PlanAhead: August 2021 — Your August Events Calendar

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Monday, July 26-Sunday August 1

Monday | July 26

Learn
○‌ Tapas and Sangria | Mon., July 26 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School at Lake Miriam Square | $50 | Work alongside Publix’s chefs and learn to make tapas like scallops in saffron sauce and drinks like homemade sangria. 

ForKids
○‌ Tropics Elite Summer Camp  | Mon., July 26 | 8 a.m. | Cypress Youth Sports Complex | $200 | Sign up your kiddos for this summer camp: discounts are available for Lakeland Tropic Youth, YMCA members, multiple children, and early registers. 

TryThis
○‌ Career Event- Southeastern University Students & Graduates | Mon., July 26 | 7 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Sign up for this virtual event for those interested in careers in business, computer science/IT, construction, carpentry, and more. 

Tuesday | July 27

Show
○‌ Molly’s Open Mic | Tues., July 27 | 9 p.m. | Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub | Free | Whether you’re looking to participate or simply observe + grab a brew, the floor at Molly’s is open starting at 9 p.m.

WaterCooler
○‌ Flying Tigers vs. Hammerheads | Tues., July 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Joker Marchant Stadium | $9+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Jupiter Hammerheads starting at 6:30. ⚾️

Learn
○‌ Sushi and More | Tues., July 27 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School at Lake Miriam Square | $60 | Work alongside Publix’s chefs and learn the art of sushi-making.

TryThis
○‌ EMERGE Membership Cornhole Tournament | Tues., July 27 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free for EMERGE members, $5 for non-members | Come out for cornhole + stay for the chance to win $100.

Wednesday | July 28

TryThis
○‌ Open Mic with Chelsea Margaret | Wed., July 28 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | #ProTip: come by for a drink, a bite from a food truck, or to strut your stuff on stage. 🎤

Family
○‌ Interactive Family Movie – Finding Nemo | Wed., July 28 | Various Times | Donald Bronson Community Center, 124 Bronson Trl. | Free | Bring the kiddos and enjoy the show full of sing-a-longs, bubble blowing, and more interactive opportunities.

ForKids
○‌ Kids 5-13 Cook Take Home Family Dinner | Wed., July 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland 6935 S. Carter Rd, Ste. 6 | $50+ | Drop off the kids, take home a dinner for the fam — Sounds like the perfect plan, right?

Learn
○‌ Kitchen Fundamentals: Seafood | Wed., July 28 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School at Lake Miriam Square | $60 | Learn new tips and tricks in the kitchen while enjoying seafood recipes like pan-seared swordfish steaks with cherrywood smoked bacon puttanesca sauce.

Thursday | July 29

Show
○‌ Dan Signor @ Jensen’s | Thurs., July 24 | 8 p.m. | Jensen’s Corner Bar, 100 3rd St. SW., Winter Haven | Free | Enjoy the musical stylings of pianist, bassist, guitarist, and vocalist Dan Signor at Jenson’s Corner Bar.  
○‌ Lakeland Underbelly Sessions | Thurs., July 24 | 9 p.m. | The Pink Piano | $5 | Come out + support the best of Lakeland’s local music scene, with 100% of the proceeds going to the musicians. 

Dish
○‌ Happy Ending at The Yard on Mass | Thurs., July 29 | 4-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Enjoy an afternoon with tastings from the Happy Ending food truck.

Learn
○‌ Pies, Pies, Pies | Thurs., July 29 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School at Lake Miriam Square | $50 | Level up your summer-time pies including lattice work, crumbles, and a classic coconut cream.

TryThis
○‌ Drag BINGO & ThrowBACK Singles Night | Thurs., July 29 | 8-11 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Free | Play drag bingo with QUEEN Allegra and enjoy deals on drinks all night long.

Friday | July 30

TheBuy
○‌ Fabulous Funky Munky at The Fancy Flea Lakeland A Country Brocante | Fri., July 30 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Shop funky finds at this year’s fancy flea — You never know what you’ll find.

Show
○‌ Live Music at Night: Matt Billor | Fri., July 30 | 6-10 p.m. | Keel Farms | Listen to live music from 24-year-old Matt Billor while you enjoy food, wine, and beer.

Learn
○‌ 1 On 1 Artist Painting Workshop | Fri., July 30 | 10 a.m. | Stephen Koury’s Home Studio, 1029 Rustic Estates Dr. | $300 | Don’t be fooled, these classes are available for 8-people at a time, to learn at the hands of Stephen Koury.

