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FALLFEST

Oct. 1, 5-9pm at Grove Roots Brewery. Get into the spirit of fall with a night the whole family can enjoy. Complete with a pumpkin patch, sweets, beer releases (barrel-aged imperial pumpkin ale), cider station, produce, live music & delicious food! For one day only, they’re having a pumpkin patch so you can find that perfect pumpkin and a pumpkin painting station with proceeds going to the Ridge Art Association, Inc!  Bring in any (non-expired) non-perishable food items, all food donations will be given to Restaurants Against Hunger, Inc.


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COMMUNITYFEST

Oct. 2, 9am-4pm in Downtown Winter Haven. This is a free, family fun festival aimed at giving families a chance to enjoy a day-in-the-park with complimentary games and activities, businesses get the chance to give back to the community by setting up a booth with activities and more! This event is located in Downtown Winter Haven’s South Central, Central, and Virginia Miller Parks. Winterhavenchamber.com


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BRICK OR TREAT

Don’t miss the spookiest, kookiest trick-or-treating party of the year! This kid-friendly Halloween event returns with tons of spooktacular sweets, meet-and-greets with exclusive creepy-cool LEGO® Halloween monsters, larger-than-afterlife LEGO® build activities, limited-time seasonal themed snacks PLUS BOO-tastic nightly fireworks to create the ultimate family Halloween celebration– all included with regular day admission and select Annual Passes. Saturdays and Sundays only, reserve in advance. legoland.com/florida/


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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Various days from Oct. 7-31 at Theatre Winter Haven. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 863-294-7469 theatrewinterhaven.com


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SIP & SUPPORT

Oct. 8, 7-9pm. Gather your friends and family for an evening at home featuring hand-selected wines, artisan food pairings, and an exclusive, live virtual discussion with a world-renowned winemaker and an award-winning chef, all in support of Polk State College student scholarships. Guests will pick up their wine and charcuterie from the Polk State Winter Haven Campus on October 8. Additional information including Zoom links and details for pick up will be provided upon purchase of tickets.  secure.qgiv.com/for/pscf/event/835485/


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OKTOBERFEST

Oct. 15, 6-9pm at Central Park in Downtown Winter Haven. Main Street Winter Haven’s 14th Annual Oktoberfest presented by Victor Smith Law Group will kick off in Central and South Central Park with over 40 Florida craft, local and German beers! Buy a tasting ticket and sample as many of the beers as you’d like! **Admission is FREE if you want to enjoy food for purchase and music WITHOUT partaking in the beer tasting. Centralfloridatix.com


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FORE THE KIDS

Oct. 18, 11am-4pm at The Country Club of Winter Haven or the Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland. This is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County’s 31st Annual Golf Tournament. The tournament is a two-man scramble -- 18 hole, 3 par format. Registration fees include lunch, green’s fee, carts, and refreshments on the course. Enter to win exciting raffle prizes, exotic prizes and an awards dinner afterward. Register in advance. fore-the-kids.perfectgolfevent.com


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ONWARD & UPWARD

Oct. 21, 5:30 at SUN ‘n FUN. Talbot House Ministries’ newest fundraising event where guests may join in person or virtually.  Enjoy dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, and client testimonials. Sheriff Grady Judd will be the keynote speaker. Proceeds will support Polk County’s most comprehensive provider of services to adults experiencing homelessness. To register, visit talbothouse.org/onward or call 863-687-8475, ext. 120.


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STEPPING OUT FOR EDUCATION 

Oct. 22, 6pm at the RP Funding Center. This is a Dancing with the Stars type event, done as a fundraiser by the Polk Education Foundation. Local celebrities are given 20 dance lessons and will perform at the event in front of a panel of judges. The general public can help dancers by voting for them to win the People’s Choice Award, which will go to the couple that raises the most money. polkschoolsfl.com/pef/steppingout/


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CAMPGROUND SPOOKTACULAR

Oct. 29 at SUN ‘n FUN. Camp under the stars this Halloween Season! Decorate your camper for the Haunted Campground. Get spooked at SUN ‘n FUN’s Haunted House. Dare to walk through the Spooky Trail. Hand out treats for the “Camper-Treating” festivities, enjoy s’mores at the fire pit. All Halloween activities are included with overnight camping. Reserve in advance.

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