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
- 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
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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
- 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. 🎨
Wed., Sept. 1
- 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. 🧘♀️
- 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. 🍴
- 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.
- 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
- 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. 🍺
- 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.
- 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
- 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. 🍺
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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. 🎭
- 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
- 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.
- 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. 💼
Tues., Sept. 7
- 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…
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