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Parks & Recreation

210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Phone: (863) 291-5656
Fax: (863) 291-5660

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Customer's Guide to Special Events


The City of Winter Haven has created a user-friendly, one-stop process to facilitate a successful event. Our Customers' Guide to Special Events is designed to provide you with the necessary information about permitting, planning, and producing your event.



Special Event Application

Please click on application above to complete and submit. We request Special Event applications not be handwritten. If unable to type and submit application online, please contact Parks and Recreation at (863) 291-5656.


Planning Map - Central Park       Planning Map - Downtown        Planning Map- MLK Park

Please click on a map to use pertaining to location of your Event.





Praise in the Park

Central Park
Second Friday of every month    6:30 - 8 p.m.

Local church bands will be performing.  This will be the first year of the Praise Bands and we look forward to their bringing joy to the attendees.  Contact Leisure Services at (863) 291-5656 for more information.  *No event in December. 


Dulcimer Night

Central Park
Third Friday of every month    5:15 p.m. 

Play the dulcimer or just want to listen?  Dulcimer players are welcome to join in and everyone is welcome to listen to this beautiful instrument. Contact Leisure Services at (863) 291-5656 for more information.


Family Fun and Fitness at the Fountain

Central Park
Fourth Saturday of every month    9 - 10 a.m.

Come enjoy a fun fitness event for the entire family each month! A different local gym or fitness organization will be in the park to lead a family friendly workout for free!  *No event in December. 


Cruisin' Winter Haven

Downtown Winter Haven
First Saturday of every month    4 - 9 p.m.

Experience the one-of-a-kind car show.  Enjoy great music from the 50's along with a cruising display of all the cars at the end of the evening (approximately 8:15).  Event features vendors, activities for families and children, entertainment, door prizes and raffles. Contact Parks & Recreation at (863) 291-5656 for more information.

2nd Saturday Downtown Market

South Park
Second Saturday of every month    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Vendors will be selling items such as cupcakes, jewelry, soaps, produce, plants, and much more. For more information, call (863) 258-3561.


4th Saturday Downtown Market

South Park

Fourth Saturday of each month     9 a.m. - 2 p.m.      


Vendors will be selling items such as cupcakes, jewelry, soaps, produce, plants and much more.  For more information, call (863) 258-3561. 


Art & Gallery:

Ridge Art Association
210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
(863) 291-5661


The mission of the Ridge Art Association is to educate and promote understanding of the visual arts and to sponsor cultural events within the community.

For five decades, Ridge Art Association, Inc. has functioned as a cultural organization for the general public, to stimulate awareness and appreciation of the fine arts through exhibitions and educational programs.

Located in Winter Haven’s Chain O’ Lakes Civic Center, the Association is governed by a Board of Directors, staffed by a salaried employee and benefits from the efforts of countless volunteers to achieve its goals.

Income is derived from membership dues, exhibition sponsors, competition entry fees, private and corporate donations and the City of Winter Haven. The Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation; donations are tax-deductible.

As a member, you’ll be invited to our opening receptions and special events, enjoy reduced fees for classes and receive a discount on fees to enter competitions. As a member, you’re participating in our efforts to promote young artists and students in their educational and artistic pursuits. As a member, you make possible our outstanding exhibitions.

Your tax-deductible annual dues and donations enable us to provide the fine arts activities that are vital to the quality of life in our community. We cordially invite you to support all that Ridge Art Association brings to the area this season.

Membership Categories:
Platinum Palette $ 2,500
Golden Palette $1,000
Silver Palette $500
Benefactor $250
Patron $125
Family $50
Individual $30
Student (21 and under) $25
Senior (60 and over) $25



Theatre Productions:

Theatre Winter Haven
210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880

Box Office: (863) 294-SHOW (7469)
Business Office: (863) 299-2672
Fax: (863) 291-3299


Since our founding as a non-profit organization in 1970, our mission has been to nurture the cultural growth of the community by providing quality live theater through presentation, participation and training.

With a well-rounded program, Theatre Winter Haven offers main-stage productions for adults, a complete Theatre for Young People program, in-school and after school classes, a touring program for young adults and a summer musical. A professional staff of eight oversees the entire program, and professional artists are brought in from around the state to direct, design and perform.

Nine productions per year, plus a play-reading series.
More than 32,000 tickets sold annually.
More than 100 performances annually.
More than 7,000 volunteer hours donated annually.
More than 3,400 annual subscribers.

Ticket Prices:
Students $19, Adults $20

Theatre Box office hours:
Weeks with mainstage performance
Tuesday - Saturday: 1 - 6 p.m.

Weeks without mainstage performace
Tuesday - Thursday: 1 - 4 p.m.

Please contact the box office at (863) 294-7469 for more information.

Theatre Performances:

Mary Poppins: Se
ptember 18 - October 12

Second Samuel: December 4 -21

James and the Giant Peach - Theatre Winter Haven Academy: October 31 - November 2


Parks & Recreation:

210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Phone: (863) 291-5656
Fax: (863) 291-5660




City Hall:  451 Third St. NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881    tel: (863) 291-5600


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