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3rd Annual Black History Festival | Saturday, February 15th

Black History Festival - February 15 2020 at Jackson Park, Event Info and photos of famous black leaders

LAKELAND, FL (January 30, 2020) | The third Annual Black History Festival will take place Saturday, February 15th at Jackson Park (1130 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Join the community for a fun-filled, family-friendly day that will include performances, food, and craft vendors! City of Lakeland staff from the Parks & Recreation Department will be on-hand giving away free plants while supplies last. DJ King will set the groove while individuals, dance groups and cheerleaders entertain the crowd during the event.

Natalie Gallon, Assistant Supervisor of Recreation and Event Organizer said, “This is a great event that brings the surrounding neighborhood and the community together for a fun, interactive day as we celebrate Black History Month.  The event gets better and better each year and we invite the public to come and share the day at Jackson Park.

A variety of food options will be available including: hot dogs, smoked turkey legs, baked goods, candy apples, boiled peanuts, shaved ice, fruit cups and more. There will also be vendors selling clothing, jewelry, body oils/soap/lotion, art, handmade crocheted goods, local music and t-shirts.

Entertainment during the Black History Festival will include:

  • Oratorical Contestants
  • TBS Steppers
  • Crystal’s World of Dance (African Jazz Dance & a Tribute to Black History)
  • DJ King
  • Lakeland PAL Cheerleaders
  • Dance, Yoga presentations w/interactive for audience (220 Lifestyle)

Vendors will include:

  • Ms. Gloria (Corona's Fruit)
  • Fred's Roadside Café
  • Top-a-Dog
  • Kona Ice
  • House of Fragrance
  • Fortified
  • Afri-Creations
  • From the Heart
  • Lady Em's Scented Burning Oils
  • Beautiful!Bold!Bling!
  • Paparazzi



Natalie Gallon
Assistant Supervisor of Recreation
City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.



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