Deal
○‌ Bok Tower Gardens FREE Admission | Fri., July 30 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | Free | Enjoy a day of free admission to Bok Tower with no advance reservations, tickets, or scheduling necessary.

Saturday | July 31

MustDo
○‌ Lakeland Farmers Curb Market | Sat., July 31 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | 200 N. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Shop from up to 100 local vendors selling arts, crafts, food + fresh produce. 🥬

Show
○‌ Proper Wednesday LIVE | Sat., July 31 | 7-10 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Free | Enjoy no-cover at the first-ever Proper Wednesday with an all-day happy hour. 

FeaturedEvent
○‌ Little Villagers Treasure Hunt | Sat., July 31 | 10 a.m. | 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free with registration on July 24 | In celebration of Florida’s Back-to-School Tax-Free Week, children can follow clues to find treasure around the property + win prizes. Ⓟ

Sunday | August 1

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○‌ Drag Brunch | Sun., Aug. 1 | 12 p.m. | Winners Circle | $10 | Come out to this drag brunch fundraiser featuring performances + bottomless mimosas. 

○‌ Summer Soirée | Sun., Aug. 1 | 10 p.m.-2 a.m. | Jade Fox Lounge | $15+ | Come out to this summer soirée event. 

○‌ Bowl A Rama | Sun., Aug. 1 | 1-4 p.m. | Cypress Lanes Family Fun Center | $25+ | Family-friendly fundraiser with food + bowling to help support The Humane Society of Polk County. 

○‌ Salsa in the Park | Sun., Aug. 1 | 6-9 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Enjoy a fun night of music + Salsa dancing in the park, with performances + an Intro to Salsa class starting at 6 p.m. 💃

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Jupiter Hammerheads | Sun., Aug. 1 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Jupiter Hammerheads starting at 1 p.m. ⚾️

Monday, August 2-Sunday August 8

Monday | August 2

TryThis

○‌ Entrepreneurship Crash Course | Mon., Aug. 2 | 8-9 p.m. | Online | Free | Join this free webinar to learn about how to successfully transition into being an entrepreneur + how to run a successful business.

○‌ World’s Largest Golf Outing | Mon., Aug. 2 | 8 a.m. | Willowbrook Golf Course, Winter Haven | $45+ | Head out to the golf course for this fundraiser event that benefits the Fisher House Foundation (FHF). 🏌️

Civil 

○‌ City Commission Meeting | Mon., Aug. 2 | 9-11 a.m. | City Hall | Free | This public meeting addressing city topics is also available for remote viewing.

ForKids

○‌ Freestyle Summer Day Camp | Mon., Aug. 2 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Highland Park Church | $170 | Gaga ball, 9-square, a giant inflatable water slide, and more activities and events are being hosted and run by Woodlands staff members. 

Tuesday | August 3

Biz

○‌ 2021 Mid-Year Economic Update Presented by CPS Investment Advisors | Tues., Aug. 3 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church | $36+ | Calling all local business leaders and finance professionals, check out this presentation with lunch provided by Good Thyme + keynote presentation by Dr. Jarry Parrish. 

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○‌ Mat Yoga: Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., Aug. 3 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library | Free | Bring your own yoga mat and wear comfortable attire to this 1-hour yoga class aimed at connecting with yourself + relaxing your mind. 🧘‍♀️

○‌ Molly’s Musician Showcase | Tues., Aug. 3 | 9 p.m. | Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub | Free | Whether you’re looking to participate or simply observe + grab a brew, the floor at Molly’s is open starting at 9 p.m. 🎤

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Tues., Aug. 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6:30. ⚾️

Cause 

○‌ Mobile Food Pantry – Blessings & Hope Lakeland | Tues., Aug. 3 | Highland Park Church | Free | Providing weekly pickup locations for food donation efforts. 

Wednesday | August 4

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Wed., Aug. 4 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $12+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6:30. ⚾️

Dish 

○‌ Couples Cooking: Bring it to the Gathering | Wed., Aug. 4 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $100 | Take part in a hands-on couples’ cooking class where you will learn to prepare the perfect get-together, easy, + delicious dishes. 🍴

ForKids

○‌ Kids Cook Take Home Family Dinner | Wed., Aug. 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland, 6935 South Carter Rd., Ste. 6 | $50+ | Save the shopping, cooking & cleaning with this kid’s cooking class (ages 5-13) that results in a take-home dinner for four. 

