. 
  • Trivia Night | Tues., Oct. 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your trivia skills + enjoy Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷

Family

  • Taste of Girl Scouting | Tues., Oct. 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church | Free | For those interested in joining Girl Scouts, come to this informational session with hands-on activities — grades K-12 welcome.

Feature Event 

  • Charleston Open Source Virtual Career Fair | Tues., Oct. 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Meet some of Charleston’s top tech companies and learn more about available positions + how to grow your career in Charleston’s tech industry. Ⓟ

Wed., Oct. 20

TryThis

  • Writer’s Corner | Wed., Oct. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Share your writing or poetry with us while enjoying food trucks, beer + wine.
  • Third Wednesday Car Show and Small Business Fair | Wed., Oct. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Miller’s Ale House  | Free | Car enthusiasts can enjoy this car show as well as check out local businesses. 🚗
  • Trick or Treat Tasting Sweet Ghost Walking Tour | Wed., Oct. 20 | 12 p.m. | Winter Haven, FL | $69+ | Eat local sweets + learn about the ghosts of Winter Haven — exact meeting location will be provided on the ticket. 👻
  • Co-ed Volleyball | Wed., Oct. 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Presbyterian Church in the Highlands | Free | Put together a volleyball team or join a new one for a friendly game of volleyball — occurs every Wednesday night. 

Trivia

WaterCooler

Show

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Wed., Oct. 20 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theater | $15 | The story follows 15 year-old Christopher as he tries to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog and clear his own name.

Cause

  • 10th Annual Pumpkin Latte Giveaway | Wed., Oct. 20 | 7-11 a.m. | Both Black and Brew Coffee House & Bistro locations | $1+ | Stop by Black and Brew + donate $1 to get a 12 oz. pumpkin pie latte — all proceeds benefit the United Way of Central Florida.

Thurs., Oct. 21

Cause

  • Onward and Upward Fundraising Banquet | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 5:30 p.m. | Sun ‘n Fun Skylight Hangar, 3985 Laird Blvd. | Free | This free event includes a dinner with guest speakers + an opportunity to participate in a silent auction and raffles — proceeds support Talbot House Ministries. 

TryThis

  • Jukebox Bingo | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Traditional BINGO but the spaces are songs — enjoy drinks + food trucks. 

Show

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theater | $15 | The story follows 15 year-old Christopher as he tries to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog and clear his own name.
  • Singer-Songwriter Night | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Hillcrest Coffee | Prices vary | Come see musical artists Merlin the Cat and Mitar — donation based entry, coffee, tea, + baked goods available.

Family

  • Taste of Girl Scouting | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | United Methodist Temple 2700 South Florida Ave. | Free | For those interested in joining Girl Scouts, come to this informational session with hands-on activities — grades K-12 welcome. 

Learn

  • Medicare Benefits Presentation | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get your questions about Medicare answered by a licensed agent + sign up for a plan after.

Fri., Oct. 22

TryThis

  • Fall-O-Ween | Fri., Oct. 22 | 4-8 p.m. | The Shop Across the Street | Free | Come shop local vendors and artisans like jewelry maker Dandelions Handmade By Mayra + eat craft food and beverages at their annual fall event. 
  • Halloween Movie Marathon | Fri., Oct. 22 | 7 p.m.-4 a.m. | Silvermoon Drive-in | $25 | Get into the Halloween spirit with scary movies including Dracula, Frankenstein, Beetlejuice and Poltergeist. 👻
  • Neal and Prey Trio | Fri., Oct. 22 | 7-10 p.m. | Federal Bar | Free | Listen to live music and enjoy Federal Bar’s full food + drink menu. 
  • Daniel Pepin | Fri., Oct. 22 | 7-10 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Hear Dan Pepin’s music while enjoying food + drinks at Swan Brewing. 

Show

  • Canned Tuna Concert | Fri., Oct. 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Come out to see musical artist Dan Signor Project in Munn Park — please bring a non-perishable food item donation.
  • Steampunk Shenanigans | Fri., Oct. 22 | 7:30 p.m. | The Stage Room, 310 E. Lemon St. | $10 | Sci-fi fans can enjoy this weird act about machines, sea monsters, and time travel featuring work by local writers.  
  • Reverend Barry & The Funk | Fri., Oct. 22 | 6 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $15 | Listen to originals and covers from this popular punk band.  

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Fri., Oct. 22 | 7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻
  • Ghostly Gala | Fri., Oct. 22 | 6-8 p.m. | 710 Snively Ave., Eloise | Free | Costumes are highly encouraged for this family-friendly Halloween event, featuring games, dancing, and creation stations, just 25 minutes from central Lakeland. 

