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We Are Events

Lots going on in Bartow! Follow these links for more information:


Main Street Bartow, Inc. | City of Bartow Parks and Recreation Dept. | Polk County History Center

Movies on the Lawn

Come watch a free movie on the lawn on the fourth Friday of every month. The movie begins shortly after dark on the corner of Main and Wilson at the grassy lot. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray and enjoy a popular movie outdoors with the family – there’s nothing like it! Usually one of the service clubs will have snacks available for purchase, or bring your own. See you at dark-thirty!

Community Yard Sale

Always the third Saturday every month, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., downtown Bartow.

Farmer’s Market

Each Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – except the week of Christmas, come to Fort Blount Park and find fresh vegetables plus other great item at the Main Street Farmer’s Market.

Friday, Friday, Friday

Friday Fest Street Party fun continues on January 20, 2017! Live entertainment, and great community fun.

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday

Every second Saturday, find collectibles and treasures at the Downtown Antique Fair on East Main Street from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Main Street Bartow’s Uptown Community Yard Sale is on the third Saturday of each month on the corner of Wilson and Main. Look for bargains or sell your treasures from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information on any Main Street Bartow events, call the office at (863) 519-0508. If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter call or email Main Street Bartow. Main Street Bartow is located at 180 South Central Ave.


We Are Community

“Our history comes to life!” It’s not just a slogan or tagline, it has a special meaning for our community.  It recalls a simpler time and traditional values. It represents a real sense of community – lending a helping hand. It stands for the entrepreneurial spirit of Bartow’s forefathers who built a thriving city by cultivating the land, developing new industry, and embracing education and quality of life. These things are just as important today as they were more than a century ago. They are the things that make Bartow one of America’s best small towns.

Century-old oaks adorned with Spanish moss line the streets of Victorian homes and quaint bungalows. The laughter and delighted squeals of children can be heard as they play on a lush green soccer field. They’re having the time of their lives in Bartow. A parade down Main Street complete with a marching band and colorful floats and the quaint down hominess of the City is so appealing. A street dance with live entertainment on a warm Friday evening is available to you and your family every month; or you might be interested in attending a string quartet performing in an auditorium with free, first come first served seating. If it’s the big city you’re looking for, take a short drive to Tampa or Orlando. Then come back home to Bartow. You can be back in no time.

Our strategic location positions you at the center of the state and at the mouth of the global marketplace with more rail miles than any other community in Florida and access to four major roadways and four general aviation airports, including Bartow Municipal Airport and Industrial Park. Tampa and Orlando’s international airports are within an hour’s drive. Polk County truly is one of the most connected locations in the Southeast.

When it comes to lifestyle, Bartow is a short drive to some of the most popular attractions and resorts in the world. If you like the beach, you have your choice of the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean, just a short drive away Art, entertainment and cultural opportunities are just about limitless. Combine that with great weather and a low cost of living, and you’ve got one of the best places to live, work and play.

Area Major Attractions:

Bok Tower Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Daytona International Speedway

Dinosaur World Epcot

Discovery Cove


Gulf & Atlantic Beaches

Kennedy Space Center

Legoland Florida

Lowry Park Zoo

Orlando Science Center

Polk County History Center

Polk Museum of Art

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Safari Wilderness

Salvador Dali Museum

Sea World Orlando

Silver Springs

Tampa Museum of Science and Industry

The Orlando Eye

Universal Studios Florida & Islands of Adventure

Walt Disney World

Bartow certainly does have a history – one that we embrace and keep alive each and every day. It’s what makes us different from any other community. We also have a great future with countless opportunities for new business and industry. We invite you to come experience what we hold so dear. Join us as we remember the past, live for today and dream about tomorrow. Bartow is located in Imperial Polk County, near the center of Florida. To get a detailed map, click here.

We Are United: Unity Day Festival

Bartow’s Unity Day Festival is coming up October 7, 2017. This event is a project of Bartow’s Community Relations Committee’s Multicultural Initiative. The Initiative’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for the Bartow community through understanding and appreciating the differences among its people. The Unity Day Festival includes ethnic foods and food vendors, music at the bandshell during the event featuring community choirs and entertainers, games for people of all ages, and lots and lots of fun. Everything is free except for food vendors. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The event is Saturday, October 7, from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mosaic Park and Bandshell.

Diversity Luncheon To Feature Dr. Harris

Bartow’s annual C.C. Corbett Diversity Awards are presented yearly during the Bartow Community Relations Committee’s  (CRC) Diversity Luncheon on the third Wednesday in September, in celebration of Bartow’s Multicultural Awareness Month. The event begins at noon at Bartow Civic Center. A guest speaker is chosen to give the keynote address. Awards are given to a business or organization and an individual who have shown a commitment to diversity in the City of Bartow, or in surrounding communities, through mentoring, outreach initiatives, or other activities that advance the goal of inclusion. Tickets for the luncheon are $12 each and may be purchased from the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 510 North Broadway, one month prior to the event. The C.C. Corbett award winners are traditionally announced by the CRC Co-Chairs. “Before the passing of our friend and former Chairman, C.C. Corbett, it was his desire and the desire of the Community Relations Committee to recognize an individual and a business or organization that made it a priority to promote diversity in our community,” Mrs. Gloria Washington, CRC Co-chair, said at the last event. “The City of Bartow and the Community Relations Committee will continue to honor C.C.’s dedication to diversity by awarding the C.C. Corbett Diversity Awards.” Two awards are given each year: one to an individual and one to a business or organization honoring them for promoting unity within the Greater Bartow area.  
Past winners include:
Ken Riley and Bartow Police Department
Melony Bell and Church Service Center
J.J. Corbett & TiAnViCa Riding Academy
Joyce Thurman and Mosaic
George Long and Bartow Youth Football
Sharon Casey and Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Fred Murphy and Flanders Precisionnaire
Leo Longworth and Peterson’s Cleaners
Larry Madrid and Fred’s Southern Kitchen
C. C. Corbett (posthumously) and Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts
An online form to sign up as a Sponsor or to get individual tickets available by clicking on the link below.
Date: Third Wednesday in September Projected Attendance: 200-300 Admission: $12.00 per ticket Contact: Barbara Adamson/Jeff Clark Presenting Sponsor: $375 • 8 general seating tickets to the event • Logo on program • Company name displayed at signage at the event Sponsors: $200 • 4 general seating tickets to the event • Logo on program • Company name displayed at signage at the event Contributor • 2 general seating tickets to the event • Logo on program • Company name displayed at signage at the event

Chamber Contact Info

+1(863) 533-7125
Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce
510 N. Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830, USA