September PlanAhead: Your Lakeland events calendar

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Happy September Lakeland. 🍂  If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the crisper mornings, colorful leaves, and fall on the horizon — 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

Cause

  • POWer in Pink Virtual Marathon Challenge | Wed., Sept. 1-Thurs. Sept. 30 | Any time | $35+ | Run, walk, bike, or swim your way through this independent marathon through Sept. 30 to support breast cancer patients + families in situational poverty.  

Mon., Aug. 30- Sun., Sept. 5

Mon., Aug. 30

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  • Open Play Indoor Pickleball | Mon., Aug. 30 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Kelly Recreation Complex | $4 | Pickleball is making a comeback in Lakeland: get ahead of the trend + hone your skills. 🏓
  • Ribbon Cutting for Relax Room | Mon., Aug. 30 | 11-11:30 a.m. | Relax Room, 1322 W. Daughtery Rd. | Free | Welcome Lakeland’s first zero-gravity massage chair experience today as they set up shop next to the north side Walmart.
  • Painting With a Twist | Mon., Aug. 30 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | Try this guided painting class and leave with your own version of today’s artwork, titled “Morning Walk.”

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.

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  • 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. ⛳

Tues., Aug. 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. 🎨

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Wed., Sept. 1

TryThis 

  • Bike Night | Wed., Sept. 1 | 6-9 p.m. | Duke’s Brewhouse | Free | Ride over to Duke’s on your favorite motorcycle + enjoy an all-you-can-eat boneless wings promo. 🏍
  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Wed., Sept. 1 | 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. 🍺
  • Yoga aTu Ritmo | Wed., Sept. 1 | 6-7 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. 🧘‍♀️

Dish 

  • Couples Cooking: Well Seasoned | Wed., Sept. 1 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $100 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class where you’ll explore + enrich your knowledge of flavor. 🍴

Trivia

  • Triviosity | Wed., Sept. 1 | 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. 1 | 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. 💜

Thurs., Sept. 2

TryThis 

  • Curator Tour | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Chief curator Dr. H. Alexander Rich guides you through an informative tour of the current galleries + displays. 🎨
  • Night Market | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, Winter Haven | Free | Evening shopping event featuring a variety of crafts + goods from local vendors for purchase. ✨
  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 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, must be 21 or older to participate. 🍺

Biz

  • Chamber M2M Virtual Speed Networking | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 2-3 p.m. | Online | Free | Exclusive event Lakeland Chamber investor members to gain national business + professional connection opportunities.

Show

  • Open Mic with Kristy Scott | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 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.

Fri., Sept. 3

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  • Beer, Spirits, and Ghost Walking Tour | Fri., Sept. 3 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Downtown Winter Haven | $69+ | Enjoy drinks + spooky stories during this phantom-filled walking tour through Downtown Winter Haven. 👻
  • First Friday: Dog Days Downtown | Fri., Sept. 3 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Hit up downtown with your favorite furry friends, with various vendors, classic classy car shows + more. 🐶  
  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Fri., Sept. 3 | 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, must be 21 or older to participate. 🍺

Show 

  • Free Punk Friday | Fri., Sept. 3 | 6 p.m. | LKLD Live | Free | Head out to LKLD Live for a free show featuring The Kutoffs, Kick Dicker, The Paperback Whale, De Prime, and JPP. 🤘
  • Joe’s Garage Band | Fri., Sept. 3 | 8 p.m. | Union Hall | Free | There’s no cover charge to come see this classic rock band.

Sat., Sept. 4

Show 

  • Paw Patrol Live! | Sat., Sept. 4 | 2 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $15+ | Re-imagined in-person show + event. 🐶
  • Saturday Night Rodeo | Sat., Sept. 4 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Westgate River Ranch | $25 | Experience an evening at the rodeo with high-flyin’, buck-kickin’ fun. 
  • Thomas Rhett: The Center Point Road Tour | Sat., Sept. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa | $58+ | Don’t forget a chair for outdoor lawn seats. 

Cause 

TryThis

  • Karaoke | Sat., Sept. 4 | 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. | Union Hall | Free | Sing-along savants and newbies alike are invited to take the stage for karaoke tonight. 

Dish

  • Happy Ending at Grove Roots Brewing Company | Sat., Sept. 4 | 5 p.m. | Grove Roots Brewing Co. | Free | Happy Ending is serving up your favorites at Grove Roots Brewing, so grab your crew + pick your perfect snacking spot. 

