Live music, an outdoors expo and more: Fun things to do this weekend in Ocala/Marion County

Cactus Jack and the Cadillacs

Hang out at the Town Square at Circle Square Commons, 8405 SW 80th St., from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 12 for an evening of dancing and live local music with Cactus Jack and the Cadillacs. Food trucks, vendors, kiosks and shopping for adults and families. Free and open to the public, weather permitting. More at

Fortunate Son - Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival

Combining timeless Creedence Clearwater Revival favorites and John Fogerty solo hits, Brad Ford and Fortunate Son personify the spirit and grit of this rock n’ roll band. The show will be at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala, at 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Tickets from $28. More at

North Central Florida Outdoor Expo

Wind FM and 93.7 K-Country host the Outdoor Expo on Aug. 13 at the World Equestrian Center Expo Center 2, 1390 NW 80th Ave., Ocala. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can practice firing BB guns, axe throwing, casting, archery, and even pet a live alligator. Register to win concert tickets for Welcome to Rockville and Carrie Underwood, or be one of the first 100 guests to receive free gifts sponsored by Crystal River Kayak and Dive Center and HNR Gunworks. Admission $5 per person (cash); children 17 and younger are free. More at or

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A Brother’s Revival

The legacy Allman Brothers Band with bandleader and former Allman bassist David “Rook” Goldflies performs at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, on Aug. 13. Featuring some of the Allman Brothers' classic songs, including “Jessica,” “Midnight Rider,” “Ramblin Man” and “Soulshine.” Tickets start at $20. More at

Orange Blossom Opry

Country music singer/songwriter John Berry plays the Opry, 16439 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m., featuring hits “Your Love Amazes Me.” “Standing on the Edge of Goodbye” and “She’s Taken a Shine.” Tickets from $40. For more details, visit for venue information and purchase.


Art of Aging Exhibit: The Secrets of Life

This exhibit is up through Aug. 27 at the Brick Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala. It celebrates aging in photos, poetry and paintings from 27 Marion Cultural Alliance artists who are older than 55 and also features work by local photographer Ralph Demilio. Free and open to the public. More at

CF Webber Gallery Presents Competitive Printmaking

The 2022 Extreme Pressure Biennial of American Prints is an inaugural competitive national exhibition organized by the Webber Gallery of the College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. It is up through Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Open to all forms of traditional printmaking, this exhibition presents a celebration and examination of contemporary printmaking by artists from across the United States. Admission is free. Call 352-854-2322, ext. 1664 for more information.

'Transitional Moments in Nature’s Landscape'

This art exhibit from Julijana Prest is up through Sept. 30 at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. It is free and open to the public. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Prest, a Florida-based visual artist, has shown her work in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. For more information: 352-629-8447, or

'Colorful Pleasures'

This art exhibit from Christine Dozier is up through Jan. 17 at the Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600. Free and open to the public. Dozier, an Ocala resident and Memphis native, works in oils and acrylics. More at, 352-629- 8447, or

'A Floral Retrospective'

This exhibit of Gregory Dirr's work is up through Dec. 9 at the Clerk’s Office in Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. Free and open to the public. Boca Raton-based Dirr is described in an Ocala city news release as "an interdisciplinary visual artist, creating work as a cathartic response to his surroundings with a focus on environmental conservation." The clerk's office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More at, 352-629- 8447, or

"Spy Science" is up at the Discovery Center in Ocala through Sept. 17.
"Spy Science" is up at the Discovery Center in Ocala through Sept. 17.

Spy Science Exhibit at Discovery Center

Discover the history, science and even the Hollywood connections within the spy industry with this new exhibit, which takes visitors inside the world of espionage. The exhibit is up at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, through Sept. 17. Admission is $8 per person and $28 per group of four. The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 352-401-3900 or visit

Ocala Summer Hunter/Jumper Horse Show

The World Equestrian Center, 1750 NW 80th Ave., Ocala, hosts the USEF sanctioned hunter/jumper competitions every weekend through Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit

'Journey to My Soul: Landscapes of My Mind'

This art exhibit from Kelley Batson-Howard is up at the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., and the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave., through Sept. 13. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. According to a city news release, Batson-Howard is "a contemporary painter creating abstract works" who moved to Central Florida in 1988. More at, 352-629-8447, or

'Squares Without Stitches'

This exhibit is up at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, through Jan. 12. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. More at, 352-368-5517, and @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.

Photographs by Steven Benson

The Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, presents “Invented Observations: Photographs by Steven Benson,” on exhibit through Nov. 6 in the Balcony Gallery for Florida Arts. Benson is a professor at Daytona State College and is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Fellowship. His work has been displayed in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, Detroit Institute of Arts and Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit

'Finding Beauty'

This exhibit features costumes, set photos, interactive experiences and sketches, along with a plethora of fabrics and video of the costume design process. These objects, from the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection, inspired the art and design for the Ocala Civic Theatre’s recent production of "Beauty and the Beast." This exhibit runs through the winter of 2022. The museum is at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For additional details and admission fees, visit

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