Meals & Wine Fest and extra: Upcoming leisure in Ocala / Marion

Ocala Food & Wine Festival: The World Equestrian Center, 1390 NW 80th St., Ocala, will host the first Ocala Food and Wine Festival at Expo 1 from August 21, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live music, cooking demonstrations, an iron chef-style competition, and specialty foods & drinks from 50+ local restaurants, world-class wineries, breweries and distilleries. With celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Chef Art Smith. VIP tickets are $ 100 per person; General admission is $ 75. Contact [email protected] for details.

Multimedia art exhibition: Moderated by Michael Cariglio, a multimedia art exhibition will be open on August 21st from 7pm to 9pm at the Kraftwerk Incubator, 405 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala. Free. Cariglio is a former star on the hit stationery and TLC show “Pappyland”. Drinks and refreshments available. Call 629-8051 for details.

“Dirty Rotten Villains”: The Ocala Civic Theater’s next show, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” a story of scammers trying to talk wealthy women out of their money, opens from August 26th to September 19th -2274. The theater is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.

Art walk on the first Friday: The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala on September 3rd from 6pm to 9pm. Hands-on art activities and demonstrations, local artists selling work, and street musicians and live musicians in the downtown plaza with Taylor Rich. At 7:00 p.m. at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 W. Broadway St., the Levitt AMP Music Series guitar will be presented. More information at 629-8447 or [email protected]; or visit

Free first Saturday: Admission to the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, is free from 10am to 5pm on September 4th. Details at or by calling 291-4455.

After dark in the park: The film “The Karate Kid” will be shown from September 10th until 8:00 pm at the Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex, 2200 SE 36th Ave., Ocala, as part of the After Dark in the Park series. Free; bring a blanket or chairs. There are concessions. Call 629-2489 for details.

Ocala Comic Con: Ocala Comic Con 2021 will take place September 11-12 at the World Equestrian Center, 1390 NW 80th Ave., Ocala. Information about artists, suppliers and guests on

Carl Palmer’s ELP legacy: On September 12th at 7:00 pm, Carl Palmer, “a drummer-drummer,” will play at the Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 SE 138th Terrace, Weirsdale. Tickets and details at or 821-1201.

Simple cast: Country and line dance band Easy Posse will rock the Marion Theater stage at 8:00 p.m. on September 18, performing songs by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and other well-known artists. Tickets to the theater, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, available at or 351-1606.

“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”: Insomniac Theater Company, Inc. presents Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”. 2 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Visit or call 351-1606 for tickets and details.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra: A weekend of performances by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra on November 20-21 celebrates the full return of the OSO to the stage at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Show times and tickets at or 351-1606.

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