Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Ocala, Marion County, Florida

Hotel California – The Original Eagles Tribute

The Hotel California tribute band has toured the world entertaining hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans since 1986. This performance will take place March 25 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. For more information, visit

After Dark in the Park film series

Jennifer Hudson delivered an Oscar-winning performance in the 2006 Motown-inspired film “Dreamgirls,” written and directed by Bill Condon. It also stars Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Begins at 8 p.m. on March 25 at Tuscawilla Art Park, 213 NE Fifth St., Ocala. Free and open to the public. Popcorn, drinks and refreshments will be available; participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517 or visit

An Evening with the Jefferson Starship

The legendary band performs at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, at 7:30 p.m. on March 26 with a new five-member lineup and a large catalog of rock classics dating back to the 1970s. Tickets start at $25. For more details, visit

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Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 5000 SW College Road, Ocala, presents GospelFest March 26 from noon to 6 p.m. with featured artists Just Us. Live performances from youth and church choirs, open mic, children’s activities and fry. Free and open to the public; donations and sponsorships are gratefully accepted, with proceeds used for the betterment of the church. For more information, call 352-286-3170.

Marion County Day 2022

Food trucks, local music, arts and crafts, vendors, presentations from local historians and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26 at the McPherson Governmental Center, 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala.

Lords of 52nd Street – Legends of Billy Joel

The Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala, hosts the Lords of 52nd Street in concert. The group worked with Billy Joel on his breakthrough 1976 album “Turnstiles” and its Grammy-winning follow-up “The Stranger”, while establishing themselves as a hardworking touring band in their own right. Doors open at 6 p.m. on March 26 and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more ticket information, email [email protected] or call 352-854-3670.

Central Florida Main Chorus

The Central Florida Master Choir’s final performance, “American Spirituals and Folk Songs,” will be on stage at 3 p.m. March 27 at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St., Dunnellon; 7:31 p.m. at Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala; and 3 p.m. April 3 at Country Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala. No ticket needed; voluntary offerings gratefully accepted.

In progress:

“Field concert”

This solo art exhibition features the work of Kay Deuben. The exhibit runs through March 26 at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala.

“For the Love of Horses and Ballerinas” by Trudy Johnson

The Summerfield-based artist‘s diverse expressions of the human face and love of ballet are on display at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave., Ocala, through March 29. Johnson, who was born in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, experiments in various techniques and mediums and draws inspiration from artists past and present. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Monster puppets

This free, public exhibition features quirky personalities and unique designs created by children during the annual Boo Bash event. On view through March 28 at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 321 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 352-629-8447 or visit

“Encounter” by Tom Hundersmarck

A Gainesville-based abstract and landscape painter, Hundersmarck began painting as a child and worked extensively as a psychologist with veterans. The exhibit is free and open to the public through July 19 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600, Ocala. For more information, contact the City of Ocala’s Division of Arts and Cultural Sciences at 352-629-8447 or visit

Discovery Center Brain Games Exhibit

The Discovery Center’s all-new interactive exhibit is open to the public through March 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala. Kids can sink an opponent’s battleship, climb ladders and slide down slides, and test their operational, mobile and mental skills in this hands-on display. General admission is $8 per person; family and subscription plans are also available. Call 353-401-3900 or visit for more information.

“Heart of the Horse: Photographs by Juliet van Otteren”

This exhibit runs through April 24 at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, and features the black and white equine images of internationally acclaimed photographer Juliet van Otteren. Details at or call 291-4455.

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