Annual Events

This page lists family-friendly events in the Ocala, Florida area. Note: Details of these events can change from year to year, so please check our calendar of events for specific dates and updated information.
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A Fight for Freedom: Attack on Fort King

Join us for the historical and educational experiences about the high tensions between the Indian Ag ...

December
Hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm
$5 per person (Veterans & kids under 5 are FREE!)
3925 E Fort King St., Ocala, Florida
Belleview Founder's Day

Join the Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce at Founders Day. This event celebrates the Found ...

May
Hours: See website for dates and times.
Free
Lake Lillian Neighborhood Historic District, Belleview, FL, 34420
Brick City Beer and Wine Festival

This annual event features a full day of beer and wine sampling from local and regional breweries an ...

April
Hours: See website for dates and times.
Free Admission
110 SE Watula Ave, Ocala, Florida, 34471
Brown's Springtime Farm Festival

On 10 Acres of Land, behind Brown's Country Market on Hwy 301. Variety of Vendors, Food Trucks, Live ...

April
Hours: See website for dates and times.
Free
13992 North U.S. 301, Oxford, Florida, 34484
Cattle Drive & Cowboy Round-Up

Dust off your cowboy hat and shine up your boots for Ocala's annual Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up ...

February
Hours: 10:00am - 2:00pm
800 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, Florida
Dunnellon Boomtown Days

Boomtown Days will feature over 100 food, craft, business and children’s games vendors, a kids zone, ...

September
Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Free Admission
20799 Walnut St, Dunnellon, Florida, 34431
Dunnellon Farm Days

Bring the whole family for a day or a weekend. Camping available for the weekend. This is a family f ...

February
Hours: Friday and Saturday
See website for rates.
19737 SE 127th Terrace, Dunnellon, FL, 34430
Dunnellon Victorian Holiday Festival

This street festival is a family friendly holiday season festival featuring food vendors, local vend ...

December
Hours: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
20799 Walnut Street, Dunnellon, FL, 34431
Earthfest Celebrate Arbor Day

Explore the great outdoors at Earthfest! Fun for the whole family, kids can try out tree rappelling ...

April
Hours: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Free
800 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, Florida
Festival Latino Downtown Ocala

Come celebrate our Latin culture with food trucks, kiosks, artisans, fun for the kids and music!!

March
Hours: See Facebook page for dates and times.
Free Admission
151 SE Osceola Avenue, Ocala, FL, 34471
Fishing Derby

Fishing is Fun, and whether your kids are beginners or pros, they will have a great time at our annu ...

April or May
Hours: 9:00am -12:00pm
Free
Robinson Road, Belleview, Florida
Florida Springs Festival

The Florida Springs Festival is an annual family-friendly two-day event held the first weekend in Ma ...

1st weekend in March
Hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm
See website for costs.
5656 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, Florida, 34472
Fun at the Park Music and Art

Visit Art Alley at Sholom Park's Music & Art event and introduce your kids to the world of Music & A ...

May
Hours: See website for dates and times.
Free Parking
7110 SW 80th Ave, Ocala, Florida, 34481
Gnome and Fairy Festival

The Fairies and Gnomes return home to Sholom Park. Experience the magic of make-believe and imaginat ...

February
Hours: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free
7110 SW 80th Ave, Ocala, Florida, 34481
God and Country Day Celebration

Every Year the God and Country Day festival takes place in celebration of the 4th of July. Activitie ...

July 4th
Hours: 2:00pm - 10:30pm
$5 parking fee
7340 US-27, Ocala, FL, 34482
Guns & Hoses

Ocala Main Street presents an all-day family event at the MCSO Training Complex! The day begins down ...

March
Hours: Starts at 7am
Free
3300 NW 10th Street, Ocala, Florida, 34475
Habitat Ocala Strawberry Festival

This event features live music & entertainment, over 200 vendors, food/drinks, car show, kids zone, ...

March
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Free
601 SE 25th Avenue, Ocala, FL, 34471
Heart in the Park

HeART in the Park is the Junior League of Ocala's annual community art fundraiser for children and f ...

February
Hours: 10:00am - 2:00pm
See website for costs.
829 NE Sanchez Ave, Ocala, Florida
Horse Capital Equine Industry Expo

Join us for Equine "Edu-tainment" at the Annual #HCTOW Equine Expo! Hosted at the Ocala Downtown Mar ...

March
Hours: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Free Admisison
Ocala Downtown Market, Ocala, Florida, 34471
Horse Capital Parade

Come and see over 60 horses, the Historic Stagecoach and the Budweiser Clydesdales in Downtown Ocala ...

March
Hours: See website for dates and times
Free Admission
Downtown Ocala, Ocala, Florida, 34471
Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series is a joint partnership between the Marion Cultural Alliance and th ...

Select Friday Nights April - June
Hours: 7pm - 9pm
Free
1510 NW 4th St, Ocala, Florida, 34475
Light Up Lake Lillian

Held the first Saturday in December, citizens from all over South Marion County come to take part in ...

December
Hours: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Free
Robinson Road, Belleview, Florida, 34420
Light Up Lake Weir Holiday Boat Parade

FUN and safe fund raiser for the entire family! Decorate and enter your boat. Boats are judged on pr ...

December
Hours: Starts at 5:30pm
13275 SE 115th Avenue, Ocklawaha, FL, 32179
Light Up Ocala

Kick off the holidays with Ocala's premiere tree lighting ceremony! The long-standing tradition of L ...

November
Hours: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Free
Downtown, Ocala, Florida
Marion County Chili Cook-Off

The Southeastern Livestock Pavilion overflows with local businesses and individuals making gallons o ...

