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Spring Events Calendar for Lakeland + Polk County

Lakeland Best Spring Events

Here in Lakeland and across Polk County we have fantastic annual events that happen every spring!  Art festivals, plant sales, events in Munn Park, Lakeland Pigfest, SUN ‘n FUN Fly In, Mayfaire-by-the-Lake, the Swan Derby, outdoor concerts, BBQ Competitions, and much more.

While many of these spring events were canceled in 2020, event organizers have made plans to return in 2021 with adequate safety precautions, so get out your calendar and pencil in the dates for these local favorites.  {We’d highly recommend a pencil… 2021 events are still subject to change…}

The events below feed from our calendar and only select upcoming annual events are shown. We will continue to add events into May. Click here to add your free Spring event to our calendar. See a full list of upcoming events on our Calendar.

Click on the name of any event for additional details. Please check directly with event organizers for last minute changes.

Please check directly with event organizers or local businesses for safety protocols, mask requirements, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. All information on our website is for informational purposes only – we are not qualified to provide health or safety recommendations. Be informed, wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, have fun, and make good choices!

QUICK VIEW – Spring Events in Lakeland + Polk County

February 2021

Saturday 20: Lake Wales Arts Festival @ Lake Wales – Lake Wailes Park
Saturday 20: SyFy Bartow @ Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
Sunday 21: Lake Wales Arts Festival @ Lake Wales – Lake Wailes Park

March 2021

Thursday 4: Florida Strawberry Festival @ Florida Strawberry Festival
Saturday 6: Bloomin’ Arts Festival @ Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
Sunday 7: Bloomin’ Arts Festival @ Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
Saturday 13: Spring Obsession @ Lake Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex
Saturday 20: Central Park Art Festival in Winter Haven @ Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
Sunday 21: Central Park Art Festival in Winter Haven @ Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown

April 2021

Saturday 10: Children’s Gasparilla Parade and Extravaganza @ Bayshore Blvd in Tampa
Tuesday 13: SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo @ SUN ‘n FUN Campus
Sunday 18: IRONMAN 70.3 Florida @ Haines City – Lake Eva Park
Friday 23: The Lakeland Swan Derby @ Lake Mirror Promenade

May 2021

Saturday 8: Mayfaire by-the-Lake @ Lake Morton
Saturday 8: Mayfaire Saturday Night @ Lake Mirror Promenade
Saturday 8: Mayfaire 5k Road Race & Walk @ Lake Mirror Promenade
Sunday 9: Mayfaire by-the-Lake @ Lake Morton
Friday 14: Lakeland Pigfest (Postponed to May 2021) @ SUN ‘n FUN Campus
Saturday 15: CommunityFest Winter Haven @ Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
Saturday 15: Lakeland Pigfest (Postponed to May 2021) @ SUN ‘n FUN Campus

July 2021

Saturday 3: Ribs on the Ridge in Haines City @ Haines City – Lake Eva Park

MULTI-DAY EVENT DATES:

The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is scheduled for April 13 – April 18, 2021.

The Strawberry Festival is March 4-14, 2021 at the Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City.

The Florida State Fair is tentatively scheduled for April 2021 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Originally scheduled for February 11-22, 2021, the State Fair has been postponed. Check back for updates.

2021 EVENT DETAILS

Lake Wales Arts Festival

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lake Wales – Lake Wailes Park
33 N Lakeshore Blvd
Lake Wales, FL 33853 US
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The Lake Wales Arts Festival has a longstanding tradition of unique, quality works of art by fine artists and artisans from around the world. This critically acclaimed two-day premier Festival attracts thousands of people each year eager to purchase original, one-of-a-kind works of art. Price points for every level of collector or eclectic lover of precious & unique collectibles. Live entertainment all weekend and a variety of delicious food will be available. A family event to be treasured for years. Welcome to a vibrant cultural arts destination held in the scenic outdoors on the shores of Lake Wailes. The Festival also features:

  • Children's Fun
  • Food Trucks
  • Live Entertainment
  • Student Art Show
Full details - http://www.lakewalesartscouncil.org

SyFy Bartow

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
165 E. Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830 US
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Come join us for year number 8 of what has become a central Florida tradition- Syfy Bartow. This is a family friendly outdoor street fair type science fiction convention, which includes a huge movie/television themed car show, food trucks, 100's of vendors, music and lots of costumed characters. The theme for 2021 is Rise of the Robotsbut all costumes and cosplay are welcome. SYFY Bartow has a huge number of Steampunk groups that come and visit us every year, along with Star Trek, Star Wars, anime, superheroes and much more. Come join the fun!

