April 1st

Women’s First Sunday Brunch at Crones’ Cradle Conserve | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

All women are invited to join us for brunch, with an amazing assortment of women, excellent fresh, locally grown food, a fun and entertaining program in an atmosphere of quiet and respect.  Brunch is offered on a sliding scale, from $10 to any donation you can contribute.

Reservations must be made by noon on Friday, March 30  to reserve your space. Call 352-595-3377 or email catcrone@aol.com

Live On Stage: “The Foreigner” | Ocala Civic Theatre | 2-4 p.m.

In this Southern-fried comedy, two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, arrive for what should be a peaceful weekend at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, little do they know the trouble at hand. Hilarious in any language, laughter needs no translation in this wildly funny farce! Additional showings available.

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April 6th

First Friday Art Walk | Downtown Ocala | 6 PM-9 PM

Every year, the First Friday Art Walk occurs from 6 PM-9 PM on the first Friday of every month from September until May. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 40 artist’s displays, acoustic entertainment, free family art activities, and extended shopping hours.

Ocala’s Backroads: Bike. Hike. Walk |Marion Cultural Alliance | Apr 6 – Apr 28

April’s exhibit, Ocala’s Backroads: Bike.Hike.Walk. features the work of MCA’s member artists. With Ocala/Marion County’s gorgeous landscapes and weather, our artists have been busy capturing everything that we love about our community. All work is for sale and will make a beautiful addition to your collection.


April 7th

UF Opera Theatre and Ocala Symphony Present Rossini’s Barber of Seville | Reilly Arts Center | 3 PM-5 PM

Coming to North Florida in 2018, this hilarious comedy is for music lovers of all ages and features the famous Overture, Figaro’s song and numerous other favorites. The performances are a joint production of the UF Opera Theater and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra.

Downtown Satellite Plant Clinic | Ocala Downtown Market | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Visit Farmers Market and have your gardening questions answered by Master Gardening experts

USEA Area III Adult Rider Clinic | Florida Horse Park | Apr 7 – 8 | 8 AM – 5 PM

Fun, educational and affordable clinic with top clinicians; Kristen Petzold, Kyle Dewar, Louise  and Heather Maytham

Timberline Farm Butterfly & Blueberry Festival | April 7th – 8th, 14th – 15th, 21st – 22nd

Timberline Farm’s Butterfly & Blueberry Festival is a family-friendly event which includes freshly made sweets, butterfly tent and spring garden, vendors and everything blueberry. Kids can also enjoy puppeteers, train rides and hay slides. Adults: $8 / Students: $6 / Active Military, Firefighters and Law Enforcement: FREE

Hours: Saturday: 10am – 6pm / Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Lake View Village Open House | April 7th, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Discover this beautiful home in Lake View Village, located within Cala Downs. A highly sought-after subdivision, Cala Downs boasts a community pool, gym, and tennis courts. This 3-bed, 2-bath home is immaculate, with an open-concept floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining, and a kitchen fit for the chef in you. Light refreshments will be available throughout. Contact Kayla Pilling at 352.509.1134 for more information.

April 11th

Ocala Culinary Festival | April 11-15 | Locations Vary

A group of dedicated industry professionals have joined forces to provide a platform for extraordinary talent to convene in Ocala/Marion County for the purpose of creating unforgettable culinary experiences and generating insightful dialogue about food, wine, and spirits. The annual four-day festival includes mixologist exhibitions, meals with some of the region’s most acclaimed chefs, and so much more.

April 12th

“The Legendary Bobby Darin: A Tribute” | Ocala Civic Theatre | 8:00– 10:00 p.m.

Entertainer Michael Mathews performs the greatest hits of 1950s-1960s rock-and-roll teen idol Bobby Darin: “Splish Splash,” “Dream Lover,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Mack the Knife,” and many more!

International 3-Day Festival of Eventing | Florida Horse Park | April 12 – 15

Equiventure’s International 3-Day Festival of Eventing! Featuring Dressage, Show Jumping, and Cross Country. Enjoy crafts, food, unique vendors, kids zone and live music with special Grammy winning singer/songwriters, Aaron Barker, Tim James and Danny Myrick.

 

April 13th

Ocala Culinary Festival’s Feast at the Farm sponsored by Showcase Properties | Bridlewood Farm | 6-9 p.m.

