May PlanAhead: Your Lakeland, FL events calendar

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Happy May, Lakeland.  If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the sunny days, blooming flowers, and summer on the horizon — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in Swan City.

All month long

Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Every Saturday | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Support local businesses and shop from 100+ vendors including Omusubee, The Red Swan Shop + Mk Boba.  

Sunday, May 1

Sun., May 1

HB Jazz Live | Sun., May 1 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Listen to jazz music from HB Jazz + grub on food from Big Baby Bitez.  
Kitchen Pop-up: Bandi Brunch | Sun., May 1 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult | Free | Swing by Catapult to get your homemade brunch from Bandidas today. 
Brunch & Boozy | Sun., May 1 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Jade Fox Lounge, 3010 Lakeland Highlands Rd. | $10+ | Eat brunch, drink bottomless mimosas, and hear music by DJ Yayo.  
Symphony Guild Season Finale 2022 | Sun., May 1 | 3-5 p.m. | Polk State College, 999 Ave. H. NE | Free | Hear a live performance from Polk State School of Music’s Carol Ann Golden Scholarship winners.
Winter Haven Brunch Food Tour | Sun., May 1 | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven’s brunch spots and sample a variety of foods while learning about the city’s culture + history.  

Monday, May 2-Sunday, May 8

Mon., May 2

Trivia Night | Mon., May 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day.
Open Mic Night | Mon., May 2 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local singers and musicians. 
Make Mom’s Day | Mon., May 2 | 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. | Lakeside Village | $150+ | Get a free Katie Loxton bracelet from Anna’s after spending $150+ at Lakeside Village restaurants + shops now through May 6 — first 200 customers only.
Open Mic Night | Mon., May 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Gram Parsons’ Derry Down | Free | Musicians of any age can sign up and perform up to three songs for a live audience.

Tues., May 3

On Broadway! | Tues., May 3 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4450 Harden Blvd. | Free | See the Florida Philharmonia Orchestra perform Broadway hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim + more. 
Walk in the Park | Tues., May 3 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Peterson Park, 3700 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | Free | Get active in nature and go for a mile-long walk in Peterson Park. 
Music BINGO & Fun Run | Tues., May 3 | 5:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Participate in a fun run at 5:30, then play a game of music BINGO at 6:30 + eat food from Bad Dog BBQ. 
Spring Orchestra Concert | Tues., May 3 | 7 p.m. | Harrison School For the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $12 | Hear students from Harrison School for the Arts’ Orchestra Department perform their spring concert.
Kitchen Fundamentals: Béchamel | Tues., May 3 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Level up your kitchen expertise by learning to make this kitchen staple, Béchamel sauce. 
Mental Health and Youth | Tues., May 3 | 8:30 a.m. | Peace River Center | Free | Learn about intervention practices for mental health situations in teens from a panel of experts. 
Flying Tigers | Tues., May 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.
Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., May 3 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW. | Free | Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing to this hour-long yoga practice — space is limited.
Star Wars Trivia | Tues., May 3 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Keel Farms | Free | Bring a team of friends and practice your “Star Wars” trivia skills while sipping Keel Farms beer, wine, or cider.

Wed., May 4

General Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., May 4 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | You and six teammates can compete in general trivia + feast on bites from Smokin’ Chanchos.
One Night of Queen | Wed., May 4 | 8-10 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $42+ | See Gary Mullen and the Works perform Queen’s top hits. 
Lunch & Learn: Growing & Cooking with Summer Edibles | Wed., May 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Lakeland Electric, 501 East Lemon St. | Free | Learn what to plant, how to harvest it, and how to prepare it.
Kitchen Pop-up: Bandi Brunch | Wed., May 4 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult | Free | Swing by Catapult to get your homemade brunch from Bandidas today. 
Poker Night | Wed., May 4 | 6-9 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Play in a friendly game of poker while sipping on $5 Tito’s — essential workers get 35% off.
Flying Tigers | Wed., May 4 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.
Books That Teach Book Club | Wed., May 4 | 9-10 a.m. | Unfiltered Bartow, 160 S. Broadway Ave. | Free | Gather on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss the assigned book with other women while sipping coffee or tea.  
Trivia Night | Wed., May 4 | 7-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, 245 W. Central Ave. | Free | Pour your own drafts at Union Taproom + compete in a round of trivia.

