This month’s First Friday event will take place on August 3, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm in Downtown Lakeland. The theme is Back to School, sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union and St. Leo University Lakeland Education Center.

MIDFLORIDA will be giving away a $100 Visa gift card to cover Back to School expenses at their booth during August’s First Friday. They will also be giving away popcorn in the park on the corner of Main Street and North Kentucky Avenue.

St. Leo University Lakeland Education Center will be having a raffle with giveaways at their tent on North Kentucky Avenue. They will also have cornhole games in Munn Park.

First Friday is a family-friendly event held in the streets of Downtown Lakeland between Lemon Street and Oak Street along Kentucky and Tennessee Avenues. The event features a Classy Car Show on Tennessee Ave and a Makers Market on North Kentucky Ave. Streets are closed to vehicles, so come prepared to walk about!

The Makers Market features local artists, crafters, and other talented folks who make their own goods for sale. Come ready to shop and support local retailers, restaurants and artisans.

(Looking to be an exhibitor? CLICK HERE )

On-street parking begins to close in the event area at 3pm to allow us to clear the streets and set up the exhibitors and vendors. Parking in all permitted and metered locations are free after 5pm and all day on the weekends.

Event parking is limited, so please carpool with friends and neighbors!

Parking tips:
Downtown offers VALET PARKING! Drop off and pick up at the corner of Lemon and Tennessee.

Parking lots available:
Trinity Presbyterian Parking Lot – corner of Tennessee and Bay
Oak Street Parking Lot – corner of Oak and Kentucky
Main Street garage – all day public access from Cedar Street; after 5pm public parking from Main Street
City Permit Only Lots – all free after 5pm and all day weekends
• Massachusetts between Lime Street and Orange Street
• Tennessee Avenue between Walnut and Lime Street
• Parking lot north of BB&T Bank along the railroad tracks (access off of S. Florida Ave)