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The City of Ocala proudly hosts some of this community's finest family-friendly events throughout the year. From the highly anticipated Cattle Drive & Cowboy Round-Up to relaxing nights at After Dark in the Park's Free Movie Series, we aim to bring exciting, enjoyable events to all corners of this beautiful city.

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 Looking for something to do in 2019?

Ocala Recreation and Parks has events and activities for people of all ages. Lots of fun things are planned so save these dates for moments you will not want to miss! 

 

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK MOVIE SERIES

Popcorn, hot dogs and drinks available for a small fee. Remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets! *Movie titles subject to change.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION [PG]
Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex | 2200 SE 36 Ave.
Friday | April 12 | 8:15 p.m.

BASQUIAT [R]
Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St.
Friday | May 10 | 8:30 p.m.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE [PG]
Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.
Friday | June 14 | 8:45 p.m.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN [PG]
Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex | 2200 SE 36 Ave.
Friday | July 12 | 8:45 p.m.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM [PG-13]
Webb Field | 105 NW 12 Ave.
Friday | Aug. 9 | 8:30 p.m.

LORDS OF DOGTOWN [PG-13]
Ocala Skate Park | 517 NE Ninth St.
Friday | Sept. 13 | 8 p.m.

COCO [PG]
Citizens’ Circle | 160 E. Fort King St.
Friday | Oct. 4 | 7:30 p.m.

HOCUS POCUS [PG]

Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St.
Saturday | Oct. 26 | 7 p.m.

 

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION [PG-13]
Let’s Skate Ocala! Rink | 825 NE Watula Ave.
Friday | Dec. 13 | 7 p.m.

film strip

 

 

DISCOVERY CENTER EXHIBITS
701 NE Sanchez Ave.


ECO INVADERS

Now-March 23 | Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

 

 

 

KINGS, QUEENS AND CASTLES | April-June
SENSE-SATIONAL | July-Sept.
OPERATION OCEANS | Oct.-Dec.

STARLAB PLANETARIUM SHOWS 
Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Ave.
Saturdays | Ongoing | 11-11:30 a.m. | 1-1:30 p.m.
Tour our solar system and learn about the stars and constellations.  $9/person.  $20/family of four.

 

little rocket launching

 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Downtown Ocala

First Friday of each month | Jan. 4-May 3 | Sept. 6-Dec. 6 | 6-9 p.m.
Located within Ocala’s historic district, First Friday Art Walk includes monthly artist displays, live entertainment, street performers, free art activities and extended business hours.

  pink swipe of paint

 

POP-UP SKATE PARK

Tuscawilla Park | 517 NE Ninth St.

Wednesdays | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Saturdays | 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

No outside equipment please.

longboard

 

 

MARCH 2019

REJUVENATE WITH THE ARTS
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.
Tuesdays | March 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10 a.m.-Noon
Design unique and collaborative creations.  $5/person/class.

YOGA IN THE PARK | AGES 5+ (Children ages 5-14 must be accompanied by an adult)
E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.
Tuesdays & Thursdays | March 12-April 18 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Low-impact, base level exercises to decrease stress, promote balance, flexibility and range of motion.  Dress comfortably and bring a towel, mat or blanket. 

FIT IN THE PARK:  HEALTHY EATING, HEALTHY CHOICES
Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center | 210 NW 12 Ave.
Thursdays | March 14-April 18 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Learn nutritional awareness and preparation of healthy, budget conscious meals.  $5/person.  Register Feb. 11-April 18.  

ST. AUGUSTINE TROLLEY TOUR
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.
Wednesday | March 20 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Take a narrated tour full of sights and attractions that entertain and educate.  Register through March 8 at 352.629.8357.  $48/person.  

PARADE OF SENIOR SERVICES
The Klein Center at College of Central Florida | 3001 SW College Rd.
Friday | March 22 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Over 50 Marion County agencies, healthcare, social services, recreation and more will provide literature and answer questions.  Entertainment by “Ocala Harmony.”  

CIRCUIT TRAINING | AGES 18+
E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays | March 22-May 6 | 6-7:15 p.m.
A beginner program which includes low impact exercising, cardio, etc.  Wear comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes, bring water, a towel and a positive attitude.  Register March 22-May 6.   

SPRING FLING CARNIVAL | AGES 3+ 
(Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.
Saturday | March 21 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m
Enjoy music, carnival games, water activities and food. Thank you to our sponsor, Ocala Housing Authority.   

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.
Wednesday | March 27 | 12:30-4 p.m.
Enjoy a movie, popcorn, soda and Brewster’s ice cream.  $7/person includes transportation.  Thank you to our sponsor Brewster’s Ice cream.

SENIORS GIVE BACK SATURDAY
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.
Saturday | March 30 | 2-4 p.m. 
Bake and deliver delicious doggie biscuits to our local Humane Society.  Thank you to our sponsor Humana.  


