Fall Festivities in Ocala/Marion County, Florida
Fall is here and it’s the perfect time to be outdoors enjoying Ocala/Marion County. Everything from pumpkin patches and fall markets to history reenactments and arts festivals are returning to the area. Here are some of the fun events happening this fall.
Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival
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, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, music, food, drink and so much more. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students. The Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival is open Friday through Sunday, every weekend in October, at 3200 SE 115th Street in Belleview. For more information, visit TimberlineFarm.net
Calling all shoppers…Marley Mae, a local boutique, is hosting a Fall Market at Licciardello Farms on Saturday Sept. 18, 10 am- 4pm. There will be more than 50 vendors at this venue in Summerfield offering fun items including: candles, wreaths, ceramic, pet accessories, décor, jewelry and so much more! Come hungry and grab a bite at the food trucks.
Oktoberfest at World Equestrian Center
The World Equestrian Center will be celebrating the season September 24-26 and October 1-3 with their inaugural Oktoberfest in the Grand Plaza! Listen live to a Brass Band playing polkas, waltzes, sing-a-longs and more while you taste classic German food and drink. Some of the delicious food includes Bavarian pretzels, German chocolate funnel cake and beer braised brats! It is not a great Oktoberfest unless you have a beer garden, games and face painting too, and WEC will have it all. Parking and admission is free. Food and drink tickets will be available to purchase at the event.
Two Rivers Music Festival
Where the Rainbow River and Withlacoochee River meet, Dunnellon is welcoming back the Two Rivers Music Festival and Food Truck Rally on Oct. 16! Grab a bite to eat, a drink and enjoy the music as it fills the evening air of quaint Dunnellon. The festival will be at Ernie Mills Park from 5-10 pm and is completely free, featuring music of many genres— rock, jazz, county, folk and more.
Ocala Arts Festival
The 54th Annual Ocala Arts Festival returns on Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24. 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
National Dog Show
For nine days, Golden Retrievers from across the country will be taking over the World Equestrian Center for the 2021 Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty. Watch the goldens perform hunt tests, field and agility trials, obedience and tracking tests and more throughout the week, Oct. 22 - 30 . If you can only make it to one day, the final day of the event, Saturday Oct. 30, is a great pick with the Best of Breed show followed by two dog parades. For the full event schedule, visit https://2021.grcanational.com/schedule/
Old Florida Cracker Craft Show & Thanksgiving Festival
On Oct. 30, Harbison Farm Cattle & Produce will be hosting their annual Old Florida Cracker Show & Thanksgiving Festival. The festival will include a large craft show and activities for the kids, including a costume contest; southern BBQ, sweet corn and more delicious food vendors; and to top it all off, a pie and cake contest! Admission is free! Harbison Farm is located at 4696 NE CR 329, Anthony, FL 32617.
McIntosh 1890’s Festival
Travel back in time at the McIntosh 1890’s Festival celebration held on Nov. 6th from 8 a.m. to 4 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 in northern Marion County, on Highway 441.
Visit FriendsofMcintosh.org for more information about the quaint town. For vendor information, call (352) 591-4038
Civil War Reenactment / Ocklawaha River Raid
Spend a day at the beautiful Florida Horse Park for a dramatic reenactment of the Ocklawaha River Raid, the only battle of the Civil War that occurred in Marion County. The completely free event takes place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7, and is reenacted by the 7th Florida Infantry Regiment. The grounds are open all day for the event, with living history demonstrations, activities for the kids and food throughout the weekend.
It's not autumn without a bowl of hot chili and the community is serving up the best at the 40th Annual Marion County Chili Cook Off! Spend the day at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion sampling chili, listening to live music, tasting craft beer and voting for your favorite car at the newly added car show. The cook-off is from 10 am – 5 pm on Nov. 6.
Ocali Country Days
For another step back in time, on the second weekend of November each year, Ocali Country Days festival revels in the history of the area at the Silver River Museum for a family-friendly time. November 13-14, celebrate the pioneer spirit with live music, various vendors and skilled craft activities from early settlers like blacksmithing, spinning, marking sugar cane syrup and more.
Looking for Halloween specific events this fall? Check out some of the Halloween happenings in Ocala/Marion County -- like a trunk-or-treat, candy crawl and Halloween 5K.