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Post Date: 09/22/2020 10:36 AM

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2020) – The Ocala Recreation and Parks department will host the annual Boo Bash at E.D. Croskey Recreation Center, 1510 NW Fourth St., Saturday, October 31, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. This family-friendly Halloween event is free to attend.

Boo Bash will offer games, spooky activities and plenty of candy! Costumes are encouraged, and all ages are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to health and safety measures, guests must reserve a time to attend. To reserve a time slot, email or call 352-401-3920. Capacity will be limited to 50 people in each time slot to allow for proper social distancing.   In between each reserved group, stations will be sanitized and cleaned in preparation for the next reserved group of visitors.  Guests will be required to wear a face covering inside the center. Children under 3 are not required to wear a face covering. Continue reading

Post Date: 09/04/2020 4:55 PM

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2020) – Due to inclement weather, the First Friday Art Walk will move to the Ocala Downtown Market, 310 SE Third St., 6 to 9 p.m. The event was originally scheduled to take place throughout the downtown area.

The covered market will provide the necessary weather coverage, while allowing patrons to interact with artists and local art organizations and maintain social distancing practices.

(The original release, distributed Friday, Aug. 14 is below for reference) 

OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2020) – The First Friday Art Walk is scheduled to return to downtown Ocala Friday, Sept. 4, 6 to 9 p.m. The First Friday Art Walk occurs on the first Friday of each month, September through May.  The following activities will be included in September’s event:

  • 6 to 9 p.m. – Hands-on art activities and demonstrations for all ages provided by local non-profit arts and cultural organizations, local artists selling their works throughout downtown and participating businesses with extended hours.

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September 24 – October 25

Tickets are on sale now for Tickets are on sale now for Pump Boys and Dinettes, our 70th anniversary season opener! Set at the Double Cupp Diner on North Carolina’s Highway 57, this high-octane musical is a down-home good time. The show runs from September 24 – October 25. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for ages 18 and younger. Stop on by for a fill-up of pure fun!

Call the box office at (352) 236-2274 to get your tickets, or buy online any time at And a special thanks to our show sponsors: Blanchard, Merriam, Adel, Kirkland, & Green, P.A., and 352 Preview Magazine.

Post Date: 09/02/2020 10:46 AM

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2020) – The Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., will reopen to the public Saturday, Oct. 3. In response to COVID-19, the Discovery Center will offer modified hours. Tuesdays through Fridays will offer two sessions, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturdays, there will be three sessions available, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to Admission prices apply per session.

The new exhibit, Astronaut Academy, will open Saturday, Oct. 3. General admission to the Discovery Center is $8 per person, $7 for seniors or veterans, and free for children two and under. A family four pass is $28. Memberships are available which include free admission as well as discounts on many programs. Saturday programming like Sing-a-long Science, STEAM Saturday and Star Lab Planetarium will be available at limited capacities for an additional fee. Information and pricing are available at Continue reading

Youth Ages 2 – 17
Science Classes at the Discovery Center
Ages 2 – 15
Classes start Sept. 15
👩‍🔬 These fun, hands-on learning classes range from ages 2 to 12 with topics like LEGO Robotics, Junior Zookeepers, Create Scientists and more!
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Start Smart T-Ball
Ages 4 – 5
Oct. 21 – Nov. 18
Wednesdays | 6 – 7 P.M.
Hey batter batter! Mini-athletes will learn to bat, catch, throw and run bases in a safe and encouraging environment.
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Bring the entire family to this free movie which will be shown in the grassy area to the east of the Discovery Center parallel to NE Eighth Avenue.  Refreshments available for purchase.  Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.  For additional details, please contact Ocala Recreation and Parks at 352.368.5517.

September 3 – 6

Performances held on our newly renovated outdoor stage! 

Back by popular demand! Broadway Under the Stars returns for an encore presentation September 3-6. This 90-minute cabaret on the outdoor stage behind the theatre features four of OCT’s best-known performers. Seating is limited and safely distanced, with tables of up to four for your party. Join us for an enchanting evening! FIND OUT MORE…

OCALA, Fla. (July 16, 2020) – The Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA), in partnership with the City of Ocala, has made the decision to reschedule the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series to 2021 due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, including restrictions for attending public gatherings in Florida, community reservations about attending public events, and the limited resources to execute the event. After conversations with series partners, including the Levitt Foundation, the series is being slated for 2021 to provide time to overcome the effects of COVID-19  and to secure additional resources.

In addition to the important objective of safeguarding the health of the community, the long-term sustainability of the series was also considered. Moving forward, the series will need to secure additional resources to continue the level of performances the community has come to expect and enjoy. The Levitt Foundation has committed to continued grant support of the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series in 2021, and the City and MCA are working on additional resources to support the series.  Organizations interested in supporting the series through volunteerism or sponsorship should contact Ocala Cultural Arts at 352-629-8447 or

“Marion Cultural Alliance is the nonprofit partner of the Levitt AMP Music Series and supports the decision by the City to postpone the popular free music series until next spring,” said Jaye Baillie, Marion Cultural Alliance Executive Director. “This decision did not come easily as this concert series, now in its fourth year, is loved by thousands of friends, families, and neighbors who enjoy this free concert series. However, the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic is driving the decision. We want to ensure the people of our community, including the attendees, performing artists, sponsors, community partners, vendors and dedicated staff remain safe.”

To stay up-to-date on Levitt AMP Ocala, visit or follow @LevittAMPOcala on Facebook or Instagram.

City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department Announces Installation of Lights at Skate Park

OCALA, Fla. (June 10, 2020) – The City of Ocala has completed the installation of lights at the Ocala Skate Park, 517 NE Ninth St.

Effective immediately, the new hours of operation will be sunrise to 10 p.m., daily. The installation of lights will allow park-goers extended skate time hours and provide safer, well-lit conditions.

The Ocala Skate Park opened in May 2019 and is the first community skate park in Ocala.  The 10,000 square foot street course provides recreational space for skateboarders, in-line skating and freestyle bicycling.

For more information about the Ocala Skate Park, visit

OCALA, Fla. (May 20, 2020) – The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host summer camp June 8 through July 31. Summer camp programs will be offered at the following four facilities:

  • Lillian F. Bryant Community Center, 2200 NW 17th Pl., 352-629-8389
  • E.D. Croskey Recreation Center, 1510 NW Fourth St., 352-401-3920
  • Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., 352-401-3900
  • Fort King National Historic Landmark, 3925 E. Fort King St., 352-368-5533

Detailed information about each camp, including how to register and a full list of regulations, can be found at Fees and participants ages vary per camp program.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, additional regulations will be in effect for day camp operations this summer:

  • Limitations of participants will be strictly enforced at each camp
  • Guidelines for drop-off and pick-up protocols must be observed by all participants
  • Parents/guardians will not be permitted to enter the buildings
  • Temperature and health screenings at drop-off
  • Staff will be assigned the same children/groups all week
  • No mixing/mingling between groups
  • Where practical, children will be seated 6 feet apart and groups will be limited to 10 or less
  • All children and staff will be required to wear cloth face coverings

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