PlanAhead: August 2021 — Your August Events Calendar

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Monday | July 26

Learn
○‌ Tapas and Sangria | Mon., July 26 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School at Lake Miriam Square | $50 | Work alongside Publix’s chefs and learn to make tapas like scallops in saffron sauce and drinks like homemade sangria. 

ForKids
○‌ Tropics Elite Summer Camp  | Mon., July 26 | 8 a.m. | Cypress Youth Sports Complex | $200 | Sign up your kiddos for this summer camp: discounts are available for Lakeland Tropic Youth, YMCA members, multiple children, and early registers. 

TryThis
○‌ Career Event- Southeastern University Students & Graduates | Mon., July 26 | 7 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Sign up for this virtual event for those interested in careers in business, computer science/IT, construction, carpentry, and more. 

Tuesday | July 27

Show
○‌ Molly’s Open Mic | Tues., July 27 | 9 p.m. | Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub | Free | Whether you’re looking to participate or simply observe + grab a brew, the floor at Molly’s is open starting at 9 p.m.

WaterCooler
○‌ Flying Tigers vs. Hammerheads | Tues., July 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Joker Marchant Stadium | $9+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Jupiter Hammerheads starting at 6:30.

Learn
○‌ Sushi and More | Tues., July 27 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School at Lake Miriam Square | $60 | Work alongside Publix’s chefs and learn the art of sushi-making.

TryThis
○‌ EMERGE Membership Cornhole Tournament | Tues., July 27 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free for EMERGE members, $5 for non-members | Come out for cornhole + stay for the chance to win $100.

Wednesday | July 28

TryThis
○‌ Open Mic with Chelsea Margaret | Wed., July 28 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | #ProTip: come by for a drink, a bite from a food truck, or to strut your stuff on stage.

Family
○‌ Interactive Family Movie – Finding Nemo | Wed., July 28 | Various Times | Donald Bronson Community Center, 124 Bronson Trl. | Free | Bring the kiddos and enjoy the show full of sing-a-longs, bubble blowing, and more interactive opportunities.

ForKids
○‌ Kids 5-13 Cook Take Home Family Dinner | Wed., July 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland 6935 S. Carter Rd, Ste. 6 | $50+ | Drop off the kids, take home a dinner for the fam — Sounds like the perfect plan, right?

Learn
○‌ Kitchen Fundamentals: Seafood | Wed., July 28 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School at Lake Miriam Square | $60 | Learn new tips and tricks in the kitchen while enjoying seafood recipes like pan-seared swordfish steaks with cherrywood smoked bacon puttanesca sauce.

Thursday | July 29

Show
○‌ Dan Signor @ Jensen’s | Thurs., July 24 | 8 p.m. | Jensen’s Corner Bar, 100 3rd St. SW., Winter Haven | Free | Enjoy the musical stylings of pianist, bassist, guitarist, and vocalist Dan Signor at Jenson’s Corner Bar.  
○‌ Lakeland Underbelly Sessions | Thurs., July 24 | 9 p.m. | The Pink Piano | $5 | Come out + support the best of Lakeland’s local music scene, with 100% of the proceeds going to the musicians. 

Dish
○‌ Happy Ending at The Yard on Mass | Thurs., July 29 | 4-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Enjoy an afternoon with tastings from the Happy Ending food truck.

Learn
○‌ Pies, Pies, Pies | Thurs., July 29 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School at Lake Miriam Square | $50 | Level up your summer-time pies including lattice work, crumbles, and a classic coconut cream.

TryThis
○‌ Drag BINGO & ThrowBACK Singles Night | Thurs., July 29 | 8-11 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Free | Play drag bingo with QUEEN Allegra and enjoy deals on drinks all night long.

Friday | July 30

TheBuy
○‌ Fabulous Funky Munky at The Fancy Flea Lakeland A Country Brocante | Fri., July 30 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Shop funky finds at this year’s fancy flea — You never know what you’ll find.

Show
○‌ Live Music at Night: Matt Billor | Fri., July 30 | 6-10 p.m. | Keel Farms | Listen to live music from 24-year-old Matt Billor while you enjoy food, wine, and beer.

Learn
○‌ 1 On 1 Artist Painting Workshop | Fri., July 30 | 10 a.m. | Stephen Koury’s Home Studio, 1029 Rustic Estates Dr. | $300 | Don’t be fooled, these classes are available for 8-people at a time, to learn at the hands of Stephen Koury.

