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Monday, April 15, 2024

First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Ocala to celebrate the 1980s

The First Friday Art Walk series will return to Downtown Ocala this week with a celebration of the 1980s, a decade that included MTV, hip-hop, big hair, and the beginning of the digital era.

On Friday, March 1, the festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a free one-hour dance lesson on the Square by Arthur Murray Dance Center. Attendees will then be treated to a tribute performance of 1980s Diva Queens Tina Turner and Diana Ross by Carlene Mitchell.

To learn more about Carlene Mitchell, visit the artist’s website.

During the event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., attendees will enjoy free activities with a “1980s twist,” including free hands-on activities provided by local arts organizations and visual artists working live throughout the downtown area.

There will also be special sales at participating restaurants and shops, along with extended business hours.

In addition, a vintage car exhibit by the Ocala Street Cruisers will 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 guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts via phone (352-629-8383) or email (artinfo@ocalafl.org); or visit the City of Ocala’s First Friday Art Walk webpage.