Events

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 artinfo@ocalafl.org.

“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 www.ocalafl.org/levittamp 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 www.ocalafl.org/skatepark.

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 www.ocalafl.org/recpark. 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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We know most of you are practicing social distancing by staying at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some FUN. Our Recreation & Parks staff is here to help! Throughout the week we’ll bring you a variety of live and pre-recorded videos of engaging activities, most of them you can do with us right from your own living room. Meet the critters and perform science experiments from the Discovery Center, get active with our quick fitness routines, explore the Fort King National Historic Landmark and learn about public art!

All you have to do is “LIKE” and “FOLLOW” us on Facebook at Ocala Recreation & Parks @OcalaRecPark

For more information, call our office at 352-368-5517

OCALA, Fla. (March 10, 2020) – The City of Ocala is providing residents with free tire disposal Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Disposal locations will be at the corner of NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue and the Hampton Aquatic Fun Center located at 255 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Tires generated by businesses will not be accepted and there is a limit of 10 tires per resident. This service is for residents living within the city limits. A driver’s license listing a city address may be requested.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Division at 352-351-6697.

OCALA, Fla. (March 10, 2020) – The City of Ocala invites the public to an opening exhibit reception for the “MOMENTUM” Student and Emerging Artist Competition Thursday, March 19 at 5:30pm at City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave.

Guests will experience the work of local student and emerging artists, high school through age 30, which explores how they express themselves through art, while enjoying music by The Mudds Jazz and Blues Band. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

All artwork will be available for purchase and will be on display Thursday, March 19 until Thursday, July 9 at City Hall during normal business hours.

A juror will select awards in each division including Best of Show. The prizes for this competition include more than $2,000 in awards, including scholarships to the College of Central Florida (high school division), a feature in Ocala Magazine (Best of Show), a professional artwork scan (first place in each division), an annual memberships to the Appleton Museum of Art, Marion Cultural Alliance, and a registration fee waiver for the 2020-21 season of First Friday Art Walk (all winners). Continue reading

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