Thursday | August 5

TryThis

○‌ Mortal Combat Tourney | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 7 p.m. | Galaxy Bar Lakeland | $5 | Fans of retro arcade games, come participate in a bracket-style tournament + enjoy fun competition over drinks. 

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6:30. ⚾️

Friday | August 6

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○‌ Lakeland First Friday: Back to School | Fri., Aug. 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Head downtown for this local monthly favorite event: featuring Lakeland Moonwalk inflatables, maker’s market, + a classy car show. 

Dish 

○‌ Indoor Grilling | Fri., Aug. 6 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class featuring recipes that bring the deliciousness of outdoor grilling inside. 🍴

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Fri., Aug. 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $10+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6:30. ⚾️

Saturday | August 7

Dish 

○‌ Classic New Orleans | Sat., Aug. 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a demonstration-style cooking class featuring classic New Orleans cuisine paired with great wines. 🍴

Show 

○‌ The Underground Music Festival | Sat., Aug. 7 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Maddox Ranch, 2505 West Bella Vista Street | $25+ | Head out to this festival-style event featuring indie artists from across the country. 🎤

○‌ Lounging in Lakeland with The Recliners | Sat., Aug. 7 | 7-10 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Enjoy an evening of swanky versions of your favorite pop/rock classics over drinks with friends. 🎺

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Sat., Aug. 7 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $7+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6 p.m. ⚾️

Sunday | August 8

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○‌ Mama and Friends Drag Brunch | Sun., Aug. 8 | 11 a.m. | Elks Lodge Lakeland | $25 | A family-friendly brunch + drag performance, with proceeds benefiting the Dru-Project. 

○‌ Painting with a Twist  | Sun., Aug. 8 | 4-6 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $38 | Enjoy a relaxing evening painting a new artwork: a celestial panda. 🎨

Show 

○‌ 33 Years Duo w/ Breezy Eazy Bistro | Sun., Aug. 8 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Roots rock duo 33 Years is back at Swan Brewing to bring you all the classic sounds, with food available from Breezy Easy Bistro. 🎤

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Sun., Aug. 8 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 1 p.m. ⚾

Monday, August 9-Sunday August 15

Monday | August 9

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○‌ Open Play Indoor Pickleball | Mon., Aug. 9 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Kelly Recreation Complex | $4 | Pickleball is making a comeback in Lakeland: get ahead of the trend + hone your skills. 🏓

○‌ Aqua Spin | Mon., Aug. 9 | 6-6:45 p.m. | Kelly Recreation Complex, Gandy Pool | $5 | Participate in a spin class in the pool: make sure to reserve your bike beforehand. 

Dish 

○‌ Couples Cooking: City of Oaxaca | Mon., Aug. 9 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $100 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class featuring recipes that inspire the authentic flavors of the city of Oaxaca. 🍴

Civic

○‌ Planning Commission Meeting | Mon., Aug. 9 | 4-5 p.m. | City Hall, Haines City | Free | Attend or tune in online to this meeting where plans for Haines City will be discussed.

Tuesday | August 10

TryThis 

○‌ Painting with a Twist | Tues., Aug. 10 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $38 | Enjoy a relaxing evening painting moonlight cherry blossoms: ages 10+ welcome. 🎨

○‌ Kiwanis After Hours Social – AMF Bowling Tournament | Tues., Aug. 10 | 5-7 p.m. | AMF Lakeland | $9 | Family-friendly bowling tournament + event benefitting the Rudolph Roundup Toy Drive. 

Dish 

○‌ Weeknight Mediterranean | Tues., Aug. 10 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class learning how to make time-efficient, delicious Mediterranean-style dishes at home. 🍴

Show

○‌ The Backroom hosted by David Brimer | Tues., Aug 10 | 6 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Come early to get the best seat on the yard, not to mention the first spot in line at the food trucks. 🍔

Wednesday | August 11

TryThis 

○‌ Open Mic with Chelsea Margaret | Wed., Aug. 11 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out to The Yard on Mass for a night of music + fun. 🎤

Trivia

○‌ Trivia Wednesday | Wed., Aug. 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Put your trivia knowledge to the test, bring your friends for a night of food + fun.

