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Islamorada /
November 30
February 28
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The exhibit explores the relationships linking the state's bodies of water and examines the inextricable link of Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades, Florida Bay and the Florida Reef. With more than 40 photographs and images, the exhibit offers a visually-stimulating experience as well as one which will educate and enlighten. It brings to life the coffee table book Florida Bay Forever: A Story of Water from the Everglades to the Keys, published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Everglades Foundation. The exhibit also includes Everglades-related editorial cartoons from the private collection of conservationist Mary Barley. The exhibit is presented in part by the Everglades Foundation.

Contact: 305-922-2237
Key Largo /
January 13
March 30
The annual "Delicate Balance of Nature" lecture series, sponsored by Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, is to consist of 12 presentations and, each offered on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Visitor Center, MM 102.5 oceanside. This year's topics range from shipwrecks and lighthouses to vultures, the Key Largo woodrat and lionfish. Visit website for schedule. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is no charge to enter the park to attend the lectures.

Contact: Elena Muratori (305) 451-1202
Islamorada /
January 20
December 21
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Celebrate the museum's 10th anniversary by attending a free lecture series held at the museum, located at MM 82.9, every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Adventurers from treasure hunters to aquanauts help tell the story of mankind's attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea. The evening lectures are informal, informative and provide a valuable educational resource at the museum, an acclaimed facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of relics and artifacts related to diving and its heritage.

Contact: 305-664-9737
Islamorada /
January 26
May 24
Join Cheeca Lodge & Spa and Florida Keys Brewing Co., one of the only local breweries in Islamorada, for a monthly Brewmaster Dinner, pairing local craft brews with a 6-course tasting menu from Cheeca Executive Chef Daniel Dalton. $99/person plus tax and gratuity. Open to both resort guests and non-guests. Dinner at 7 p.m., dates are the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Contact: (305) 517-4447
Email: spatel@cheeca.com
Key West /
January 26
February 13
A funny and powerful portrayal of a mother who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son or their own. The complex relationships that evolve are surprising and deeply moving. Tickets available online.

Contact: 305-294-5015 Box Office
The Florida Keys /
January 31
February 11
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Join Bill and Mary Burnham, authors of the award-winning "Florida Keys Paddling Atlas," on their annual 100-mile kayak expedition from Key Largo to the Southernmost Point in Key West. They are the only ones guiding this epic journey in entirety along the Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail.

Contact: Mary Burnham 305-240-0650
Email: mary@burnhamguides.com
Key Largo /
February 3
19
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A 24-foot-long mosaic mural featuring work created by nearly 400 Florida Keys-based artists is touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and local cultural initiatives. The public can view the project at the Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center in Key Largo. Titled "A Mosaic of the Keys," it is to remain on display there until Feb. 19 before appearing in five other "road show" exhibitions throughout the Keys.

Key West /
February 8
March 12
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An out-of-work actor gets hired by Barbra Streisand to be the clerk in her Malibu estate's basement arcade where only Babs herself is the buyer.

Contact: 305-296-9911
Key West /
February 8
13
Key West Gallery presents: Peter Max, A Retrospective 1960-2015
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A newly-curated collection by artist legend, Peter Max's exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a presentation at Key West Gallery. Included in the collection are Max's iconic Valentine's Day artworks. Peter Max will make two very special appearances at the gallery and all appearances are complimentary and open to the public with RSVP required.

Contact: 305-292-9339
Email: info@keywestgallery.com
Big Pine & the Lower Keys /
February 8
14
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Approximately 600 astronomers from around the world gather to view southern constellations, comets and stars in the Lower Keys' clear night skies — virtually the only place in the continental U.S. where they can be viewed. Lectures, programs and workshops round out the event.

Contact: 352- 213-6308
Email: registrars@scas.org
322 Duval Street Key West /
February 12
13
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Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements their architecture and adds a unique Key West flavor. The February tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Transportation between homes NOT included. Tickets and times available online. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.

Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: tickets@oirf.org
Key West /
February 12
15
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Back at the Red Barn with a NEW SHOW. One of the hottest cabaret acts EVER in New York!

Contact: 305-296-9911
Key West /
February 13
14
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Enjoy native plants, palms and orchids, Earth-based arts and crafts, green and healthy-living products and services and lunch and music in the "Beer Garden". This year is to also feature a new 'Kids Science Corner.' Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is located at 5210 College Road.

Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org
Islamorada /
February 14
15
Islamorada Bartenders Sailfish Open
This fun one day of sail fishing is only for actively employed bartenders and restaurant employees. Trophies are awarded for individual anglers as well as the bars a team represents, with the huge perpetual trophy going to the winners along with bragging rights for the whole year.

Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com
Key West /
February 14
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The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. Show starts 4 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St.

Key West /
February 14
Magical Valentine's Day at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Key West
Enjoy free mind-blowing performances from master mentalist, illusionist and hypnotist Scott Xavier, who appeared on NBC's America's Got Talent. Xavier is to be performing FREE shows at the top of each hour from noon until 4 pm. Guests in attendance will receive coupons for discount admission to Ripley's Key West Odditorium, located at 108 Duval Street.

Contact: 305-293-9939
Email: bethel@ripleys.com
Key West /
February 14
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Celebrate this Valentine's Day with your special someone on Schooner America 2.0's Champagne and Aphrodisiac Pairing Sunset Sail. As you sail along in beautiful blue waters, take in all the romance that Key West has to offer while being treated to a six course pairing menu. On this 2.5-hour sail, enjoy picturesque 360-degree views on the majestic Schooner America 2.0, a state-of-the-art yacht built in 2011.

Contact: 646.772.4880
Email: heather@classicharborline.com
Key West /
February 14
This signature fundraiser features some of Key West's most talented performing artists, the island's largest silent auction, open bar, dancing, and an elegant and abundant dinner buffet. The Theme this year is New Orleans Masquerade. Come with your best mask ready for some delicious food. Located at Curry Mansion Inn, 511 Caroline Street 6:30-9:30 p.m. VIP tickets also available. Purchase tickets online.

Contact: 305-809-5000
Key West /
February 16
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On December 19, 1827, while attempting to sail to Cuba with 561 African captives, the Havana-based pirate slave ship Guerrero became engaged in battle with a British Royal Navy schooner; in the confusion both ships wrecked on a Florida Keys reef. In a bold, audacious move, many of the pirates escaped, but Guerrero was a total loss and never sailed again. Enjoy an overview of the ship's fascinating history and outline today's efforts to locate and document its remains on the sea floor. Museum is located at 200 Greene Street, lecture is presented in the courtyard, and begins at 6:30 p.m. Chairs are provided on a first come first serve basis.

Contact: 305-294-2633 ext 22
Email: cmalcom@mfmm.org
Islamorada /
February 18
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.

Key West /
February 18
Walk on White Art Stroll
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Held on the island city's White Street from Southard to United Streets on the third Thursday each month, from 6-9 p.m. The popular evening features exhibitions and receptions at several galleries, including this month's 30th anniversary celebration featuring new works at Harrison Gallery, opened in 1986 by sculptor Helen Harrison and her husband, Ben, a writer and musician.

Key West /
February 18
March 5
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In 1183 an aging King Henry II summons his imprisoned wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and three crown-seeking sons to a reunion to name his successor. Treachery and deception follow in this dynastic chess game. Show dates, times and tickets online. Performances at St Paul's Church Sanctuary, 401 Duval.

Contact: 305-707-4053
Key West /
February 20
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Featured performer is Robert Randolph and the Family Band, his accompanists, with Caffeine Carl. Randolph calls his "thing" really upbeat, uptempo, with great guitar riffs. Key West Theater located at 512 Eaton Street. Tickets available online.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys /
February 21
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Attendees can rock to music by renowned regional bands and entertainers as well as benefit Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys. The event is set for 1-6 p.m., at Boondocks Grille & Draft House, mile marker 27.5 on U.S. Highway 1. Free admission. Silent auctions, vendors with food & beverages and goods.

