Find a complete listing of January and February events taking place in Polk County at

Snowbird Extravaganza
Date: Tuesday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 29
Venue: The Lakeland Center
- This fun-filled event includes hundreds of exhibits, keynote speakers, interactive feature areas, and world-class entertainment.

An Evening with Merle Haggard
Thursday, January 30
Venue: The Lakeland Center
-  Merle Haggard, country and Western song writer, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist, will be at The Lakeland Center on Thursday, January 30.

Taste of Haines City
Date: Thursday, January 30
Lake Eva Banquet Hall, Haines City
-  Sample food from over 20 area restaurants and receive complimentary beer, wine and soda at Taste of Haines City, a fundraising event for the city’s 4th of July celebration Thunder on the Ridge.

Dedication Day
Date: Saturday, February 1
Venue: Bok Tower Gardens
- Special guests will speak about the rich history and passion of Edward W. Bok, followed by a major announcement affecting the future of the Gardens. Refreshments provided following the ceremony.

Saturday, February 1
Venue: Fantasy of Flight, Polk City
- Join the Fantasy of Flight experts with Apollo Paranormal Investigations on this unique journey through the Fantasy of Flight hangars after dark.

Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition
Date: Saturday, February 1
Venue: Winter Haven
- Smoke on the Water is an annual barbeque competition that benefits the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs of Winter Haven, Lake Wales and Haines City.

Vintage Vibe & Artisan Market
Date: Saturday, February 1
Venue: Bartow
- Stop by this Bartow market featuring vintage, garden, artisan, salvage and farmers goods and creations on Saturday.

Warrior Dash
Saturday, February 1
Venue: Triple Canopy Ranch, Lake Wales
- Warrior Dash is an extreme 5K run with a 12 wet, muddy, fiery challenging obstacles over harsh terrain.

Battle of Bowlegs Creek Heritage Festival
Saturday, February 1 – Sunday, February 2
Venue: Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area
- The Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Volunteer Battalion and the 12 New Jersey Company K, welcome you to the 4th Annual & the 150th Anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Bowlegs Creek where the goal is to offer you the best accurate and genuine depiction of the “War between the States”.

WWE Live!
Sunday, February 2
Venue: The Lakeland Center
- See all your favorite WWE Superstars from RAW & SMACKDOWN as they return to Lakeland in 2014.

One Billion Rising Art Exhibition
Date: Monday, February 3 –Thursday, February 20
Venue: Polk State College, Winter Haven
- Polk State College is hosting a National Juried Art Exhibition in reaction to the staggering facts regarding Violence against women.

Masterworks 3
Date: Tuesday, February 4
Venue: The Lakeland Center
- The Imperial Symphony Orchestra presents the 2013-2014 Masterworks Series comprised of 5 performances.
- The February 4th concert will feature the works of Beethoven and Vaughan-Williams.


Taylor D. Robenalt Exhibit – Through January 31 (The Loft Art Gallery, Lakeland)

Stephen Knapp: New Light – Through March 8 (Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland)

Haines City Farmers Market – Wednesdays weekly

Winter Haven Farmers Market – Thursdays weekly

Bartow Farmers Market – Saturdays weekly

Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market – Saturdays weekly

Lake Wales Farmers Market – Second and fourth Saturdays monthly

Highland City Community Market – Third Saturday monthly

Mulberry Farmers Market – Third Saturday monthly

Saturday Night Rodeo – Saturdays weekly (Westgate River Ranch Resort, River Ranch)

Children’s Programming: – Monday through Friday weekly (Explorations V Children’s Museum, Lakeland)


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