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City of Ocala
Events and Programs  

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

  

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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.

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 | 8 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.

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.


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.  

E.D. CROSKEY RECREATION CENTER
Open Recreation - Ages 5+
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. 


FITNESS ZONE | AGES 14+
Mondays through 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!     

OPEN RECREATION | AGES 5+
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. 

SEPTEMBER 2019

REJUVENATE WITH THE ARTS
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.
Tuesdays | Sept. 24 | 10 am to Noon
Learn the arts and design unique and collaborative creations through various classes and workshops.  $5 per person per class.  Thank you to our sponsors, Relics & Rust and Windsor Assisted Living.

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Downtown Ocala
First Friday of each month | Sept. 6 through May 1 | 6 to 9 pm
Artists displays, live entertainment, street performers, free art activities and extended business hours.

SUPER JAM AT THE ORANGE BLOSSOM OPRY 
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.
Thursday | Sept. 19 | 5:30 to 11 pm
An exceptional night of entertainment by some of Florida’s BEST local musical and comical talents.  $12 per person includes transportation.  

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES 
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave.
Wednesdays | Sept. 25 | Oct. 23 | Nov. 20 | Dec. 18 | 12:30 to 4 pm
Enjoy a newly released film at Ocala Centre 6, including popcorn and soda followed by a trip to Brewster’s for free ice cream.  $7 per person, payable at the movie theater.  Call 352.629.8545 to register.  

HISTORIC HOMESTEADING:  RAG RUGS
Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E Fort King St.
Saturday | Sept. 28 | 10 am to Noon
In a previous time, things were not thrown away, the discarded became something new, resources scarce.  Ingenious ways were found to make new things out of old items.  In this workshop you will learn one of these old-time skills, how to make a Rag Rug.  This easy no-sew technique will allow you to turn any fabric into a new and attractive rug for your home.  Materials and instructions are included in this fun class.  Bring a friend and learn together.  $20 per person.  Register until Sept. 26.

OCTOBER 2019

ADULT DODGE BALL | AGES 18+
Mondays | Oct. 14-Nov. 18 | 6-8 p.m.
Have you mastered the 5 D’s of Dodgeball (Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge)?  Perfect your dodging, catching and throwing skills with this six-week adult league.  This supervised program teaches the correct way to play the wonderful game of dodgeball.  All you need to play is at least six players with matching colored shirts or jerseys and closed-toe shoes.  Come join the fun!  $50/ per /team.  Register Aug. 1-Oct. 7.

HISTORIC HOMESTEADING:  BROOM MAKING
Saturday | Oct. 19 | 10 a.m.-Noon
Brooms can be for sweeping and brooms can be art.  Join us for this broom making workshop and make your own broom that is both.  This workshop will provide you with the instruction and materials to make your very own traditional broom.  Use your new broom to sweep your house or hang for decoration.  Learn about the history of brooms in America and why this dying art is so important to preserve.  Bring a friend and learn a new skill together.  $20 per person includes materials and instructions.  Register through Oct. 17.  

 
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

 

HISTORIC HOMESTEADING: THE ART OF THE GUNSMITH Nov. 9

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.

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