Join us at Bridlewood Farm, a very successful thoroughbred farm. This collaborative dinner by award winning chefs, Katie Button of Cúrate and Anthony Lamas of Seviche, is sure to be a very memorable meal!

April 14th

Ocala Symphony Orchestra Presents: 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein | Reilly Arts Center | 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

One of the first world-class conductors to have been born and educated in America, Leonard Bernstein left a lasting impact on the world of orchestral music. Join Maestro Wardell, guest soprano Anna Feucht, and the OSO in celebrating his legacy with some of his greatest works

Additional showing April 15th at 3:00 p.m.

Boomtown Days | Downtown Dunnellon, FL | 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Filled with arts and craft vendors, entertainment, food, games, Queen of the Rainbow and Lil’ Mr. & Ms. pageants, along with fun events for all ages. Free community event, food, drinks and vendor items available for purchase.

April 15th

Pickin’ In the Park | Silver Springs State Park | 1 PM

Come enjoy local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area near the springs. Instruments usually include a banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and accordion. They may vary from month to month. Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in or just listen and enjoy.

April 17th

Ocala Downs Block Party | Ocala Downs | 11-2 PM

Discover Ocala Downs at this Block Party style Open House. Explore the neighborhood, meet potential neighbors, and tour four gorgeous properties throughout this event. Guests will have the opportunity enjoy gourmet snacks, enter to win fabulous door prizes at properties, and enjoy equestrian entertainment at various properties. RSVP today! 

April 20th

“Swan Lake” | Ocala Civic Theatre | April 20-22 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Composed in 1875, Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing masterpiece of magical romance is one of the most beloved of classical ballets. This timeless love story remains a worldwide favorite today.

April 21st

Ocala Downtown Market | Downtown Ocala | 9 AM-2 PM

The Ocala Downtown Market is the place where a diverse array of farmers, artisans, craftspeople, and food trucks come together to sell their products to customers from Marion County, and beyond. The Market is held on Fridays from 3 PM until 7 PM and Saturdays from 9 AM until 2 PM.

Ride For the Arts Gran Fondo | Brick City Center For the Arts | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cyclists will ride through Horse Capital of the World passing majestic horse farms with paddocks full of mommas and their spring babies. Hundreds of cyclists will leave from Brick City Center for the Arts, Marion Cultural Alliance’s home in downtown Historic Ocala.

Modern Vinyl Series: Dead Horses | Reilly Arts Center | 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

Dead Horses have cultivated a soulful roots sensibility well beyond their years due in part to the powerful musical and literary force that is their frontwoman and songwriter, Sarah Vos. Dead Horses have crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by early-American prose as it is modern Americana music.

Springtime Dance Festival | Ocala Civic Theatre | 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Springtime Dance Festival returns for its ninth year! This is an evening of sharing, learning, and performing in celebration of National Dance Week and helps promote greater dialogue between local dance artists and enthusiasts through showcasing the diversity of the local dance community.

Earthfest, Youth Fishing Derby, Mayor’s Spring Clean-Up | Tuscawilla Park  | 10 AM – 2 PM

Celebrate Arbor Day at Earthfest, featuring the Youth Fishing Derby and the Mayor’s Spring Clean-up!

April 22nd

Partners of the Park 3-Phase Schooling Show | Florida Horse Park | 8 AM-4 PM

Partners of the Park is a volunteer organization of equestrians and equestrian enthusiasts dedicated to delivering a variety of schooling, dressage, and hunter-jumper shows for riders and spectators alike. Profits go toward building a better horse park for everyone to enjoy.

April 27th

2nd Annual Florida Thoroughbred Transformation Expo | Florida Horse Park | April 27 – 29

Hosted by Run for the Ribbons Thoroughbred Horse Show this three-day event features competition in 8 disciplines. Each discipline will have 2 divisions, one Restricted and one Open. Expo events will also include a vendor fair/marketplace, educational seminars, and a new Expo Awards After-Party!

April 28th

Wind FM Rocks the Reilly: British Rock Invasion | Reilly Arts Center | 7:30 p.m.

Join WIND-FM for a night of British rock, with the British Rock Invasion featuring 4NR2 as Foreigner and Bad Inc. as Bad Company! Expect a high energy rockin’ performance you won’t forget. Led by a very dramatic front man will all the range, power, and presence of a young Lou Gramm, 4NR2 brings back the best lineup of the multi-platinum band Foreigner.

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