Light Up Ocala Tops Marion County Weekend Entertainment List



‘Night Catechism’

The internationally renowned interactive comedy show will take place at St. Mark the Evangelist, 7081 SE County Road 42, Summerfield, on November 18 at 2 and 7 pm An irrepressible nun teaches an adult catechism course to unpredictable new students: the audience. Tickets $28, available at More at 919-880-8799 or [email protected]

Marco Bojórquez and ‘CuBop’

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

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Classic Live Albums – U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’

Experience CAL performing music from the legendary Irish band’s Grammy Award-winning 1987 Album of the Year on November 18 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, with songs including “Where The Streets Have No Name” and “With or Without You.” Tickets from $20; performance at 7:30 pm More information at 352-351-1606 or

light up ocala

The tradition continues from 4-9 pm on November 19 in the downtown plaza. As the City of Ocala states on its website: “Light Up Ocala is a long-standing community tradition to kick off the holidays that draws thousands of people to downtown Ocala. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the festive event! !” There will be over 100 vendors, food and live entertainment. The Junior Sunshine Holiday Parade includes a special appearance by Santa. And at the end of the night, downtown Ocala will be ablaze with Christmas lights.

The Magic of the Choir of Brass Bells

The Congregational Church, 15421 SUS 301 in Summerfield, presents the Orlando Choir Concert on November 19 at 4 pm Tickets $25; Proceeds benefit the Infant and Toddler Pantry, in addition to the educational and performance work of the Bell Choir. More at or 352-693-4545.

Coronation: ‘Messiah’ and more

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

Sunday sample concert

The Will McLean Foundation welcomes 2PM to the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St., Dunnellon, on November 20 for an eclectic mix of original songs with obscure classic covers and familiar standards. The function is at 2 pm; donation is $15 cash at the door. More at, or [email protected]


Royal Horse Gala

This event will be at Grand Oaks Resort, 3000 Marion County Road, Weirsdale, on November 26. Learn more at

“Coming Back Like a Song”

This nostalgic musical will be presented at the Ocala Civic Theater from December 1 to 18. More at

symphony under the lights

This free event will take place at 7:30 pm on December 2 in Tuscawilla Park on the outdoor stage of the Reilly Arts Center, 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 – An Allman Brothers Magazine

Steeln’ Peaches returns to the Marion Theatre, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala. December 2 for a show at 8 pm. Tickets from $15. The Marion houses a full bar with an interesting menu of cocktails, 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 the three-dimensional cut-paper artwork of Jacksonville-based Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun. The other features the work of Gainesville-based poet and visual artist Debora Gregor, who features 28 mixed-media works created during the 2019-2021 pandemic shutdown. These exhibitions will be until June 18.

Show ‘Trains for Christmas 2022’

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

Potato! goes on vacation

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

Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band ’tis the Season’ Concerts

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band will perform holiday favorites on December 3 at 2 pm and December 4 at 3 pm in the Marion Technical Institute Auditorium, 1614 E. Fort King St., Ocala. Performances are free and open to the public.

Holiday performances by the Marion Civic Chorale

The choir will perform charming favorites and uplifting songs to celebrate the holidays at 3 pm on December 4 at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala; and December 11 at 3 pm at Fort King Presbyterian Church 13 NE 36th Ave., Ocala. The concerts are free to the public; Donations are appreciated to help fund the annual Grat L. Rosazza Music Scholarship. More at or

‘The Nutcracker’

The classical ballet, presented by Dance Alive National Ballet, will be on stage at 7:30 pm December 7-9 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Tickets from $15. More at

‘Sleighin’ It: A Holiday Cabaret’

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

Ocala Christmas Parade

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

‘big and bold’

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


‘A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Christmas Exhibition’

The Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, is lit up with twinkling lights and large-scale decorations as this annual tradition returns. The exhibition will be open until January 8. This beloved annual display of the Dr. Paul Urban family collection features the architecture, customs and history of Victorian England in this miniature town, along with an extensive collection of nutcrackers from around the world. . Christmas trees decorated by participating community groups and organizations are also on display. More at or 352-854-2322, ext. 1565.

Exhibition ‘Best of the season’

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

Blow Up II – Inflatable Contemporary Art

Larger-than-life inflatable art has transformed the Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery and museum lobby into the Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 pm on Sundays. This exhibition, running through December 11, explores the imaginative and often whimsical ways artists use air as a tool to create large-scale sculpture, featuring works by eight renowned artists in the medium. Special events will be announced throughout the life of this exhibit. More at or 352-291-4455.

‘Looking on the bright side’

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

‘Colorful Delights’

This Christine Dozier art exhibit will be on view through January 17 at the Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600. Free and open to the public. Dozier, an Ocala resident and Memphis native, works with oils and acrylics. More at, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or

‘A floral retrospective’

This exhibit of the work of Gregory Dirr will be on view through December 9 at the Clerk’s Office at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. Free and open to the public. Boca Raton-based Dirr describes himself in a City of Ocala news release as “an interdisciplinary visual artist, creating works as a cathartic response to his surroundings with a focus on environmental conservation.” The clerk’s office is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. More at, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or

‘Squares without dots’

This exhibit will be at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, through January 12. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm Free and open to the public. More at, 352-368-5517 and Ocala Rec Park on Facebook.

‘find beauty’

This exhibit features costumes, set photos, interactive experiences, and sketches, along with a wealth of fabric and videos of the costume design process. These objects, from the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection, inspired the art and design of the Ocala Civic Theater’s recent production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit will run through winter 2022. The museum is at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. More at

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