Sad Tropics @ Melvin & Burks Art Galleries at Florida Southern College.
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm

A site-specific multimedia installation and our first collaborative exhibition with the Polk Museum of Art at FSC, Sad Tropics will be produced exclusively by New Orleans artists and Florida natives Cristina Molina and Jonathan Traviesa. Inspired by Claude Levi-Strauss’ book titled Tristes Tropiques, this exhibition focuses on the psychological landscape of paradise, the tropics, and mythology of Florida. Part of the 2018-2019 Festival of Fine Arts Series presented by Florida Southern College.

ACT Prep @ Learning Resource Center
Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm – Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm

The Learning Resource Center’s ACT Preparation provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the ACT. This course provides: Small classes with highly trained teachers; Problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering ACT questions; Practice taking ACT exams; Emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the ACT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety.

Travel with the Chamber: River Cruising the Wine Region of Bordeaux @ BORDEAUX - PAUILLAC - BLAYE - LIBOURNE - SAINT-EMILION - CADILLAC
Oct 21 – Oct 29 all-day

Announcing our 2018 Travel Destination:

River Cruising the Wine Region of Bordeaux

Sail on two of France’s mighty rivers and the Gironde estuary!
Travel Dates: October 21-October 29, 2018
9 days, 7 Nights Accommodation, Sightseeing, Meals, and Airfare from Tampa!
Optional pre-extension to Spain available!

Journey over nine days through the beautiful scenery of Bordeaux region, France and the valleys of the M doc, Libourne and the Entre-deux-Mers. This cruise will take you into the heart of some of the most breathtaking scenery in France. Our itinerary will transport us through the famous Garonne and the beautiful Dordogne. Discover the largest area of AOC vineyards in the world; learn and sample the great wines of Pauillac and the Me doc; the medieval city of Blaye and its renowned wines; Saint-Emilion, the underground world of a medieval city; the cha teau de Roquetaillade; the Sauterne wine country; Cadillac, a listed historic monument; Bordeaux, an amazing architectural and cultural city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and the Cognac region. Since we’ll be traveling aboard a luxurious riverboat, we’ll need to unpack only once as we enjoy the unfolding views of the river from the comfort of our cabins. Come join us for this amazing Bordeaux discovery cruise!

YOUR VESSEL: Laidback elegance and relaxing comfort are paramount features of our cruises. Enjoy panoramic views of France as you walk the outdoor track on the Sun Deck or for a more intimate experience relax in your private cabin. Gourmet meals with wine are available each day in the dining room. You may also enjoy coffee and tea, which are available all day. Each cabin and suite boasts a superior queen bed and other amenities, including a television and minibar. After a full day of touring, relax to live music in the ship’s lounge.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training
Oct 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride. The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering

Open Mic @ Swan Brewing
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
76th Annual Crickette Club Parade & Carnival
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Bartow’s favorite family tradition!

Food Trucks
Bingo and Much, Much More!
Costume Contest for Store-Bought and Homemade
Crickette Club’s Famous Cake Walk

Junior League of Greater Lakeland Spotlight on Style Fashion Show @ Sorosis Building
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Save the date for the 3rd annual Junior League of Greater Lakeland Spotlight on Style October 25, 2018! More details to be announced soon. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact us at Questions about the event? Contact us at

Talbot House Annual Seeds of Hope Dinner and Silent Auction
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Talbot House Ministries cordially invites you to attend our 15th Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction on Thursday, October 25 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland Florida. It will be a very special evening. Join us as we kick off our 40th year serving in Lakeland. You won’t want to miss it! 3 ways to register: online: phone: 863.687.8475 ext. 117, Sherry Temps email:

2018-2019 FL Lecture Series – Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century @ Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College.
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Award-winning writer and historian Leslie Kemp Poole will present Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century. Second event in the 2018-2019 Florida Lecture Series presented by Florida Southern College.

John Frinzi @ Frescos
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm
11th Annual CarBQ
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Organize a company appreciation lunch.

