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Top 10 Things To Do in Lakeland + Polk County in September

Things to Do in September Lakeland Polk County

Fall is on its way which means an abundance of events on the calendar! We love helping you find things to do to celebrate the start of the fall season. September brings with it the return of the Lakeland Farmers Market, live music in Munn Park, an abundance of 5k races and kids fun runs, free museum day, and the opening of local corn mazes.

Our calendar is packed with daily events, so we created a monthly Top 10 list to help you find the most popular family-friendly events and activities in Lakeland and across Polk County to add to your own calendar. If you enjoy one of these events, be sure to let the venue know that you heard about it from Lakeland Mom.

Please check directly with event organizers for specific dates, discounts, current ticket prices, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. While we do our best to provide accurate information, we include an outside link so you can verify the details for all events and activities.

Explore a Farmers Market

The Downtown Lakeland Farmers Market returns on September 2. The market is open every Saturday morning from September – July in Downtown Lakeland. At the Downtown Farmers Curb Market you’ll find local produce, local plants & flowers, locally made bread & pastries, herbs, loose organic tea, foods, honey, hot sauce, local artisans, local vendors, and much more! 

There is also a farmers market each week in Winter Haven, and markets throughout the month in Bartow, Lake Wales, and Plant City. We’ve got the dates and times in our full list of Farmers Markets in Polk County.

Downtown Lakeland Farmers Market
Lakeland Farmers Market

Go to an event in Downtown Lakeland

Head to Downtown Lakeland every weekend this month for family-friendly fun!

Click the name of any event for times and additional details.

Did you know you can also see all upcoming events in Downtown by using the Venue filter on our main calendar? Simply select Downtown Lakeland to see a list of upcoming events. We are thankful to have such a vibrant downtown! {This works for any venue OR organizer on our calendar}

Kick off fall at Harvest Holler Corn Maze + Farm

Harvest Holler Corn Maze opens for the season on Friday, September 15, 2023! They’ll be open through mid-November again this year. If you’ve never been to Harvest Holler, it is a fall “must do” for families. Check out the activities at Harvest Holler Corn Maze and see photos from our past visits.

(HINT – we’ve got a HUGE Fall & Halloween Guide that will be updated later this month!)

Get your Halloween scares in early

Many of the scary attractions and haunted houses in Central Florida open in early September AND have lower prices if you go further away from Halloween. Check out our list of scary attractions…. if you dare…

Run {or walk} a 5k Race as a family

With year-round sunshine here in Central Florida, you can find an abundance of 5k races, 10k races, and Fun Runs throughout the year! Check our list of upcoming family-friendly races and kids fun runs in Lakeland, Winter Haven & across Polk County – virtual races are available as well.

Make a new friend

September is a great month to start something new and look for places to meet other moms! We’ve got a list of 10 Great Ways to Meet Mom Friends in the Lakeland area including mom groups, kids activities, storytimes, Church groups, fitness classes, service clubs, and more. You can also join the Lakeland Moms Group on Facebook as another way to connect with local moms. 

Have little ones at home? Find a storytime near you where they can listen to a story, get the wiggles out, and you can meet other moms.

Enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte {or not!}

Fall is in the air coming soon… we hope? Either way, we’re starting to see pumpkins, scarecrows, and fall leaves around town… and with them comes the return of all things pumpkin spice. If you’re a fan, use our Lakeland Coffee Shop Guide find a local coffee shop where you can enjoy pumpkin and fall flavored goodness. (Caramel is more my thing… which you can find at these coffee shops too!)

Play Indoors

While we wait for cooler weather to arrive, we still love our air-conditioned spaces! We’ve got lots of indoor things to do in Lakeland + Polk County including laser tag, arcade games, roller skating, ice skating, bowling, indoor trampoline parks, museums and more. Perfect for a rainy day, a hot day, or just any day you’re looking for something to do as a family. 

Go on an Outdoor Adventure

Hiking, water sports, biking, mini-golf, animal adventures, playgrounds – we’ve got it all right here close to home. If you want to spend more time outside in September, we can help you find things to do outdoors in Lakeland and Polk County.

Start planning your October Fall Festivities

What do you love about fall?
🎃 Visiting the pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins?
🎃 Planning Halloween costumes?
🎃 Hayrides and special fall events?
🎃 Getting lost in a corn maze?
🎃 Filling your candy bowls up with candy corn?
🎃 Visiting Haunted Houses and getting SCARED?
🎃 Eating apples and caramel dip or drinking a pumpkin latte?
🎃 Watching Halloween movies or scary TV shows?
🎃 Trunk or Treat events and Fall Festivals?
🎃 Going Trick or Treating?

We can help you make plans for any and all of those things with our Fall + Halloween Guide! While the events and activities really ramp up in October, you can definitely find fall activities beginning in mid-September. We’ll keep adding events and activities as we find them so check back often.

You can find a full list of upcoming events on our Calendar

Happy September!

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