What’s The Big Event?
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce presents a brand new, city-wide signature event – The Big Event! The iconic and historical Lake Mirror Promenade is the perfect backdrop for local fun. RUN or WALK to the Red Ribbon Half Marathon, Corporate, 5k & Kids’ Run from 6am to 11am, then celebrate the best of Lakeland from 4pm to 9pm at The Big Event! We will kick off the event with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Team Awards at the Brew Hub Main Stage, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans at 4:30pm by Green Construction, honoring all veterans. This also includes a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and tribute to Vietnam Veterans by The Rotary Club of Lakeland North, Lakeland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, City of Lakeland and the Polk Veterans Council. Afterwards, enjoy three stages with non-stop entertainment – including the live local bands, Florida Tropics Soccer Club, the Florida Dance Theatre, and Girls, Inc. – and, a special performance by the Lakeland Water Ski Club on Lake Mirror! This is a FREE, family-oriented celebration open to the public.
November 12, 2016
4PM to 9PM at Lake Mirror.
Free event open to the public featuring live performances, food and a good time.
Three stages of live musical performances featuring:
AUF is a band that strives to reach the soul. In a day and age where we seem content to focus our attention outward, AUF is using music to look inward. AUF is our finale performing at the Brew Hub Main Stage at 8:25pm.
OTA is a Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock band from Lakeland, Florida. OTA serves up a well-balanced blend of true-to-life lyricism, R&B flavor and memorable Rock guitar licks! OTA performs at 7:00pm at the Brew Hub Main Stage.
Founded in 2015, Fount is a Folk/Americana band from Lakeland, FL. Fount recently celebrated the release of their EP “Moving On Songs” in August. They are sometimes described as Post-folk, or Indie-folk. Don’t miss Fount at the Loggia Stage at 6:15pm.
Weather for Strangers is about the little things and appreciating them while they last. Raw, real, and always kind, Weather for Strangers is an addictive sound that will leave you dancing in moonlight like a vagabond, always craving more.” See WFS live at the Loggia Stage at 5:16pm.
And other event entertainment & activities:
Salute to Veterans
Salute to Veterans by Green Construction will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and tribute Vietnam Veterans at 4:30pm.
Kids’ Grassy Area & RR Pavilion
Special performances, appearances, and mini-workshops by Girls, Inc., Florida Dance Theatre, the Florida Tropics Soccer Team, Lakeland Fire Dept. Truck, 3-D printers and more!
The Business Expo by Tinsley Creative will provide an opportunity for face-to-face time with others in the community. Come and mingle.
The Red Ribbon Corporate Traveling Trophy Award will be presented at 4pm at the Brew Hub Main St. Overlook stage, followed immediately by the Poster Contest Award.
Makers' & Artisans' Row
A showcase of goods and services available. Check out the unique items people are buying and selling.
Available throughout downtown Lakeland, including street and garage parking. Lake Mirror is only a short walk from anywhere within the downtown core.
The Big Event
Please clean up after your pet.
Clean and Green
Keep the area clean and remember to recycle.
Weapons are prohibited unless registered with permit to carry.