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Thursday, March 23, 2023

First Friday Art Walk returning to Downtown Ocala with celebration of 1940s

The First Friday Art Walk series will return to Downtown Ocala this Friday, March 3 with a retro-inspired theme and some accompanying tunes.

The music and art event, which will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will celebrate the 1940s – the era of big bands, victory rolls, and dance halls.

The evening will begin with an instructed swing dance class on the Square from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a performance from jazz and swing artists Swing Theory. A thematic intermission will be provided by Marion County Center for the Arts Dance.

Attendees will enjoy free activities with a 1940s twist with local arts organizations providing free hands-on art activities, visual artists working live throughout downtown, special sales at participating restaurants, and extended business hours at local shops.

A vintage car exhibit by the Ocala Street Cruisers will also be displayed on the east side of the Downtown Square.

Each March, the First Friday Art Walk travels back in time with Retro Sounds to pay homage to generations of past musical genres and performers.

The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts and Sciences Division via phone (352-629-8447) or email ([email protected]); or visit the City of Ocala’s First Friday Art Walk webpage.