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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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Recreation and Park Special Events

EARTHFEST CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY

Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.

Saturday | April 25 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Explore the great outdoors at Earthfest!  Fun for the whole family, kids can try out tree rappelling, participate in the youth fishing derby, feed live butterflies and climb the rock wall!  Gain a hands-on learning experience meeting local and regional organizations that promote conservation and sustainability. Enjoy live music, food trucks and craft vendors lakeside in beautiful Tuscawilla Park!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St..

Saturday | July 25 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Complimentary school physicals, immunizations (must bring current shot record), vision and hearing screenings, child IDs, backpacks and school supplies (while supplies last). There will be vendors, clowns, games and food, too!

 

OCALA ART FESTIVAL

Downtown Ocala

Saturday & Sunday | October 24-25 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Artists from across the country will gather in historic downtown Ocala. In addition to 155 professional artists' displays, this event includes live entertainment, food trucks, children's art activities and student art competitions and performances. 

 

FORT KING'S HAUNTED TRAIL AND HALLOWEEN MOVIE: "LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS" (1986)

Fort King National historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St.

Friday | October 31 | 6.-10:30 p.m.

Get ready for a haunted trail filled with candy treats, scary tricks and fun times for the whole family! The trail gets scarier as it gets dark, so bring the little ones early. After finishing the trail, don't iss out on watching a halloween movie on the outdoor screen. 

 

LIGHT UP OCALA

Downtown Ocala

Saturday | November 21 | 4.-9 p.m.

Kick off the holidays with Ocala's premiere tree lighting ceremony! The 35th annual Light Up Ocala will feature live entertainment on four stages, plenty of food options, crafts and vendors. Be sure to bring the kids to the two interactive kids zones and spend some quality time with Santa before the tree lighting ceremony!

 

A FIGHT FOR FREEDOM: THE ATTACK ON FORT KING

Fort King National historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St.

Saturday | November 21 | 4.-9 p.m.

Join us for the historical and educational experiences about the high tensions between the Indian Agent Wiley Thompson who clashes with Osceola over the removal of Native Americans from Florida. Witness first hand the re-enactment of the act which was a prelude to the the Second Seminole War. 

 

April/May 2020 

LILLIAN F. BRYANT COMMUNITY CENTER

 SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE

Lillian Bryant Community Center | 2200 NW 17 Pl.

Saturday | May 2 | 10 a.m.-Noon

Looking for a summer camp?  If so, come visit our open house to learn about each camp the city has to offer.  Participants can ask questions, register and make payments. 

 

E.D. CROSKEY RECREATION CENTER

HOOPZ LEAGUE | AGES 14-18

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.

Tuesdays and Thursdays | Now-April 30 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Got Game?  Prove it by showing off your skills in our first annual teen Hoopz League.  Beginning this spring, this league will provide teens the opportunity to complete in a socially competitive program that emphasizes team work, hard work and leadership.  $25/person.  Register now-May 2. 

 

FIT IN THE PARK PRESENTS:  ZUMBA | AGES 10+

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.

Mondays-Thursdays | Now-Jan 31, 2021 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Let us take the “work” out of workout and come join us as we shake and groove our way to a healthier, happier future.  Our fun and certified instructors mix low-intensity and interval cardio training with fitness and wellness tips that will enable anyone from the novice fitness student to the gym guru to have fun and get healthy.  Free! 

 

FAMILY GAME NIGHT | AGES 5+

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.

Friday | March 27 | 6-8 p.m.

Game on!!!  We’re proud to present a game night series perfect for the family who just needs something to do that won’t break the bank.  With several activities to choose from, music, dancing and a concessions area, game night will be a treat guaranteed to excite every member of your family.  Get your game face on and we’ll see you there!  The program is free with nominal concession fees.

 

BEGINNERS VOLLEYBALL CLINIC | AGES 7-12

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.

Mondays-Wednesdays | March 30-April 15 | 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Looking to get your child involved with a growing sport that will teach them teamwork and have fun at the same time?  This is the program for you!  We will teach your child the proper technique of hitting, serving, blocking and passing the ball. Participants should wear tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirt and bring knee pads if you have them.  $25/player.  Register Now-April 1.

 

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED VOLLEYBALL CLINIC | AGES 13-18

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.

Mondays-Wednesdays | March 30-April 15 | 7:15-8:30 p.m.

This volleyball clinic is for the more advanced players to help them maintain the skills that they already have.  We will work on refreshing the players on hitting, serving, blocking and passing techniques.  Participants should wear tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirt and bring knee pads, if you have them.  $25/player.  Register Now-April 1. 