Cause

  • City of Lakeland Holiday Tree Decorating Contest | Fri., Oct. 22 | 5 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $250 | Today is the participation deadline for this year’s holiday tree decorating contest, the proceeds of which benefit United Way of Central Florida.

Featured Event

  • Catapult Pop-Up: 16.92 x Long Island Bakehouse | Fri., Oct. 22 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Free | This Friday, 16.92 Coffee Matcha Bar is hosting the event with vegan baked goods by Long Island Bakehouse.
  • Lakeland Chamber CarBQ | Fri., Oct. 22 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Two Men & A Truck, 3220 Atlantic Ave., Lakeland | $12 | Stop by the 14th annual CarBQ for lunch and enjoy a slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich with sauce, corn souffle, beans, pickle, and a cookie. 🐷

Sat., Oct. 23

Active

  • 12th annual Warrior Walk | Sat., Oct. 23 | 9 a.m. | First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Free | A walk around Lake Holllingsworth to honor Gold Star families. 

Arts

  • Cuba, Spanish-American War to Present | Sat., Oct. 23 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Magnolia Building, 702 E Orange St. | Free | Join Platform Art for its speaker series “Cuba: Spanish-American War to Present,” and learn about Cuban history.

TryThis

  • The 23rd Annual Lakeland Hispanic Festival | Sat., Oct. 23 | 12-9 p.m. | Lake Mirror | $5 | Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with a night filled with entertainment, food, + Hispanic culture. 
  • Fall Garden Extravaganza | Sat., Oct. 23 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Munn Park, 201 East Main Street. | Free | Green thumbs can enjoy 40 garden-related vendors with all the best gardening items — proceeds support local efforts by The Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc.
  • Fall Festival and Craft Fair | Sat., Oct. 23 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Presbyterian Church in the Highlands 1010 Lake Miriam Dr. | $5 | Shop local artists and vendors + enjoy bounce houses, rock climbing, music + food. 
  • Fall Craft Fair |  Sat., Oct. 23 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Decades Reclaimed Vintage Depot, 502 West Brannen Rd. | Shop local handmade items + homemade sweets by vendors including Zaza and Co.
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day | Sat., Oct. 23 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Locations vary | Free | Dispose of any unused and unneeded medications by taking them to one of the local dropoff locations listed

Learn

  • Mapping Your Parenting Plan | Sat., Oct. 23 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | St. Paul Lutheran Church,  4450 Harden Blvd. | Free | Join Dr. Shanon Roberts as she discusses an adult-centered home vs a child-centered home — registration required and childcare provided.

Show

  • TL Jentgens | Sat., Oct. 23 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Union Hall | $10 | See musical artist TL Jentgens at Union Hall.
  • Steampunk Shenanigans | Sat., Oct. 23 | 7:30 p.m. | The Stage Room, 310 E. Lemon St. | $10 | Sci-fi fans can enjoy this weird act about machines, sea monsters, and time travel featuring work by local writers.  

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Sat., Oct. 23 | 7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 South Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻
  • Fox Squirrel Corn Maze | Sat., Oct. 23 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. | $10+ | Get in the fall spirit with a corn maze, hayride, games, pumpkins + food. 🌽
  • Pioneer Days Festival | Sat., Oct. 23 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 33 N Lakeshore Blvd. | Free | Lake Wales History Museum hosts the Pioneer Days Festival featuring pioneer camps, vendors, a pumpkin patch, live music + food + drinks. 
  • Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat | Sat., Oct. 23 | 4-7 p.m. | Shepherd’s Community United Methodist Church, 6885 Chelsea Oaks Dr. | Free | Kids can trick-or-treat and families can enjoy food trucks, vendors, and games — proceeds support Medulla Elementary.

Sun., Oct 24

TryThis

  • Pioneer Days Festival | Sun., Oct. 24 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lake Wales History Museum, 33 N. Lakeshore Blvd. | Free | Lake Wales History Museum hosts the Pioneer Days Festival featuring pioneer camps, vendors, a pumpkin patch, live music + food + drinks. 
  • Golf Scramble | Sun., Oct. 24 | 1-5 p.m. | Cleveland Heights Golf Course | $125+ | A Mr. Central Florida event featuring prizes and an auction — proceeds support Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center. ⛳

Show

  • Steampunk Shenanigans | Sun., Oct. 24 | 2 p.m. | The Stage Room, 310 E. Lemon St. | $10 | Sci-fi fans can enjoy this eccentric act about machines, sea monsters, and time travel featuring work by local writers. 
  • Walk Like An Egyptian Samira Bellydance Showcase | Sun., Oct. 24 | 2-4 p.m. | Lake Mirror | Free | Come see one of the most ancient forms of dance at this family-friendly bellydancing showcase.  

