Weekend entertainment for Ocala/Marion County, Florida includes music

This weekend

Brown & Brown Farms Fall Show

Brown & Brown Farms, 13940 US 301, Oxford, has recreated its traditional 8-acre corn maze. Also on the program: house/pumpkin patch, artisans, vendors, live music, food trucks, special events and activities for the whole family. The extravaganza runs every weekend until November 13. It is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Free and open to the public. More at 352-615-4419 or [email protected]

The Lumber River Quartet

Friendship Baptist Church, 9510 SW 150th St., Ocala, presents an evening of gospel music with the Lumber River Quartet at 6 p.m. on October 14. The concert will be in memory of Judy Van Hillyer. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted. More at 585-259-0202.

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Orange Blossom Opry

Friday Night Live at the Opry, 16439 SE 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, features former bandmate Sawyer Brown, Bobby Randall, at 7 p.m. on October 14. Tickets starting at $25. More at obopry.com.

Ocala Car and Music Show

Join Jenkins Auto Group at Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 15 for live music, food, trucks, arts and local vendors and the chance to see the latest lineups from Jenkins Auto. Bring a blanket and chairs. Musical performances by Glass Onion, Kimber Davis Band and Left on Broadway. Beer and wine available for purchase; partial proceeds from this event support the New Ocala Symphony Community Music Conservatory. Free and open to the public. More at reillyartscenter.com or 352-351-1606.

Phantasmagoria XIII: ‘Poe, Through Dark Tales’

Travel with this critically acclaimed troupe to NOMA Black Box, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, as they bring the tales and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe to life through storytelling, dance, puppetry and projections. Featuring the haunting and disturbing classic ‘The Raven’, the terrifying ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and Poe’s famous ‘The Bells’, plus other selections. Sessions are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on October 15. Tickets $25. More at reillyartscenter.com or 352-351-1606.

Coming soon


This show will be on stage at the Ocala Civic Theater from October 20 through November 21. 6. Note: The subject of this piece is not appropriate for children. More at ocalacivictheatre.com.

Music that crosses generations

Marion County Christ Church, 6768 SW 80th St., Ocala. hosts the Ball Brothers again on October 21 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of Christian music, featuring distinctive four-part harmonies and a blend of musical styles. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted. More at 352-861-6782 or ccomc.org.

‘FAFO’ will take place on October 22 and 23

The annual Ocala Arts Festival (“FAFO”) will be held October 22-23 in downtown Ocala. More than 150 artists, local artists, food trucks, animations and more. More at fafo.org.

Appleton Museum 35th Anniversary

The Appleton Museum celebrates 35 years with the International Ira Holmes Film Series, hosting a special double feature on October 25 with “House of Dracula” and “Babette’s Feast.” The double feature begins at noon at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, and 5 p.m. at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 SW College Road, Building 8, Room 110. Special guest Patricia Tomlinson presents “Festin de Babette” at 6:30 p.m. and will lead a discussion after the screening. Movies may contain mature content. Free for all museum and film series members; non-members pay admission to the museum. For more information, contact Wendy Adams at 352-854-2322, ext. 1546, or email [email protected]

Bed & Hoobastank: Tried and True Tour

The two iconic post-grunge rock bands will take to the main stage at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, on October 27 with special guests Alien Ant Farm and Ataris’ Kris Roe. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35; VIP packages available from $145 to $250. More at reillyartscenter.com or 352-351-1606.

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Expect a haunting with plenty of humor when CCF visual and performing arts students present the classic Washington Irving gothic ghost story. The shows will take place October 27-30 at the Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $12 for adults, $6 for non-CF students and free for CF students, faculty and personnel with valid ID. More at cf.universitytickets.com or 352-873-5810.

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Ocala Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 Season Premiere

“Spellbinding Beginnings” premieres at 7:30 p.m. on October 29 and 3 p.m. on October 30 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. More at reillyartscenter.com.

