Calling All Cookie Makers: Sign Up for Our Cookie Carnival!

The First Friday event in Downtown Lakeland welcomes over 5,000 visitors and over 60 exhibitors every month. Our theme for First Friday, October 5, 6pm-9pm, is “Om Nom Nom Cookie Carnival.” We plan to have vendors selling cookies in the park to First Friday visitors. We also plan to choose 100 cookie judges to vote for their favorite cookie. The winner will receive a cookie trophy, a post on...
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PROPOSED Fall and Spring Special Event Schedule!

PROPOSED Fall and Spring Special Event Schedule! Based on feedback received from our last merchant meeting and from the various merchant committees, we learned that the majority of Downtown business owners would like greater awareness of Downtown events with plenty of advance notice and time for planning. As a result, we have put together a PROPOSED event schedule. We took into consideration...
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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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Holiday Events Listing

Usher in the Season with the Annual Holiday Walkabout!Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 6-9pm   ✦ Saturday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Parade, 11am ✦ Friday, Nov. 17 – Cirque Dreams: Holidaze, RP Funding Center ✦ Saturday, Nov. 18 – Margarita Ball, 8-11pm ✦ Nov. 20-22 – Early American Workshops, Explorations V Children’s Museum ✦ Nov. 24-26 – “Ornaments on Parade” Brooke Pottery ✦ Friday, Nov. 24 –...
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Welcome TACO BUS!

We are super excited to have Taco Bus join the Downtown Lakeland family!   Taco Bus was officially born in 2001 when owner Chef Rene Valenzuela from Monterrey, Mexico, brought his vision for a taste of Mexico to Tampa. Why Lakeland you ask? Because Taco Bus fits perfectly with the Downtown vibe;  The Taco Bus food truck always does well at the Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally (brought to you...
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