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Florida Keys Events Calendar

Florida Keys Calendar of Events for August, 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 / 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
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
Key West / August 1
Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United Street, to Truman Avenue. Including Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery, Island Arts, Kate's, The Southernmost Art Studio, De La Gallery & Cork & Stogie. From 6-9 p.m., free and open to the public.
Contact: 305-295-4639
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / August 2
This one day fishing tournament is to award a grand prize of $3,500 for the heaviest dolphin and $1,000 for the heaviest grouper. A rod & reel is awarded to the top junior angler in each category. Cash prizes are based on a 30 boat minimum participation. This is a winner-take-all event with all entry fees collected paid back to the winning teams. Just enter, fish and win! Entry fee is $150 per boat for up to four anglers (any additional anglers will be $30 per angler). Registration forms and tournament rules are available at: Reef Light Tackle, 29770 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 29.7 on Big Pine Key.
Contact: Terry Thomas or Donna Hart 305-872-7679
Email: reeflighttackle@bellsouth.net
Key Largo / August 3
Paddlin' and Pups
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Bring your own paddleboard or kayak, or rent one with Florida Bay Outfitters Kayak & Canoe Center, who have teamed up with MarrVelous Pet Rescues for a Paddlin' With Your Pup event! Join the rescue for some fun on the water to paddle with your favorite four-legged companion or a furry friend up for adoption! From 10:30AM - 12:30PM, at MM 104 bayside, shoreside at the Caribbean Club. All proceeds benefit MarrVelous Pet Rescues.
Contact: 305-451-3018; Kat 305-451-1315
Key West / August 7 – 10
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Events include a Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations and a free concert, and a luscious lobster brunch Sunday. The festive feast celebrates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season.
Contact: 305-744-9804
Key West / August 10
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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
Key West / August 14 – 17
Tropical Heat offers All Male-All Adult fever-pitch revelry on the island whose openness and respect for diversity have made it a world-renowned gay vacation destination. The festival includes more than a dozen intriguingly decadent events ranging from drag shows to themed pool parties and gatherings at island clubs.
Contact: 305-294-4603; 800-535-7797
Email: guyaross@kwbgonline.org
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / August 15 – 17
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The Vegan Black Metal Chef brings a breath of fresh air to the vegan movement, and is able to connect with people through music as well. He's a visionary who brings a lot of fun to those living or striving to live with more consciousness. The Deer Run weekend package includes lodging, a full organic vegan breakfast daily, a guided six-hour eco-kayak tour in the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge, nightly wine or cocktails, and the highlight cooking demonstration and dinner by the Vegan Black Metal Chef — who will chop, dice, slice and ax his way through organic grains, veggies and much more. This retreat event is limited to six people, so reserve early. Deadline July 15.
Contact: 305-872-2015
Key Largo / August 16
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Grab your oars and anything that floats and enjoy this family-fun festival - an on-the-water race of vessels crafted from items around the house - on Blackwater Sound, mile marker 104 bayside. A captains party is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15. Saturday is race day, with team check-in beginning at 2 p.m. Race events begin at 3 p.m. and are free to enter and watch. Waterfront bars and restaurants offer excellent viewing areas for observing the race and enjoying a Keys sunset, with live music and more fun to follow.
Contact: 305-451-4502
Email: events@fkrm.com
Islamorada / August 20
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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 very special event: "Journey to the Bottom of the Sea," presented by the museum's founder and Women's Diving Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Sally Bauer. The 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: joe@divingmuseum.org
Key Largo / August 21
Join Keys-based underwater photographers Carlos and Allison Estape in the quest to become a Century Club Diver, and identify 100+ species on 1 dive! Lecture will discuss fish biodiversity in the Florida Keys, how to do a Century Dive, the top fish biodiversity dive sites in the Upper Keys for a Century Dive, and a thorough dive briefing on how to do a Century Dive on Alligator Ledge. Free and open to the public,from 7-8:30 p.m. at REEF headquarters, in the median at MM 98.3.
Email: reefhq@reef.org
Key West / August 21
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.
Islamorada / August 21
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
the Florida Keys / August 22 – 24
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The event provides a cultural pass for South Florida residents and visitors to experience the rich history of Key West by offering free or reduced admission to more than 20 participating museums, including Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Pigeon Key, Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West Aquarium, Key West Art and Historical Society at Custom House and many more. Attendees must log onto www.wlrn.org and click on the "Florida Keys & Key West Museum & Attractions Weekend" banner to print out the free weekend pass.
Email: akennedy@wlrn.org
Islamorada / August 22 – 24
Part of the History of Diving Museum's new 'Dive into History' quarterly event series; this installment of the series is an excursion into oceanic exploration from William Beebe's record-setting Bathysphere dive descent to 3,028 feet and James Cameron's submersible Deepsea Challenger, made famous with his solo dive to the deepest spot in the world's oceans. Highlights include movie screenings, guest speakers, a 'sea creatures for kids' workshop and more.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: info@divingmuseum.org
Islamorada / August 22 – 23
Headquartered at La Siesta Resort & Marina, the one-day tournament is a family-friendly fishing event with backcountry and offshore divisions. Enjoy a BBQ, awards, raffle and silent auction to follow a day on the water. A Friday captains meeting is set for 8 p.m., fishing starts at 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Registration is available online.
Contact: Scott Giberson
Email: sgiberson@pacehs.com
Key West / August 24
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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
Key West / August 28 – September 1
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More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on to be 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 great activities on tap, including a Local Home Brew Head to Head Competition.
Contact: 800-354-4455
Email: info@keywestbrewfest.com
Marathon / August 29 – September 1
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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

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