Deal
○‌ Bok Tower Gardens FREE Admission | Fri., July 30 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | Free | Enjoy a day of free admission to Bok Tower with no advance reservations, tickets, or scheduling necessary.

Saturday | July 31

MustDo
○‌ Lakeland Farmers Curb Market | Sat., July 31 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | 200 N. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Shop from up to 100 local vendors selling arts, crafts, food + fresh produce.

Show
○‌ Proper Wednesday LIVE | Sat., July 31 | 7-10 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Free | Enjoy no-cover at the first-ever Proper Wednesday with an all-day happy hour. 

FeaturedEvent
○‌ Little Villagers Treasure Hunt | Sat., July 31 | 10 a.m. | 1479 Town Center Dr. | Free with registration on July 24 | In celebration of Florida’s Back-to-School Tax-Free Week, children can follow clues to find treasure around the property + win prizes. Ⓟ

Sunday | August 1

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○‌ Drag Brunch | Sun., Aug. 1 | 12 p.m. | Winners Circle | $10 | Come out to this drag brunch fundraiser featuring performances + bottomless mimosas. 

○‌ Summer Soirée | Sun., Aug. 1 | 10 p.m.-2 a.m. | Jade Fox Lounge | $15+ | Come out to this summer soirée event. 

○‌ Bowl A Rama | Sun., Aug. 1 | 1-4 p.m. | Cypress Lanes Family Fun Center | $25+ | Family-friendly fundraiser with food + bowling to help support The Humane Society of Polk County. 

○‌ Salsa in the Park | Sun., Aug. 1 | 6-9 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Enjoy a fun night of music + Salsa dancing in the park, with performances + an Intro to Salsa class starting at 6 p.m.

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Jupiter Hammerheads | Sun., Aug. 1 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Jupiter Hammerheads starting at 1 p.m.

Monday, August 2-Sunday August 8

Monday | August 2

TryThis

○‌ Entrepreneurship Crash Course | Mon., Aug. 2 | 8-9 p.m. | Online | Free | Join this free webinar to learn about how to successfully transition into being an entrepreneur + how to run a successful business.

○‌ World’s Largest Golf Outing | Mon., Aug. 2 | 8 a.m. | Willowbrook Golf Course, Winter Haven | $45+ | Head out to the golf course for this fundraiser event that benefits the Fisher House Foundation (FHF).

Civil 

○‌ City Commission Meeting | Mon., Aug. 2 | 9-11 a.m. | City Hall | Free | This public meeting addressing city topics is also available for remote viewing.

ForKids

○‌ Freestyle Summer Day Camp | Mon., Aug. 2 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Highland Park Church | $170 | Gaga ball, 9-square, a giant inflatable water slide, and more activities and events are being hosted and run by Woodlands staff members. 

Tuesday | August 3

Biz

○‌ 2021 Mid-Year Economic Update Presented by CPS Investment Advisors | Tues., Aug. 3 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church | $36+ | This premier event is essential for local business leaders and finance professionals, with lunch provided by Good Thyme + keynote presentation by Dr. Jarry Parrish. 

TryThis

○‌ Mat Yoga: Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., Aug. 3 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library | Free | Bring your own yoga mat and wear comfortable attire to this 1-hour yoga class aimed at connecting with yourself + relaxing your mind.

○‌ Molly’s Musician Showcase | Tues., Aug. 3 | 9 p.m. | Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub | Free | Whether you’re looking to participate or simply observe + grab a brew, the floor at Molly’s is open starting at 9 p.m.

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Tues., Aug. 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6:30.

Cause 

○‌ Mobile Food Pantry – Blessings & Hope Lakeland | Tues., Aug. 3 | Highland Park Church | Free | Providing weekly pickup locations for food donation efforts. 

Wednesday | August 4

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Wed., Aug. 4 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $12+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6:30.

Dish 

○‌ Couples Cooking: Bring it to the Gathering | Wed., Aug. 4 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $100 | Take part in a hands-on couples’ cooking class where you will learn to prepare the perfect get-together, easy, + delicious dishes.

ForKids

○‌ Kids Cook Take Home Family Dinner | Wed., Aug. 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland, 6935 South Carter Rd., Ste. 6 | $50+ | Save the shopping, cooking & cleaning with this kid’s cooking class (ages 5-13) that results in a take-home dinner for four. 

