What’s happening this weekend in Ocala/Marion

There are plenty of entertainment options on offer this weekend in Ocala/Marion County, from music to art and events at the World Equestrian Center.


Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series: A series of 10 free live music concerts will take place beginning April 16 with performances by Sunny War, backed by Caly and Megan, at Webb Field, 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala. The show, from 7-9 p.m., is part of the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series. The concerts will feature an array of cultural artists each week, with a grand finale on June 25. Details at ocalafl.org/levittamp. Sponsorships are available.

Raising Koi: On April 16, Sholom Park’s LEAF Educational Event Series will include a discussion with koi fish farmer Brad Cumton to learn about the history and symbolism of the colorful fish. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Sholom Park, 7110 SW 80th Ave., Ocala. Registration required at sholompark.org.

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The Troy Burns family in concert: Gospel singers and musicians Troy and Tammy Burns, along with Ethan McNelly and Jacob Whisnant, will perform an evening of gospel music beginning at 7 p.m. April 16 at College Road Baptist Church, 5010 SW College Road in Ocala. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A $10 donation is requested at the door; masks are mandatory. Call 237-5741 for details.

“Before I Die”: The City of Ocala, in partnership with Hospice of Marion County, presents an interactive art project through April 19 at Tuscawilla Art Park, 213 NE Fifth St., Ocala. As part of National Healthcare Decision Day, volunteers from the Hospice of Marion County will be on hand Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to facilitate conversations about mortality and make sense of our daily life. Thanks to enthusiasts around the world, more than 5,000 Before I Die Walls have been created by communities in over 75 countries. The park is open daily, from sunrise to sunset. 629-8447 or ocalafl.org/culturalarts.

Ocala International: A three-day international eventing competition (jumping, cross country and dressage) will be held April 14-18 at Florida Horse Park, 11008 S. County Road 475, Ocala. For details, flhorsepark.com or 307-6699.

World Equestrian Center Dressage III: From April 15-18, dressage riders and horses from Region 3 will compete in qualifying competitions for the Dressage Championship at the World Equestrian Center, 1390 NW 80th Ave., Ocala. For schedules and details, visit wec.net or call 414-7500.

“Fiddler on the Roof”: West Port High School’s Omega Theater Company will perform the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7 p.m. April 15-17 and 2 p.m. April 18 at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, 3733 SW 80th Ave., Ocala. Tickets, $12, sold exclusively online at wphs.seatyouself.biz. For details, email janet.shelley@marion.k12.fl.us or laurie.reeder@marion.k12.fl.us, or call 291-4000.

Gorgeous magnets: From April 17 through July 3, the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, will feature the “Magnificent Magnets” exhibit, where visitors of all ages can learn about the science of magnetism and its use in everyday life, as well as advanced experimentation. Visit mydiscoverycenter.org or call 401-3900.

13th Annual Farmland Preservation Festival: Marion County Farmland Preservation Month and Save Our Rural Area activities will be held April 17 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Rock Star Rodeo Arena, 20751 NW 87th Ave. Road, Micanopy. Music, food, tractor parade, demonstrations and more. Information at 231-1347 or on Facebook @farmlandfestival.org. Free admission.

Atlantic City Boys: Live music April 17 from 5-8 p.m. at the World Equestrian Center, 1390 NW 80th Ave., Ocala. The Atlantic City Boys are known for their performances in Las Vegas, Walt Disney World and Atlantic City. Sing hits from The Drifters, The Beach Boys and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Free entry and parking. For more details, visit wec.net or call 414-7500.


Student exhibition: The College of Central Florida is showcasing the talent of its students in visual arts and digital media in an exhibition through May 7 at the Webber Gallery at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. The Student Exhibition is an annual tradition for CF and the Webber Gallery and provides students with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional environment. Free entry. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, 873-5809 or cf.edu.

“Spectrum of Creativity”: The City of Ocala and the Magnolia Art Xchange present “Spectrum of Creativity,” the 2021 Student and Emerging Artist Competition, showcasing the work of local students and emerging artists, through July 7 in the lobby from the first floor of Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Avenue, Ocala. Free and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. All artwork will be available for purchase unless otherwise stated. ocalafl.org/culturalarts or 629-2489.

“Yesterday and Now”: The Marion Cultural Alliance’s April Art Exhibit is in place at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala. The exhibition, “Then and Now”, is a judged exhibition that celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Ocala Art Group with the art of over 35 member artists. mcaocala.com or 369-1500.

“Crimes of the heart”: The Ocala Civic Theater is performing “Crimes of the Heart,” a southern gothic comedy, through May 2. Tickets and show times at ocalacivictheatre.com or 236-2274. The theater is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.

Appleton Art Museum: “Luminous Worlds: Paintings by Kristin Herzog,” runs through June 27 and “The Art of Adventure,” screenprints by Clayton Pond, stays through April 25. Also through April 25, “Young in Art,” which features works by Marion County Public School K-12 students and includes 234 works of art from 42 Marion County schools; and the ‘Superintendent’s Art Show’, on display in the museum cafe, showcasing a selected work of art from each school and showcasing artistic excellence from across the county. The Appleton is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. appletonmuseum.org.

“People”: This work by artist Shirley S. Wulff is on display through June 21 at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details, call 352-629-8447 or visit ocalafl.org/culturalarts.

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