October PlanAhead: Your October Lakeland events calendar

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October is in full swing – and to help you acclimate to the fall season, we’re rounding up some of the top local events (both virtual and in-person) to help you stay connected. 🍂

Monday, September 28-Sunday, October 4

Monday | September 28

Water Safety for Children and Families | 12-1 p.m. | Lakeland Regional Health | Virtual | Free | Educate yourself on how to respond to water-related emergencies with information on how to recognize, prevent, and respond to dangers. 🏊

Tuesday | September 29 

Trivia Tuesday: Star Wars! | 6:30-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | 802 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland | Prices Vary | Test your knowledge of the Star Wars saga by competing in this in-person trivia night and win prizes + enjoy craft beers. 👾

Wednesday | September 30

Tonkotsu Birria: A Ramen Journey | 5-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | 115 W. Pine St., Lakeland | Prices Vary | Enjoy the culinary blend of Japan + Mexico at this pop-up event featuring Chef Anthony Pineda and Chef Jorge Rivera. 🍜

Thursday | October 1

Thumb Pumpkin Workshop | Thur.,Oct. 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | PicassoZ Art Cafe | 4632 Cleveland Heights Blvd., Lakeland | $24 | Get those creative juices flowing and create your own thumb pumpkin masterpieces on your choice of ceramic plate or platter. 🎃

Intro to Ceramics | Thur., Oct. 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Lake Wales Arts Council | Virtual | Free, RSVP | Learn the fundamentals of creating ceramic pieces with weekly lessons + assignments every Thur. until 12/10 + fire projects at the Lake Wales Arts Council. 🏺

Friday | October 2

Oktoberfest | Fri., Oct. 2 | TBD | Craft + Kitchen | 3234 Florida Ave. S., Lakeland | Prices Vary | Celebrate the traditions of Deutschland until Oct. 4 by grabbing a pint of German beer, munching on food + jamming to live music. 🍻

Saturday | October 3

Lakeland VW Classic | Sat., Oct. 3 | 7 a.m.-10 p.m. | RP Funding Center | 701 W Lime St, Lakeland | Free | Step back in time and explore an array of groovy Volkswagen (VW) classic cars, VW collectibles and toys + win $500,000 worth of indoor prizes. 🚗

Sunday | October 4

Power in Pink Virtual Marathon Challenge | Sun., Oct. 4 | Locations Vary | Virtual | $30 | Choose how and where you want to complete your miles for this virtual marathon until Oct. 31 in support of The Breast Cancer Foundation of Central-Florida + participants will receive free merch and the opportunity to win prize packages. 🏃‍♀️

Monday, October 5-Sunday, October 11

Monday | October 5

American Heart Association CPR Class | Mon., Oct. 5 | 4 p.m. | Integra Health Nursing Prep Institute | 921 E. Parker St. #4, Lakeland | $50 | Renew your CPR card or receive a new one with this comprehensive training course so that you can save lives during a life-threatening emergency.

Live Trivia | Mon., Oct. 5 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Cob & Pen | 1221 Florida Ave S, Lakeland | Prices Vary | Compete individually or bring your friends to win prizes while sipping craft cocktails or sampling the food menu. 

MEGA Pantry Distribution | Mon., Oct. 5 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Lakes Church | 1010 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland | Free | If you or someone you know is in need of food stop by this food drive to pick up a box or bag of free, pre-packaged groceries. 🥫

The Generators – Genealogy Club | Mon., Oct. 5 | 6 p.m. | Lakeland Public Library | Teleconference | This monthly discussion fosters the topic of genealogical interest and opportunities to learn more about genealogy. 

