Ocala's 352 Preview Magazine 03/24

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GUIDE TO ENTERTAINMENT

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* A CELEBRATION OF SPRING

CRAVE

08 | TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN THE 352 & MORE

A handy guide to get you going and keep you busy this month.

WATCH

16 | CONCERT SPOTLIGHT

Last-minute tickets and local shows you won’t want to miss.

18 | FEELIN’ THE BLUES

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department recently hosted the inaugural Brick City Bluegrass Festival.

20 | A LEAGUE OF OUR OWN

Major League Baseball’s spring training is underway, and Florida plays host to half of the nation’s top teams.

34 | COMMUNITY CARE

You can make a di erence in ghting food insecurity by volunteering with Second Harvest Food Bank.

36 | BITE-SIZED BITS

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EXPLORE

22 | MEET THE MASTERS

What started

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24 | HIT THE TRAIL

The Santos Fat Tire Festival o ers outdoor fun for all.

Restaurant news and foodie fun to keep your palate up to date.

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group of gardeners selling blueberry pies from a single booth nearly three decades ago has turned into one of the largest horticultural expos in the Southeast.
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YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO BE A MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDER TO ENJOY THE SETTING AND CAMARADERIE AT THIS FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT WITH MULTIPLE FREE ACTIVITIES. NIGHTLIFE & FAMILY FUN
SPRING FESTIVAL SEASON IS UPON US—HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITES.

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FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK

MARCH 1

First Friday Art Walk travels back in time with Retro Sounds to pay homage to the generations of past musical genres and performers. This year Retro Sounds goes back to the 1980s. The evening will begin with an instructed dance lesson by Arthur Murray Dance Center on the downtown square from 6-7pm and then continues with a two-hour 1980’s Queen Divas Tribute performance. Attendees will enjoy over 40 visual artist displays, free activities with a 1980’s twist and special themed sales and extended business hours at local shops and restaurants. A 1980’s classic car display by Ocala Car Cruisers will also be available. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit ocala .gov/artwalk.

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2 OCALA BOAT SHOW

MARCH 1-3

Get ready to dive into the world of boating at the World Equestrian Center, Expo Center 2. Featuring an extensive array of boats, personal watercraft and the latest in marine technology and accessories, this show is a one-stop destination for everything nautical. From sailing vessels to high-powered ski boats, the area’s top boat dealers are bringing their best o erings under one roof. The event takes place from 11am-7pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Enjoy unlimited access all weekend with any ticket purchase, except for the Friday only option. Day-of tickets are $8 for general admission. Kids 12 and under are free. Learn more at bmgevents.com/boat.html.

HABITAT OCALA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

The 10th annual Habitat Ocala Strawberry Festival is coming to the McPherson Complex. The festival begins at 9am with free admission and ends at 5pm. Proceeds collected from parking ($5 per vehicle) will bene t the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association and Habitat for Humanity of Marion County. The festival features over 230 unique and exciting vendors, live music, a kids’ zone with a petting zoo, strawberry food items that melt in your mouth, a bigger-than-ever car show, a pie-eating contest, nonpro t vendor booths and a BMX show. All proceeds raised at the annual Strawberry Festival will be used to build a new home for low-income families. For more information, visit habitatocala.org/strawberry.

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LIVE OAK INTERNATIONAL MARCH

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Live Oak International returns for its 33rd edition to the distinguished grounds of Live Oak Stud. The iconic tournament, renowned for delivering the ultimate outdoor equestrian entertainment experience, drew over 200 horses from more than 20 countries last year and is projected to continue growing this year. Spectators will witness world-class competitors in both show jumping and combined driving competitions, as well as getting to dive into a diverse range of activities, performances and luxurious VIP experiences. For additional information and updates, visit liveoakinternational.com

SOUTHEASTERN PRO RODEO MARCH 15-16

Get ready for two jam-packed performances lled with exciting competition, including the most dangerous eight seconds in any sport, bull riding. Performances begin at 7:30pm, with gates opening at 5:30pm. Tickets are $25. Children 5 and under are free. Parking is free. On Friday, kids ages 6-11 are $15 with an accompanying adult. Learn more at ocalarodeo.com.

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SAVE THE PANTHER PROGRAM MARCH 16

The Save the Panther program and movie night for National Save the Florida Panther Day will be held at Fort King National Historic Landmark. Rangers and other experts will present information about these endangered animals and conservation e orts to save them. Crafts will be available and a hike will begin before showing the Florida Film Festival winner Path of the Panther. For more information, visit ocala .gov/RecPark or pathofthepanther.com.

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DOWN FOR DONUTS MARCH 23

Compete in various challenges, meet like-minded individuals and support a wonderful cause. The event also features a silent auction packed with items from local businesses and nationwide companies. Ticket proceeds and donations will bene t Down syndrome awareness programs and GiGi’s Playhouse. Learn more at cross tironlegion.com.

MARION COUNTY DAY MARCH 23

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Celebrate Marion County’s 180year history at Marion County Day, featuring food trucks, local arts and crafts vendors, fun activities and more. Admission is free, so come listen to presentations from local historians and view artifacts from Marion County’s history. The event takes place from 10am-2pm at the McPherson Complex. Visit marion .org for more information.

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WHEELS4MEALS CAR SHOW MARCH 23

The event is held during the National March for Meals Campaign to raise awareness, educate and gain support in the ght against senior hunger. The event is free to the public, and all proceeds bene t Marion Senior Services. The event takes place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Auditorium from 10am-2pm. Learn more at wheels4meals.org

BRICK CITY BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL MARCH 30

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The 10th Annual Brick City Beer and Wine Festival is back featuring over 40 beer and wine vendors, live music and food trucks. Proceeds bene t Interfaith Emergency Services, Marion County Literacy Council and Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. The event takes place from 2-6pm at Citizens’ Circle Cultural Center. Learn more at brickcitybeerandwinefest.com.

