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First Friday Art Walk Returns March 1

Post Date:02/14/2019 12:51 PM

OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2019) – The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, March 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities: 

  • 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by The House that Built Jazz on the main event stage located at the downtown square near the gazebo. Showcasing Ocala’s youth jazzies, Aaron Thorla leads this trio with piano skills beyond his years alongside John Miller on bass and Johnathan Hurst on drums. These musicians collaborate with skillful, melodic chemistry that recollects the golden era of Jazz and keeps guests enthralled.
  • 7 p.m. – Live dance performance by West Port High School’s MCCA Dance Program at the downtown square.
  • 8 p.m. – Hip-hop dance performance by XRT Dance Academy at the downtown square.
  • Free hands-on art activities for all ages will be provided throughout the event by the Appleton Museum of Art, Discovery Center, Painting with a Twist, Art Army of Ocala and the Marion County Public Library.

The First Friday Art Walk occurs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from September through May annually. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 30 artist displays, live entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447 or or visit

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