Tuesday | October 6

Florida Master Naturalist Program | Tue., Oct. 6 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Circle B Bar Reserve | 4399 Winter Lake Rd., Lakeland | $150-$185 | This adult education course co-developed by the University of Florida and Polk’s Nature Discovery Center will inform participants about Florida’s natural environment + conservation efforts which can be translated into multiple professional fields. 🌿

Virtual Car Seat Q and A | Tue., Oct. 6 | 12:30-1:15 p.m. | Lakeland Regional Health | Virtual | Free | Join Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Jennifer Cipriano to discuss car seat installation, safety check ups, and advice for which car seats to buy for your child. 🚗

Tuesday Morning Playtime Pass | Tue., Oct. 6 | 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. | Family Fun Lakeland Center | 4825 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland | $8.99 | Bring the kiddos to this family center where they can enjoy one hour of Funtasia, one hour of unlimited game play, and a free coloring sheet activity. 

Wednesday | October 7

Mr. Central Florida | Wed., Oct. 7 | 6-9 p.m. | Craft + Kitchen | 3234 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland | Prices Vary | Chow down on pulled pork plates and enjoy poured drafts as Polk County Sheriff Lt. Jim Ostojic competes for the title of Mr. Central Florida + proceeds support the Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center. 👑

Virtual Game Night | Wed., Oct. 7 | 7-10 p.m. | Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt Adventures | Virtual, RSVP | Participate in this virtual game night via video call software for five-rounds of different games including trivia, charades, Let’s Draw, and more. 🕹️

Sticky Steve Art Celebration | Wed., Oct. 7 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Lake Wales Arts Center | 1099 Florida 60 #E, Lake Wales | Free, RSVP | Explore the exhibit curated to showcase over 50 local artists in celebration of “Sticky” Steve Morrison. The exhibit features themes of generosity, kindness, and understanding. 🖼️

Charleston Open Source Virtual Job Fair | Wed., Oct. 7 | 11-12:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Charleston Open Source is holding its first Virtual Job Fair bringing technology and business professionals of all levels together. Join top tech companies in Charleston looking to fill a wide variety of roles.  

Thursday | October 8

Virtual Yoga | Thur., Oct. 8 | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual | Free, RSVP | Boost your mental health and physical wellness by joining this free yoga class featuring AI pose technology. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. 🧘🏽

Pop Up Camp | Thur., Oct. 8 | 6 p.m. | Burn Boot Camp | 2505 Drane Field Road | Free | Pump your muscles and engage in this 45-minute exercise class + make sure to bring a water bottle and yoga mat. 

Trivia Night | Thur., Oct. 8 | 7-9 p.m. | Craft + Kitchen | 3234 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland | Prices Vary | Compete in general knowledge trivia with friends + enjoy the variety of menu options. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams. 🏅

Friday | October 9

Live2Lead Lakeland | Fri., Oct. 9 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Virtual, RSVP | $79-$129 | This annual leadership event provides participants with insightful information from top leaders like Steve Harvey, Alan Mulally, and Kat Cole.

Beautiful Halloween Hair Hijinks with Snow White | Fri., Oct. 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Blown Beautiful Dry Bar | 1021 East County Road 540A, Lakeland | $30 | Get a princess hair makeover and enjoy a fun evening with Snow White on a trick or treat adventure, sing and dance along, meet and greet + portraits. 👸🏾

Shimmering Lights Fall Festival | Fri., Oct. 9 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Sun-Kissed Acres | 2302 North Dover Rd., Dover | $7 | Enjoy this ¼ mile self-guided trail among lights and music with refreshments, outdoor movies, and a play area for the kids. 🎃

Saturday | October 10

The Rocky Horror Drive in Spectacular | Sat., Oct. 10 | 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. | Silvermoon Drive In | 4100 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland | $15 | Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at this drive in with a live shadow cast. 🍿

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Sat., Oct. 10 | Downtown Lakeland | Prices Vary | Support local businesses and come out to this market where you can try food, pick up produce, and purchase art from a wide array of vendors. 🌻

As You Like It | Sat., Oct. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Florida Southern College | Virtual | Free | Enjoy this live stream event of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” performed by Florida Southern College Theatre and Dance students. 🎭

Astronomy Night | Sat., Oct. 10 | 7-9 p.m. | Friends of Colt Creek State Park | 16000 SR-471 Lakeland | Free | Venture into the great outdoors and with the help of the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society you can learn to make naked eye observations of the night sky. 🌌

Sunday | October 11

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Second Sunday Artisan Market at Lakeside Village | Sun., Oct. 11 | 12-5 p.m. | 1479 Town Center Drive | Free | Second Sunday Artisan Markets are back. Shop and stroll hand-made decorations, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind goods from Central Florida’s best artisans.

