Iconic actor Humphrey Bogart will be honored May 1-4 on the island where parts of his classic film "Key Largo" were shot, as enthusiasts stage the second annual film festival that bears his name.
Endorsed by the Bogart Estate, the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is produced in partnership with the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. Its 2014 theme of romance marks 70 years since the beginning of the on- and off-screen romance between Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who became his wife and starred with him in "Key Largo."
Bogart's son Stephen Bogart is to co-host festival events and film screenings alongside film critic and historian Leonard Maltin for the second consecutive year.
Among other appearances, the duo is to host a party and showing of "To Have and Have Not," the film that launched the famous acting couple's love affair.
Festival highlights include indoor and outdoor single- and double-feature showings of Bogart classics alongside other notable romantic films.
For details of the screenings and other events, including the gala Bogart Ball, click here.
Earth Day Activities Planned Throughout Florida Keys
Home to a national marine sanctuary and paralleling the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef, the Florida Keys celebrate Earth Day with outdoor events and volunteer opportunities. Discover the Keys activities surrounding the April 22 global celebration by clicking here.
Key West Songwriter's Festival to Star Stellar Hitmakers May 7-11
The writers behind some of America's hottest contemporary hits are to perform in casual island settings May 7-11 during the 19th annual Key West Songwriter's Festival. More than 180 performers are to take the stage for 50-plus shows during the lively five-day event. For a "backstage pass," click here.
Two Keys Bridge Runs Offer Unique Challenges April 5
Two unique bridge runs are being staged April 5 in the Florida Keys: one whose course covers a grueling distance of nearly seven miles and the other, quite literally a hop, skip and a jump by comparison. Chase the "running commentary" here.
A traveling exhibit featuring both the art of the iconic Florida Highwaymen and Key Largo's hermit artist Harry Sonntag is to be displayed in Islamorada from April 3 through June 1, 2014. Explore the unique creative offerings here.
Thousands of scuba divers and snorkelers visiting the Florida Keys each year now can enjoy two new underwater programs spotlighting the Keys' coral reefs and shipwrecks. Learn how to become a reef explorer or a wreck trekker here.
Anglers who register for the second annual Florida Keys Dolphin Championship, set for May 16-18, have an opportunity to win a new Mercury/SeaHunter bay boat valued at $75,000. To "catch" the tournament schedule and details, click here.
"PROFILES IN PARADISE"
An author, event coordinator and self-described "debonair devil-may-care dude," Peter Anderson has been secretary general of the independent Conch Republic since 1990. Click here to "meet" the guiding spirit behind the world-renowned "Keys nation."
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Migration Mania at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
This family-friendly educational event creates awareness and appreciation for the birds that visit the garden. Enjoy educational activities, egg hunts, arts and crafts, games, live bird presentations and much more. Admission is $5 per person; members are admitted free. Click here.
23rd Annual Island Fest
Island Fest hosts a world-class art show with 100 artists and crafters from around the state, great live music and a "Taste of the Islands" competition where the best Upper Keys restaurants compete for coveted awards. Free admission; festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder's Park, mile marker (MM) 87 bayside on Plantation Key. Click here.
Through April 12
32nd Annual Judged Florida Keys Watercolor Society Art Show
Original colorful, luminous watercolors by local artists are on display at this month-long show. Viewers can vote for their favorite after exploring the collection. The show is located in the main gallery of the Marathon Community Theater (MM 49.5) during the production of "9 to 5." Viewings are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or before the curtain and during intermissions on performance days (also Thursday through Saturday). Click here.
in Key Largo
Key Largo Conch Republic Days
Visitors can join the Keys' northernmost local "conchs" in a spirited weeklong festival that recognizes the entire island chain as the independent "Conch Republic." Day and evening events are staged at area restaurants, businesses and entertainment venues, and specials on conch dishes are featured at participating Key Largo restaurants. Click here.
Marathon Offshore Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament
A $10,000 first prize awaits the angler who catches the largest bull and cow dolphin fish combined. Other prizes are awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail, grouper and snapper. To register, click here.
in Key West
Keystock Music Fest
Crowds are expected to gather at the Truman Waterfront for a 6-11 p.m. event featuring The Doobie Brothers and the Lower Keys' musical favorite Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band. General admission tickets are $45 and VIP tickets are $100 each. For information click here; tickets can be purchased online.
20th Annual Bay Jam
Backed by Florida Bay's turquoise waters, a medley of musicians is to play from midday into the night at the ICE Amphitheater at Islamorada's Founders Park, MM 87 bayside on Plantation Key. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., they can enjoy an open-air, blanket-on-the-lawn experience for a $10 per person donation that helps fund local art, music and dance scholarships. Click here.
in Key Largo
Key Largo's Original Music Festival
Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers' and songwriters' event featuring "on the water" venues, unique entertainers and local musicians. Traditionally the four-day festival is presented on various intimate stages, and acclaimed individual songwriters as well as bands from around the United States participate in the musical celebration. Admission is free to all venues. Click here.
in Big Pine & the Lower Keys
Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament
Anglers can vie for more than $35,000 in cash prizes and awards in the fun-loving fun fish tournament, including $20,000 in cash for the largest dolphin weighing over 50 pounds. Now in its 21st year, the tournament is presented by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. The entry fee is $150 per adult angler and $50 per youth angler. Click here.
in Big Pine & the Lower Keys
30th Annual Underwater Music Festival
For three decades, divers, snorkelers and the occasional mermaid have celebrated this quirky concert that features ocean-themed tunes broadcast beneath the sea, costumed divers "playing" underwater musical instruments handcrafted by a local artist and messages that emphasize the importance of coral reef preservation. Make a splash by booking with any Lower Keys dive operator. Click here.