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Sun., Oct. 24 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻
  • Fox Squirrel Corn Maze | Sun., Oct. 24 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. | $10+ | Get in the fall spirit with a corn maze, hayride, games, pumpkins + food. 🌽

Mon., Oct. 25- Sun., Oct. 31

Mon., Oct 25

Trivia

  • Trivia Night | Mon., Oct. 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to Trivia night + enjoy happy hour prices all day.

Art

  • Three Day Watercolor Painting Workshop | Mon., Oct. 25 | Times Vary | First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | $340 | Learn about color, technique, and design from Tony Couch — class is open to all skill levels.
  • After School Art | Mon., Oct. 25 | 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | $5 | Parents and their children can learn and practice art concepts. 🎨

Dish

  • Kitchen Fundamentals: Knife Skills | Mon., Oct. 25 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50+ | Learn how to use a knife like a professional chef and cook a complete meal including salad, jumbo shrimp, and strawberry parfait. 🔪

TryThis

  • Karaoke | Mon., Oct. 25 | 7 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Come sing or enjoy the show over food + craft cocktails and tap beers. 🎤

Tues., Oct 26

Active

  • A Walk in the Park | Tues., Oct. 26  | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Peterson Park, 3700 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | Free | Come out for a mile-long walk through the park followed by a health fair for our senior community — refreshments and giveaways after the walk.

Show

  • Florida Philharmonia Orchestra | Tues., Oct. 26 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | St. Paul’s Lutheran Sanctuary | Free | The Florida Philharmonia invites you to an evening of light classical pieces on the opening night of its 2021-2022 season. 🎻

Trivia

  • Live Trivia | Tues., Oct. 26 | 6:30 p.m. | The Brass Tap | Free | Show off your trivia knowledge to try and win the $70 prize + enjoy any of the beers on tap.
  • Trivia Night | Tues., Oct. 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your trivia skills + enjoy Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider. 🍷

Art

  • Three Day Watercolor Painting Workshop | Tues., Oct. 26 | Times Vary | First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | $340 | Learn about color, technique, and design from Tony Couch — class is open to all skill levels. 

Family

  • Creepy Crawly Fall Festival | Tues., Oct. 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Camp Fire Sunshine, 2600 Buckingham Ave. | $5+ | Bring your family for a night of crafts, games + costume contest — pre-register for your child to take home a goodie bag. 🍬

Dish

  • Kitchen Fundamentals: Party Planning 101 | Tues., Oct. 26 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50+ | Learn how to manage cooking for a party and prepare an arugula and apple salad, soup, spinach cannelloni + molten lava cake. 

Wed., Oct. 27

Learn

  • Plant for Pollinators! | Wed., Oct. 27 | 1-2 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $16 | Workshop an in-person class with tips on planting your garden to support pollinators — class is included with general admission.

Art

  • Three Day Watercolor Painting Workshop | Wed., Oct. 27 | Times Vary | First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | $340 | Learn about color, technique, and design from Tony Couch — class is open to all skill levels.

Active

  • Co-ed Volleyball | Wed., Oct. 27 | 6-7 p.m. | Presbyterian Church in the Highlands | Free | Put together a volleyball team or join a new one for a friendly game of volleyball — occurs every Wednesday night. 

Seasonal

  • Lakeside Village Halloween Bash | Wed., Oct. 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Lakeside Village | Free | A night of spooktacular fun including trick-or-treating, activities, live performers + food. 🎃

Trivia

Dish

  • A Caffeinated Brunch | Wed., Oct. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55+ | Coffee lovers will enjoy this class where they can learn how to cook with their favorite drink and prepare chicken and waffles, NY strip + pumpkin spice oat milk shaken espresso latte. 

Thurs., Oct. 28

Show

  • Singer-Songwriter Night | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Hillcrest Coffee | Prices vary | Come see musical artists Brenna Stross and Paul Ulle — donation-based entry, coffee, tea, + baked goods available.

Cause

  • Denis L. Fontaine Children’s Classic | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 1 p.m. | The Club at Eaglebrooke | $100+ | Support the Explorations V Children’s Museum with a round of golf. ⛳
  • Mr. Central Florida 2021 | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 5:30-9 p.m. | CMX Cinemas Lakeside, 1650 Town Center Dr. | $25+ | Support your favorite Mr. Central Florida contestant with entertainment, food + drinks — proceeds support the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center. 
  • CCA Polk BBQ | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 6-10 p.m. | SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus | $50+ | Enjoy an open bar, bbq dinner, oysters, raffles + auctions — proceeds support Florida’s marine resources. 

Trivia

  • Jukebox Bingo | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Traditional BINGO but the spaces are songs enjoy drinks + food trucks.

