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Florida Keys Events Calendar

Florida Keys Calendar of Events for July, 2014

Key West / April 1 – September 30
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The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit explores the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Key West / April 6 – 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: kwft@comcast.net
Key West / April 15 – July 31
The cost of admission to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden brings visitors an added value and wealth of beauty with 19 sculptures, each made of recycled materials, and some interactive, placed throughout the garden from local contemporary artists. Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Email: mmcrae@kwbgs.org
Key West / May 16 – September 30
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The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit will explore the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Exhibit runs through September.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Key West / June 1 – September 30
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For longer than a decade, Will Fernandez has been one of Key West's most enchanting artists. He paints and sculpts almost entirely from memory and makes his works quite humorous and whimsical. In this exhibition, he displays a number of his impressionistic-style paintings, as well as a selection of his distinctive sculptures in stone, wood, clay and more. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Marathon / June 30 – July 5
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In its first year, nearly 30 musical bands and solo performers are to take the stage at Marathon's eclectic waterfront eatery, Dockside Tropical Café, located at 35 Sombrero Blvd., for an inaugural Americana Music Festival. The event is free and open to the public. Daily afternoon hourlong live performances are planned to "rock the dock," with headliners each evening.
Contact: 305-743-000
Key West / July 1 – 6
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This Pulitzer Prize winning play centers on a young woman and her mother, who spend a desperate evening unraveling their sometimes tense and sometimes tender relationship after the daughter makes a stunning and unthinkable announcement. Starring Connie Hurst and Susannah Wells. An overwhelming and powerful night of theatre.
Contact: Box Office 305-296-9911
Key Largo / July 2
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What happens on the coral reef when the sun goes down? Join a fun, free discussion presented by the Coral Restoration Foundation, located at 5 Seagate Blvd. next to Pilot House Restaurant, whose dedicated summer interns are to share the lively goings on beneath the sea after dark. Social hour with food and drinks begins at 6:30 p.m., and presentation begins 7 p.m.
Contact: 305-453-7030
Key West / July 3 – 5
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An All-American celebration of Florida's official and one of the most tasty pies! Salute sweet Key Lime pie, and the tiny fruit that inspired it, with events ranging from a pie-eating contest to a wacky world record attempt for making the largest pie EVER.
Key Largo / July 4
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Blackwater Sound provides the perfect nighttime mirrorlike surface to make the annual fireworks display seem like a 3-D viewing experience designed to dazzle. The show is to take place on the bayfront in Key Largo at 10 p.m., July 4. The best seating can be found at Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill, Sundowners and Senior Frijoles restaurants, Caribbean Club and Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort, all located around mile marker (MM) 104 bayside. Reservations are suggested because seating is limited; contact restaurants directly.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 4
Celebrate Fourth of July Fireworks
The Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club's annual 4th of July fireworks are to take place at Big Pine Community Park, MM 30 bayside at the end of Sands Road. Live music, food and ice-cold beverages are to be accompanied by games and activities for both adults and kids. An expanded fireworks show is set to go off at nightfall, or about 9 p.m. Admission is free, but no coolers, pets or personal fireworks will be allowed. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Marathon / July 4
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For one of the Keys' largest and longest fireworks displays, families gather for a full day of activities in Marathon for a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside) to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration features food, drink, kids' crafts and entertainment, capped off after dark with fireworks. Marathon is known as the Boating Destination of the Keys, and hundreds of boaters line up in front of the beach for a preferred view of the festivities.
Contact: 305-743-5417
Email: info@floridakeysmarathon.com
Key West / July 4
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Benefits Hospice of the Florida Keys and the Visiting Nurse Association takes place at the luxurious Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Collection, located at 1500 Reynolds St. overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The celebration is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m., courtesy of the Key West Rotary Club. The traditional buffet offers hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings for $25 per adult, $10 per child between 3 and 12 and free for children younger than three. General admission (no meal) tickets are $10 and include watermelon, popcorn and soft drink. For first-class service and a lavish buffet and "best seats on the beach," tickets $125 per person. Live music, a silent auction and lots of children's games round out the fun-filled family festivities.
Contact: Casa Marina 305-294-8812
Islamorada / July 4
Independence Day Celebration
The popular Spirit of Islamorada July 4 celebration is to be held at Founders Park, MM 87 on Plantation Key. Hosted by the Village of Islamorada and the Upper Keys Rotary Club, the event features entertainment, food and drinks for kids, teens, adults — and even dogs. The party is to run 6-9:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks show. An admission fee of $10 is to be charged to nonresidents.
