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11 Things to Do in November in Lakeland & Polk County

Things to do in November Lakeland Florida

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.

Although the focus this month is Thanksgiving, there are plenty of other things you can do in November in Lakeland and Polk County.

Visit a Corn Maze or Fall Festival

Halloween might be over but the fall fun is NOT DONE YET! Many local corn mazes are open through mid-November or even the end of the month.

Harvest Holler Corn Maze is open for the season through November 15 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.

Corn Mazes Lakeland Central Florida

Head to Downtown Lakeland for a community event

First Friday is November 6 – The theme is Dog Days so you can enjoy pet-themed booths, animal displays, and more. Leashed pets are welcome.

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.

The Lakeland Food Truck Rally returns in November (Thursday, Nov 12) after a 6+ month hiatus.

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

Do your research for Polk County Schools Open Enrollment

The Polk County School Showcase is canceled this year, but Open Enrollment still begins this month. This is the window where you can apply for school choice options. Use our article about Polk County Schools to learn more about your options and then be sure to apply during Open Enrollment – November 10, 2020 – January 12, 2021.

  • 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.

Polk County School Choice Open Enrollment (2)

Veterans Day

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

Imperial Symphony Orchestra – Outdoor Concert

November 10 @ 7:30 pm
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
{one of my favorites} will be performed as a one hour, outdoor concert at the SUN ‘n FUN Pavilion. You can purchase tickets to attend in person or watch the live stream.

Holiday Markets & Craft Fairs Lakeland Winter Haven

Browse a Craft Fair or Holiday Market

Looking for that one-of-a-kind holiday gift? Love browsing craft fairs and seeing handmade Christmas decorations?

During November and December, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Polk County have an abundance of holiday markets and craft fairs where you can find those unique Christmas gifts your friends and family will love. Plus you can get your Christmas shopping done while you shop local and support makers from Lakeland and Central Florida.

Holiday markets begin November 7 – see the list!

Plan for Thanksgiving

Don’t let Thanksgiving stress you out! Thanksgiving is about connecting with the people you love and being thankful for your blessings – NOT spending all day in the kitchen {unless you love cooking, and in that case, cook away!} Pre-order a turkey, ham, sides, or pies from one of the amazing restaurants or caterers in our Thanksgiving Meals To Go list. Or book your reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner at one of the restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Catering in Lakeland Florida

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, 2020. 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! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO HELP DELIVER MEALS in 2020.

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.

Find a Thanksgiving Break Camp for your Kids

Polk County schools will be out for 5 days over Thanksgiving week – from November 25 – 29, 2020. 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!

Thanksgiving Break Camp Lakeland

Shop Local

Small Business Saturday is on Saturday, November 28, 2020. 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!

Kick off the Christmas Season with these November events

Donate Christmas Toys

The local need is great in 2020. Learn which organizations are collecting toys for families in need and find out how you can donate to Rudolph Round-Up, Cops for Kids, Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, and many other groups helping children in our community have a special Christmas.

You can also sign up to ring the bell for Salvation Army – it is a great way for families to volunteer together.

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 2020 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!

Don’t miss our November + Thanksgiving Guide for things to do in November, restaurants open on Thanksgiving, places to order Thanksgiving turkey, sides, and pies, places to Donate and Volunteer this holiday season.

Get a head start on the holidays with our Christmas + Holiday Guide featuring Lakeland’s best Christmas light displays, Santa Photos, local Christmas Events, places to find a Christmas tree, Christmas Parades, and so much more!