Events Calendar

Farm City Photo Contest
Oct 3 – Nov 1 all-day

Farm City Week is a week full of activities from November 14 through 21 to promote the National Farm City week’s educational topic of “Food from Farm to Table”.  Farm-City Week reminds us of the interdependency of food producers and food consumers, as well as those who process, package, transport and retail food. America has good soils, good rainfall, good farmers and good technology, all of which have allowed production agriculture to increase the number of people one farmer feeds from 26 in 1960 to 155 today.


Farm City Week includes a number of activities to promote the agricultural lifestyle – a photo contest, the University of Florida/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit Open House on November 16, a legislator breakfast on a thoroughbred horse farm on November 17, the Marion County Agriculture Hall of Fame exhibit, and proclamations from the city and county.


A photo contest kicks off the Farm City events on October 3 and runs to November 1. The Marion County photo contest is designed to celebrate the diversity of life in the county with a focus on farm people, animals/livestock and rural landscapes. Entry forms are available beginning Oct. 3 at the Marion County Extension Service offices at 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, at the Marion County Farm Bureau, at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association (FTBOA) at 801 SW 60th Avenue, online at or e-mail Students and all community members are encouraged to enter and entries are accepted in person, by mail, via Facebook and via text.


Finalists will be selected from a panel of judges. Public voting for the grand prize winner from the finalists will be held December 1 through December 30 at seven locations throughout the county including the Marion County Extension Service offices, the FTBOA Museum & Gallery, the Marion County Library Headquarters-Ocala, Dunnellon and Forest public libraries, and the Marion County utility office in Belleview, and the Visitor & Convention Bureau at 112 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala. The grand prize winner receives recognition and their winning photo will be showcased in many publications in the area.


On November 16, the University of Florida/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit Open House includes seminars on blueberries, olives, organic gardening, vegetable grafting, turf varieties and turf irrigation. The programs are scheduled for 45 minutes each. The morning tours begin at 10:30 am., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon. The programs are followed by a free lunch sponsored by the Marion County Farm Bureau and Site One Landscape Supply.  Afternoon seminars start at 1:30 p.m. with three seminars to choose from including blueberries, organic gardening and turf varieties and at 2:15 p.m. choices are olives, vegetable grafting and turf irrigation. Guests will also be able to roam the Florida-Friendly Landscape gardens at the facility located at 2556 W Hwy 318 in Citra. Space is limited. To RSVP visit Eventbrite, then University of Florida/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit open house. To book your ticket directly, go to Call 352-671-8403 for more information.


On November 17, a Legislator Farm City Breakfast of invited legislators will be hosted at Bryan Rice’s thoroughbred farm, Woodside Ranch. The breakfast, sponsored by the Marion County Farm Bureau and the FTBOA, will highlight the importance of agriculture in the county and state. The event includes a walking tour of the thoroughbred facility so legislators can see first-hand the $1 billion economic impact that the thoroughbred industry provides to the state.


The week also honors members of the Marion County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Since its inception in 2003, the hall of fame has been recognizing individuals who have made tremendous achievements and contributions to the furtherance of agriculture in our community. Members include 29 men and three women credited for their advancement of Marion County’s agricultural history. During the week, the community is encouraged to visit the foyer of the Extension Service’s Auditorium at 2232 NE Jacksonville Road to learn more about each inductee’s contribution to agriculture that is commemorated with bronze plaques in this permanent exhibit.  While there, community members are invited to visit the Master Gardener’s garden adjacent to the auditorium and are encouraged to stop into the extension offices for information on a variety of agriculture topics.


In addition, annually during the week, the city and the county recognize Farm City Week with proclamations.


The week is sponsored by The Marion County Farm City Week Coalition, UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association, Florida Equine Communications, Marion County Farm Bureau, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Marion County Public Schools, Marion County Peanut Producers, the Marion County library system, Marion County Utilities and the Ocala/Marion County Visitor and Convention Bureau.


For more information, please contact the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service at 352-671-8403. For event details, visit the Ocala/Marion County Farm City Week Facebook page and be sure to post photos of the events you attend to promote our Farm City Week.

Ocala Pumpkin Run @ Castro Farms
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Read With Me (ages 6 – 12) @ E.D. Croskey Recreation Center 1510 NW 4th Street
Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Kelvin, 352-629-8389

River Rhythms @ Silver Springs State Park
Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm

Open Drum Circle

Bring your own percussion instrument or share one! All can watch or join in!

