• Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard

    The suburban backyard is an American original—an invention so familiar it hardly seems invented at all. This exciting traveling exhibit explores the mid-century backyard from the rise of the suburbs and tract houses, to the beauty of postwar garden design, and the birth of the environmental movement. Filled with vintage photographs, historic drawings, and fun […]

  • Beers with Pioneers

    Join us for a cracker-style evening of fun with 25 specialty & craft beers, live music, complimentary tasting glass and drawing prize tickets, vintage photo station, along with domestic favorites, wine, and food from festival vendors available for purchase. Advanced Tickets are $25/person, and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets now on sale […]

  • Pioneer Days Festival

    Join us for the Lake Wales Museum’s signature heritage event – a family-friendly, free community festival with live entertainment, food vendors, heritage & hand crafts, farmers market, petting zoo & animal rides, reenactments, historic architecture tours, Native American dances, antique cars, tractors and more! Pioneer of the Year Celebration is October 27 at 10 AM, […]

  • Florida Lecture Series: Leslie Kemp Poole

    Leslie Kemp Poole, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Rollins College, presents “Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century” Even before they had the right to vote, women were at the forefront of the fight to save Florida’s unique environment. Most likely the fight began in 1900 when a group of Miami women organized the first meeting of […]

  • Hairspray

    The Lois Cowles Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts presents the musical theatre hit:       Tickets: Adults $15, Students/Seniors $12.

  • FallFest

    Polk State College’s 2018 FallFest takes place Saturday, Oct. 20, continuing the community tradition that is more than 30 years strong. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Winter Haven Campus at 999 Ave. H N.E. transforms into the highly anticipated craft fair featuring a variety of activities and crafters selling items from artwork, to […]

  • Rootstock Plant & Garden Festival

    Dig Into ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival presented by Duke Energy A FREE Community Event Celebrating the Start of Florida’s Gardening Season ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival presented by Duke Energy returns to Bok Tower Gardens Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $10 per car, members free. Free […]

  • Sesame Street Live

      When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be a part of the big event. But there’s one problem…Elmo can’t do magic! That’s when Elmo teams up with Abby and Justin, embarking on an amazing journey where Elmo will discover the “power […]

  • An Evening of Poetry and Prose

    Harrison School for the Arts is pleased to present “An Evening of Poetry and Prose” from the creative writing department on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. Join us for a hand-selected collection of original creative work written and presented by students from every grade level. The event takes place in the Black Box Theatre. […]

  • Earth Wind+Fire Art Gallery Reception

    Harrison School for the Arts is pleased to host the upcoming Visual Arts Exhbit “Earth, Wind and Fire” with a reception on Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the art gallery. “Earth, Wind, and Fire” features new artwork from all grade levels and will be on exhibit through mid-November. This event is free and […]

Upcoming Events

Sat 20

Rootstock Plant & Garden Festival

October 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 20
Thu 25

Hairspray

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Press Releases

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Flowers, Flowers Everywhere! Peak Bloom Season at Bok Tower Gardens now through mid-March

LAKE WALES, Fla. — Peak bloom season has officially arrived at Bok Tower Gardens, one of the best times of year to visit the National Historic Landmark. During this annual rite of spring, visitors can observe more than 150 varieties of camellias and hundreds of azaleas along with nun’s orchids, irises, coral bean, Mexican flame […]

Hope Diamond Expert to Lecture on ‘The History of America in 101 Objects’

LAKELAND – Reducing the Smithsonian’s collection of some 137 million objects to a mere 101 to tell the story of America is no easy task. But aided by more than 100 curators, Dr. Richard Kurin did just that in a new book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.” Kurin, a world-renowned expert on […]

Children’s Museum Celebrates Dr Seuss Birthday on March 1

Explorations V Children’s Museum, located at 109 North Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland, will host a Dr. Seuss Day on Saturday, March 1  from 10am until 1pm. The celebration will feature hands-on activities based on popular Dr. Seuss books. Activities are included with museum membership or admission, which is $7 per person, while supplies last.  Senior citizens […]

Explorations V St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day Celebration at Exploration’s V

Explorations V Children’s Museum, located at 109 North Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland, will host “Green Day,” a St Patrick’s Day Celebration, on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10am-1pm. The celebration will include Irish-themed music, games and art, all included in the general admission price of $7 per person. Senior citizens 65+ are $3.50. Teachers and military with ID are […]

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