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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.

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

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM [PG-13]
Webb Field | 105 NW 12th 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.

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DISCOVERY CENTER EXHIBITS
701 NE Sanchez Ave.

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 | 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.

  

CIRCUIT TRAINING | AGES 18+

E.D. Croskey Recreation Complex | 1510 NW Fourth St.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays | May 13-July 15 | 6-7:15 p.m.
A beginner circuit training program designed for anyone wanting to make a health change.  Activities include low impact exercising, cardio, etc.  Participants should wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes, bring a towel and a positive attitude.  Register through May 6.   

ART IN CITY SPACES:  JOSEPH LINGERFELT EXHIBIT
Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration
828 NE Eighth Ave.
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center
830 NE Eighth Ave.
Mondays-Fridays | May 23-Aug. 22 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Come enjoy the works of Lingerfelt’s oil and acrylic painting, as well as his poetry.

LEARN TO SWIM | AGES 3+
Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center | 2390 SE 36 Ave.
Hampton Aquatic FUN Center | 255 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays | 9:15 a.m. | 10:15 a.m. | 5:30 p.m.
July 8-17 | July 22-31
Lessons are taught by American Red Cross certified swim instructors and consist of six lessons over a two-week period.  Participants are grouped according to their levels.  Learn how to enter and exit water safely, back float, roll front to back, arm and leg actions, submerge under water with eyes open to retrieve items and bobbing.   Register through July 22.  $55/participant.

LAP SWIM | AGES 18+
Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center | 2390 SE 36 Ave.
Mondays-Fridays | May 28-Aug. 9 | 9-11 a.m. | 5-6 p.m.
This new addition to our aquatic fun center will allow adults to enjoy aerobic exercise before or after the crowds.  $3/person/session.  

LEVITT AMP OCALA MUSIC SERIES
Webb Field | 105 NW 12 Ave.
Fridays | May 31-Aug. 2 | 6-9 p.m.
Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy an evening of live music, food trucks, vendors and art experiences as the series returns with free concerts.

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.  $3/person/session plus exhibit admission of $6.50/person or $22/family of four.

OCALA DOWNTOWN MARKET
Corner of SE Third St. and SE Third Ave.
Saturdays | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Rain or shine
Locally grown produce, jellies, jams, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, homemade crafts, plants and a playground for the kids. 

ADULT GOLF OUTINGS AND LESSONS
Ocala Golf Club | 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd. | 352.401.6917
Call the city golf course and get ready to TEE IT UP! 
TENNIS ANYONE?
Fort King Tennis Center | 3301 SE Fort King St. | 352.629.8453
Open to the public and certified tennis professionals provide lessons for all skill levels.  

 

JULY 2019

READING WITH THE RANGERS
Fridays | 11 a.m.-Noon
July 5 | Tom’s | 2245 N. Magnolia Ave.
July 12 | Heritage Nature Conservancy | 2005 NE Third St.
July 19 | Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex | 1510 NW Fourth St.
July 26 | Tuscawilla | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.
Parks are made for reading and our park rangers love to read some great books to your kids.  In partnership with the Marion County Library System this program looks to expose kids to the wonderful world of urban parks and the written word.  Bring lunch or a snack, a blanket to sit on and stay after to play in the park.  

JUNIOR CAMP | AGES 8-11
SENIOR CAMP | AGES 12-15

Discovery Center: Mondays-Fridays | June 3-Aug. 2 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Extended day 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Explore different science themes and concepts, conduct experiments, play games, make crafts, cool off at the pool, go on a field trip each week and have fun!  Buy five weeks and receive a 10% discount; buy 10 weeks and deduct $130.  $25/child registration fee and $115/week/member or $130/week/non-member. Register through July 19.

SUMMER SHORTS:  FORT KING ENVIRONMENTAL DAYS | AGES 5-15
Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E Fort King St.
Thursdays | 10 a.m.-Noon                      

July 11:  Pond Life July 18:  Art in Nature

July 25: Discover Hiking with Journey Sticks

A fun way for kids to learn about nature and the environment.  A different topic and activity will take place each week and you can even take your project home!  $10/person/program or $50/person/six programs.

