The Ocala Film Foundation’s Cinema Sunday allows attendees the rare opportunity to screen impactful independent films at the historic Marion Theatre while engaging in discussion and dialogue with the filmmaker. Each independent film, aired monthly, features an educational program followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker. The Ocala Film Foundation was selected as one of only five screening partners in the state to take part in the Tour of Independent Film Makers. This month’s selection, Farmsteaders, tells the story of Nick and Celeste Nolan, farmers fighting to resurrect their grandfather’s dairy farm. All screenings will take place at 3:30pm at the Marion Theatre. For a complete listing of upcoming films, visit ocalafilmfoundation.org.
First Time’s The Charm!
If you’re looking to earn the coveted Lucky Charm Challenge medal in this year’s Big Hammock Race Series, then get those sneakers laced up! The Sangria 5K Dash, held at the Island Grove Wine Company, will reward thirsty runners with a glass of sangria as they cross the finish line. The race coincides with the Jazz in the Grove Festival, featuring vendors, music, activities, wine tastings and more. The race begins at 8am with the start and finish held at the historic 1897 cracker house on the property. For more information or to register, visit the Big Hammock Race Series Facebook page or bighammockraceseries.com.
Take a step back in time and get a feel for what our ancestors’ lives must have been like at the annual Ocali Country Days. Held at the Silver River Museum, the two-day event includes living history exhibits, demonstrations, unique craft vendors, meetings with Seminole tribal members and so much more. Two new hand-hewn log cabin buildings dating back to the 1800s have been added to this year’s event as well as an animated hologram exhibit of an Ice Age mammoth. The festival runs 9am-4pm both days with proceeds benefiting the museum’s educational programs. silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-5401.
November 17-December 30
Who said you can’t ice skate in Florida? Let’s Skate Ocala will open the rink later this month in conjunction with downtown’s Light Up Ocala. The annual tree-lighting event features live entertainment on four stages, two kid zones, great food and so much more. Attendees will get their first glimpse of this year’s ice rink, which will feature special themed nights throughout December. For more information or to rent the rink for private parties, visit ocalafl.org or call (352) 368-5517.
Downtown To Dos
November 2 › First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm
November 2-3 › Ocala Fitness Festival, Citizens’ Circle 4pm
November 9 › Red Kettle Kick-off, downtown Ocala, 12pm
November 17 › Light Up Ocala, downtown Ocala, 4pm
Upcoming Events In The Villages
November 3 › Decades Rewind › Savannah Center
November 3-4 › Arts & Crafts Show › Spanish Springs Town Square
November 5 › Stephen Lang in Beyond Glory › Savanah Center
November 9 › Ain’t Misbehavin’ › Savannah Center
November 9 › Parady’s Tribute to Veterans › Brownwood Paddock Square
November 10 › The Villages Daily Sun Wheels Car Show › Lake Sumter Landing Market Square
November 17 › Cruise-In Car Show › Spanish Springs Town Square
November 18 › The Grass Roots › Savannah Center
November 24 › The Villages Amateur Radio Club Show › Lake Sumter Landing Market Square
November 28 › The Villages Tree Lighting Festival › Spanish Springs Town Square
November 28 › The Fab Four › Savannah Center
November 30 › The Villages Tree Lighting Festival › Lake Sumter Landing Market Square
November 30 › The Kingston Trio › Savannah Center
December 4 › The Villages Tree Lighting Festival › Brownwood Paddock Square
December 7 › Celtic Angels Christmas › Savannah Center
December 9 › Bowzer’s Holiday Party › Savannah Center
December 10 › The Drifters › Savannah Center
December 11 › The Guess Who › Savannah Center
December 15 › Christmas Cruise-In Car Show › Spanish Springs Town Square
December 17 › Christmas With The New York Tenors With Special Guest Dawn DiNome › Savannah Center
December 19 › Too Marvelous For Words – A Celebration Of Nat King Cole › Savannah Center
Arts, Crafts and Culture
Appleton Museum Of Art Exhibits › Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett explores his relationships with women as an artist, friend and husband. The exhibit runs through November 25. Flourish: The Ceramic Artistry of Beth Garcia features flower-like sea anemone forms that create fantastical imagery. The exhibit runs through January 13. La Dispora: Keepers of Heritage includes paintings, prints, sculptures and mixed media by members of the Puerta Rican Dispora Orlando and runs through January 20. A Dicken’s Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Collection will open November 10 and features the popular Dickens Village and themed trees throughout the museum. The exhibit will run through December 30. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Internship Opportunity (Ongoing) › The Marion Civic Chorale will offer an internship oppportunity to high school singers. Students will be paid an hourly rate to rehearse and perform with the chorale at their annual Veterans Day and Christmas concert performances. Application materials are available from area high school choral directors. marionchorale.org or (352) 537-8833.
Craft Show (November 3) › St. John Lutheran Church will host a craft show featuring handmade arts and crafts, bake sale, lunch and door prizes. The event will run 8am-2pm, and proceeds benefit the church, school and missions. (352) 629-1794.