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GLASS IN FLIGHT EXHIBIT THROUGH MAY 5

Experience an amazing outdoor sculpture exhibit of larger-than-life ying insects and birds hand-crafted into 28 works of art with Dalle de Verre glass and steel. Created by nationally known sculptor Alex Heveri, each piece captures the essence of ight. The Leu Gardens exhibit weaves together the beauty of art with the science of nature. Kids will enjoy nding special butter ies throughout the gardens. Included with general admission. leugardens.org

ELITE BULLRIDERS ASSOCIATION FINALS

MARCH 1-2

Head to the World Equestrian Center’s indoor arena 5 to crown this year’s champions over two action-packed nights. The top 20 bull riders, 12 ranch bronc riders and 15 barrel racers will be competing for their share of over $50,000 in prize money. Tickets are on sale now for $20 for general seating and $35 for preferred seating. Children 3 and under in lap do not need a ticket. worldequestriancenter.com

FREE FIRST SATURDAY

MARCH 2

Visit the Appleton Museum of Art on March 2 for Free First Saturday. Enjoy free admission all day to see the permanent collection, special exhibitions or to make art in the Artspace. The Hair of the Dog hotdog truck will be on-site from 11am-3pm. Presented by the CF International Film Series, see the Florida dance

team, the Calendar Girls, perform in the auditorium before watching a free screening of the 2022 feel-good documentary Calendar Girls. The lm and 15-minute performance will be o ered at two times, 11am and 1pm. Saturday hours are 10am5pm. appletonmuseum.org

KNOWING YOUR WILD NEIGHBORS MARCH 2

Join Rescuing Ocala Wildlife at 11am for the second annual Knowing Your Wild Neighbors guided walk series! The second installment will take place at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala with Marion Audubon to learn how to spot and identify birds. No experience is necessary to attend; this series is perfect for beginners and all ages who are interested in learning more about Florida’s ecosystems. It is free to attend, but donations are encouraged. The nal installment will take place on April 20. rowildlife.org

NIGHT AT THE FARM MARCH 2

The College of Central Florida Foundation will host its annual fundraising gala, Night at the Farm, from 6-8:30pm, at the CF Vintage Farm Campus. This party with a purpose raises much-needed funds to create scholarship opportunities for CF students. The event will feature live music and gourmet bites from Eaton’s Beach to align with this year’s theme, “Strings, Wine and Bites.” Attendees are encouraged to don cocktail attire as they enjoy the ambiance of the CF Vintage Farm Campus. nightatthefarm.org

ABATE OF FLORIDA MONTHLY CHAPTER MEETING MARCH 2

ABATE of Florida, Inc Forest Chapter meets the rst Saturday of each month at War Horse Harley-Davidson at 9:30am. The group o ers a motorcycle safety awareness program. The free MSAP

class is taught by state-certi ed instructors. A yearly membership is $20, or you can join for life for $600. The monthly meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Bridgette at (352) 361-1262.

BOWTIES AND PEARLS SNEAKER BALL

MARCH 2

Join the Greater North Central Florida Chapter of Jack and Jill of America for the ultimate sneaker celebration at Bowties and Pearls Sneaker Ball. Get ready to show o your freshest kicks and dance the night away in your nest suit and bowtie or evening gown/cocktail attire. This event will take place at Hilton Ocala from 7-11pm. Expect an evening lled with music, a silent auction, cash bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary printed 4x6 photo and sneaker contest. Ticket price is $75. Find the event on Facebook for details.

11TH ANNUAL EGGTRAORDINARY SPRING CELEBRATION

MARCH 2

Happening 9am-2pm at the Marion Oaks Community Center, this event features a live band, area performers, craft vendors and food trucks, free games and scavenger hunt, a free youth Easter egg hunt, free photos with the Easter Bunny, as well as a $5 adult Easter egg hunt. Call (352) 438-2830 for more information.

SUNDAY POLO

MARCH 3, 10, 24

Join the Ocala Polo Club for the Winter 2024 Season. Gates open at 11:30am, and the match starts at 1pm. Matches are family friendly, and well-behaved dogs are welcome on leash. Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about horses or polo—come ready for a fun time tailgating with friends and you can learn the rest. ocalapolo.com

COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA PREVIEW

MARCH 5, 7, 8

The College of Central Florida invites prospective students of all ages to attend the annual Preview events taking place across three campuses: Ocala Campus on Tuesday, March 5, from 5-7pm; Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus on Thursday, March 7, from 9:3011:30am; and Wilton Simpson Citrus Campus on Friday, March 8, from 9:30-11:30am. Preview o ers an invaluable opportunity for anyone considering college to discover all that CF has to o er. In a special o er to students at Preview, CF will waive the $30 application fee for anyone who applies during the event. cf.edu/preview

TOWN HALL WITH MAYOR BEN MARCIANO MARCH 6

Join the City of Ocala for an exciting opportunity to meet Ocala’s new mayor, Ben Marciano. Share your thoughts and interests directly with our mayor and hear about his vision for our city’s future. The event takes place from 6-7pm at the Mary Sue Rich Center at Reed Place. For more information, call Tara Woods, Community Liaison, at (352) 369-7182.

SANTOS FAT TIRE FESTIVAL MARCH 7-10

The festival is hosted annually each March by Ocala Mountain Bike Association in partnership with the Florida State Parks and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The festival features the Epic 50 Ride on Saturday, camping at the adjacent Santos Campground, a huge vendor village with bike booths and food trucks, and skills clinics. Proceeds from the festival bene t trail maintenance and building, safety patrol training and equipment. santosfattire.com

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CITY OF OCALA CITIZENS ACADEMY PROGRAM

MARCH 8

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 City of Ocala Citizens Academy program. Citizens Academy is a free, exciting, 11-week program that touches upon virtually every facet of city government. Sessions will be held Thursdays, March 21 through May 30, 5:307:30pm at various city locations. Food and other refreshments will be provided at each session. All participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently be residents or business owners in Ocala/Marion County. The deadline to register is Friday, March 8. ocala .gov/citizensacademy.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION

MARCH 8

Ollin Women International will be celebrating International Women’s Day where we honor women in law and government. The luncheon event will be from 11:30am-1pm at the CF Klein Center. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased on eventbrite.com.

