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Florida Keys Events Calendar

Florida Keys Calendar of Events for April, 2015

Key West /
February 6
May 1
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Enjoy viewing an exhibit showcasing the work of past and present Florida Keys recipients of the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship grants. The free exhibit runs through May 1 at the historic Gato Building,1100 Simonton St., Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening reception is Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m., and closing reception is set for May 1. Presented by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.

Contact: 305 295 4369
Red Barn Theatre 319 Duval Street, #2 Key West /
March 18
April 18
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A lush evening of music from the heart and the funny bone. Surprising and sophisticated with a swing in its step, this intimate new show will take you from lost to found with passion and pizazz.

Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com
Key West /
April 2
22
Royal Opening for Mosaic Project
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The public is invited to a festive Opening Reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at Royal Furniture in Searstown. The Connections Project is the Florida Keys Council of the Arts' moveable feast of small canvases comprising a 24-foot mosaic mural of six-by-six-inch fine art works representing almost all media. The 2015 exhibition season offers two Key West showings, including a later show in May. The mosaic will be on display at Royal Furniture until April 22.

Contact: (305) 295-4369
Email: director@keysarts.com
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
Key West /
April 15
19
Billfish are the primary target and significant cash prizes are the "bait" for anglers in the Final Sail, a boat tournament in Key West waters. The tournament is the grand finale of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, a prestigious competition for elite billfishing teams that consists of four South Florida tournaments. And, there's more than a half-million dollars up for grabs, according to tournament officials.

Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
Email: fishnkw@aol.com
Key West /
April 15
May 1
What if one game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" split your life into different directions, creating new parallel timelines? The people of Stock Island are about to find out that every game you play has consequences. Audiences delight in this original play exploring alternate timelines on Stock Island. Held at the Key West Theater. Showtime is at 8 p.m.; show dates are April 15-16, 18, 21-25, 28-30, May 1.

Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
Key West /
April 17
26
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With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic's 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.

Contact: 305-296-0213
Islamorada /
April 17
19
One of approximately 30 events held each year whose proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Highlights include a kick-off welcome reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction; daily continental breakfast and dockside lunch and beach buffet for anglers.

Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org
Marathon /
April 18
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A field of 1,500 runners participate in the annual foot race across the longest of the 43 bridges that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Sponsored by the Marathon Runners Club.

Contact: 305-395-7040
Key West /
April 18
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Feel like running across a bridge in the Florida Keys without waking up early or breaking a sweat? Join zany-dressed participants for the world's only Zero K across one of the shortest bridges in the Keys. The event is free to watch.

Key West /
April 18
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Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) from 10-11 a.m. When astronauts first ventured into outer space and looked back at our planet, they made an unexpected discovery. Everything you do to help the planet counts. Play a game of Earth is Blue Bingo, and make a "Save Energy" Door Hanger to take home. Free admission, free parking. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West.

Contact: 305-809-4750
Email: rachel.pawlitz@noaa.gov
Key West /
April 19
The main event this year will be the live bird and butterfly shows, related arts, crafts, games, and more. A Great Migration Education Hunt for prizes will be offered throughout the event enticing participants to learn as they complete tasks related to the theme. The Migration Mania event is an educational themed community program for youths, teens and adults aimed at bringing families together. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Email: mmcrae@kwbgs.org
87000 Overseas Highway Islamorada /
April 19
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This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1. Attendees can savor the sounds from midday through sunset and into the night from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay.

Contact: 305-394-2765
Email: davjazdog@aol.com
Islamorada /
April 20
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Fortunes Made & Lost in the Florida Keys
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Free and open to the public, a powerpoint presentation crafted by the late professor, archeologist and historian Irving Eyster is to explore the Keys' rich history of many of the industries and businesses from the 1800s through today. Starts at 6:30 p.m., at Island Community Church, MM 83.

Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940
Key West /
April 22
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Two-time Emmy winner, Grammy-winner, NY Times bestselling author, Guinness Book of World Record holder, 2009's GLAAD Vanguard recipient, 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree, and IAVA's 2013 Leadership in Entertainment Honoree, Kathy Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid fire wit. Griffin is to perform at the southernmost city's Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd.

Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
Key West Turtle Museum Margaret St Key West /
April 22
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Key West Turtle Museum will host a free Earth Day 2015 celebration from 12pm to 4pm. The public is invited to tour the Turtle Museum and meet local conservation groups, including the Turtle Hospital, the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Key West Sea Turtle Club. Key West Turtle Museum at the historic Key West Bight. 200 Margaret Street.

Email: rjtomlinson@mfmm.org
Key West /
April 23
25
Combining intense physicality and raw charisma, Neimanis began as a trapeze artist and is reinventing physical theater. Here she performs on a spinning steel sculpture, channeling the life of Amelia Earhart, who famously disappeared over the South Pacific while attempting to become the first woman pilot to circumvent the globe. Show starts 8 p.m.

Contact: Tickets 305-296-0458
Email: info@tskw.org
San Carlos Institute 516 Duval Street Key West /
April 23
26
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The SMASH HIT returns for the third year! The musical recounts the battle between the Feds and the Conchs over a roadblock that threatened Key West's tourist business. Performances at 8 p.m., at The San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street.

Contact: 786-529-2281
Islamorada /
April 24
26
Islamorada Spring Classic
A new, family-formatted boat tournament that is to feature nine target gulf and backcountry 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 10.

Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com
Key Largo /
April 24
26
Presented by Ocean Reef Club, the inaugural event features a unique twist: 12 boats, 12 master chefs and 12 celebrities are getting Hooked Up for $500,000 in prizes. Target species are sailfish, tuna, wahoo, dorado and kingfish, Visit website for details.

Email: joan@uncommoncp.com
Islamorada /
April 25
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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

Contact: 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com
Big Pine & the Lower Keys /
April 25
20th Annual Earth Day at Bahia Honda State Park
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From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees can enjoy live music, food and family fun. Local environmental groups are to have exhibits, two marine life touch tanks and interactive activities. Create a fish print wall hanging or bring a t-shirt or tote bag to print, or join face painting, a sand sculpture contest and children's games. Call the Bahia Honda Sand and Sea Nature Center for details.

Contact: 305-872-9807
Murray Nelson Cultural Center Key Largo /
April 25
Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center presents: Key to Comedy
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Enjoy improv as only the Sick Puppies Comedy troupe can provide! Show starts 7 p.m., Murray Nelson Cultural Center, mile marker (MM) 102. Tickets $15, available at First State Bank locations, MM 97 and MM 81.

Keys History & Discovery Center 82100 Overseas Highway Islamorada /
April 29
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The public is invited to join a presentation with Ian Martin, environmental educator at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. The History & Discovery Center opens at 5 p.m., and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. Cost is $25 and includes admission to the Discovery Center. Lectures are free to members of the Keys History & Discovery Center.

Contact: 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com
Key Largo /
April 29
May 16
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Audiences will enjoy this rollicking comedy about "the third smallest" town in Texas as Tuna residents convene for a high school reunion over the Fourth of July. Performance is to be staged at Key Largo's Lions Club at 99353 Overseas Highway, MM 99 oceanside.

Contact: 305-453-0997
Key West /
April 29
May 16
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When Bette Davis shows up at a Connecticut household, her one-night stay turns into a month of hilarious chaos. "The story is delightful, the writing is entertaining, and what comes out of Bette's mouth is priceless." (New York Post) Showtime 8 p.m.

Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org
Key West /
April 29
May 23
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This smash Broadway hit is a laugh-out-loud study of the politics of sex that's guaranteed to mesmerize. An actress comes late to an audition for a less-than impressed director, but she soon turns the session into a tango for dominance.

Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com
Key West /
April 30
May 3
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During this ocean paddleboard race, participants enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race around Key West is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks. Other weekend beach and paddling activities are planned.

Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
Email: sue@lazydog.com

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