Second Annual Ocala Food and Wine Festival

This festival will take place November 4-6 at the World Equestrian Center, 1750 NW 80th Ave., Ocala. Organizers describe it as a “celebrity chef-led celebration featuring three days of culinary competition, beer, wine and spirits training, and extraordinary cooking samples.” Ticket details and more information at ocalafoodandwinefest.com/

1890s McIntosh Festival

This festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 5 in downtown McIntosh. Shopping, food, vendors, arts and crafts, antiques and more. More at mcintosh1890sfestival.com/


‘Best of the Best’ fourth annual juried exhibition

This exhibition runs at The Brick Gallery, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala, through October 29. This year’s judge was James O’Leary, a Florida-based artist and educator. The exhibition presents works of art in various mediums produced by 50 MCA member artists. All exhibits are for sale, with a percentage of sales supporting MCA and its mission.

Susan Lee-Chun, “Untitled (Flamingos only hang by the pool)”, 2019, Nylon fabric and electric fans, 11 x 11 x 12 feet each.  It will be part of the exhibition

Blow Up II – Inflatable Contemporary Art

Larger-than-life inflatable art has transformed the Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery and Museum Lobby at the Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. This exhibition, through December 11, explores the imaginative and often whimsical ways in which artists use air as a tool to create large-scale sculpture, with work from eight renowned artists of the medium. Special events will be announced throughout the duration of this exhibition. More at appletonmuseum.org or 352-291-4455.

“Next text”

This exhibition, which highlights visual art featuring words, will be held at the College of Central Florida’s Webber Gallery through October 27. in the visual arts. The exhibit was curated by CF art professor Tyrus Clutter and Sheila Goloborotko, associate professor of printmaking at the University of North Florida,” CF said in a press release. The gallery is located on campus CF Ocala, 3001 SW College Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Admission is free. More at 352-854-2322, ext. 1664.


Through October, The Hope House at Fort King Presbyterian Church, 13 NE 36th Ave., Ocala, comes alive with mural and visual art from the Ocklawaha River and the Great Florida Riverway. From photographers and painters to sculptor and mural artist, the wildlife and people of the region are presented in all their glory and struggle. Mondays (Oct. 10, 17, 24) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays (Oct. 7, 2, 21, 28) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30) from noon to 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. More information on artist talks at [email protected] or 352-229-2887. The next artist talk is scheduled for October 17 at 6 p.m., when Drake Arnold will present “The Ocklawaha River Wildlife Mural Design and Other Works.”

“Looking on the Bright Side”

This exhibit by Jennifer Weigel runs through Jan. 9 at the Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration Building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., and the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave., from 8 a.m. at 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Free and open to the public. A city press release describes Weigel as “a multi-disciplinary, multi-media conceptual artist” whose work “uses a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fiber, installation, jewelry, painting, performance, photography, video and writing.” More at jenniferweigelart.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or ocalafl.org/artincityspaces

“Colorful Pleasures”

This art exhibit by Christine Dozier runs through January 17 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600. Free and open to the public. Ocala resident and Memphis native Dozier works in oil and acrylic. More information on christinedozier.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.

“A floral retrospective”

This exhibition of Gregory Dirr’s work runs through December 9 at the Clerk’s Office at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. Free and open to the public. Boca Raton-based Dirr is described in a City of Ocala press release as “an interdisciplinary visual artist, creating work as a cathartic response to his surroundings with a focus on environmental conservation.” . The Clerk’s office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. More at gregorydirr.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or ocalafl.org/artincityspaces

‘Squares without dots’

This exhibit runs at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, through January 12. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. More at ocalafl.org/recpark, 352-368-5517 and @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.

Photographs by Steven Benson

The Appleton Museum of Art, 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. His 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. More at 352-291-4455 or AppletonMuseum.org.

‘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, inspired the art and design of the Ocala Civic Theater’s recent production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit runs throughout the winter of 2022. The museum is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. More at appletonmuseum.org.

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