Lake Wales Arts Festival

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lake Wales – Lake Wailes Park
33 N Lakeshore Blvd
Lake Wales, FL 33853 US
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The Lake Wales Arts Festival has a longstanding tradition of unique, quality works of art by fine artists and artisans from around the world. This critically acclaimed two-day premier Festival attracts thousands of people each year eager to purchase original, one-of-a-kind works of art. Price points for every level of collector or eclectic lover of precious & unique collectibles. Live entertainment all weekend and a variety of delicious food will be available. A family event to be treasured for years. Welcome to a vibrant cultural arts destination held in the scenic outdoors on the shores of Lake Wailes. The Festival also features:

  • Children's Fun
  • Food Trucks
  • Live Entertainment
  • Student Art Show
Full details - http://www.lakewalesartscouncil.org

Florida Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival

March 4 - March 14
Florida Strawberry Festival
303 N Lemon St
Plant City, FL 33563 US
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Rides, food, entertainment, vendors and SO MUCH FUN at the annual Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City! February 27th – March 8th, 2020 Tickets: http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/.

Bloomin’ Arts Festival

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
165 E. Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830 US
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The Bloomin' Arts Festival is a juried Fine Arts festival and is Bartow's premier event of the year.  It is held on the first full weekend each March.  Originally called the Spring Art Festival, it has evolved into one of the top festivals in Central Florida and features artists from all across the country. The festival is a collaboration of the Bartow Art Guild, Bartow Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Bartow.

Painters, sculptors, jewelers, wood workers, metal artists, clay artists, mixed media, and fiber are some of the beautiful artwork on hand to view and buy. The festival takes place along several blocks of beautiful, historic downtown Bartow and local businesses and restaurants are open to welcome festival goers.

Bloomin’ Arts Festival

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
165 E. Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830 US
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The Bloomin' Arts Festival is a juried Fine Arts festival and is Bartow's premier event of the year.  It is held on the first full weekend each March.  Originally called the Spring Art Festival, it has evolved into one of the top festivals in Central Florida and features artists from all across the country. The festival is a collaboration of the Bartow Art Guild, Bartow Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Bartow.

Painters, sculptors, jewelers, wood workers, metal artists, clay artists, mixed media, and fiber are some of the beautiful artwork on hand to view and buy. The festival takes place along several blocks of beautiful, historic downtown Bartow and local businesses and restaurants are open to welcome festival goers.

Spring Obsession

Spring Obsession

March 13 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lake Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex
525 Lake Crago Dr
Lakeland, 33805
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Lakeland’s premier garden event in Lakeland. 60+vendors: plants, orchids, food, music, expert speakers and more!  This year will be our first year at Lake Crago. A celebration of garden, art and music featuring local and regional nurseries, garden exhibitors and art for and about the garden. A perfect way to spend a Saturday in the spring.

Central Park Art Festival in Winter Haven

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
41 5th St NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881 US
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Presented by Ridge Art Association and Victor Smith Law Group - March 20 - 21, 2020. Great Fine Art and Fine Crafts. Live Entertainment, Polk State College, Kids at College, Children's Hands On Art, Publix Charities Artists of Tomorrow Exhibition and Food Trucks galore!!

Central Park Art Festival in Winter Haven

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
41 5th St NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881 US
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Presented by Ridge Art Association and Victor Smith Law Group - March 20 - 21, 2020. Great Fine Art and Fine Crafts. Live Entertainment, Polk State College, Kids at College, Children's Hands On Art, Publix Charities Artists of Tomorrow Exhibition and Food Trucks galore!!

Children’s Gasparilla Parade and Extravaganza

April 10 @ 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Bayshore Blvd in Tampa
Bayshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33611 US
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Children's Gasparilla in Tampa has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2021. The event runs from 11am - 7pm. Parade kicks off at 3:30pm along Bayshore Blvd. Vendors and kids activities open along Bayshore Blvd., from Bay to Bay to Edison Avenue at 11AM.

*Details and times subject to change for the 2021 event.* 

Click here for the updated event info: https://childrens.gasparillapiratefest.com/

SUN n FUN Blue Angels 2019

SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo

April 13 - April 18
SUN ‘n FUN Campus
4175 Medulla Rd
Lakeland, FL 33811 US
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The 2020 SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo was canceled. The 2021 SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo will be held April 13th – 18th, 2021.


Lakeland will host approximately 200,000 guests, volunteers, sponsors, performers, and exhibitors over 6 days at the 2nd largest fly-in event in the world, held right here in Lakeland. Whether you are a pilot, aviation enthusiast, or just looking for a fun family-friendly event, SUN ‘n FUN has something for everyone. Read our post about this event: https://lakelandmom.com/sun-n-fun-kids/  

IRONMAN 70.3 Florida

April 18
Haines City – Lake Eva Park
555 Ledwith Ave
Haines City, FL 33844 US
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IRONMAN 70.3 Florida will be held at Lake Eva Park in Haines City.
Its three-loop course makes it one of the best races on the 70.3 circuit for spectators, who have multiple chances to cheer on their loved ones, all while enjoying two playgrounds, water slides, a kiddie pool, food vendors and IRONMAN village.

