Don’t Miss List: Our Top 5 Event Picks for July

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Photo courtesy of the Lakeland Runners Club.

July 8: 2017 Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series

The Summer Sunrise Watermelon Race Series, an initiative to have low-cost local races during the hot summer months, is now in its 22nd year. The series has become an established venue for competition and an annual celebration of fitness. The series is comprised of three 5K (3.1 mile) races, each race hotter than the last. All are run around Lake Hollingsworth, which is flat and conducive to fast times. July’s Summer Watermelon 5k is run on a certified course and is chip timed.  Cumulative results from the three races are used to determine official results for the series. Registration is $15 for the July race.

Photo courtesy of the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

July 13: Boots 4 Literacy Chili Cookoff at Joker Marchant Stadium

July 13th, the Lakeland Flying Tigers and the Lakeland Fire Department join forces to sponsor the 2017 “Boots 4 Literacy” chili cook off. All attendees of the game can sample chili, vote on their favorites, and take photos with the fire fighters featured annually on their calendar. All proceeds help raise funds for READ Lakeland, a nonprofit tutoring volunteer program serving the Lakeland community. The first pitch is at 6:30 pm, and the chili cook-off begins at 5:30 pm and ends at 7 pm. Tickets to the game and cook-off are a mere $12, and beers, wine, and frozen cocktails are all half-off for the event.

Photo courtesy of the Lakeland Boat Show.

July 14 – 16: Lakeland Boat Show

Lakeland’s “best boat show,” this exhibition features new boats, ATVs, fishing gear, and so much more. Hands-on learning is available for participants wanting to learn to rig lures, tie knots, and throw a cast net. This is your all-inclusive destination for fishing gear, apparel, and all things boating. The event will be held at the RP Funding Center from 10 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults and free to children twelve and under.

Image (and header photo) courtesy of The Fancy Flea.

July 21 – 22:  The Fancy Flea French Market & Brocante

Reminiscent of an enlivened decorating magazine, this show will be indoors at The RP Funding Center. Shabby chic furniture, antiques, prairie and farmhouse styled furniture, and repurposed items will all be showcased in addition to vintage items and handmade jewelry. Learn to paint your own pieces and revive side-of-the-road finds. Named “one of the top vintage markets in the country” by Romantic Country, the Fancy Flea also features live music and delectable concessions. On Friday, the Fancy Flea will be open from 4 pm – 7 pm with a $10 ticket. Saturday hours are 9 am – 4 pm with a $5 admission.

July 29: Dueling Pianos Live at Winners Circle

A little music from the 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, & today, a little improv comedy, Winners Circle‘s Dueling Piano Night is a fun-filled night for all. Come experience the music, the fun, and the laughter of Lakeland’s only dueling piano night at Winners Circle. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended. Tickets for this dueling pianos act are $10 in advance and $15 day of. Seating begins at 8 pm and show time is from 9 pm – 1 am.