Dish

  • Fall Vegetable Wonderland | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50+ | Explore fall vegetables and learn to cook a cauliflower steak with asparagus fries + pumpkin spice bar for dessert. 

Fri., Oct. 29

Tr yThis

  • Plant City Food Truck Rally | Fri., Oct. 29 | 5-9 p.m. | McCall Park, Downtown Plant City | Free | Shop local businesses and vendors while tasting food from local food trucks all in the heart of Plant City.  

Art

  • 1-on-1 Painting Workshop | Fri., Oct. 29 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephen Koury’s Home Studio, 1029 Rustic Estates Dr. | $300 | This weekend-long workshop is designed for painters of any medium and any skill level to hone in on their craft. 🎨
  • Painting with a Twist | Fri., Oct. 29 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $41+ | Come with friends and learn to paint a fall scene while you drink — alcohol not included.   

Dish

  • Wine and Dine: Italy | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $60+ | Sip your favorite wine while you learn to make pizza rustica, shortribs, and tiramisu. 🍷

Seasonal

  • Festive Flix | Fri., Oct. 29 | 7-9 p.m. | Frances Langford Promenade | Free | Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and watch Hocus Pocus outside — snacks available for purchase.
  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Fri., Oct. 29 | 7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻
  • Costumes & Candy | Fri., Oct. 29 | 6-8 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church | Free | Costumes are encouraged for this family-friendly event on First Presbyterian Church’s lawn, featuring decorated cars and trick-or-treating. 
  • Polk County Sheriff’s 2021 Haunted Jail Tour | Fri., Oct. 29 | 6-10:30 p.m. | 455 N. Broadway Ave. | $5+ | The annual haunted jail tour is back for 2 nights only, and proceeds benefit United Way of Central Florida. 

Featured Event

  • Catapult Pop-Up: Chocolate Covered | Fri., Oct. 29 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Free | This Friday, Chocolate Covered will be hosting this event, serving a variety of charcuterie and chocolate-covered fruits and thick-cut bacon.

Sat., Oct. 30

Cause

  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s | Sat., Oct. 30 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | Free | Register and accept donations or walk to raise awareness all in the effort to end Alzheimer’s.

TryThis

  • Halloween Bash at Swan Brewing | Sat., Oct. 30 | 7 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Kick off your Halloween weekend and see Smokepoint live + drink tap beer. 🎃   
  • Halloween Costume Party | Sat., Oct. 30 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | The Northside Venue, 5147 US Hwy. 98 N. | $30 | Come out and party in your best costume — 21+ only.
  • Buena Block Party | Sat., Oct. 30 | 5-10 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland, 117 N. Kentucky Ave, 33801 | Free | Enjoy the biggest Buena Block Party yet with a night market, food + drinks — costumes encouraged.

Art

  • 1-on-1 Painting Workshop | Sat., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephen Koury’s Home Studio, 1029 Rustic Estates Dr. | $300 | This weekend-long workshop is designed for painters of any medium and any skill level to hone in on their craft. 🎨

WaterCooler

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Sat., Oct. 30 | 7:30-11 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻
  • Polk County Sheriff’s 2021 Haunted Jail Tour | Sat., Oct. 30 | 6-10:30 p.m. | 455 N. Broadway Ave. | $5+ | The annual haunted jail tour is back for 2 nights only, and proceeds benefit United Way of Central Florida.

Sun., Oct. 31

Try This

  • Just Cares Fall Festival | Sun., Oct. 31 | 6-9 p.m. | 124 South Kentucky Ave. | Free | Come out for a night of fun with the whole family including games, music, dancing + candy.
  • Fall Festival | Sun., Oct. 31 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Believers’ Fellowship Church, 5240 N. Socrum Loop Rd. | Free | Celebrate Fall with hayrides, carnival games, crafts + food — bring a nonperishable food item donation. 🍁
  • Trunk or Treat | Sun., Oct. 31 | 5 p.m. | Liberty Southern Baptist Church, 2505 W. Granfield Ave. | Free | Dress up in your Halloween costume + enjoy free food, candy, and games. 🎃
  • Scooby Doo’s and Brews | Sun., Oct. 31 | 11 a.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | Free | You and your dog can enjoy a costume contest and drink specials — proceeds support the Florida Giant Dog Rescue and Mastiff Rescue of Florida. 🐕

Art

  • 1-on-1 Painting Workshop | Sun., Oct. 31 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephen Koury’s Home Studio, 1029 Rustic Estates Dr. | $300 | This weekend-long workshop is designed for painters of any medium and any skill level to hone in on their craft. 

Seasonal

  • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Sun., Oct. 31 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 2837 S. Frontage Rd. | $25 | Choose between a haunted trail, escape game, or laser tag for spooky fun — tickets must be purchased in advance. 👻