Florida Keys Calendar of Events

Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
The Tourism & Development Council of the Florida Keys

Events in The Florida Keys for October, 2014
Year: Month: 
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
Email: kwft@comcast.net

October 13 to December 19,  in Marathon
Holiday Photos with a Dolphin at Dolphin Research Center
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

October 17 to October 31,  in Key West
13th Annual Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor
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).

October 17 to October 26,  in Key West
35th Annual Fantasy Fest
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers.
Contact: 305-296-1817
Email: info@fantasyfest.net

October 18 to November 01,  in Key West
Gallery on Greene presents: "Native Sons & Daughters"
"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

October 20 to October 31,  in Key West
Pop Up Museums for Florida Communities: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
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

October 23,  in Marathon
Dolphin Research Center Hosting a Bridge Cleanup
DRC "adopted" Tom's Harbor Bridge (MM 60.6, by Tom's Harbor Channel), and the public is invited to join a volunteer event to collect discarded trash, monofilament fishing line and other debris at the bridge. The cleanup is to begin at the bridge at MM 59 from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. All participants should wear clothes, hats and shoes that can get wet or dirty and bring a bug repellent, sunscreen and a cutting tool. Discarded monofilament line and all kinds of marine debris pose a huge threat to marine life. Florida manatees, dolphins, turtles, birds and other animals frequently become entangled in or ingest marine debris and can suffer life-threatening injuries.
Contact: RSVP at 305-289-1121, ext. 231

October 25,  in Islamorada
Riding Dead for MS Fundraiser
The Riding Dead Fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, beginning at the Islamorada Moose Lodge at 5 p.m., mile marker 81, oceanside. Wear a costume and decorate your bike, stroller or wagon. It's a four-mile ride with prizes for best adult costume, best kid's costume and best wheels. $15 donation.

October 25,  in Key West
Screaming Green Halloween
Join the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden for the sixth annual event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to candy treats, little goblins can indulge in games, crafts and costume contests. There is an educational twist too, learning environmentally-friendly ways to reuse items for costumes, decorations and fun activities, all amidst the beauty of nature. Costume contest for ages 5 and under and ages 6 - 12. Admission $5/child or $10/family. KWBGS members $5/family.
Contact: (305) 296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org

October 26,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300

October 27 to October 28,  in Big Pine
“PIT STOP PARTY, TOO!” Music Festival
The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL "Friend Club" of Howard Livingston & The MM24 Band, is presenting 2 full days of the BEST "TropRock" music from some of the BEST "TropRock" musicians from coast to coast as they travel into Key West for the Jimmy Buffett Parrot Head Convention called "Meeting Of The Minds" !! These performers will be playing LIVE on stage, selling merchandise, chatting, posing for pictures, and meeting their friends and fans! Live music ALL DAY LONG from 1-10 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday at BOONDOCK'S GRILL & ALE HOUSE, MM27 ½, RAMROD KEY.

October 28 to October 30,  in Big Pine
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

October 29 to November 02,  in Key West
23rd Annual Parrot Heads in Key West, Meeting of the Minds
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

October 30,  in Marathon
Crane Point’s Haunted House
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

October 30,  in Islamorada
NEW DATE: Last Mango Tango
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

October 30,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Massacre Maze
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

October 31 to November 09,  in Key Largo
Little Shop of Horrors
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