Florida Keys Calendar of Events
Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
|April 01 to September 30, in Key West|
|Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Key West or Bust, A History of Tourism
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.
|April 06 to November 30, in Key West|
|Key West Fishing Tournament
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
|April 15 to July 31, in Key West|
|6th Annual Key West Art Garden
The cost of admission to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden brings visitors an added value and wealth of beauty with 19 sculptures, each made of recycled materials, and some interactive, placed throughout the garden from local contemporary artists. Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
|May 16 to September 30, in Key West|
|Custom House Museum presents: Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism
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.
|June 01 to September 30, in Key West|
|Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Will Fernandez
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.
|July 26, in Key Largo|
|July's Great Annual Fish Count Dive Day
Volunteer divers and snorkelers can help identify and document fish diversity and population trends in marine ecosystems. The GAFC serves to introduce and inspire recreational divers and snorkelers to participate in REEF's year-round Volunteer Survey Project, and raise awareness among both the diving community and general public about marine habitats and trends in fish populations. Boats depart at 8 a.m. from Ocean Divers; participants in fish surveys can receive special savings.
Contact: Ocean Divers 305-451-5765
|July 27, in Key West|
|Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
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
|July 27 to July 28, in Islamorada|
|2014 IFC RedGhost Stalk
Staged by the Islamorada Fishing Club, the 2014 RedGhost Stalk is an all-release tournament for young adult anglers (ages 17-25) and junior anglers (ages 9-16) that focuses on catch-and-release fishing for redfish and bonefish on fly, spin or bait. The event is a fundraiser for the Islamorada Fishing and Conservation Trust.
Contact: Brooke Black 305-393-5249
|July 29 to August 03, in Key West|
|Red Barn Theatre presents: Key West Summer Stage "The Whale"
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.