Ocala Events – June 2018

TV to Watch

C.B. Strike

June 1, 10pm, Cinemax

This British detective series was adapted from the Strike crime novels by J.K. Rowling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. There is no Harry Potter-style alchemy in the series, but the chemistry between the co-stars is somewhat magical in a mismatched yet made-for-each-other sort of way. The series follows the adventures of Cormoran Strike, a grumpy and grizzled disabled veteran and a self-destructive PI. His business is suffering under his own bad behavior, and his creditors are closing in. All that changes when he takes on a particularly intuitive and charming new assistant. The series has plenty of twists and turns to keep viewers guessing.


June 4, 9pm, AMC

They call it a revenge fantasy, but this dark “dramedy” is a lot of laughs. Joy Nash, who you probably don’t know from her couple of guest spots on shows like The Mindy Project or Twin Peaks, is having her star-making moment as Plum Kettle. Plum is a frustrated plus-size, ghostwriter working for the icy editor of the country’s biggest beauty magazine. If you’re thinking Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada, get ready for a younger, kinkier devil, clad in some much edgier couture, played with wicked abandon by Julianna Margulies. Worlds apart, yet begrudgingly intertwined, what the two women have in common is years of being demeaned, harassed and screwed over by men. You can just smell the plot twist, can’t you? When Plum sets out to improve herself, she somehow falls in with a group of radical women hellbent on punishing rapists and harassers. Maybe it’s a sign of the times or just extraordinary timing, but the cultural backlash against men who abuse women was bound to inspire some great entertainment. 


June 20, 9pm, Paramount Network

Kevin Costner stars in this drama series about the embattled owner of the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. As John Dutton, Costner is in conflict with enemies at every border, from greedy land developers and the leadership of an Indian tribe that once owned the land to America’s first national park. However, it is as much a family drama as it is a story of a new frontier. With a stellar cast including Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser, Dave Annable, Josh Lucas, Gretchen Mol and Jill Hennessey, there are no shortage of powerful performances. 

Can’t Miss Films

Ocean’s 8

June 8

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter pick up where the boys left off in the action adventure Ocean’s 8, as Debbie Ocean and her partners attempt to pull off a heist at the Met Gala.


June 15

John Travolta takes on the role of legendary mobster John Gotti who was head of the largest and most powerful crime organization in North America. The story, which is told through the eyes of his son, John Gotti, Jr., explores Gotti’s rise to power and fall within the mob.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

June 22

Four years after the dinosaurs overran Jurassic World theme park, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from an extinction-level event, as the island’s volcano erupts around them.

Keep It Local

Ultimate Elvis Contest Festival

June 29-July 1, Mount Dora Community Building Theater, 

520 N Baker St., Mt Dora, cflultimateelviscontest.com

Spend the weekend with Elvis. Last year’s local winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, Michael Cullipher and Cote Deonath, will present a concert, backed by a big band, on Friday night and a new winner will be crowned on Saturday. Sunday is all about gospel brunch. The 2018 winner will fly to Memphis to represent Central Florida in the annual Ultimate Elvis Contest Festival. 

Blue Star Museums

Through September 3, Nationwide, arts.gov/bluestarmuseums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Free admission to paid exhibits is available to all active duty U.S. military plus five family members. Some local participating museums include: Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala and the Florida Museum of Natural History and Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville.

Great Summer Reads


by Christine Mangan

Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will delight in this twisty debut novel—though it owes as much to The Talented Mr. Ripley and Single White Female as the aforementioned novels. Set in 1950s Morocco, this psychological thriller is both suspenseful and offers a beautifully rendered vision into the period and the book’s exotic locale. 


By Laura Lippman

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman offers up classic noir with a twist in this pulpy psychological suspense novel. There’s a lot to learn about the central pair of lovers and their assorted others. With multiple narrators, doling out just enough backstory to keep you turning the pages, Lippman sets her characters on a cat-and-mouse game that turns deadly. Set in the 1990s (before a quick internet search could tell you everything you wanted to know about most anyone), the characters must ferret out the truth about each other the old-fashioned way.


