Ocala Events & Entertainment


Regal Hollywood 16 | 352-861-2699

Located in southwest Ocala near the Paddock Mall and other shopping centers, this theatre is the largest in Ocala, with the most convenient showtimes. Hosting the newest movie releases, this theater also has showtimes available in IMAX and IMAX 3D.

Historic Marion Theatre | 352-629-6300

For over 70 years, the Marion Theatre has been a cultural icon symbolizing the spirit of beautiful downtown Ocala. Now under new ownership, the Marion continues its longstanding tradition of serving the community of Ocala by delivering the finest in motion picture entertainment.

The Ocala Drive-In | 352-629-1325

Ocala drive-in is a family-owned and operated drive-in theatre dedicated to bringing our guests only the finest in affordable family entertainment. Open seven nights a week, rain or shine. Take a trip back to the good ole days and enjoy the true value of family entertainment.


Ocala Civic Theatre | 352-236-2274

Located in the Appleton Cultural Center on East Silver Springs Boulevard/State Road 40, the Ocala Civic Theatre presents professional-quality live productions at an affordable price. Ocala Civic Theatre produces more than twelve fully-staged productions each season in addition to hosting touring companies.

Insomniac Theatre  | 352-897-0477

Insomniac Theatre Company is a registered Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to enhancing awareness and appreciation of the fine art of dramatic performance. The company continues in its mission to delight and entertain, as well as reach out to those in the community with a desire to be involved in stage production.


Pi on Broadway Live Music Nights | 352-369-5100

The live music that is part of the equation at PI is not to be missed. They regularly book acoustic acts, DJs, and full bands. Their rooftop terrace is the perfect place to listen to happy hour jams as the sun goes down, or jam out to the full moon at their monthly full moon parties. Pi specializes in gourmet pizza, tapas, sandwiches and salads. Bring your friends, and pass around some of everything! Or, sit at the bar and enjoy one of a variety of craft beers.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra | 352-351-1606

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to “create cultural experiences and opportunities for our community through music.” They are dedicated to providing great concert experiences and serving our community though educational outreach programs, such Symphony for Schools, Veterans Helping Veterans, and special collaborations.

Ocala Wine Experience Live Music | 352-369-9858

Ocala Wine Experience is a fine wine shop with a wine bar & bistro. They have live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night to accompany great food, imported beers, and fine wines from around the world.


Artist’s Alley Art Gallery | 352-351-2787

A gallery of fine art from quality local artists at affordable prices, serving both the first-time buyer and the collector. Located downtown.

Artful Gifts | 352-237-3747

Located at Circle Square Commons in On Top of the World, Artful Gifts gallery & gift shop showcases original works of art by Ocala artists.

Marion Cultural Alliance: Brick City Center for the Arts | 352-237-3747

Founded in 2001, MCA’s mission is to be the catalyst and advocate of increased cultural impact in the community. MCA supports activities relating to the arts, history, and science; and education through grants, advocacy, fundraising, and partnerships.


Silver River Museum    | 352-236-5401

The Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center in Ocala is one of the most unique and noteworthy educational projects of any school system in America. Located in Silver River area of Silver Springs State Park, the museum opened to the public in 1991 and is a joint project of the Marion County School System and the Florida Park Service. It gives both students and visitors a place to learn more about Florida’s cultural and natural history.

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing | 877-271-3278

The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is located at 13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, Florida, just off Interstate 75. Opened in 1984, it chronicles the history of the sport of drag racing. Some 90 racing cars can be seen in the Drag Race building, while a further 50 vehicles are in the Antique Car building. Many of the Garlits “Swamp Rat” cars are here, as well as an accumulation of cars and memorabilia from other top names in the sport.

The Grand Oaks Carriage Museum | 352-750-5500

Since 1995, the Florida Carriage Museum has offered an extraordinary display of historical artifacts to the public. Visitors are educated with tours, seminars and special programs in a live setting. Take a journey through time into the world of man’s most vital mode of transportation of past centuries. Museum visitors have a rare opportunity to see an English Omnibus, a horse-drawn fire fighting apparatus, a World War I supply wagon, and the ornate Sicilian Caretta.

Appleton Museum of the Arts | 352-291-4455

The museum’s permanent collection of approximately 16,000 objects include European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary, and pre-Columbian art and artifacts. A series of temporary traveling exhibitions are presented throughout the year. The museum is also building a collection of works by Florida artists which relates directly to the history and cultural heritage of our Central Florida community.



First Friday Art Walks

Held the first Friday of each month from 6 PM to 9 PM from September through May. The Art Walk sprawls over Ocala’s historic downtown square with an eclectic variety of vendors  and displays by local visual and performing artists.

Feel Downtown LIVE Concerts

This is a local concert series downtown featuring national artists. Listen and enjoy in the tranquil atmosphere of the historic square!


Fine Arts for Ocala, Inc. (FAFO) formed in 1972 with the mission to promote appreciation of the fine arts and to enhance art education in our community.  Forty years later the vision continues as the Ocala Arts Festival brings professional artists from across the country each October. Over the years, FAFO purchase awards have allowed the permanent collection to grow into a wonderful collection of outstanding art. The collection is shared with the community in the FAFO gallery and in public spaces as is the Children’s work purchased from the student exhibit area at the Ocala Arts Festival.

Light Up Ocala

Live entertainment, crafts, food, children’s activities, a parade, and a visit by Santa are all part of the annual Light Up Ocala. Watch the square come alive with dazzling lights, and don’t miss the lighting of the 42-foot tall Christmas tree!