 

2020 ANNUAL “24K MAGIC” SPECIAL NEEDS PROM | AGES 15+

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.

Friday | April 10 | 6-9 p.m.

A prom is a special occasion for all to enjoy.  The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department would like to honor everyone that may not have experienced a prom in high school.  This special night is for individuals in our community with a special need.  Join us for music, dancing and memories to last a lifetime!  Semi-formal attire suggested but is not required.  $5/person.

 

CITY KIDS SUMMER CAMP | AGES 5-12

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.

Mondays-Fridays | June 1 - July 31 | 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

This fun and exciting 10-week summer camp includes fun-filled various recreational activities.  Each week will offer interactive presentations with city departments, STEM projects, local field trips (such as movies and city pools), recreational sports and much more.  Closed on July 3.   

 

OCALA REGIONAL SPORTSPLEX

CITY OF OCALA ADULT SOFTBALL ONE-PITCH BLIND DRAW | AGES 18+

Ocala Regional Sportsplex | 3500 SW 67 Ave.

Third Friday every other month | Now-Oct. 16 | 7-9 p.m.

Come out and see the improvements that have been made to the Ocala Regional Sportsplex while playing some softball.  Participants are responsible for bringing their own equipment.  Winning participants will receive a free entry into the next One-Pitch tournament.  $30/person.  Register now-Oct. 1.

 

ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL | AGES 18+

Ocala Regional Sportsplex | 3500 SW 67 Ave.

Thursdays | March 26-May 14 | 7-10 p.m.

Flag Football is back!  Get in the game by joining our adult flag football league starting this spring.  This league offers fun and exciting games without the tackling concept of football.  Whether you come out for the competition or the camaraderie, we’re positive you’ll have a great time.  $250/team.  Register Jan. 3-March 20. 

 

BEACH VOLLEYBALL | AGES 16+

Ocala Regional Sportsplex | 3500 SW 67 Ave.

Thursdays | April 16-June 25 | 6:30-9 p.m.

Come and join one of the fastest growing sports in the country at the improved Ocala Regional Sportsplex Sand Volleyball Courts.  League play will end with a season ending tournament where the winners will receive a trophy.  $50/team of two players.  Register March 12-April 16.

 

CITY OF OCALA ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUE | AGES 18+

Ocala Regional Sportsplex | 3500 SW 67 Ave.

Tuesdays | April 21-July 7 | 7-9 p.m.

Come out with the family and join the growing softball community by participating in this competitive softball league.  Participants are responsible for bringing their own equipment.  $300/15 player team.  Register March 25-April 21.

 

CITY OF OCALA ADULT MIXED SOFTBALL | AGES 18+

Ocala Regional Sportsplex | 3500 SW 67 Ave.

Wednesdays | April 22-July 8 | 7-9 p.m.

Come out with the family and join the growing softball community by participating in this recreational softball league.  Participants are responsible for bringing their own equipment.  Teams need to consist of at least three females and seven males per team.  $300/15-player team.  Register now-April 22. 


CITY OF OCALA ADULT CORPORATE SOFTBALL LEAGUE | AGES 18+

Ocala Regional Sportsplex | 3500 SW 67 Ave.

Sundays | April 26-July 12 | 2-3 p.m.

Looking for a great team building program for your business?  Get a team together and come out to the improved Ocala Regional Sportsplex to participate in this recreational softball league.  Participants are responsible for bringing their own equipment.  $300/15-player team.  Register March 26-April 26.

 

CITY OF OCALA ADULT SOFTBALL ALL NIGHTER | AGES 18+

Ocala Regional Sportsplex | 3500 SW 67 Ave.

Saturday-Sunday | May 2-3 | 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

This co-ed softball tournament has a four home run limit per team with one player being able to purchase an unlimited home run band for $10 per game.  Fee is $300 per team with a guaranteed three games.  Two divisions with a Round-Robin format.  Top teams in each division play for the championship.  Winner will be presented with the Championship Belt, their entry and All-Nighter Championship t-shirts.   Register March 30-May 1.

 

START SMART SOCCER | AGES 3-4

Ocala Regional Sportsplex | 3500 SW 67 Ave.

Wednesdays | May 27-June 24 | 6-7 p.m.

A fun and safe soccer program!  Start Smart participants will develop proper motor skills that will allow them to enjoy and succeed in their youth sports future!  $25/player.  Register April 1-May 27. 

 

SOCCER STARS | AGES 5-6

Ocala Regional Sportsplex | 3500 SW 67 Ave.