Sun., Sept. 5

WaterCooler

Show

  • David Smith Live | Sun., Sept. 5 | 2-5 p.m. | Front Page Brewing Co. | Free | Afternoon with music + drinks. 🎤
  • Hands on a Hardbody | Sun., Sept. 5 | 2-5 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre | $24 | Live stage show inspired by true events. 🎭

Dish 

  • Saucemaking Workshop | Sun., Sept. 5 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $60 | Take part in a hands-on class featuring 5 main sauces + how to make them. 🍴

Mon., Sept. 6- Sun., Sept. 12

Mon.,  Sept. 6

TryThis 

  • Labor Day Car Show | Mon., Sept. 6 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Highland Park Church | Free | This event will feature live music, food, + more. 🚗
  • New Lego Vidiyo Music Fest | Mon., Sept. 6 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Legoland | $84+ | Family-friendly musical event featuring a special appearance from musical superstar DJ L.L.A.M.A.

Biz

  • Entrepreneurship Crash Course | Mon., Sept. 6 | 8-9 p.m. | Online | Free | Learn about setting successful business strategies + ways to level up your entrepreneurial skills. 💼

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Tues., Sept. 7

TryThis

  • Cameo Writers | Tues., Sept. 7 | 2-4 p.m. | Winter Haven Public Library | Free | Open to all writing levels + experience, offering support + encouragement. 🖊
  • Mat Yoga: Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., Sept. 7 | 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. 🧘‍♀️
  • Yoga for Pain Relief | Tues., Sept. 7 | 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.
  • Painting With a Twist | Tues., Sept. 7 | 6-9 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $58+ | This unique opportunity allows you to paint your own pet, so come prepared with a photo of your furry friend and get creative. 

Civic

  • City Commission Meeting | Tues., Sept. 7 | 9-11 a.m. | City Hall | Free | This public meeting addressing city topics is also available for remote viewing.

Show

  • Molly’s Musician Showcase | Tues., Sept. 7 | 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. 🎤
  • The Backroom hosted by David Brimer | Tues., Sept. 7 | 6 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Come early to get the best seat in the yard, not to mention the first spot in line at the food trucks. 🍔

Wed., Sept. 8

Show

TryThis 

  • Open Mic with Chelsea Margaret | Wed., Sept. 8 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Give performing a try for a night of music + fun. 🎤
  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Wed., Sept. 8 | 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, must be 21 or older to participate. 🍺

Trivia

  • Trivia Wednesday | Wed., Sept. 8 | 6-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Put your trivia knowledge to the test + bring your friends for a night of food + fun.
  • Triviosity | Wed., Sept. 8 | 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. 

Dish 

  • For the Love of Chocolate | Wed., Sept. 9 | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class where you’ll learn all about new + interesting ways to incorporate chocolate into your cooking routine. 🍴

Learn

  • Long-term Caregiver Class | Wed., Sept. 8 | 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. 💜

Thurs., Sept. 9

TryThis 

  • Lakeland Foodtruck Rally | Thurs., Sept. 9 |  6-9 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head to downtown + sample a variety of delicious dishes from over 20+ vendors across Central Florida.
  • Pups & Pints | Thurs., July 8 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Union Taproom | Free | Choose from a large selection of beers and hang out with furry friends.
  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Thurs., Sept. 9 | 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, must be 21 or older to participate. 🍺

Dish 

Show

  • Open Mic with Kristy Scott | Thurs., Sept. 9 | 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.

Fri., Sept. 10

TryThis 

  • Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Fri., Sept. 10 | 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, must be 21 or older to participate. 🍺

Show

  • Eklectic Haze | Fri., Sept. 10 | 8  p.m. | OTC, Winter Haven | Free | Come by OTC to hear the musical stylings of EKLECTIK HAZE, a musical group that features popular songs from various decades. 
  • Hits of the Ritz | Fri., Sept. 10 | 8 p.m. | Chain O’ Lakes Stadium, 588 Cletus Allen Dr. | $18 | Enjoy an outdoor stadium concert event featuring the hits of the ritz. 
  • Ryan McVeigh Live | Fri., Sept. 10 | 9 p.m. | 1845 Taphouse, Davenport | Free | Drinks + live music. 🎤
  • Uncle John’s Band | Fri., Sept. 10 | 8 p.m. | Union Hall | $10+ | For $10 online or $15 at the door, you can hear this Grateful Dead tribute band tonight at Union Hall. 🎸

FeaturedEvent

  • One Night Only: Vegas McGraw at The Historic Ritz Theatre | Fri., Sept. 10 | 7-10 p.m. | Historic Ritz Theatre, 263 W Central Ave., Winter Haven | $25 | Adam D. Tucker, Tim McGraw Tribute artist, presents a powerful show that re-creates the music and mystique of the country music icon. Ⓟ

Sat., Sept. 11

TryThis

  • FIRExpo | Sat., Sept. 11 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $10+ | Event by Repticon, live reptile + exotic animal expo. 🦎
  • Introduction to Geocaching | Times vary | Colt Creek State Park | Free | Learn about the treasure hunting world of geocaching and spend the day in nature — attendees should download the geocaching app prior to the event.

