City Update – September 2019

News you can use from Ocala’s city hall.

The City of Ocala hosts all sorts of fun events as the summer months give way to cooler temperatures. Check out these ideas!

Upcoming Events

After Dark in the Park

After Dark in the Park invites you to enjoy a movie under the stars. Watch The Greatest Showman at Tuscawilla Park on Sept. 13th at 8pm.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments will be available for a small fee.

Sutler Saturday

The Ft. King National Historic Landmark presents Sutler Saturday on Sept. 14th from 1-3pm. See reenactors, listen to historians, and learn about skills and trades practiced during the 1800s.

Operation Oceans

The Discovery Center invites you to dive into their newest exhibit, Operation Oceans, an interactive family exhibit that was designed in partnership with the global nonprofit organization Secore.

Learn about the world’s oceans, coral reef conservation and how everyone can help save our seas! The opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5th will feature story times with marine biologist and children’s book author, Jaclyn Friedlander, plus refreshments, an immersive coral reef dome movie and wholesome fun. For more information, visit

Harvest Fest

The City of Ocala, in partnership with AEG Presents, will host the fifth annual Ocala Harvest Fest at Tuscawilla Park on Nov. 9th from 1 to 10pm. The festival will feature two stages of live music, a food truck court, beer garden and artisan vendors. General admission tickets are $20. VIP tickets are available for $50 and include one complimentary beverage, up-close seating at the main stage, VIP restrooms and pavilion access, and a 2019 commemorative Harvest Fest T-shirt. For information, visit

Concert Series Update

Levitt AMP Concert Series: The Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA), in partnership with the City of Ocala, recently concluded a 10-week live music series that took place Fridays, May 31 through Aug. 2 at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex. Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, MCA and the City of Ocala will submit a proposal to host the series again for a fourth consecutive year. Concerts feature national touring artists, food trucks, lawn games and community booths. Grants are awarded to cities through public voting. A 2020 successful voting campaign for Ocala depends on community participation.  Cast your vote Nov. 1-Nov. 20 at For more information, contact Ocala Cultural Arts at 352-629-8447 or


They say art is in the eye of the beholder.  With a variety of mediums, styles and locations adorning this city with art, no matter who’s looking, art is never far. As you make your way through town, uncover the cultural pieces hiding in plain sight. Here are a few of our favorites:

Ocala Black History Mural at the MLK Jr. Recreational Complex

The Film Strip Relief Sculpture at the Marion Theatre

Bridging the Divide, a ground mural at Tuscawilla Park

Severe Weather Preparedness

Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. For storm preparation tips and ways to keep your family safe

before, during and after a storm, visit

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