Fall Arts Preview: The Hit List

If you feel the steamy summer months lingered just a bit too long, keep your cool because autumn is ready to make its entrance. Here’s a guide to our favorite arts outings for this season.

Whether you’re looking for the hottest musical performances, the latest stage shows, all the great art events, or a simple  stroll through the area’s arts festivals, we’ve got you covered.

Performing Arts

College of Central Florida Theatre 

Dassance Fine Arts Center

3001 SW College Road

(352) 873-5810


Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express by Ken Ludwig. October 17-19, 7:30pm; October 14 and October 20, 3pm

Ocala Civic Theatre

4337 E. Silver Springs Boulevard

(352) 236-2274


Matilda: The Musical. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s book. Open now through September 22; matinee time, 2pm; evening show time, 8pm.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Runs October 3-13. Matinee time, 2pm; evening show time, 8pm.

The Savannah Sipping Society. From the authors of Dixie Swim Club. Runs October 31-November 24. Matinee time, 2pm; evening show time, 8pm

The Reilly Arts Center

500 NE 9th Street

(352) 351-1606


Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it, Anyway?) presents HYPROV, September 7, 7:30pm

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, September 27, 7:30pm and September 28, 3:30 and 7:30pm

The Joke’s On You Comedy Tour featuring Artie Fletcher, Jimmy “JJ” Walker and Bob Nelson, October 4, 7:30pm

The Sharon

1015 Main Street, The Villages

(352) 753-3229


Ballroom with a Twist, October 2

and 3 at 7pm


Circle Square Cultural Center

8395 SW 80th Street 

(352) 854-3670


Doobie Others: The Doobie Brothers Experience, September 14, 7pm

Ambrosia: Iconic 1970s Group, September 28, 7pm

An Evening with Patsy Cline Performed by Cindy Moody, October 5, 7pm

Live From Nashville Country Legends, October 12, 7pm

Canned Heat, October 25, 7pm

Heroes of Rock John Ford Coley & Elliot Lurie, November 2, 7pm

Jay and the Americans, November 9, 7pm

The Hit Men: Legendary Rock Supergroup, November 23, 7pm

Queen Flash: The Ultimate Queen Experience, November 29, 7pm

The Reilly Arts Center

500 NE 9th Street 

(352) 351-1606


Classic Albums Live: Queen’s A Night at the Opera, September 6, 7:30pm

Couch Sessions: Featuring Mark Smythe and Nick Luongo, September 6, 9pm (Please note: This ticketed event will be held at The Wandering Soul, 56 SE 1st Ave., Ocala)

An Evening with the BoDeans, September 14, 7:30pm

Tiffany, September 20, 7:30pm

Aaron Tippin, Oct. 11, 7:30pm

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Oct. 12, 7:30pm

Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents America: One Wild and Beautiful Ride, Oct. 19, 7:30pm & Oct. 20, 3:30pm

Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, Nov. 8, 7:30pm

The Sharon

1015 Main Street, The Villages

(352) 753-3229


Don’t Tell Nonnie: Open Mic Piano Bar, September 9, 7:30pm

Lobby Lounge Cabaret presents Happy Times!, a tribute to Danny Kaye starring Wesley Slade, September 24, 7pm

The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra: Opera Gala Concert featuring the winner of Antonio Pappano’s World Opera Competition, October 13, 7pm

Silver Springs State Park

5656 E. Silver Springs Boulevard



Oklawaha County Concert Series, featuring The Sandspurs, Sept. 21, 2-4pm and John Dickie IV, Oct. 19, 2-4pm.

Art, Galleries,

and Museums

First Friday Art Walk

Cultural Arts Office, City of Ocala

Throughout Downtown Ocala


(352) 629-8447

This event takes place the first Friday of each month, September through May, 6-9pm

Marion Cultural Alliance’s The Brick

23 SW Broadway Street

(352) 369-1500


September Exhibit: Pleasures; MCA’s First Juried Fine Arts Show, Opens September 6, 5-6pm. On view at The Brick through September 28.

October Exhibit: Best of the Best; Annual MCA Members Show, Opens October, 5-6pm. On view at The Brick through October 26.

MCA’s 12th Annual Applaud the Arts, a gathering of artists and arts enthusiasts. October 17, 6-8pm, Appleton Museum of Art.

November Exhibit: Caroll Pardell Basketry, Opening Reception, November 1, 5-6pm. Exhibit on view at The Brick through November 30.

Appleton Museum of Art

4333 E. Silver Springs Boulevard


(352) 291-4455

Urban Chatt: Sharon Kerry-Harlan, through October 20

Do Not Bleach: Stephanie Brown, through October 20

Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens opens November 2nd and runs through January 5, 2020

Fall Festivals


The Reilly Arts Center,

500 NE 9th Street, Ocala


(352) 351-1606

October 5, 11am

FAFO: Fine Arts for Ocala

Throughout Downtown Ocala

(352) 867-0355


October 26, 10am-5pm and October 27, 10am-4pm

Mount Dora Craft Fair

Throughout historic Mount Dora

October 26 and 27, 9am-5pm

Micanopy Fall Festival

Throughout Micanopy

November 2, 9am-5pm and

November 3, 9am-4pm

McIntosh Fall Festival of the 1890s

Van Ness Park, 5835 Avenue G, McIntosh

October 26, 8am-4pm

Belleview Fall Festival

Lake Lillian, Robinson Street, Belleview

September 28, 10am-3pm

Harvest Festival

Tuscawilla Park,

829 NE Sanchez Avenue

November 9, 1-10pm

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