Six Fun Summer Events in Ocala/Marion County in 2021
Summer is time for family, friends and vacation! With activities like swimming in cool, spring-fed lakes, biking and horseback riding under shaded canopies, zip-lining, and so much more, North Central Florida offers plenty of ways for you to enjoy Florida summers.
Here are five fun summer events for you and your family to check out in Ocala/Marion during your vacation this year.
1. Levitt AMP Music Series
Fridays, April 16 - June 25, 2021
Summer event lineups should always include good music! Levitt AMP returns to Ocala this spring and summer. Beginning April 16, through June 25, 2021, every Friday night (excluding Memorial Day weekend), there will be a free music concert at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Complex. These events are family-friendly and held from 7- 9 p.m. Food trucks will be there to provide tasty bites. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and/or blankets.
2. Symphony Under the Stars
May 9, 2021
Fine Arts For Ocala is putting on their annual Symphony Under the Stars concert on Mother’s Day! Join the community to celebrate moms at the Ocala Golf Club with music, food, fireworks and more fun. Gates open at 3 pm, with the first concert beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free for kids 17 and under. Bring your own chairs and blankets, even your own snack if you like, but there will be food, beer and wine available for purchase. For tickets to this event, click here!
3. Classic Rock Weekend
May 28 - 30, 2021
To kick off the summer event lineup, fill your Memorial Day weekend with music in Historic Downtown Ocala. Saturday evening, listen to live southern-style rock by Southbound Highway, and on Sunday, enjoy the Mr. Nice Guy Band. Both concerts are outdoors at Citizen’s Circle. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and coolers (no alcohol). For more information and tickets, visit the Facebook Event Page.
4. WECO Summer Series
June 8 – August 8, 2021
Here's an event for horse lovers! The horse show season is no longer limited to the cooler months. With multiple large, climate-controlled, indoor arenas, the World Equestrian Center – Ocala is changing the game and hosting equestrian events year-round, rain or shine. Make the most of your visit to a horse show by dining at a local restaurant, shopping, renting a golf cart to explore the property, and getting a treat at the candy shop!
5. Weekends at the Orange Blossom Opry
After a long day filled with fun in the Florida sun, what sounds more relaxing than kicking back in an air-conditioned room and listening to some good jams? Almost every weekend this summer, the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale is putting on a country concert! Lineups include James Otto, the Orange Blossom Opry Band, Linda Davis and Jamie O’Neal, who sings "When I Think About Angels." For tickets to these events, visit OBOpry.com.
6. Ocala Food and Wine Festival
August 21, 2021
This year is the inaugural Ocala Food & Wine Festival at the World Equestrian Center! Join fellow foodies to enjoy live music, cooking demos and an iron-chef style competition in the massive Expo Center 1. This event of the summer offers guests the opportunity to taste different food and drink from more than 50 local restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. The event is from 5 - 8p.m. for general admission ($75) and 4 - 5p.m. for VIP ($100). To make it even better…The celebrity chef hosting this premier event, Chef Art Smith, was Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef for 10 years, cooked for two Florida governors, was featured on Top Chef Masters and the Today Show, and has a restaurant at Disney Springs. Purchase tickets here.
To see the full list of events, which is updated daily, check out our Events Calendar.