International Film Series (November 6) › The Appleton Museum will present the international film El Jeremias this month. The film will begin at 2pm and is free for Appleton members and included with museum admission for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 873-5808.
Prado on the Patio Party (November 9) › The Appleton Museum will host an outdoor event with a Puerto Rican theme. The event will feature live music, salsa dancing, Puerto Rican food and more. Tickets are $20 for Appleton members and $25 for non-members and must be purchased in advance. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Quilt Show (November 9-10) › The Country Road Quilters of Ocala’s quilt show will take place at the Circle Square Cultural Center from 9am-4pm and will include vendors, door prizes, demos and more. Admission is $8. crqocala.com.
Spruce Creek Preserve Arts and Crafts Fair (November 10) › Spruce Creek Preserve will host a free arts and crafts fair from 9am-1pm. The event will feature a bake sale, raffles, a free craft drawing every 20 minutes and more. (352) 861-0159.
Holiday Bazaar (November 10) › Trilogy at Ocala Preserve is hosting a holiday bazaar in the grand living room at the clubhouse from 10am-3pm. The event will feature numerous hand-made crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and more. Admission and parking are free. (352) 240-7435.
Artist Lecture (November 14) › The Ocala Art Group is hosting an artist lecture at the Appleton Museum’s Library from 11am-1pm. The speaker, Curtis Arnett, is one of the youngest members of The Highwaymen, a group of traveling artists. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended. theocalaartgroup.org or (352) 598-9069.
Rainbow Springs Art Festival (November 17) › The Rainbow Springs Art Festival will take place in Dunnellon from 10am-4pm. The event will include numerous arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, food vendors and more. Artist booths are available. For more information, visit the Rainbow Springs Art Festival Facebook page or call (352) 445-8547.
Inspired Speakers Series (November 18) › The Appleton Museum will host Brooke King, an army veteran, poet and author. The presentation will discuss the role of women in the history of war. The event will run 2-4pm, and admission is free for Appleton members and CF students and $10 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Trains at Christmas (November 24-25) › The Meadowbrook Church Model Railroaders will host its ninth annual Trains at Christmas display in the Meadowbrook gym from 8am-3pm. The event will feature a spectacular layout of model train designs and is free and open to the public. mbcocala.com or (352) 873-3767.
Symphony Under the Lights (November 30) › The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform seasonal pieces in the Jenkins Open Air Theatre next to the Reilly Arts Center in Tuscawilla Park. The concert will run 7:30-9pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 351-1606.
Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors
Group Bike Rides (Ongoing) › Brick City Bicycles offers group bike rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.
Basic Wild Caving Experience (Ongoing) › Brick City Adventure Park will host a beginner caving experience for ages 8 to adult the first Saturday of the month at 9am. The event requires strenuous physical activity, and participants require long pants, gloves and sturdy footwear. Caving gear will be provided. Registration is $35 per person. marionparksrec.org or (352) 671-8560.
Kayak and Paddleboarding (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host numerous kayak and paddleboard outings each month, including morning, evening and beginner sessions. marionparksrec.org or (352) 671-8560.
Marion County Senior Softball Fall League (Ongoing) › Marion County Parks and Recreation will host a fall softball league for men over age 55 and women over age 50. Games will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Ralph Russell Park. Registration is $25. marionparksrec.org or (352) 671-8560.
Archery Classes (Ongoing) › Marion County Parks and Recreation will host a series of archery classes for adults and children. Beginner and intermediate courses will be offered. marionparksrec.org or (352) 8871-8560.
Audubon Bird Hike (November 2) › The Marion Audubon Society will host a monthly hike from the Fort King National Historic Landmark. The hike will run 8-10am and is free and open to the public. ocalafl.org or (352) 622-2850.
Walk For Life (November 3) › The Women’s Pregnancy Center will host a fundraising walk at Tuscawilla Park. The walk will begin at 8am. ocalafl.org or (352) 351-1294.
Interpretive Nature Walks (November 6, 20) › Walkers will meet at Brick City Adventure Park at 8:30am to travel to walk location. November’s walks will be held at Pruitt to Ross Prairie on November 6 and the Marshall Swamp on November 20. Resgistration is $2. marionparksrec.org or (352) 671-8560.
Wild Side 5K Run (November 10) › The Forest Animal Rescue Sanctuary will host a 5K run in downtown Ocala. The run will begin at Citizens’ Circle at 9am. Participants are encouraged to wear animal or safari print. ocalafl.org or (352) 625-7737.
Adult Basketball League (Through November 15) › An age 18 and over adult basketball league will be held at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center. The league will host play Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9pm. Registration is $15. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3920.
Ocala Jokey Club 3-Day Event (November 15-18) › The Ocala Jockey Club will host an international three-day event competiton at its 590-acre facility. This year’s competition will be one of only five CCI3* events held in the Southeast. ojc3de.com or (352) 266-3970.
Ocala Cup Paso Fino Horse Show (November 16-18) › The Southern Regional Paso Fino Horse Show Association will host a three-day show at the Southeastern Livestock Pavillion. Competition begins at 9am daily and runs to completion. Main events and entertainment begin at 7pm. Admission is free. srpfha.club or (352) 615-4424.
