What’s going on Polk County? Don’t worry, I’m here to let you know!

I’m Bailey Hill, a freelance journalist, digital marketing manager, lifestyle blogger, total foodie, sports aficionado and travel enthusiast. I was born and raised in Winter Haven and I’m thrilled to hangout on this page once per week to share events I find for you to enjoy.

Once the fireworks have been lit and the barbecuing concluded, the fun doesn’t have to end there! Let the excitement of July 4 carry on into this weekend with some of these nearby events.

Are you in the market for some local produce, jams, and farm fresh eggs? I know a spot! Did you see the X-Men movie series and deem Wolverine the best of them all? Or are you more of a The Greatest Showman fan? Whichever it is, I’ve included where you can catch Hugh Jackman’s live show this weekend.

I’m also sharing a couple of picks that will take place right here in Polk County. Winter Haven’s favorite brewery is always hosting the neatest food trucks in the state, but this Friday there is a unique truck headed our way. The menu pairs especially well with Grove Roots’ Honey on the Double IPA or the Slanted Ladders Pale Ale.

Finally, if you’re planning to hang in Lakeland on Friday, I’ve noted the best place to find BOGO pints and live music.

Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 5

Where: Amalie Arena - 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa

Tickets: Available on ticketmaster.com

Catch the Tony Award-winning star himself as he graces the stage at Amalie Arena. Hugh Jackman will be performing pieces from “The Greatest Showman,” “The Boy from Oz,” “Les Misérables” and more with a live orchestra!

First Friday at Brew Hub

When: 4 p.m. Friday, July 5

Where: Brew Hub - 3900 Frontage Dr. S., Lakeland

On the first Friday of each month, Brew Hub throws a party that includes BOGO pints. This month you can expect to see the Down Home Southern Food Truck, dance to some good music by Michael Nichols Duo, and even have a chance at winning some giveaways —join in on the fun!

Rockstar Lobster at Grove Roots

When: 5 p.m. Friday, July 5

Where: Grove Roots Brewing Co. - 302 3rd Street SW, Winter Haven

They’re back! The notorious Rockstar Lobster Food Truck is rolling up to the brewery to serve up Maine Lobster Rolls, Lobster Mac and even a few options for anyone who doesn’t love seafood like the rest of us. They will start serving at five and, chances are, they’ll be sold out before nine!

Fresh Market at Hyde Park

When: 10 a.m. Sunday, July 7

Where: Hyde Park Village - 1602 W. Snow Ave., Tampa

If you’re interested in shopping local, check out Tampa’s selection of handmade soaps, baked goods, freshly-squeezed juices, house plants and more! Bring your dog along and enjoy some live music in the Florida sunshine. This Sunday there will be more than 130 vendors from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Bailey Hill publishes a lifestyle blog — ingoodtasteblog.com — and can be found on Instagram at @_baileysophia.


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