Weather Update: The Prize Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny Photos have been officially rescheduled for Saturday, April 16 at the Farmers Market. The general First Friday event is still happening tonight. The streets will be closed off with exhibitors and vendors in the street.

Our next First Friday event will take place on April 1, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm in Downtown Lakeland. The theme is Spring Fling! Enjoy a “prize egg hunt” throughout the First Friday footprint. Take a picture with the Easter Bunny in Munn Park ($5 per photo).

Want to know more about the Prize Egg Hunt? You can find the plastic eggs hidden on the Lemon Street Promenade, up and down Kentucky Ave. between Lemon St. and Oak St., and in Munn Park during the event beginning at 6pm (first come, first served). The multicolor eggs (approximate quantity of 2,000 spread throughout event) will contain candy and small toys. The golden eggs (approximate quantity of 200 spread throughout the event) will contain certificates for small prizes (gift cards and other small items valued at $5-$15) redeemable with specific Downtown Merchants, First Friday Exhibitors, and Farmers Market vendors. Some prizes must be redeemed on the night of the event, while others can or must be redeemed at a later date. (Details will be provided on the prize certificates.)

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.