Thurs., May 5

Cinco de Mayo Celebration | Thurs., May 5 | 8 a.m.-9 p.m. | Publix GreenWise Market, 4747 Florida Ave. S. | Free | Head to Publix GreenWise Market and get deals on burrito bowls, Mexican-style pizza, and drinks + a chance to win a gift card.
Cinco de Mayo at Rec Room | Thurs., May 5 | 9 p.m. | Rec Room | Free | Spend Cinco de Mayo playing arcade games, listening to music by TheTimeTravlrs + sipping craft drinks. 
Dan Pepin Spanish Guitar Live | Thurs., May 5 | 7-10 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and hear Dan Pepin play the Spanish guitar + eat Mexican food from La Palapa Time.
Margarita Magic Painting | Thurs., May 5 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $39 | Learn to make a painting of this classic cocktail in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.
Storytellers Dinner | Thurs., May 5 | 5 p.m. | Haus 820 | $35+ | See art, interact with artists, hear live music + enjoy dinner, drinks, and dessert. 
Spring Choral Concert | Thurs., May 5 | 7 p.m. | Harrison School For the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $12 | Hear students from Harrison School for the Arts’ Choral Department perform their spring concert.
Flying Tigers | Thurs., May 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.
Yoga Class | Thurs., May 5 | 6-7 p.m. | Florida Blue Winter Haven Center, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | Free | Relax and recenter with this free yoga class — participants must bring their own yoga mat.
Tastes Of The World Food Tour | Thurs., May 5 | 2-5 p.m. | 220 Ave. A NW | $45+ | Sample dishes from around Winter Haven while learning the history of both the food and the city. 

Fri., May 6

First Friday: Family Fun Night | Fri., May 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Free | Celebrate the start of summer with the whole family and enjoy a night of drinks, food, vendors + a car show. 
Live Music in Munn Park | Fri., May 6 | 6 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown and enjoy an outdoor concert with the Harrison School of the Arts string department.   
Southern Wine and Dine | Fri., May 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Taste Bread & Butter wines paired with classic southern food.  
Galactic Beach Painting | Fri., May 6 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $39 | Get creative and make a painting of a beach with a galactic twist in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.
Up, Up & Away Balloon Festival | Fri., May 6 | 3-9:15 p.m. | SUN ’n FUN Expo Campus | $20+ | Hear live music, catch a car show, go on a helicopter ride + of course, see hot air balloons take off.
Short-Film Showcase | Fri., May 6 | 7 p.m. | Harrison School For the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $12 | Watch short original films made by the students in the Harrison School For the Arts Film Department.  
Flying Tigers | Fri., May 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.