REC N’ ROLL: PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT

MARCH 9

Pickleball players, get your paddles ready! The tournament will be a round robin, and the top four teams will advance. Each match will be best two out of three games to 11 points. Pickleball rating cannot exceed a 2.5. The event takes place at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place from 9am-5pm and is for participants ages 18 and up. Registration is required and costs $20. ocala .gov/recpark

HISTORIC HOMESTEADING

MARCH 9

Step back in time with the Historic Homesteading classes at Fort King National Historic Landmark. Classes include broom making, woodworking

and more. Registration is required, as supplies are limited. March’s class is on crocheting for beginners. Classes take place from 10am-noon and are for adults ages 18 and up. Registration is $20 per person. ftking.org

PI DAY CELEBRATION

MARCH 14

How many numbers of pi can you recite? Join the Discovery Center for a day of pi- lled activities and an extra special scavenger hunt. The event takes place from 10am-4pm, with a special “pieing” at 3:14pm. The event is free with admission. mydiscoverycenter.org

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL

MARCH 14-15

The Villages Entertainment welcomes visitors to Lake Sumter Landing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—now with two days of festivities for everyone to enjoy. The event includes live entertainment by The Steel City Rovers, Byrne Brothers and Cleghorn, as well as food and market vendors and performance groups. The event is free and takes place from 4-9pm. thevillagesentertainment.com

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In partnership with the Florida Engineering Society and Ocala Electric Utility, the Discovery Center presents this fun, free family event. Children ages 5-15 will plan, build, test and compete in specialized challenges alongside engineering professionals. The event will take place from 9:30am-2pm and is open to kids ages 5-15 and their parents. Registration closes March 14 or when all available spaces are taken. mydiscoverycenter.com

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Is your organization ready for some

kickball action? Ocala Recreation and Parks invites you to participate in the Kickball Challenge to showcase your team spirit. Register online to secure your spot in this exciting event limited to six teams. The tournament takes place at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place from 10am-2pm. Registration is required, but the event is free. ocala .gov/recpark

ANYTHING, EVERYTHING ART SHOW MARCH 16

If your child is artistic, this is the perfect event for them. Children ages 5-18 can display their art, sell it and be evaluated by a group of judges. Art mediums can include painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and crafts. Children will be placed into elementary, middle and high school groups. The event will take place at Our Lady of The Springs Catholic Church from 10am-2pm. Find the event on Facebook for details.

IRISH EYES ARE MILE’ING 5K MARCH 16

This race is presented by the local youth running club the Ocala Distance Project. The late entry fee is $40 until March 15 at 6pm when online registration closes. Race day registration is $40 cash or check only and may not include a shirt. Medals will be presented to the rst 200 nishers. The race takes place at Citizens’ Circle from 8-9:30am. irisheyesaremileing.itsyourrace.com

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL MARCH 17

Come join the fun with The Villages Entertainment at Spanish Springs Town Square to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Live entertainment will be provided by The Sounds of Scotland and the Byrne Brothers. The event takes place from 3-9pm and also features a golf cart parade, food and market

vendors, and a free photo booth. thevillagesentertainment.com

HOT RODS & COOL BIKES MARCH 21

Bring the whole family for a night of music, vendors, a car and motorcycle cruise in, free swag bags, food vendors and more. The event takes place at the Silver Springs Moose Lodge from 2-5pm. Find the event on Facebook for more information.

MARION COUNTY GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON MARCH 22

Join the American Heart Association for the Marion County Go Red for Women Luncheon held at the Hilton Ocala from 10am-1pm. The Go Red for Women campaign works to promote healthy lifestyles, build awareness for women’s heart health and raise critically needed funds to support research and education initiatives. For more information, reach out to Mallory Sealey at Mallory.Sealey@heart.org.

PURSE WITH A PURPOSE MARCH 22

Purse with a Purpose celebrates fashion, empowerment and giving back to the community all in one. Proceeds from this event bene t Wear Gloves, Inc., which is on a mission to build a bakery that will supply local restaurants and create employment opportunities for the homeless. The event includes a live, high-end purse auction, as well as music, refreshing drinks, a barn dance and tasty nger foods. The event takes place at

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Active Marion Project (AMP) is a free county-wide healthy lifestyle initiative that challenges Marion County citizens to be more active and get moving toward better health.

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ALL FOR THE HORSES EXPO

MARCH 22-24

The All for the Horses Expo, an allequine industry tradeshow, will be held at World Equestrian Center. General admission and parking for the expo will be free for all attendees. The event includes live music, vendors selling equine tack, jewelry, furniture, horse treats and barn builders. worldequestriancenter.com

RUN RIDE ROLL RELAY

MARCH 23

Three-person teams (runners, equestrians and mountain bikers) will compete in a relay race to promote physical activity, health and comraderie. Head to the Shangrila Trailhead for a weekend of camping, a Friday cookout and the relay on Saturday. Camping and meal packages are available. runsignup.com/rrrrelay2024

SPRING TEA AT THE FORT

MARCH 23

Enjoy spring tea avors and items in bloom with the wonderful company of the Beatrice Haven’s Ladies Academy. The event takes place at the Fort King National Historic Landmark and Visitor Center from 11am-noon. Registration is $10 per person and ends March 16. ftking.org

BATTLE OF THE BRUSHES: ROUND 3

MARCH 23

Returning Champ Sky Sadler and runner up Battle of the Brush: Round

2 artists Mel Fiorentino and Teddy Sykes will be back to compete for the title and $2,500 in cold hard cash against nine other artists. Each artist will start and nish a 4ft-by-4ft painting live. Enjoy live music, free beer and wine, food trucks and the opportunity to vote for your favorite piece. This event is not only a fun and unique experience but a fundraiser for two of Ocala’s great art nonpro ts, the Marion Cultural Alliance and the Magnolia Art Xchange. The event will take place at the 8th Ave. Gallery from 2-11pm. Find the event on Facebook for additional details.

OCALA ROYAL DAMES MASQUERADE BALL

MARCH 23

Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research will host its Masquerade Ball at Circle Square Cultural Center. The event includes happy hour, dinner, silent and live auction, followed by dancing. Music and a surprise guest will make this event an inspiring way to raise funds for cancer research. The event is black tie. Masks are optional; no costumes. The event takes place at 5pm. ocalaroyaldames.org

GIRLS NIGHT OUT MARCH 23

Get ready to celebrate yourself and your girls for an unforgettable Girls Night Out, during Woman’s History Month. Discover a large variety of nearly 100 local Central Florida female-owned vendors o ering everything from boutique shopping and sweets to art and fantastic services. The event is free and open to the public. The event also features a DJ, multiple photo booths and food trucks. Find the event on Facebook for additional information.

ROCK-N-ROLL EASTER TRAIN & GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT MARCH

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Head to Kirby Family Farm on March 23-24 for this 9th annual event.

Climb aboard the full-size historical train for a day of games, farm rides, music and fun Easter activities. Explore the farm to collect Easter eggs, and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Every ticketed child ages 10 and under will receive a prize egg, and some prize eggs will include big prizes like bikes, toys and theme park tickets. Children 2 and under are not required to have a ticket. kirbyfarm.com

EASTER ON THE FARM MARCH 23, 24, 30

Join Mayhem Farm for their third annual Easter event. Get ready for a day lled with egg-citing activities, from egg hunts and petting zoos to hayrides and tons of springtime fun. The event takes place from 11am-5pm all three days. Tickets are limited and should be pre-purchased online. Tickets are $12 per person, and kids 2 and under are free. Tickets purchased at the game are $15, if available. mayhemranch .com

KING OF THE WING MARCH 26

It’s that time of year! Time to plan for one of Downtown Ocala’s most celebrated events, bene ting The Arc of Marion. The event is hosted by the Marion County Building Industry Association and takes place at the downtown square from 5:30-8:30pm. If you wish to compete for the coveted title of King, email admin@mcbia.org today. Find the event on Facebook for additional details.

STUDENT ART EXHIBITION MARCH 27

The College of Central Florida will showcase the talent of its Visual Arts and Digital Media students in the 2024 CF Student Art Exhibition on view March 25-April 30. This annual tradition provides students with an opportunity to present their work in a professional environment, fostering a dynamic intersection of creativity

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and learning. The Webber Gallery invites the public to an opening reception for this exhibition on March 27 from 12:30-1:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public. cf.edu

EASTER EGG HUNT AT SOZO FARM MARCH 30

Sozo Farm in Summer eld is hosting a free Easter egg hunt for kids 12 years of age and under from 10am2pm. This event is a fundraiser for Hearts Healing Hearts. Meet the Easter Bunny, get your picture taken with live bunnies, feed the ducks and see the baby ducklings. Food vendors, arts and craft vendors and more will be on-site. Egg hunts will be held at 10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pm. There is space for 50 kids per time slot. Find the event on Facebook and message the farm to reserve your spot.

BEACHY EASTER EGG HUNT MARCH 30

Head to Eaton’s Beach on Lake Weir for a beachy Easter event the kids are sure to love. Families can enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny, fun photo ops and, of course, an Easter egg hunt. The party starts at 10am, and the hunts will take place at 10:30am for younger kids and 11am for older kids. eatonsbeach.com

EASTER CELEBRATION MARCH 31

Celebrate Easter at the World Equestrian Center from 10am-2pm in indoor arenas 1 and 4. This free, family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature Easter egg and cookie decorating, courtesy of Signature brands, along with spring crafts, face painting and a DJ. Meet the Easter Bunny, and don’t miss the Easter egg hunts. Find the special golden egg and be treated to an Easter surprise. Kids under 4 and ages 5-9 will hunt for eggs at 12pm in arena 1, and kids ages 10 and up will hunt at 12:30pm in indoor arena 4. worldequestriancenter.com/events/ easter-celebration/

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Grab your wand and lightsaber and join the Ocala Symphony Orchestra for a night of pure musical enchantment. The OSO will perform scores from two of the most beloved movie franchises of all time— Harry Potter and Star Wars . As the orchestra plays soaring melodies to epic battle themes, images from these iconic films will be brought to life on the screen above.

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MAR 22 | THE SHARON, THE VILLAGES

Lorrie Morgan, the rst woman in her genre to begin her career with three consecutive Platinum albums, is back in the studio with award-winning producer Richard Landis, working on a new album. It is sure to be yet another collection showcasing the rainbow of emotions Morgan is known for.

MACEY MAC: LIVE IN CONCERT

MAR 24 | ORANGE BLOSSOM OPRY

Macey Mac, a local favorite turned Nashville star, is making a triumphant return to Florida to dazzle her fans once again. Known for her powerhouse vocals and a unique blend reminiscent of Lee Ann Rimes, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin, Macey Mac is a true musical force to be reckoned with.

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The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department recently hosted the inaugural Brick City Bluegrass Festival. This allages, outdoor music festival featured both nationally known and local bluegrass bands, including headliner Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. In addition to live music and entertainment, the event featured a variety of food trucks. To make sure you don’t miss next year’s festival, visit ocala .gov/brickcitybluegrass

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A LEAGUE OF OUR OWN

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S SPRING TRAINING IS UNDERWAY, AND FLORIDA PLAYS HOST TO HALF OF THE NATION’S TOP TEAMS.

With much of the nation still dealing with frigid temperatures and occasional snow showers, Florida is headed full speed ahead into spring. It’s what makes Florida a perfect location for baseball spring training (along with locations in Arizona).

Players from 15 Major League Baseball teams call Florida elds home for around 30 games from late February through March, including some of the nation’s most beloved teams, including the Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, Red Sox and Astros. Some of the sport’s biggest names throughout history, including Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Derek Jeter have trained in our fair state.

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TD BALLPARK, DUNEDIN

PITTSBURGH PIRATES LECOM PARK, BRADENTON

Spring training in Florida’s Grapefruit League is a tradition that goes back more than 130 years, with St. Petersburg and Tampa leading the Sunshine State with 87 years of MLB pre-season action. Other cities hosting teams in 2024 include Bradenton, Lakeland, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Dunedin, North Port, Venice, West Palm Beach and Jupiter.

Central Florida’s own team, the Tampa Bay Rays are returning to their home away from home, Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte for the rst time in ve years. The pandemic,

baseball lockout and Hurricane Ian forced the team to divide their time between Orlando and their homebase of Tropicana Field the last few years.

As you’re making your spring break plans this year, consider visiting one of our spring training sites to take in a few games. Each of the parks has its own unique qualities and reasons to visit.

The large Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine murals at CoolToday Park in Venice make it clear that you’re in Braves country. A 360-degree wrap-around concourse a ords visitors great views of both the ball eld and the surrounding cityscape. If you’re looking to escape the heat, the terrace areas on the second level are open to all fans and o er air-conditioned spaces and a full-service bar. If you’re interested in an

intimate baseball experience, consider Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, home of the Cardinals. Prior to games, kids of all ages gather at the rst- and third-base lines with baseballs and Sharpies hoping for an autograph from their favorite player. George M. Steinbrenner eld in Tampa underwent a $40 million renovation project in 2017, including the addition of the BayCare and St. Joseph Hospitals’ Healthzone Boardwalk for outstanding views of the game, plus expanded fan experiences and an ever-elusive right eld shaded terrace. The Toronto Bluejays come a long way to play at TD Ballpark in Dunedin. The park was expanded in 2020 from 5,500 seats to 8,500. Plus, the concessions, restrooms and suites were all updated. An air-conditioned bar was added along the third base line, plus an outdoor bar in right eld.

