Let It Be – A Celebration of the Beatles Music

Direct from London’s West End and Broadway, the show that has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide is introducing a brand new show for the 2016 touring season! Relive the past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, and imagine the reunion that never was. Enter a time capsule and turn back the clock […]




The Original Stars of American Bandstand Featuring Shirley Alston Reeves, Johnny Tillotson, Brian Hyland, Chris Montez, Merrilee Rush

In 1959 one man had an idea…Hire some buses, load up the brightest stars and a generation’s greatest sounds and take the show on the road.  Now The Original Stars of American Bandstand are back on the bus.  These are the artists and this is the music that defined a generation.  It will be a […]




Presley Perkins and Cash: A Night to Remember

“Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Night to Remember” pays tribute to and celebrates the legendary Sun Records recording artists Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis & Johnny Cash.  The audience will get the feeling they’re a witness to a rock and roll royalty jam session with the music and talent that has stood […]




Lunch and Learn

Polk County History Center

Join Polk County History Center on the third Tuesday of each month, January through November, for a fun Florida-themed lecture covering a wide variety or topics. Lunch & Learn is a free program and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch.




Sha Na Na

Rock & Roll doo-wop legends, SHA NA NA combined their love for the classics of rock & roll with a dynamic theatrical approach as fellow college students at Columbia University in New York in 1969. They appeared just before Jimi Hendrix forty-five years ago at The Woodstock Festival in their eighth professional gig (of course […]




Architectural Tour of the 1908 Courthouse

Polk County History Center

Take a family-friendly guided tour of the courthouse and learn more about Neo-Classical architecture. The Old Polk County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1989.




Susan MacManus: “Florida 2016!”

On the eve of the 2016 election, well-known political observer, and Distinguished Professor of Administration and Political Science at the University of South Florida, Susan MacManus addresses questions about Florida’s role in what has already proven to be an unconventional and lively political process. Florida Lecture Series. This one is in Branscomb Auditorium, unlike most which are in the […]




Learn the Secrets of Antique Heart Cypress

Part of the Lunch & Learn series. Takes place in the Alexander Discovery Center. Learn more and RSVP for the class on the Bok Tower Gardens website.




The Gardens History

Bok Tower Gardens history on exhibit in the Visitor’s Center through October 20.




Growing up Jewish in Polk County

Polk County History Center

New exhibit on display May 11-August 9, 2016. History Center hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.




Polk Arts Alliance

PO Box 727 Bartow, FL 33831-0727 director@polkarts.org (863) 804-0494