Featured Events

Family-Friendly Events in Lakeland + Polk County

Lakeland Mom has the most comprehensive list of events for kids and families in Lakeland, Florida and Polk County, Florida! Our calendar includes free events and inexpensive activities, as well as special seasonal events. Prefer to see activities for a specific holiday? Check out our Fall + Halloween Guide or our Christmas + Holiday Guide for a huge list of seasonal activities.

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Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches + Fall Festivals


Looking to explore a corn maze, working farm, or just get outside for a fall afternoon? Interested in a fall festival or pumpkin farm? We’ve got a list of the best corn mazes and pumpkin festivals happening in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and across Central Florida. Most are only open on weekends.


Joggin’ for the Noggin! 5K & 1-Mile Walkin’ While Talkin’


Now celebrating its ninth year, this year’s Joggin' for the Noggin event offers a new twist to our Halloween-themed race – run or walk in support of Polk State at a day/time of your choosing, October 1 – 31! Participants can run, jog, or walk this 3.1 race or complete a shorter distance with the one-mile Walkin’ While Talkin.

$30 – $38

POWer in Pink – 26.2 Virtual Marathon Challenge


The Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida is challenging YOU to join the POWer in Pink – 26.2 Virtual Month-Long Marathon Challenge presented by the Watson Clinic Foundation! Together we can help breast cancer patients pack a POWerful PUNCH to situational poverty, stemming from a breast cancer diagnosis! Run/walk, bike, swim, or even skate/rollerblade! You choose HOW and WHERE you want to do the miles and make sure to complete them between October 1-31, 2020!


Om Nom Nom Cookie Carnival

Downtown Lakeland 100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland

We know that many people were disappointed when our October First Friday event was cancelled, so we have rescheduled our Om Nom Nom Cookie Carnival for Saturday, October 24 from 8am-2pm in conjunction with the Downtown Farmers Curb Market! Cookie Creators will be peddling their delicious wares on North Kentucky Ave.


Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market

Downtown Lakeland 100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland

At the Downtown Farmers Curb Market you'll find local produce, local plants & flowers, herbs, loose organic tea, foods, honey, hot sauce, local artisans, local vendors, and much more! Saturday mornings from 8am-1pm in Downtown Lakeland.


Touch-a-Truck in Haines City – Trunk or Treat Edition

Haines City - Lake Eva Park 555 Ledwith Ave, Haines City

Touch-a-Truck is a family event for kids to explore all types of vehicles! We will have police cars, emergency vehicles, trucks, farm & construction equipment, tow trucks, and more! We will also have food trucks & bounce houses!


42nd Annual Buick Olds Pontiac Cadillac Car Show and Swap Meet

Auburndale Downtown Park N Bartow Ave, Auburndale

The 42nd Annual BOPC Car Show and Swap Meet with all years, makes, and models of Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, and Cadillacs will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, at Downtown City Park, 119 W. Park St., Auburndale FL 33823.


Halloween Drive Through with Polk County Parks & Recreation

Wabash Community Center - Lakeland 1230 Southern Ave, Lakeland

Drive through eight Halloween stations collecting sweet treats, toys and crafts to take home. ONE trick or treat bag per child (Child must be present in car).


Little Monsters Pumpkin Express Drive-Thru in Ybor City

Tampa - Ybor City 8th Avenue, Tampa

Cars will travel through our "Little Monsters Pumpkin Express" where the kiddos can show off their costumes while enjoying trick or treating, pumpkins handed through your car window, goodie bags with all the best decorations to jazz up their pumpkins, and finally, a Halloween family picture to wrap up your ride. Registration required.


Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida Resort One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven

On weekends in October you can celebrate Haloween and the spookiest time of the year at LEGOLAND Florida with trick-or-treating, exclusive character meet and greets and spooktacular treats. October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25.

Mulberry’s Harvest Festival

Mulberry - Spence Park 1100 1st St NE, Mulberry

Come out for a rootin', tootin' good time! Mulberry's Annual Harvest Festival is a celebration of that classic Harvest from years ago. There will be vendors, free candy, hay rides, a hay bale maze, AND a live Bluegrass Band!


Trunk or Treat at Pep Boys

Pep Boys Auto Lakeland 4405 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland

Come on out and bring the kids, so they can get some goodies and treats.


Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat at St. Anthony Catholic Church

St. Anthony Catholic Church Lakeland 820 Marcum Rd, Lakeland

Our High School Youth Group is hosting a Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat on Saturday October 24th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. There will be free candy and crafts for the kids.


Buckingham Terror Haunted House (Camp Fire)

Camp Fire Sunshine Central Florida 2600 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland

Buckingham Terror presents “Twisted Forest: Beware the Witches’ Vengeance.” These cursed woods are a legend among locals. Nearby residents whisper tales of the curious who have entered the forest only to never be seen again. And those who do reemerge share tales of unimaginable horrors and encounters with disfigured, humanoid beasts. Come to Lakeland's best Haunted House and discover what becomes of those who are lost in the Twisted Forest.

$8 – $10

Lakeland Mom’s Local Event Calendar is a compilation of all of the family-friendly events the Lakeland area has to offer! Are you hosting an event for kids or families that isn’t listed on our calendar? Are you interested in having your event featured on this page and promoted by Lakeland Mom? Get more info below.

The LakelandMom.com Event Calendar is provided as a community service to local citizens and organizations. While we work hard to keep our calendar updated, we encourage you to check directly with original sources via the links provided. Events are occasionally canceled, edited, rescheduled, or postponed for a variety of reasons, and we are not always made aware of these changes. We cannot guarantee the accuracy, timeliness or quality of the content of every source listed here. The inclusion of an event does not reflect compliance with current safety precautions, please check directly with event organizers for current mask requirements and safety protocols.