Taptoberfest | Sun., Oct. 11 | 12-11 p.m. | The Brass Tap | 1515 Town Center Dr., Lakeland | Prices Vary | Put on your lederhosen and celebrate Lakelad’s 8th annual Oktoberfest Festival + enjoy live music and a wide selection of German beers. 🍺

Charity Pool Tournament | Sun., Oct. 11 | 12-10 p.m. | Brewlands Bar & Billiards – North | $15 | Participate in this tournament where all proceeds will go to helping support the Shoe family and their family’s battle against breast cancer. 🎱

Monday, October 12-Sunday, October 18

Monday | October 12

Reading with Rescues | Mon., Oct. 12 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Hope Equine Rescue, 3805 High St. NE | $5 | K-8th grade students can participate in a supervised reading to rescue donkeys, horses, or mules + after the reading, the “pony experience” will allow them to ask handlers questions and pet an equine. 🐴

Griefshare | Mon., Oct. 12 | 7-9 p.m. | Harvest Church, 2120 Airport Rd. | Free | This purpose of this grief recovery support group is to assist those who have experienced a recent tragedy or loss.

Mega Pantry Distribution | Mon., Oct. 12 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Free |  Lakes Church, 1010 E. Blvd. | Free | Stop by this grocery distribution event if you or someone you know is in need of food. 🥫

Tuesday | October 13

Mendelssohn’s Concert | Tue., Oct. 13 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Sun ‘n Fun Outdoor Pavilion, 4175 Medulla Rd. | $29-$46 | The Imperial Symphony Orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings and Mozart’s Eine kliene Nachtmusik with nine string instruments + there will be no scheduled intermission. 🎻

Creepy Crawly Fall Festival | Tue., Oct. 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Camp Fire Sunshine, 2600 Buckingham Ave. | $5 | Add some fall festivities to your weekly routine by attending this fall festival with the kids,  featuring a costume contest, carnival-style games, craft projects + grilled food. 🕷️

Smokin’ Chanchos Plus Runners’ Night | Tue., Oct. 13 | 3-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St. | Prices Vary | Chow down on Latin American and BBQ fusion dishes + wash it down with a variety of draft beers. 🍖

Wednesday | October 14

Sit and Discussion: Zoom Gathering | Wed., Oct. 14 | 6-7:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join Lakeland Insight Meditation Group for meditation, teachings + discussion in this mindful virtual gathering. 🧘🏾‍♀️

RCMA Mobile Food Pantry | Wed., Oct. 14 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | RCMA Mulberry, 4441 Academy Dr. | Free | If you or someone you know is in need of food, The United Way of Central Florida and Feeding Tampa Bay will be providing pick up for pre-packaged groceries. 🥫

Haines City Mobile Food Pantry | Wed., Oct. 14 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Haines City Trinity Worship Center, 2795 N. 10th St. | Free | If you or someone you know is in need of groceries, The United Way of Central Florida and Feeding Tampa Bay will be providing pick up for pre-packaged food items at this Haines City location. 🥫

Thursday | October 15

Moonlight Mischief with Maleficent | Thur., Oct. 15 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $35 | RSVP your kids for this magical event with Maleficent filled with crafts + meet and greet. 🧙‍♀️

Online Zumbini with CC | Thur., Oct. 15 | 6-6:45 p.m. | Virtual | $30 | Round up the kiddos and have them participate in this virtual zumbini class with music, rhythm, and music + make sure to bring your favorite instrument and scarf. 🎶

Lakeland Run/Walk at Lake Hollingsworth | Thur., Oct. 15 | 7-10 p.m. | Lake Hollingsworth, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Free, RSVP | Get outdoors and get active by joining a Phoenix volunteer and embarking on an evening run or walk fit for all skill levels. 🏃‍♀️

Lakeside Village Live | Thur., Oct. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free | Enjoy a free weekly concert with family-friendly entertainment at the fountain every Thursday. October 15th  features Cameron Moreau Music with variety guitar vocals from the 70’s through today. 

