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Top 10 Things to Do in Lakeland + Polk County in March

Things to do in Lakeland in March

Spring is in the air which means an abundance of events on the calendar! March is one of our favorite months to get out of the house and enjoy community activities and make family memories.

There are so many fun things to do in Lakeland with kids, but this is our Top 10 list of things to do in March to help you make sure the “can’t miss” activities 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.

Spring Break Fun

Staying local for Spring Break? We guarantee you’ll find plenty of kid friendly fun on our list of events and activities – Things To Do During Spring Break in Lakeland + Polk County.

Spring Break Camps

Whether you are looking for a full-day/all-week camp for your kids to attend, or an activity to get the kids out of the house for a few hours each day, Lakeland Mom’s Spring Break Camp Guide has you covered. Find camps for art, gymnastics, sports, scuba, cooking, day camp, and more on our list! Click here to see the Spring Break Camp Guide.

Pick Strawberries! Eat Strawberries! Strawberry Festival!

Strawberry season in Florida is in full swing in early March! Check out our list of farms for Strawberry Picking Near You within a 1-hour drive from Lakeland.

February 29 – March 10 – Enjoy strawberry creations, rides, games, and exhibits at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and we’ve got a list of activities to celebrate the Irish and get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit. Find events in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Polk County area, plus restaurants serving Irish Food.

Family-friendly events include a FREE St. Patrick’s Day Concert with the Lakeland Concert Band, a St. Patrick’s Day Street Party, the “UNParade” in Bartow, and more. (Some events have not been announced for 2024, we will update as we receive info)

Easter Egg Hunts + Bunny Photos

Easter is March 31 and we’ve got a list of local activities and events. Find Easter Egg hunts near you, places to meet the Easter Bunny, and events to celebrate Spring. Our calendar includes events in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and across Polk County.

Go to a Fish Fry

Lent runs the entire month of March. While there are many local restaurants where you can enjoy a Friday fish fry or all you can eat fish throughout the year, Fish Fry events are abundant during Lent.

Browse Artwork at a Local Art Show

Polk County is home to multiple annual art shows that host artists from all over the state and even the country. Three local favorites happen in March:

Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 – Enjoy beautiful artwork at the Bloomin Arts Festival in Bartow.

Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 – Head to the Central Park Art Festival in Winter Haven for fine arts and crafts.

Spend an Evening or Saturday morning in Downtown Lakeland

Downtown Lakeland is hoppin’ this month! Check out all of the evening events listed below, plus every Saturday morning is the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market – read our article to learn more.


Celebrate with your family at Community Fest in Winter Haven

CommunityFest in Winter Haven encourages the community to come together and enjoy games, activities, entertainment, character meet & greets, bounce houses and so much more. This FREE event is a great way to spend your weekend making memories with your loved ones! Saturday, March 2.

Spring Obsession

Spring Obsession is an annual celebration of garden, art, and music. You can buy plants or art, listen to jazz, have a tasty snack, and enjoy Downtown Lakeland. Saturday, March 9.

Spectator Sports in March

Spring Training in Lakeland is a great family activity. You can catch the Detroit Tigers in action right here in Lakeland.

See a Live Performance

Check out these live performances with talented local performers from local high schools, community theatres, live bands, and professional dance companies in March:

Spend Time Outdoors

March is a great time to be outdoors in Florida (other than the pollen!) Use our list of things to do outdoors in Lakeland and nearby areas to find activities and enjoy gorgeous spring weather.

Plan your Spring Calendar

Get out your calendar check our list of Lakeland’s Favorite Spring Events to get the dates for local favorites including art festivals, SUN ‘n FUN, Swan Derby, Mayfaire, and more happening in March, April and May.

Coming Soon…

Keep an eye on our website and be sure you’re signed up for our weekly email “fun-letter” {form below} – we’ve got lots of new content to publish in March including our Summer Camp Guide, Easter Egg Hunts & Bunny Photos, U-Pick Blueberry Farms, & more!!

Spring Activities Guide

Check out our full Spring Activities Guide for more things to do in Lakeland, Polk County, and Central Florida from January – May. BBQ Festivals, Valentine’s Day, 5k races, seasonal events, annual favorites, SUN ‘n FUN, Easter Egg Hunts, Mother’s Day, and more.