Fall Festivities in Ocala/Marion County, Florida
Fall is here and it’s the perfect time to be outdoors enjoying Ocala/Marion County.
Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival
For those looking for a fun autumn weekend activity, Timberline Farm’s Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival has something for everyone. In addition to a fantastic corn maze experience, visitors can also enjoy carnival games, pumpkin patches, pony rides, music, food and drinks and so much more. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students. The Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival is open Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4 – Oct. 27, 2019 at 3200 SE 115th Street in Belleview. For more information, visit TimberlineFarm.net
Ocala Pride Fest
Celebrate at the annual Ocala Pride Fest Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park. This event is completely free to enjoy family-friendly activities, live entertainment, food and beverage vendors and more local groups and businesses. For more information visit, OcalaPride.org/Ocala-PrideFest
Ocala Arts Festival
The 53rd Annual Ocala Arts Festival returns on Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27. Free and open to the public, festival goers have many options to choose from, including browsing art from a variety of artists across the country to sampling food from local vendors. Kids will enjoy the special hands-on activities and live performances will be taking place in throughout Historic Downtown Ocala from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information about this event, visit FAFO.org.
Fort King National Landmark
For the scary story lovers, listen to master and amateur story tellers tell spooky tales fit for the October season at Stories Under the Stars: Phantom in the Fort on Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m. The audience is free to come up and tell their own stories as well. Bring a blanket and chair and get comfortable at Fort King. For more details, call (352) 368-5535.
The ghoulish season continues at Fort King…Those looking for the extra spooky and a good scare, can visit the Fort King Haunted Trail this Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brave the winding trail in the creepy woods and be prepared for frightening surprises at every turn. As the night gets darker, the trail gets scarier so bring the children earlier in the evening. Park for free just down the road and jump on the shuttle to the Fort King National Historic Landmark.
A free showing of Hocus Pocus starts at Fort King at 8 pm! Costumes welcome and free candy for kids.
McIntosh 1890’s Festival
Travel back in time at the McIntosh 1890’s Festival celebration held on October 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover the area’s rich history while walking down tree-lined streets filled with unique vendors, music, face painting and great food. McIntosh is located on Highway 441.
Visit FriendsofMcintosh.org for more information about the quaint town. For vendor information, call (352) 591-4038.
Marion County’s Halloween Run and Boo ‘n Brew
Join folks from across the region at the Paddock Mall in Ocala for Marion County’s Halloween Run that includes a chip timed 5k and 10k. Stay for the Boo ‘n Brew after-race festivities with beer and food samplings, food trucks, live music, a costume contest and more! This October 26 race beginning at 4 p.m. is the first Super Race of the Big Hammock Race Series, a 10 race series throughout North and Central Florida. Learn more about the race series at BigHammockRaceSeries.com.
Ocala Ghost Walks and Historical Tours
Ready to take a walk on the spooky side? If you like history mixed in with a little mystery, then the Ocala Ghost Walks and Historical Tours is a great way to explore Historic Downtown Ocala. Listen to tales of spirits who still linger around the brick city and bring your camera to capture the digital orbs on film. Believers and skeptics will find this tour both educational and fun. Reservations are required, and tours are only $11. For ticket information call, (352) 207-0281 or visit Facebook.com/OcalaGhostWalkHistoricalTour
Safe and Spooktacular Halloween Party
Trick or Treat this Halloween in a fun and safe spot at the Safe and Spooktacular Halloween Party at Circle Square Commons hosted by local law enforcement. Enjoy music, facepaiting, games, prizes, food and candy starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 31.
Micanopy 45th Annual Fall Festival
Gather under the old oak trees on small town Historic Micanopy to listen to local musicians, artists and crafters with more than 200 works, food and drink vendors. Participate in an old time auction at the mainstage on Saturday. The fall arts and craft festivities kick off at 9 a.m. on Cholokka Boulevard on Nov. 2-3. For more information, visit MicanopyFallFestival.org.
Tuscawilla Park in Ocala is the place to be on Nov. 9 for a day full of music and food trucks. The concert series features two stages and 8 performances with a food truck court, beer garden and artisan vendors. Co-headlining this year’s Harvest Fest is Cassedee Pope and Blanco Brown. The lineup also includes the Wailers! General admission is $20.00. For more information, visit OcalaFL.org/HarvestFest