Hocus Pocus Under the Stars | Fri., Oct. 16 | 5-9 p.m. | Haines City Florida FFA Leadership Training Center, 5000 Firetower Rd. | Get into the Halloween spirit and bring your friends and family to the screening of Hocus Pocus outdoors at this fall festival. 🔮

Friday | October 16

Hocus Pocus Under the Stars | Fri., Oct. 16 | 5-9 p.m. | Haines City Florida FFA Leadership Training Center, 5000 Firetower Rd. | Get into the Halloween spirit and bring your friends and family to the screening of Hocus Pocus outdoors at this fall festival. 🔮

Walrus: A Beatles Sing-Along Experience | Fri, Oct. 16 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Lkld Live, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. | $18 | Watch as Detective Lazarus Holmes tries to uncover Paul McCartney’s true identity. 🎙️

Fall Fashions & Fairy Hair Sip-N-Shop | Fri., Oct. 16 | 5-8 p.m. | Amelia Page Boutique, 223 N. Kentucky Ave. | Prices Vary, RSVP | Sip on sangria and munch on treats while browning through the fall selection of items + book your fairy hair appointment in advance. 🍹

Saturday | October 17

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Sat., Oct. 17 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Prices Vary | Enjoy local finds at this market and pick up produce, flowers, herbs, tea, art, and so much more. 🛍️

Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree | Sat., Oct. 17 | 12-4 p.m. | Simmers-Young Park, 339 American Spirit Rd. | $3 |This fun Halloween event features a pumpkin patch, games, trick or treat village, obstacle course, photo stops, and much more + make sure to buy your tickets soon because there are only 600 available. 🎃

Hidden Gem’s Fall Fest | Sat., Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hidden Gem Consignment, 3139 N. Galloway Rd. | Free | Support local vendors and small businesses at this fall festival featuring games for the kids, free snacks, and unique items. 🍁

Sunday | October 18

Frightfully Delightful Princess Masquerade Party | Sun., Oct. 18 | 1-3 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $10-$50 | The Frog Princess and Cinderella will lead kids in a trick or treat table, storytime, costume parade, masquerade mask decorating, and a meet and greet opportunity. 👸🏽

Duck Wallow Lane Bluegrass Band | Sun., Oct. 18 | 1-4 p.m. | Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. | Prices Vary | Visit this family-owned and operated farm + enjoy live bluegrass music in this rustic setting. 🪕

Trunk or Treat | Sun., Oct. 17 | 4-6 p.m. | Epic Church Lakeland, 1115 E. Memorial Blvd. | Free | If you’re looking for a way to get into the Halloween spirit, this event features games and food for all to enjoy + prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated car. 🍬 

Monday, October 19-Sunday, October 25

Monday | October 19

Joggin for the Noggin 5K & 1-Mile | Mon., Oct. 19 | 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Virtual | $30-$38 | Don’t be a lazy bones – get moving for this Halloween-themed race in support of the Polk State College Foundation scholarship program. 🏃

MEGA Pantry Distribution | Mon., Oct. 19 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Lakes Church, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd. | Free | If you or someone you know is in need of food all are welcome to pick up bagged grocery items at this distribution location. 🥫

Police Explorer’s Spirit Night | Mon., Oct. 19 | 5-8 p.m. | Tapatios Mexican Restaurant, 734 E. Memorial Blvd. | $10 | Help fundraise for the Police Explorers program and chow down on tacos, chips, salsa. 🌮