Thursday | August 5

TryThis

○‌ In-Person: After Hours at the Museum | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 2-8 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Polk Museum of Art is open after hours, with a curator tour starting at 6 p.m., so make sure to reserve your spot online before attending.

○‌ Mortal Combat Tourney | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 7 p.m. | Galaxy Bar Lakeland | $5 | Fans of retro arcade games, come participate in a bracket-style tournament + enjoy fun competition over drinks. 

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6:30.

Friday | August 6

TryThis 

○‌ Lakeland First Friday: Back to School | Fri., Aug. 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Head downtown for this local monthly favorite event: featuring Lakeland Moonwalk inflatables, maker’s market, + a classy car show. 

Dish 

○‌ Indoor Grilling | Fri., Aug. 6 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class featuring recipes that bring the deliciousness of outdoor grilling inside.

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Fri., Aug. 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $10+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6:30.

Saturday | August 7

TryThis 

○‌ Lakeland Farmers Curb Market | Sat., Aug. 7 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | 200 N. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Shop from up to 100 local vendors selling arts, crafts, food + fresh produce.

Dish 

○‌ Classic New Orleans | Sat., Aug. 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a demonstration-style cooking class featuring classic New Orleans cuisine paired with great wines.

Show 

○‌ The Underground Music Festival | Sat., Aug. 7 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Maddox Ranch, 2505 West Bella Vista Street | $25+ | Head out to this festival-style event featuring indie artists from across the country.

○‌ Lounging in Lakeland with The Recliners | Sat., Aug. 7 | 7-10 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Enjoy an evening of swanky versions of your favorite pop/rock classics over drinks with friends.

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Sat., Aug. 7 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $7+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday | August 8

TryThis 

○‌ Mama and Friends Drag Brunch | Sun., Aug. 8 | 11 a.m. | Elks Lodge Lakeland | $25 | A family-friendly brunch + drag performance, with proceeds benefiting the Dru-Project. 

○‌ Painting with a Twist  | Sun., Aug. 8 | 4-6 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $38 | Enjoy a relaxing evening painting a new artwork: a celestial panda.

Show 

○‌ 33 Years Duo w/ Breezy Eazy Bistro | Sun., Aug. 8 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Roots rock duo 33 Years is back at Swan Brewing to bring you all the classic sounds, with food available from Breezy Easy Bistro.

WaterCooler 

○‌ Lakeland Flying Tigers vs. Daytona Tortugas | Sun., Aug. 8 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | $6+ | The Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Daytona Tortugas starting at 1 p.m.

Monday, August 9-Sunday August 15

Monday | August 9

TryThis 

○‌ Open Play Indoor Pickleball | Mon., Aug. 9 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Kelly Recreation Complex | $4 | Pickleball is making a comeback in Lakeland: get ahead of the trend + hone your skills.

○‌ Aqua Spin | Mon., Aug. 9 | 6-6:45 p.m. | Kelly Recreation Complex, Gandy Pool | $5 | Participate in a spin class in the pool: make sure to reserve your bike beforehand. 

Dish 

○‌ Couples Cooking: City of Oaxaca | Mon., Aug. 9 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $100 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class featuring recipes that inspire the authentic flavors of the city of Oaxaca.

Civic

○‌ Planning Commission Meeting | Mon., Aug. 9 | 4-5 p.m. | City Hall, Haines City | Free | Attend or tune in online to this meeting where plans for Haines City will be discussed.

Tuesday | August 10

TryThis 

○‌ Painting with a Twist | Tues., Aug. 10 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $38 | Enjoy a relaxing evening painting moonlight cherry blossoms: ages 10+ welcome.

○‌ Kiwanis After Hours Social – AMF Bowling Tournament | Tues., Aug. 10 | 5-7 p.m. | AMF Lakeland | $9 | Family-friendly bowling tournament + event benefitting the Rudolph Roundup Toy Drive. 

Dish 

○‌ Weeknight Mediterranean | Tues., Aug. 10 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class learning how to make time-efficient, delicious Mediterranean-style dishes at home.

Show

○‌ The Backroom hosted by David Brimer | Tues., Aug 10 | 6 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Come early to get the best seat on the yard, not to mention the first spot in line at the food trucks.

Wednesday | August 11

TryThis 

○‌ Open Mic with Chelsea Margaret | Wed., Aug. 11 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out to The Yard on Mass for a night of music + fun.

Trivia

○‌ Trivia Wednesday | Wed., Aug. 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Put your trivia knowledge to the test, bring your friends for a night of food + fun.

