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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 Movie Series, we aim to bring exciting, enjoyable events to all corners of this beautiful city.

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     Events Calendar

Recreation and Park Signature Events

 

CATTLE DRIVE & COWBOY ROUND-UP

Cattle Drive & Cowboy round up.Saturday, February 13, 2021

Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.

Dust off your cowboy hat and shine up your boots for Ocala's annual Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up! Start the morning off early watching real cowboys drive Florida cracker cattle through Downtown Ocala to Tuscawilla Park, then let the festivities begin!

 

GRIT STRENGTH CHALLENGE

GRIT Strength Challenge logo

February 2021

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

This  team-based strength & fitness challenge is a unique competition designed for all fitness levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Three-person teams will be challenged to move objects over distances similar to what would have been used during the 1800’s: logs, barrels, sandbags and more will be used to test your team. If you enjoy unusual challenges, this event is for you!

 

SPRING ART PARK SERIES

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Spring 2021 

Tuscawilla Art Park | 513 NE 5th Street

Each Spring, the Tuscawilla Art Park hosts the Spring Art Park Series featuring a musical  concert in the park. In the past, the series has featured performances from Ethio-  American  artist Meklit, classical contemporary artist Simply Three, cellist and singer- songwriter Ben Sollee and indie bands Kindo and Little Tybee. 

 

RETRO SOUNDS

March 5,  2021Retro Sounds Logo

Downtown Ocala

Each March, First Friday Art Walk travels back in time with Retro Sounds! Retro Sounds  pays homage to the generations of past musical genres and performers. The evening  features a musical performance by professional tribute artists and bands. Travel back  through the decades and hear all your favorite hits!

 

EARTHFEST CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY

Earthfest celebrate arbor day logo

Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave.

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!

 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK


First Friday Art Walk LogoSeptember through May 

Downtown Ocala

Taking place the first Friday of each month, September through May from 6 to 9 p.m., this  free  event located in Ocala’s historic downtown includes over 30 artist displays, monthly live  entertainment, free family art activities provided by local arts organizations and extended  shopping hours.

 

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

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 Saturday, October 31, 2020 | 6.-10:30 p.m. 

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

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 miss out on watching a Halloween movie on the BIG outdoor screen. 

 

LIGHT UP OCALA

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Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 4-9 p.m.

Downtown Ocala

Kick off the holidays with Ocala's premiere tree lighting ceremony! The long-standing tradition of 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

Fight for Freedom LogoDecember 2020

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

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. 

 

LEVITT AMP MUSIC SERIES

Levitt AMP Ocala Music SeriesThe 2020 series is currently postponed

Webb Field | 105 NW 12th Ave.

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series will present ten free, family-friendly concerts to the public with exact dates to be announced soon.  The series will feature a diverse lineup of high-caliber talent spanning a variety of musical genres. Each concert will also spotlight a local non-profit organization, who will conduct a special activity or performance during the intermission. Food will be available for purchase at each concert. Blankets and chairs are encouraged.

 

 

For additional details regarding any of these events, please call 352.368.5517