POWER IN PINK!
POWer in Pink is BACK! The virtual 26.2 mile, month-long marathon challenge will be September 1-30. Help local, Central Florida breast cancer patients, and their families, pack a POWerful PUNCH to situational poverty, stemming from a breast cancer diagnosis! Run/walk, bike, swim, or skate/rollerblade to complete the marathon; register at bcfcf.org/power-in-pink.
Sept. 2, 3-8pm. The Polk Museum of Art will stay open late on the first Thursday of each month. During the evening, Dr. H. Alexander Rich, Executive Director and Chief Curator will host a Curator Tour at 6 pm, providing in-depth art-historical and curatorial insight into one of the current exhibitions. Registration is not required but appreciated.Polkmuseumofart.org
FIRST FRIDAY: DOG DAYS
Sept. 3, 6-9pm in Downtown Lakeland. Bring your leashed and well-behaved pets, and celebrate the beginning of Labor Day Weekend. Meet local businesses and community groups, see dog agility demonstrations in Munn Park by John K9, LLC and his team. Enter your own talented pup into an amateur dog agility contest! Pre-registration is required for contest, visit DowntownLKLD.com.
HANDS ON A HARDBODY
Sept. 3-19 at Lakeland Community Theatre. Musical based on the real-life “Hands on a Hard Body Contest,” chronicled in the 1997 documentary, this all-American musical tells the story of a small-town Texas endurance contest, where the contestant who keeps their hands on a truck the longest, gets to keep the truck. Rated M. lakelandcommunitytheatre.com
VIDIYO MUSIC FEST
Sep. 4-6 at LEGOLAND. Super fun interactive games, prize competitions, sing-alongs, and creative pop-ups, it’s a full-on music festival of fun for the whole family. International superstar DJ L.L.A.M.A will be appearing live and rocking out to his hit tune “Shake.” Reserve tickets in advance at legoland.com/florida.
5TH ANNUAL FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL 5K
Sept. 11 at 7am. This 5K will honor and commemorate the lives lost on September 11, 2001 along with the law enforcement officers who lost their lives this past year. Join to honor the lives lost and celebrate the service of the many first responders who serve today. Start Line at Lakeland YMCA. Full details can be found at lakelandpolicefoundation.com.
FALL HAUS MRKT
Sept. 17, 5:30-9pm at Haus 820. Come shop your favorite local vendors and pick up beautiful handmade items from the curated collection of makers. Enjoy cocktails from Cob & Pen at the bar, and stop by the courtyard to grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks. This event is family-friendly, so bring your kids for a night out!
CANNED TUNA CONCERTS
Sept. 17, 6-8pm This is a new live music series that will take place quarterly in Munn Park. Local favorite Dan Signor will start the series. Those attending are invited to bring a can of tuna or another non-perishable food item to benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE). lakelandgov.net
POLK PRIDE 2021
Sept. 25 - Oct. 2 at various locations around Polk County. Pride Week Kickoff is at The Lakeland Parrot. This event is 21+ as it is a bar venue. There is also a Lakeland Youth Alliance event, and a Pride in Faith event. End the week with Pride in the Park for music, entertainment, food, local vendors, and community resources. Bring the whole family to the heart of Lakeland to celebrate Pride! polkpridefl.com
LAKELAND PUNK ROCK FLEA
Sept. 26, noon-6pm at Swan Brewing. Live music with some of the best punk bands across central Florida including Lakeland’s own BULLY FOR YOU and THE KUTOFFS. Shop from 30+ vendors specializing in counterculture collectibles, vinyl, clothing, hand made art and other oddities. Family-friendly with hands on activities for all ages. Food trucks & Swan Brewing beer complete this fun day out.