Dish 

○‌ Ciro’s Sweet Tooth and Dessert Tour | Wed., Aug. 11 | 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A NW | $69.55+ | Explore the sweeter side of Winter Haven during Ciro’s Sweet Tooth and Dessert Tour.

○‌ Kitchen Fundamentals: Beef | Wed., Aug. 11 | 6 p.m. | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class for techniques + recipes using beef.  

ForKids

○‌ Kids Cook Take Home Family Dinner | Wed., Aug. 11 | 5-6:30 p.m. | What’s Cooking Lakeland, 6935 South Carter Rd., Ste. 6 | $50+ | Save the shopping, cooking & cleaning with this kid’s cooking class (ages 5-13) that results in a take-home dinner for four. 

Thursday | August 12

TryThis 

○‌ Drag BINGO & ThrowBACK Singles Night | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 8-11 p.m. | Federal Bar Lakeland | Free | Play drag bingo with QUEEN Allegra and enjoy deals on drinks all night long. 

Dish 

○‌ Fish Tales | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $65 | Take part in a hands-on cooking class with instruction on how to prepare a variety of fresh fish dishes like a pro from the comfort of your home.

Biz 

○‌ Lakeland Job Fair | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | RP Funding Center | Free | Explore a variety of career options + talk with hiring companies throughout the Lakeland area.  

Show

○‌ Lakeland Underbelly Sessions | 9 p.m. | The Pink Piano | $5 | Come out + support the local music scene, with 100% of the proceeds going to the musicians.

Friday | August 13

TryThis 

○‌ Beer, Spirits, and Ghost Walking Tour | Fri., Aug. 13 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Downtown Winter Haven | $69+ | Enjoy drinks + spooky stories on this haunted ghost walking tour.

○‌ Point of View Gallery Talk: American Impressionism | Fri., Aug. 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Join an in-depth overview of the museum’s current exhibition, “American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collections,” provided by Dr. Alexander Rich.

Dish 

○‌ Afternoon Flavors of Winter Haven Food Court Tour | Fri., Aug. 13 | 2-5 p.m. | Downtown Winter Haven | $69+ | Explore the history of the local flavors of Winter Haven on this guided tour while you sample delicious dishes. 

○‌ Summer Seafood Dinner | Fri., Aug. 13 | 6:30 p.m. |  Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $60 | Take part in a demonstration-style cooking class featuring coastal cuisine fit for cool, summer nights beside the sea.

Saturday | August 14

TryThis 

○‌ Lakeland Farmers Curb Market | Sat., Aug. 14 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | 200 N. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Shop from up to 100 local vendors selling arts, crafts, food + fresh produce.

○‌ Junk-In-Trunk Yard Sale |  Sat., Aug. 14 | 8 a.m. | Decades Reclaimed Vintage Depot, 502 W. Brennan Rd. | Free | The first annual vintage depot yard-sale style event with hidden vintage gems waiting for you to find. 

○‌ Zoom and Vroom | Sat., Aug., 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Spend the day exploring the history of Lakeland through a Zoom-led, virtual history lesson followed by a driving tour of various historical sites throughout Lakeland. 

Dish

○‌ A “Maize”ing Corn | Sat., Aug. 14 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | $50 | Take part in a demonstration-stye cooking class where you can learn various techniques + recipes for elevating your corn-making skills.

Sunday | August 15

TryThis 

Buffalo Soldiers & Friends of Freedom | Sun., Aug. 15 | 3:30-5 p.m. | SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 511 W. Lime St. | TBC | A public reception + subject-expert led program on the public art sculpture inspired by Spanish-American War/Buffalo Soldiers. 

Painting with a Twist  | Sun., Aug. 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Painting With a Twist, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $38+ | Enjoy a relaxing evening painting a Star Wars-themed portrait of Baby Yoda.

Learn

Crystals and Stones Class | Sun., Aug. 15 | 2:30-3 p.m. | Crystal Gaze, 213 Frank Lloyd Wright Way | Free | Join this free class for a 30-60-minute introduction to crystals and stones, followed by a free “Awakening Empaths” meetup at 3 p.m.

Show 

Live Music at Lunch | Sun., Aug. 15 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | Keel Farms, Plant City | $10+ |  Enjoy your afternoon on a beautiful patio deck, and sip on your favorite farm fresh beer, wine, or cider, with music by Melissa Lee. 

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