Florida’s Female Pioneers

Women’s History Month presentation: “Florida’s Female Pioneers” with guest speaker Peggy MacDonald examines some of the women who have shaped the Sunshine State. Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a female doctor during the Civil War, visited Florida during the war and ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida during Reconstruction. Harriet Beecher Stowe is […]

History Happy Hour

See the changing exhibit: The Freedom Riders closes on March 20. Talk to our curator and enjoy live music, history trivia, complimentary food and drinks.  Free to the public.

Holiday History Happy Hour

On December 13th, be one of the first to see the new Mountain Lake: A Look Inside Building a Legacy exhibit. Talk to our curator, enjoy live music, holiday history trivia, complimentary food. Donation cash bar with fine wines and craft beer.

Town & Country History Bus Tour

Take a tour through old Florida history, driving through the heart of downtown Lake Wales and stopping at the historic building of the Lake Wales Arts Center. Learn about the historic district, buildings and lakes of Lake Wales. Enjoy an air-conditioned ride on the new History Bus. Seating is limited. Please make reservations in advance.

Fairies, Tea & Tales at the Tower

Kids can join the Hammock Hollow Fairies for an enchanted tea party and a special interactive story time. Children are encouraged to wear costume attire. Price includes admission for one child ages 4-12 and one adult companion. $15 member child/ $20 non-member child. Additional member adult $5. Additional non-member adult $15.

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, […]

Dick Hyman: An Evening of Solo Jazz Piano

A performance at the Lake Wales Arts Center on September 7 at 7pm. $30 members/$35 nonmembers. Richard Hyman is an American jazz pianist and composer. Over a 60-year career, he has functioned as a pianist, organist, arranger, music director, electronic musician, and, increasingly, as a composer. While developing a masterful facility for improvisation in his own […]

Xina Scuderi: The Smallest Details

Photographs by Xina Scuderi featuring details of wildlife and nature. The exhibition is located in the Visitor Center at Bok Tower Gardens. Bok Tower Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Last admission from the entrance gate is at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Blue Palmetto Café and Tower & Garden Gift […]

Soup’s On With Chef Amy Freeze

Enjoy a hearty ‘Farm to Table’ winter-themed menu, including soups, stews, a craft beer-infused dessert, and drinks. Reservations are required.

Exhibit Opens: The Way We Worked to Build the Library

This exhibit is part of the City of Lake Wales Centennial Celebration. This program is provided in coordination with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit “The Way We Worked” which explores work in America and how it has changed over the years. Exhibits runs from July 10 until … ?

Polk Arts Alliance

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