Downtown is packed full of family friendly fun. The first Friday of each month from 6-9PM is an open street event featuring a changing theme of music, entertainment and a classic car show. The second Thursday of each month is the Squared Food Truck Rally showcasing the most popular food trucks in the area. Each October there is a Classic Car show, the Lake Mirror Classic, spanning three days. The Holiday walkabout will be the Tuesday after Thanksgiving from 6-9PM and showcases the shops of downtown as well a music and lights. More information can be found on the events page of the Downtown Lakeland at www.downtownlakelandfl.com.
Each year since 2002, an outdoor sculpture contest is held in conjunction with Winter Haven and Sebring. The top ten contestants will have their artwork displayed at various locations downtown. This keeps the art fresh and enables many artists to garner attention. Lakeland has also enlisted local artists to paint murals on prominent buildings in the historic areas.