Sat., May 7

Mayfaire by-the-Lake | Sat., May 7 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Lake Morton | Free | Spend Mother’s day weekend at this regionally recognized art festival.
Keel Farms Sip & Shop | Sat., May 7 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Keel Farms | Free | Support local artisans and makers and shop art, baked goods, and boutique items. 
Big and Little Chef: All About the Cupcake | Sat., May 7 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $80 | A parent and their child can make different kinds of cupcakes, including a corn dog cupcake and a cereal + milk cupcake with fruit loops frosting.
Wine and Dine: France | Sat., May 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Experience a taste of France with French wine and dishes including quiche lorraine, Bouillabaisse + alsatian cheesecake.
Mom and Me Mermaid Set Painting | Sat., May 7 | 12-2 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $39 | Mother + child duos are invited to try their hand at this two-sided mermaid painting — supplies are included.
Completely Unchained Live | Sat., May 7 | 8-12 p.m. | Union Hall | $20+ | Rock on with the Van Halen tribute band, Completely Unchained.  
4-Person Scramble Golf Fundraiser | Sat., May 7 | 7:30 a.m. | Bartow Golf Course, 190 Idlewood Ave. S. | $60+ | Support the Bartow High School golf team and play in a round of golf for a chance to win prizes.
Up, Up & Away Balloon Festival | Sat., May 7 | 7 a.m.-9:15 p.m. | SUN ’n FUN Expo Campus | $20+ | Hear live music, catch a car show, go on a helicopter ride + of course, see hot air balloons take off.
Mother’s Day Royal High Tea | Sat., May 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $35+ | Celebrate Mother’s Day with a tea party + meet two special royal guests.
Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch & Floral Display | Sat., May 7-Sun., May 8 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Terrace Grille Lakeland,  329 E Main St. | $20+ | Regular menu plus specials, complimentary mimosa (21+), flower display by local florist Bloom Shakalaka in the iconic Lake Mirror Room, plus an Instagram-worthy photo backdrop. *
3rd Annual “Mother’s Day” Glam Party | Sat., May 7 | 4-8 p.m. | Just Dance Studio, 124 S. Kentucky Ave. | $5+ | Moms can leave the kids and husbands at home and come out for a day of pampering, drinks, and shopping. 
7th Annual Autism Awareness family fun day and market | Sat., May 7 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1211 E. Main St. | Free | Help spread awareness for autism while you shop from local food and craft vendors — masks are required.
Flying Tigers | Sat., May 7 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $7+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.
Short-Film Showcase | Sat., May 7 | 5 p.m. | Harrison School For the Arts, 750 Hollingsworth Rd. | $12 | Watch short original films made by the students in the Harrison School For the Arts Film Department.
The Bandit Market | Sat., May 7 | 12-5 p.m. | Historic Ritz Theatre | Free | Shop vintage and handmade vendors, indulge in food from Pinoy Cravings, and sip on drinks from Bespoke craft cocktails. 
Auburndale’s Downtown Market | Sat., May 7 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 119 W. Park St. | Free | Bring the whole family to Auburndale for live music and 60+ vendors offering handmade home decor, natural food products, and services.

Sun., May 8

Mayfaire by-the-Lake | Sun., May 8 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Lake Morton | Free | Peruse the works of local artists at the 50th year of this regionally recognized art festival.
Mother’s Day at the Gardens | Sun., May 8 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $16 | Bring the whole family out to enjoy some flora + fauna — mothers get free admission to the gardens. 
Mothers Day with Botany Cats | Sun., May 8 | 2-5 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Make some feline friends at Botany Cats, listen to music by Jim Thomas, and enjoy food from the Gin Khao food truck.
Second Sunday | Sun., May 8 | 12-5 p.m. | Lakeside Village | Free | Take your mom to Lakeside Village and shop for unique local goods + listen to live music by Frankie Raye. 
Mommy and Me Love Birds Set Painting | Sun., May 8 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $30 | Mother + child duos are invited to try their hand at this two-sided love birds painting — supplies are included.
Up, Up & Away Balloon Festival | Sun., May 8 | 7 a.m.-9:15 p.m. | SUN N’ FUN Expo Campus | $20+ | Hear live music, catch a car show, go on a helicopter ride + of course, see hot air balloons take off.
Flying Tigers | Sun., May 8 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.
Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch & Floral Display | Sat., May 7-Sun., May 8 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Terrace Grille Lakeland,  329 E Main St. | $20+ | Regular menu plus specials, complimentary mimosa (21+), flower display by local florist Bloom Shakalaka in the iconic Lake Mirror Room, plus an Instagram-worthy photo backdrop. *

Monday, May 9-Sunday, May 15

Mon., May 9

Trivia Night | Mon., May 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day.
Open Mic Night | Mon., May 9 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local musicians. 
What’s Stress Costing You? | Mon., May 9 | Times vary | Virtual | Free | Take this online Zoom seminar spread out over five days and learn how you can prevent and treat stress holistically in your own life. 
A Pink Bouquet Painting | Mon., May 9 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | Learn to paint a rustic floral bouquet in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.

