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.


SANTOS FAT TIRE FESTIVAL

March 4-6, 2022
3080 SE 80th St
Ocala, FL 34480

Santos Fat Tire Festival will be taking over Santos trails for three days of mountain bike fun. You can camp and ride all weekend with a ticket option that provides meals and entertainment, Epic Ride registration, shirts and more. The vendor village is free to attend and open Friday noon-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 10 am-2 pm. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your set of wheels or you’re a thrill-seeker after an off-road adventure, the festival features more than 100 vendors and accommodates all skill levels. Vendors include major bike manufacturers, bike accessory booths, food trucks and more. There is a self-guided 50 mile ride on Saturday and free bike clinics. For more information visit SantosFireTire.com.

Cyclists riding bikes at the Santos Fat Tire Festival in Ocala, Fl

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

March 5, 2022
McPherson Complex
601 SE 25th Ave
Ocala, FL 34470

Experience peak-of-the-season family fun at the Habitat Strawberry Festival, where you’ll find live music, a farmers’ market, a kids zone with zip line, pet parade and much more, including the Miss Strawberry Beauty Pageant. This free event helps raise funds to build homes in the Ocala community and supports Habitat for Humanity’s mission to strengthen local neighborhoods, so not only is it a sweet treat for the whole family, but you’ll also be helping the Ocala/Marion County community by attending. For more information on activities, visit HabitatOcala.org/StrawberryFestival or call 352-351-4663.


FLORIDA SPRINGS FEST

March 5-6, 2022
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Silver Springs State Park
5656 E Silver Springs Blvd
Silver Springs, FL

Experience cultural richness and learn about the significance of springs in Florida at the Florida Springs Fest. This annual festival takes place the first weekend in March at Silver Springs State Park and features family fun with live music, a meet and greet with a mermaid, food trucks, educational sessions from the park rangers and more. Admission is just the cost to enter the park, $2 a person! For more information visit the event’s Facebook Page.

Entrance sign to Silver Springs State Park in Silver Springs, FL

RAINBOW SPRINGS ART FESTIVAL

March 19-20, 2022
10 a.m. - 5p.m.
20804 West Pennsylvania Avenue
Dunnellon, Florida

Located right in downtown Dunnellon, the Rainbow Springs Art Festival is an annual event offering two days 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!


SOUTHEASTERN PRO RODEO

March 18-19, 2022
7:30 p.m.
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
2232 NE Jacksonville Rd.
Ocala, Florida 34470

Grab your cowboy boots and get ready for two wild and fun nights at the Rodeo! The action-packed event includes saddle and bareback bronc riding competitions, roping, barrel racing, and steer wrestling and bull riding! Tickets purchased in advance are $20 a person, $25 for day of tickets. For tickets and more information about the event, visit OcalaRodeo.com.


BRICK CITY BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL

April 16, 2022
Citizens’ Circle
151 SE Osceola Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471

Head to Citizens Circle in Downtown Ocala for an afternoon of live music and drink samplings. The Brick City Beer and Wine Festival is from 2- 6 pm and not only features beer and wine locally and from afar, but also a battle of the bands! Food trucks are also on site in case you get hungry. For more information, visit BrickCityBeerFest.com.


HISTORIC HOME AND ART TOUR

April 23, 2022
Historic Ocala Preservation Society
712 SE Fort King St
Ocala, FL 34471

This spring, start at the Historic Ocala Preservation Society’s(HOPS) historic home, the Bryant House, in Downtown Ocala and join the tour many historic houses in the district. Tour guests will have a chance to go into the homes and hear the stories of the many years behind the buildings. This year, HOPS is partnering with the art community, adding a special twist to the experience. Each historic home will feature a local artist, who will be actively creating art during the tour, as well as displaying some of their collection in the home. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 a person, $25 for day of tickets. For more information, please reach out to hops_admin@historicocala.org.

Historic home in Downtown Ocala, FL

BUTTERFLY & BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

April 2 – April 24, 2022
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays, 12 p.m. 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 games, arts and crafts stations, pony rides, train rides, music and even a country store stocked with fresh, homemade jams, jellies, syrups and more, this festival is a great activity for families. Schools, churches or other groups looking for educational fun can contact the farm at 352-454-4113 to schedule a weekday visit. Tickets are $6 for students; $8 for adults; and free for all active military, firefighters and law enforcement.


DUNNELLON BOOMTOWN DAYS FESTIVAL

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 9, 2022
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 2022
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.

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