Swan Derby Lakeland

The Lakeland Swan Derby

April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Swan Derby is a unique and premier community event, held every year to bring recognition and awareness to Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine and the mission it serves. This is a free community event, featuring swan boat races, local food vendors, youth activities, a derby hat contest, live music, on the main stage and a fantastic fireworks show to cap off the evening. The Swan Derby has been canceled for 2020. (Originally rescheduled to Saturday, October 17, 2020).

Mayfaire By the Lake

Mayfaire by-the-Lake

May 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lake Morton
Lake Morton Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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  Began as a crafts fair on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library, Mayfaire by-the-Lake has grown into one of Florida’s premier outdoor art festivals. Held on Mother’s Day weekend each year, Mayfaire is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland, Florida. Mayfaire is one of the largest and oldest outdoor art festivals in Central Florida, ranked number 45 among Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “200 Best Art Shows” in 2018. Come see why it has such a great reputation! https://www.mayfairebythelake.org/

Mayfaire by the Lake Art Show Lakeland

Mayfaire Saturday Night

May 8 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for a free party on the shores of Lake Mirror, just two blocks north of Lake Morton. This event includes fireworks and the MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire 5K Race. Food and beverage vendors will be available on site. Click here for more information about the 5K race. https://www.mayfairebythelake.org/mayfairepm/

Mayfaire 5k Road Race & Walk

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Embody the incredible spirit of our community with the 2021 edition of the Mayfaire 5k shirt and medal. Celebrate 42 years of the Mayfaire 5k with a run or walk from downtown Lakeland through the historic Lake Morton district.

Mayfaire By the Lake

Mayfaire by-the-Lake

May 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lake Morton
Lake Morton Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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  Began as a crafts fair on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library, Mayfaire by-the-Lake has grown into one of Florida’s premier outdoor art festivals. Held on Mother’s Day weekend each year, Mayfaire is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland, Florida. Mayfaire is one of the largest and oldest outdoor art festivals in Central Florida, ranked number 45 among Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “200 Best Art Shows” in 2018. Come see why it has such a great reputation! https://www.mayfairebythelake.org/

Pigfest Lakeland

Lakeland Pigfest (Postponed to May 2021)

May 14 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SUN ‘n FUN Campus
4175 Medulla Rd
Lakeland, FL 33811 US
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Pigfest 2021 has been Postponed - Originally scheduled for January 29-30, 2021 - Rescheduled for May 14-15, 2021.


Join the Lakeland Pigfest Board of Directors and the over 150 competition barbecue teams for a weekend of good eatin’, good friends, and good tunes to benefit Lakeland-area charities as we kick off the Annual Lakeland Pigfest! Located at the SUN n' FUN Campus.
Admission to Lakeland Pigfest is just $5 and kids 12 years and younger can enter for free. Parking is free. The good eatin’ won’t cost you much and is well worth the value. Stop by a Pig Bucks booth (located near the entrance and various locations throughout) and exchange your cash for Pig Bucks, the official currency of the Lakeland Pigfest. By purchasing food from competition teams, you are supporting their efforts and local charities.

CommunityFest Winter Haven

May 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
41 5th St NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881 US
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CommunityFest 2021 is scheduled for May 15, 2021 in Downtown Winter Haven. Check back for updates.

Pigfest Lakeland

Lakeland Pigfest (Postponed to May 2021)

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
SUN ‘n FUN Campus
4175 Medulla Rd
Lakeland, FL 33811 US
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Pigfest 2021 has been Postponed - Originally scheduled for January 29-30, 2021 - Rescheduled for May 14-15, 2021.


Join the Lakeland Pigfest Board of Directors and the over 150 competition barbecue teams for a weekend of good eatin’, good friends, and good tunes to benefit Lakeland-area charities as we kick off the Annual Lakeland Pigfest! Located at the SUN n' FUN Campus.
Admission to Lakeland Pigfest is just $5 and kids 12 years and younger can enter for free. Parking is free. The good eatin’ won’t cost you much and is well worth the value. Stop by a Pig Bucks booth (located near the entrance and various locations throughout) and exchange your cash for Pig Bucks, the official currency of the Lakeland Pigfest. By purchasing food from competition teams, you are supporting their efforts and local charities.

Ribs on the Ridge in Haines City

July 3 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Haines City – Lake Eva Park
555 Ledwith Ave
Haines City, FL 33844 US
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Tentatively scheduled for July 3, 2021 - Ribs on the Ridge is where the sweet smells of barbecue fills the air and pit masters fire up platters of goodness. This two day sanctioned event through the Florida BBQ Association will bring professional and backyard teams from across Florida and other states to compete for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights to the best BBQ in town.  Attendees of Ribs on the Ridge can expect to over-indulge in tasting endless varieties of BBQ, live entertainment, food vendors, beer and wine, and much more! Admission is free. Whether you are a backyard cook, a professional cook, or would just like to enjoy good barbecue, Ribs on the Ridge is an event you do not want to miss!


Visit our Calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

Check out our full Spring Activities Guide for more things to do in Lakeland, Polk County, and Central Florida from January – May.