Say “Thank you” to clients.

Recognize the dedication of volunteers.

Support your employees while you support the Chamber! This completely portable “CarBQ” lunch will delight your employees and show your support for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce! Purchase your boxed BBQ lunch tickets for the entire office and drive on through! Email us today to get your order form, or if you have interest in sponsoring this event.

Patricia Kenoly at Red Door Lakeland
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gus Palas and Jeff McNiven Open Mic at La La LAND
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dan Signor @ Frescos
Oct 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm
43rd Annual Pioneer Days & Beers with Pioneers Festival
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day

The Lake Wales Museum will host the 43rd Annual Pioneer Days and Beers with Pioneers Festival on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is a heritage celebration for the whole family with free admission and parking on both days. On Saturday, October 27, the new Beers with Pioneers craft brew event will take place from 4 9 p.m. A special admission ticket is required for Beers with Pioneers.

Pioneer Days Festival also includes honoring a recipient of the annual “Pioneer of the Year,” award. Each year since 1977, the Lake Wales Museum has recognized a resident of Lake Wales who has made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life and community of Lake Wales, and we are now accepting nominations. If you know someone who has lived in Lake Wales and made a significant contribution to our community, please consider submitting a nomination.

The Lake Wales Museum’s Pioneer Days Festival is synonymous with Lake Wales history and culture, and celebrates the heritage of the greater Polk County community. The two-day event in late October features free admission along the shores of Lake Wailes Lake with over 100 heritage, artisan, community and food vendors, along with heritage activities. The event draws a diverse audience of nearly 10,000 visitors and residents annually to the area.


If you would like to nominate someone for this award or participate in Pioneer Days Festival or Beers with Pioneers as a vendor, applications and forms may be found at
About the Lake Wales Museum

The Lake Wales Museum is open Tuesday Saturday from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is free and the first floor is accessible for persons with disabilities, wheelchairs and strollers. For more information contact the Lake Wales Museum, 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, Florida 33853; 863-676-1759 or visit

Downtown Farmers Curb Market
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm


Downtown Farmers Curb Market
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a key component of a vibrant, diverse and exciting Downtown. It is designed to serve and bring together all segments of our community. It is a positive force in bringing people Downtown to purchase fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items. The 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers. The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a project of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA).

The 34th Annual “Fall Garden Extravaganza” , presented by the Garden Club of Lakeland Inc. @ Lakeland's Munn Park 201 E Main St
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

The 34th Annual Fall Garden Extravaganza will be held on Oct. 27, 2018, from 8 am-3 pm in Munn Park, 201 E. Main St., in beautiful downtown Lakeland. This years’ show will feature new plants and garden art from around the state, as well as many of our regular vendors. Master Gardeners will be there to answer your questions and Bill Koen from our Parks and Rec Dept. will have new Plant Introduction. We will have” Give Aways” and Opportunity Drawings . Food and Drinks will be available. A beautiful fun-filled day in the park.

22nd Annual Lakeland Hispanic Festival @ Lake Mirror Downtown Lakeland
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and raise money for charities and scholarships at the Club Hispano de Lakeland’s event at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror. Hispanic food, live music, folkloric dances, arts and crafts are featured.

The Art of Film
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

October: A Woman, a Part (2016) Synopsis: An exhausted, workaholic actress, Anna Baskin, 44, abruptly extricates herself from a successful but mind-numbing TV role, returning to her past life in New York to reinvent herself. Director: Elisabeth Subrin Elisabeth Subrin is a New York-based filmmaker, screenwriter, and visual artist who creates conceptually driven projects in film, video, photography and installation. Working across experimental and narrative forms, her projects seek intersections between history and subjectivity, investigating the nature and poetics of psychological “disorder,” the legacy of feminism, and the impact of recent social and political history on contemporary life and consciousness. Doors open at 6:00 pm Introduction and Screening at 6:30 pm


Incorporating listings from the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce calendar.

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