Florida Keys Calendar of Events
Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
|March 01 to June 30, in Key West|
|Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Marky Pierson, Night Visions in Technicolor
Emerging local artist and graphic designer Marky Pierson is to exhibit new paintings and designs focusing on three distinct categories: 'Conch Night' Series featuring the Hemingway House, Custom House and Curry Mansion; 'Squishy Femme' Series explores soft, squishy and everything womanly; 'Graphic Design' Series features graphic posters of iconic Key West images and large format paintings inspired by vintage tourism posters. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|March 25 to April 26, in Key West|
|Red Barn Theatre presents: Clybourne Park
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. This comedy explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Directed by Carole MacCartee. Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
|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 April 21, in Key West|
|Red Barn Theatre presents: Conchs, Cowboys and Tales of Old Key West
The crowd-pleasing MADE IN KEY WEST BAND rocking through a collection of country, cowboy, folk, rock, and blues music including original compositions about legendary characters in Key West history is back by popular demand, John Wells heads up the musical group with Gary McDonald, George Halloran, Tom Murtha and music legend Paul Cotton of the seminal seventies band, POCO. Five performances only; visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
|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.
|April 18 to April 27, in Key West|
|32nd Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic's 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
|April 19 to April 20, in Key West|
|National Park Week Kickoff: Fee-Free Weekend
Dry Tortugas National Park will have free admission April 19 and 20, opening weekend of National Park Week. At Dry Tortugas National Park, a variety of remarkable experiences await visitors who venture out to this remote national park, including camping, snorkeling, bird watching, fishing, or just enjoying a view from the top of massive Fort Jefferson. The park is remote and can only be reached by ferry or sea plane. Park entrance fee is waived.
Contact: Ferry 305-294-7009; Seaplane 305-293-9300
|April 20 to April 27, in Key Largo|
|Key Largo Conch Republic Days
The week-long family-friendly and lighthearted independence celebration is to showcase the unique historical and cultural characteristics of Key Largo. Visit website for complete event details.
|April 20, in Islamorada|
|Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter bunny hosts this annual underwater egg hunt to benefit Kids in Special Situations, a local charity for needy children. Famous for his up-close creature feature dives with his undersea friends, Captain Spencer Slate, clad in a giant bunny suit and dive gear, hides brightly coloured Easter eggs for ardent bounty hunters on the sand, adjacent to a shallow coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Real eggs and nontoxic colourings are used to avoid any negative environmental impact. Open to divers and snorkelers, check-in at 8 a.m. Dive is scheduled to depart the dock at 8:30 a.m., must register prior to event. Check in at Captain Slate's Scuba Adventures, located at mile marker (MM) 90.7 oceanside in Tavernier at the Casa Mar Village shopping enclave.
|April 23 to April 27, in Key West|
|Key West Sailfish Championship
This four-day challenge is to offer up to $50,000 for first place prize, $15,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, respectively. Early entry angler fee per angler is available. Visit website for details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
|April 25 to April 27, in Islamorada|
|Redbone @ Large Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament
One of approximately 30 events held each year whose proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Highlights include a kick-off welcome reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction; daily continental breakfast and dockside lunch and beach buffet for anglers.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
|April 25, in Marathon|
|Bobby Nesbitt Returns to Marathon Community Theatre
Bobby Nesbitt returns to Marathon Community Theatre with Key West's favorite "girl singer" Carmen Rodriguez in their hit show Thanks for the Memories--A Salute to the USO, starting at 8 p.m. The show tells the history of the USO and the stars that entertained the troops. From it's beginning in 1941 through Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East, the USO and the entertainers known as "soldiers in greasepaint" were always there. Bobby and Carmen will spotlight the WW 2 era and the heyday of the Hollywood Canteen and the Stage Door Canteen when stars like Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich, Dinah Shore and the Andrews Sisters were the headliners. They will also take a look at later years when Marilyn Monroe entertained in Korea and Martha Raye took "Hello Dolly" to Vietnam. Tickets available online or at the Theatre box office, open weekdays and show nights from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994 Box Office
|April 25 to April 27, in Key West|
|Key West Fringe Theater presents: Conch Republic (The Musical)
The story of those historic "mouse that roared" moments in April 1982 when Key West declared its independence from the United States. It's a rollicking musical tale of the Conchs taking on the Feds in one of the greatest PR stunts ever. Show time 8 p.m., at The San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street. Visit website for tickets; three nights only!
|April 26, in Islamorada|
|Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park; Young Musicians Concert
A free concert at the Capital Bank Amphitheater at Islamorada's Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band
|April 30 to May 02, in Marathon|
For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.
Contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492