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Fall Events in Lakeland to Try With Your Senior Loved One

Sep 26, 2017 by Tracy Kelley

Make an effort to enjoy the fall fun with your senior this autumn in Lakeland.

October brings a lot of fun events for both you and your senior loved one. The weather has started to cool down in earnest, and fall and autumn festivals abound. These events are family-friendly, and they generally include food, music, crafts, and more. In our role as a home healthcare agency, we know that all people, including seniors, need to be out and about in the community. For seniors, there are even health benefits for doing so, so make sure to get out with your senior loved one in Lakeland this October.

Fall Events in Lakeland

Additional information can be found at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Events page.

-Halloween "BOO"GIE Night Dance Party, 10/6, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Medulla Resource Center
1049 Parker Rd, Lakeland, FL  33811.

Dance the night away at Polk County Parks & Recreation’s Halloween “Boo”gie Night Dance Party. This FREE family event will feature a DJ, facepainting, games, candy, coloring contest and a food vendor. The Costume contest will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

-Downtown Farmers Curb Market, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 200 N Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801.

The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a key component of a vibrant, diverse and exciting Downtown. It is designed to serve and bring together all segments of our community. It is a positive force in bringing people Downtown to purchase fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items. The 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers. The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a project of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA).

-Cardboard Boat Challenge & Lakes Festival, 10-7, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Lake Hollingsworth
929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL  33801.

See a variety of groups race their cardboard boats to highlight lake health at this FREE event. Races start at 10 AM. Also, there will be Environmental Exhibitors providing children’s activities, information on ways to protect our lakes, water ways and other environmental fun facts.

- 3rd Annual Horror Fest, 10/7, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Downtown Lakeland
100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL  33801.

Join us for a fun filled family night in downtown Lakeland, featuring local bands, food, entertainers, vendors from local companies and organizations, games and bounce houses, face painting and so much more. Our main stage is sure to entertain all ages.

-First Saturday Shindig, 10/7, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, The Juice Box, 4295 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813.

Join us the first Saturday of each month as we invite different vendors, artists and musicians to the breezeway outside the front door of The Juice Box.  Details can be found on our Facebook page.

- Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, 10/7 – 10/29, Fox Squirrel Corn Maze
3002 Charlie Taylor Road, Plant City, FL  33565.

Futch Entertainment presents the 6th annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze featuring a corn maze, pumpkins for sale, hayride, games and simply enjoying the great outdoors! We have BBQ, Cubans and some other great food on the menu. We also have strawberry shortcake, roasted corn, boiled peanuts, kettle corn, shaved ice, honey and more yummy delights. Our vendors are awesome with their Pumpkin painting, crafts, balloon artist, jewelry, etc. Vendors are independent and charge for their products. Please note that most vendors are cash only and no ATM on site. Pricing-$11 + tax: 18 and older /$10 + tax: 3 to 17/ Free Admission: 2 and under.

-Central Florida Health Expo, 10/13, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, International Market World Flea and Farmers Market Bldg K – Big Yellow Building 1052 US 92 W, Auburndale, FL 33823.

The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults.  The event will be held at International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale. The market comes alive on Fridays as shoppers stroll through one of the area’s largest farm fresh produce markets, enjoy live entertainment and experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere.  This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome!

-Access Art: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia, 10/20, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Polk Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland, FL 33801.

Participants will create and discuss art with specially trained educator, Tinia Clark. Clark is the Executive Director of Sidestreet Art Beat, Inc., an organization whose mission is to provide awareness for the healing power of the arts through engagement. This free program aims of who will provide an accepting and engaging environment in which the disease is a non-issue. This program is designed for people in the early stages of dementia and their care partners and is open to the public. If you are concerned about your privacy, please speak to the facilitator of the meeting. Space is limited to 12 participants and their caregivers each month. Registration is preferred but not required. Access Art is based on the MOMA Alzheimer’s Project and is a collaboration between Polk Museum of Art, Alzheimer’s Association – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and the Sidestreet Art Beat, Inc.

-Lakeland Auto Show & Lake Mirror Concours (formerly Lake Mirror Classic), 10/21, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Streets of Downtown Lakeland.

For the past 17 years, the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival has attracted crowds upwards of 35,000 to the streets of historic downtown Lakeland and the banks of Lake Mirror Park. This year, more than 750 cars of all makes, models and vintages will be showcased on Saturday, October 21, 2017, but with a few variations. The event will take on a new name and new elements, such as an awards ceremony downtown and a Blue Ribbon Walk, featuring some of the best examples of each of the 12 car categories. Featured cars this year include a 1956 Corvette Daytona Beach racer and a 1925 Rolls Royce once owned by Howard Hughes. This revamped event, the first annual Lakeland Auto Show and Lake Mirror Concours, presented by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, will remain a free community event that welcomes everyone….families, car collectors and all those who have ever enjoyed driving a car.

-Florida Philharmonia Orchestra Concert, 10/24, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, College Heights Methodist Church
942 South Boulevard, Lakeland, FL.

Live full-orchestra performance of classical and well-known light-classical pieces from waltzes to Bach and Brahms. Free admission.

-The 33rd Annual "Munn Park Garden Extravaganza" , presented by the Garden Club of Lakeland Inc., 10//28, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Lakeland's Munn Park, 201 E Main St.

The 33rd Annual "Munn Park Garden Extravaganza", presented by the Garden Club of Lakeland Inc. will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 8 am to 3 pm.  
There will be some NEW vendors as well as some of your favorite past
vendors, over 50 vendors in all.  A variety of plants, flowers, trees, and garden related art will be for sale.  Master Gardeners and other garden experts will be there to answer your gardening questions.
Great food and great fun!

-The Shadow's Horse: A Poetry Reading with Guest Author Diane Glancy, 10/29, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Lakeland Public Library Main Branch, 100 Lake Morton Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801.

Along with other of her famous works, guest author Diane Glancy shares poignant excerpts from her heritage-exploring and heart-moving collection of poems, The Shadow's Horse.

-QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM: The Keyboard Letters; A Poetry Reading with Guest Author Diane Glancy, 10/30, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Buena Vida West Auditorium, Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801.

Guest author Diane Glancy shares with the audience selections from her newest, prize-winning work, QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM: The Keyboard Letters, which speaks to the notion of poetry as a map as well as the infinite variety of combinations of the alphabet that enable our different searches for meaning.  

-6th Annual Fall Festival, 10/31, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 124 S Kentucky Ave
(Between Main St and Lemon St), Lakeland, FL.

The 6th Annual Fall Festival Celebration will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 124 South Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, Florida (between Main Street and Lemon Street). This event is FREE!  Have fun and spend quality time as a family. 

  • Petting Zoo
  • Bounce Houses
  • Face Painting
  • Corn Hole Games
  • Games & Activities
  • DJ for dancing
  • Candy!!!

Each and every Comfort Keepers caregiver is able to take clients into the community for appointments and events. We know health benefits for our senior clients, so we make it a priority. Try one of the October events and have a good time! For more information about our team at Comfort Keepers, click here, or call us at 863-292-6199.

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