August 2nd First Friday: “Back to School!” sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Join us on August 2nd from 6pm to 9pm for our next First Friday event–Back to School, sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union. Downtown shops and restaurants will be open late. Don’t miss the Makers Market, featuring local artists and creators, on North Kentucky Avenue and the Classy Car Show on Tennessee Avenue. Streets are closed to vehicles, so come prepared to walk about! First Friday is...
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Downtown Date Night on Friday, July 26th, 5pm-8:30pm

Downtown Lakeland’s next Downtown Date Night is Friday, July 26, 2019 from 5pm to 8:30pm. Bring your partner, spouse, coworker, or friend Downtown for a fun night out, and enjoy Downtown after dark. Stores will be open late, and the shopping will be great! Enjoy live music at various locations on North Kentucky Avenue to create a special ambiance on the street. Our guest musicians are Russ...
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Downtown Summer Shop Hop

Not sure where to shop this summer? Head to Downtown Lakeland for our first Summer Shop Hop from June 1 to August 31. The more you shop, the more chances you get to win prizes! So how does it work? Every $10 that you spend with a participating retailer earns you one entry into a weekly drawing for $100 in gift certificates to Downtown businesses. One winner will be chosen every Friday. Once a...
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The Case for a Carousel

The LDDA represents and advocates for the development and success of downtown. So it’s our duty to think now about the next chapter of Munn Park. We have to consider the park’s future in both dimensions. How does it welcome and define our city? And how does it drive the economic development interests of downtown? As downtown goes, so goes Munn Park. And vice versa. Their fates are inextricably...
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MAKERS MARKET

Photo and art by Heather New. To learn more about Heather click here. June 2019 Makers Market Map Makers Market Day of Instructions First Friday added a Makers Market north of the railroad tracks in March 2018.  The Makers Market is open to vendors who create their own goods–handmade, homemade, homegrown. We are looking for vendors who are artists, artisans, craftsman. If you are not a...
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First Friday Participation

Thank you for your interest in participating in First Friday. Everything you need to know about how to be an Exhibitor is on this page. Please read it carefully. If after reading this you still have questions, please email us at FirstFriday@ldda.org. We will respond promptly. The online application for exhibitors is at the bottom of this page. PLEASE DON’T SKIP TO IT. Read the page first....
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LDDA Open Container Review

Document sent to the Mayor and City Commission ahead of the Policy Review Meeting on Open Containers in Downtown.  FULL DOC PDF In preparation for your policy meeting about changes to the open container ordinance in Downtown Lakeland, please consider the following information in your discussion.   The LDDA Board of Directors, as representatives of the Downtown Businesses and Property...
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Classy Car Show Sign Up

FIRST FRIDAY CAR SHOW CHANGES First Friday has changed ownership and management. The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority is now the organization responsible for the event. As the new owners, we have assessed the event and need to make some changes. Those changes to the CAR SHOW portion of the event are outlined below: We will brand the CAR SHOW as the First Friday Classy Car Show and include...
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