No matter which team you root for, a visit to one of Florida’s spring training ballparks should be in order this spring break. You can find complete schedules and ticket information at floridagrapefruitleague.com

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MEET THE MASTERS

WHAT STARTED AS A GROUP OF GARDENERS SELLING BLUEBERRY PIES FROM A SINGLE BOOTH NEARLY THREE DECADES AGO HAS TURNED INTO ONE OF THE LARGEST HORTICULTURAL EXPOS IN THE SOUTHEAST.

If you have questions like “What’s killing my grass,” “How do I attract butter ies” or “How do I know when my tomatoes are ready to pick,” then the Master Gardener Spring Festival, which takes place March 9 and 10 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, needs to be on your radar this month.

“Each year about 10,000 people visit the festival,” says Jeremy Rhoden, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County urban and residential horticulture agent and Master Gardener coordinator. “We have people y in from other states to see how they can replicate the festival in their own city.”

This year, 120 horticulture-related vendors will be on hand to help you with all of your gardening needs.

“It truly is a huge plant fest,” Jeremy says. “A lot of Central Florida nurseries will be on hand with things like pollinator plants, succulents, owering shrubs, edible plants and so much more. There will also be a variety of educational booths, such as Floridafriendly landscaping and even a booth to learn about water usage in Marion County.”

IT TRULY IS A HUGE PLANT FEST. A LOT OF CENTRAL FLORIDA NURSERIES WILL BE ON HAND WITH THINGS LIKE POLLINATOR PLANTS, SUCCULENTS, FLOWERING SHRUBS, EDIBLE PLANTS AND SO MUCH MORE.
JEREMY RHODEN, UF/IFAS MARION COUNTY EXTENSION

To become a Master Gardener is no easy feat. They go through extensive training and exams, plus a one-year internship with mandatory volunteer hours. Currently, there

are about 150 Master Gardeners in Marion County. Jeremy says Marion County has one of the largest groups of Master Gardeners in the state. Lucky for us, too!

Jeremy and Amanda Marek, the UF/IFAS Extension Marion County Florida-friendly landscaping agent, explained that the Marion County Master Gardeners are here to help you.

“There is a full-time plant clinic Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm,” says Amanda. “The service is free to all Marion County residents, and they can walk in, call us, text

us or even email us any questions related to plant, lawn care, insect control or anything else gardening related.”

And our friendly Master Gardeners will also be on hand at the festival to answer questions and give their expert opinions—free of charge.

“We can often save homeowners a lot of money and hassle,” Jeremy adds.

As you’re wandering through the festival, you’ll be able to purchase a huge variety of plants, owers, trees, lawn and garden décor and more. Make sure to bring your wagon to pull your haul around.

There’s something for the kiddos, too.

“There’s plenty to keep the kids busy,” says

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Magnolia photo by Tyler Jones, UF IFAS; Green Beans photo by Amy Stuart, UF IFAS; All photos courtesy of Maaster Gardeners Festival

Jeremy. “Critters to hold, hands on activities and fun educational opportunities. There’s also a live butter y walk-through tent.”

The full food court will satisfy everyone’s hunger pangs when hunger strikes. The cost of admission is $3 for ages 13 and up. Ages 12 and under are free, as is parking.

Jeremy and Amanda encourage everyone to come and check out the festival.

“Come, walk around and learn about all di erent aspects of horticulture,” says Amanda. “It really is a beautiful festival.”

Learn more about the Marion County Master Gardeners’ Spring Festival at http://tinyurl.com/56d4t99j

FAN FAVORITES

We asked Jeremy and Amanda to put their heads together and come up with a list of some of their foliage favorites. The self-proclaimed “plant nerds” had no trouble coming through for us. Check out ifas.u .edu for details on these plants and how to care for them.

EASIEST HERBS & VEGETABLES:

• Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) Florida-friendly, non-native

• Holy Basil & Thai Basil (Ocimum spp) Florida-friendly, non-native

• Lettuce & Kale

• Green Beans

• Cherry & Everglades Tomatoes

BEST POLLINATOR PLANTS:

• Salvias (Salvia spp) native and non-native, Florida-Friendly

• Pentas (Pentas lanceolata) non-native, Florida-Friendly

• Firebush (Hamelia patens) native

• Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) native

• Native Milkweed (Asclepias spp.)

BEST NATIVE GROUNDCOVERS:

• Sunshine mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa)

• Beach Sun ower (Helianthus debilis)

• Twin ower (Dyschoriste spp)

• Frogfruit (Phyla nodi ora)

• Elliott’s Lovegrass (Eragrostis elliottii)

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERING TREES:

• Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) Florida-Friendly, non-native

• Bottlebrush Tree (Callistemon citrinus) Florida-Friendly, non-native

• Japanese Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia hybrid) Florida-friendly, non-native

• Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana) Sterile, non-native

• Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) Florida-friendly, non-native, edible ower and fruit

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS:

• Hibiscus (Hibiscus spp.) Native and non-native, Florida-friendly

• Passion Flower Vine (Passi ora incarnata) Native

• Camellias, Florida-friendly, non-native

• Crinum Lily Native and Florida-friendly, non-native

• Swamp Sun ower (Helianthus angustifolius) Native

BEST NATIVE PRIVACY HEDGES:

• Ocala Anise (Illicium parvi orum)

• Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

• Walter’s Viburnum (Viburnum obovatum)

• Wax Myrtle (Morella cerifera)

• Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

SWEETEST SMELLING BLOOMS:

• Sweet Almond (Aloysia virgata) Florida-friendly, non-native tree or shrub

• Butter y Ginger (Hedychium coronarium) Floria-friendly, non-native

• Gardenia, Florida friendly, non-native

• Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandi ora)

• Native Azaleas (Rhododendron spp.)