Contact: Founders Park 305-853-1685
Islamorada / July 4
Independence Day at Islamorada's Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina at Holiday Isle, MM 84 oceanside, is expected to include live music at the world-famous Tiki Bar along with food, fun and frolicking. Revelers can party Tiki-style into the night.
Key Largo / July 4
39th Annual Fourth of July Parade
The 39th annual Fourth of July parade co-sponsored by the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce is themed "Salute to Patriots of Liberty." The parade gets rolling at 10 a.m. from the parking lot at Anthony's Clothing Store, MM 98.2 on the center median of U.S. Highway 1 in Key Largo, and ends at MM 100. Awards are to be presented for most original entry, most beautiful and best portrayal of the theme. A free-admission community picnic, barbecue, vendor booths, kids' games, live music and a nighttime fireworks show are planned to follow the parade and be staged at Rowell's Marina, MM 104.5 bayside. Parking is free.
Contact: 305-451-1414 picnic; 305-852-3216 parade
Key West / July 4
Join a celebratory Independence Day event honoring our local active military and Key West's penchant for fun! Bar Stroll will begin at Sunset Pier, Ocean Key Resort, 0 Duval St., on the Historic Harbour Walk in Key West. Advance ticket sales are at Dante's, and Schooner Wharf Bar. Day of event sales at Sunset Pier only. Tickets are to be available beginning Thursday, June 28th.
Contact: Rick Dostal 305-766-0239
Email: captrick@earthlink.net
Key Largo / July 8
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF): Fish & Friends
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The World of Fish Is Changing! REEF co-founders and renowned marine life authors, photographers and videographers Ned and Anna DeLoach are to present an update of their new 4th edition of Reef Fish Identification Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas featuring many recent taxonomic changes and an introduction to dozens of exciting new Caribbean fish species to hunt for. Plus highlights of Ned and Anna's recent underwater discoveries in Indonesia and the Caribbean. Located at James E. Lockwood REEF Headquarters; MM 98.3 in the median. Social is at 6:30 p.m., presentation from 7-8 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Contact: 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org
Key West / July 10 – 13
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This annual celebration brings together Mel Fisher fans and treasure-hunting enthusiasts in a celebration of the anniversary of Fisher's discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Fisher and his crew uncovered a $450 million cache of Atocha treasure and artifacts in July 1985 after a 16-year search. The galleon sank approximately 35 miles southwest of Key West during a 1622 hurricane. Fisher's son Kim Fisher leads the continuing search for Atocha artifacts and treasures that still remain undiscovered. Festival highlights include a dock party with the salvage crew, behind-the-scenes tours of the Fisher family's private artifact conservation lab, a team treasure hunt and a rollicking street party that recalls Mel's exuberant spirit.
Contact: 305-296-6534
Islamorada / July 11 – 13
Hosted by the Islamorada Charterboat Association, this annual event features $15,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Competition is open to all anglers and there is no limit on the number of anglers that can participate.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 12
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The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Themed "Diving with the Stars," the marine musical event is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and staged by Keys radio station US1 Radio 104.1 FM. The music is broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com
Key West / July 13 – 16
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well. The tournament angler who catches the highest total inches of permit on fly on the flats earns the title of grand champion. Awards also await the grand champion guide, runner-up grand champion and the angler who catches the event's largest permit.
Contact: Loren Rea 305-360-6969
Email: loren@keywestdesign.com
Key West / July 13
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Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. The farm has a few new animals to visit, including two Alpacas - Arabella and Snowflake - and Hemingway the Toucan. Come on out and meet them! It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Groups may schedule special tours at the farm by calling ahead. Visit the Farm on Facebook! The Animal Farm is traditionally open the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Key West / July 15 – 20
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Often called the classic play of our time, 'Godot', as it's often referred to, is about two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone named Godot to arrive and provide their lives with meaning. The play, considered the most magical allegory of our time, will star Tony Konrath and Bob Bowersox, supported by Karl Stahl, Ross Pipkin, and newcomer Dre Cooper, It has just completed a stunning revival on Broadway.
Contact: Box Office 305-296-9911
Key West / July 15 – 20
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The 34th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, a theatrical premiere, short story competition, fishing tournament, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a pre-birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.
Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 294-0320 (literary)
Key West / July 16 – 19
Anglers ply the waters once fished by novelist Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total. For anglers, the Key West Marlin Tournament provides a chance to emulate Ernest's passion for deep-sea fishing.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
Email: tim.greene@keywestmarlin.com
Islamorada / July 16
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The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "Story of Christ of the Abyss," presented by Jon Cole, a research and coral restoration diver. The nine-foot bronze statue, also referred to as "Christ of the Deep," rests gracefully in 20 feet of water. The iconic underwater attribute is a replica of the like-named statue in the Mediterranean Sea and was donated to the Underwater Society of America in 1961 by industrialist Egidi Cressi. The History of Diving Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: info@divingmuseum.org
Key West / July 16
Enjoy the last concert of the season with the Blue Door String Quartet performing works by Hugo Wolf, Amy Beach, and Brahms! The evening will start with a complimentary reception at 7 P.M., followed by the performance at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating and $25 for General Seating.
Contact: Box Office 305-295-7676
Email: info@southfloridasymphony.org
Key West / July 17 – 19
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The look-alike challenge takes place at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., frequented by Hemingway when he lived and wrote on the subtropical island throughout the 1930s. The contest's preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 17 and 18, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
Islamorada / July 17
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. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com
Key West / July 17
This regular neighborhood gallery stroll is perhaps the best known among art lovers, held on the island city's White Street from Southard to United streets and onto Truman Avenue the third Thursday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. The popular evening features exhibitions and receptions at galleries, shops and occasionally other venues. Highlight locations include Harrison Gallery; the quirky and inviting Stone Soup Gallery; and The Studios of Key West, offering regular exhibitions, performances, workshops and studio space in the style of America's leading artist communities. Each month's stroll highlights a different artistic genre.
Key West / July 18
Literary events during Hemingway Days 2014 celebrate the literary accomplishments and exuberant Key West lifestyle of legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, whose granddaughter Lorian Hemingway directs this competition. The winner is to be announced at 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., at a free-admission awards reception that includes a reading of the winning story, a presentation on Casa Antigua's history by owner Tom Oosterhoudt and tours of the architecturally unique property.
Key West / July 19
Presented by Helpline of the Florida Keys, as part of the Hemingway Days celebration; the outdoor fair is from noon to 9 p.m. Much of Duval Street is closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into an open-air island market with arts, crafts, jewelry, tropical clothing and food. From noon to 3 p.m., seafood fans are invited to enjoy the inaugural Bubba Cuzzy Shrimp-Off Competition.
Contact: 305-292-8445
Key West / July 19
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West's most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar! The Lazy Dog Paddle Board Race will take place before the 5K and kicks off at 6PM. The 4 mile paddle board challenge will start at the Beach by the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727
Email: barb@keywestspecialevents.com
Key Largo / July 23
Free and open to the public, from 7pm to 9pm. Fish ID class is to prepare REEF volunteers to complete fish surveys for the Great Annual Fish Count dive day event (July 26), as well as become a year-round volunteer. Located at REEF Headquarters, in the median at 98300 Overseas Highway, MM 98.3.
Email: reefhq@reef.org
Key Largo / July 26
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Volunteer divers and snorkelers can help identify and document fish diversity and population trends in marine ecosystems. The GAFC serves to introduce and inspire recreational divers and snorkelers to participate in REEF's year-round Volunteer Survey Project, and raise awareness among both the diving community and general public about marine habitats and trends in fish populations. Boats depart at 8 a.m. from Ocean Divers; participants in fish surveys can receive special savings.
Contact: Ocean Divers 305-451-5765
Email: reefhq@reef.org
Key West / July 27
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Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a steer, pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge and donations are appreciated. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Islamorada / July 27 – 28
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Staged by the Islamorada Fishing Club, the 2014 RedGhost Stalk is an all-release tournament for young adult anglers (ages 17-25) and junior anglers (ages 9-16) that focuses on catch-and-release fishing for redfish and bonefish on fly, spin or bait. The event is a fundraiser for the Islamorada Fishing and Conservation Trust.
Contact: Brooke Black 305-393-5249
Email: bdenkert@gmail.com
Key West / July 29 – August 3
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This is the story of a 650 pound, grief-stricken, guilt-racked man seeking reconciliation with his estranged daughter. At times hilarious, and others heart-breaking, the play stars one of Key West's comic gems, Chad Newman, in a rare but riveting dramatic performance, supported by Melody Moore, Quincy Perkins, Julia Tetreault, and Tammy Shanley. Winner of the Lortel, Obie, and Drama Desk Awards last year.
Contact: 305-296-9911

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