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Picnic in the Park and support our Downtown Restaurants + Businesses

Picnic in the Park in Lakeland

We love our local businesses and know you do too! For Valentine’s Day this year, you can share the love and support our Downtown Lakeland restaurants and stores while also having a fun outdoor picnic with your friends, family, or that special someone.

Munn Park will be transformed into a charming picnic spot on Sunday, February 14 from 11am – 7pm as Downtown Lakeland hosts “Picnic in the Park: Valentine’s Day Edition.” To participate and make your free reservation, all you have to do is purchase a meal and a gift card to support downtown merchants. It is a win-win!

How to Participate in Picnic in the Park:

  • Decide who to invite! You can have up to 6 people at your picnic.
  • Decide which Downtown RETAILER you’d like to buy a $25 gift card from (Don’t purchase it directly, but decide which retailer you’d like to buy from – it is part of the reservation system)
  • Decide which Downtown RESTAURANT you want to have lunch or dinner from at your picnic (You’ll order this on your own on Sunday)
  • Make a Reservation (required) – Call Julie Townsend, the LDDA Executive Director, at 863.687.8910. You can also text or ask for a call back at a specific time. She’ll need to know:
    • Your preferred time, your name and contact info
    • The retailer for your $25 gift card
    • The restaurant where you plan to order your picnic
    • A credit card number to purchase the gift card and any add-ons.
  • On Sunday, allow plenty of extra time to pick up your lunch and arrive in Munn Park at your reservation time. Downtown Lakeland will provide a tent, table, chairs, tablecloths, a centerpiece, and other decorations for your picnic. Festive table settings are available as an add-on.
  • Enjoy your own private tent and table for your 1.5 hour Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day picnic!
  • The gift card will be provided to you in a festive Valentine’s gift bag when you arrive in the park on Valentine’s Day. You can use that card immediately as a gift for someone special, go shopping after your picnic, or save it for yourself to use later!
  • Again – RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!! No walk-ups are allowed. Be sure to make a reservation ASAP to save your preferred time.

Other fun picnic festivities include dance lessons every hour, “love potion” (AKA sangria!) and pink popcorn.

To see a list of eligible Downtown restaurants and merchants, see pages 6 thru 9 of the Visitor’s Guide.

For full details on this event visit the Downtown Lakeland Website. To make a reservation, call or text Julie Townsend, the LDDA Executive Director, at 863.687.8910.

Other weekend events in Munn Park include Downtown Date Night on Friday Night and Taste of the Market: Valentine’s Edition on Saturday at the Downtown Farmers Market.

Looking for more things to do with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day? Check out our Lakeland Date Night Guide and our list of Family Friendly Valentine’s Day ideas.