Events Calendar

Oct
21
Sun
2018
Jeeptoberfest @ Market of Marion
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

GET READY FOR JEEPTOBERFEST 2018!

Three Levels of off-road Jeep mayhem!

Pre-Registration for Jeeptoberfest is $50
$70 the day of.

October 19th, 20th, and 21st.
Please Note: No pets or alcohol allowed!

SPECTATOR INFORMATION $5/Per Person, Per Day | Payable at Event Entrance
Show & Shine is Free for Spectators!

Market of Marion 12888 SE US Hwy 441 Belleview, FL 34420

Jeeptoberfest is one of the largest Jeep Only events in the Southeast. The annual fundraiser event of the Ocala Jeep Club will be held Oct. 19th, 20th and 21st at the Market of Marion in Belleview.

The 3-day event will include:

  • Friday the 19th, 5 to 8 p.m. Block party with show-and-shine event at The Mojos Grill 4620 East Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470. Guided trailrides in Ocala National Forest, follow @jeeptoberfest on FB for updates.
  • Saturday the 20th, 8 to 6 p.m. event at the Market of Marion. Raffle @ 5pm.
  • Sunday the 21st, 8 to 4 p.m. event at the Market of Marion. Raffle @ 3pm.
  • The first 600 pre-registered jeeps will receive a commemorative T-shirt. One ticket per jeep. Single ticket covers all passengers that can be legally seat-belted into the jeep.

ONLINE JEEPTOBERFEST REGISTRATION

JEEPTOBERFEST WAIVER WILL BE DISSEMINATED
AT SHOW & SHINE AND AT JEEPTOBERFEST.

PRE-Register for Jeeptoberfest Today! Tickets will also be available at the Show & Shine, as well as at each event throughout the weekend for $70/Each. 

Pre-registered Jeeps will receive:

  • Online and paperless registration plus a savings of $20.
  • Less paperwork day of event!
  • A commemorative t-shirt will be given to the first 600 PRE-REGISTERED JEEPS.

Tickets will also be available at the Show & Shine, as well as at each event throughout the weekend for $70/Each.

NO DOGS | NO ALCOHOL | NO REFUNDS

JEEPTOBERFEST ACCOMODATIONS

Get your hotel booked today!

Interfaith: Food 4 Kids DISCOUNTS

Bring foods for Discount of Hotels/Motels
Food List: Canned Meats, Canned Pasta, Peanut Butter & Jelly (plastic containers), Pudding Cups, Fruits Cups, snack Bars, and Pop Tarts.

Oct
26
Fri
2018
Ocala Pumpkin Run Car Show & Festival @ Castro Farms
Oct 26 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hours:
Friday & Saturday 8am-4pm
Sunday 8am-3pm Adults: $15/day Children (4-12): $5/day Children 3 and under: FREE! Military Discount w/ID: $13/day

Saturday – Donate a can of animal food benefiting the Humane Society and receive one free child’s entry.
Sunday – Donate a non-perishable food item benefiting Interfaith and receive one free child’s entry.


FREE PARKING Sponsored by Classic Collectors!

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Ocala Pumpkin Run Car Show & Festival @ Castro Farms
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hours:
Friday & Saturday 8am-4pm
Sunday 8am-3pm Adults: $15/day Children (4-12): $5/day Children 3 and under: FREE! Military Discount w/ID: $13/day

Saturday – Donate a can of animal food benefiting the Humane Society and receive one free child’s entry.
Sunday – Donate a non-perishable food item benefiting Interfaith and receive one free child’s entry.


FREE PARKING Sponsored by Classic Collectors!

Ocala Arts Festival @ Historic Downtown Ocala
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fine arts for Ocala celebrates the 52nd Annual Ocala Arts Festival – October 27&28, 2018 in Historic Downtown Ocala.

The Ocala Arts Festival has been voted as one of the most loved events in our community. Artists are chosen by an independent panel of four judges. There are a minimum of 155 artists from all over the United States bringing their beautiful pieces to downtown Ocala, Florida.

FAFO’s Art Festival is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 25,000 visitors each year. Artists compete for $22,000 worth of award money presented to the winners which are selected by two prestigious judges.

FAFO will showcase live local entertainment on two different stages, at the Downtown Gazebo stage and Citizens Circle.
Food Vendors are located throughout the downtown area. Food Trucks rally at Citizens Circle.