Dish 

○‌ Ciro’s Sweet Tooth and Dessert Tour | Wed., Aug. 11 | 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A NW | $69.55+ | Explore the sweeter side of Winter Haven during Ciro’s Sweet Tooth and Dessert Tour. 🍦

○‌ Kitchen Fundamentals: Beef | Wed., Aug. 11 | 6 p.m. | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class for techniques + recipes using beef.  

ForKids

○‌ Kids Cook Take Home Family Dinner | Wed., Aug. 11 | 5-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland, 6935 South Carter Rd., Ste. 6 | $50+ | Save the shopping, cooking & cleaning with this kid’s cooking class (ages 5-13) that results in a take-home dinner for four. 

Thursday | August 12

TryThis 

○‌ Drag BINGO & ThrowBACK Singles Night | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 8-11 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Free | Play drag bingo with QUEEN Allegra and enjoy deals on drinks all night long. 

Dish 

○‌ Fish Tales | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $65 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class with instruction on how to prepare a variety of fresh fish dishes like a pro from the comfort of your home. 🍴

Biz 

○‌ Lakeland Job Fair | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Free | Explore a variety of career options + talk with hiring companies throughout the Lakeland area.  

Show

○‌ Lakeland Underbelly Sessions | 9 p.m. | The Pink Piano | $5 | Come out + support the local music scene, with 100% of the proceeds going to the musicians.

Friday | August 13

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○‌ Beer, Spirits, and Ghost Walking Tour | Fri., Aug. 13 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Downtown Winter Haven | $69+ | Enjoy drinks + spooky stories on this haunted ghost walking tour. 👻

○‌ Point of View Gallery Talk: American Impressionism | Fri., Aug. 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Join an in-depth overview of the museum’s current exhibition, “American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collections,” provided by Dr. Alexander Rich. 🎨

Dish 

○‌ Afternoon Flavors of Winter Haven Food Court Tour | Fri., Aug. 13 | 2-5 p.m. | Downtown Winter Haven | $69+ | Explore the history of the local flavors of Winter Haven on this guided tour while you sample delicious dishes. 

○‌ Summer Seafood Dinner | Fri., Aug. 13 | 6:30 p.m. |  Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $60 | Take part in a demonstration-style cooking class featuring coastal cuisine fit for cool, summer nights beside the sea.

Saturday | August 14

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○‌ Junk-In-Trunk Yard Sale |  Sat., Aug. 14 | 8 a.m. | Decades Reclaimed Vintage Depot, 502 W. Brennan Rd. | Free | The first annual vintage depot yard-sale style event with hidden vintage gems waiting for you to find. 

○‌ Zoom and Vroom | Sat., Aug., 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Spend the day exploring the history of Lakeland through a Zoom-led, virtual history lesson followed by a driving tour of various historical sites throughout Lakeland. 

Dish

○‌ A “Maize”ing Corn | Sat., Aug. 14 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a demonstration-stye cooking class where you can learn various techniques + recipes for elevating your corn-making skills.

Sunday | August 15

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Buffalo Soldiers & Friends of Freedom | Sun., Aug. 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 511 W. Lime St. | Prices vary | A public reception + subject-expert led program on the public art sculpture inspired by Spanish-American War/Buffalo Soldiers. 

Painting with a Twist  | Sun., Aug. 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $38+ | Enjoy a relaxing evening painting a Star Wars-themed portrait of Baby Yoda. 🎨

Learn

Crystals and Stones Class | Sun., Aug. 15 | 2:30-3 p.m. | 213 Frank Lloyd Wright Way | Free | Join this free class at Crystal Gaze for a 30-60-minute introduction to crystals and stones, followed by a free “Awakening Empaths” meetup at 3 p.m.

Show 

Live Music at Lunch | Sun., Aug. 15 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | Keel Farms, Plant City | $10+ |  Enjoy your afternoon on a beautiful patio deck, and sip on your favorite farm fresh beer, wine, or cider, with music by Melissa Lee. 

Monday, August 16-Sunday August 22

Monday | August 16

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○‌ EKLECTIK HAZE | Mon., Aug. 16 | 8-11 p.m. | 2995 Cypress Gardens Rd. | Free | Come by Gary’s Grove to hear the musical stylings of EKLECTIK HAZE, a musical group that features popular songs from various decades.  

