Posted on August 31st, 2015 by Barbara Cagle
THIS WEEK IN CENTRAL FLORIDA August 31-September 9
MONDAY, AUGUST 31
Good Reasons for Good Roads: Celebrating the Dixie Highway at 100 Years · Bartow
-The Dixie Highway’s initial route officially opened in 1915 and transformed the cultural landscape of Florida. -In honor of this ambitious construction project, Good Reasons for Good Roads: Celebrating the Dixie Highway at 100 Years is a temporary exhibit exploring early highways, the people who travelled them and a new era of development in the state’s history.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 6:30 PM – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 8:30 PM
Lakeland Flying Tigers · Lakeland
-Lakeland Flying Tigers is celebrating their 50th season of baseball. Join them for $1 nights, All You Can Eat nights, fireworks and more!
-Kids may play catch on the field prior to the game, and run the bases following the game (weather permitting).
-Lakeland vs Tampa.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
First Friday · Lakeland
-First Friday is one of the most popular recurring events at Historic Munn Park in Downtown Lakeland. -Join us for an evening of free family friendly entertainment, activities, live music, art receptions, a car show, and, of course, the chance to check out a great, locally-owned restaurant or retail establishment.
-September theme: Dog Days Downtown
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Streamsong Challenge · Bowling Green
-This Labor Day weekend, Streamsong Resort is hosting the inaugural Streamsong Challenge. -The two-day event invites teams of two to compete in Streamsong’s three signature activities for the chance to take home an assortment of prizes.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Downtown Farmers Curb Market Grand Reopening · Lakeland
-Grand Reopening of the Market after a month of rest in August! -Fresh, local produce, plants, art, textiles, herbs and more.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Dog Day of Summer · Lake Wales
-Bok Tower Gardens is going to the dogs for a good cause for one day only this summer! -Leashed and friendly dogs will be invited to visit to help support the Humane Society of Polk County, which will receive 50 percent of the event proceeds. -Dog grooming tips, health, safety and adoption information will be available.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Big Belly Barbecue Battle · Davenport
-Join Davenport for their 4th annual backyard BBQ competition. -Streets will be lined with the best local teams battling it out for first place in ribs, chicken, and pork. -Great food, live music, vendors, and door prizes!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Florida ISA Youth Twilight Kickoff · Bartow Park/CR 555 Recreation Complex
-Florida Independent Softball Association (ISA) presents Youth Twilight Kickoff, a youth softball qualifying tournament that expects to bring over 600 participants and spectators to Polk County. -All competition venues include parking, seating, and concessions available to spectators.
Lakeland Flying Tigers- Through September 4 (Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland)
Main Street Bartow Farmers Market– Wednesdays weekly
Haines City Farmers Market– Wednesdays weekly
Dixieland Twilight Farmers Market – Wednesdays weekly
Winter Haven Farmers Market– Thursdays weekly
1st Saturday, Market in South Lakeland– First Saturday, monthly
Lake Wales Farmers Market– Second and fourth Saturday, monthly
Highland City Community Market– Third Saturday, monthly
2nd and 4th Saturday, Market Winter Haven– Second and Fourth Saturday, monthly
Saturday Night Rodeo– Saturdays weekly (Westgate River Ranch Resort, River Ranch)
Children’s Programming: Maker Space, Stories on Stage, and Art Studio -Monday through Friday, weekly (Explorations V Children’s Museum, Downtown Lakeland)