As the weather settles down and cools off, you’ll want to mark your calendar for some of the unique activities you’ll only find in Ocala this October. There’s a lot going on, but here’s a sampling of a few of the events that are truly unique to our area. And they’re all just a few minute’s drive from the Sweetwater Oaks Mobile Home Community:
Ocala Pumpkin Run Car Show & Festival (October 27 to 29)
This three-day event is much more than a car and truck show. It’s a festival for friends and family in the lovely setting of Castro Farms. There are amazing classic cars, of course, but also competitions including motocross and BMX exhibitions, world-champion disc dogs, ‘chainsaw chix,’ drone racing and even a wine tasting from central Florida’s very own Island Grove Winery. There’s also free kids activities, live music, food and more. Check out their website for details.
First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Ocala (September – May)
Historic downtown Ocala comes alive with art, music and food every First Friday from September to May. The monthly event includes 15 city blocks of the attractive downtown area, with artists of all kinds sharing their work. Come and enjoy dinner and music on the square and stroll through displays and booths featuring the best local talent. Get more info here.
Go Spelunking in Ocala’s Wild Caves (October 7)
Florida’s unique geology includes a network of caves, many of which are the source of our wonderful freshwater springs. Opportunities for dry caving are relatively limited by comparison. But right here in Ocala, at the Brick City Adventure Park, there is a cave system open to guided exploration. The next caving experience is October 7 at 9 a.m. All caving gear is provided, and ages 8 to adult are welcome. Participants should wear long pants, sturdy footwear and gloves. Cost is $25 per person. Click for details.
Bluegrass Music at Silver River State Park (October 15)
Come get your fill of old-timey bluegrass music at Silver River State Park. The event includes local musicians as well as out of towners. You’re even welcome to bring your own instrument and join in the fun! Pickin’ in the Park is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of Silver Springs with a foot-tapping soundtrack to go with it. Click for details.
Hike the Landbridge on the Cross Florida Greenway (October 17)
An abandoned attempt to create a coast-to-coast canal across the state of Florida is now one of the area’s unique recreation areas, including mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. Enjoy a scenic section of this trail that crosses I-75 as a ‘land bridge’ in a guided interpretive nature walk on October 17. The walk takes up to 3 hours and the group will meet at the Brick City Adventure Park to travel together to the trailhead. The cost is $2 per person and transportation is available. Here’s more info.