Florida Keys Events Calendar

Florida Keys Calendar of Events for October, 2017

Key West / April 7 – 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: Doris Harris 305-923-5934
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
Key West / October 16 – 29
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Second Annual "A Royal Retrospective"
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Staged in the first floor lobby of the Custom House Museum. It is a look back at decades of Key West Fantasy Fest revelry, royalty and altruism via memorabilia, keepsakes, photographs, and posters, co-curated by Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit curator Dennis Beaver and Society curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D.
Contact: 305.295.6616 x112
Email: cconvertitofarrar@kwahs.org
Key Largo / October 18 – 22
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The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is to screen a rotating selection of Bogie classics and a group of movies celebrating the life and films of the man the American Film Institute named "America's greatest male screen legend." The festival, hosted by the screen legend's son, Stephen Bogart, is the only event of its kind, and is backed by the Bogart Estate. The 2017 theme is scheduled to celebrate the 75th anniversary of 'Casablanca.'
Islamorada / October 18
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Each month's third Wednesday features this free-admission presentation series, starting at 7 p.m. Museum exhibits are open late (entry fee applies). This month's topic of "Florida Public Archeology Network" is presented by Mallory Fenn.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: info@divingmuseum.org
Key West / October 19 – 23
Key West, known for its rich and diverse subtropical marine and bird life, welcomes a larger and furrier species. "Bears," "cubs" and their buddies are to prowl the island during a long weekend of activities in the popular LGBT vacation destination. A jam packed schedule of pool parties, tea dances, dance parties and amazing festivities of the gayest city in the world, the tropical paradise known as Key West! Shane Tate and Bear World Magazine have joined together with the Island House Resort.
Key West / October 20 – 27
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Fans of the infamous ruby slippers are invited to kick off the season by following the yellow brick road to Key West's Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall Street, for a "there's no place like home" performance with eight evening shows. This Key West Burlesque extravaganza features a hit-list of favorite local performers, international burlesque superstars, amazing aerial acrobats and all your favorite Oz icons, including Dorothy, the Lollipop Guild and flying monkeys like you've never seen before.
Key West / October 20 – 29
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This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant masquerade competitions including one for pets, a headdress ball, exuberant promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island-style bands and lavish floats. The 2017 festival theme is "Time Travel Unravels." Check website for complete schedule of events!
Contact: 305-296-1817
Email: info@fantasyfest.net
Key West / October 20 – 21
Goombay Festival
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Held in Key West's historic Bahama Village neighborhood, the lively Goombay is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets. Visitors can experience sights, sounds and flavors recalling Key West's Bahamian heritage. FREE event, noon to midnight both days.
Islamorada / October 20 – 22
Female fishing fans can learn or polish angling skills during the award-winning weekend seminar. More than 8,000 female graduates have immersed themselves in the annual lighthearted yet skill-heavy curriculum to learn and hone abilities in offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Email: fish@ladiesletsgofishing.com
Marathon / October 21
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The much-anticipated opening of Florida's stone crab season takes place Oct. 15 each year, and the season opening is followed by this tasty test of crab-consuming capacity. How fast can you crack and cleanly consume 25 stone crab claws? Test your munching mettle at this zany contest. Individuals must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Contact: 305-743-4353
Email: keys.fisheries@comcast.net
Key West / October 22
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A pre-Halloween tradition for visiting and local families and groups, the ride typically draws several thousand men, women and children — and even a few pets. Garbed in ragged costumes and frightening face and body makeup, they pedal along the island city's Atlantic Ocean shore in a deliciously scary spectacle. The wacky event is to begin at 2 p.m. when "Zombieland" opens at Fort East Martello Museum, a reputedly haunted historic site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West / October 24
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A moderately difficult and clever hunt. Connect with the arts CULTURE CRAWL and have an afternoon of fun and frolic. The Florida Keys Council of the Arts hosts the modern, tech-savvy crawl at 2 p.m. Costumed teams of up to four people encouraged. Event begins and registers participants at the OLDEST HOUSE, 322 Duval St., and end at the La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval St.
Contact: 305-295-4369
Key West / October 24
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While most will feel the comforting familiarity of the Billboard-charting hits, "Walk on the Ocean", "All I Want", "Something's Always Wrong", and "Fall Down", new fans will also be well familiar with their new hits such as "California Wasted" which continues to climb the charts. Show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: info@keywesttheater.com
Key West / October 25
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The eccentric competition is likely to include canine, feline and avian critters strutting their stuff on an oceanfront stage. "Party animals" can compete for costume prizes and glory. You will see a magic carousel of frisky pets and playful owners, all delightfully disguised, stroll, dance and even skateboard across a stage in a fun frolic for fame and fortune! Think you and your furry, feathered or slithery friend have the perfect outfit? Four categories to enter, $25 each entry; benefits the Lower Keys Friends of Animals.
