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Florida Keys Events Calendar

Key West /
April 7
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: Doris Harris 305-923-5934
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
Key West /
November 2
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The Studios of Key West presents International Art Show
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The Studios of Key West kicks off its eleventh season of exhibiting the finest in local and international art by filling their galleries with work from around the world.On view at The Studios, 533 Eaton Street. Exhibitions can be viewed during normal gallery hours, Tues. through Sat. from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. A special opening events and a book signing will take place Thurs., November 2 from 6-8 p.m. during the First Thursday Gallery Walk.

Key West /
November 21
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Enjoy this film presentation's screening, from Grammy-winning guitarist, producer Paul Nelson. A near constant presence at the side of rock and blues legend Johnny Winter in the last decade of his life, Paul Nelson is widely credited with helping Winter find himself again, and for prompting a remarkable resurgence in the aging star's career after the 1990's found him in deteriorating health and performing far beneath his potential. "Down and Dirty" documents a year on the road with Johnny Winter during his re-emergence, a period leading up to the star-studded 70th birthday bash in Times Square which would be his last. Tickets available online. Open Reception with Paul Nelson at 6p.m./ Screening at 6:30 p.m. with Q&A following.

Contact: (877) 761-3456
Key West /
November 22
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The eagerly awaited pre-Thanksgiving event is to take place at 6 p.m. at Greene and Elizabeth streets, with the lighting of a holiday tree made from plastic foam trap floats, a fresh pine nautically decorated Christmas tree and a lobster trap tree along the Key West Historic Seaport's Harbor Walk. The Harbor Walk is lit nightly through New Year's Eve.

Key West /
November 22
December 31
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Each year a wide range of seasonal celebrations takes place throughout Key West during the month of December. Events include the lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, tours of historic decorated inns, a holiday parade and much more.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys /
November 25
Highlights of this holiday event include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside.

Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com
Islamorada /
November 25
Enjoy live music for all ages at a family-friendly free indoor community band concert as the season-opener for Pops in the Park honors the Dreams of the American Family, with patriotic music as a special tribute to hurricane Irma recovery. Performance starts at 4 p.m. at the Island Christian Church, a first-ever indoor venue for KCCB.

Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com
Key West /
November 26
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The second Key West Artisan Market of the season will include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Key West Writer's Guild Local Author's Nook, live music by 104.9 The X, craft beer, wine and art in Garage Mahal and food concessions. Artisan Market dates have been set for Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every three weeks (except Easter), at The Restaurant Store. Bring your own bags.

Islamorada /
November 29
For lectures, doors open at 5 p.m., with lecture starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 for non-museum members, which includes museum admission, light appetizers and cash bar. Free for museum members. All lectures are at Keys History & Discovery Center, 82100 Overseas Highway, MM 82 in Islamorada, on the property of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost.

Contact: Reserve 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com
Marathon /
November 29
December 2
The annual Festival of Trees is to take place at the Florida Keys Country Club. Holiday trees are festively displayed, and decorated by members of the Zonta Club of Marathon, a humanitarian service organization. Visitors and residents can bid to purchase the decorated trees.

Contact: Charlotte Quinn 305-393-9501
Islamorada /
November 30
December 3
The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series is the only tournament in the series to offer a junior division for anglers age 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel.

Email: ditournaments@aol.com
Big Pine & the Lower Keys /
November 30
December 1
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The crew at COAST — the Stock Island based artist and craftsman collective — has organized a two-day benefit concert festival, aptly named "Coast Is Clear", with the goal of raising money and spirits for the Florida Keys community in the wake of hurricane Irma. To date, the lineup includes national touring artists G. Love, Langhorne Slim, Rayland Baxter and Rorey Carroll. In addition, local favorites Patrick and The Swayzees and The Skank — among others — will add local flavor to the stages over the two-day event. Thursday (11/30) performances are to take place in the Bahama Village neighborhood with events shifting between Blue Heaven, Green Parrot and The COAST Outpost (803 Whitehead Street). Friday (12/1) shows will take place on Stock Island at Hogfish and COAST — both located on Front Street.

Email: billy@coastprojects.com

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