Top 10 Things to Do in November in Lakeland & Polk County

Best Events in Lakeland November (3)

There is no slowing down in November! We love helping you find family friendly events and activities to celebrate the fall season, enjoy the cooler weather {it has to be coming soon right?!?} and prepare for the upcoming Christmas and winter holidays. Our calendar continutes to be JAM PACKED through November {and into December} with all the fun things to do in Lakeland, so this is our Top 10 list to help you make sure the “can’t miss” events are on your calendar. If you enjoy one of these events, be sure to let the venue know that you heard about it from Lakeland Mom.

Downtown Lakeland Events

First Friday is November 1 – The theme is Lakeland Electric Celebrates 115 Years–Locally Owned by You! This month is also Tribute to Courage, in honor of National Military Family Appreciation Month! Organizations that offer services to Veterans will be set up in Munn Park.

The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is every Saturday morning from 8am – 2pm – read our recent post to learn more about what you’ll find a the market.

Art Crawl is Saturday, November 2 – a one day festival featuring local artists selling artwork and competing for prizes alongside live music, live art demonstrations and featured local organizations and sponsors that proactively support the arts.

Savor the Season: Sip & Shop – Get your holiday shopping done early {and enjoy an adult night out!} at Downtown Lakeland’s first annual Sip & Shop event on Thursday, November 21 from 5pm – 8:30pm. Stores will be open late, and the shopping will be great!

Did you know you can use our calendar filters to see all events in a certain venue or location? Click here to see all upcoming events in Downtown Lakeland.

The Lakeland Magic kick off their 2019-20 Season this month!

Open HouseSaturday, November 2 – this is your first chance to see the team in action. The Lakeland Magic will open practice to the public on Saturday, November 2 at 11:00AM. Hear from Head Coach, Stan Heath at 11:30AM and visit with Lakeland Magic players while watching practice as the Magic get ready to tip-off the season.

Season Opener Watch PartyFriday November 8 – The Lakeland Magic play their first season game on the road, and you can join the Watch Party at Glory Days Grill.

Home OpenerSaturday, November 16 – Join our very own NBA G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic for their home opener at the RP Funding Center.

Opening Night $10 Welcome Back-pack Deal

  • Ticket to the Home Opener Game
  • Official Lakeland Magic drawstring bag
  • Limited Edition Lakeland Magic Opening Night Poster
  • On-Court Fan Experience
  • ONLY $10!!!
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The Lakeland Magic also have their first Sunday Funday on November 17 and another game on Wednesday, November 20. {Save the date on December 6 for Swish’s Birthday game!}

Polk County Schools Showcase

The Polk County School Showcase is Saturday, November 9. If you have a student in Polk County schools, are looking for more information on educational options in Polk County, or are even considering going back to school yourself, the School Showcase (formerly the WE3 EXPO) is the place to be the second weekend of November!

At this event you’ll find over 400 booths spotlighting the innovative careers, schools, and programs offered across Polk County. There will also be demonstrations highlighting the unique activities found in Polk County Schools. Booths include:

  • Pre-Academies for middle school
  • Career Academies for high school
  • Magnet/Choice schools
  • Cambridge (AICE) / International Baccalaureate schools
  • Voluntary Pre-K Programs
  • Fine Arts Schools
  • Career & Technical Education
  • Adult Schools
  • and more!

Click here to learn more and get the full details in our recent post.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is November 11 and there are multiple local events scheduled November 9th – 11th to celebrate our active duty and retired U.S. Service Members, including the Lakeland Veterans Day Parade on Saturday. Check our Veterans Day Post to see the list of Veterans Day events in Lakeland and Polk County.

Imperial Symphony Orchestra – Thum Prints

November 15 @ 8:00 pm
An unusual and brilliant musical collaboration, Thum Prints is the creation of world-renowned beat box artist Tom Thum and acclaimed composer Gordon Hamilton. Tom’s beatboxing agility and Gordon’s orchestral compositions seamlessly interweave with one another to create harmony within the juxtaposition of sounds. {This is going to be a GREAT show for teens and kids who enjoy beat box music!} Pre-concert lecture begins at 7:15 p.m. in the theatre. Children and students with ID are FREE. Click here to purchase tickets.

More time to enjoy fall activities!

Harvest Holler Corn Maze is open for the season through November 10 this year. If you’ve never been to Harvest Holler, it is a fall “must do.” Click here to read more and see photos from our visit last year.

There are also a few more Fall Festivals on our calendar in November including Polk County’s Fall-O-Ween fest in Dundee, Auburndale’s Fall Fest, the Fall Harvest Festival at the Visitor’s Information Center, and Heritage Baptist Church’s Fall Festival. Click here to see the Fall events on our calendar.

Volunteer at the VISTE Thanksgiving Meal Delivery

The VISTE Thanksgiving Meal Delivery is a great opportunity to volunteer with your family! Volunteers are needed to deliver 1,800 meals to our local seniors on Wednesday, November 27. Many of these clients may otherwise spend the holiday alone, or would not prepare a meal for themselves. This is a great opportunity to give back during the holiday season. Children are welcome to volunteer with you! Head to the RP Funding Center at 3pm to pick up the meals and a map of delivery locations. Click here for more details.

Volunteers are also needed in advance to bake pumpkin or other seasonal bread for the Thanksgiving meals. Individually package slices, muffins, or mini loaves are needed. Children can also decorate placemats or create holiday cards to go along with the meals. Contact VISTE for more information.

Thanksgiving Break Camps for Kids

Polk County schools will be out for 5 days over Thanksgiving week – from November 25 – 29. If you’re looking for kids camps for Thanksgiving Break, activities to keep your kids busy, or if you need childcare while you’re working that week, our Thanksgiving Break Camp Guide can help you find camps in Lakeland and across Polk County. Many of them are half days or allow single day registration which is perfect if you’re trying to get in some cooking or cleaning before Thanksgiving company arrives!

Shop Local

Small Business Saturday is on Saturday, November 30. Visit the Lakeland Farmers Market to find locally made gifts, or keep an eye out for our brand new “Shop Local Guide” for a list of fun locally owned shops to visit while Christmas shopping!

Plan your Holiday & Christmas Calendar!

Around mid-November you’ll start to see ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS on our website! Here are helpful links to help you plan a memorable holiday season with your family. {These posts will be updated for 2019 throughout the month of November as information becomes available – be sure to check the publish date for accuracy}

Happy November!

We’ve got SO.MUCH.INFO coming out in the next few weeks on our website – be sure you’re signed up for our weekly fun-letter to get all of our Thanksgiving and Christmas info delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything!

You can always find a full list of events on our Calendar, use our Kids Eat Free Guide to save money, and check out our Guides to learn more about resources in the Lakeland area.

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