Civic 

○‌  City Commission Meeting | Mon., Aug. 16 | 9-11 a.m. | City Hall | Free | Also available for remote viewing.

Tuesday | August 17

TryThis

○‌ Tasty Tuesdays | Tues., Aug. 17 | 4:30-9:30 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | $25 | Purchase your ticket package + sample selections from participating downtown local restaurants. 😋

○‌ Virtual Knit Night | Tues., Aug. 17 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join + connect with Four Purls Yarn Shop for this virtual knit night event. 

Dish

○‌ Vietnamese-Style Smokehouse | Tues., Aug. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $55 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class with classic Vietnamese flavors mixed infused with Cajun flavors + smokehouse cooking techniques. 

Wednesday | August 18

Trivia

○‌ Trivia Wednesday: General Knowledge | Wed., Aug.18 | 6-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Bring your team of 6 or less + put your skills to the test for a trivia-filled evening, with food available from Cuban B’s Burger and Bakes. 💡

TryThis

○‌ Yoga aTu Ritmo | Wed., Aug., 18 | 7 p.m. | Ultimate Dance Center | $10 | This restorative yoga class is suitable for adults and children and focuses on activating metabolism, improving posture, increasing flexibility, and restoring a sense of calm. 

ForKids

○‌ Kids Cook Take Home Family Dinner | Wed., Aug. 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland, 6935 South Carter Rd., Ste. 6 | $50+ | Save the shopping, cooking & cleaning with this kid’s cooking class (ages 5-13) that results in a take-home dinner for four. 

Thursday | August 19

TryThis 

○‌ Live “Ask Me Anything” Lakeland Edition | Thurs., Aug. 19 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Union Hall | Join a panel of community leaders + experts who will answer any questions you have about the greater Lakeland community with light refreshments provided. 

○‌ Drag BINGO & ThrowBACK Singles Night | Thurs., Aug. 19 | 8-11 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Free | Play drag bingo with QUEEN Allegra and enjoy deals on drinks all night long.

○‌ Sip n’ Shop | Thurs., Aug., 19 | 5-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Check out local artists + makers over drinks at this evening market event. 

Friday | August 20

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○‌ Bingo | Fri., Aug. 20 | 6 p.m. | Lakeland Elks Lodge | $1+ | Participate in a light-hearted evening of bingo and stay for the last game of the night for $2 cards. 

○‌ Karaoke Night | Fri., Aug., 20 | 7-10 p.m. | Just Dance Academy | $1+ | Take part in a fun karaoke night benefitting the Just Cares Inc., with light refreshments available for a small donation.

○‌ Painting with a Twist | Fri., Aug. 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $38+ | Enjoy a relaxing evening painting a hello sunshine flower landscape. 🎨

Show

○‌ Friday Night Comedy | Fri., Aug. 20 | 9-11 p.m. | Winner’s Circle Sports Bar & Grill | $10 | Event will feature comedians Jay Hewlett + Trish Keating for a night of laughs. 

FeaturedEvent
Cash Jennings: A Tribute to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings | Fri., Aug. 20 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Historic Ritz Theatre, 263 W Central Ave., Winter Haven | $25 | The Cash Jennings show pays tribute to both Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Ⓟ

Saturday | August 21

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○‌ Ardella Market & Craft Fair | Sat., Aug. 21 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Ardella Baptist Church, 709 W. Pipkin Rd. | Free | Get an early start to the end-of-year gift-buying season + enjoy a morning of shopping artisan handcrafted items, unique gifts, curated products, and delicious goodies.

○‌ Painting with a Twist  | Sat., Aug. 21| 12:30-2 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $30 | Enjoy a relaxing afternoon painting a neon turtle seascape. 🎨

Show 

○‌ New Madrid | Sat., Aug. 21 | 8 p.m. | Union Hall | $10 | Athens Georgia underwater-psych-rock outfit “New Madrid” is performing in Lakeland during their 2021 summer tour.

