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‘Santa on the Square’ begins this week in downtown Ocala

The popular "Santa on the Square' returns to downtown Ocala beginning this week. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for socially-distanced photos on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout December.

Festival at Fort King brings Ocala to 1800s this weekend

The Festival at Fort King is bringing Ocala back to the 1800s this weekend. The event will offer cast iron cooking, axe throwing, a kids’ area, home brewed beer, craft vendors, and more.

Santa visiting Brick City Center for the Arts this week

Brick City Center for the Arts is hosting a free festive event with refreshments, photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and live music featuring two members of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra.

Monster trucks coming to Ocala in January

After being postponed earlier this month due to rain, the Monster Truck Nitro Tour comes to Ocala in January. The event features eight distinct monster trucks competing in races and wheelie contests, and freestyle motocross riders will show off their aerial tricks.

Community inspired mural design to be unveiled at E.D. Croskey Rec Center

After several delays, the final design for the Croskey Mural is set to be unveiled at the Public Art Gathering being held during the upcoming week. The mural was inspired by the community and will be featured on the west and south-facing walls of the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center in Ocala.

Young musicians, vocalists competing on Reilly Arts Center stage

Piano, voice, and instrumental students between the ages of 12 and 25 will be competing for a chance to perform with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. Finalists will perform at Reilly Arts Center in January, and two winners will be chosen to perform with the orchestra during a March subscription concert.

Registration open for upcoming Winter Break Camp in Ocala, Ocklawaha

A winter camp full of activities for children ages 8 to 14 is coming to Ocala and Ocklawaha next month, and includes activities such as M2 Battlesports, a Reindeer Games Field Day, Wonderworks, and Top Golf.  

Yoga event at Fort King National Historic Landmark this weekend

A yoga class is being held at the Fort King National Historic Landmark this weekend, and it is open to residents of all fitness levels and body types.

First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala next week

The First Friday Art Walk returns next week, featuring local artists selling their works, live music throughout the downtown area, hands-on art activities and demonstrations for all ages, and more.

Kut Different hosting ‘Community Fun Day’ in northeast Ocala this weekend

Local non-profit organization Kut Different is hosting a Community Fun Day in northeast Ocala this weekend, and on-site entertainment will include games, raffles, free food and food trucks, a bounce house, face painting, vendors, a game of kickball, and more.

Christmas Train rolls into Kirby Family Farm this week

The Christmas Train makes its festive return to Kirby Family Farm in Williston this week, and will take visitors through thousands of Christmas lights on select dates in November and December.

Frank DeLuca YMCA offering Thanksgiving Day races, exercise classes

Frank DeLuca YMCA is offering Thanksgiving Day races, exercise classes, and on-site entertainment including post-race food and drinks, snacks from vendors, family-friendly activities, and prize giveaways.

Popular ‘Santa on the Square’ returns to downtown Ocala in December

The popular 'Santa on the Square' returns to Ocala in December, giving children a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Visitors flock to downtown streets for Light Up Ocala

The holiday season kicked off with a variety of lights, vendors, and live entertainment as thousands of visitors packed the downtown streets for Light Up Ocala.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Market returns to southeast Ocala this weekend

A local arts and crafts market returns to southeast Ocala for its third installment this weekend, and will feature over 40 local arts and craft vendors, a live DJ, a classic car show, and more.

Brick City Anime Festival coming to Ocala in February

An anime and cosplay event arrives at the World Equestrian Center in February and will include meet-and-greets, guests from popular television shows and movies, a gaming area, and more.

Festival at Fort King brings Ocala to 1800s next month

The Festival at Fort King brings Ocala back to the 1800s next month with home brewed beer, cast iron cooking, axe throwing, and full-scale historical re-enactments.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ stage adaptation coming to Ocala Civic Theatre

The Christmas classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' is being retold as a 1940s radio play on the Civic Theatre stage beginning next week.

Road closures, detours throughout downtown for Light Up Ocala

As the city gets ready for this weekend's popular Light Up Ocala event, numerous road closures and detours will be in effect in the downtown area, and event attendees are encouraged to use the city's free shuttle service.

War Horse Harley-Davidson hosting Toy and Food Drive this weekend

A holiday toy and food drive complete with motorcycles and live music comes to Ocala this weekend.

Yoga and llamas come together in Dunnellon this weekend

Llamas and alpacas will surround attendees during a unique outdoor yoga class being held in Dunnellon this weekend.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra returns to Reilly Arts Center this weekend

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra returns to the Reilly Arts Center stage this weekend for the first time in nearly two years.

Black History Museum at Howard Academy reopening

After being closed in 2020 due to COVID-19 and undergoing renovations, the Black History Museum at Howard Academy Community Center will reopen its doors to the public.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Symphony Under the Lights’ returns next month

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra's popular holiday concert Symphony Under the Lights returns to the Reilly Arts Center's outdoor stage next month. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will be joined on stage by Ocala Youth Symphony as they  play holiday favorites during the concert.