Polk Museum of Art Offers Holiday Shopping for Kids

Santa’s elves are helping children do some holiday shopping for their friends and family members with Elves Shelves at the Polk Museum of Art. Elves Shelves runs Nov. 26 through Dec. 11, and features items priced mostly between $2 and $10. It is geared toward children ages 5 to 13, and is set up outside […]

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 26

A popular holiday tradition among small businesses returns Nov. 26: Small Business Saturday. Many of our Downtown Lakeland businesses are hosting events between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and offering sales and specials as part of this post-Thanksgiving shopping tradition geared toward supporting small, locally-owned businesses. Battle the Black Friday crowds if you wish, but […]

Vote for Your Favorite Holiday Window

Creatively decorated window displays are one of many touches Downtown Lakeland businesses provide annually to celebrate the holidays. The Downtown Lakeland Partnership invites visitors to vote on their favorite window display this year. Vote for your favorite by posting a selfie on Instagram, Twitter or on the Downtown Lakeland Holiday Window Decorating Contest event page […]

Ultimate Dance Center Presents “The Ultimate Nightmare Before Christmas”

A line from the opening song in “The Nightmare Before Christmas asks, “Boys and girls of every age, would you like to see something strange?” Fans of the Tim Burton stop-motion animation film who answer “yes” to that question should get their tickets to Ultimate Dance Center’s inaugural holiday showcase, “The Ultimate Nightmare Before Christmas” […]

DLP Seeks Events Coordinator Proposals

The Downtown Lakeland Partnership seeks a business or individual (“entity”) that will help coordinate the following free community events: First Friday (monthly), Food Truck Rally (monthly), and the Holiday Walkabout (annual). Please prepare a proposal to accomplish the task that includes cost, and deliverables, as needed. The following Request for Proposal (RFP) includes a background […]

Head ’em Up! It’s Time for the Swan Roundup

The best known roundup in Lakeland is scheduled for Oct. 18, but instead of lassos and horses, be on the lookout for nets and boats. It’s time for the 36th Annual Swan Roundup at Lake Morton, and the fun begins at 7 a.m. City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation employees will capture the swans and place […]

Music Munndays Fall Lineup Announced

October is almost here and with the (hopefully) cooler temperatures, comes a reason to spend your lunch hour in Munn Park each Monday during the month. The Imperial Symphony Orchestra and Lakeland Downtown Development Authority have partnered once again to present Music Munndays. The first free lunch time concert in the park on Oct. 3, […]

Artists & Performers Invited to Participate in October First Friday

Calling all artists and performers: The Downtown Lakeland Partnership invites you to participate in October First Friday – Friday Night Live on Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m. All visual and performing artists are welcome. Registration deadline is Sept. 30. Participation is free for those who wish to perform. Artists who wish to sell their original or […]

The Lakeland Snail Mail Revolution

There is a revolution afoot. If you want to join, you must understand that the pen truly is mightier than the sword. This is a snail mail revolution. A growing number of Lakelanders are part of the revolution, and you can see its effects in a variety of ways. You just have to know where […]

Girls Night Out- What’s in Store for You

It’s time to grab your girlfriends, bring your besties and enjoy a lovely ladies-only evening in Downtown Lakeland. There’s no ticket to buy! Just stop by one of the participating locations to get your free map to the goodies and specials. Following is a run-down of specials and events happening during the Downtown Lakeland Partnership’s Girls […]

September Food Truck Rally Welcomes Returning College Students

This week’s Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally in Munn Park will welcome hundreds of college students back to school, in addition to fulfilling those cravings for BBQ, cupcakes and yucca fries. This month’s event, named “Rally the Spirit,” is Thursday, Sept. 8, 5:30-9 p.m. and will include an Instagram and Snapchat contest for college students […]

September Exhibitions & Events at PMOA

EXHIBITIONS Unforseen Light: A study in reflection Sept. 3 – Dec. 4, 2016 A showcase of photographer David Woods’s experimentation with High-dynamic-range photography. HDR is a digital technique that captures a more dynamic range of luminosity than other photographic processes. Lessons from the Shadows Sept. 24 – Dec. 3, 2016 New Orleans photographer Josephine Sacabo […]