Show 

  • Rod Wave: SoulFly Tour | Sat., Sept. 11 | 8 p.m. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa | $28+ | Singer + wrapper Rod Wave comes to Tampa for his latest album tour.  

WaterCooler

Dish 

  • Wine and Dine in the Pacific NW | Sat., Sept. 11 | 6:30 p.m.| Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a demonstration-style cooking class with the excellent seafood + wines of the Pacific NW. 🍴

Cause

Sun., Sept. 12

TryThis 

  • FireExpo | Sun., Sept. 12 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $10+ | Event by Repticon, live reptile + exotic animal expo. 🦎
  • Second Sunday Artisan Event | Sun., Sept. 12 | 12-5 p.m. | Lakeside Village, 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free | Event with Florida makers selling hand-made goods. 

Show

  •  HB Jazz Trio | Sun., Sept. 12 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Live musical performance event + outdoor space. 🎷
  • The Music of Motown | Sun., Sept. 12 | 7 p.m. | Chain O’ Lakes Stadium, 588 Cletus Allen Dr. | $18 | Head outside for a stadium concert event through the music of Motown. 

Mon., Sept. 13 – Sun., Sept. 19

Mon., Sept. 13

TryThis 

  • Give Back Monday | Mon., Sept. 13 | 12-9 p.m. | Keel Farms | Free | Food event with a portion of all proceeds going to the Community Pet Project. 

Civic

Dish 

Learn 

  • Creative Placement 2.0 | Mon., Sept. 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Online | Free | Salon studio training focusing on salon coloring techniques like staino. 💇‍♀️

Tues.,  Sept. 14

TryThis 

  • Virtual Knit Night | Tues., Sept. 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join + connect with Four Purls Yarn Shop for this virtual knit night event. 🧶
  • Spirit Night | Tues., Sept. 14 | 4-8 p.m. | El Ranchito Jalisco, Bartow | Free | Floral Avenue Elementary PTO hosts a spirit night dinner. 
  • Yoga for Pain Relief | Tues., Sept. 14 | 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.

Show

  • Molly’s Musician Showcase | Tues., Sept. 14 | 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. 🎤
  • The Backroom hosted by David Brimer | Tues., Sept. 14 | 6 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come early to get the best seat in the yard, not to mention the first spot in line at the food trucks. 🍔

Trivia

  • Trviosity | Tues., Sept. 14 | 7 p.m. | Front Page Brewing | Space fills up quickly and check-in opens at 6:30 p.m., so grab your team and get ready for Triviosity. 

Talk

  • Superintendent’s Community Conversation | Tues., Sept. 14 | 6-7 p.m. | Bartow Civic Center | Free | Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid is here to talk with stakeholders about ways to improve our public school system. 

Wed., Sept.15

TryThis

  • Open Mic with Chelsea Margaret | Wed., Sept. 15 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Give performing a try for a night of music + fun. 🎤
  • September Luncheon | Wed., Sept. 15 | 11 a.m. | Cleveland Heights Country Club | $22 | Reserve your spot for this luncheon by Fri., Sept. 9 to hear from guest speaker Nancy Self while creating your own decorative fall craft.

Trivia

  • Triviosity | Wed., Sept. 15 | 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. 

Dish

  • Happy Ending at Grove Roots Brewing Company | Wed., Sept. 15 | 5 p.m. | Grove Roots Brewing Co. | Free | Happy Ending is serving up your favorites at Grove Roots Brewing, so grab your crew + pick your perfect snacking spot. 🍻

Talk

  • Superintendent’s Community Conversation | Wed., Sept. 15 | 6-7 p.m. | Auburndale Civic Center | Free | Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid is here to talk with stakeholders about ways to improve our public school system. 

Learn

  • Long-term Caregiver Class | Wed., Sept. 15 | 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. 💜

Thurs., Sept. 16

TryThis

  • Just Between Friends Exclusive Pre-sale | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 12-7 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Free | Be one of the first to peruse the goods at this large-scale consignment event in the RP Funding Center’s Sikes Hall. 🛍️
  • First Time Parents Pre-Sale | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 5-7 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Free | First time parents get free admission to this 24,000-sqft sale event, featuring items that are 50-90% off that all new parents need. 🍼

Show

  • Open Mic with Kristy Scott | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 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.
  • Leaves from the Vine at Hillcrest Coffee | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Hillcrest Coffee | Free | Come out for this live show by this progressive rock band.