Hosted by

4 p.m. to Sunset on the 4th Friday each month

After Dark in the Park at the Fort King National Historic Landmark @ Fort King National Historic Landmark
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2016) – The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the “After Dark in the Park: Freaky Fridays” movie series every Friday in October at 7 p.m. at various city locations.
 Friday, Oct. 7 – “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” at Citizens’ Circle (151 SE Osceola Ave.)
 Friday, Oct. 14 – “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at Tuscawilla Park (500 NE Sanchez Ave.)
 Friday, Oct. 21 – “The Avengers” (2012) at Lillian F. Bryant Community Center (2200 NW 17th Pl.)
 Friday, Oct. 28 – “Ghostbusters” (1984) at Fort King National Historic Landmark (3925 E. Fort King St.)
These events are complimentary and will include popcorn, hot cocoa and more. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.
For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

Lady Windermere’s Fan at Central Florida’s Dassance Fine Arts Center @ CF Dassance Fine Arts Center
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm
Symphony After Dark: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Reilly Arts Center @ The Reilly Arts Center
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm
Auto Draft @ Vanguard High School
Oct 29 all-day
Ocala Pumpkin Run @ Castro Farms
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kayak/Paddleboard Outing – Meet at Brick City Adventure Park @ Brick City Adventure Park
Oct 29 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Kayak/Paddleboard Outing – Silver River (Silver Springs) – Meet at Brick City Adventure Park @ Brick City Adventure Park
Oct 29 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Kayak outings for the experienced paddler. Participants meet at Brick City Adventure Park at 8:30 a.m.

Fee is $40/person plus the park user fee. Equipment and shuttle provided.

Pre-registration required.

Farmstead Weekend at Crones’ Cradle Conserve
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


For more information contact Jeri Baldwin

352-595-3377 (10am-3pm)


Farmstead Weekend is a Farmers’ Market held every Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crones’ Cradle Conserve.    Come visit and tour a working vegetable and herb farm.  Learn about naturally and carefully grown foods which nourishes and energizes you and your family.  The farm store carries fresh picked vegetables, jams, jellies, honey, pickles and other items grown and prepared on the farm.

Crones’ Cradle Conserve, a not for profit foundation, located 6.4 miles east of Citra on CR 318 or 6 miles west of the CR315/318 caution light  near Orange Springs at 6411 NE 217th PL, Citra, FL.    Farm visits are free to the public, except during special farm events. Please no pets or tobacco.   Plants, fresh produce, value added farm products, books, farm and fine crafts are available for purchase daily at the Farm Store. Only cash or first party checks accepted.  For more information please call 352-595-3377 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily or visit or


Ocala Farm Market @ Downtown Square
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don McLean In Concert with Special Guest, Judy Collins @ Circle Square Cultural Center
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm
Dance Alive: Fangs! at the Reilly Arts Center @ The Reilly Arts Center
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm

OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2016) – Sink your fangs into a Halloween spectacle at the Reilly Arts Center! Join Dance Alive National Ballet (DANB) for an October treat as they bring their production of Fangs! to your home for arts and entertainment in Ocala.

Do you love Halloween? Flaunt your favorite costumes at the Reilly on this sensational Saturday night! Dracula rises from a fog filled haze, Vampyra ‘vamps’ playfully, and the Raven quoth’s ‘Nevermore.’ Chock full of fun and DRIPPING with spookiness!

Fangs! will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Reilly Arts Center. The Reilly Arts Center is located at 500 NE 9th Street, Ocala, FL 34470. Tickets range from $15-$35, and student tickets are available for $10. Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling the box office at (352) 351-1606 during box office hours. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Reilly Arts Center box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Call (352) 351-1606 ext. 103 to learn more about group discounts for this show.

Dance Alive National Ballet features an international roster of award winning dancers. Elegant and exciting, they are at the heart of the company’s undeniable success. DANB’s repertoire ranges from the quintessential classic Nutcracker to the cutting-edge movement of contemporary ballet. Throughout this choreographic tapestry are woven the ballets of Executive Artistic Director Kim Tuttle and Choreographer-in-Residence Judy Skinner, whose distinctive artistic styles brand the company. Entertaining and insightful, provocative and joyous, this creative aesthetic is at the heart of the company.

Lady Windermere’s Fan at Central Florida’s Dassance Fine Arts Center @ CF Dassance Fine Arts Center
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm
STRIDE Dressage Show at the Florida Horse Park @ Florida Horse Park
Oct 30 all-day

The Ocala STRIDE club is hosting a dressage show open to English, Western and Driving enthusiasts. The equine sport of Dressage can be traced back to ancient times when warfare on horseback was considered an art. Horse and rider teams will be judged on their ability to perform together. Public welcome. Visit or contact Loretta Lucas at 352-629-6729 or at


Sunday Ranger Program at Silver Springs State Park @ Silver Springs State Park
Oct 30 @ 2:00 am

Ranger Program: Main Entrance | Florida State Parks

Take part in a park ranger program which occurs every Sunday. Topics vary, with each program offering an opportunity to learn something new about Silver Springs State Park and Florida’s unique environment.

Ladies First Half Marathon & 5K @ Hilton Ocala
Oct 30 @ 7:30 am

This event starts of with a pre-race poolside reception Saturday night at 7PM. The next day – the race is on! The half marathon and 5k includes a pace teams and champane at the finish line!

Ocala Pumpkin Run @ Castro Farms
Oct 30 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm