List of entertainment in Ocala, Florida includes concerts and a new Appleton exhibit


The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

The Marion Cultural Alliance, in partnership with the City of Ocala, presents free, family-friendly outdoor concerts for the public Friday through July 1 from 7-9 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex, 1510 NW Fourth St., Ocala. The series is sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, which funds and enables communities to inject new life into underused spaces. The April 29 performer is set to be LPT, with salsa music. For more information and concert schedule details, visit or call 352-629-8447.

‘Assisted Living – The Musical’

This musical is on stage at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 352-351-1606.

Orange Blossom Opry

Friday Night Live at the Opry, 16439 SE 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, features former Sawyer Brown and Confederate Railroad member Bobby Randall. The show starts at 7 p.m. on April 29. Tickets from $16 to $25. For details, visit for location and purchase information.

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Steven Benson,

Photographs by Steven Benson

The Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, presents “Invented Observations: Photographs by Steven Benson,” on display April 30 through November 6 at the Balcony Gallery for Florida Arts. Benson is a professor at Daytona State College and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit

Marion Civic Choir

The Marion Civic Chorale announces its spring concert series with “The Journey Home”, featuring the poetry of acclaimed American poet and Pulitzer winner Sara Teasdale. Performances will be at 3 p.m. May 1 at Fort King Presbyterian Church, 13 NE 36th Ave., Ocala, and at 3 p.m. May 15 at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted to help fund the Grat L. Rosazza Music Fellowship. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Ocala Youth Symphony

The Ocala Youth Symphony presents its 23rd Spring Concert at the Reilly Arts Center 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, at 3 p.m. May 1. Please join these talented musicians for an afternoon of musical selections ranging from classical to contemporary. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 352-351-1606.

In progress:

A sketch for the character of Belle by Ocala Civic Theater costume designer Eryn Brooks Brewer.

‘Finding Beauty’

This exhibit features costumes, set photos, interactive experiences and sketches, as well as a plethora of fabrics and a video of the costume design process. These objects, from the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection, have inspired the art and design of the Ocala Civic Theater’s upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit runs at the Appleton through winter 2022. The museum is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For details and admission fees, visit

“Horsemanship” by Walter Israel

The work of this German-American artist and Ocala resident has been exhibited in art galleries and publications around the world, and he is the recipient of the Western Art Rodeo Association’s “World Finals Dry Medium” competition. Horseback riding is on display through May 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation and Parks Administration Building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., Ocala. This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 352-629-8447 or visit

“Mixed Messages”

This collaborative art exhibit by Esta Mann and Rich Schleicher is on view at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala, through April 30.

2022 CF Student Art Exhibition

The College of Central Florida showcases the talents of visual arts and digital media students at this annual expo, providing artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional environment. Judged by Carla Poindexter, professor of studio art at the University of Central Florida. The exhibit will be on view at the CF Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, through May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry. For more details, visit or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1664.

“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


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