Tues., May 10

Tribute Tuesday | Tues., May 10 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | See Robin Brooke give musical tribute to the cranberries and Alanis Morrisette + drink beer, wine, or craft cocktails.
Music BINGO & Fun Run | Tues., May 10 | 5:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Participate in a fun run at 5:30, then play a game of music BINGO at 6:30 + eat food from La Palapa Time. 
Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., May 10 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW | Free | Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing at this hour long yoga class — space is limited. ‍
Tastes Of The World Food Tour | Tues., May 10 | 2-5 p.m. | 220 Ave. A NW | $45+ | Sample dishes from around Winter Haven while learning the history of both the food and the city. 

Wed., May 11

Couples Cooking: New and Improved Pasta | Wed., May 11 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $110 | Learn new ways to cook pasta dishes like baked macaroni and cheese, corn spaghetti carbonara, seared scallops and orzo, and spinach-artichoke rolled lasagna.
General Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., May 11 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | You and six teammates can compete in general trivia + feast on bites from Cuban B’s.
Poker Night | Wed., May 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Play in a friendly game of poker while sipping on $5 Tito’s — essential workers get 35% off.
Trivia Night | Wed., May 11 | 7-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, 245 W. Central Ave. | Free | Pour your own drafts at Union Taproom + compete in a round of trivia.
Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour | Wed., May 11 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Go on a guided tour of downtown Winter Haven and visit restaurants + bars for Happy Hour.

Thurs., May 12

After Hours at the Museum | Thurs., May 12 | 4-8 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | View the galleries after hours + go on a curator tour with Dr. H. Alexander Rich.
Sushi 101 | Thurs., May 12 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $60 | Sushi lovers can learn how to make different rolls including the California roll, Philadelphia inside-out roll, tempura shrimp & asparagus roll + spicy crab hand roll.
Lakeland Food Truck Rally | Thurs., May 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown + sample a variety of dishes from 20+ vendors including Spontaneous Consumption, The Chicks Coop, and Sweeties BBQ.  
Classic Albums Live The Eagles Greatest Hits | Thurs., May 12 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | RP Funding Center | $34+ | Hear hits from The Eagles’ first four albums recreated live.  
Caribbean Boardwalk Sunset Painting | Thurs., May 12 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $39 | Learn to paint a scenic ocean view in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.
Seasons of Service presents Mitch Albom | Thurs., May 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Lake Mirror Auditorium, 121 S. Lake Ave. | $75 | Meet best-selling author Mitch Albom, receive a signed copy of his book “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” + have a catered lunch.
Yoga Class | Thurs., May 12 | 6-7 p.m. | Florida Blue Winter Haven Center, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | Free | Relax and recenter with this free yoga class — participants must bring their own yoga mat.
Paint Your Pet | Thurs., May 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $54+ | Learn to paint your four-legged friend in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.

Fri., May 13

Point of View Gallery Talk | Fri., May 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Learn about the museum’s current exhibition from a special guest speaker.
Live Music in Munn Park | Fri., May 13 | 6 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown and enjoy an outdoor concert with the band Big Chill. 
An American Road Trip | Fri., May 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Let professional chefs prepare you Alaskan king crab cocktail, North Carolina pulled pork sliders, South Carolina frogmore stew + Alabama lane cake. 
Birdies for Boys and Girls Golf Tournament | Fri., May 13 | 7 a.m. | Eaglebrooke Golf Club, 1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd. | $175 | Play 18-holes, enjoy lunch, and have a chance to win prizes and a raffle — proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Polk County.
Downtown Winter Haven Beer, Spirits, and Ghosts Walking Tour | Fri., May 13 | 7-10 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Experience two kinds of spirits in this guided drinking + ghost walking tour.  