PROGRAMS IN THE PARKS
Fridays | Noon-1 p.m.
Free programming 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 and the weather around them, bring water and sunscreen, but most importantly bring a desire to learn and have fun!

AWESOME OWLS
Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St.
Friday | July 12 | Noon-1 p.m.
This program will be a hoot.  Come learn all about these amazing birds followed by a fun owl activity.  This program follows our Reading with a Ranger program.
FANTASTIC FROGS
Tuscawilla | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.
Friday | July 26 | Noon-1 p.m.
This program will teach you why frogs are so important in our environment, you will learn about different frogs in our area and the life cycle of a frog.  There will also be a fun frog activity.  

 LAP SWIM | AGES 18+

Jervey Gantt 
Mondays-Fridays | June 3-Aug. 9 | 9-11 a.m. | 5-6 p.m.
This new addition to our aquatic fun center will allow adults to enjoy aerobic exercise before or after the crowds.  $3/person/session.  

LEARN TO SWIM | AGES 3+
Hampton and Jervey Gantt 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays | 9:15 a.m. | 10:15 a.m. | 5:30 p.m.
July 8-17 | July 22-31
Lessons are taught by American Red Cross certified swim instructors and consist of six lessons over a two-week period.  Participants are placed in groups according to their levels.  Children will learn how to enter and exit water safely, back float, roll front to back, arm and leg actions, submerge under water with eyes open to retrieve items and bobbing.   $55/participant.  Register through July 22.  

OPEN RECREATION | AGES 5+

E.D. CROSKEY RECREATION CENTER
1510 NW Fourth St. | 352.401.3920

Mondays-Fridays | Year-round (except major holidays) | 3-8 p.m. 
Whether you’re looking for a pickup game of basketball, access to community resources, a presentation on business etiquette or a place to meet your community, we are the place for you. 

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.

AUGUST 2019

CITY OF OCALA ADULT CORPORATE SOFTBALL LEAGUE

Sundays | Aug. 4-Oct. 27 | 1-5 p.m. OCALA REGIONAL SPORTSPLEX: 3500 SW 67 Ave. Rd. | 352.629.8389. This Corporate Softball League is for companies looking to have a little fun while socializing among other commercial organizations.  This competitive league offers a 10-week season, followed by an end of the season tournament.  Participants are responsible for bringing all equipment needed to play.  Businesses can come together and share ideas with one another while participating in a fun sporting event.  Through the Corporate Softball League entry fee, businesses will receive an advertisement banner for their company that will remain on the filed for a six-month period.  Register June 24-July 26.  $350/team.

 

CITY OF OCALA ADULT MIXED SOFTBALL LEAGUE | AGES 18+

Ocala Regional Sportsplex: 3500 SW 67 Ave. Road, Wednesdays | Aug. 7 - Nov. 20| 6:30-9:30 p.m. This adult league is for anyone looking to have a little fun while socializing amongst likeminded peers, family or co-workers.  This is a mixed softball league, which will consist of a six male/4 female format.  A minimum of four females must always be on the playing field.  Participants are responsible for bringing their own equipment.  Teams will get up to 30 games played during the season. $300/team.  

CITY OF OCALA MEN’S 50+ SOFTBALL LEAGUE 
Ocala Regional Sportsplex: 3500 SW 67 Ave. Road, Thursdays | Aug. 8 -Nov. 21 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. This is a league for men ages 50 and over who share a passion for the sport of softball or maybe looking to get back into the swing of things.  Each participant is responsible for bringing their own equipment.  Teams will play up to 30 games during the season and will have the opportunity to play for the league championship via tournament. $300/team.  

THE CITY OF OCALA ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Ocala Regional Sportsplex: 3500 SW 67 Ave. Road, Tuesdays,| Aug. 6 -Sept. 19 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. This league is for anyone looking to have a little fun.  It’s a 14-week season followed by an end of season tournament.  Players must provide their own equipment.  $300/team.

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!

Click HERE for last year's Light-Up Ocala recap! >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJrPPI2jLCo&t=9s

 

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.