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Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Ocala, Florida

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

The Marion Cultural Alliance, in partnership with the City of Ocala, presents free, family-friendly outdoor concerts to the public Friday through July 1 from 7-9 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex, 1510 NW Fourth St., Ocala. The series is sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, that funds and empowers communities to breathe new life into underused spaces. The performer on May 6 is expected to be native, with blues music. For more information and concert schedule details, visit or call 352-629-8447.

First Friday Art Walk

The final art walk of the season runs May 6 in downtown Ocala from 6-9 p.m., with activities and hands-on art demonstrations for all ages, local artists offering artwork for sale, extended hours and live music with buskers and fiddler Chris Barbosa, with an intermission performance by Marion County Center for the Arts Dance. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447, email [email protected], or visit


The new “Landmarks” exhibit, featuring works by members of Marion’s Cultural Alliance, kicks off with a special reception from 5-7 p.m. May 6 at The Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala. Free entry. There are over 60 original works of art, including sculpture, photography, mixed media, oils, acrylics and pastels. The exhibition is open until May 28.

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Orange Blossom Opry

Friday Night Live at the Opry, 16439 SE 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, features Georgette Jones, daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette, at 7 p.m. for an evening of country music from her ‘When Tractors Fly’ album. Tickets from $30. For details, visit for location and purchase information.

An Evening with Patsy Cline – Performed by Cindy Moody

Following her Harvey Award-winning performance as a legendary country and blues singer in “Always, Patsy Cline,” Moody performs onstage at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. May 6 at 7 p.m. in a show she wrote and produced. Tickets starting at $28 can be purchased at, or call 352-854-3670 for details.

Speed ​​Festivals

More than 200 exotic, classic and American muscle cars are on display at the World Equestrian Center, 1390 NW 80th Ave., Ocala, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, McLaren and other prestige models are featured at this world-class four-diamond resort. Bars, restaurants, shops and horse racing are also on site, and the 148th Kentucky Derby will be broadcast live on 100-foot jumbotrons in the Grand Plaza. Tickets $20 general admission. For more information, visit

WIND-FM Tribute Concert Series

The sixth season of WIND-FM’s tribute series will be “Rockin’ the Reilly” through the summer and early fall, and premieres May 7 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, with British Invasion: Tributes to Foreigner and Bad Compagnie at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 to $35 To purchase or learn more, visit or call 352-566-0970.

The tradition of Mother's Day is back.

Symphony under the stars

The annual Mother’s Day tradition returns May 8 at the Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Join Fine Arts For Ocala (FAFO) and the Ocala Symphony for this event. Doors open at 3 p.m., the symphony performs at 7 p.m., and the fireworks begin around 8:45 p.m. Bring a picnic or buy food and drinks from food trucks. Tickets cost between $20 and $80. More details on

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Photographs by Steven Benson

The Appleton Art Museum, 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, have inspired the art and design of the Ocala Civic Theater’s upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit runs at the Appleton through winter 2022. The museum is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For more details and admission fees, visit

“Horsemanship” by Walter Israel

The work of this German-American artist and Ocala resident has been exhibited in art galleries and publications around the world, and he is the recipient of the Western Art Rodeo Association’s “World Finals Dry Medium” competition. Horseback riding is on display through May 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation and Parks Administration Building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., Ocala. This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 352-629-8447 or visit

“Encounter” by Tom Hundersmarck

A Gainesville-based abstract and landscape painter, Hundersmarck began painting as a child and worked extensively as a psychologist with veterans. The exhibit is free and open to the public through July 19 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600, Ocala. For more information, contact the City of Ocala’s Division of Arts and Cultural Sciences at 352-629-8447 or visit