Shining Sneaker (Through November 30) › A low-impact cardio walking/running program will be held at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Complex Monday through Friday at 9am for ages 17 and older. The prorgram is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3920.
Critter Trail 5K (November 17) › The fifth annual Critter Trail 5K will be held at Silver Springs State Park. The off-road course is limited to 300 runners and begins at 9:30am. Proceeds benefit the state park. runsignup.com or friendsofsilversprings.org.
Turkey Trot 5K/10K (November 22) › The 23rd annual Turkey Trot 5K/10K will be held at the Frank DeLuca YMCA from 7-10am. The event also features an outdoor cycling class, an outdoor youth dodgeball tournament, family activities and more. ocalaturkeytrot.com or (352) 368-9622.
Other Fun Stuff!
Public Library Programs (Ongoing) › The Marion County Public Library System hosts a number of programs for children, teens and adults. marioncounty.org or (352) 368-4508.
ESL Classes (Ongoing) › Free English as a second language classes will be held at First Baptist Church of Ocala on Wednesdays at 6pm. Three levels of courses are available, and child care is offered. (352) 629-5683.
Adult Education Courses (Ongoing) › Master the Possibilities will host a number of courses and seminars this month, including the future of NASA, remembering 9/11, an American bald eagle seminar as well as others. masterthepossibilities.org or (352) 861-9751.
Ocala Health Events › A diabetes support group will be held November 7 as well as a VA benefits seminar followed by a veteran reception and recognition event. A healthy living seminar will be held November 16 and a back pain workshop will take place November 14. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. Advanced registration is required. ocalahealthsystem.com or (800) 530-1188.
Corn Maze Festival (Through November 4) › Timberline Farm in Belleview will host its annual Corn Maze Festival Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 4. The festival features music, pony rides, face painting, vendors and more. timberlinefarms.net or (352) 454-4113.
Life Skills Program (Through November 30) › A life skills program will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays for kids ages 10-18 at the Lillian F. Bryant Community Center. The program will focus on topics such as budgeting, interview skills, hygiene and more. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8389.
Mad Lab Exhibit (Through December 29) › The Discovery Center is currently hosting an interactive exhibit educating guests on the science that inspired Mary Shelley to write the classic, Frankenstein. The exhibit is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 9am-5pm and Saturdays, 10am-3pm. Admission is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
FUNTASTIC After-School Program (Through May 24) › The E.D. Croskey Recreation Center will host an after-school program from 2-6pm for children ages 5-12. The program will include healthy snacks, arts, crafts, sports, homework help and more. Registration is $60 per month. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5539.
TEDxOcala (November 3) › TEDxTalks bring together people from around the world and around the corner. This year’s event will be held at the Reilly Arts Center from 10:30am-4:30pm. The theme, “It’s Time,” will feature a number of speakers presenting short, powerful talks revolving around education, customer service, the arts, mental illness and much more. tedxocala.com.
Marion County Chili Cook-Off (November 3) › Now in its 37th year, chili afficianados will make their way to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion hoping to compete for the top prize. Attendees can sample and vote for their favorite concoctions, and the annual dessert contest will feature numerous creative confections. The event willl be held from 10am until 5pm, with proceeds benefitting The Cornerstone School. marioncountychilicookoff.com or call (352) 351-8840.
Ocala Eye Grand Opening (November 8) › Ocala Eye will host a grand opening celebration event at Heath Brook. The event will begin at 4:30pm with a partners’ reception followed by the ribbon cutting at 5pm. The celebration will continue through 7:30pm and include drinks and appetizers, giveaways, complimentary bright eye treatments and hearing evaluations, up to 50 percent off eye glass purchases and more. ocalaeye.com or (352) 622-5183.
Fort King Lecture Series (November 9) › A different monthly lecture focusing on the environmental, social and historical issues of Fort King and the Seminole Wars will take place at the Fort King Historic Landmark. fortkingocala.com or (352) 368-5533.
Church Bazaar (November 10) › The Grace Episcopal Church Women will host their annual bazaar from 8am-4pm at the church parish hall. The event will include a variety of handmade crafts, jewelry and homemade food items. (352) 347-2549.
Home and Family Living Expo (November 10) › The Marion Oaks Community Center will host a home and family living expo from 11am-3pm. The event will feature numerous vendors, pet adoptions, a blood drive, food and games. Admission is free. (352) 453-0957.
YPO C-Suit at Ocala Eye (November 13) › Young Professionals Ocala will host a panel of discussions from the executives at Ocala Eye from 5:30-7pm, focusing on the lessons learned over the span of a career, recommendations for young professionals in the industry and the challenges and benefits of leading a multi-group practice. RSVP required. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be provided. For more information, visit the YPO facebook page.
HoliCON (December 1) › Meeple Movers Board Games and More will host a day of gaming beginning at 10am at the Hilton Ocala. The event will feature new and classic games, contests, special events and more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. meeplemovers.com or (352) 572-5637.
Attack on Fort King (December 1-2) › The Fort King Historic Landmark will host two days of historical and educational experiences. The event will run 10am-4pm both days. Admission is $5 and free for veterans and children under 5. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.