List of entertainment in Ocala, Florida includes live music and theater


The music of the Eagles

Classic Albums LIVE: The Eagles’ Greatest Hits, will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. on July 29 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Songs include “The Best of My Love”, “Take It To The Limit”, and “Hotel California”.

‘Seussical Jr.’ in October

This musical features your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. According to the Ocala Civic Theater website: “The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who must protect the Whos and guard an abandoned egg that was left in his care by Mayzie La Bird. C is a whimsical tale about the power of friendship and family!” The show will be on stage from July 29 to 31. More at

Orange Blossom Opry on Fridays

Friday Night Live at the Opry, 16439 SE 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, features former Sawyer Brown and Confederate Railroad member Bobby Randall on July 29 at 7 p.m. for an evening of wild country music with the Orange Blossom Opry Band. Tickets starting at $25. For details, visit

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Orange Blossom Opry on Saturdays

Carolyn Johnson, Canadian Country Music Singer-Songwriter and CCMA Female Artist of the Year, performs at The Opry, 16439 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, July 30 at 7 p.m., with ‘I Don’ t Want to Go,” “Complicated,” and “To Die of a Broken Heart.” Tickets from $25 to $40. For details, visit

In progress:

“Moments of transition in the landscape of nature”

This art exhibit by Julijana Perst will be held through September 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 through Friday. Perst, a Florida-based visual artist, has shown her work in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. For more information: 352-629-8447, [email protected] or

“Colorful Pleasures”

This art exhibit by Christine Dozier runs through January 17 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600. Free and open to the public. Ocala resident and Memphis native Dozier works in oil and acrylic. More at, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or

“A floral retrospective”

This exhibition of Gregory Dirr’s work runs through December 9 at the Clerk’s Office of Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. Free and open to the public. Boca Raton-based Dirr is described in a City of Ocala press 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 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. More at, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or

Spy Science Exhibit at the Discovery Center

Learn about the history, science and even Hollywood connections within the spy industry with this new exhibit, which takes visitors into the world of espionage. The exhibit is in place at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, through September 17. Admission is $8 per person and $28 per group of four. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 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 USEF-sanctioned hunter/jumper competitions every weekend through August 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information visit

The Ocala World Equestrian Center.

“Journey to My Soul: The Landscapes of My Mind”

This art exhibit by Kelley Batson-Howard is held 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., until September 13. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. According to a city press release, Batson-Howard is “a contemporary painter creating abstract works” who moved to Central Florida in 1988. More information at, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or

‘Squares without dots’

This exhibit runs at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, through January 12. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. In 2021, during the annual Fort King Festival at the Fort King National Historic Site, the City of Ocala Cultural Arts and Sciences Division hosted a booth for the Ocala Calligraphy Guild. “While waiting for their hand lettering pieces to dry before adding floral embellishments, participants were encouraged to help create a community quilt by drawing on a 6ft by 9ft canvas using markers in fabric,” the city said in a statement. Release. “Using nature-inspired stencils and the creativity of a few freehand artists, participants took a modern approach to quilting by filling fabric with a grid of colors.” More at, 352-368-5517, and @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.

Children’s Summer Film Series

The Marion Theater, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, is hosting a summer movie series for kids Wednesday through Friday through August 5. Sessions are 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. “How to Train Your Dragon”, “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Sing 2”. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under and include a summer snack. For showtimes, titles and to purchase tickets online, visit or call 352-820-3049.

Photographs by Steven Benson

The Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, presents “Invented Observations: Photographs by Steven Benson,” on display through November 6 at the Balcony Gallery for Florida Arts. Benson is a professor at Daytona State College and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the 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, as well as a plethora of fabrics and a video of the costume design process. These objects, from the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection, inspired the art and design of the Ocala Civic Theater’s recent production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit runs throughout the winter of 2022. The museum is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For details and admission fees, visit


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