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Florida Keys Events Calendar

Florida Keys Calendar of Events for October, 2014

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 /
October 10
February 5
Ronny Bailey, a 5th generation Conch, recreates city landmarks from locally salvaged materials and adds whimsical details to bring Old Key West to life. An opening reception is planned Oct. 10 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Exhibit at Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.

Contact: 305-295-6616
Marathon /
October 13
December 19
Visitors who participate in DRC's 'Meet the Dolphin' program can bring their own Santa hats, reindeer antlers or other accessories to use while posing. DRC's experienced photographers will shoot the pictures using high-resolution digital cameras guests go onto a floating dock to give backrubs and share a "flippershake" with a dolphin and have their photo taken.

Contact: 305-289-1121
the Florida Keys /
October 15
May 15
Stone Crab Season
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Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with drawn butter and mustard sauce on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the Keys.

Key West /
October 17
31
Days and nights of ghoulish delight are planned for the Civil War-era fort beside Key West's Atlantic Ocean shore. This year three spooky sections of the enchanted citadel will be the stage for live "shows," treating visitors to otherworldly celebrations not suitable for mere mortals. Events will take place Oct. 17-19, 23-24, 26 and 30-31, and attendees are encouraged to don devilish costumes. Tricks and treats for the little ones are planned for Kid's Day, scheduled Sunday, Oct. 19, from 5-7 p.m. Kid's Day entry is free with park admission. Admission to the haunting is $13 per adult, $10 for military personnel, $8 for kids and free for children under age 5. Hours are 8-11 p.m. (midnight on Halloween).

Key West /
October 18
November 1
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"Native Sons & Daughters" is an exhibit of five local artists -- Andy Thurber, Wayne Garcia, Audra Paige, Mike Marrero and Linda Reike -- whose paintings and wood carvings express an unabashed appreciation for and connection to their surroundings.

Contact: 305-294-1669
Key West /
October 20
31
The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum's newest traveling exhibit provides an overview of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It also features the stories and archaeology associated with the Key West African Cemetery and the slave ship Henrietta Marie, which sank off the coast of the Florida Keys in 1700. The public is invited to view the exhibit October 20 - 31 during normal business hours at the Gato Building, located at 1100 Simonton, and at the Florida Keys Community College Library, located at 5901 College Road. There is no admission charge.

Email: education@mfmm.org
Big Pine & the Lower Keys /
October 28
30
Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary presents: Zombie Asylum!
From 7-9 p.m., at the Community Park in Big Pine, this annual haunted house Halloween event is free admission for kids and adults. The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce will be serving ghoulish treats in the graveyard...

Contact: Steve Miller 305-349-1779
Key West /
October 29
November 2
Several thousand fans of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, known as Parrot Heads, make an annual pilgrimage to the subtropical island that inspired many of Buffett's hits. As well as sharing an appreciation for Buffett's music and the tropical lifestyle it promotes, Parrot Head club members focus on charitable, environmental, educational and humanitarian activities.

Email: andrew.talbert@gmail.com
Marathon /
October 30
In the Middle Keys, Crane Point's Haunted House inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and freaky characters will set a spooky tone for the year's eeriest holiday. The fright-fest begins at 6:30 p.m., at the 63-acre Crane Point Hammock, located at MM 50.5 bayside in Marathon, and is free to the public. The entrance of the Haunted House is at the center of the property from the right-of-way.

Contact: 305-743-3900
Islamorada /
October 30
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A six-course art infused culinary celebration, complete with tableside service, sponsored by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District. 200 tickets are available to this creative, tasty and fun event, from 6-9 p.m., at mile marker (MM) 81.5, where the District's monthly Third Thursday Art Walk is staged. The annual outdoor dinner is a fundraiser for the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, a nonprofit organization that has transformed the Islamorada community through public art experiences, studio groups and performances.

Contact: 305-923-8097
Islamorada /
October 30
Explorers' hair will likely stand on end while they weave through the Matecumbe Massacre Maze hosted at Robbie's Marina, MM 77.5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Islamorada's family-friendly marina is to stage a free "spook-tacular" show for costumed ghouls age 12 and under. Attractions include a kids' corner, candy, fun, food and refreshments. Starting at 7:30 p.m. the excitement amps up for older spirits with a costume contest, food and beverage specials. A live band is to play throughout the night's events.

Contact: 305-664-8070
Key Largo /
October 31
November 9
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The comedy horror rock musical is presented by Ginsberg Productions and the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, performances at Murray E. Nelson Govt. & Cultural Center.Showtimes are 8 p.m., and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. (Nov. 2 & 9). Tickets available online.

Email: debra@debraginsberg.net

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