Fun, Food and Festivals — Living in Bartow, Florida

Posted: August 25, 2016 | Categories: Communities | News | Events
By Highland Homes

Old Polk County Courthouse - Historic Building in Bartow, Florida Old Polk County Courthouse - Historic Building in Bartow, Florida

If you are looking at homes for sale in Bartow, Florida, you may be curious what it’s like to live in this small city. Living in Bartow provides the best of quiet, country-style living with lush farmland, peaceful waterways, and towering trees, along with easy travel to Lakeland and Tampa, and plenty of activities and culture within your town.

Bartow is a beautiful community with a distinctive Southern feel that comes to life with monthly showcase events, delicious cuisine, and unforgettable community celebrations. Here’s a taste of the revels you can enjoy just minutes from your doorstep, in historic downtown Bartow, Florida!

Weekly Events

Head down to Main Street Bartow on the third Friday of each month for fun at the Bartow Friday Fest. This monthly street party showcases live music, children’s activities, and delicious food and drinks. There’s even a Cruise-In Car Show where you can show off your ride, and watch cool cars cruise through the streets!

Farmers MarketOn Wednesday mornings at Fort Blount Park, enjoy the Bartow Farmer’s Market. Here, market vendors offer a wide variety of delicious produce, baked goods, and crafts. You’ll also find restaurant vendors offering mouth-watering lunch items from Italian cuisine to Caribbean specialties.

“History comes to life쳌 at the Bartow Monthly Yard Sale, offering a bit of the personal and local history on every third Saturday of the month. Browse, buy and sell a wide-variety of antiques, and share a bit of your family history with your neighbors while building strong community bonds.

And, relax and enjoy family-friendly films during Movies on the Lawn. Grab a blanket or chair and sit under the stars while watching one of your favorite flicks. Held on Fridays during select months of the year, movies begin at dark in the lawn at Wilson Ave. and Main St.

Yearly Celebrations

Whether it’s a holiday event, expo, or convention, Bartow knows how to turn up the fun! Make sure to check out these exciting activities throughout the year.

SyFy Bartow — Every year in February, Bartow hosts a large-scale SyFy convention celebrating all of your favorite science fiction characters, television shows, and comic books. Visitors from all over the state come to see cosplayers, enjoy live music, play trivia games, and view special exhibits. Last year, more than 10,000 visitors came to this event, and it is a must-do for any SyFy fan!

Child FacepaintBloomin’ Arts Festival — “Art will be Bloomin쳌 on Main Street Bartow in March! This annual two-day spring arts celebration showcases beautifully detailed paintings, jewelry, sculptures, classic cars, and live music. Art of all kinds is available for purchase and raffled so that you can own your very own piece of local talent.

4th of July Celebration — Every year, the Bartow Adult Concert Band hosts a free patriotic concert at Mosaic Park beginning in the afternoon, with one of the best fireworks celebrations in the area exploding into sight at dark. Enjoy food, games, and lots of laughter and family-friendly fun.

Bartow Halloween Parade and Carnival — Celebrate Halloween in Downtown Bartow as spooky floats haunt the streets — a Bartow tradition dating all the way back to the 1940’s. After the parade, make your way to the carnival with seasonal food favorites, games, and plenty of trick or treat candy!

Bartow’s Magical Illumination Christmas Parade — Every year in December at Mosaic Park, Bartow unleashes the community’s holiday spirit by lining buildings with dazzling lights, fabulous floats, and welcoming Santa Claus on his sleigh!

Delicious Dining

There are a variety of restaurants along Main Street Bartow offering delicious cuisine that’s sure to satisfy your appetite. Dine at familiar locations like Perkins, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, and Sonny’s BBQ, or try some of the local favorites!

Hacienda Mexico offers freshly-made traditional Mexican food and hosts many events, making it the perfect place to grab a drink special. Palace Pizza offers some of the best Italian foods in Central Florida, with homemade dough and fresh ingredients at amazing prices. If you’re looking for a quick lunch, Sweet Magnolias and Vivian’s Café are the perfect places to stop and enjoy a freshly made panini, sub wrap, soup or salad.

For a charitable meal, visit Mosaics Community Café where every meal is home-cooked and benefits your local community. As the first “pay what you can쳌 café in Central Florida and one of just 50 in the nation, this cafe has a price-free menu that works to combat hunger and drive volunteerism within the community. To grab a meal here, you have the option of paying a suggested $10 donation, paying what you can, or volunteering one hour of your time.

The Great Outdoors

A stroll through Bartow’s historic districts provides the beautiful views of classic Southern architecture and the scent of blooming azaleas while taking a step back in time. From the Old Polk County Courthouse to the Thomas Lee Wilson House, where scenes were filmed for the movie My Girl, to parks dotting the area, you can enjoy a lovely afternoon walking around in the shade of towering oak trees.

If you’re more of the outdoorsy type, you’ll appreciate the many beautiful parks in Bartow. Mary Holland Park is probably the largest in the area, with 119-acres including three lakes, a playground, skate park, and camping area. Mosaic Park and the adjacent Bartow Civic Center feature a scenic boardwalk that extends along the Peace River, ball fields, concert facilities, and a public pool. And, the Fort Fraser Trail offers 7.7 miles of pathway from Bartow to South Lakeland for biking, jogging and skating, with picnic areas and rest shelters along the trail.

New Homes Designed for Your Life

Magnolia Walk arial Magnolia Walk II offers large home sites, a gated entrance, and water views in the laid-back locale of Bartow, FL

If you are looking for a new home in Bartow where you can enjoy every day relaxation, convenience to Lakeland, and all the activities historic Bartow has to offer, Magnolia Walk II is the perfect neighborhood for you! Located off of E.F. Griffin Road, just three miles from downtown Bartow, this gated community features large home sites for privacy between homes, a playground and gazebo, and calming water views.

Choose from more than 10 spacious home plans priced from the $180’s and including features designed for your life such as modern open layouts, drop zones and closet space to keep organized, and covered lanais for outdoor living enjoyment. Brick paver driveways complete your curb appeal, and each home at Magnolia Walk II can be personalized to your style with hundreds of options at our Personal Selection Studio, ranging from included selections at no extra cost to luxurious upgrades!

Beautiful homes with laid-back ambience near activities and the city of Lakeland — what’s not to love? To find your new home in Bartow, learn more at www.HighlandHomes.ORG or call our Bartow New Home Specialists at 863-868-9408.

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