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City Announces Downtown Parking Citation Changes

It’s about to cost you more if you get a parking ticket in downtown Lakeland. Beginning Aug. 1, a parking citation will increase to $25, up from from $15 for all parking offenses. Habitual offenders can receive up to three violations per day instead of two. Violators that park in a disabled parking space without […]

Enter the BIG Event Poster Contest

Organizers of the BIG Event seek invite the public to enter its poster contest. Submit original poster artwork in keeping with the 2017 theme, Pirates on the Promenade, for the 2017 BIG Event on Saturday, Nov. 11, 4-10 p.m. The winner receives a $350 cash award and recognition at the event. The winning artwork design […]

See What’s in Store for Girls Night Out

Ladies, it’s time for the Downtown Lakeland Partnership’s summer installment of Girls Night Out on Saturday, July 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. You’re invited downtown for a fun evening of live music, tastings, food samples, giveaways and gifts with purchase. You also can enter a drawing to win a gift basket filled with fun items from a […]

Downtown Lakeland Partnership Hires Executive Director

It is with great pleasure that the Downtown Lakeland Partnership Board of Directors announces the hiring of Lori Long as the new executive director. The board confirmed the decision on July 5 and Long started work July 6. Long spent more than 20 years with Polk County Schools as a first grade teacher. She served […]

July Exhibitions at the Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS Rembrandt’s Academy: Old Master Paintings from Private Dutch Collections Through Sept. 24 Rembrandt van Rijn founded the most influential Academy to exist in the Dutch Republic (1581-1795), training dozens of painters to work in the “Rembrandtesque” manner. His characteristic style became famous throughout Europe. This exhibition features the artworks of some of Rembrandt’s students. […]

Join Us for #FlashbackFirstFriday July 7

Call it a nod to how it all began: The streets will remain open during July’s First Friday festivities. The Downtown Lakeland Partnership made the change to the July 7 event in anticipation of wet weather. In doing so, organizers realize they have virtually guaranteed it will be a beautiful, rain-free event. Nevertheless, First Friday […]

Miss Florida Contestants Descend Upon Downtown for a Meet & Greet

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to enter a pageant in the Miss America system, here’s your opportunity. The Downtown Lakeland Partnership, Visit Central Florida and the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant present a Meet & Greet with the Class of 2017 Miss Florida contestants on Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at […]

Merry Leon Shopping Event Returns to Downtown Lakeland

It’s blistering hot outside and although you might be daydreaming about sipping frozen drinks on the beach, a Downtown Lakeland event has returned to remind shoppers that the six-month countdown to Christmas has begun. It’s time for Merry Leon – that’s noel spelled backward – and an opportunity to get a jumpstart on those holiday […]

June Exhibitions & Events at the Polk Museum of Art

  EXHIBITIONS Rembrandt’s Academy: Old Master Paintings from Private Dutch Collections June 10 – Sept. 24 Rembrandt van Rijn founded the most influential Academy to exist in the Dutch Republic (1581-1795), training dozens of painters to work in the “Rembrandtesque” manner. His characteristic style became famous throughout Europe. This exhibition features the artworks of some […]

Downtown Lakeland Partnership Seeks Executive Director Applicants

The Downtown Lakeland Partnership is soliciting applications for the executive director position being vacated by Ellen Simms, whose retirement is effective May 31. Interested applicants are asked to email a resume to the organization by June 2 at 5 p.m.: info@downtownlakelandfl.com. The DLP’s mission is to advocate for and promote Downtown Lakeland as an ideal […]

May Exhibitions & Events at the Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS Florida Wild Through May 28   Florida Wild presents a collection of landscape and wildlife photographs by acclaimed conservation photographer and eighth-generation Floridian Carlton Ward. Photo available.   Translated Forms Through June 10   This exhibition features the artwork of St. Petersburg artist Rachel Stewart. Stewart is inspired by the markings of nature, the […]

Downtown Lakeland Partnership Elects Board of Directors

The Downtown Lakeland Partnership elected eight new members to its Board of Directors on Wednesday, April 26. New Board members are: Tory King- Florida Southern College Chuck McDanal- Lkld TV Jared Weggeland- Focus Homes Kevin Rios- Just Dance Alaa-eldin Shalaby- Urban Appeal Stephanie Donn- Broadway Real Estate Heidi Campbell- Stationery Loft Ashlee Wright- New Beginnings […]