Thursdays | May 28-June 25 | 9-10 a.m.

Are you looking for a soccer program to help develop your future sports star?  If so, this program is for you!  This is a fun and safe soccer program, yet a challenging learning experience essentially leading them into a competitive program in the future.  $30/person.  Register April 1-May 21. 

 

FORT KING NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK

PROGRAMS IN THE PARK | ALL AGES

Planting for Kids | March 20 | 10-11 a.m. | Scott Springs

Treemendous | Apr. 3 | 10-11 a.m. | Scott Springs

Bird Photo Walk | May 15 | 10-11 a.m. | Tuscawilla

This is a series of free programing designed to give children and families a more in-depth look at the natural resources around them.  Each program will focus on a different topic and include an activity based on the subject matter.  Participants should be dressed for the outdoors in the weather around them, bring water and sunscreen, most most importantly bring a desire to lean and have fun!

 

WILDLANDS NATURE ADVENTURES | AGES 6-16

Heritage Nature Conservancy | 2005 NE Third St.

Scott Springs | 2825 SW 24 Ave.

Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.

Fridays | 10 a.m.-Noon

April 17 | Sun Energy

May 30 | Saturday | Things That Fly 

Aug. 14 | Animal Tracking and Track Identification

Dec. 18 | Who Gives a Hoot?

Explore the nature that surrounds you with fun and educational outdoor activity.  These exciting programs all include a project take-away.  $20/person.  

 

FITNESS ZONE | AGES 14+

Mondays-Saturdays | Year-round | Noon-8 p.m.

Get your heart and muscles pumping on cardio equipment or weight machines.  No matter what your  athletic level is, our fitness area is designed to help you on your journey for a happier, healthier life!

 

JERVEY GANTT RECREATION COMPLEX


BUDDY SPORTS CLINIC | AGES 4-6

Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex | 2200 SE 36 Ave.

Tuesdays | March 10-31 | 6-7 p.m.

Participants with special needs individuals will be introduced to a variety of sports.  Each player will be paired with a “buddy” to assist the player as needed.  $25/person.  Register now thru March 3. 


START SMART T-BALL | AGES 4-5

Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex | 2200 SE 36 Ave.

Wednesdays | March 10-April 8 | 6-7 p.m.

It’s that time again!  Join us as we teach your mini athlete the basic skills of t-ball.  Participants will learn to bat, catch, throw, run bases, etc.  $25/person.  Register Feb. 14-March 4.

 

ADULT ACTIVITY CENTERS

 

OFF YOUR ROCKERS SENIOR SOCIAL

Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.

Thursdays | 1-3 p.m.

March 12 - Do the twist in your 50s attire

April 9 - The “SENIOR” Prom

May 14 - Spring Fling

Come dressed to impress and dance the afternoon away while enjoying good music and meeting new friends at our new themed Off Your Rockers Senior Social sponsored by Humana.  $3/person.     

 

SNACKS AND FACTS | AGES 50+

Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.

Wednesday | March 18 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Come out and enjoy yourself with old friends while making some new ones too!  These family-friendly outings focus on community leisure opportunities, socialization and independence.

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERIES

Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.

Thursdays | 9-11 a.m.

March 19 - Blood Pressure Screenings

April 16 - Senior Vaccination Awareness and Pneumonia Shots

May 21 - Summer Heat Awareness

Are you ready to take your health by storm?  Come out to our new speed learning and interactive health sessions sponsored by Walgreens.  Register one week prior to program. 

 

PARADE OF SENIOR SERVICES | AGES 50+

College of Central Florida | 3003 SW College Rd.

Friday | March 20 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Over 50 agencies have partnered to provide literature and answer your questions about recreation, city, county, state and federal government services, health care, social services and more to to seniors in Marion County.

 

ROCK YOUR SOCKS

Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex | 2200 SE 36 Ave.

Saturday | March 21 | 1-5 p.m.

Put your crazy socks on and join us as we celebrate the upside of Down Syndrome on World Down Syndrome Day!  Come enjoy a day of fun, food, games and fellowship while celebrating the value of acceptance and inclusion.  Your entire family is invited.  This is a partnership with Champions for Champions. 

 

ST. AUGUSTINE TROLLEY TOUR | AGES 50+

Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.

Wednesday | March 25 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sign up for this wonderful trip to Old Town St. Augustine.  Enjoy a fascinating private trolley tour exploring the sights and attractions stopping at 23 convenient locations.  Lunch is on your own after the tour.  Dress comfortable!  $47/person.  If you have any questions or to preregister by March 23, call Grace Huffman at 352.629.8357

 

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK CASINO | AGES 50+

Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.