A Student Art Tent showcases artwork from the local schools in Marion County.

Children’s activities are presented by the Appleton Museum of Art.

This is an event that the entire family will enjoy!

Mark Your Calendars and Come Join Us in Celebrating the Ocala Arts Festival

Ocala Airport Fall Festival @ Ocala International Airport
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Nothing says autumn in Florida more than a celebration of aviation. Sheltair, in cooperation with the Ocala International Airport Authority and participating airport tenants, is hosting the airport’s 2nd annual Ocala Airport Fall Festival!

Admission to the event is free! Children are encouraged to come in Halloween costumes to enjoy hayrides, games, and tours of visiting aircraft and vehicles.

In addition to offering a community open house that will feature aircraft and airport support vehicles, funds will be raised on behalf of Racing for Cancer, which supports various cancer programs focused on early detection and prevention. Learn more about Racing for Cancer at www.racingforcancer.orgncer/.

Bowie Live – The Ultimate Bowie Experience at the Circle Square Cultural Center @ Circle Square Cultural Center
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
28
Sun
2018
Ocala Pumpkin Run Car Show & Festival @ Castro Farms
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hours:
Friday & Saturday 8am-4pm
Sunday 8am-3pm Adults: $15/day Children (4-12): $5/day Children 3 and under: FREE! Military Discount w/ID: $13/day

Saturday – Donate a can of animal food benefiting the Humane Society and receive one free child’s entry.
Sunday – Donate a non-perishable food item benefiting Interfaith and receive one free child’s entry.


FREE PARKING Sponsored by Classic Collectors!

Ocala Arts Festival @ Historic Downtown Ocala
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fine arts for Ocala celebrates the 52nd Annual Ocala Arts Festival – October 27&28, 2018 in Historic Downtown Ocala.

The Ocala Arts Festival has been voted as one of the most loved events in our community. Artists are chosen by an independent panel of four judges. There are a minimum of 155 artists from all over the United States bringing their beautiful pieces to downtown Ocala, Florida.

FAFO’s Art Festival is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 25,000 visitors each year. Artists compete for $22,000 worth of award money presented to the winners which are selected by two prestigious judges.

FAFO will showcase live local entertainment on two different stages, at the Downtown Gazebo stage and Citizens Circle.
Food Vendors are located throughout the downtown area. Food Trucks rally at Citizens Circle.

A Student Art Tent showcases artwork from the local schools in Marion County.

Children’s activities are presented by the Appleton Museum of Art.

This is an event that the entire family will enjoy!

Mark Your Calendars and Come Join Us in Celebrating the Ocala Arts Festival

Nov
3
Sat
2018
Ocklawaha River Raid Civil War Re-Enactment at the Florida Horse Park @ Florida Horse Park
Nov 3 all-day
Nov
4
Sun
2018
Ocklawaha River Raid Civil War Re-Enactment at the Florida Horse Park @ Florida Horse Park
Nov 4 all-day
Pianist John O’Conor LIVE at the Reilly Arts Center @ Reilly Arts Center
Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

World-renowned pianist John O’Conor will perform for Reilly audiences with a programme that includes works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Field. O’Conor has performed in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand and has appeared with such orchestras as the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and more. Prof. O’Conor is regarded as one of the most important piano teachers in the world today. He is Distinguished Artist in Residence and Professor of Music and Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia. View Information for detailed bio.

DETAILED BIOGRAPHY”A pianist of unbounding sensitivity” (Gramophone) ; “He represents a vanishing tradition that favors inner expression and atmosphere over showmanship and bravura” (Chicago Tribune) ; “Impeccable technique and musicality … it would be hard to imagine better performances” (Sunday Times – London) ; “This artist has the kind of flawless touch that makes an audience gasp” (Washington Post) ; “Exquisite playing” (New York Times).

The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. Having studied in his native Dublin and in Vienna with Dieter Weber and been tutored by the legendary Wilhelm Kempff his unanimous 1st Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has taken him all around the world.

He has performed in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand and has appeared with such orchestras as the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, l’Orchestre National de France, the Scottish and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, the Israel Camerata, the NHK, Yomiuri, Kyushu, Kyoto and Sapporo Symphonies in Japan, the KBS Symphony in Korea, the Shanghai Sinfonietta, the Singapore Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony and the orchestras of Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, Tampa and Washington DC in North America.