FeaturedEvent

○‌ Fine Art at the Magnolia: Fine Art Show returns | Sat. Aug. 21 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Magnolia Building, 702 E. Orange St. | Free | Come celebrate the fine arts with Fine Art at the Magnolia at an elegant 2-day indoor fine art show — featuring 19 accomplished artists & craftsmen of Florida. Ⓟ
○‌ Lakeland Open House & Giveaway | Sat. Aug. 21 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | 4283 Hamilton Rd. | Free | Join Megg Homes on Saturday to see a newly renovated home on almost 5 acres and be entered to win an Amazon Echo. Ⓟ

Sunday | August 22

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○‌ SQUAD Brunch with DJ Parcero | Sun., Aug. 22 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Federal Ball Lakeland | Prices vary | Reservations are encouraged for this brunch at  Federal Bar Lakeland, featuring a new brunch “shareables” menu + live music with DJ Parcero.

Dish 

○‌ Plant-Based Junk Food | Sun., Aug. 22 | 12-6 p.m. | Swan Brewing | $10+ | Enjoy an afternoon of drinks alongside your favorite comfort food, vegan-style. 

Show

○‌ John Frinzi Live | Sun., Aug. 22 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Enjoy an evening of music with a live performance by Lakeland singer-songwriter John Frinzi.

FeaturedEvent

○‌ Fine Art at the Magnolia: Fine Art Show returns | Sun. Aug. 22 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnolia Building, 702 E. Orange St. | Free | Come celebrate the fine arts with Fine Art at the Magnolia at an elegant 2-day indoor fine art show — featuring 19 accomplished artists & craftsmen of Florida. Ⓟ

Monday, August 23-Sunday August 29

Sunday | August 22

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○‌ SQUAD Brunch with DJ Parcero | Sun., Aug. 22 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Federal Ball Lakeland | Prices vary | Reservations are encouraged for this brunch at  Federal Bar Lakeland, featuring a new brunch “shareables” menu + live music with DJ Parcero.

Dish 

○‌ Plant-Based Junk Food | Sun., Aug. 22 | 12-6 p.m. | Swan Brewing | $10+ | Enjoy an afternoon of drinks alongside your favorite comfort food, vegan-style. 

Show

○‌ John Frinzi Live | Sun., Aug. 22 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Enjoy an evening of music with a live performance by Lakeland singer-songwriter John Frinzi.

Monday | August 23

NowOpen 

○‌ Catapult Grand Opening | Mon., Aug. 23 | 5-7 p.m. | Catapult Lakeland | Free | Join this entrepreneurial hub as it officially opens its doors, with kitchen tastings, tours of the space, + introductions of the entrepreneurs impacting Lakeland. 🏢

Art 

○‌ Josephine Sacabo: Those Who Dance | Mon., Aug. 23 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Visit this exhibit featuring this New Orleans-based contemporary photographer whose body of work infuses a powerful nostalgia for the non-digital photographic forms and modern techniques.

Dish 

○‌ Sushi 101 | Mon., Aug. 23 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class where you will learn how to prepare your own delicious sushi without the raw fish. 🍱

Tuesday | August 24

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays | Tues., Aug. 24 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Dunedin Blue Jays starting at 6:30. ⚾️

○‌ Molly’s Musician Showcase | Tues., Aug. 24 | 9 p.m. | Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub | Free | Whether you’re looking to participate or simply observe + grab a brew, the floor at Molly’s is open starting at 9 p.m. 🎤

○‌ Fish Tales | Tues., Aug. 24 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $65 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class with instruction on how to prepare a variety of fresh fish dishes like a pro from the comfort of your home. 🍴

Wednesday | August 25

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays | Wed., Aug. 25 | 5 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $12+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Dunedin Blue Jays starting at 5 p.m. ⚾️

ForKids

○‌ ​​Kids Cook Take Home Family Dinner | Tues., Aug. 25 | 5-6:30 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. 

Cause 

○‌ Monthly Food Pantry | Wed., Aug., 25 | 4:30 p.m. | Crystal Lake Elementary | Free | Crystal Lake Elementary families are invited to this drive-thru food pantry. 🥫

Thursday | August 26

TryThis

○‌ Athena Award Dinner | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 6 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $55+ | The Awards Dinner Presentation in Sikes Hall will honor exceptional female  leaders that inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. 

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays | Thur., Aug. 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Dunedin Blue Jays starting at 6:30. ⚾️

Show

○‌ Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 7 p.m. | MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre | $78+ | Break out the “Tennessee Whiskey” and enjoy your favorite Chris Stapleton songs, with special guests Sheryl Crow & Kendell Marvel. 

