Soaking Up the Local Culture
Posted on September 3rd, 2012 by Rebecca Thompson
Dates: Friday, September 7
-First Friday is one of the most popular recurring events in Lakeland.
-Every month, on the first, people from all over converge in Downtown Lakeland for an evening of FREE family-friendly entertainment, activities, live music, art receptions, a car show, and the chance to check out a great, locally-owned restaurant or retail establishment.
-September’s theme– “Dog Days of Summer” – Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital is sponsoring this First Friday, and it is going to the dogs!
-You and your dog can join the Pooch Parade, or come in costume and compete for prizes, while visiting the vendors set up around you.
“Bark” Tower Gardens’ Dog Days of Summer
Date: Saturday, September 8
Venue: Bok Tower Gardens–Lake Wales
-Bring your leashed and friendly dogs for a stroll in the Gardens on this special day as Bok supports the Humane Society of Polk County.
-Judges will select the cutest, most unusual, owner look-a-like, most talented and best kisser. Dog grooming tips, health and safety, and adoption information will be available.
Bartow Antiques Fair
Dates: Saturday, September 8
Venue: Main Street–Downtown Bartow
-Come see what treasures and history you can find from the antique dealers’ collections at this FREE antiques fair.
-The Bartow Antiques Fair takes place on the second Saturday of the month.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Venue: Railroad Park–Downtown Haines City
-The Haines City Margarita Run, a 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk, will benefit the Haines City Main Street.
-At the race finish, a festive sunset party with delicious food, live music and Margaritas will take place at Railroad Park for Main Street members, residents and racers.
Saturday Night Rodeo –Every Saturday night (Westgate River Ranch Resort-Lake Wales)
Polk Museum of Art: Invisible Elephant –Through October 13 (Polk Museum of Art-Lakeland)
Explorations V Children’s Museum programming: Magical Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Thrilling Thursday and Fun Friday – weekly Monday through Friday (Explorations V-Lakeland)
“Bark” Tower Gardens’ Dog Days of Summer –September 8 (Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales)
Live at the Gardens: Summer Music Series –September 22 (Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales)
Brick-or-Treat – October- Saturdays & Sundays (LEGOLAND® Florida-Winter Haven)
Central Florida NatureFest – October 4-7 (locations across Polk County)
Cornfusion Corn Maze – October 6- November 11 (Lakeland)
Legends & Legacies- Letters Home: Love, Courage & Survival – October 12-13 (Fantasy of Flight-Polk City)
Go LEGOLAND – It’s Your Birthday – October 15 (LEGOLAND® Florida-Winter Haven)
Boktoberfest – October 20 (Bok Tower Gardens-Lake Wales)
Paintball Sports Promotions World Cup – October 25-28 (Fantasy of Flight-Polk City)
BOO! Bash – October 26 (Explorations V-Lakeland)
Polk Outpost 27 Fall Festival – October 27 (Polk Outpost 27-Davenport)
In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio –October 27-January 12 (Polk Museum of Art-Lakeland)
Wings ‘n Things – November 2 (Sun ‘n Fun Florida Air Museum-Lakeland)
Water, Wings & Wild Things – November 3 (Circle B-Bar Reserve-Lakeland)
Red, White & Blue Veteran’s Salute – November 9 (Sun ‘n Fun Florida Air Museum-Lakeland)