Festival, concert and more: Fun things to do this weekend in Ocala/Marion


Comedian/impressionist Rob Magnotti

This performance will be at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Tickets $30. More at reillyartscenter.com

Festival Latino Downtown Ocala is back this weekend.
Festival Latino Downtown Ocala is back this weekend.

Festival Latino Downtown Ocala

PartyMix Productions is hosting the third annual festival, which will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 25 on Ocala Citizens’ Circle, Fort King Street at Osceola Avenue. Live music, food trucks, kiosks, crafts, fund for kids and more. Parking and admission are free. More at Festival Latino Downtown Ocala on Facebook.

Central Florida Master Choir Spring Concert: ‘Night and Day’

The performances will be at 3 p.m. March 26 at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St., Dunnellon, and 3 p.m. April 2 at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala. Featuring Bach’s “Cantata No. 4, Christ Lag in Todesbanden” in the original German and also secular music including “Night and Day,” “Good Day, Sunshine” and “Moon River.”

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2023 CF Student Art Exhibition

This annual show will be up March 27-May 4 at the CF Webber Gallery, located on the CF Ocala campus, 3001 SW College Road. Opening reception and awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Webber Center next to the gallery. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and admission is free. More at 352-854-2322, ext. 1664.

'Tony Manero'

The College of Central Florida Ira Holmes International Film Series will screen this film at 7 p.m. March 28 at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 SW College Road, Building 8, Room 110. It is free and open to the public. Film may contain mature content. More at CF.edu/filmseries.

Science writer Brian Dunning

His talk, “We Are All Conspiracy Theorists,” will be delivered at 7 p.m. March 28 at the CF Webber Center and 12:30 p.m. March 29 in Building 8, Room 110. Both locations are on the CF Ocala campus, 3001 SW College Road.

“Dunning promotes science literacy and critical thinking and is the host and producer of the ‘Skeptoid’ podcast,” CF said in a news release. He also has written and produced the documentary films “Here Be Dragons,” “Principles of Curiosity” and “Science Friction.” The sessions are free and open to the public.

Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band

The Caribbean Chillers will perform at 7 p.m. March 31 at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. Tickets from $31. More at https://www.csculturalcenter.com/

‘The Monuments Men’

This PG-13 film will be screened at 8 p.m. April 1 as part of the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s 2023 “After Dark in the Park” movie series. The film will be shown at Tuscawilla Art Park, 213 NE Fifth St., Ocala. Free. Popcorn, drinks refreshments available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. More at 352-368-5517 or www.ocalafl.org/recpark.

‘Lit Lore: The Oddest Sea – Greek Gods & Giggles’

This performance from Ocala Civic Theatre’s Creative Arts Students Group (C.A.S.T.) will be 7:30 p.m. April 1 and 2 p.m. April 2 at the theater, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. More at Ocalacivictheatre.com


CF Theatre presents this musical at 7:30 p.m. April 13-15 and 3 p.m. April 16 at the Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for non-CF students and free for CF students, faculty and staff with valid I.D.

Sholom Park’s Spring Strings Concert: Classern Quartet

The concert will be 5-7 p.m. April 15 at the park, 7110 SW 80th Ave., Ocala. “Classern Quartet combines the elegant virtuosity of a traditional string quartet with the energy and passion of a modern pop/rock band, creating a genre-defying musical experience, unlike any other quartet,” organizers say.

Tickets are $25 per person; advance registration is required through Master the Possibilities Education Center. Bring lawn chairs and pack a picnic; food also available from Big Lee’s Serious About Barbecue and Squeezy Lemonade food trucks.


This festival, described as the City of Ocala’s Arbor Day celebration, will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22 at Tuscawilla Park, 800 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala. Activities for adults and kids, including Youth Fishing Derby, 10 a.m.-noon. More at www.ocalafl.org/earthfest or 352-368-5517.

Ladies Night Out

The second annual edition of this event, sponsored by North Central Florida Media, will be 4-8 p.m. April 28 at the College of Central Florida Vintage Farm, 4020 SE Third Ave., Ocala.

“For a $10 admission, guests 21 and up may sip on two complimentary drinks, shop with market vendors, indulge in mini spa services, snap a free selfie photo, snack on light hors d oeuvres and register to win Morgan Wallen and Bryan Adams concert tickets,” organizers say. More at www.937kcountry.com and windfm.com



The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, “Plantastic,” is up through May 6 at the center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala.

“Follow Bobbi the Botanist on an adventure to see all the ways that plants power our world. Check out the mini hedge maze and be the insect in the larger-than-life flower garden,” the City of Ocala said in a news release.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. General admission to the center is $8 per person/$28 for a family of four. More at 352-401-3900 or the Discovery Center page at www.ocalafl.org.

'Focus on the Essence: The Photography of Anne Noggle'

This exhibit is up at the Appleton Museum of Art through April 9. “Selected from more than 100 photographs donated to the museum by the Anne Noggle Foundation, this exhibition highlights self-portraits and portraits of friends and family, and displays her incredible eye for composition and lighting,” organizers say. The museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free on the first Saturday of each month. More at www.appletonmuseum.org

'The Shape of Things: Op Art and Geometric Abstraction'

This exhibit is up at the Appleton Museum of Art through April 9. “Drawn from the permanent collection, this exhibition includes vibrant and visually fun paintings and prints,” organizers say. "Op" is short for "optical." The museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free on the first Saturday of each month. More at www.appletonmuseum.org

'Revolutionized Textile & Fiber: The Art of Ingrid Humphrey'

An art exhibit, “Revolutionized Textile & Fiber: The Art of Ingrid Humphrey,” is up through May 25 at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center, 1821 NW 21st Ave., Ocala. It is free and open to the public. More at 352-629-8447, artinfo@ocalafl.org or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces

‘Long Legs & Fragility’

This exhibit from artist Cara Van Leuven is up through March 31 at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. It is free and open to the public. City Hall hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Van Leuven “grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she developed a love of horses,” the city says in a news release. “She moved around the country working as a graphic designer until settling in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2008, her job as a carriage driver helped refocus her career around horses. Currently, she paints horses full-time and splits her time between her small farm in Highland, Illinois and her restored ranch in Williston, Florida.”

More at www.caravl.com, 352-629-8447, artinfo@ocalafl.org or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces

'Blessed be the Birds'

An art exhibit, "Blessed be the Birds,"by Courtney Kravig-McGuire, is on display at the Clerk's Office at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave., through June 9. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Kravig-McGuire lives and works in Ocala and holds a bachelor of fine art degree in printmaking from the Herron School of Art + Design in Indianapolis. "Kravig-McGuire utilizes printmaking techniques to explore connections between nature and spirituality in her work," city organizers say. Learn more at www.direct.me/theinkyibis, 352-629-8447, artinfo@ocalafl.org or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces

'Big and Bold'

This exhibit is on view in the Edith-Marie Gallery at the Appleton Museum of Art through May 21. All works are modern and contemporary art, many of which have never been on display at the Appleton.

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