Email: petmasquerade@hotmail.com
Key West / October 26
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The Key West Business Guild presents this premier gay and lesbian event of the Fantasy Fest celebration, proudly opens the new Key West Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park. Tom Luna returns as the outrageous EmCee, with Rude Girl rocking out our sound.  Randy Roberts opens the show and is joined by some of the best of Key West local talent throughout the contest.  Over twenty five contestants will parade their Headdress creations on the amphitheater stage to vie for the $3,000 first prize.
Key West / October 26
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A dazzling event, the Smallest Parade in the Universe takes place at 6 p.m. at The Key West Theater. Entrants build tabletop size floats that bobble down a conveyor parade route and are later sold in auction. Benefits Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens, a charity supporting Monroe county intellectually challenged adults. Artists, craftsmen, model makers and creative types are encouraged to participate, making floats no larger than 18 inches! Doors open at 5 p.m. for a pre-viewing.
Key West / October 26
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Brick House Funk Party
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The funkiest party of Fantasy Fest features live DJs, raw soul, deep funk and groovy music. Free admission, starts 6 p.m., 281 Front St., outside the Custom House.
Islamorada / October 26
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For lectures, doors open at 5 p.m., with lecture starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 for non-museum members, which includes museum admission, light appetizers and cash bar. Free for museum members. All lectures are at Keys History & Discovery Center, 82100 Overseas Highway, MM 82 in Islamorada, on the property of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost.
Contact: Reserve 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com
Key West / October 27 – 29
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The Flying Carrs Circus is back with an all new show called "Back in Time"! We are time traveling throughout the 20th and 21st century using all of our circus skills to guide the way! Join us for a trip through the decades and help us find aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, JP the clown, and more as we make our way back to 2017! Let's do the time warp at 1.21 giggle-watts with The Flying Carrs Circus! Show at the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.
Key West / October 27
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Begins at the Key West Cemetery at Frances Street entrance but revelers can join the mad march anywhere along the two routes. Start marching at 5:30 p.m.; all are welcome; free admission.
the Florida Keys / October 28
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To replace this year's normally scheduled October Backcountry Fly Series, this Keyswide backcountry fishing tournament involves scoring in 3 different locations throughout the Keys. Anglers can fish from any marina in the Keys. $500 entry fee per team. A team can consist of a guide and angler, 2 anglers, 2 guides. It is a team event. Use either Spin or Fly, both people in boat can fish. Awards include Team Grand Champions, Fly Division Champion, Spin Division Champion, Ladies Champion, Most Bonefish, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon and Permit awards. Every dollar raised is to help the Guides Trust Foundation, an organization that assists fishing guides who can't work because of serious injury or illness, and in this case, in losses suffered post-hurricane Irma.
Contact: Email: Paul Tejera
Email: captbackbone@gmail.com
Islamorada / October 28
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Come out and support local nonprofit, Coral Restoration Foundation, by dressing as your favorite sea creature and enjoying your favorite brew. All proceeds from the 4-8 p.m. event will benefit CRF and go toward restoring the Florida Keys Reef Tract. Hosted by the Florida Keys Brewing Co., at 200 Morada Way, there will be prizes for the best mermaid, merman, or sea creature costume! Raffle tickets will be available: 3 tickets for $5. At 7:00 pm, Coral Restoration Foundation will give a brief presentation on the impact of large-scale coral restoration, how you can make a difference for our oceans in your daily life, and how to get involved.
Key West / October 28
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The madcap merriment of Fantasy Fest is to culminate during the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West's historic downtown. Tens of thousands of spectators converge to cheer the parade's elaborately costumed marching groups, dancers in bright feathered costumes and dazzling motorized floats. Join thousands of exuberant partygoers! It doesn't get any wilder than this! Parade steps off at 7 p.m.; free to spectate.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / October 30 – 31
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Enjoy over 40 trop rock artists over two days! From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., headquartered at the Keys' largest tiki bar, Boondock's Grille and Draft House, MM 27.5. A newly released KEYS STRONG double CD set is to be available with 35 songs, and 100% of proceeds is to benefit United Way of Monroe County to directly support Keys residents recovering from hurricane Irma. Event admission is FREE and open to the public.