Talk

  • Superintendent’s Community Conversation | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 6-7 p.m. | AdventHealth Fieldhouse, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | Free | Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid is here to talk with stakeholders about ways to improve our public school system. 

Fri., Sept. 17

TryThis

  • Just Between Friends Sale | Fri., Sept. 17 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Free | Peruse the goods at this large-scale consignment event in the RP Funding Center’s Sikes Hall. 🛍️

Show

  • 80s Ladies Drag Show | Fri., Sept. 17 | 9 p.m. | Galaxy Bar Lakeland | $10+ | Allegra Williams, Twila Holiday + Mya Valentine are hosting this “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” themed drag show until 10 p.m.
  • Canned Tuna Concerts | Fri., Sept. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Bring a can of tuna or any non-perishable food item and enjoy the musical stylings of Dan Signor.
  • Let’s Ride | Fri., Sept. 17 | 8 p.m. | Union Hall | $10+ | Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door to see Union Hall’s concert series headliner and brass band, Let’s Ride. 🎺

Sat., Sept. 18

TryThis

  • POWer in Pink 5K | Sat., Sept. 18 | 8-11 a.m. | Tiger Town | $35+ | This in-person 5K starts from Tiger Town at Joker Marchant Stadium and awards will be given to 13+ racers in different categories. 👟
  • Just Between Friends Sale | Sat., Sept. 18 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Free | Peruse the goods at this large-scale consignment event in the RP Funding Center’s Sikes Hall. 🛍️
  • Central Florida CollectorFest | Sat., Sept. 18 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $10+ | This anniversary toy-collecting event is coming back to Lakeland with over 100 tables of collectible items, and parking is free.
  • Central Florida Arms Show | Sat., Sept. 18 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, 4175 Medulla Rd. | $12 | The Lakeland Rifle and Pistol Club Educational Center is hosting this year’s arms show, where parking is free and children 16 and under get free admission with an adult.

Show

  • J Holiday | Sat., Sept. 18 | 7-10 p.m. | Polk Theatre | $25+ | R&B sensation J Holiday and the Fish and Grits band are coming to the Polk Theatre to bring live poetry and music to Lakeland. 
  • Strawberries and Cream Festival | Sat., Sept. 18 | ​​All day | Burna Boy, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Bugzy Malone, Koffee, and many more artists are performing across 4 stages for this annual Plant City festival. 🎤

Dish

  • Happy Ending at Grove Roots Brewing Company | Sat., Sept. 18 | 12 p.m. | Grove Roots Brewing Co. | Free | Happy Ending is serving up your favorites at Grove Roots Brewing, so grab your crew + pick your perfect snacking spot. 🍻

Sun., Sept. 19

TryThis

  • Just Between Friends Sale | Sun., Sept. 19 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Free | Peruse the goods at this large-scale consignment event in the RP Funding Center’s Sikes Hall. 
  • SQUAD Brunch with DJ Trindade | Sun., Sept. 19 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Prices vary | Reservations are welcome, and seats fill up quickly, so come early to get your seat for DJ Trindade, a new shareables menu, and mimosas.
  • Central Florida Arms Show | Sun., Sept. 19 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, 4175 Medulla Rd. | $12 | The Lakeland Rifle and Pistol Club Educational Center is hosting this year’s arms show, where parking is free and children 16 and under get free admission with an adult.

Show

  • Strawberries and Cream Festival | Sun., Sept. 19 | ​​All day | Burna Boy, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Bugzy Malone, Koffee, and many more artists are performing across 4 stages for this annual Plant City festival. 🎤

Mon., Sept. 20-Sun., Sept. 26

Mon., Sept. 20

Civic

  • City Commission Meeting | Mon., Sept. 20 | 9-11 a.m. | City Hall | Free | This public meeting addressing city topics is also available for remote viewing.

TryThis

  • For the Love of Chocolate | Mon., Sept. 20 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class where you’ll learn all about new + interesting ways to incorporate chocolate into your cooking routine. 🍴
  • Painting With a Twist | Mon., Sept. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | BYOB for this guided painting experience, where you’ll walk away with your own version of “Bubblegum Beach”

Talk

  • Superintendent’s Community Conversation | Mon., Sept. 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Presbyterian Church in the Highlands — Lakeland | Free | Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid is here to talk with stakeholders about ways to improve our public school system. 

