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Florida Keys Events Calendar

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
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
Gato Building 1100 Simonton St Key West /
May 12
October 30
"A Sense of Place - Richard Kemble 1932-2007" Exhibition at Historic Gato Building
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Creative audiences can enjoy an opening reception on Tuesday, May 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street. Parking is free. Exhibition is to be displayed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 30, featuring Kemble's Intaglio, Woodcuts, Sculptures, Ink on Paper, Collages and Oil Pastels.

Contact: 305-295-4369
The Florida Keys /
June 28
September 7
A free fishing and photo contest that celebrates recreational fishing in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and other U.S. marine preserves that promotes conservation-focused fishing practices. Participating anglers around the country can submit qualifying fishing photos to the Sanctuary Classic website. One winner is selected weekly who best exemplifies themes such as biggest and smallest looking fish, best conservation message, most unique looking fish, most family-oriented photo, best display of responsible fishing values and more. Prizes are awarded to each winner.

Key West /
September 2
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More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the offered activities.

Contact: 800-354-4455
Email: info@keywestbrewfest.com
Marathon /
September 4
6
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Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key hosts an annual Heroes Salute program to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special Labor Day Weekend event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute, country music concert and fireworks show.

Contact: 1-877-484-9342
Email: matt.lawrence@hawkscay.com
Islamorada /
September 8
Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Writing Historical Fiction with Author Vanessa Lafaye
Recently released in the U.S., Under a Dark Summer Sky is a fictional account of the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. Doors open at 5 p.m., presentation begins at 6 p.m. Light appetizers and cash bar. Free for members, $25 for non-members. Reservations suggested.

Contact: 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com
Key West /
September 8
October 18
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Summer is almost over and school will soon be in session, and Ripley's Believe It or Not! wants to thank Florida K-12 educators by offering them some extended summer fun with the return of Educator Appreciation Days. For these dates, admission is FREE for educators in the state. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are eligible for free admission; they just need to bring a current pay stub and photo ID when they visit the attraction. Additionally, up to three guests that come with an educator get 50% off their admission. Located at 108 Duval St.

Contact: 305-293-9939
Key West /
September 10
13
Thousands of singles, couples and groups of women flock to Key West each year for this renowned celebration for lesbians and their friends. Activities generally include dance parties, poolside gatherings, sailing and snorkeling, live music, comedy performances and more.

Contact: 305-294-4603
Key Largo /
September 11
13
Fish around the clock for snook, redfish and trout in two venues. Overall cash prizes include $1500 1st Place, $1000 2nd Place, $750 3rd Place. Proceeds are to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Tournament headquarters for Key Largo at Sundowners Restaurant.

Contact: 305-522-1300
Email: r.stoky@fkrm.com
Islamorada /
September 11
13
Fish around the clock for snook, redfish and trout in two venues. Overall cash prizes include $1500 1st Place, $1000 2nd Place, $750 3rd Place. Proceeds are to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Tournament headquarters for Islamorada at Marker 88 Restaurant.

Contact: 305-522-1300
Email: r.stoky@fkrm.com
Key West /
September 11
13
In the first of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, also called The Trilogy, anglers target tarpon, permit and bonefish to achieve the coveted "flats grand slam." The event raises funds for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org
The Florida Keys /
September 12
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Spanning more than 100 miles of the Florida Keys, this event is more than a race, it's a challenge! Riders and their support crews are to navigate the Florida Keys Heritage Trail and Overseas Highway as solo, 2-person or 4-person relay teams. The course begins at Key Largo Bike & Tour Adventures Cycle Shop, located at 91946 Overseas Highway (MM 92). All riders are to be awarded medals and event t-shirts.

Contact: Mark 305-395-1551
Key Largo /
September 12
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Teams of up to four divers compete for cash and prizes. Derby divers who successfully remove invasive lionfish from sanctuary waters can win for most, largest and smallest lionfish. The Upper Keys derby is held at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit REEF website to register; teams of up to four people can join. Divers can participate in a derby from their own private vessel or join a professional dive operator's charter.

