Every Friday from noon-2:30 at Hillcrest Coffee in Lakeland. Get your weekend started early! Prepare to be entertained by the one-of-a-kind songs and stories from Polk County’s country rock legend, Jon Corneal. He brings his talented Compadres to play along with him. This is a show you don’t want to miss. No cover charge, but you can donate to the band and buy a cup of coffee if you’re so inclined. Can’t make it? Watch it live on Facebook @hillcrestcoffee.
Sept. 4, 1-4pm at Honeycomb Bread Bakers. The Crystal Cup Craft Coffee Competition will have competitors brew locally-roasted coffee and present it to the audience. Cups are rated in a blind tasting by a panel of judges for the Critic’s Choice Award, and the audience will vote for the People’s Choice Award. Guest speakers Lisbeth Pacheco and Amelie Haakonsen will present on impactful coffee sourcing, and how modern cafes craft meaningful guest experiences. More info on FB @honeycombbread.
WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY
Every Wednesday from 5-8pm at Obscure Wine Company. Enjoy unlimited tastings of that week’s featured vineyard for one low price. Obscure’s focus is “small boutique producers & showcasing their backbreaking work while educating people on how to find something they love that isn’t found commercially.” This new wine bar in the heart of Downtown Winter Haven offers small bites for purchase to compliment any wine. obscurewine.com
Sept. 10, 7:30pm at Gram Parsons Derry Down. Walter’s unique sound will fill your soul. For 10 years Parks, a Florida native, served as the sideman guitarist to Woodstock Festival legend Richie Havens. Now based out of St. Louis, Walter has recently co-written with Stan Lynch, former Tom Petty drummer, and has performed at various venues with R&B drum legend Bernard Purdie and at Lincoln Center with Judy Collins. gpderrydown.com
POWER IN PINK
Sept. 17, 8am at Publix Joker Marchant Stadium. This event helps raise funds for patients with a breast cancer diagnosis. The in-person 5k course will take a quick loop through the parking lot then head onto the paved paths of Lake Parker Park finishing back at the start line. Vendors and Sponsor booths will be set up for browsing. A month-long virtual race is available. runsignup.com/Race/FL/Lakeland/POWerinPinkLakeland
SLOW ROLL & SKI SHOW
Sept. 17, 4:30pm at The Bike Shop of Winter Haven. We “slow roll” through Downtown Winter Haven and stop mid-roll to take in the Cypress Gardens Ski Team show. Then, we slowly roll back through town and end at Grove Roots for drinks and their featured food truck. You should seriously join us – it’s FREE! (Except food & drink – you’re kinda on your own there...) Sign up online, more info on FB @slowrollskishow.
CELEBRATE WINTER HAVEN
Sept. 22, 6pm at Nora Mayo Hall. The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce will award the 95th annual Citizens of the Year Banker’s Cup Awards, honor the small and large business of the year, and have a few surprises throughout the night. In keeping with tradition, the evening will include a reflection of the past year from the Chamber Board Chairwoman Jennifer Fasking, of State Farm, who will pass the gavel to incoming Board Chairwoman Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti, President of Polk State College. Register in advance. winterhavenchamber.com
Sept. 24 & 25 from 10am-8pm at LEGOLAND Florida. The signature Halloween event is better than ever this year! Brick-or-Treat will bewitch LEGOLAND Florida Resort with tons of candy, an all-new show lineup, never-before-seen exclusive LEGO characters, and more! You and your kids will enjoy live entertainment & shows, limited-time attractions, character meet & greets, a costume parade, and of course, trick-or-treating! legoland.com/florida
LAKELAND PUNK ROCK FLEA
Sept. 25, noon-6pm at Swan Brewing. Hear live music all day, shop vendors from Central Florida selling all the weird, cool, handmade, vintage, and punk you want, try your skills in the free skateboarding area, bring your little punk rockers for the kid’s activities, and enjoy the beer, food, and comradery of hanging out with fellow punk rockers from Tampa to Orlando! Free to attend. FB @lakelandpunkflea
Sept. 29, 5:30-8:30pm in Downtown Winter Haven. Let the disco balls shine! Downtown Winter Haven businesses will be open late for a night of food, drink, and shopping specials. Good vibes only while you wear your favorite ‘70s outfit for a far out night out with your girls! Hosted by Main Street Winter Haven. Please purchase tickets in advance. Haven Magazine is participating, please stop by and say hi! centralfloridatix.com