Light Up Ocala tops the list for weekend entertainment in Marion County



“Late Night Catechism”

The internationally acclaimed interactive comedy show will be presented on November 18 at 2pm and 7pm at St. Mark the Evangelist, 7081 SE County Road 42, Summerfield. Tickets $28, available at Learn more at 919-880-8799 or [email protected]

Marco Bojorquez and ‘CuBop’

Reilly Noir presents this jazz show on November 18th at 7:30pm at the NOMA Black Box, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Tickets $25 for general audience; VIP tables available for $125. More at 352-351-1606 or

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Classic Albums Live – U2’s “The Joshua Tree”

Catch CAL perform music from the legendary Irish band’s Grammy-winning 1987 Album of the Year on November 18th at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, featuring songs like “Where The Streets Have No Name” and ” With or Ohne dich.” Tickets from $20; performance at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at 352-351-1606 or

Light up Ocala

The tradition will continue on November 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the downtown square. As the City of Ocala says on its website, “Light Up Ocala is a long-standing community tradition to kick off the holiday, drawing thousands to downtown Ocala. There will be 100+ vendors, food and live entertainment. The Junior Sunshine Holiday Parade includes a special appearance by Santa Claus. And at the end of the evening, downtown Ocala is ablaze with festive lights.

The magic of the bronze bell choir

The Congregational Church, 15421 SUS 301 Summerfield, is hosting the Orlando Choir concert on November 19 at 4 p.m. Tickets $25; Proceeds benefit the pantry for infants and young children and the education and performance work of the bell choir. Learn more at or 352-693-4545.

Coronation: ‘Messiah’ and more

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with guest soloists and conductor Joshua Mazur, presents a selection of Handel’s Music for Royal Fireworks, Messiah and Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C major on November 20 at 3pm at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St. , Ocala. More at

Sunday taster concert

The Will McLean Foundation welcomes an eclectic mix of original songs, classic and obscure covers and well-known standards on November 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St., Dunnellon. performance is at 2 p.m.; Donation is $15 cash at the door. More at, or [email protected]


Gala of the Royal Horses

This event will take place on November 26th at the Grand Oaks Resort, 3000 Marion County Road, Weirsdale. More at

“Coming Back Like a Song”

This nostalgic piece of music will be on stage December 1-18 at the Ocala Civic Theater. More at

Symphony under the lights

This free event will take place on December 2nd at 7:30pm in Tuscawilla Park at the Reilly Arts Center Outdoor Stage, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the sounds of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the Ocala Youth Symphony.

Steeln’ Peaches – A Revue by the Allman Brothers

Steeln’ Peaches returns to the Marion Theater, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala. December 2nd for a show at 8pm. Tickets start at $15. The Marion houses a full bar with an exciting cocktail menu, snacks and soft drinks. More at 352-351-1606 or

“Paper Thin” and “Shadow Deep”

The Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, opens new exhibits December 3. One features three-dimensional paper-cut artwork by Jacksonville resident Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun. The other features the work of Gainesville-based poet and visual artist Debora Gregor, who presents 28 mixed-media works created during the 2019-2021 pandemic lockdown. These exhibits can be seen until June 18th.

“Trains for the Christmas Show 2022”

Trains for Christmas is a free show presented by the Meadowbrook Model Railroaders. It will be held on December 3rd and 4th from 9am to 3pm at Holy Faith Episcopal Church, 19924 W. Blue Cove Drive, Dunnellon. Learn more at 352-209-5422 or [email protected]

Bang! Go on vacation

The annual Ocala Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert will be held December 3 at 7:30 p.m. and December 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. More at

‘Tis the Season’ concerts by the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band will perform popular Christmas carols on December 3 at 2:00 p.m. and December 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute Auditorium, 1614 E. Fort King St., Ocala. The performances are free and open to the public.

