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 03 to October 04,  in Islamorada
7th Annual Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic
Anglers compete in an offshore division targeting dolphin, kingfish, tuna, wahoo, snapper and grouper; and new this year is an inshore division in which anglers compete for mangrove snapper, spotted sea trout, redfish, snook and tarpon. A portion of the proceeds of this boat/team tournament are to benefit Mariners Hospital Oncology Services.
Contact: Leah 305-667-0399
Email: leah@maddogclassic.com

October 03,  in Key West
First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll
Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United Street to Truman Avenue. Including Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery, Island Arts, Kate's, The Southernmost Art Studio, De La Gallery & Cork & Stogie. From 6-9 p.m., free and open to the public.
Contact: 305-295-4639

October 09 to October 13,  in Key West
SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
Presented by Pat Croce's Rum Barrel, this event is one of a kind! Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half promises just that- 26.2 or 13.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. A full weekend of events include the race and a Sunday Paddle Board race for the Special Olympics of Monroe County.
Contact: 305-766-5284
Email: liz@somomarathon.com

October 10 to October 12,  in Key Largo
Third Annual Downtown Key Largo Songfest
The weekend music festival is to include three live venues of more than a dozen entertainers playing simultaneously over two nights; transportation between venues is to be available. From 6-10 p.m., performers are to liven the stage at Pilot House, Bayside Grill and Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Cafe. Headliners include Nashville hit songwriters, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins and Greg Barnhill; Mark Stephen Jones; Billy Livesay and more. Visit website for details.
Contact: Robert DiGiorgio 305-619-0172
Email: downtownkeylargo@gmail.com

October 10 to October 12,  in Key Largo
Robert James Sales Baybone Celebrity Tournament
The second of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Trilogy, the Baybone targets permit and bonefish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Among the celebrities who have fished recent Baybone tournaments is legendary angler Stu Apte, former Denver Bronco and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mark Cooper and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org

October 10,  in Key Largo
Ocean Life Lecture Series: Understanding the History & Future of Sea Levels
The Ocean Life series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. Hosted by Florida International University's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the series features interdisciplinary experts from FIU and the Keys. This series is free and open to the public.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org

October 10 to October 12,  in Marathon
Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys: Third Annual Lionfish Tournament
This event is open to anyone getting lionfish out of Florida Keys waters. A mandatory Captain's Meeting will be held at Capt. Hook's Marina at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 10. There will be a non-mandatory weigh-in on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 6-7 p.m. Final weigh-in and measurements will be taken by 5 p.m. on Sunday, with a lionfish tasting at 7 p.m. at Castaway Waterfront Restaurant. Early Registration for a team is $80, which includes a team up to four people, lionfish tasting for four people and a tournament bag. Prizes for First and Second Places; Most, Biggest, Smallest.
Contact: (305) 481-0685
Email: kristen@sanctuaryfriends.org

October 12,  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 12,  in Key West
South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents Tropical Beats I: Moonlight Treasures
Blue Door String Quartet will serenade you with music by Dohnányi and Beethoven at La Te Da Restaurant at 1125 Duval Street, in the new Crystal Room, outside breezeway and deck. Whitney La Grange (violin), Mario Gotoh (viola), and Arthur Cook (cello) will perform Dohnányi's Serenade for String Trio in C major, Op.10 and Beethoven's String Trio in C minor Op. 9. No.3 Delicious hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and special libations are included in this magical evening. Tickets are $85.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676

October 12 to October 15,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Fall All-Tackle Bonefish & Permit Championship
Known locally as the "Fall All-Tackle," the three-day challenge attracts energized newcomers to face seasoned veterans, in a competitive format since 1970. Up to 25 participants can fish in the tournament. One angler per boat pairs with a licensed captain to vie for division winners' trophies. The three largest bonefish and three largest permit are to be scored by length, not weight.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.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 16,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 - formerly named Industrial Road - as well as "culinary art" and live music from 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com

October 17 to October 18,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: One Weekend Only
Celebrating more than 70 years of live community theater, Marathon Community Theater's annual dinner and a variety show fundraiser event features comedy and drama! Tickets are $45, showtime at 6:30 p.m. nightly.
Contact: 305-743-0994 Box Office

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 17 to October 18,  in Key West
Goombay Festival
Held in Key West's historic Bahama Village neighborhood, the lively Goombay is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets.
Email: info@bahamavillagegoombay.com

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 18,  in Marathon
Fourth Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest
The much-anticipated opening of Florida's stone crab season takes place Oct. 15 each year, and the season opening is followed by this tasty test of crab-consuming capacity. How fast can you crack and cleanly consume 25 stone crab claws? Test your munching mettle at this zany contest. Register by 12 p.m., contest starts at 1 p.m. Individuals and two-person teams must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Contact: 305-743-4353
Email: keys.fisheries@comcast.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 19,  in Key Largo
Underwater Pumpkin Carving
Divers become underwater artists as they turn pumpkins into Halloween masterpieces beneath the sea in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Prizes such as dive trips are awarded the most creative jack-o-lantern. Entry fee is $85 per certified diver for the 8:30 a.m. two-tank, two-location dive including tanks, weights and snorkel equipment. Space is limited, contact Amoray Dive Resort to make reservations.
Contact: 305-451-3595
Email: amoraydive@amoray.com

October 20,  in Key West
Heroes and Villains 5k Run/Walk
Be super, be evil, be AWESOME and get your run on! Dress up as your favorite Superhero or Super Villain and run, walk or fly to the finish line. Prizes are awarded for most creative, best group, scariest and funniest characters. Winner medals and awards are to given for overall male and female winners, masters (40+) male and female winners. Register online. Race starts at 6 p.m. The race begins and ends at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and ends with a luau. Come for the run, stay for the fun!" ?
Contact: Beth Moyes 305-747-8563
Email: beth@themeruns.com

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 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
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