He has given concerts in many of the world’s most famous halls including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Dvorak Hall in Prague, the Seoul Arts Centre, and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo.

He also enjoys collaborating in Lieder Recitals and performing chamber music with many instrumentalists and ensembles such as the Cleveland, Tokyo, Vanbrugh, Vermeer, Takacs, Vogler, Ying, Audubon and Navarra Quartets.

Mr. O’Conor also continues to make significant contributions to the arts in his native country and has championed the works of Ireland’s leading 19th century composer, John Field. He became a key figure in the development of young artists through his role as Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and was a co-founder of the Dublin International Piano Competition of which he is Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury.

John O’Conor first gained widespread attention in the United States in 1986 with the release of his first volume of Beethoven Sonatas on the Telarc label. He went on to record the complete sonatas and these were issued as a box set in 1994. CD Review described Mr. O’Conor’s performances of these sonatas as “recordings of the highest calibre and Beethoven playing at its best” and went on to say “This Beethoven series should become the complete set of choice”.

Mr. O’Conor has made more than 20 recordings for the Telarc label including the complete Beethoven Bagatelles, cited by the New York Times as the best recording of these works; four volumes of Mozart Piano Concertos with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; numerous works of Schubert including the late A major Sonata, the complete Impromptus and Moments Musicaux, some Waltzes and the Trout Quintet with the Cleveland Quartet; and two volumes of short piano pieces entitled “Piano Classics” and “Autumn Songs”. He has recorded most of the major works of John Field including the complete Concertos, Sonatas and Nocturnes. His recording of Field’s Nocturnes featured on Billboard’s classical charts for many weeks. He has also made a recording of his favourite Irish Airs with the Irish Chamber Orchestra entitled “Irish Classics”.

In 2007 and 2008 he recorded the complete Piano Concertos of Beethoven with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Delfs and these recordings have been greeted with great acclaim. In the past year he has released two new CDs on the Steinway label, one of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the other of five Haydn Sonatas.

John O’Conor is deeply committed to the development of young pianists in Ireland and in other countries. He gives masterclasses and lectures in many of the places he performs as well as in many of the major music institutions including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, the Peabody Institute, Harvard, Yale, Temple, Rutgers, Indiana, Texas and Seattle Universities and those in Vancouver, Kansas City and Tampa, the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Adamant Music School in Vermont, Piano Texas at TCU, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Hamamatsu Piano Academy in Japan, Seoul National University and the National University of the Arts in Korea, the Australian National Academy and the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

He has been invited on the juries of most of the world’s most prestigious International Piano Competitions including those in Leeds, Moscow (Tchaikovsky), Vienna (Beethoven), Warsaw (Chopin), Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), Hamamatsu, Beijing, Shanghai, Munich, Bolzano (Busoni), Cologne, Vevay (Clara Haskil), Cleveland, Salt Lake City (Gina Bachauer), Sydney, Pretoria, London, College Park (William Kapell), Valencia (Jose Iturbi), Hilton Head, Bonn (Beethoven), Seoul and Xiamen (China).

From 1997 to 2011 he took on the mantle of his revered professor Wilhelm Kempff and gave the annual Beethoven Interpretation Course in Kempff’s own villa in Positano, Italy where Kempff gave the course from 1957. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the course in 2007 a TV documentary was made entitled “Beethoven Bootcamp” which was shown in many countries and is now available on YouTube. Prof. O’Conor now gives this course annually at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

Prof. O’Conor is regarded as one of the most important piano teachers in the world today. He is Distinguished Artist in Residence, Professor of Music and Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, Professor of Piano at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan. His students have won many international prizes and he is in great demand for masterclasses and as a juror at the most prestigious International Piano Competitions worldwide.

For his services to music he has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the National University of Ireland, by Trinity College Dublin, by the Dublin Institute of Technology and by Shenandoah University, Virginia and an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has been decorated with the title “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Government, has been awarded the “Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst” by the Austrian Government, the “Order of the Rising Sun” by the Emperor of Japan, and has also been decorated by the Italian and Polish governments. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Dublin Society. In October he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and in November 2017 he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Concert Hall in Dublin by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

John O’Conor is a Steinway Artist.

