OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2021) – The City of Ocala is hosting a free tire disposal event Saturday, March 13, 8 a.m. to 1 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.

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host four summer camps June 1 through July 30. Summer camp program offerings will be as follows:

Lily’s Leaping summer camp at Lillian F. Bryant Community Center, 2200 NW 17th Pl.
City Kids summer camp at E.D. Croskey Recreation Center, 1510 NW Fourth St.
Junior and senior summer camp at Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.
Junior Historians summer camp at Fort King National Historic Landmark, 3925 E. Fort King St.

City Kids and Lily’s Leaping summer camps will offer a new fun theme each week. Discovery Center summer camps provide opportunities for curious young scientists to learn more about the world around them. Junior Historians summer camp will explore local history and nature with young adventurers.

Detailed information about each camp, including how to register, can be found at Fees and participant ages vary per program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following safety precautions will be in effect for day camp operations:

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
Where practical, children will be seated six-feet apart and groups will be limited to 10 or less
All children and staff will be required to wear cloth face coverings

Camp registration begins Monday, March 1 for City residents. General registration for non-residents opens Thursday, April 1. Parents or guardians can register online via ActiveNet or by phone. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Tuscawilla Park
9 AM – 2 PM

Come celebrate Arbor day in beautiful Tuscawilla Park. We have a full day of fun for the whole family!

  • Tree Giveaways
  • Youth Fishing Derby
  • Rock Wall Climbing
  • Feed Live Butterflies
  • Tree Rappelling
  • Yoga In The Park
  • Eco-Friendly Vendors
  • Live Music
  • Food Trucks
  • …and much more!

Sponsorship Information

Earthfest would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors! If you are interested in joining us as a sponsor of Earthfest please fill out the sponsorship packet and send it to our Community Special Events Manager Amy Casaletto at  

Additional Inquiries

For more information or inquiries about Earthfest, please contact our Community Special Events Manager Amy Casaletto at

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…

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