October 4th First Friday: Cookie Carnival

This month’s First Friday event will take place on October 4, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm in Downtown Lakeland. The theme is an Om Nom Nom Cookie Carnival! Cookie Creators will be peddling their delicious wares in Munn Park. Stop by and pick up 1 or 2 or more cookies! Place advance orders for all your holiday events. Our current list of participating cookie creators is: 5th Sweet St Bakery Baked. Bliss...
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Girls Night Out

Downtown Lakeland’s next Girls Night Out is scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019 from 5pm to 8:30pm. Bring a friend, 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. Enjoy a pop up runway show in Munn Park from 6:30pm-7:00pm. See various fashions...
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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. December 2019 Makers Market Map December 2019 Makers Market Key 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,...
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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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First Fridays

2018 Themes: April – Spring Carnival May – Grad Night – Celebrating 2018 Graduating Seniors June – Summer Games July – Family Picnic August – Back to School September – SPCA’s Dog Days Downtown October – TBA November – TBA December – Hometown Holidays To be an exhibitor at First Friday, please CLICK HERE To sign up for the CAR...
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