Sat., May 14

Spring Wine Dinner | Sat., May 14 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $60 | Feast on dishes prepared by professional chefs including caramelized leek tart, herb-crusted leg of lamb + blueberry crisp with berry ice cream.
Rock for Paws | Sat., May 14 | 7-10 p.m. | Nora Mayo Hall, 500 3rd St. NW. | $15 | Hear Smokepoint perform to support SPCA Florida’s disaster response program. 
Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge & Lakeshore Festival | Sat., May 14 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Lake Hollingsworth Boat Ramp, 920 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Free | Enter to build your own boat or show up and watch teams race across Lake Hollingsworth in a hand-crafted cardboard vessel.
International Bashment Party | Sat., May 14 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Stage Room Lakeland, 310 E. Lemon St. | $5+ | Dance to music from different cultures played by DJ Price. 
MomPreneur’s Brunch | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Masterpiece Event Venue, 3048 Cypress Gardens Rd. | $30 | Female entrepreneurs can enjoy brunch while they network with other moms.
Stack The Deck To Save Lives Charity Poker Tournament | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m. | Winner’s Circle Sports Bar & Grill, 4215 Florida Ave. S. | $50+ | Play poker to benefit Citizen CPR Inc. of Polk and have a chance to win big.

Sun., May 15

Big and Little Chef: All About the Cupcake | Sun., May 15 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $80 | A parent and their child can make different kinds of cupcakes, including a corn dog cupcake and a cereal + milk cupcake with fruit loops frosting.
Plant Based Junk Food | Sun., May 15 | 12-7 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Try Vulture Food’s vegan crispy chik’n sandwiches and gluten-free loaded fries. 
Open Mic Sessions | Sun., May 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Just Dance, 310 E. Lemon St. | Free | New artists can show off their skills at open mic night.
Sleeping Beauty Tea Party | Sun., May 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $30 | Have tea and treats with Sleeping Beauty, followed by a sing and dance along.  
Poetry, Spoken Word, and Open Mic Night | Sun., May 15 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Stage Room Lakeland, 310 E. Lemon St. | Free | Show off your poetry, music, or spoken word at open mic night. 
Slow Burn Sunday | Sun., May 15 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | Quinteassence Kava Bar, 839 N. Massachusetts Ave. | Free | Watch fire performers light it up while you eat from Pinoy Cravings, drink tea or kava from Quinteassence + play with cats from Botany Cats.  
Mother & Son Charity Banquet | Sun., May 15 | 5-8:30 p.m. | The Ritz, 263 W. Central Ave. | $100 | Mothers and sons can join for food, drinks, and guest speakers.
Pinoy Kamayan Brunch Fiesta | Sun., May 15 | 12-2 p.m. | Catapult | $45 | Taste classic Filipino brunch items + pastries prepared by Pinoy Cravings.* 

Monday, May 16-Sunday, May 22

Mon., May 16

Trivia Night | Mon., May 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day.
Open Mic Night | Mon., May 16 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local musicians. 
Historic Preservation Awards | Mon., May 16 | 6 p.m. | Polk Theatre, 139 S. Florida Ave. | Free | See historical preservation and restoration efforts be awarded in honor of Historic Preservation Month.
Coffee, Tea, and Treats Food Tour | Mon., May 16 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven and taste pastries, coffee + tea from local Winter Haven shops. 

Tues., May 17

Big and Teen Chef: Grilled Cheese and Soup | Tues., May 17 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $85 | Parents and teens will make tomato soup and grilled cheese dippers, an artichoke bisque and goat cheese panini + caramel hot chocolate with brie toasties. 
Tasty Tuesday | Tues., May 17 | 4:30-9 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | $25+ | Skip dinner and try dishes from different participating downtown restaurants — tickets are sold in packs of 10.  
Flying Tigers | Tues., May 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Music BINGO & Fun Run | Tues., May 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Participate in a fun run at 5:30, then play a game of music BINGO at 6:30 + eat food from Cuban B’s Burgers & Bakes. 
Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., May 17 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW | Free | Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing to this hour-long yoga class — space is limited. ‍