Friday | August 27

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○‌ Masquerade Ball | Fri., Aug. 27 | 7 p.m.-12 a.m. | Lakeland Women’s Club | $45 | Participate in a fanciful evening of disguise, featuring an open bar + best mask contest. 🎭

○‌ Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Fri., Aug. 27 | 4:30-7 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven to visit family-owned restaurants and bars in the downtown area that host Happy Hour on weekdays.

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays | Fri., Aug. 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Dunedin Blue Jays starting at 6:30. ⚾️

Show

○‌ District Title Live | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Kick off your weekend on a rock ‘n roll note.

○‌ Jamie Floyd LIVE | 7-10 p.m. | Federal Bar | Free | Enjoy the musical stylings of Jamie Floyd + savor the all-day happy hour.

○‌ The 5794 Band | 7-10 p.m. | Swan brewing | Free | This group is sure to please the masses, especially with Cuban B’s Burgers & Bakes on your plate.

○‌ The Big Chill | 8 p.m. | Union Hall | $5 | Jam out to classic rock with The Big Chill at their stop in Lakeland.

Saturday | August 28

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays | Sat., Aug. 28 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $7+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Dunedin Blue Jays starting at 6 p.m. ⚾️

Dish 

○‌ Big and Little Chef: Skillets and a Baking Dish | Sat., Aug. 28 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $75 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class designed for parents + kids to work together to create simple + delicious baked meals. 

Show

○‌ Greg Redding | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Listen to Greg Redding play his tunes while you nosh on The Arepazo Grill’s menu items.

○‌ Good Stuff Band LIVE | 7-10 p.m. | Federal Bar | Free | Enjoy no cover, an all-day happy hour, and beats from DJ Trinidad at 9 p.m.

○‌ The Mad Stringers | 7-10 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Sing along with this 3-piece band, covering songs from the 60s and 70s.

○‌ Southern Rocks Finest | 8 p.m. | Music Ranch, 1920 Banana Rd. | $25 | Listen to former members from bands like Molly’s Hatchet.

○‌ Sexbruise? | 8 p.m. | Union Hall | $10 | Head out to hear another Union Hall headliner with this satirical pop group.

○‌ Proper Wednesday | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Head on over to the Yard on Mass — if you’re not already there — for Lakeland cover band ‘Proper Wednesday’s’ show.

Sunday | August 29

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○‌ Salute to Veterans Food Truck Rally | Sun., Aug. 29 | 12-5 p.m. | FAM Church Grounds | Free | This food truck rally has live entertainment + raffles, with all profits going to “Veterans Helping Veterans” to support children of veteran parents suffering from PTSD. 

○‌ Painting with a Twist | Sun., Aug. 29 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $41+ | Enjoy a relaxing afternoon painting a twilight beach landscape. 🎨

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays | Sun., Aug. 29 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Dunedin Blue Jays starting at 6 p.m. ⚾️

Show

○‌ Jack Sprouse Live | 1:30 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come support local artist, Jack Sprouse as you wind down your weekend.

○‌ Claire VanDiver Duo | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Check out the Claire VanDiver Duo and enjoy food from Breezy Easy Bistro.

Monday, August 30-Tuesday August 31

Monday | August 30

Learn 

○‌ Hand-tied Extensions Class | Mon., Aug. 30 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Establish 37 | $500 | Aspiring hairstylists are welcomed to come learn how to hand-tie and blend extensions, while also receiving coaching on social media marketing. 

○‌ Couples Cooking: Flavors of Hawaii | Mon., Aug. 30| 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $75 | Take part in a hands-on couple’s cooking class that will teach you how to prepare some traditional, Polynesian-inspired dishes that will have you wanting to create at home for your own luau.

WaterCooler 

○‌ Polk Noles Golf Tournament | Mon., Aug., 30 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Country Club of Winter Haven | $200+ | This golfing event run by Polk Noles will fundraise for Florida State University + The Florida State University Alumni Association to generate financial + community support for Florida State University.

Tuesday | August 31

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○‌ Mat Yoga: Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., Aug. 31 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library | Free | Bring your own yoga mat and wear comfortable attire to this 1-hour yoga class aimed at connecting with yourself + relaxing your mind. 🧘‍♀️

○‌ Painting with a Twist | Tues., Aug., 31 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting With a Twist | $35+ | Enjoy a relaxing evening painting a rustic spring flower truck. 🎨

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays | Tues., Aug. 31 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Dunedin Blue Jays starting at 6:30. ⚾️