Florida Keys Events Calendar

Florida Keys Calendar of Events for April, 2018

Key West / January 1 – August 31
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
Islamorada / March 21 – December 17
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The History of Diving Museum presents the annual presentation series that spotlights a new topic the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m. Exhibits and museum store stay open late (normal museum admission applies).
Contact: 305-664-9737
Key West / April 3 – 26
A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.
Contact: Tickets 305-296-6706
Key West / April 13 – May 15
Collections, Key West presents: Visual Stories
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Local artists and artisans of the Lower Keys are coming together for an end of the season show; Visual Stories. Lizzie Devries' figures made of historic shutters will mix with local exotic hardwood furnishings created by Jimmy & Karen Wray', while Craig Sasser tells nostalgic stories of the Keys. Pamela McLeod comes back to the art scene after an imposed halt by Ms Irma, she will be showing her jewelry and new sculpture designs. As a special treat, world traveler, Louis Wray will share with us his traversing talents via a photographic journey. Opening set for Friday, April 20 5-8 p.m., 6810 Front St., Stock Island.
Contact: Call for hours 305-923-4778
Email: karen@collectionskw.com
Key West / April 17 – May 5
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Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her funny and forthright neighbor, Lina, also a new mom, for coffee. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during nap times...while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie's yard. This comedy with dark edges takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. Show times and tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Key West / April 17 – 21
This four-day challenge is the 'grand finale' of the 4-leg Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. Team cash prizes include up to $50,000 for first place and $18,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, plus trophies, respectively. Early entry fee is available.
Key West / April 19 – 28
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Ever wonder just how the Conch Republic was born? Four actors tell the tale in this fast-moving comedy that is filled with music, confetti, and flags - which actually IS a lot like how the Conch Republic WAS born! Find out why we seceded where others failed! Shows 7 p.m., 4/19-22, 4/24-28 at The Studios of Key West. 533 Eaton Street.
Contact: 305-731-0581
Key West / April 20
A tropical heat wave is headed this way as Key West Burlesque and Production Dujour present "Hot Island Nights: A Tropical Delight" at The Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. A star studded burlesque revue, the show is a tribute to the glory days of Latin and Caribbean time entertainment. Featuring a live Latin fusion band, Tropical Delights transports you to world of dazzling dancers and alluring entertainers. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: Tickets 305.985.0433
Key West / April 20 – 29
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With activities such as 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
Email: info@conchrepublic.com
Islamorada / April 21
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A free season-closing 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. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band. Talented local students join the band!
Contact: 305-853-7294
Email: keyscommunityconcertband@yahoo.com
Key West / April 21
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Revelers age 21 and older can celebrate Earth Day with a "fugitive band of hippies from the 1960s who have been hiding out and performing in Key West."  The "Earth Day Jam with That Hippie Band" is staged at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., with tickets priced from $25 to $35 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.  The band reunites Keys musicians to play favorites from the Age of Aquarius, popular 1960s bands such as the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Starship and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Contact: Box Office 305-985-0433
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / April 21
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Sponsored by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Boondocks Grille and Draft House on Ramrod Key. The free-admission event will feature exhibitors/vendors, raffles, drawings and a silent auction, plus opportunities to enjoy great food and hospitality. The event is to be live on US1 Radio, and a perfect opportunity to learn about the Lower Keys attractions, businesses, organizations, artists, and more.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Key West / April 21
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Spring Migration
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Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. features learning what birds visit the Florida Keys on their momentous journey north. A migration game, presented by Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Junior Birders and Nature Explorers, will teach about the challenges birds face and how they find nesting sites. Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: Register at 305-809-4750
Email: FKEDC@noaa.gov
Islamorada / April 21
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Enjoy an enlightening trolley ride through time. Guided trolley tours depart at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. from the Islamorada Moose Lodge at 81573 Old Highway in Islamorada.The one-hour, colorful and much acclaimed historical tours feature 29 points of interest on the islands of Islamorada. Tickets may be purchased on site or call in advance. Adults are $15, children six and under are free. Tour dates are March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940
Key West / April 21
National Park Service is offering free entrance in celebration of National Park Week. At Dry Tortugas National Park, please check in with our official providers of transportation to the park for schedules, prices, and reservations. (All transportation departs from Key West.) Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West will waive park entrance fees.
Marathon / April 21 – 22
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Enjoy a two-day, Earth-centric event, hosted by Otherside Boardsports & Keys Cable Adventure Park, where the event is to be staged, 59300 Overseas Highway. Fun for all ages- face painting and Earth inspired kids crafts. Highlights include live music; performances by DJ Lance-o from Kulcha Shock and others. Watch mural installations come to life from South Florida artists, with the common theme, 'Human Effects on the Environment.' Shop the Pop-ups featuring conscious brands - clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and art. Wakeboarding, big-air demonstrations as well as flat rate, all day passes including free coaching. Driven 100% by solar energy. And MUCH more. Hours are Saturday, 4-8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: Shana 305-853-9728
Email: shana@othersideboardsports.com
Key Largo / April 22
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is to celebrate Earth Day with the theme, "Do One Thing for the Earth," at its visitor center and aquarium. The park also is to offer a ranger-led nature walk. Children can participate in crafts at the visitor center, which is offering extended hours on Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 102601 Overseas Highway at mile marker 102.5, Pennekamp was the first undersea park in the United States. Its mangrove swamps, coral reefs and wildlife offer visitors a unique state park experience.
Contact: 305-451-6300
Key West / April 25 – 26
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Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Show times 8 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theater, 5901 College Rd.
Key West / April 27 – 29
Honoring body, mind and spirit, use the beauty and magic of the Keys as a muse to explore inner beauty, of each other and the world around us. The Festival brings together yogis and wellness-conscious individuals to share and learn from one another as we forge our own paths to living a full and joyful life. Four Festival events include the Main Event at the spectacular Truman Waterfront Amphitheater. The Fest closes with a celebration at the Southernmost Mansion. Exclusive travel packages, VIP passes and event tickets online.
Contact: (305) 587-9115
Islamorada / April 28
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Afro Roots Fest is coming to the Morada Bay Arts & Cultural District (151 Morada Way) to feature live music, African dance and percussion workshops, a global instrument show-and-tell program for kids and families, vendors, and more. From 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., live acts include Nag Champayons, Cortadito and Grupo Barrio Abajo. Suggested donation is $10; all-ages welcome. Co-sponsored by Keys ICE (Islamorada Community Entertainment), the Morada Way Arts Cultural District, and the Florida Keys Brewing Company.
Key West / April 28
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Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a 4-mile open race. Other events include a kick-off registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids.
Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
Email: sue@lazydog.com
Key West / April 29
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Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds. Shows at 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.