Nov
10
Sat
2018
2018 Ocali Country Days @ Silver River Museum
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival featuring Daughtry, Parmalee, & Craig Campbell @ Tuscawilla Park
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

DAUGHTRY, PARMALEE, & CRAIG CAMPBELL TO HEADLINE

2018 HARVEST FEST MUSIC AND FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR
2018 HARVEST FEST MUSIC AND FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2018) – The City of Ocala will host the annual Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 10 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park located at 800 NE Sanchez Ave.

This year’s Harvest Fest event will feature two stages of rock, bluegrass, country, and folk music with Daughtry, Parmalee, and Craig Campbell headlining the evening’s festivities. Other national and regional artists scheduled to perform include Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Wild Ponies, Honey Hounds, The Josephines and Crenshaw.

“We are very excited to host such talented artists at this year’s Harvest Fest,” said Laura Walker, Cultural Arts and Sciences Division Head, City of Ocala. “We have already had a tremendous response from the community.”

In addition to live music and entertainment, this event will also feature food trucks, craft vendors, sales and non-profit vendors, as well as band merchandise. Adult beverages will be available for purchase. A photo ID will be required.

General admission tickets will be $10 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All donations collected will benefit Project Hope and will be distributed to families within the Ocala community for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

VIP tickets will be available at www.ocalafl.org/performingarts for $40 and include premium, up-close access to the stage during Daughtry’s performance, one free adult beverage, access to the VIP pavilion and restrooms, light snacks and a commemorative Harvest Fest T-shirt. VIP and general admission tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, Sept. 3 at noon.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers will not be permitted inside the event area.
This year’s event is presented by Insight Credit Union.
For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department, Cultural Arts and Sciences Division at 352-629-8447.

Media contact: Katie Young Hunnicutt, Marketing and Communication Manager

Phone: 352-401-3978, Email: khunnicutt@ocalafl.org

Nov
11
Sun
2018
2018 Ocali Country Days @ Silver River Museum
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Nov
14
Wed
2018
Highwaymen Artist, Curtis Arnett @ Appleton Museum
Nov 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Ocala Art Group (OAG) is hosting a lecture by acclaimed artist Curtis Arnett, one of the original “Highwaymen”.  Arnett is one of the youngest of 26 African-American artists who traveled the highways of I-95 and A1A decades ago, who later came to be called The Highwaymen, selling their Florida landscape paintings that are widely sought today.  Many of these paintings are on public display in banks, office buildings and private homes throughout Florida and the United States.
The lecture will be on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 11:00 am to 01:00 pm at the Appleton Museum of Art’s Library, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470.  You won’t want to miss this program that will include a history of Mr. Arnett’s life, his journey as one of the Florida Highwaymen and a demonstration of his art.

This program will undoubtedly excite and inspire artists as well as art enthusiasts.  The program is free to OAG members and Appleton Museum of Art members, or you may join prior to the program.  Space is limited.  Please contact Richard Woy at (352) 598-9069 or woyzus@cs.com for more information.

Nov
17
Sat
2018
2018 Light Up Ocala @ Downtown Ocala
Nov 17 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for the 35th annual Light Up Ocala!  Watch beautiful downtown Ocala come alive with sparkling lights and illuminated icicles. Get in the holiday spirit as you shop from local vendors, sing along to holiday songs, take pictures in front of the tree and meet Santa himself!

This is one of Ocala’s largest, most sought-after events of the year. You won’t want to miss it.

For more information on this event, please contact Jeff Inglehart, Community Special Events Manager at (352) 368-5517 or CLICK HERE for our online vendor application.

Interested in becoming a 2018 Light Up Ocala sponsor? CLICK HERE for our online sponsorship application.

PARADE APPLICATIONS COMING SOON! 

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Nov
30
Fri
2018
Symphony Under the Lights @ Reilly Arts Center - Jenkins Open Air Theatre
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

FREE, family-friendly, and open to the public!

Join us in Tuscawilla Park at the Reilly’s outdoor stage, the Jenkins Open Air Theatre, for a free and open holiday concert event! Bring chairs, a blanket, some hot chocolate and enjoy the sounds of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Ocala Youth Symphony, for a holiday favorites and some surprises! Sponsored by Jenkins Auto Group, this is a family-favorite and a tradition here in Ocala.

Dec
8
Sat
2018
2018 Ocala Christmas Parade @ Silver Springs Boulevard
Dec 8 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jan
19
Sat
2019
The Manhattans at the Circle Square Cultural Center @ Circle Square Cultural Center
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm