Spring Events Are Blooming in Ocala/Marion County, Florida

Spring is in the air in Ocala/Marion County, where morning hikes through canopied woods give way to afternoons spent exploring neighboring towns and festivals while evenings are typically filled with live music and unique entertainment.


Whether you are looking for your next great outdoor adventure or after an unforgettable experience surrounded by the area's rich culture, Ocala/Marion County is the perfect destination to enjoy springtime in Florida.


RAINBOW SPRINGS ART FESTIVAL


March 20, 2021
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
20804 West Pennsylvania Avenue
Dunnellon, Florida

Located right in downtown Dunnellon, the Rainbow Springs Art Festival is an annual event offering a day full of art, fine crafts, music, food, fun activities and more! Shop for unique items like handmade jewelry, glass art and woodworking. Additionally, festival goers can enjoy a car and truck show. The event is hosted by Rainbow Springs Art and is free to attend!


BUTTERFLY & BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

April 10 – April 25, 2021
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays, Noon to 6 p.m.
Timberline Farm
3200 SE 115th St.
Belleview, FL

Hosted on the grounds of the locally renowned Timberline Farm, the Spring Butterfly Festival promises the chance to learn, create and enjoy a day in the Florida sunshine while getting more familiar with these whimsical winged creatures. With carnival games, arts and crafts stations, pony rides and even a country store stocked with fresh, homemade jams, jellies, syrups and more, this festival is a great activity for schools, churches or other groups looking for educational fun. The festival is free this year!


DUNNELLON BOOMTOWN DAYS FESTIVAL

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 10, 2021
Corner of Cedar St. and West Pennsylvania Ave.
Dunnellon, FL

Find yourself transported back in time and catch a glimpse of Ocala/Marion County’s mining history at Dunnellon’s Boomtown Days Festival. This annual festival is a springtime tradition in the area, where you’ll find unique opportunities for fun and excitement, including a craft fair, antique car show, food truck competition and the Queen and King of the Rainbow Beauty Pageant. With free admission and more adventures to be had than any previous year, the Boomtown Days Festival is the perfect way to spend time with the family in the April sunshine. For more information on Boomtown Days, call 352-489-2320 or visit the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association website.


OCALA’S FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK


First Friday of every month through May 2021
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Downtown Ocala

Whether you are an artist looking for some inspiration or a collector searching out your next purchase, downtown Ocala’s First Friday Art Walk offers an absolutely unique way to experience modern art. During this event, Downtown Ocala’s historic streets are transformed into a one-of-a-kind gallery, featuring talented local artists from the Ocala/Marion county area. The event covers 15 city blocks through the restaurant and business districts, with open-air spaces that host visual and performing artists providing the night’s live entertainment. If you wish to participate, contact the Cultural Arts at artwalk@ocalafl.org or call 352-629-8447.


If you’re looking for even more springtime activities, the calendar at OcalaMarion.com/events features upcoming festivals, events and more, so you’re always connected to all that Ocala/Marion County has to offer.

This year some of the usual spring events in the destination are not happening, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be back next year! Here are some of the spring events we expect to see back in 2022:

  • Habitat Ocala Strawberry Festival
  • Fat Tire Festival
  • Ocala Culinary Festival
  • Ocala Beer and Wine Festival
  • Downtown Ocala Wine and Tapas Walk

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