A comprehensive entertainment guide for the week ahead
Live Oak International: “The only international combined driving and show jumping tournament in the U.S. returns to Live Oak Stud,” organizers say. The event runs today, Saturday and Sunday at 2215 SW 110th Ave., Ocala. Visit https://liveoakinternational.com/ for information and to buy tickets.
First Friday Art Walk: Come to downtown Ocala from 6 to 9 p.m. today for live music, art and more.
Seventh annual Habitat Ocala Strawberry Festival: The festival, presented by Florida Express Environmental, will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the McPherson Governmental Complex, 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala. Food, music, a car show, vendors and more. Visit www.habitatocala.org/strawberry-festival
Horse Capital Parade: A downtown parade on Saturday for all to enjoy an up-close and personal time with horses on Ocala’s downtown square, presented by Live Oak International in conjunction with the Ocala CEP equine initiative. Spectators are invited to meet a variety of equine breeds and disciplines, plus a dramatic ending with the authentic Budweiser Clydesdales. Vendor village downtown with activities, a beer garden with music, horse petting area and photo opportunities begin at 1 p.m.; parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Free.
Florida SpringsFest 2020: Festivities 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Silver Springs State Park, 1425 NE 58th Ave., Ocala. www.floridastateparks.org.
Ocala Veg Fest: Learn more about a plant-based diet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in downtown Ocala. More details, including vendors and updated schedule of speakers, at ocalavegfest.org.
Gospel Sing: 7:30 p.m. today, Morgans Music Junction, 6981 SE 147th St., Summerfield. Tickets $15 at morgansmusicjunction.com or 693-4233.
Celestial Reflections: The Ocala Symphony Chorus and members of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra join forces, with OSO Chorus Director Joshua Mazur as guest conductor, at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Tickets $10-$30 at reillyartscenter.com or 351-1606.
Kickin’ Country Night: Special guest Bill Lewis will join the Morgan’s Music Music Junction at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 69814 SE 147th St., Summerfield. Tickets $15 at morgansmusicjunction.com or 693-4233.
Dunnellon Concert Singers: “Songs That won the Academy Award” is the theme for the Dunnellon Concert Singers as they perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala. Vocalists Mary Ellen Craver, Mary Mahoney and Bill Thomas, accompanied by pianist Bob Cubbage, present a walk down memory lane with their version of an afternoon at the Oscars. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Call 419-8796.
Marion Chamber Music Society: The society presents internationally recognized composer Stella Sung, joined by fellow University of Central Florida professor Ayako Yonetani and members of UCF School of Music Graduate String Quartet. They will perform music by Beethoven and Sung at 3 p.m. Sunday at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW State Road 200, Ocala. This free concert is sponsored in part by a grant from Marion Cultural Alliance. For more information, visit marionchambermusic.com or call 867-1340.
An Evening with Kenny G.: The Grammy-award winning musician plays the Reilly Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. reillyartscenter.com or 351-1606.
“The Great Gatsby”: The College of Central Florida’s Theatre Department presents its version of the classic novel at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the College of Central Florida’s Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for non-students and free for CF students, faculty and staff (with I.D.). More information and tickets available at tickets.cf.edu or 873-5810.
“Father of the Bride”: The Ocala Civic Theatre stages a production of this classic story, with Opening Night on Thursday, March 12. The show will be on stage through April 5. Call 236-2274 or go to ocalacivictheatre.com
Jim Breuer: The comedian returns to the Reilly Arts Center for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Wednesday. 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. reillyartscenter.com or 351-1606.
Sculpture exhibit: All are welcome to visit the new sculpture exhibit at Tuscawilla Park, 213 NE Fifth St., Ocala. Visit ocalafl.org/performing arts.
Appleton Museum of Art: 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. “Flamenco: From Spain to the U.S.,“ through May 24 and ”At Home And The World: Photographs by Billy Joe Hoyle“ through June 21. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $5-$10 adults. Call 291-4455 or visit appletonmuseum.org.
Brick City Center for the Arts: 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala.The newest exhibit, “Roadside Attractions,” debuts today. It features the work of Carol Basso and Esta Mann. There will be a free opening reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today as part of First Friday Art Walk. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 369-1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocala City Hall: “ARC Expressions/ARC Marion Annual Art Exhibition 2020” finishes its run today at the City Hall gallery, 110 SE Watula Ave., Ocala. This artwork was created by participants in ARC’s Adult Day Training program. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Webber Gallery: The Florida Artists Group is presenting the exhibit “Contradictions” through Thursday at the Webber Gallery at the College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. Free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is closed Friday through Sunday and college-observed holidays. Call 873-5809 for more details.
Dinosaur Revolution: The Discovery Center’s newest traveling exhibit, Dinosaur Revolution, will be at the center through March 28. The center is at 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala. General admission is $8 per person or $28 for a family of four. Planetarium shows are held on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; tickets are $3 per person. More information and details at 401-3900 or mydiscoverycenter.org.