Holiday performances by the Marion Civic Chorale Community Chorus

The chorale will perform delightful favorites and inspirational songs in celebration of the holiday December 4 at 3:00 p.m. at St. George Anglican Cathedral, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala; and 3 p.m. on December 11 at Fort King Presbyterian Church 13 NE 36th Ave., Ocala. Concerts are free to the public; Donations to fund the annual Grat L. Rosazza Music Scholarship are welcome. More at or

‘The Nutcracker’

The classical ballet, presented by Dance Alive National Ballet, will perform December 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Tickets start at $15. More at

‘Sleighin’ It: A Holiday Cabaret’

This production by the Creative Arts Student Troupe of the Ocala Civic Theater will be on the OCT Outdoor Stage December 9-11. Organizers call it a “festive cabaret that celebrates everything we love about the winter holidays.” More at

Ocala Christmas Parade

The annual Christmas parade begins at 5:30 p.m. on December 10th. The parade begins at Southeast 25th Avenue and Fort King Street. It heads north to East Silver Springs Boulevard, then west on Boulevard to Northeast Eighth Avenue, then north to Northeast Third Street just before Tuscawilla Park. More at

“Big and Brave”

This exhibition will be on view at the Edith-Marie Gallery at the Appleton Museum of Art from December 16th to May 21st. All works are modern and contemporary art, many of which have never been exhibited at the Appleton.


“A Dickensian Christmas: The Urban Family Christmas Exhibition”

The Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, will be illuminated with twinkling lights and sweeping decorations as this annual tradition returns. The exhibition will be on view until January 8th. This popular annual exhibition from the Dr. Paul Urban offers the architecture, customs and history of Victorian England in this miniature village alongside an extensive collection of nutcrackers from around the world. Also on display are Christmas trees decorated by participating community groups and organizations. More at or 352-854-2322, ext. 1565.

Exhibition “The best of the season”.

The Visual Arts Society presents an exhibition Nov. 7 – Dec. 8 at the CF Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. This annual favorite spans a variety of styles and mediums. “Best of the Season” is one of two annual opportunities for association members to exhibit their work. Opening Reception Nov 18 from 5-7pm Free and open to the public. More at 352-854-2322, ext. 1664

Blow Up II – Inflatable Contemporary Art

Larger than life inflatable artworks have transformed the Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery and Museum Lobby at the Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Running until December 11, this exhibition explores the imaginative and often whimsical ways artists use air as a tool to create large-scale sculpture, featuring works by eight renowned artists of the medium. Special events will be announced throughout the life of this exhibition. More at or 352-291-4455.

‘Look at the brighter side’

This exhibit by Jennifer Weigel is on view through January 9 at the Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration Building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., and the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. A press release from the city describes Weigel as “a multidisciplinary mixed-media conceptual artist” whose work “uses a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fiber, installation, jewelry, paint, performance, photography, Video and writing.” More at, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or

‘Colorful Delights’

This art exhibition by Christine Dozier is on view through January 17th at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600. Free and open to the public. Dozier, an Ocala resident and native of Memphis, works with oil and acrylic paints. More at, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or

“A Flowery Retrospective”

This exhibition of Gregory Dirr’s work is open through December 9th at the Clerk’s Office at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. to see. Free and open to the public. Boca Raton-based Dirr is described in a City of Ocala press release as “an interdisciplinary visual artist who creates work as a cathartic response to his surroundings with an emphasis on environmental conservation.” The secretariat is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More at, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or

‘Squares without stitches’

This exhibit is on view through January 12 at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala. The opening hours are from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Learn more at, 352-368-5517 and Ocala Rec Park on Facebook.

“finding beauty”

This exhibition features costumes, set photos, interactive experiences and sketches, as well as a wealth of fabrics and videos of the costume design process. These objects from the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection inspired the art and design for the Ocala Civic Theater’s recent production of Beauty and the Beast. This exhibit runs through the winter of 2022. The museum is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. More at


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