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Performing Arts

Music & Theatre

There’s always something going on in Central Florida. Be sure to make time for outstanding community theatre performances, music and dance events, and art festivals.

Lakeland’s RP Funding Center provides a variety of Tony-Award winning and nationally renowned touring Broadway productions. The entertainment center hosts a variety of stand-up comics and music concerts throughout the year.

Community Theatre

Since 1970, Theatre Winter Haven has been delighting local audiences and tourists alike with outstanding performances of the highest caliber. With more than 30,000 tickets sold annually, this theatre group produces a six-play Mainstage subscription season and numerous other events.

Other theatres in Central Florida include: Lakeland Community Theatre, Lake Wales Little Theater and Ramon Theater.

Live Musical Performances

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra hosts multiple performances throughout the year as well as music lectures and family concerts. Enjoy small venue concerts at Ritz Theatre or Gram Parsons’ Derry Down in Winter Haven, and Polk Theatre in Lakeland.

Local Music Venues

Restaurants and bars host musicians throughout the week. Union Hall in Lakeland is a live music venue with a full bar. Grove Roots Brewing Co. in Winter Haven hosts musicians and food trucks. You’ll also find live music at The Poor Porker and Hillcrest Coffee.

Art Festivals

Each year, Florida Southern College hosts a Festival of Fine Arts. The months long festival includes gallery exhibits, jazz performances, ballet recitals and theatre performances.

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Ritz Theatre

Aerial view of Central Avenue and lighted Ritz Theatre sign in Winter Haven, FL

Restored 1925 vintage theatre is again a center of community, cultural and social activities and…

Address: 263 West Central Ave.
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: (863) 295-9900

Florida Dance Theatre

male and female dancers on stage during Florida Dance Theatre performance in Lakeland, FL

Polk County’s only professional dance company and training school. The company presents three major performances…

Address: 305 W. Main St.
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: (863) 802-0399

RP Funding Center

Aerial view of RP Funding Center buildings and parking lot in Lakeland, FL

RP Funding Center is a multi-purpose entertainment complex featuring the 8,000-seat Jenkins Arena, 2,200-seat Youkey…

Address: 701 W. Lime St.
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: (863) 834-8133

Lake Wales Little Theatre

Lake Wales Little Theatre

A non-profit organization providing high-quality, live entertainment including recent hits and old favorites.

Address: 421 E. Park Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: (863) 676-1266

Theatre Winter Haven

Actors on stage during theatre performance at Theatre Winter Haven

Theatre Winter Haven is nationally acclaimed as one of the best community theaters in America.…

Address: 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: (863) 294-7469

Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating more than 50 years as Polk County’s orchestra, the ISO performs Masterworks, a full-staged…

Address: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: (863) 688-3743

Polk Theatre

Polk Theatre

Historic Polk Theatre was built in 1928 and features an annual live performing arts series…

Address: 121 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 682-7553

Lakeland Community Theatre

Actors on stage during a performance of Matilda at Lakeland Community Theatre.

The Lakeland Community Theatre presents five high-quality main stage productions, three youth theatre productions, classes,…

Address: 121 S. Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 603-7529

Florida Southern College Festival of Fine Arts

Christmastime orchestra performance during Florida Southern College's Festival of Fine Arts in Lakeland, FL

Annual series of outstanding presentations in art, music, theatre and dance at various locations on…

Address: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 680-4111

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