APRIL 2019

REJUVENATE WITH THE ARTS April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

MOTOWN DOWNTOWN AT FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK
Downtown Ocala
Friday | April 5 | 6-9 p.m.
Listen to the soulful entertainment of Motown while enjoying the
creative and visual works at First Friday Art Walk.

KINGS, QUEENS AND CASTLES EXHIBIT April 6-June 22 

BRICK CITY BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL
Citizens’ Circle | 160 E. Fort King St.
Saturday | April 20 | 2-8 p.m.
A full day of beer and wine sampling, music, food trucks and fun
awaits you under the beautiful shady Oaks. Live entertainment
by Bon Jovi and Journey tribute band, Titans of Rock.

EARTHFEST

Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave.
Saturday | April 27 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Youth Fishing Derby and Mayor’s Spring Clean Up. Tree rappelling for kids,
live entertainment, food, crafts, a kid’s zone, environmental vendors, sidewalk
chalk art, other surprise entertainment and a tree giveaway! So, come with
your family and take home a free sapling to help the environment. See you at the park!

Save the date card with Earthfest information as stated above

SENIOR FISHING DERBY
Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave.
Monday | April 29 | 9 a.m.-Noon
Hook up with us for a few hours of fishing fun for senior citizens ages 50 and up.

 

JULY 2019

RECREATION AND PARKS MONTH
JULY is Recreation and Parks Month! Parks promote family values and healthy living by providing spaces for exploring nature, engaging in play, enjoying exercise and relieving stress. There’s so much to do, get outdoors and do it! Come Out & Play, Ocala!

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St. Saturday | July 28 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Everything is complimentary: school physicals, immunizations (must bring current
shot record), vision and hearing screenings, child ID’s, backpacks and school
supplies (while supplies last). There will be vendors, clowns, games and food.
We anticipate Munroe Regional kid fitness screenings and a screening of Amblyopia
(lazy eye) will be performed for children ages 1-6.

 

OCTOBER 2019

FISH FRY AND CLASSIC CARS FUNDRAISER
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.
Friday | Oct. 11 | 5-7 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious fried fish meal complete with French fries, hush puppies,
coleslaw and a drink for only $10! Live music, giveaways and an auction.
Explore classic cars and check out the programs the center has to offer.

FORT KING’S HAUNTED TRAIL
AND HALLOWEEN MOVIE: HOCUS POCUS *PG

Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St.
Saturday | Oct. 26 | 6-10 p.m.
This complimentary evening includes a haunted trail filled with candy
treats, scary tricks and fun for the whole family. The trail gets scarier as it
gets darks, so bring the little ones early. Then stay and watch
Hocus Pocus on the BIG screen.

OCALA ART FESTIVAL
Downtown Ocala
Saturday and Sunday | Oct. 26-27 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Ocala Art Festival brings artists from across the United States to historic
Downtown Ocala. In addition to 155 professional artists’ displays, this
complimentary event includes live entertainment, food trucks, children’s art
activities and student art competition and performances.

 

NOVEMBER 2019

HARVEST FEST
Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.
Saturday | Nov. 9 | 1-10 p.m.
Harvest Fest will feature two stages of live music all day,
a variety of food trucks and craft vendors.

LIGHT UP OCALA
Downtown Ocala
Saturday | Nov. 23 | 4-9 p.m.
Enjoy this 36th annual event with live entertainment on four stages,
lots of great food, crafts and other vendors, plus kid’s zones.
There’s the fabulous tree lighting ceremony, plus what kid can pass up a
chance to spend some quality time with Santa? We’ll see you there!

 

DECEMBER 2019

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
Downtown Ocala
Days and times vary during most nights in Dec.
Bring the entire family to festive downtown Ocala almost every night in December for
Holiday Happenings! Enjoy a variety of youth and adult Christmas carolers, music and lights!

SANTA ON THE SQUARE
Downtown Square
Tuesdays and Thursdays | Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12 and 19 | 6-8 p.m.
A favorite family holiday program including a visit with
Santa and Mrs. Claus, music and snacks.

A FIGHT FOR FREEDOM:
THE ATTACK ON FORT KING

Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St.
Saturday and Sunday | Dec. 7 and 8 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tensions are high as the Indian Agent Wiley Thompson clashes with Osceola
over the removal of Native Americans from Florida to the Indian Territory.
Witness the act which was a prelude to the Second Seminole War.
Join us for historical and educational experiences.

SANTA’S CALLING
Ocala Recreation and Parks

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday | Dec. 5, 6 and 7 | 6-9 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be checking their list and calling from the
North Pole to delight good little girls and boys. Registration required.

OCALA/MARION COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday | Dec. 8 | 5:30 p.m.
This parade has been an Ocala tradition for 60 years. The Friends of the
Christmas Parade have continued to improve and fine-tune the largest night time
parade in the State of Florida while giving back to the community. The parade
begins at McPherson Complex on SE 25 Ave., travels west along
Silver Springs Blvd. and ends at NE Eighth Ave.
Friends of the Christmas Parade 352.897.0198

For additional details regarding any of these events, please call 352.368.5517
or go to our website at www.ocalafl.org.