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Friday, March 26, 2021 | 6 – 9:30 p.m.

“Viva la vida!” Join us at the Tuscawilla Art Park for an After Dark in the Park showing of the motion picture “Frida”, a biographical film about the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Enjoy a live musical performance by Mariachi Orlando Internacional, The Mamas and the Tapas food truck, cash bar, artisan vendors, movie concessions, and more!

This event is open to the public and admission is free. Bring your chairs and blankets as we create a beautiful outdoor theater under the stars, amongst sculptures and backdrop of historic Ocala Union Station. The Tuscawilla Art Park Series is sponsored by TriEagle Sales. Stay informed about event updates by RSVPing on Facebook. https://www.ocalafl.org/?splash=https%3a%2f%2fwww.facebook.com%2fevents%2f3777823658935727&____isexternal=true

*This movie is rated R, children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. View discretion is advised.


The Tuscawilla Art Park is located at 513 NE 5th Street, next to the historic Ocala Union Station. The park was built in 2016 and created in partnership with numerous artists and artisans, community groups, and private donors with the intention of providing an inspiring space for residents and guests of all ages to enjoy. Park visitors will find botanical plants, public art, and unique infrastructure including a stage, plazas, and wandering pathways through the three-acre park.

Each Spring, the Tuscawilla Art Park hosts the Spring Art Park Series featuring a musical concert in the park. In the past, the series has featured performances from Ethio-American artist Meklit, classical contemporary artist Simply Three, cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee and indie bands Kindo and Little Tybee.

For more information: Ocala Cultural Arts | 352-629-8447 | artinfo@ocalafl.org

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 www.ocalafl.org/summercamp. 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 acasaletto@ocalafl.org.  

Additional Inquiries

For more information or inquiries about Earthfest, please contact our Community Special Events Manager Amy Casaletto at acasaletto@ocalafl.org.

Date: 03/05/2021 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Downtown Ocala
100 SE 1st Ave.
Ocala, Florida 34470

The First Friday Art Walk will feature Retro Sounds, a music and art event, in downtown Ocala Friday, March 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s Retro Sounds event will celebrate the disco era of the 1970’s with a performance by Bee Gees tribute artists, Bee Gees NOW.

A band fueled by a moment in time during the disco era, the Bee Gees have become a timeless classic brand of American pop music. The Bee Gees were formed in 1958 by brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The movie “Saturday Night Fever” with John Travolta brought the band to the musical forefront in the 1970s with hits like “You Should Be Dancing,” “Stayin Alive” and “Night Fever.” Playing those hits and more, tribute band Bee Gees Now, brings that ’70s dance fever to downtown Ocala. Continue reading

The Ocala Police Department strives to make our community one of the safest places in Florida to live, work, and play. Every member of the agency is dedicated to this mission, which is accomplished by effectively responding to crime, addressing our community’s safety concerns, and by maintaining an effective presence throughout the City of Ocala. The Ocala Police Department is an exceptional law enforcement agency with over three hundred employees who are dedicated to selfless service and who hold an immense commitment to their community. As your new Police Chief, it is an honor to represent these fine men and women who give so much for so little.

As most people know, 2020 proved to be a challenging and tumultuous time for law enforcement. While trying to deal with a deadly pandemic, police around the country were also faced with protests, violence, and general anti-police sentiment which seemingly swept across the nation. We, however, are lucky enough to serve a great community, one that supports their law enforcement officers while still demanding the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards.  Continue reading

Clark Yandle of “Yandle Building Material” was named Ocala Business Leader of the year. Here you see President of OBL Tony Clayton of Ocala Electric presenting Clark Yandle his award. Clark has been a member for many years and is also highly visible in the community helping others and working hard for the improvement of the North Magnolia, what he calls the “MIRCLE MILE”. Clark Yandle is very deserving of the Business Leader of the Year award, congratulation Clark.

Ocala Business Leaders recently had a guest speaker. The newly name police Chief Balken came to introduce himself at one of the OBL breakfast meeting. Chief spoke briefly about our loss of tPolice Chief Greg Graham who recently died in a plane crash. Chief Balken said he will be missed. The new Chief spoke on a number of local issues, gave us important statistics and had a good question and answer session. Chief Balken was well received.

Brooklyn Back Yard Restaurant. Interesting lunch Ocala Florida Silver Springs Blvd. We had a business lunch in the middle of the month. My business guest order a Calzone, said it was delicious. I had create a burger, no bun. Lettuce, Tomato, onion, pickles with mixed veggies and some really hot coffee! Enjoyed it and will go back soon. The restaurant is located close to Staples.

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