BEST EDIBLE ORNAMENTALS:

• Sugar Belle (mandarin hybrid) Citrus Greening Tolerant

• Darrow’s Blueberry (Vaccinium darrowii) Native edible ornamental shrub

• Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitorria)

• Japanese Plum (Eriobotrya japonica) Non-native

• Mulberry (Moras spp.) Native and non-native

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HIT THE TRAIL

THE SANTOS FAT TIRE FESTIVAL OFFERS OUTDOOR FUN FOR ALL.

Enjoy an epic weekend celebrating all things mountain bike at the Santos Fat Tire Festival on March 7-10, 2024.

There’s plenty of action for riders of all ages and skill levels over the three-night, four-day event held at the Santos Trailhead and Campground in Ocala.

Held annually since 2008, the festival is the largest of its kind in the Southeast and is hosted by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association in partnership with Florida State Parks and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

You don’t even have to be a mountain bike rider to enjoy the setting and camaraderie at this family-friendly event with multiple free activities.

As exciting as the twisting, hilly trails can be, there’s also a 15-mile paved trail if you don’t have a mountain bike or aren’t up to tougher trails.

The Camping & Epic Ride ticket package includes tent camping space, live entertainment three nights, catered dinners and breakfasts, and

registration for the Epic 50 Ride.

Festival director Mike Kemp says 500 campers are expected over three nights. Camping was almost sold out at press time.

The main ride is the Epic 50, which starts Saturday at 8am and concludes by 4pm. Not all riders start at the same time as 700-800 people are expected to participate. It takes about six hours to complete the 50 miles. This is the only ride requiring a ticket, which is $65.

Mike explains that the ride is self guided and fully supported with safety patrollers, bathrooms and support stops at four locations. Finisher medals are awarded, along with an event T-shirt.

Other rides include the Ladies Ride on Friday from 4-5pm and the Friday Night Ride from 6-7pm.

Young riders love the Kids’ Jam on Saturday at 10am where children can ride their bikes in the enclosed Vortex area.

The Vendor Village is free and open to the

public on Friday from noon-5pm, Saturday 9am5pm and Sunday 9am-2pm.

“Most of the major bike companies in the U.S. will be at the Vendor Village, as will multiple bike shops and food trucks,” says Mike.

Along with all the vendor booths, there will be free skills clinics.

“The state expects 14,000 people to attend over the three-day weekend,” says Mike.

Proceeds from the event bene t Santos trail maintenance.

Whether you come for the weekend or just a day, you don’t want to miss the Santos Fat Tire Festival.

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a CELEBRATion of spring

Spring has definitely sprung around North Central Florida. From food and gardening festivals to historical celebrations, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the season at some of our favorite spring events happening throughout the 352 and beyond.

Wr ten and compiled by Meli a Peterson

Florida Strawberry Festival

Through March 10

Each spring, the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors from throughout the Sunshine State. Guests come from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, contests, livestock shows, youth development programs, top-name entertainment, parades, midway rides and, of course, strawberries! At the Strawberry Festival, the berry is king, and you can enjoy everything from full flats of fresh Florida strawberries and strawberry shortcake to strawberry milkshakes, jam, kettle corn and even pizza (which is actually a dessert!). Check out flstrawberryfestival.com for information on ticket prices and times.

Thundering Spirit Family Pow Wow

March 1-3

Head to Renninger’s in Mount Dora for traditional Native American culture, including drumming, dancing, storytelling, crafts and food. Don’t forget to bring chairs and/or blankets to sit on. Event takes place from 9am-10pm Friday and Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $15 for a three-day pass. Children under 12 and active or retired service persons are free. thunderingspiritfamily.com

Habitat Ocala Strawberry Festival

March 2

The Habitat Ocala Strawberry Festival is once again coming to the McPherson Complex in Ocala. The festival begins at 9am with

free admission and ends at 5pm. Parking is $5 per car and proceeds bene t the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association and Habitat for Humanity of Marion County. The festival features over 230 vendors, a kids’ zone with a petting zoo, strawberry food items, a car show, a pie-eating contest, live entertainment, photo booths and a BMX show. The festival o ers fresh strawberries from Plant City. habitatocala.org/strawberry

Thornebrook

Spring Arts Festival

March 2-3

Mark your calendars for the third annual Thornebrook Spring Arts Festival. The park-like setting of the Shoppes at Thornebrook will be lled with talented artists, food truck vendors and live music from 10am-5pm each day. Many of your favorite artists from our fall arts festival and some new

faces are coming to enhance your enjoyment. Art on display includes paintings, sculptures, photography, glass works, ber arts, wood carvings, pottery, jewelry and more. The show is laid out to take advantage of the ambiance and convenience of the Shoppes at Thornebrook Village and its stores, restaurants and other amenities. shoppesatthornebrook.com

Florida SpringsFest

March 2-3

Head to Silver Springs State Park from 10am-4pm to learn about Florida springs. Attendees will enjoy history, science, sustainability, fun, music, food and friends—all for the $2 per person state park entry fee. Glass bottom boat rides will be available all weekend (separate fee), as well as kids’ games, photos with a mermaid and more. facebook.com/ oridaspringsfest

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Floral City Strawberry Festival

March 2-3

This annual event features live entertainment, a kids’ area and a tasty pie-eating contest, held both days. All ages can compete, even the little ones, in age-appropriate categories. With strawberries being the star of the festival, hundreds of flats of strawberries made into delectable strawberry shortcakes for all to enjoy will be available, and flats of strawberries will be ready to take home. Free shuttles will be available in designated parking areas to bring you directly to the gate entrance at Floral Park. The festival takes place from 9am5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. g ostrawberryfest.com

Santos Fat Tire Festival

March 7-10

Florida’s most epic bike event of the year takes place at Ocala’s Santos Trailhead. The event is presented by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association in partnership with Florida State Parks and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The festival features the Epic 50 Ride on Saturday, camping at the adjacent Santos Campground, a huge vendor village with bike booths and food trucks, and skills clinics. Proceeds from FTF bene t trail maintenance and building, safety patrol training and equipment. santosfattire.com

Spring Arts & Crafts Show

March 9

Countryside Presbyterian Church is hosting its Spring Arts & Crafts Show from 9am-1pm. The show will feature numerous vendors showcasing a wide variety of

beautiful handmade gifts. The event takes place at 7768 SW Highway 200 in Ocala. For more information, contact Virginia Redden at vafromva1982@gmail.com.

