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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.

To see what events we have planned for this and upcoming months, click the link below. Also, LIKE us on Facebook, where we post event announcements, sponsorship opportunities, contests, city news and photos.

Events Calendar


 

 

THE ART OF CARLYNNE HERSHBERGER EXHIBIT
City Hall | 110 SE Watula Ave.
Mondays-Fridays | Now-Jan. 18 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

ART IN CITY SPACES: ROBYNE FRAIZE EXHIBIT
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.
Recreation and Parks Administration | 828 NE Eighth Ave.
Mondays-Fridays | Now-Jan. 25 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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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.

THE GOONIES [PG]
Scott Springs | 2825 SW 24 Ave.
Friday | Jan. 18 | 7 p.m.

FENCES [PG-13]
Webb Field | 105 NW 12 Ave.
Friday | Feb. 15 | 7 p.m.

JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017) [PG-13]
Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.
Friday | March 8 | 7 p.m.

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

Jan. 12-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.

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.

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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.

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JANUARY 2019


ART PARK PERFORMANCE SERIES: KINDO
Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St.
Friday | Jan. 11 | 6-9 p.m.
Enjoy live music by Kindo, citing influences from Dave Brubeck
to Ben Folds, this group has a sound that is unique, refreshing and universally personable.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
COMMEMORATIVE CELEBRATION

Each year we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Ire Bethea 352.208.0819 | Narvella Haynes 352.598.0205

YOUTH DAY
Howard Academy | 306 NW Seventh Ave.
Saturday | January 12 | 1-3 p.m.

PRAYER BREAKFAST
E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St.
Saturday | January 19 | 9 a.m.

WREATH CEREMONY
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | 595 SW Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Saturday | January 19 | 11:30 a.m.

ECUMENICAL SERVICE
St. Paul A.M.E. Church | 718 NW Seventh St.
Sunday | January 20 | 6 p.m.

THE MARCH
Downtown Square | 1 SE Broadway St.
Monday | January 21 | 8 a.m.

DAY IN THE PARK
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex | 1510 NW Fourth St.
Monday | Jan. 21 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

FEBRUARY 2019

 Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up logo of bull head

CATTLE DRIVE AND COWBOY ROUND-UP

Downtown Ocala to Tuscawilla Park
Saturday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Follow the cattle drive from downtown Ocala to Tuscawilla Park where the festivities begin. The cattle start their drive from downtown at 10 a.m. and end at Tuscawilla Park where the celebration continues! There will be live entertainment, kids' corral, authentic vendors, Cowboy Tom, vittles, beer waterin’ hole,  mechanical bull rides, and more! Chase Bryant headlines musical acts Orphan Brigade and Dead Horses. General Admission is free. VIP is $25 and includes: Front stage VIP viewing, VIP pavilion access (with restroom and snacks), event keepsake, VIP-only viewing during the cattle drive and one free soda or water. This event is a fundraiser for the Discovery Center.
To purchase you VIP ticket (as quantities are limited) please visit https://2019cdcrvip.eventbrite.com. To inquire about sponsorship or vendor opportunities, please contact Jeff Inglehart at 352-368-5517 or email Jinglehart@ocalafl.org. 
Thank you to the following sponsors: 

Rotary International

Ocala Recreation and Parks

Ocala Electric Utilities

Insight Credit Union

Rogers Engineering

K-Country 93.7FM

Marion County Cattlemen's Association

Tri-Am RV Center

  

BEN SOLLEE AND ANNUAL ART EVENT
Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St.
Friday | Feb. 22 | 6-9 p.m.
Come and enjoy live music by Ben Sollee, a Kentucky born cellist and composer.
He plays the cello in a unique way, as his music ranges from folk to rhythm and blues.

 

MARCH 2019

GRIT: FORT KING STRENGTH CHALLENGE
Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St. Saturday | March 2 | 8AM
Are you strong enough to survive, do you have the GRIT, nerve and stamina to
make it home in one piece? Will you defend your honor on the battlefield or whimper
back alone? Challenge yourself against the legacy of the soldiers of Fort King on the
same land they stood, fought and were tested. There will be vendors, food trucks
and athletic challengers. Contestants must pre-register. Visit www.crossfitironlegion.com/grit-strength-challenge for more information and to register today! 

ENGINEERING DAY
Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Ave.
Saturday | March 9 | 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m.
Engineers from the Florida Engineering Society are partnering with the
Discovery Center to bring a complimentary fun family day that includes hands-on
activities and challenges for students’ ages 5-15. Pre-register at
www.mydiscoverycenter.org in order to have adequate supplies on hand.

MASS GOTHIC
Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St.
Friday | March 15 | 6-9 p.m.
Come and enjoy live music by Mass Gothic. The husband and wife duo
Noel Heroux and Jessica Zambri have dreamed up a record packed with the tension,
chaos and beauty of a fluid and cathartic two-way conversation. In a universe
increasingly threatening our abilities to work hard on communication and coexistence,
their creative union isn’t just inspired but important.

PARADE OF SENIOR SERVICES
Kline Conference Center, College of Central Florida | 3001 SW College Rd.
Friday | March 22 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Come out to the showcase of community services available
to senior citizens and their families.

 

APRIL 2019

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.

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!

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!

LETS SKATE OCALA!

Downtown Ocala Nov. 10-Dec. 30 | Days and hours vary
A fun unique winter activity using synthetic “Ice” that’s so authentic you
won’t know the difference. Come out to one of our Theme Nights.

 

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.