Florida Keys Calendar of Events
Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
|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
|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.
|November 13 to December 06, in Marathon|
|Marathon Community Theater presents: A Tuna Christmas
It's right before Christmas in Tuna, Texas. Arles & Thurston, local radio hosts, regale us with farm reports, Klan 249's Skeet Shoot, and the Little Theatre's Christmas program. Tuna citizens come alive with angst, sweetness, and humor. The spirit of Christmas resonates. This hilarious portrayal of Americana will keep you smiling all holiday season. Visit theatre's website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
|November 19 to November 23, in Key West|
|3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival
Artists from across Florida will take their craft to the streets of Key West. Each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both local and visiting artists are to use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. A Key West Family and Pet Friendly Event! Free to the public.
|November 23, in Key West|
|Parade of Paws!
The Florida Keys SPCA is to unleash a new event this fall at Higgs Beach Dog Park: The Parade of Paws, to benefit the nonprofit's animal-care fund. The event debuts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the dog park off Atlantic Boulevard at Higgs Beach. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the "blessing of the animals" is set for 8:45 a.m., while the fair-like event opens at 9 a.m. with entertainment, contests, food, photos with Santa and other activities. People are asked to collect donation pledges before and then come to parade their pets.
|November 26 to November 30, in Key West|
|International Sand Art Competition
The oceanfront Casa Marina Resort, located at 1500 Reynolds St., opens its gates to the public during Thanksgiving weekend to host the first International Sand Sculpting Competition held in Key West. Spectators can watch and marvel as six world-renowned sand sculptors compete against each other, creating intricate sculptures using their own unique designs and skill sets.
|November 28, in Key West|
|Red Barn Theatre presents: Holy Smoke with Father Al Dente
With a stomp of his foot, and a hand held high in the air, national stage performer Art Poco declares, "Let me hear the organ music!" as he channels his alter-ego, Father Al Dente. This singing, swinging priest is part comedian, part evangelist, a little bit of a cad, and all heart as he shares his unique view of the world. The good Father enjoys his 'church red' with a 'holy smoke', and although repressed, he's not dead, and still has an eye for the ladies.
|November 28 to November 30, in Key West|
This annual event comprises three days of artistry throughout historic Old Town, with spotlight events rotating among the island's multiple cultural districts. Highlights include live mural painting, gallery openings and showcases, performance art, theater and musical performances.
Contact: Lee McMannis 305-619-9459
|November 29, in Big Pine|
|Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival
Highlights of this holiday event include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside.
|November 29, in Islamorada|
|Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park; Road Trip USA
Enjoy live music for all ages at a family-friendly free outdoor community band concert as the season-opener for Pops in the Park, to start at 4 p.m. at the waterfront ICE Amphitheater, Founders Park, MM 87 bayside. Admission is free for the outdoor concert, bring lawn chairs or blankets. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
|November 29 to November 30, in Key West|
|Red Barn Theatre presents, Frank & Dean: We're Back, Baby!
World-class vocalist, Bob Hoose is Frank Sinatra. Nationally acclaimed tribute artist, Art Poco is Dean Martin. Individually, each of these talented headliners is capable of 'wowing' the crowd on its own, but put them together and you have an unforgettable powerhouse of a show!
|November 30, in Key West|
|Monthly Artisan Market
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, during season (thru May) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200