First Friday

Every Month, 6 – 9 pm :: Family Friendly :: FREE

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First Friday is one of the most popular recurring events in Lakeland. Every month, on the first Friday of the month (hence the name), people from all over the community converge in Downtown Lakeland 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. Each month, First Friday has a different theme, and special activities are provided to complement the theme.

Upcoming themes:

(Subject to change)


June 2, 2017 – “Summer Sounds in Downtown” Acoustic music

July 7, 2017 – “Family Reunion”

August 4, 2017 – “Back to School” sponsored in part by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

September 1, 2017 -“Dog Days Downtown” sponsored by SPCA Florida          

October 6, 2017 – “Friday Night Live” – Celebration of the Arts

November 3, 2017 – “Fall Festival”

December 1, 2017 – “Hometown Holiday” sponsored by Burnetti, P.A.

January 5, 2018 – “Happy New Year”

February 2, 2018 – “Downtown/College Town” features the five major colleges and universities sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida

March 2 2018 – “A Night at the Circus” sponsored by the Lakeland Association of Realtors

April 6, 2018  – “What’s the Buzz in Downtown – It’s Springtime”

May 4, 2018 – “TBA”

FAQ’s – Sometimes it rains in other parts of Lakeland and is beautiful in Downtown.  So stay tuned to Downtown’s Facebook or Twitter on the day of the event to check on cancellations.