Marion County Master Gardeners’ Spring Festival

March 9-10

Join the Marion County Master Gardeners at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion for the largest plant sale and educational expo in the region. The festival will include around 100 plant, food, educational and non-pro t vendors, including a large kids’ area of interactive activities and crafts. Admission is $3, and kids 12 and under are free. Bring your own wagon to haul all your nds. The event takes place 8am-4pm on Saturday and 9am4pm on Sunday. sfyl.ifas.u .edu

Ocala Spring Craft Fair

March 16-17

This two-day extravaganza brings together over 200 of the most talented artisans from across the region. Dive into a world where every stall holds a new surprise, from dazzling hand-blown glass creations and elegant jewelry to whimsical toys and rustic woven goods. The event takes place at the World Equestrian Center in Expo Center 2 from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. General admission tickets are $5 if purchased online in advance or $7 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. bmgevents.com/springcraft.html

Mount Dora Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts

March 16-17

Stroll through more than 250 craft and arts exhibitors, all set up to sell their unique o erings on the streets of downtown Mount Dora. The event also o ers face-painting, wine tasting, food vendors and entertainment throughout the

event. Beer, wine and cocktails can be purchased around the event area. The event takes place from 9am-5pm, and free shuttles run from 900 Lincoln Avenue. mountdoraspringfest.com

Marion County Day

March 23

Marion County invites your family to attend this annual community festival, held from 10am-2pm at the McPherson Governmental Complex in Ocala. The event celebrates Marion County’s history and showcases everything that makes Marion County great. Organizations from around the area will participate in telling Marion County’s story in a fun, informative and interactive way, and visitors will enjoy food, games and more, as well as free admission. marion .org

Williston

Spring Fest

March 23

The Williston Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fun- lled, family-friendly day of strolling and enjoying arts and craft vendors, food vendors, local businesses, live music and a kids’ area. The festival is free and held at Heritage Park from 10am-3pm. Find the event on Facebook for additional details.

Kanapaha Gardens Spring Garden Festival

March 23-24

The Spring Garden Festival features over 100 booths, including many where patrons can select from a variety of plants to add color, shade and beauty to their yards and gardens. Patrons can also purchase garden-related products, including tools, furniture and outdoor decorations. In addition, there are booths sta ed by local gardening and environmental organizations where visitors can gather information about plants, ponds, pests, the environment at large and more. The festival has a stage featuring live local entertainers on Sunday. Young visitors will enjoy

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our free children’s activities area where they can pot plants, design newspaper hats and be involved in a wide variety of supervised activities. Bring a wagon or small pull cart if you plan to purchase large items. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5-13. Event takes place from 9am-5pm both days. kanapaha.org/springgarden-festival

Ocala Spring Pet & Craft Show

March 24

The Spring Pet & Craft Show takes place at Citizens’ Circle from 11am4pm and features food trucks, local pet vendors and artisans. You can also take your picture with the Easter Bunny while you’re there. The event is free to attend. Find the event on Facebook for more details.

Spring Festival Market

March 24

The Spring Festival Market will take place at the Ocala Downtown Market from 12-4pm. The event features shopping with multiple vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and a bounce house. The Ocala Downtown Market is always pet and kid friendly. This event is sponsored by AdventHealth Ocala. Find the event on Facebook for details.

Spring Plant Swap & Sale

March 30

Head to Swamp Head Brewery for the spring plant swap and sale from 12-4pm. You’ll nd a variety of houseplants from rare to triedand-true, native plants, orchids, carnivorous plants and some plant art and accessories. There will be beer by Swamp Head, local food trucks and music to enjoy. Find the event on Facebook for details.

Brick City Beer & Wine Festival

March 30

The Brick City Beer and Wine Festival, presented by the World Equestrian Center, will be held from

2-6pm at Citizens’ Circle at 151

SE Osceola Avenue in downtown Ocala. This annual event is hosted by the Ocala-Silver Springs Rotary Club and the Ocala-Sunset Rotary. Proceeds bene t Interfaith Emergency Services, Marion County Literacy Council and Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. The event will feature 30-plus breweries and wineries, food trucks, vendors and a kids’ suds saloon. Tickets start at $50 for general admission. VIP admission is also available. brickcitybeerandwinefest.com

Brownwood Arts & Crafts Festival

March 30-31

Drawing in a diverse crowd of residents with its lively entertainment, shopping and dining options, Brownwood Paddock Square is the perfect location for an exceptional craft festival. This highly anticipated event promises to be one of the most amazing shows of the year and provides a fantastic opportunity for you to showcase your craft to a wide and enthusiastic audience. The event is free and takes place from 10am5pm. thevillagesentertainment.com

Newberry Spring Festival

April 6

The Newberry Main Street Annual Spring Festival will take place in downtown Newberry from 9am-4pm. The event will feature tons of craft and food vendors, live entertainment and shows, a food court and fun for the kiddos. newberrymainstreet.com

McIntosh Garden Show and Plant Sale

April 6

This event is held in Van Ness Park, located at 5835 Avenue G in McIntosh. Garden- and plantrelated vendors will bring a variety of plants, trees and owers to this annual event. Food and activities for children will be available, and drawings for garden items and

décor will be held throughout the event. The McIntosh Seedlings Garden Club’s booth will feature herbs, shrubs, indoor plants, veggies, perennial plants, garden accessories and more. Handmade garden decorations, signs and artwork will also be for sale. mcintoshseedlings.com

City of Belleview Annual Fishing Derby

April 6

Fishing is fun, and whether your kids are beginners or pros, they will have a great time at the annual shing derby. Lake Lillian is stocked yearly with cat sh and bass to prepare for this event by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Open to children ages 15 and under and held annually, this free event o ers a morning of shing with bait provided and prizes for biggest sh and most sh caught. The event culminates with a free community cookout hosted by the Belleview Police Department. The event takes place from 9am1pm. belleview .org

Barberville

Pioneer Settlement

Spring Frolic

April 6-7

The Barberville Pioneer Settlement will host its Spring Frolic featuring hundreds of musicians on eight stages; workshops; jam tents; living history demonstrations from blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and craftsmen; storytelling and arts and craft vendors. The event takes place from 9am-6pm on Saturday

and 9am-4pm on Sunday. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. pioneersettlement.org/spring-frolic