Wednesday | April 15 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Join us for lots of fun in Tampa.  Dress comfortable!  $27/person, which includes transportation.   If you have any questions or to preregister by April 14, call Grace Huffman at 352.629.8357

 

SENIOR FISHING DERBY | AGES 50+

Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.

Monday | April 27 | 9 a.m.-Noon

Hook up with us for a few hours of fishing FUN at Lake Tuscawilla.  Dress comfortably, bring your sunscreen and fishing poles.  We will provide lunch, prizes and bait.  Transportation is NOT included. 

 

BARBARA LEE CRUISE | AGES 50+

Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.

Wednesday | May 20 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sign up for this wonderful day on the St. Johns River.  Cruise is a climate-controlled boat for a close-up view of the area’s abundant wildlife.  All meals will be prepared fresh onboard with live music and dancing.  Dress comfortable!  $76/person, which includes transportation.  If you have any questions or to preregister by May 15, call Grace Huffman at 352.629.8357

 

LETTY TOWLES DOG PARK

NAMASITSTAY K9 FIT CLUB CLASS

Letty Towles Dog Park | 2299 SE 36 Ave.

Mondays | Now-April 6 | 5-6 p.m.

NamaSitStay is a form of yoga that combines massage as well as gentle stretching for dogs and their human partners.  With integrated moves and techniques, NamaSitStay benefits you and your pet’s health while helping strengthen the bond between you and your dog.  Be sure to bring your yoga mat or a towel/blanket, as well as your pup’s favorite snack. 

 

EGG-STRAVAGANZA PAWS HUNT

Letty Towles Dog Park | 2299 SE 36 Ave.

Saturday | April 4 | 9-11 a.m.

Easter egg hunts are not just for children anymore!  Canines and their adult companion/s are invited to an Eggciting event.  This event is specifically for fur babies but there will also be some special eggs containing prizes that our human friends will love too!  All friendly dogs are welcome and must be on a leash. 

 

DISCOVERY CENTER

 

DINOSAUR REVOLUTION EXHIBIT

Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Avenue

Tuesdays-Saturdays | Now-March 28 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dino Revolution is an interactive maze that seeks to entertain and educate guests about various species of dinosaurs, scientific careers and fosters active play through stations designed to get kids moving and learning.  $8/person.  $28/family of four.       

 

DINO REVOLUTION STEAM SATURDAYS:  DINOSAUR SOAP EGGS

Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Avenue

Saturdays | March 21 | 2-3 p.m.

Make a special soap egg with a dino inside!  This program is offered as an add-on to your exhibit admission so come early and explore the museum before you participate in one of these great classes.  $3/person plus $8/person admission.

 

ASTRONAUT ACADEMY (Discovery Center Exhibit Build)

Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Avenue

Tuesdays-Saturdays | April 11-June 27 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to travel in space?  If you could go to Mars, would you?  Drive a Mars rover across rocky terrain, navigate your way through a replica portion of the ISS and take part in a variety of experiments and challenges.  This all new exhibit is out of this world!  $8/person.

 

ASTRONAUT ACADEMY STEAM SATURDAYS

Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Avenue

Saturday | April 11 | May 9 | June 13 | 2-3 p.m.

STEAM Saturdays is offered as an add-on to Discovery Center general admission.  Guests pay just $12/person for exhibit admission, Star Lab Planetarium and hands-on STEAM program. 

 

AMAZING ARTHROPODS

Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Avenue

Tuesdays-Sundays | April 17-June 26 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

From butterflies and bees to beetles, tarantulas and even crabs, you’ll be amazed at the world of Awesome Arthropods.  Learn how scientists classify insects, go back in time to explore ancient fossilized bugs, meet some of our live arthropods and event be your favorite bug for the day.  $8/person.

 

DISCOVERY DATE NIGHT | AGES 18+

Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Avenue

Friday | April 24 | 6:30-9 p.m.

Explore our exhibit which features Astronaut Academy.  Enjoy space themed fun and a planetarium show!  Wine, snacks and free play in the exhibit.  $15/person.

 

CULTURAL ARTS

 

ART IN CITY SPACES: MARION COUNTY RICH WITH WILDLIFE

BY HOLLY YOCUM

Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.

Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration | 828 NE Eighth Ave.

Mondays-Fridays | Now-April 20 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

Historic downtown Ocala

Fridays | April 3 | May 1 | 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of art, live performances, art activities and downtown shops and restaurants.  Pick up your map on the square and take a self-guided tour of local artists.

 

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