The BIG Event 2016

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Name: The BIG Event 2016
Date: November 12, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

The BIG Event - A Celebration of Lakeland!

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce presents a new, city-wide signature event - one exceptional day in Lakeland! The iconic and historical Lake Mirror Promenade is the perfect backdrop for local fun.
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, RUN or WALK to the Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Run from 6am to 11am, then celebrate the race and experience the best of Lakeland from 4pm-9pm at The BIG Event!
The BIG Event is a free, public, family-oriented celebration featuring local live music, food & drink, Kids Zone, Business Expo, Makers & Artisans Row, and more - truly representing Lakeland and its people.
Performances by

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.” .


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. 

Special appearance by DJ Silencer!

Announcing On The Avenue - Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock band from Lakeland, Florida. On The Avenue serves up a well-balanced blend of true-to-life lyricism, R&B flavor and memorable Rock guitar licks.

Featuring Apollo Under Fire - 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.

The BIG Event kicks off at 4:00 pm with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Team Awards!

Special Salute to Veterans presented by Green Construction at 4:30 pm at Brew Hub Main Stage!
 Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Troop #70698 will present the colors.

Award for the Winner of The BIG Event Art Poster Contest presented by the Bank of Central Florida and display of artists submissions.

En Plein Air Painting demonstration with the Lakeland Art Guild!

​Special Water Ski Show with the Lakeland Water Ski Club!

Special appearance by the Florida Tropics Soccer Club following their BIG Game on Friday, November 11th!

Bounce and slide at Lakeland Moonwalk at the Kids' Grassy Area! Face-painting by Dayna O'Brien with Party Express and balloon magic by Mike the Balloon Guy. Meet Elsa from Frozen!

Also performing,
Florida Dance Theatre

Compete against other companies & CEOs in Lakeland, at the new Red Ribbon Run Corporate Team 5k, to house the coveted traveling trophy! 

Check out some of our Corporate Teams:

Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.
Broadway Real Estate Services
MaxPak Total Packaging
​MicroPath Laboratories, LLC


Registration is open for artisans, makers, businesses (established and emerging), food vendors, and non-profit exhibitors.

Experience family fun + great tastes - Lakeland style!

AAA Auto Club Group
Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy
All Saints Academy
Alltek Services, LLC
Ankle + Foot Center of Tampa Bay
ARCpoint Labs of Lakeland
BB Soul - Authentic Southern Soul Food
bd's Mongolian Grill
Bee-Haven Honey Co, Inc
Brew Hub
Catapult 2.0
Crystal Springs
Dairy Queen North
Da' Playce for Wings & Things Food Truck
Drica's Favorites Specialty Coffee Boutique
Empanada Mama
Everything About Smiles Orthodontics
Florida Southern College

Fred's Market Restaurant
Fritan'go Food Truck
Gaslight Tattoo Company, LLC
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
Gold's Gym South
Grand Villa of Lakeland
Granny Jo Products
Heartland for Children
Jet's Pizza of Lakeland
Kettle Korn Express
Kona-Ice Lakeland
Lakeland Art Guild
Lakeland North Rotary Club
LVIM presents the 2017 Lakeland Derby “Celebrating 10 Years” (Linking Community Now Inc.)
LuLaRoe Jen Petty
Miller's Ale House
Mimi's Mini Donuts
My Salon Suite of Lakeland
OneBlood - Make Your Appointment Here!
Organo Coffee
Polk Museum of Art
Polk State Corporate College 3D Innovation Lab
Premier Designs/Julie Thomas
Privileged Critters Animal Hospital, Inc.
Pyramid Profiles - Personal Training Yoga & Massage
Schalamar Creek Golf & Country Club Community
Senior Helpers
Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill
Smokin' Aces BBQ
Square 1 Burgers & Bar
SUN 'n FUN, Inc.
Sykes Acquisition, LLC
Todd A. Gettings Picture-book Excellence
Urban E Recycling
A Woman's Choice
WonderHere - A Learn & Play Studio

Event Sponsors:

Official Brew Sponsor

Presenting Sponsors

Official Sponsors

Official Water Sponsor

Partner Sponsor

''Salute to Veterans'' Sponsor

Poster Contest Sponsor

Official Hotel Sponsor

Our Friends


NW area of Lake Mirror Promenade, Downtown Lakeland, FL

Date/Time Information:
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Contact Information:
Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 Ext 229
Free admission!
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