Wed., May 18

Kitchen Fundamentals: Knife Skills | Wed., May 18 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Master the knife while cooking up a homemade gourmet meal.
Flying Tigers | Wed., May 18 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Poker Night | Wed., May 18 | 6-9 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Play in a friendly game of poker while sipping on $5 Tito’s — essential workers get 35% off.
Kitchen Pop-up: Bandi Brunch | Wed., May 18 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Catapult | Free | Swing by Catapult to get your homemade brunch from Bandidas today. 
General Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., May 18 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | You and six teammates can compete in general trivia + feast on bites from Smokin’ Chanchos. 
Ciros Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour | Wed., May 18 | 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven and taste a variety of sweets, including pies, muffins, and cupcakes.
Sunset Yoga in the Vines | Wed., May 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Keel and Curley Winery | $10 | Come for the relaxing yoga among the grapevines with Wildflower Yogi, stay for the wine tasting.  
Trivia Night | Wed., May 18 | 7-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, 245 W. Central Ave. | Free | Pour your own drafts at Union Taproom + compete in a round of trivia.

Thurs., May 19

Yoga Class | Thurs., May 19 | 6-7 p.m. | Florida Blue Winter Haven Center, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | Free | Relax and recenter with this free yoga class — participants must bring their own yoga mat.
Trauma and the Pandemic | Thurs., May 19 | 8:30 a.m. | Peace River Center | Free | Hear from a panel of experts and learn how to deal with the lingering effects of the pandemic. 
Flying Tigers | Thurs., May 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads.  

Fri., May 20

Live Music in Munn Park | Fri., May 20 | 6 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown and enjoy an outdoor concert with the band Peruba. 
Upscale Food Truck Wine and Dine | Fri., May 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $60 | Taste food truck delicacies paired with wine featuring brie and bacon grilled cheese, lobster and scallop ceviche tostada + churros with red wine hot chocolate.
Karaoke Night | Fri., May 20 | 7-10 p.m. | Just Dance Academy, 124 S. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Sing along to a song of your choice or just cheer on a friend — snacks and drinks are available.
Flying Tigers | Fri., May 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads.  
MegaCon Orlando After Party | Fri., May 20 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr. | $15+ | After MegaCon, swing by the after party for dancing, music, giveaways + a celebrity guest.
Enchanted Painting | Fri., May 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38 | Learn to paint an enchanted forest in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.

Sat., May 21

Cinéma Art Historique: Frida | Sat., May 21 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Polk Museum of Art | Free | Watch the film Frida, a biopic about Frida Khalo, then discuss it with museum curator Dr. Alex Rich — masks are required. 
Big and Little Chef: Food Revolution | Sat., May 21 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $80 | Parents and their children will make classic dishes with a fun twist including chocolate cake shake, nacho-stuffed quesadilla, and cheddar drop biscuits with apple jam.
Only the Best in the Keys | Sat., May 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $65 | Sit back and let the professional chefs take your tastebuds to the Florida keys. 
Daniel Donato Live | Sat., May 21 | 7 p.m.-12 a.m. | Union Hall | $20 | See country artist Daniel Donato honor Grateful Dead with his own original country twist.
Dirt Days Water & Wetlands | Sat., May 21 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Polk’s Nature Discovery Center: Nature Classroom at Circle B Bar Reserve | Free | Children in grades K-5 can learn all about Florida’s wetlands. 
Armed Forces Day in the Gardens | Sat., May 21 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $16 | Active duty and military veterans get into the gardens free for Armed Forces Day — must have a military ID. 
Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K Race | Sat., May 21 | 7-10 a.m. | YMCA of West Central Florida, 3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | $35 | Support Lakeland’s Fallen Heroes Memorial + the families of police officers by running in this 5K — this race can be done in person or from home.
Flying Tigers | Sat., May 21 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $7+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads.  
MegaCon Orlando After Party | Sat., May 21 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr. | $25+ | After MegaCon, stop by the after party for dancing, music, giveaways + a cosplay costume contest.

