The Florida Keys & Key West

Calendar of Events

Current Florida Keys Events

  • Mar. 30, 2017 - Sep. 4, 2017 Location: Islamorada Category: Arts & Culture
  • History of Diving Museum: Spiegel Grove Exhibit
  • 305-664-9737 Website
  • Enjoy a special exhibit celebrating and honoring the Spiegel Grove, intentionally sunk 15 years ago off Key Largo. This exhibits highlights all who served on this great ship, missions it participated in, the efforts in preparing her for sinking and the environmental impact the artificial reef has had on the area. The exhibit is to be on display through Labor Day.
  • Apr. 6, 2017 - Jul. 31, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Key West Art Garden 2017
  • 305-296-1504 Email Website
  • Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore a unique blend of sculptured art with Mother Nature that enhances both. The Key West Art Garden showcases local artist's art work made mostly out of recycled materials displayed as part of nature within the beautiful grounds of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Art displayed throughout the garden allows visitors to reignite their sense of exploration finding each treasure and appreciating the workmanship in the nature and art. An opening reception to meet the artists and unveiling is to be held on Wed., April 26 from 4-6 p.m. with art walk to follow.
  • Apr. 7, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Fishing
  • Key West Fishing Tournament
  • 305-923-5934 Email Website
  • More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
  • Jul. 6, 2017 - Jul. 29, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Christopher Peterson's EYECONS
  • 305-296-6706 Website
  • A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.
  • Jul. 18, 2017 - Jul. 23, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Arts & Culture
  • Hemingway Days
  • (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 797-0579 (literary) Website
  • The 37th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.
  • Jul. 19, 2017 - Jul. 22, 2017 Location: Key West Category: Fishing
  • Havana Club Key West Marlin Tournament
  • Tim Greene 305-304-0317 Email Website
  • Anglers ply the waters once fished by writer Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total.
  • Jul. 20, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2017 Location: Key West
  • Key Lime Pie-Making Class: Make Your Own Mini-Pie!
  • 855-SWT-PETE Website
  • Go behind the scenes at Key West's sweetest spot for key lime pie and learn to make Key Lime Pie Co.'s award-winning recipe of all-natural ingredients. In this class held Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., each participant will make his/her own mini key lime pie of graham cracker crust, key lime filling, and whipped topping—tasting encouraged! Experience pie making in our live kitchen—under the tutelage of one of our seasoned pie makers—where thousands of delicious key lime pies are made every week! After creating your mini pie masterpiece, you can pack it up for later or relax and savor right away. Class is approximately 1 hour in duration; $20 per person. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
  • Jul. 22, 2017 Location: Key Largo
  • Join a Coral Restoration Workshop
  • 305-451-3595 Email Website
  • Join the Coral Restoration Foundation and the Amoray Dive Resort to see  how coral reefs are being revitalized and restored through the "planting"  of threatened coral species. Your day will begin with a brief presentation and history of coral reef degradation and what the Coral Restoration Foundation and the Amoray Dive Resort are doing to help. Following the morning presentation, there will be on-land, hands-on practice and a 2-tank dive trip: the first location is to our expansive, acre-sized coral nursery in the open ocean, home to over 400 coral "trees". The second location is to visit restored reefs to collect valuable data, or to plant corals, for restoration on select reefs!  Whatever you do, you will play an important role in an unprecedented, large-scale restoration effort in the Florida Keys! Space limited.
  • Jul. 22, 2017 - Jul. 26, 2017 Location: Key Largo
  • Information Booth for Spiny Lobster Sport Season
  • Website
  • Located at Key Largo's Waldorf Plaza, mile marker 100 oceanside near the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Planned hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Wednesday, July 26, in front of Divers Direct. The plaza is located on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 1. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are to demonstrate how to properly measure harvested lobsters and provide the latest lobster-catching rules and regulations, which includes a limit of six lobsters — each with a carapace measuring larger than three inches — per person, per day. Daily limits in the Keys and Biscayne National Park differ from those in other parts of Florida.
  • Jul. 25, 2017 Location: The Lower Keys
  • Bahia Honda State Park's Lobster Palooza
  • Touch tanks, kids' crafts, kids' fishing & lobster games, as well as Florida Keys marine conservation groups such as Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Reef Relief, Turtle Hospital and more are on tap for families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Calusa Beach near the marina. Learn tips for properly measuring and harvesting daily limits of lobster.
  • Jul. 27, 2017 Location: Key Largo Category: Arts & Culture
  • Free Fish ID Class – Participate In The Great Annual Fish Count!
  • Allison Estape 305 794 5081 Website
  • In July, participate in REEF's Great Annual Fish Count by learning how to ID fish seen on Florida Keys reefs and submitting a REEF fish ID survey. Join Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3) at 7 p.m. to learn how to ID fish seen on Florida Keys Reefs. On your next dive/snorkel trip, fill in a REEF Volunteer Fish Survey and become a citizen scientist by submitting your sightings to REEF's Global Fish Survey Database.
  • Jul. 28, 2017 - Jul. 29, 2017 Location: Key Largo Category: Fishing
  • Lionfish Derby for Divers
  • REEF 305-852-0030 Email Website
  • Teams of up to four divers compete for cash and prizes. Derby divers who successfully remove invasive lionfish from sanctuary waters can win for most, largest and smallest lionfish. The Upper Keys derby is held at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit REEF website to register; teams of up to four people can join. Divers can participate in a derby from their own private vessel or join a professional dive operator's charter.