Downtown To Dos 

July 4 › Flag March, downtown Ocala, 10am


Upcoming Events In The Villages

June 6 › Jay and the Americans, Savannah Center

June 7 › The Everly Set, Savannah Center

June 13 › Original Legends: Buddy, Roy, Elvis, Savannah Center

June 16 › 21st Anniversary Cruise-In Car Show, Spanish Springs

June 20 › Phil Dirt and the Dozers, Savannah Center

June 30 › Scooter’s Beach Party, Lake Sumter Landing 

July 21 › Christmas in July Cruise-In Car Show, Spanish Springs Town Square


Arts, Crafts and Culture

Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › In Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar, visitors will experience the art, history and cultural impact of the guitar. The exhibit runs through September 2. The Series of Cphace includes images that depict natural phenomena captured with a converted camera that records infrared waves of the electromagnetic light spectrum that are invisible to the naked eye. Runs through July 22. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Inspired Speakers Series (June 10) › The Appleton Museum will host Bruce Swedien, a legend in the music business with 13 Grammy nominations and five wins, as part of the Inspired Speakers Series. The event will run 2-4pm, and admission is free for Appleton members and CF students and $10 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Ocala Art Group Meeting (June 13) › The Ocala Art Group will host a presentation featuring Terry Luke as the featured speaker, focusing on the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Willem van Gogh. Attendees are welcome to bring copies of Van Gogh paintings for further discussions. The meeting will take place at the Ocala Public Library in Conference Room B at 11am. theocalaartgroup.com.

Art 101: Henna Hands (June 14) › This workshop will take place at the Appleton Museum and introduce the art of henna designs. The event runs 6-8:30pm. Guests over 21 may bring wine. Registration is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291- 4455.

Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series (June 15- August 17) › This 10-week concert series will be held at Webb Field every Friday evening through August 17. Concerts begin at 6pm, will highlight a different genre each week and will include food, dancing and family fun. Admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-2489. 

River Rhythms at Silver Springs (June 22) › Silver Springs State Park will host an evening of live entertainment, including a drum circle. Guests are encouraged to bring a percussion instrument and participate. The event is free with park admission and runs 4pm to sundown the fourth Friday of every month. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.

Red, White and OSO Blue (July 1) › The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual concert in honor of our country and those who serve. The concert will take place at the Reilly Arts Center at 3pm. Ticket prices start at $17 and are expected to sell out. reillyartscenter.com 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.

Pack Walk (June 24) › In partnership with Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park will give volunteers the opportunity to walk dogs available for adoption through the park the fourth Sunday of the month at 10am. Dog walkers must be 16 years of age, but all are welcome to join the walk. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.

Iggy’s Four on The Fourth (July 4) › This annual 4-mile run will take place at Veterans Memorial Park and wind through southeast Ocala. The event also features a 1-mile walk. Both events start at 7:30am. runsignup.com. 

Other Fun Stuff!

Ocala Health Events › A diabetes support group will be held June 6, and a trauma seminar will take place June 8. A sciatica and back pain workshop will be held June 13. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. Advanced registration is required. ocalahealthsystem.com or (800) 530-1188.

After Dark in the Park Movie Series (June 8) › Tuscawilla Park will host this family-friendly event with a showing of the film Basquiat. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase, and guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The event is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5540.

Ocala Comic Con (June 23-24) › This annual convention featuring numerous vendors, characters, activities and more will take place at the Hilton Ocala. The event is family friendly, and children under 10 will receive free admission. ocalacomiccon.com or the event’s Facebook page. 

Summer Movies At The Marion Theatre (Through August 2) › The Historic Marion Theatre will host a number of family-friendly movies on select days throughout the summer. Admission is $2 and includes a drink and popcorn. All films begin at 10am. mariontheatre.org or (352) 629-6300.

Host Families Needed (June 27-August 18) › Educational Homestay Programs is currently recruiting families to house international students over the summer. Community service hours are available for teens, and the program offers the opportunity for free music lessons. Spots are limited. ef.edu or (352) 857- 7521. 

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