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Art, music, theatre, fireworks and more

First Friday Art Walk

The final art walk of the season runs May 6 in downtown Ocala from 6-9 p.m., with activities and hands-on art demonstrations for all ages, local artists offering artwork for sale, extended hours and live music with buskers and fiddler Chris Barbosa, with an intermission performance by Marion County Center for the Arts Dance. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447, email [email protected], or visit

WIND-FM Tribute Concert Series

The sixth season of WIND-FM’s tribute series will be “Rockin’ the Reilly” through the summer and early fall, and premieres May 7 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, with British Invasion: Tributes to Foreigner and Bad Compagnie at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 to $35 To purchase or learn more, visit or call 352-566-0970.

Symphony under the stars

The annual Mother’s Day tradition returns May 8 at the Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Join Fine Arts For Ocala (FAFO) and the Ocala Symphony for this event. Doors open at 3 p.m., the symphony performs at 7 p.m., and the fireworks begin around 8:45 p.m. Bring a picnic or buy food and drinks from the food trucks. Tickets cost between $20 and $80. More details on

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‘The beauty and the Beast’

This Disney musical will be live on stage from May 12 to June 5 at the Ocala Civic Theater. “Based on the beloved 1991 Disney film, this ‘tale as old as time’ comes to life in a spectacular stage version of the classic fairy tale. All the songs from the film are here, plus half a dozen new hits written for the musical stage,” OCT said in a press release. More at (352) 236-2274 and

An evening of solos and choral music

The CF Wind Symphony performs at the Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. More than 40 musicians, including students, alumni and community members, will perform a program of selections musicals, conducted by John Ash. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1419, or visit the events calendar at

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

Marion County Museum of History and Archeology

Presentation featuring MarthaLynne Allen discussing the ties between her grandfather Ross Allen and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at Green Clover Hall, 319 SE 26th Terrace, Ocala, May 15 at 2 p.m. The reception follows the program. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information, call 352-263-5245.