October 5th First Friday: Om Nom Nom Cookie Carnival!

This month’s First Friday event will take place on October 5, 2018 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. Have your picture taken with Benny the Pig, one of the mascots for CenterState Bank. Our current list of participating cookie creators is:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • La Imperial Bakery
  • The Cookie Pharmacy LLC
  • Unrefined
  • Patty’s Crumbs
  • Honeychild Sweets
  • O’jackies Desserts
  • Nutoriously Good Enterprises LLC
  • Cakeland Girls
  • MannaT’s Treats
  • Divine Cookie Designs
  • Just Cares, Inc.
  • Wonder Here
  • Joni’s Cookie Corner
  • Cravory Cakes and Confections
  • Andrea Ávila Artisan Caker
  • Honeycomb

We are still looking for more cookie creators! If you are interested in learning more, CLICK HERE.

Want to sample some cookies for free? Text FFCOOKIE to 51660 for a chance to be one of 100 lucky cookie judges. (Winners will be notified on October 4, 2018 via text. Text messaging rates may apply.)

Downtown shops and restaurants will be open late. Don’t miss the Makers Market on North Kentucky Avenue and the Classy Car Show on Tennessee Avenue.

First Friday is a family-friendly event held in the streets of Downtown Lakeland between Lemon Street and Oak Street along Kentucky and Tennessee Avenues. The event features a Classy Car Show on Tennessee Ave and a Makers Market on North Kentucky Ave. Streets are closed to vehicles, so come prepared to walk about! (Interested in becoming a First Friday exhibitor? CLICK HERE)

The Makers Market features local artists, crafters, and other talented folks who make their own goods for sale. Come ready to shop and support local retailers, restaurants and artisans. Also, check out the Third Rail Second Line Band on North Kentucky Avenue near Oak Street! (Interested in becoming a Makers Market vendor? CLICK HERE)

On-street parking begins to close in the event area at 3pm to allow us to clear the streets and set up the exhibitors and vendors. Parking in all permitted and metered locations is free after 5pm and all day on the weekends.

Event parking is limited, so please carpool with friends and neighbors!

Parking tips:
Downtown offers VALET PARKING! Drop off and pick up at the corner of Lemon and Tennessee.
Parking lots available:
Trinity Presbyterian Parking Lot – corner of Tennessee and Bay
Oak Street Parking Lot – corner of Oak and Kentucky
Main Street garage – all day public access from Cedar Street; after 5pm public parking from Main Street
City Permit Only Lots – all free after 5pm and all day weekends
• Massachusetts between Lime Street and Orange Street
• Tennessee Avenue between Walnut and Lime Street
• Parking lot north of BB&T Bank along the railroad tracks (access off of S. Florida Ave)