Key West /
February 21
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held one Sunday each month, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.

Email: jill@dailyplan-it.net
Key West /
February 22
March 7
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Back in the saddle again, Red Barn's most popular musical group features John Wells, Gary McDonald, Paul Cotton, Tom Murtha, George Halloran and some special guests! A rousing night of musical fun.

Contact: 305-296-9911
Marathon /
February 22
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Their diversity in programming, poise in performance, keen sense of ensemble and impeccable musicality has made the Miami String Quartet one of the most sought after quartets in chamber music today. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at Marathon High School Performing Arts Center. Individual and season tickets available.

Email: middlekeys@floridakeysconcerts.com
Islamorada /
February 23
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Their diversity in programming, poise in performance, keen sense of ensemble and impeccable musicality has made the Miami String Quartet one of the most sought after quartets in chamber music today. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at Island Community Church. Individual and season tickets available.

Email: middlekeys@floridakeysconcerts.com
Key West /
February 23
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The long-running Key West turtling industry helped to shape the island's identity and economy for over 150 years, but it was done at an unsustainable cost to Keys and Caribbean Green Sea Turtles. The story of this unique business is examined through historical research, oral history, and the archaeological excavation of the Key West Turtle Kraals. Museum is located at 200 Greene Street, lecture is presented in the courtyard, and begins at 6:30 p.m. Chairs are provided on a first come first serve basis.

Contact: 305-294-2633 ext 22
Email: cmalcom@mfmm.org
Key Largo /
February 25
March 6
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Enjoy an evening with the tribe of fairy tale misfits in this adapted-for-the-stage production that has had successful runs in the UK and U.S. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. matinee, at Coral Shores High School Performing Arts Center, MM 89.9. Tickets sold online.

Email: boxoffice@thekeyplayers.org
Key West /
February 25
Enjoy a program including Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," inspired by Middle Eastern and Indian tales, with Mexican-American violinist Elena Urioste showcasing her artistry in Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor. Key West performances take place at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Road on the campus of Florida Keys Community College. Pre-concert chat 6:45 p.m., concert begins 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Tickets 305-295-7676
Islamorada /
February 26
28
A family-formatted boat tournament that features nine offshore target species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. A junior release division is also planned for anglers up to age 12, and teen division for anglers between 13-19 years of age.

Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com
Islamorada /
February 26
27
Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a competition where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given for grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and largest snook, and redfish. The field is limited to 30 boats.

Islamorada /
February 27
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A free concert at the ICE Amphitheater at Islamorada's Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band. Highlights include a teddy bear picnic, pet parade (bring your dog!) and flowers for the audience in honor of Sadie Hawkins Day.

Contact: 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com
Key Largo /
February 27
This unique tour showcases the beautiful private garden properties in the Upper Keys. The event also is to include a private garden tea party with live music, artisans, plant sales, original art, refreshments and more.

Email: jbirdsfly@aol.com
Key West /
February 27
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Sword swallowers will risk their lives when they "drop swords" at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditoriums around the world on February 27. Watch as solid steel will go down the hatch - hopefully without a scratch -- as individuals demonstrate sword swallowing skills at a free performance at Ripley's Key West Odditorium, located at 108 Duval Street. The show will start at 2 p.m. with an official worldwide "swallow" at 2:27 p.m. to coincide with the 2/27/16 date. Sword swallowing shows outside the museum are FREE. Regular admission is required for people wanting to tour the Odditorium.

Contact: 305-293-9939
Key West /
February 27
28
The 51st annual juried outdoor fine art festival features oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by more than 100 artists from around the United States and beyond. The event takes place on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town.

Contact: 304-294-1243
Key West /
February 28
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Show starts 4 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Formed in 2002 and widely recognized as one of Britain 's finest string quartets, the Quartet has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances.

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