Contact: REEF 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org
The Florida Keys /
September 14
20
It's an All-American event as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the U.S. travel the Keys' scenic Overseas Highway - designated Florida's only All-American Road - from mainland Florida to Key West to raise money for charity. Winner takes all, and can win a new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle or cash. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West. Keys-wide events planned for the entire week.

Contact: Drew Peterson 305-235-4023
Email: drew@petersonsharley.com
Islamorada /
September 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. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.

Email: Moradawaysusi@gmail.com
Islamorada /
September 18
20
Named after the man known affectionately as "Mr. Everglades," fishing is set against the backdrop of Everglades National Park, challenging anglers who seek the hard-to-reach yet fruitful fishing areas that Lucerne favored. Lucerne spent nearly 40 years exploring the backcountry's labyrinth of canals, water trails and mangrove mazes, earning the affectionate moniker. The tournament distinguishes the overall grand champion as an individual angler who catches at least four of the seven eligible species: black drum, bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper, tarpon and sea trout.

Email: kelliet62@gmail.com
Islamorada /
September 19
All swimmers, parents, triathletes, and weekend warriors are welcome at this open water distance-swimmers' meet, a 9-mile roundtrip swim race from the shores of Islamorada to Alligator Lighthouse. Swimmers can participate as individuals, 2-person and 4-person teams. Visit website for details and registration information.

Contact: Rob Dixon 305-664-7149
Email: captrobdixon@gmail.com
Marathon /
September 24
27
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
For more than 50 years, this challenge awards individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon "slam"), as well as the tongue-in-cheek "wet pants" champion titles for anglers wading from shore. The event is one of the few tournaments where anglers can fish without a professional guide.

Contact: Barb 305-304-8682
Email: bnbfishing@comcast.net
Key Largo /
September 24
27
Celebrate marine conservation success and education initiatives with diving, seminars and parties. All REEF Fest events are open to the public. Seminar topics include: Introduction and Advanced Florida Keys Fish ID, The Best of Blennies, Fish Behavior, Keys Habitats and Ecosystems, Amazing Sharks, Restoring Coral Reefs, and program updates from REEF Staff.

Contact: 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org
Key Largo /
September 25
27
15th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
For philanthropic anglers, this popular annual gathering proffers an important fundraising opportunity while fishing trout, snook and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary Club of Key Largo scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Trophies awarded anglers in adult and pro divisions, as well as juniors age 17 and under.

Contact: Mike Shipley 305-304-0421
Email: mike@islandbayresort.com; host@islandbayresort.com
Islamorada /
September 25
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Join an on-the-water wacky charity golf tournament that brings together four-person teams to enjoy a game of nine holes by boat, to "drive" biodegradable golf balls toward floating greens - without any sand traps. A live or silent auction as well as a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. A kick-off party and team registration is to be held Friday; teams tee off Saturday with shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit local Keys charities.

Contact: Chris Trentine 305-481-5857
Email: conchscramble@yahoo.com
The Florida Keys /
September 26
Spanning more than 100 miles of the Florida Keys, this event is more than a race, it's a challenge! Riders and their support crews are to navigate the Florida Keys Heritage Trail and Overseas Highway as solo, 2-person or 4-person relay teams. Each rider that participates will be asked to raise $100 dollars along with their registration fee.

Contact: Jo D'Alessio Socha 305-393-2466
Email: jojosocha@gmail.com
Islamorada /
September 26
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The History of Diving Museum will open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine's 11th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. This is a great opportunity to get to know one of the best kept secrets of the Florida Keys. The History of Diving Museum offers over 4,000 years of diving history with 3,000 square feet of fun, interactive exhibits with a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating story of man's quest to explore under the sea. Pet friendly; open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: info@divingmuseum.org

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