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Florida Keys Events Calendar

Key West /
April 4
November 30
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.

Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
Gato Building 1100 Simonton St Key West /
May 12
October 30
"A Sense of Place - Richard Kemble 1932-2007" Exhibition at Historic Gato Building
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Creative audiences can enjoy an opening reception on Tuesday, May 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street. Parking is free. Exhibition is to be displayed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 30, featuring Kemble's Intaglio, Woodcuts, Sculptures, Ink on Paper, Collages and Oil Pastels.

Contact: 305-295-4369
The Florida Keys /
June 28
September 7
A free fishing and photo contest that celebrates recreational fishing in America's national marine sanctuaries and promotes conservation-focused fishing practices. Participating anglers around the country can submit qualifying fishing photos to the Sanctuary Classic website. One winner is selected weekly who best exemplifies themes such as biggest and smallest looking fish, best conservation message, most unique looking fish, most family-oriented photo, best display of responsible fishing values and more. Prizes are awarded each winner.

Key West /
July 1
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The summer heats up in July as TheatreXP kicks off its 5th season of Summer Stage at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West.Highlights include A Streetcar Named Desire, Life and Death, a theatre symposium and the brande new Key West Radio Theatre, that brings to life some of the classic serials and programs of the golden age of radio live on stage.

Contact: Box Office 305-296-9911
Antonias Key West 615 Duval Street Key West /
July 2
30
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Experience an intimate evening of hearing this virtuoso guitar soloist while enjoying the gourmet cuisine at Antonia's Dinner Concert. "World Class Concert..." (Miami Herald) Seating at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays. 615 Duval St. Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Contact: Reservations 305.771.0280
Key West /
July 9
12
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Mel Fisher fans, past and present crew members, Fisher family members and treasure-hunting enthusiasts celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fisher's discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra SeƱora de Atocha. Events include a treasure hunt on land with a $5,000 cash prize, a Rockin' Block Party on Duval St. with a free music concert, Pirate Pub Crawl and Ball, Bingo Brunch, Poker, Dock Party, Diver Reunion, Lifetime Achievement Award and more.

Contact: 305-296-6534
Islamorada /
July 10
12
Hosted by the Islamorada Charterboat Association, this annual event features $15,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Competition is open to all anglers and there is no limit on the number of anglers that can participate.

Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com
Key West /
July 11
14
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well.

Contact: Loren Rea 305-360-6969
Email: loren@keywestdesign.com
Big Pine & the Lower Keys /
July 11
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The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The marine musical event is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and staged by Keys radio station US1 Radio 104.1 FM. The music is broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.

Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com
Key West /
July 12
Enjoy the last concert of the summer solstice season with Russian Soul, to headline Svetlana Smolina and Friends, performing passionate trios of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Tchaikovsky displayed unusually wide stylistic and emotional range, from salon works to symphonies. Rachmaninoff portrayed one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Starts 7 p.m., The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street.

Contact: Box Office 305-295-7676
Email: info@southfloridasymphony.org
Reef Environmental Education Foundation Mile marker 98.3 Key Largo /
July 16
Learn how to identify fish found in the Florida Keys! Join Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3 in the median) for interactive fish behavior & ID classes. Become a citizen-scientist by participating in REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project where divers & snorkelers add their Fish ID Surveys to REEF's database which is used by scientists around the world. Begins 7 p.m.

Contact: Allison Estape 305 794 5081
Islamorada /
July 16
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 - formerly named Industrial Road - as well as "culinary art" and live music from 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.

Email: Moradawaysusi@gmail.com
Key West /
July 21
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The 35th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, Running of the Bulls, short story competition, fishing tournament, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.

Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 797-0579 (literary)
Islamorada /
July 22
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Capt. Carl Fismer, affectionately known as Capt. FIZZ, has more than 35 years of treasure search and salvage experience, with Spanish shipwrecks being his area of expertise, and shipwrecks in the Florida Keys, including the world-famous treasure ship, the Atocha. Fismer's presentation covers past shipwreck salvage operations and their challenges of today. The Center opens at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. Members are free. Cost for non-members is $25 and includes admission to the exhibit as well as light appetizers. Cash bar.

Contact: 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com
Key West /
July 22
25
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Anglers ply the waters once fished by novelist Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days, 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. For anglers, the Key West Marlin Tournament provides a chance to emulate Ernest's passion for deep-sea fishing.

Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
Email: tim.greene@keywestmarlin.com
Key West /
July 23
25
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The look-alike challenge takes place at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., frequented by Hemingway when he lived and wrote on the subtropical island throughout the 1930s. The contest's preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

Key West /
July 25
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West's most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar. Visit website for more details.

Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727
Email: barb@keywestspecialevents.com

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