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 April, 2015
Year: Month: 
February 06 to May 01,  in Key West
Then And Now: A Retrospective Show
Enjoy viewing an exhibit showcasing the work of past and present Florida Keys recipients of the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship grants. The free exhibit runs through May 1 at the historic Gato Building,1100 Simonton St., Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening reception is Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m., and closing reception is set for May 1. Presented by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Contact: 305 295 4369

March 01 to April 04,  in Marathon
33rd Annual Florida Keys Watercolor Society Art Show
The Florida Keys Watercolor Society is to showcase colorful, original watercolor pieces by local artists at the Marathon Community Theater, located in the main gallery during the production of "The Producers." An opening reception is to be held March 1, from 6-8 p.m., with light refreshments, raffle and door prize, and award ceremony. The artists' meet-and-greet event is open to the public. Between March 5 and April 4, art show viewing also is offered Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. or before the curtain and during intermissions on performance days - Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings as well as 3 p.m. matinee March 22.

March 05 to April 04,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: The Producers
It's outrageous and hilarious, not to mention the winner of 12 Tony Awards. It's the story of down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock, his hysterically awkward accountant Leo Bloom and their "sure-fire" scheme to get rich quick.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

March 17 to April 11,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Monty Python's SpamAlot
The Waterfront Playhouse takes on its biggest musical challenge ever with SPAMALOT -- the splashy musical that was nominated for 14 Tony Awards. The hilarious retelling of the legend of King Arthur will include over 30 set pieces, a cast of 14, over 150 costumes and a live orchestra! Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award for Best Musical "Resplendently silly!" (The New York Times) Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

March 18 to April 18,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Let's Get Lost
A lush evening of music from the heart and the funny bone. Surprising and sophisticated with a swing in its step, this intimate new show will take you from lost to found with passion and pizazz.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

March 22 to April 14,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Outside Mullingar
A heart-tugging valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love. This hesitant romance between neighboring farmers in Ireland is a tender and comic paean to the endearing belief that love will find a way.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

April 02 to April 22,  in Key West
Royal Opening for Mosaic Project
The public is invited to a festive Opening Reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at Royal Furniture in Searstown. The Connections Project is the Florida Keys Council of the Arts' moveable feast of small canvases comprising a 24-foot mosaic mural of six-by-six-inch fine art works representing almost all media. The 2015 exhibition season offers two Key West showings, including a later show in May. The mosaic will be on display at Royal Furniture until April 22.
Contact: (305) 295-4369
Email: director@keysarts.com

April 04 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

April 04,  in Key West
Sixth Annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show
Presented by Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory, the family-friendly free-admission Ocean Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scheduled attractions include live music, arts and crafts, kids' activities including face painting, educational displays, food and beverages, a silent auction and more. The festivities take place at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, located on Key West's Truman Waterfront past the end of Southard Street.
Contact: Jason Wolf 305-393-6022
Email: jwolf@mote.org

April 05,  in Key West
Monthly Artisan Market -- Mote Marine Ocean Festival edition
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
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net

April 05,  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.
Contact: 305-451-3020

April 08 to April 11,  in Key West
Second Annual Viking Yachts Key West Challenge
This fishing tournament is open to all Viking owners to join this family friendly, family fun tournament that features lots of trophy awards. Highlights include two fishing days, one lay day; anglers target primarily sailfish but there are also categories for tuna, dolphin, kingfish and wahoo. Boats can utilize four Key West Marinas for dockage: A&B Marina, Conch Harbor Marina, The Galleon Marina and Key West Bight Marina. Six anglers per boat are allowed.
Contact: Mary Foust 609-296-6000 x 345
Email: marketing@vikingyachts.com

April 13,  in Key West
Taste of Key West
Scores of area restaurants present mouthwatering samples of their cuisine to benefit AIDS Help Inc. The culinary celebration takes place at the Truman Waterfront overlooking Key West Harbor.
Contact: 305-296-6196

April 14,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Terri White
Terri White tells the poignant, and often hilarious, story of her TWO SCORE life in theater with stores and songs from her Broadway roles in Follies, Barnum, Finian's Rainbow, Ain't Misbehavin' and many more. Bobby Peaco on piano & Ivan Bodley on bass. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