Tues.,  Sept. 21

Show

  • Molly’s Musician Showcase | Tues., Sept. 21 | 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. 🎤

Dish

  • Tasty Tuesdays | Tues., Sept. 21 | 4:30-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | $25 | Purchase your ticket package + sample selections from participating downtown local restaurants. 😋

TryThis

  • Couples Cooking: Well Seasoned | Tues., Sept. 21 | 4:30-9 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $100 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class for 2 where you’ll explore + enrich your knowledge of seasoning and flavor. 🍴
  • Yoga for Pain Relief | Tues., Sept. 21 | 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. 🧘
  • Painting With a Twist | Tues., Sept. 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $41+ | Try your hand at this guided painting class, where you’ll walk away with your own version of today’s project, titled “A Piece of Love.”
  • Virtual Knit Night | Tues., Sept. 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join + connect with Four Purls Yarn Shop for this virtual knit night event. 🧶

Wed., Sept. 22

TryThis

  • Open Mic with Chelsea Margaret | Wed., Sept. 22 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Give performing a try for a night of music + fun. 🎤
  • Painting With a Twist | Wed., Sept. 22 | 6:30-8:30 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 pickup.

Trivia

  • Trivia Wednesday | Wed., Sept. 22 | 6-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Put your trivia knowledge to the test + bring your friends for a night of food + fun.
  • Triviosity | Wed., Sept. 22 | 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. 22 | 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. 💜

Thurs., Sept. 23

Show

  • Open Mic with Kristy Scott | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 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.

Talk

  • Superintendent’s Community Conversation | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 6-7 p.m. | Dream Center of Lakeland | Free | Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid is here to talk with stakeholders about ways to improve our public school system. 

TryThis

  • Backyard Poultry Care Workshop | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 6-8 p.m. | UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, 1702 S. Holland Pkwy. | $10 | If you’re interested in raising your own backyard chickens or poultry, come learn about all things eggs, breeds, and essential practices for success. 
  • Drag BINGO and Throwback Singles Night | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 8-11 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | DJ Trindade and Queen Allegra are here to host this free drag bingo night, featuring BOGO well drinks and $5 shots. 

Fri.,  Sept. 24

Show

  • Daniel Pepin at Federal Bar Lakeland | Fri., Sept. 24 | 7-10 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Free | Rock out and enjoy a drink at this show.
  • MAROON 5 | Fri., Sept. 24 | 7 p.m. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre | Sold Out | Got your tickets to this sold-out concert? We’re jealous.
  • The Backroom hosted by David Brimer | Fri., Sept. 24 | 6 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Enjoy a night of live music. 🎤
  • Jon Corneal and His Compadres | Fri., Sept. 24 | 12 p.m. | Hillcrest Coffee | Come for a cup of coffee, stay for Jon Corneal’s live show in this historic bungalow turned coffee house. 

Sat., Sept. 25

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  • Buckler Arts + Crafts Fair | Sat., Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $6 | Your admission fee covers both days of this 2-day arts and crafts fair, plus kids under 12 can accompany you for free. 

Show

  • Stevie Nicks Experience | Sat., Sept. 25 | 8 p.m. | Union Hall | $15 | Dreams do come true — this Stevie Nicks tribute band is playing a landslide worth of live music until midnight. 🎤
  • B&B Jazz Trio | Sat., Sept. 25 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | Lakeland Loft | Free | Stop by for a stogie or a hand-crafted cocktail and enjoy the musical stylings of B&B Jazz Trio. 🎷
  • Micah Shane Duo | Sat., Sept. 25 | 7-10 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Free | Local artist Micah Shane is playing Federal Bar, so come enjoy drink specials and a live show for no cover charge.

Sun., Sept. 26

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  • Punk Rock Flea Market | Sun., Sept. 26 | 12-6 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Over 30 vendors are selling counter-culture collectibles at this punk-rock event, featuring live music, vinyl, clothing, patches, henna tattoos, food vendors, and more.🤘
  • Buckler Arts + Crafts Fair | Sun., Sept. 26 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $6 | Your admission fee covers both days of this 2-day arts and crafts fair, plus kids under 12 can accompany you for free. 
  • Painting With a Twist | Sun., Sept. 26 | 4-6 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 pickup.

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Mon., Sept. 27

Talk

  • Superintendent’s Community Conversation | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 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. 🍴

Tues., Sept. 28

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  • Yoga for Pain Relief | Tues., Sept. 21 | 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 omelettes are just some of what you’ll learn at this hands-on cooking class. 🍴

Wed., Sept. 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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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. 💜

Thurs., Sept. 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. 🌮