Boomtown Days and Art Show

April 13

Saddle up for a rootin’ tootin’ good time! Step back in time to the roaring 1920s when Dunnellon experienced an explosive boom in development, all thanks to the discovery of phosphate mines. The event takes place from 9am-5pm and includes an art show and craft vendor corral, live music hoedown, Wild West food stalls, a cowboy show and the Little Buckaroos Kid Zone. dunnellonchamber.com/ event/boomtown-days-2024

Farmland Preservation Festival

April 13

This festival promotes the importance of our farmlands by showcasing locally grown farm produce, locally made and crafted farm products and cottage crafts, farm animals and equipment, and agricultural exhibits and demonstrations. The festival features a tractor parade, farmers market, local food, musical and dancing entertainment, a petting zoo and a hayride. This event takes place at Majestic Oaks Ocala, located at 17500 N US Hwy 441 in Reddick, from 9am-4pm. Parking is $5. Find the event on Facebook for more information.

Hogtown Craft Beer Festival

April 13

Held at the Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center, located at 210 SE 134th Avenue, in Micanopy, this event offers visitors a chance to sample beer from local, regional and national breweries. In addition, some of the best local restaurants and caterers will have terrific cuisine available for purchase. Minors are not permitted into the festival

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Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival

April 13-14

Founded in 1969, this Gainesville tradition will be hosted on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College. The festival will feature juried national artists, community artists and SF students showcasing jewelry, sculptures, ceramics, ber arts, glass, wood, photography, mixed media, oil and watercolor paintings, printmaking, graphics and digital art. Live entertainers, including music and dancers, will perform, and children and families will have an opportunity to play and learn with art-themed activities and events. The event takes place from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am4pm on Sunday. sfspringarts.org

Brownwood Blueberry Festival

April 19

Come on down to Brownwood in The Villages for the 4th annual Blueberry Festival. This event features fresh produce, food trucks and exciting entertainment featuring Slickwood on the dogtrot porch main stage. The event takes place from 4-9pm at the Brownwood Paddock Square. thevillagesentertainment.com

Spring Plant Sale

April 19-21

The Florida Museum of Natural History will host its spring plant sale, featuring more than 100 species of Florida- and pollinatorfriendly plants. Discover which pollinator species you can attract, and learn about the butter yfriendly plants that work best in your landscape. Accent, host, native and nectar plants are available for purchase, with proceeds bene ting the Butter y Rainforest exhibit. The event will take place at the UF Cultural Plaza in front of the Florida Museum from 10am-5pm on Friday and

Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday. oridamuseum.u .edu

Spring Sunflower Festival

April 20-21

Join The Bryer Patch in Newberry for the Spring Sun ower Festival from 10am-5pm both days. Event admission is $12 per person, and children 2 and under are free. The event features access to the large sun ower eld and U-pick ower patches, hayride and barrel train ride, farm animal petting and feeding, access to the play paddock, photo ops, corn hole and live music. thebryerpatchfarm.com

HOPS Spring Home Tour

April 27

Starting at 10am, the Ocala Historic Preservation Society invites you to explore the history of Ocala through several of its charming historic homes starting at Bryant House. During this event, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with knowledgeable guides who will share anecdotes and historical facts. Learn about the beautifully preserved architecture and gain a deeper understanding of how the homes were built for this climate. All funds raised are used in preservation e orts in our community. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on eventbrite.com historicocala.org

Festivals of Speed

May 4

Over 200 exotic, classic and American muscle cars will be placed for display on the Grand Plaza of the World Equestrian Center. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, McLaren and others will make for

an incredible display. Enjoy on-site restaurants, bars, luxury brand retail stores and horse competitions. After the car show watch the Kentucky Derby on massive 100foot jumbotrons right in the Grand Plaza and after that enjoy a fabulous Arabian Horse competition in the grand arena. The event takes place from 11am-3pm. Admission is $30, and children 12 and under are free. festivalsofspeed.com

Belleview

Founder’s Day

May 4

The City of Belleview’s 4th Annual Founder’s Day will take place at Lake Lillian from 10am-3pm. Event attendees can enjoy a variety of craft, business and food vendors. Free children’s activities include games, crafts and in atables as well as activities and booths focusing on the city’s history. belleview .org

Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens Spring Festival

May 4-5

With tons of colorful plants, several beautiful cascading waterfalls and countless breathtaking views, Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens is the perfect spot to bring your family and friends. Enjoy live music throughout the day, and visit with vendors from all over Florida selling plants, arts and crafts, and food. The event takes place from 9:30am-5pm on Saturday and 9:30am-4pm on Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children and free for kids 5 and under. cedarlakeswoodsandgarden.com

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Spanish Springs Town Square from 4-9pm. Enjoy free live music, food vendors and fun entertainment, like Mariachi bands, stilt walkers, Hispanic folklore dancers and the Silver Rockettes. thevillagesentertainment.com

Newberry

Watermelon Festival

May 18

Now in its 78th year, come out for a day of family fun at Country Way Townsquare from 9am3:30pm. Don’t miss the Newberry Watermelon Festival Beauty Pageant or the Watermelon Parade and Golf Cart Competition. newberrywatermelonfestival.com

Palatka Blue Crab Festival

May 24-26

Get ready to throw your claws in the air over Memorial Day weekend for the annual Palatka Blue Crab Festival. This event features national headliners, fullday concert line-ups of regional musicians, dozens of vendors and food trucks, activities and entertainment for all ages and a massive kids’ zone. The event takes place in downtown Palatka and along the scenic waterfront from 6-10pm on Friday, 11am-10pm on Saturday and 2-10pm on Sunday. palatkabluecrabfestival.com

Chiefland Watermelon Festival

June 1

The 69th annual Chie and Watermelon Festival will be held from 8am-3pm at 23 SE 2nd Avenue in Chie and. The parade will begin promptly at 11am. The event will feature over 150 vendors, including a variety of craft and retailers, informational, food and kids activity vendors. chie andwomansclub.org

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The 10th Annual Brick City Beer and Wine Festival, presented by the World Equestrian Center, is back featuring over 40 beer and wine vendors, live music and food trucks. This annual family-friendly event is hosted by the Ocala-Silver Springs Rotary Club and the Ocala-Sunset Rotary. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Emergency Services, Marion County Literacy Council and Kimberly’s

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