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Florida Keys Events Calendar

Florida Keys Calendar of Events for October, 2014

Key West / April 6 – 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
Key West / October 10 – February 5
Ronny Bailey, a 5th generation Conch, recreates city landmarks from locally salvaged materials and adds whimsical details to bring Old Key West to life. An opening reception is planned Oct. 10 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Exhibit at Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Marathon / October 13 – December 19
Visitors who participate in DRC's 'Meet the Dolphin' program can bring their own Santa hats, reindeer antlers or other accessories to use while posing. DRC's experienced photographers will shoot the pictures using high-resolution digital cameras guests go onto a floating dock to give backrubs and share a "flippershake" with a dolphin and have their photo taken.
Contact: 305-289-1121
the Florida Keys / October 15 – May 15
Stone Crab Season
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Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with drawn butter and mustard sauce on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the Keys.
Key West / October 17 – 31
Days and nights of ghoulish delight are planned for the Civil War-era fort beside Key West's Atlantic Ocean shore. This year three spooky sections of the enchanted citadel will be the stage for live "shows," treating visitors to otherworldly celebrations not suitable for mere mortals. Events will take place Oct. 17-19, 23-24, 26 and 30-31, and attendees are encouraged to don devilish costumes. Tricks and treats for the little ones are planned for Kid's Day, scheduled Sunday, Oct. 19, from 5-7 p.m. Kid's Day entry is free with park admission. Admission to the haunting is $13 per adult, $10 for military personnel, $8 for kids and free for children under age 5. Hours are 8-11 p.m. (midnight on Halloween).
Key West / October 17 – 26
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers.
Contact: 305-296-1817
Key West / October 18 – November 1
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"Native Sons & Daughters" is an exhibit of five local artists -- Andy Thurber, Wayne Garcia, Audra Paige, Mike Marrero and Linda Reike -- whose paintings and wood carvings express an unabashed appreciation for and connection to their surroundings.
Contact: 305-294-1669
Key West / October 21
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This "over the top" contest includes an extravagant show with lots of Key West razzle dazzle, and is a competition "head and shoulders" above the rest with contestants judged from the shoulders up! Major cash prizes including a $1,500 grand prize. Tickets sell out quickly! Held at the Southernmost on the Beach, 508 South Street.
Islamorada / October 23
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Last Mango Tango is a six-course art infused culinary celebration, complete with tableside service, sponsored by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District. 200 tickets are available to this creative, tasty and fun event, from 6-9 p.m., at mile marker (MM) 81.5, where the District's monthly Third Thursday Art Walk is staged. The annual outdoor dinner is a fundraiser for the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, a nonprofit organization that has transformed the Islamorada community through public art experiences, studio groups and performances.
Contact: 305-923-8097
Marathon / October 23
Dolphin Research Center Hosting a Bridge Cleanup
DRC "adopted" Tom's Harbor Bridge (MM 60.6, by Tom's Harbor Channel), and the public is invited to join a volunteer event to collect discarded trash, monofilament fishing line and other debris at the bridge. The cleanup is to begin at the bridge at MM 59 from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. All participants should wear clothes, hats and shoes that can get wet or dirty and bring a bug repellent, sunscreen and a cutting tool. Discarded monofilament line and all kinds of marine debris pose a huge threat to marine life. Florida manatees, dolphins, turtles, birds and other animals frequently become entangled in or ingest marine debris and can suffer life-threatening injuries.
Contact: RSVP at 305-289-1121, ext. 231
Islamorada / October 25
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The Riding Dead Fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, beginning at the Islamorada Moose Lodge at 5 p.m., mile marker 81, oceanside. Wear a costume and decorate your bike, stroller or wagon. It's a four-mile ride with prizes for best adult costume, best kid's costume and best wheels. $15 donation.
Key West / October 25
Screaming Green Halloween
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Join the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden for the sixth annual event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to candy treats, little goblins can indulge in games, crafts and costume contests. There is an educational twist too, learning environmentally-friendly ways to reuse items for costumes, decorations and fun activities, all amidst the beauty of nature. Costume contest for ages 5 and under and ages 6 - 12. Admission $5/child or $10/family. KWBGS members $5/family.
Contact: (305) 296-1504
Key West / October 26
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Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / October 27 – 28
The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL "Friend Club" of Howard Livingston & The MM24 Band, is presenting 2 full days of the BEST "TropRock" music from some of the BEST "TropRock" musicians from coast to coast as they travel into Key West for the Jimmy Buffett Parrot Head Convention called "Meeting Of The Minds" !! These performers will be playing LIVE on stage, selling merchandise, chatting, posing for pictures, and meeting their friends and fans! Live music ALL DAY LONG from 1-10 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday at BOONDOCK'S GRILL & ALE HOUSE, MM27 ½, RAMROD KEY.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / October 28 – 30
Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary presents: Zombie Asylum!
From 7-9 p.m., at the Community Park in Big Pine, this annual haunted house Halloween event is free admission for kids and adults. The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce will be serving ghoulish treats in the graveyard...
Contact: Steve Miller 305-349-1779
Key West / October 29 – November 2
Several thousand fans of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, known as Parrot Heads, make an annual pilgrimage to the subtropical island that inspired many of Buffett's hits. As well as sharing an appreciation for Buffett's music and the tropical lifestyle it promotes, Parrot Head club members focus on charitable, environmental, educational and humanitarian activities.
Marathon / October 30
In the Middle Keys, Crane Point's Haunted House inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and freaky characters will set a spooky tone for the year's eeriest holiday. The fright-fest begins at 6:30 p.m., at the 63-acre Crane Point Hammock, located at MM 50.5 bayside in Marathon, and is free to the public. The entrance of the Haunted House is at the center of the property from the right-of-way.
Contact: 305-743-3900
Islamorada / October 30
Explorers' hair will likely stand on end while they weave through the Matecumbe Massacre Maze hosted at Robbie's Marina, MM 77.5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Islamorada's family-friendly marina is to stage a free "spook-tacular" show for costumed ghouls age 12 and under. Attractions include a kids' corner, candy, fun, food and refreshments. Starting at 7:30 p.m. the excitement amps up for older spirits with a costume contest, food and beverage specials. A live band is to play throughout the night's events.
Contact: 305-664-8070
Key Largo / October 31 – November 9
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The comedy horror rock musical is presented by Ginsberg Productions and the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, performances at Murray E. Nelson Govt. & Cultural Center.Showtimes are 8 p.m., and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. (Nov. 2 & 9). Tickets available online.

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