April 15 to April 19,  in Key West
The Final Sail
Billfish are the primary target and significant cash prizes are the "bait" for anglers in the Final Sail, a boat tournament set for Wednesday through Sunday, April 15-19, in Key West waters. The tournament is the grand finale of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, a prestigious competition for elite billfishing teams that consists of four South Florida tournaments
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
Email: fishnkw@aol.com

April 15,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: Man's Relationship with the Sea
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "Man's Relationship with the Sea" presented by HDM staff member Alyssa Engiles. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7 p.m. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: programs@divingmuseum.org

April 16,  in Key Largo
Free Fish I.D. Classes with Keys Underwater Photographers: Filefishes
Learn how to identify fish found in the Florida Keys! Join Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3 in the median) for interactive fish behavior & ID classes. Become a citizen-scientist by participating in REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project where divers & snorkelers add their Fish ID Surveys to REEF's database which is used by scientists around the world. Begins 7 p.m.
Contact: Allison Estape 305 794 5081

April 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.
Email: Moradawaysusi@gmail.com

April 17,  in Key Largo
Ocean Life Lecture Series: Aquaponics, Sustainable Agriculture in the Florida Keys
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

April 17 to April 19,  in Islamorada
Redbone @ Large Sunrise/Sunset Celebrity 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
Email: susan@redbone.org

April 17 to April 26,  in Key West
33rd 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.
Contact: 305-296-0213

April 18,  in Marathon
34th Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run
A field of 1,500 runners participate in the annual foot race across the longest of the 43 bridges that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Sponsored by the Marathon Runners Club.
Contact: 305-395-7040

April 18,  in Key West
Second Annual Cow Key Channel Bridge Run
Feel like running across a bridge in the Florida Keys without waking up early or breaking a sweat? Join zany-dressed participants for the world's only Zero K across one of the shortest bridges in the Keys. The event is free to watch.

April 19,  in Islamorada
21st Annual Bay Jam
This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1. Attendees can savor the sounds from midday through sunset and into the night from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay.
Contact: 305-394-2765
Email: davjazdog@aol.com

April 24 to April 26,  in Key West
Fringe Theater Key West presents: The Conch Republic!
The SMASH HIT returns for the third year! The musical recounts the battle between the Feds and the Conchs over a roadblock that threatened Key West's tourist business. Performances at 8 p.m., at The San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street.
Contact: 786-529-2281

April 24 to April 26,  in Key Largo
Hooked Up Invitational
Presented by Ocean Reef Club, the inaugural event features a unique twist: 12 boats, 12 master chefs and 12 celebrities are getting Hooked Up for $500,000 in prizes. Target species are sailfish, tuna, wahoo, dorado and kingfish, Visit website for details.
Email: joan@uncommoncp.com

April 24 to April 26,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Spring Classic
A new, family-formatted boat tournament that is to feature nine target gulf and backcountry species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. A junior release division is also planned for anglers up to age 10.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com

April 25,  in Islamorada
Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park; Young Musicians Concert
A free concert at the ICE 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
Contact: 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com

April 25,  in Big Pine
20th Annual Earth Day at Bahia Honda State Park
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees can enjoy live music, food and family fun. Local environmental groups are to have exhibits, two marine life touch tanks and interactive activities. Create a fish print wall hanging or bring a t-shirt or tote bag to print, or join face painting, a sand sculpture contest and children's games. Call the Bahia Honda Sand and Sea Nature Center for details.
Contact: 305-872-9807

April 29 to May 16,  in Key Largo
Key Players presents: "Red White and Tuna"
Audiences will enjoy this rollicking comedy about "the third smallest" town in Texas as Tuna residents convene for a high school reunion over the Fourth of July. Performance is to be staged at Key Largo's Lions Club at 99353 Overseas Highway, MM 99 oceanside.
Contact: 305-453-0997

April 29 to May 16,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Me and Jezebel
When Bette Davis shows up at a Connecticut household, her one-night stay turns into a month of hilarious chaos. "The story is delightful, the writing is entertaining, and what comes out of Bette's mouth is priceless." (New York Post) Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

April 29 to May 23,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Venus in Fur
This smash Broadway hit is a laugh-out-loud study of the politics of sex that's guaranteed to mesmerize. An actress comes late to an audition for a less-than impressed director, but she soon turns the session into a tango for dominance.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

April 30 to May 03,  in Key West
Key West Paddleboard Classic
During this ocean paddleboard race, participants enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race around Key West is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks. Other weekend beach and paddling activities are planned.
Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
Email: sue@lazydog.com