Music, theater and more: animation weekend at Ocala / Marion



Oktoberfest: Have German-themed fun October 1-3 at Grand Plaza at the World Equestrian Center, 1390 NW 80th Ave., Ocala. There will be food, live music, beer and garden games in the Grand Plaza. Experience traditional German Bavarian music and polkas as well as a variety of musical styles from the Swinging Bavarians and King Guys Oktoberfest Brass Band throughout the weekend. Visit for more details. Free parking and entry.

“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”: Insomniac Theater Company, Inc., will present “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” by Ken Ludwig from September 30 to October 30. 2 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Visit or call 351-1606 for tickets and details.

First Friday Artistic Walk: The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. October 1.

Safe meals:Marion County Restaurant Inspections September 20-25

Pizza!:Mom-and-pop San’s Pizzeria moves to Ocala after 26 years in Palm Harbor

Go out:The new Frank DeLuca YMCA Sportsplex, with outdoor gymnasium, pickleball courts, now open

Nature in balance | Exploring Flora and Fauna of Florida and South America: The Marion Cultural Alliance’s October Exhibition will open on October 1 with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala. The exhibition, curated by Scott Olsen and showcasing photography by James Valentine and visionary Peruvian artwork from the students of artist Pablo Amaringo, runs through October 30. Visit or call 369-1500.

First Saturday free: Admission to the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, will be free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 2. Details on or call 291-4455.

Bonkerz comedy: Richy Leis, as seen on MTV, VH1, Lifetime and TMZ, with Jim Frederick will perform at 8 p.m. on October 1-2 at The Lodge, 36 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala. Visit or call (407) 629-2665 for tickets and details.

12th Annual Timberline Farm Fall Festival: The annual Fall Festival at Timberline Farm in Belleview will begin October 1 and run through October 31. Hours: Friday 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pony rides, face painting, pumpkins, bounce house, food and crafts and country charm. Tickets, location information available at or 454-4113.

Fleetwood Mask: Fleetwood Mask, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band from the San Francisco Bay Area, will perform at 7 p.m. on October 2 at the Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 SE 138th Terrace, Weirsdale. For tickets and details, visit or call 821-1201.

Ocala Art and Food Festival: On October 2, Merchant Services of Ocala will be hosting a charity event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Magnolia Art Exchange, 531 NE First Ave., Ocala. Tickets, $ 10, are available on site or at Profits will go to Kimberly’s Center and Ocala Outreach.

The championship show: Horses and riders will compete in Western Recreation, Reining, Ranch Riding, Youth Classes and Trail Running through October 10 at the World Equestrian Center, 1390 NW 80th Ave., Ocala. Free entry and parking. Visit


“Greater than 17”: The Webber Gallery at the College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, will present “Greater Than 17: The Art and Influence of Stanley Hayter and Atelier 17,” 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday, September 27 to 27 October. 21. Free. CF Associate Professor Tyrus Clutter will present a list of lectures covering the exhibit throughout October. For details, call the gallery at 352-854-2322, ext. 1664.

Drawings and painting by Andrew M. Grant: The Balcony Gallery of the Appleton Museum of Art for Florida Artists is presenting “A Breeze Through Fertile Gardens: Drawings and Paintings by Andrew M. Grant” until November 7th. The artist’s works represent the female form inspired by earth, air, fire and water. . The museum is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Details on or call 291-4455.

Get set, get set, go! : “Ready, ready, go! Is on display at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala. This interactive exhibit explores the many forms of transportation used to move people and goods from one place to another. Call 401-3900 or visit

“Works” exhibition: “Workuvres,” by painter and graphic designer Aliye Cullu, is on display until October 2 in the Parks and Recreation Administration building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., Ocala. The exhibit, featuring many of Florida’s landscapes, will be on display Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free for the public. Details at 629-8447 or

“ART-CALA” on the screen: The ART-CALA by Art Army Ocala exhibition is open until October 2 at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala. The painting on display, “Open Minds Ocala,” was created for the opening of the 2020-21 season of the First Friday Art Walk by citizens of the city of Ocala who participated in an open painting activity. Free admission to the public, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details at 629-8447 or

“The games of life”: An exhibit titled “The Game of Life ‘Jinsei Geemu,’” by Elena Øhlander, is on display at City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave., Ocala, through October 18. It can be seen Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. -5pm Free and open to the public. Øhlander’s emphasis in illustration explores issues of gender, space, individuality and pop culture in a Japanese context. For more information, call 629-8447 or visit

Entertainment at the Bistro: Live music with local artists will be playing Thursday through Saturday at the Bistro, 3000 Marion County Road, Weirsdale. Visit for details or call 750-9500 to reserve.


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