Tuesday | October 20

Tasty Tuesdays | Tue., Oct. 20 |  The Pink Piano, 1015 S. Florida Ave. | $8 | Gather with friends at this piano bar in the Dixieland Historic District and sip on some wine while enjoying live music. 🎹

Live Trivia | Tue., Oct. 20 | 7-9 p.m. | The Brass Tap, 1515 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | Compete in this trivia tournament for a $70 prize pool + sip on the wide selection of beers on tap. 🍻

Drive Up Food Giveaway | Tue., Oct 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 4450 Harden Blvd. | Free | If you or someone you know is in need of food all are welcome to pick up bagged grocery items only after 5:30 p.m. at this distribution location. 🥫

Wednesday | October 21

Texas BBQ at The Yard | Wed., Oct. 21 | 4-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass, 802 N. Massachusetts Ave. | Prices Vary | Hop on over to this BBQ night with slow-smoked meats, handmade sides, and sweets crafted by Ms. B. 🍖

Food Trucks at Brew Hub |  Wed., Oct. 21 | 3-7 p.m. | Brew Hub, 3900 Frontage Rd. S. | Prices Vary | Enjoy an array of comfort food options from Tastebuds and venture into the Tasting Room for beers and small snacks. 

Plant City Virtual Game Night | Wed., Oct. 21 | 7-10 p.m. | Virtual | Free, RSVP | Challenge yourself in five-rounds of games including a trivia roster of 8,000 questions, charades, drinking games, and more. 🕹️

Thursday | October 22

Beginning Genealogy | Thur., Oct. 22 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | If you’re interested in digging into your family’s roots but don’t know where to start, join this live session to find out how to begin your search. 📖

Lakeside Village Live | Thur., Oct. 22 | 6-9 p.m. | 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free | Enjoy a free weekly concert with family-friendly entertainment at the fountain every Thursday. October 22nd  features Catahoula Blue Trio whose music style is New Orleans zydeco meets down home blues.

Momentum 2045 | Thur., Oct. 22 | 4-6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about the future of Polk County’s transportation system join this live workshop to learn more. 🚎

Friday | October 23

Annual Pumpkin Paint Night | Fri., Oct. 23 | 2-7 p.m. | Art Centric Studio, 1035 Florida Ave S #180 | $15 | All supplies are included with the purchase of a ticket at this pumpkin painting event. 🎃

13th Annual CarBq | Fri., Oct. 23 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Two Men and A Truck, 3220 Atlantic Ave. | $12 | Sponsor your brand on thousands of boxed lunches, order meals, or volunteer for this event in support of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. 🍖

Asia Popup | Fri., Oct. 23 | 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Prices Vary | This family-friendly event brings together Asian cuisine, sweets, and beverages from a wide variety of vendors to choose from. 🥡

Saturday | October 24

Ghosts, Goblins & Goodies | Fri., Oct. 23  | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Visitor Information Center, 101 Adventure Ct. | Free | Enjoy trick or treating activities, a pumpkin carving competition, and bogo Legoland or Bok Tower Gardens ticket specials. 👻

Om Nom Nom Cookie Carnival | Fri., Oct. 23  | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland, N. Kentucky Ave. | Prices Vary | Munch on some locally crafted cookies at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market and register to become a cookie judge to sample up to 10 different cookie variations. 🍪

Sunday | October 25

Trunk or Treat | Sun., Oct. 25  | 4-6 p.m. | Epic Church Lakeland, 1115 E. Memorial Blvd. | Free | This family event brings the Halloween spirit right to your car with games, food, and prizes for the best decorated car. 👻

First United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat | Sun., Oct. 25  | 5-7 p.m. | First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Dr. | Free | Gather up the kiddos and join in on the fun in the drive-thru Halloween house + be sure to pick up candy bags at the end. 👻

“Couples” by Sean Grennan | Sun., Oct. 25 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Virtual, RSVP | $7.50-$10 | Follow the story of three couples as they work out their relationships with the help of Dr. Sharon Mercer. 🎭