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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
Key West /
April 8
June 7
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"Roberta Marks: a Retrospective," a cohesive exhibition of nearly thirty years of her mixed media work, is to be on display at the Custom House Museum. Marks, whose work has won many awards and is widely collected and featured at numerous museums and galleries throughout the country, creates mixed media pieces via photographs, paintings, collages and constructions that investigate the mystery of being. Her constructions, fabricated using found, bought or gifted objects and materials, are portrayed as stage sets, representing the artist's existence and personal landscape. The exhibit will open on Friday, April 8 from 6:00-7:30, with special member VIP entry at 5:30 pm.

Contact: 305.295.6616 x 112
Key West /
April 9
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
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
Key West /
April 15
July 31
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Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; an opening reception is planned April 23 from 12-3 p.m., to meet the artists, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Art Garden, light refreshments. Entrance is free.

Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org
Key West /
May 11
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This outrageous comic melodrama from Charles Busch evokes the movie thrillers from the early 60's that featured cinematic icons like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Lana Turner. A faded pop singer tries to escape her corrosive marriage and find happiness with a younger lover. Bad acid trips, a resentful daughter, a weird son and a poisoned suppository all play a part in this outrageous comedy. Tickets available online.

Contact: 305-294-5015 Box Office
Key West /
May 29
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Key West musicians come together to perform in this exclusive concert experience: a celebratory night of live music featuring the best talent this island has to offer! All shows feature the Rambler Band which includes Nick Norman, Jeff Clark, Caffeine Carl, Ericson Holt, Claire Finley, James Whitehead, Robyn Whitehead, Daryl Brook, Randy Morrow, Derik Reay and Joey Marchiano. Show starts 8 p.m.

Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: keywesttheater@gmail.com
Islamorada /
May 29
Staged at the north end of the private beach for traditional American fare with a "Keys" twist. Kids (and parents) can enjoy activities including face painting and seasonal crafts from 5-7pm on the beach. Activities are complimentary for all kids. Starting at 7:30pm watch a patriotic favorite movie beneath the stars, "National Treasure". This event is complimentary for all attendees and will feature a concession station offering popcorn, candy and other light refreshments for your viewing pleasure. Barbecue price: Adults $30, Veterans (retired and active personnel) $15, Kids $15. This year, 10% of proceeds from the Beach BBQ will be donated to The Long Walk Home, a Keys-based organization helping Veterans make the transition from military life to civilian life.

Key West /
May 29
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To compete in the wacky challenge, each six-member team must construct a craft out of the most minimal supplies: a single sheet of 4-by-8-foot plywood, two 8-foot-long 2-by-4s, a pound of fasteners and a trusty roll of duct tape.Regatta rules even forbid the use of caulking or adhesives, though epoxy paint is permitted. The "sink or swim" challenge is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in the Florida Keys, with Sunday's fun scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. when teams can register at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.

Islamorada /
May 30
Memorial Day Service
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The Matecumbe Historical Trust will hold their annual Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument, Mile Marker (MM) 81.8 Overseas Highway. The monument was dedicated in 1937 to honor the Veterans and civilians killed in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. The ceremony will begin with an introductory presentation, followed by the invocation by Pastor Tony Hammon of Island Community Church, Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, a brief history of the Hurricane Monument, the laying of the memorial wreath and a benediction. The service is open to the public. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend in observance of Memorial Day.

Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940.

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