What’s Happening at February First Friday

Lakeland is a college town, even though that isn’t often a description given to the city of 100,000 people. The Downtown Lakeland Partnership, Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, and five colleges and universities here want to change that. It’s time to celebrate our institutions of higher education, and that’s exactly what we’re doing at First […]

Platform Art Seeks Artist for Downtown Sculpture

Platform Art is looking for an artist to create a signature sculpture that will be located  in front of Lake Mirror Tower at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Lemon Street. Artists working in all media are invited to submit proposals for an original sculptural work. The commission is $2,500, and the artist must provide all […]

February Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

When we say there’s a lot happening at the Polk Museum of Art in February, we aren’t joking. Many of these items are on our community events calendar, but we’ve put them all in one place for you here. Take a class, see an exhibit, bring your family to a workshop, or do them all! […]

New Year’s Eve Festivities in Downtown Lakeland

Want to step out for New Year’s Eve? There are several fun celebrations going on in Downtown Lakeland. Here’s a tiny round-up for you:   Terrace Hotel Ring in 2016 at the Terrace Hotel! A deluxe room and dinner for two is $230 plus tax, while a suite and dinner for two is $270 plus tax. […]

Norman the Scooter Dog Rolls into Downtown

Karen Cobb brought a French sheep dog into her home six years ago, intent on training him for agility and obedience competitions. She exposed him to her children’s toys because this breed tends to be skittish of new things, and it turned out that he loved riding their scooter. And that’s how Norman the Scooter Dog […]

DLP Hosts Holiday Window Contest

We are entering the most wonderful time of the year in Downtown Lakeland, and our small businesses are getting into the spirit by participating in the Holiday Window Contest. You’ll notice 3D displays and painted windows at many downtown businesses in the coming weeks. Beginning the night of the Holiday Walkabout on Tuesday, Dec. 1, […]

December First Friday- Hometown Holiday

We hope you’ll celebrate First Friday with us Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. as we ring in the sights and sounds of the holiday season. This month’s event is sponsored by Burnetti, P.A., a personal injury law firm located in downtown Lakeland. The theme is “Hometown Holiday,” and our friends over at Burnetti, P.A. have pulled […]

The Hunt for T. Bird Pickens Returns to Small Business Saturday

He may have escaped ovens and fryers on Thanksgiving Day, but the hunt for the turkey named T. Bird Pickens will be in full force Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during Downtown Lakeland’s Small Business Saturday event. Shoppers hunting for great deals while supporting small businesses are invited to pick up their hunting […]

One Day Fred Reads at Children’s Museum

Local children’s author and illustrator Fred Koehler will read “One Day, The End” at Explorations V Children’s Museum on Monday, November 23, 2015, at 10:30am during the Museum’s regularly scheduled story time program. “One Day, The End,” written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrated by Koehler, was published last month. The story takes readers alongside a wide-eyed, straight-banged young […]

November First Friday: Sci-Friday

For all those who believe there should be more opportunities than just Halloween to dress in crazy costumes, First Friday on Nov. 6 is for you. November’s First Friday theme is Cosplay. A definition for the unitiated: cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book or video game, especially […]

Discover Downtown Lakeland with Downtown $

2017 Holiday Downtown Dollars Shopping Spree Details Text SPREE2017 to 51660 to enter the $500 Downtown Dollars Shopping Spree. The winner will be announced on December 7th via text message and this web page.  Downtown Dollars can be spent in participating businesses listed below. The winner will be given a list of businesses along with […]

DLP Presented Several Awards This Week

It was an award-winning week for several businesses and individuals affiliated with the Downtown Lakeland Partnership. The DLP presented three awards at its Annual Meeting and Soiree at Lakeland Brewing Company Oct. 6. Recipients were: Margaret Stephens – Dudley Uphoff Award The Terrace Hotel – Golden Swan Award Chris Patterson and Nick Hernandez City of Lakeland Public […]