Sun., May 22

Unicorn Tea Party | Sun., May 22 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $35 | Have tea and treats, meet a real unicorn, and converse with princesses.
Flying Tigers | Sun., May 22 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Jupiter Hammerheads.   
Van Gogh’s Cafe Painting | Sun., May 22 | 3:30-6:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Lakeland, 3670 Harden Blvd. | $49 | Recreate Van Gogh’s famous “Cafe Terrace at Night” painting in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.

Monday, May 23-Sunday, May 29

Mon., May 23

Couples Cooking: New and Improved Pasta | Mon., May 23 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $110 | Learn new ways to cook various pasta dishes, including baked macaroni and cheese, corn spaghetti carbonara, seared scallops and orzo, and spinach-artichoke rolled lasagna.  
Trivia Night | Mon., May 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day.
Open Mic Night | Mon., May 23 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local musicians. 
Coffee, Tea, and Treats Food Tour | Mon., May 23 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 220 Ave. A. NW | $69+ | Tour downtown Winter Haven and taste pastries, coffee + tea from local shops. 

Tues., May 24

On the Lighter Side | Tues., May 24 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Learn to make some flavor-packed dishes on the lighter side, including balsamic-grilled eggplant rollatini, broiled fish filet, Louisiana-style blackened chicken + citrus granita.
Tribute Tuesday | Tues., May 24 | 7-9 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | See Jared Houts give a musical tribute to RX Bandits + drink beer, wine, or craft cocktails.
Applied Research Center Grand Opening | Tues., May 24 | 9 a.m. | Florida Polytechnic University, 4700 Research Way | Free | Celebrate Florida Polytechnic’s new Applied Research Center with a ribbon-cutting followed by a tour of the building. 
Mental Health and the Workplace | Tues., May 24 | 8:30 a.m. | Peace River Center | Free | Hear from a panel of experts and learn how to manage your mental health regarding work.
Music BINGO & Fun Run | Tues., May 24 | 5:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | Participate in a fun run at 5:30, then play a game of music BINGO at 6:30 + eat food from Gin Khao food truck.
Basic Open Water Class | Tues., May 24 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Deep Six Diver’s Service, Inc., 1631 E. Edgewood Dr. | $340+ | This 5-week course will teach beginners how to safely dive in open water — mask, snorkel, and fins are not included.
Yoga for a Better Life | Tues., May 24 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Winter Haven Public Library, 325 Avenue A NW | Free | Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing to this hour-long yoga class — space is limited.  

Wed., May 25

Fast and Furious Trivia with Swan Brewing | Wed., May 25 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Swan Brewing | Free | You and six teammates can compete in Fast and Furious trivia + feast on bites from Genesis Caribbean. 
Kitchen Fundamentals: Béchamel | Wed., May 25 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Learn to make this kitchen staple: Béchamel sauce. 
Poker Night | Wed., May 25 | 6-9 p.m. | Yard on Mass | Free | Play in a friendly game of poker while sipping on $5 Tito’s — essential workers get 35% off.
Rustic Peacock Painting | Wed., May  25 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | Learn to paint a peacock using a distressed technique in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.
Trivia Night | Wed., May 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Union Taproom, 245 W. Central Ave. | Free | Pour your own drafts at Union Taproom + compete in a round of trivia.

Thurs., May 26

Follow the Leaders | Thurs., May 26 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Grasslands Golf and Country Club, 1600 Grasslands Blvd. | $55+ | Hear from local leaders and entrepreneurs Josh “Bump” Galletta and Taylor Irby.
Basic Open Water Class | Thurs., May 26 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Deep Six Diver’s Service, Inc., 1631 E. Edgewood Dr. | $340+ | This 5-week course will teach beginners how to safely dive in open water — mask, snorkel, and fins are not included.
Yoga Class | Thurs., May 26 | 6-7 p.m. | Florida Blue Winter Haven Center, 385 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | Free | Relax and recenter with this free yoga class — must bring your own yoga mat.

