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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

This weekend’s Festival at Fort King to include cannon firing

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department is hosting an 1800s-themed festival at Fort King this weekend, and residents in the area may hear a series of rounds fired multiple times during the event.

The “Festival at Fort King” will be held on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, which is located at 3925 E Fort King Street in Ocala.

During the two-day event, artillery volunteers will conduct live cannon firing between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Festival at Fort King
The two-day festival will teach visitors about life at Fort King in the 1800s (Photo: Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)

Festival attendees will learn about life at Fort King in the early 1800s. The event will include historic-themed crafts, games, activities, living historians, and a variety of food and craft vendors.

Festival at Fort King returns in December to bring local history to life
The festival will feature a re-enactment of the events that led to the start of the Second Seminole War (Photo: Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)

In addition, local history will be brought to life with a re-enactment of the events that fueled the start of the Second Seminole War.

Tickets cost $5 per person, and attendees can avoid the lines by purchasing tickets online. Admission is free for veterans and children ages 5 and under.

Free shuttle parking will be available at the Duke Energy power line field, which is located between NE 43rd Avenue and NE 44th Avenue on the north side of E Fort King Street, approximately a quarter mile east of the fort.

During the event, free shuttles and trams will be running continuously for pickups and drop-offs. An ADA tram will also be available for handicapped or disabled guests.

For more information, visit the City of Ocala’s Festival at Fort King webpage.