November
Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
See website for costs.
2200 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, Florida
Marion County Day

Organizations from around the area will participate in telling Marion County’s story in a fun, infor ...

March
Hours: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Free
601 SE 25th Ave, Ocala, Florida, 34471
Marion County Farmland Preservation Festival

This annual event showcases antique tractors & farm equipment, farm animals, locally grown produce, ...

April
Hours: See Facebook for dates and times.
Free Admission
20751 NW 87 Ave Rd, Micanopy, FL, 32667
Marion County Father Daughter Dance

The Marion County Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance is a community-wide event, with the main mission ...

February
Hours: See website for days and times.
See website for pricing.
8395 SW 80th Street, Ocala, FL
Marion County Master Gardeners Spring Festival

This is the area's largest plant sale and garden expo. The annual Marion County Master Gardeners' Sp ...

2nd Weekend in March
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Free
2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL, 34470
Marion County’s World’s Greatest Baby Shower

Shower attendees will learn from community partners and various organizations about important prenat ...

January
Hours: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Free
3300 NW 10th St., Ocala, Florida
McIntosh 1890 Festival

All day free musical entertainment from country to bluegrass, over 280 arts, crafts, plants and anti ...

October
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Free
5835 Avenue G, McIntosh, FL, 32664
Micanopy Fall Festival

Many local artists, crafters, and musicians participate in the festival, as well as other artists fr ...

October or November
Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Free
Cholokka Boulevard, Micanopy, Florida
Ocala Arts Festival

The Ocala Art Festival, brings outstanding artists, wonderful music, food trucks, beer and wine, art ...

October
Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Free
120 SW 5th St, Ste 106, Ocala, Florida, 34471
Ocala Christmas Parade

The Parade has been an Ocala tradition for over 60 recorded years. The Parade attracts over 60,000 s ...

Second Saturday in December
Hours: Starts at 5:30pm
Free
East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL, 34470
Ocala Comic Con

Media Guests, Cosplayers, Comic Book Creators, Gaming, Vendors and More! Children 10 and under are f ...

September
Hours: See website for days and times.
See website for rates.
1390 NW 80th Ave, Ocala, Florida, 34482
Ocala Health Harvest Fest

The event will take place in the field across from West Marion Community Hospital. Please follow sig ...

October
Hours: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Free
4600 SW 46th Court, Ocala, Florida
Ocala Shrine Club Carnival

Come out to the carnival! Located next to the Ocala Shrine Club off of Maricamp.

January and/or February
Hours: See Facebook page for days and hours
See Facebook page for rates
4301 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala, Florida, 34480
Ocala Shrine Rodeo

A Shrine Club tradition, our rodeo is one of the largest in Ocala, FL, Horse Capital of the World.

September
Hours: RODEO starts at 7:30pm. Gates open at 5:30
See website for costs.
2200 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, Florida, 34470
Ocala Veg Fest

Come see how easy it is to find healthy plant-based foods in the Ocala, Florida area. Find local sou ...

March
Hours: 10am - 3pm
Free Admission
310 SE 3rd Street, Ocala, FL, 34471
Ocali Country Days

The Ocali Country Days festival takes place on the second weekend of November each year. This popula ...

2nd weekend of November
Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm
See website for costs.
1445 Northeast 58th Avenue, Ocala, Florida, 34470
Old Florida Cracker Craft Show & Thanksgiving Festival

The festival will include a large craft show and activities for the kids, including a costume contes ...

October
Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Free
4696 NE CR 329, Anthony, Florida, 32617
Rainbow Springs Art Festival

Two days of Fine art , Fine craft, Classic car show, entertainment, food, music, Our Famous Chinese ...

November
Hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Free
20804 West Pennsylvania Ave, Dunnellon, Florida, 34432
Reddick BBQ Festival

Come to "downtown" Reddick, Florida for the annual Reddick BBQ Festival. Bring your appetite, as the ...

March
Hours: See website for days and times.
Free Admission
15115 NW Gainesville Highway, Reddick, FL, 32686
Santos Fat Tire Festival

The festival is hosted annually each March by Ocala Mountain Bike Association in partnership with th ...

March
Hours: See website for dates and times.
3080 SE 80th Street, Ocala, FL, 34480
Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival

The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is the largest event of its kind in the south ...

3rd weekend of February
Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm
See website for costs.
1445 Northeast 58th Avenue, Ocala, Florida, 34470
Southeastern Pro Rodeo

Get ready for two jam-packed performances filled with exciting competition in saddle and bareback br ...

March
Hours: Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at ...
See website for costs.
2200 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, Florida, 34470
Southeastern Youth Fair

The Southeastern Youth Fair (SEYF) is the premier event for Marion County 4H and FFA members. Studen ...

February
Hours: See website for days and times.
See website for costs.
2232 NE Jacksonville Rd, Ocala, Florida
St. Mark Greek Festival

If You Love Entertainment and Exceptional Greek Food with an international flair, Ocala’s Greek Fest ...

March
Hours: Fri-Sat: 11am-8pm and Sun: 11am-4pm
Free Admission
9926 SE 36th Avenue, Belleview, FL, 34420
The Villages Balloon Festival

Balloon ascensions are planned for early morning and later afternoons, when the weather conditions a ...

February
Hours: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
See website for rates.
700 N Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages, Florida, 32162
Timberline Farm Butterfly & Blueberry Festival

Butterfly Tent & Spring Garden, Live Bee Display, Hayride, Train Ride, Farm Animals, Corn Crib, Blac ...

April
Hours: See website for dates and times
Free General Admission
3200 SE 115th St., Belleview, Florida, 34420