Fri., May 27

Live Music in Munn Park | Fri., May 27 | 6 p.m. | Munn Park | Free | Head downtown and enjoy an outdoor concert with artist LeRon Hearst. 
Wine and Dine: France | Fri., May 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Experience a taste of France with French wine and dishes including quiche lorraine, Bouillabaisse + alsatian cheesecake.
Classic Dinner & A Movie Night | Fri., May 27 | 7-10 p.m. | Stage Room Lakeland, 310 E. Lemon St. | $9+ | Spend date night eating dinner while watching the classic film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
The Royal Treatment with the Arabian Princess | Fri., May 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $30 | Princes and princesses will get a royal makeover, then sing, dance, and take pictures with Princess Jasmine. 
Flying Tigers | Fri., May 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Tampa Tarpons.  
Rustic Flowers Painting | Fri., May 27 | 7-9 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $38+ | Learn to paint farmhouse flowers in a jar in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.

Sat., May 28

An American Road Trip | Sat., May 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $50 | Let professional chefs prepare you Alaskan king crab cocktail, North Carolina pulled pork sliders, South Carolina Frogmore stew + Alabama lane cake. 
Ice Cream with Brittney Kieffer | Sat., May 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $20 | Learn to make plant-based ice cream — ticket includes general admission to the gardens.
Gnome It All -Schools Out Painting | Sat., May 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $41+ | Celebrate the start of summer vacation with this school-themed painting in a step-by-step class — supplies are included.
Enchanted Pixie Hollow Fairy Festival 2022 | Sat., May 28 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $30+ | Meet, dance + do activities with Tinkerbell and her friends from Pixie Hollow.
Flying Tigers | Sat., May 28 | 6 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $7+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Tampa Tarpons.  

Sun., May 29

Big and Little Chef: Food Revolution | Sun., May 29 | 10 a.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $80 | Parents and their children will make classic dishes with a fun twist, including chocolate cake shake, nacho-stuffed quesadilla, and cheddar drop biscuits with apple jam.
Thank you to those who have Served Painting | Sun., May 29 | 6:30-8:30 | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $35 | Make this military-themed painting for Memorial Day in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.
Flying Tigers | Sun., May 29 | 1 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Tampa Tarpons.  
John McEuen & The String Wizards Live | Sun., May 29 | 7 p.m. | Gram Parsons’ Derry Down | $45 | See the “string wizard” play music on the banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin.

Monday, May 30-Tuesday, May 31

Mon., May 30

Trivia Night | Mon., May 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Cob & Pen | Free | Bring your friends to trivia night + take advantage of happy hour prices all day.
Open Mic Night | Mon., May 30 | 7 p.m. | The Yard on Mass | Free | Come out and show off your musical talents or support local singers and musicians. 
Kids Memorial Day Class | Mon., May 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist Winter Haven, 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd. | $25 | Kids on summer break can make a memorial day themed painting in this step-by-step class — supplies are included.
Memorial Day in the Gardens | Mon., May 30 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $16 | Active duty and military veterans get into the Gardens free for Memorial Day — must have a military ID. 
Ninja Camp for Kids | Mon., May. 30-Fri., Aug. 5 | 9 a.m.-Noon | 4124 S. Florida Ave. | $100 | Unleash your child’s inner ninja with activities designed to stimulate their mind, body + spirit.*

Tues., May 31

Elevated Grilling – Looking Beyond the Burger | Tues., May 31 | 6 p.m. | Publix Aprons Cooking School | $55 | Learn to grill more than burgers and hotdogs in this hands-on cooking class, featuring halloumi, herb-marinated fish, and ribeye steak.
Flying Tigers | Tues., May 31 | 6:30 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $6+ | Cheer on the Lakeland Flying Tigers in this game vs. the Bradenton Marauders.  
Military-Themed End of Month Party | Tues., May 31 | 5-8 p.m. | Crunch Fitness, 5218 S. Florida Ave. | Free | Put on some camo and come to Crunch Fitness for food + music — RSVP on the Facebook event page. 
Basic Open Water Class | Tues., May 31 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Deep Six Diver’s Service, Inc., 1631 E. Edgewood Dr. | $340+ | This 5-week course will teach beginners how to safely dive in open water — mask, snorkel, and fins are not included.

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