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January 5th

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

First Impressions Art Exhibit | 5 PM- 9 PM | Brick City Center For the Arts
Local artist Jordan Shapot will be showcasing his work inspired by Native American identity in a solo exhibit at Brick City Center for the Arts, and the opening reception on January 5th 5-6PM. It is sure to be inspiring, complete with food, Live music and cultural demonstrations. . The exhibit runs through the January 31th.

January 6th

WIND FM’s Classic Rock Revival | 7:30 PM | Reilly Arts Center
A night of live classic rock favorites, featuring a Santana Tribute by Supernatural and The Doobie Brothers Tribute by China Grove.

Sport Horse Sales | Florida Horse Park
The Florida Horse Park will be hosting an inaugural sale that will showcase horses of all breeds, disciplines, and ages. Both professional and amateur equestrians are invited to showcase their horses for sale over a variety of show jumps and cross country jumps.

January 11th

Mysteries of the Amazon: Musical Performance by Tribe of Love | 5 PM-8 PM | Appleton Museum of Art
As a complement to Appleton Museum of Art’s “Mysteries of the Amazon” exhibit, there will be a live musical performance by Tribe of love at the Museum. “Mysteries of the Amazon” features the work of Peruvian artist Paul Amaringo, and explores themes of shamanism and spiritual journeying.

I Love a Piano | 8 PM | Ocala Civic Theatre
The premiere of “I Love a Piano,” an Irving Berlin revue told through the life of a piano down several generations. The show features over 60 Berlin classics such as “No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin on the Ritz,” “White Christmas,” and “God Bless America.” Audiences can catch the performance through February 4th.

January 13th

Six Guitars | 8 PM | Reilly Arts Center
It’s actually just one man, Chase Padgett, and his one guitar, but throughout “Six Guitars,” he becomes six very different players, each with their own unique voice and musical style. One moment a teenage rock star, the next an aged blues man, Padgett takes audiences on an unforgettable musical journey.

South Florida Reining Horse Association | 6 PM | Florida Horse Park
On the 14th and 15th, the Florida Horse Park will be hosting the South Florida Reining Horse Association’s Tango Slide, a showcase of reining skill and sport.

Extreme Cowboy Race and Obstacle Challenge | 8:30 AM | Florida Horse Park
These back-to-back exciting events consist of obstacles such as water crossings, side-passes, bridges, jumps, and many more. The Extreme Cowboy Race begins at 8:30 AM on the 13th, followed by the Obstacle Challenge the next day at 9:30 AM. Don’t miss this unique display of rugged horsemanship! Hosted by Southern Obstacle Challenge Association

Winter Horse Festival Presents The Dressage Festival  | January 13th-14th  | The Grand Oaks 
At the Winter Equestrian Festival, Orlando Dressage starts their show season at “Under the Oaks” located in Weirsdale at The Grand Oaks Show venue.

January 16th 

HITS Winter Circuit Ocala January Classic I | HITS Post Time Farm
The HITS Winter Circuit begins in earnest with five days of exciting, world-class hunter-jumper competition. Come out Sunday, January 21st to watch some of the most distinguished international equestrians fight their way to March’s $1 Million Grand Prix!

January 17th

Arts and Cultural Economic Impact in Ocala | 3 PM – 4:15 PM | The Marion Cultural Alliance at the Brick City Center for the Arts
The Marion Cultural Alliance is hosting Randy Cohen, the Vice President of Research and Policy for Americans for the Arts. Mr. Cohen will be releasing Ocala’s arts economic impact from the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national study.
Please RSVP with eventbrite, this event is free.

January 19th

Leaf Series at Shalom Park | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM | Shalom Park
Cammy Dennis, fitness director with On Top Of the World will be on hand to teach attendees about wellness, nature’s influence on our personal health, and how to integrate healthy choices into everyday life. A “wellness walk” through beautiful Shalom Park is also included.

Artist Talk With Jordan Shapot | 12 PM-1 PM | Brick City Center For the Arts
Local artist Jordan Shapot discusses his inspiration and creative process. Bringing a bag lunch is suggested, if desired.

Winter Horse Festival Presents the Grand Oaks Horse Trials | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Jan. 19 – 21
USEA recognized Horse Trials. Dressage, Cross-County and Show Jumping. Free admission, and open to the public – spectators are welcome! Events to take place in various locations on The Grand Oaks Resort property.

January 20th

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band | 3 PM-4:30 PM | Tuscawilla Art Park
To bid farewell to the Discovery Center’s “Super Kids Save the World” exhibit, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will be putting on a high-energy dance party at the Tuscawilla Art Park. Free with exhibit admission, or $2 per person.

Kiss of the Swiss Muse | 7:30 PM | Reilly Arts Center
Raymond Chobaz will be offering a repertoire of musical selections inspired by Switzerland. Guest soloist Yefim Romanov will play Tchaikovsky’s captivating Violin Concerto in D Major. Concerts dates are January 20th at 7:30 PM, and January 21st at 3 PM.

January 21st

Pickin’ In the Park | 1 PM | Silver Springs State Park
Enjoy local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music at scenic Silver Springs. Instruments include a banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and accordion. Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in or just listen and enjoy!

January 23rd

HITS Winter Circuit Ocala January Classic II | HITS Post Time Farm
The journey toward the $1 Million Grand Prix continues with the Ocala January Classic II. Come out witness a legendary horse country competition, and support your favorite equestrian champions! Come out Sunday, January 28th for $50,000 Grand Prix.

January 24th

OBS 2018 Winter Mixed Sale | 10:30 AM | January 24th – 25th | Ocala Breeder Sales 
A total of 254 horses are cataloged for the Preferred Session, scheduled to begin Wednesday, January 24th at 10:30 a.m., followed immediately by 94 horses currently cataloged in the Racing Age Session. Supplemental Racing Age entries will be accepted through January 25th and a separate supplemental Racing Age catalog will be available on the OBS website and in printed form at the sales grounds. The 348 horses cataloged in the Open Session will be sold Thursday, January 25th, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

January 25th

The House Presents: Miranda MADison | 7 PM | The Corkscrew Winery
As part of a fundraiser for The House That Jazz Built, a local musician collective that seeks to give jazz a wider visibility in our community, Madison will perform songs by The Doors, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and more, all arranged into jazz lounge renditions.

January 26th

After Dark In the Park: The Revenant | 7 PM- 9 PM | Ft. King Historic Landmark
Come out and enjoy the movie that finally got Leo an Oscar! Popcorn and drinks will be available for sale. Be sure to bring your own seating!

January 27th

27th Annual Young Artist Honors Recital | 5 PM | Reilly Arts Center
Finalists from the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s 27th Annual Young Artist Competition finalists will compete with their accompanists in front of a live audience, with the winners going on to perform their concerto at the upcoming OSO concert. Admission for this event is $10.


Winter Horse Festival Presents Horse Shows In the Park| January 27th-28th  | The Grand Oaks 
Come see hunters & jumpers as they soar over fences and other obstacles! Events from 9 am to 5 pm at our Covered Arena, Front Arena, Fiber Arena & Racetrack Arena. No admission price, spectators welcome! Please visit for more information.

January 30th

HITS Winter Circuit Ocala Premiere III | HITS Post Time Farm
The competition of the HITS Winter Circuit ramps up with the Ocala Premiere III. Come out to support our legendary local equestrian community!