Art walk, McIntosh festival on the horizon: Planning ahead for fun in Ocala/Marion County – Ocala

First Friday Art Walk: The First Friday Art Walk returns to the downtown Ocala area from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 5. Hands-on art activities and demonstrations, local artists selling works, plus sidewalk buskers and live musician performances on the downtown square.

40th annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off: Enjoy a variety of secret chili recipes, a craft beer garden, car show, a children’s area, and more beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Marion Chili Cook-Off, held at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2228 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala. Tickets and details at marioncountychilicookoff.com.

McIntosh 1890s Festival: The 47th McIntosh 1890s Festival will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6 in and around Van Ness Park, 5835 Ave. G in historic McIntosh. Free musical entertainment all day; more than 280 arts, crafts, plants and antique and food vendors available. Free. Call 591-4038 or visit friendsofmcintosh.com. 

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Gilbert Gottfried: A “comedian’s comedian,” actor and funny man Gilbert Gottfried will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Tickets and details at reillyartscenter.com or 351-1606. 

“Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau”: This exhibit will be on view Nov. 6-Jan. 9 at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Selected from the The Dhawan Collection, Los Angeles, one of the finest private collections of Mucha’s work in the United States, the exhibition presents 75 works by Mucha, who is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the 20th century. Visit appletonmuseum.org or call 291-4455 for details.

Free First Saturday: Admission to the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, will be free from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6. Details at appletonmuseum.org or call 291-4455. 

Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band: The band will present its 10th annual “Veterans Light the Stars” concert at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Ocala/Marion Veterans Memorial Park, 2601 E. Fort King St., Ocala. (Rain date is Nov. 8.) There will be a fireworks display after the concert. For information, call 390-0491 or visit http://kingdomofthesunband.org.

Ocali Country Days Festival: The annual Ocali Country Days Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13-14 at the Silver River Museum, 1445 NE 58th Ave., Ocala. Visitors  at the 1800s-style event can interact with skilled crafters to learn more about blacksmithing, making sugar cane syrup, cooking over an open hearth, log cabins, traditional Seminole cooking and arts, pioneer cattle and horses, spinning, weaving and quilting, and more. Call 236-5401 or visit silverrivermuseum.com for details.

Veterans Day Concert: The Marion Civic Chorale community chorus will host a Veterans Day concert, featuring patriotic selections and songs about hope, gratitude, triumph and perseverance, at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala. Concerts are free to the public. Donations are appreciated. Contact President@marionchorale.org or visit www.marionchorale.org for more information. 

WIND-FM Completely Unchained-The Ultimate Van Halen Tribute: Four talented and creative musicians will re-create the ultimate Van Halen Production from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 19 at Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. For more information about this act, visit:completelyunchainedrocks.com. For tickets, visit csculturalcenter.com or call 854-3670.

Light Up Ocala: The 37th anniversary Light Up Ocala will be held from 4-9 p.m. Nov. 20 throughout downtown Ocala. More than 100 vendors, including crafts, arts and food options are expected. Performances, a junior Walking Parade, Santa appearances, and more. Visit ocalafl.org for details and updates, including parking options. Free admission.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra: A weekend of performances Nov. 20 and 21 by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the OSO’s full return to the Reilly Arts Center stage, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Showtimes and tickets at reillyartscenter.com or 351-1606.