Our next First Friday event will take place on February 3 from 6pm to 9pm in Downtown Lakeland. The theme is Mardi Gras. Enjoy food, drinks, beads & more!

  • Beignets and snoballs from one of our Mardi Gras food vendors.
  • Adults 21+ can enjoy rum samples, hurricanes and other cocktails from Lugo’s Craft Spirits. Look for Mardi Gras Drink Specials from our Downtown merchants.
  • Face painting (fee varies), free balloon sculptures, and stilt walkers.
  • Beads thrown from the balcony over Harry’s at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.

Don’t miss your chance to win an authentic New Orleans KING CAKE from Gambino’s Bakery!
How it works:
Purchase a chance to win for $1.
Walk around the cake walk while the music is playing.
When the music stops, stand on a number.
Number is chosen at random.
If your number is picked, you win!!


Live Music in Munn Park!

The Porchdogs have been playing spicy Louisiana Cajun and zydeco and New Orleans R&B classics since 1992. Their sound is driven by the expert squeezebox playing of Greg Taillon. The band has had numerous extended and repeat performances at various Disney venues, at Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Cypress Gardens, and Silver Springs; and at many Fairs and festivals, including 9 years of daily performances at The Florida State Fair and 12 years of multi-day shows at the Iron Horse Saloon during Bike Week and Biketoberfest. The Porchdogs are the only act that performed all 15 years at the Fort Lauderdale Cajun & Zydeco Festival, which during its run was the largest festival of its type outside of Louisiana.

Downtown shops and restaurants will be open late. Don’t miss the Makers Market, featuring local artists and creators, on North Kentucky Avenue and the Classy Car Show 5:30-8pm (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) on Main St. and Tennessee Ave. Streets are closed to vehicles, so come prepared to walk about!

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. 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 is free after 5pm and all day on the weekends. Event parking is limited, so please carpool with friends and neighbors! We also offer free valet on the corner of Lemon St. and Tennessee Ave. on First Fridays.

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 (all the way to the top)
  • Heritage Plaza Garage
  • City Permit Only Lots – Free after 5pm and all day on weekends
  • Massachusetts between Lime Street and Orange Street
  • Tennessee Avenue between Walnut and Lime Street

First Friday is supported by our Downtown Champions:

Interested in becoming a First Friday exhibitor? CLICK HERE.
Interested in becoming a Makers Market vendor? CLICK HERE.
Interested in becoming a Food Vendor at First Friday? CLICK HERE.