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 August, 2014
Year: Month: 
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.
Contact: 305-295-6616

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

May 16 to September 30,  in Key West
Custom House Museum presents: Florida Keys 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 will explore the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Exhibit runs through September.
Contact: 305-295-6616

June 01 to September 30,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Will Fernandez
For longer than a decade, Will Fernandez has been one of Key West's most enchanting artists. He paints and sculpts almost entirely from memory and makes his works quite humorous and whimsical. In this exhibition, he displays a number of his impressionistic-style paintings, as well as a selection of his distinctive sculptures in stone, wood, clay and more. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616

July 29 to August 03,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Key West Summer Stage "The Whale"
This is the story of a 650 pound, grief-stricken, guilt-racked man seeking reconciliation with his estranged daughter. At times hilarious, and others heart-breaking, the play stars one of Key West's comic gems, Chad Newman, in a rare but riveting dramatic performance, supported by Melody Moore, Quincy Perkins, Julia Tetreault, and Tammy Shanley. Winner of the Lortel, Obie, and Drama Desk Awards last year.
Contact: 305-296-9911

August 02,  in Big Pine
Reef Light Tackle Mini Season Shoot Out Fishing Tournament
This one day fishing tournament is to award a grand prize of $3,500 for the heaviest dolphin and $1,000 for the heaviest grouper. A rod & reel is awarded to the top junior angler in each category. Cash prizes are based on a 30 boat minimum participation. This is a winner-take-all event with all entry fees collected paid back to the winning teams. Just enter, fish and win! Entry fee is $150 per boat for up to four anglers (any additional anglers will be $30 per angler). Registration forms and tournament rules are available at: Reef Light Tackle, 29770 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 29.7 on Big Pine Key.
Contact: Terry Thomas or Donna Hart 305-872-7679
Email: reeflighttackle@bellsouth.net

August 07 to August 10,  in Key West
Key West Lobsterfest: A Crustacean Celebration!
Events include a Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations and a free concert, and a luscious lobster brunch Sunday. The festive feast celebrates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season.
Contact: 305-744-9804

August 10,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a steer, pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge and donations are appreciated. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300

August 15 to August 17,  in Big Pine
A Weekend With the Vegan Black Metal Chef
The Vegan Black Metal Chef brings a breath of fresh air to the vegan movement, and is able to connect with people through music as well. He's a visionary who brings a lot of fun to those living or striving to live with more consciousness. The Deer Run weekend package includes lodging, a full organic vegan breakfast daily, a guided six-hour eco-kayak tour in the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge, nightly wine or cocktails, and the highlight cooking demonstration and dinner by the Vegan Black Metal Chef — who will chop, dice, slice and ax his way through organic grains, veggies and much more. This retreat event is limited to six people, so reserve early. Deadline July 15.
Contact: 305-872-2015

August 16,  in Key Largo
Anything that Floats Regatta Race
Grab your oars and anything that floats and enjoy this family-fun festival - an on-the-water race of vessels crafted from items around the house - on Blackwater Sound, mile marker 104 bayside. A captains party is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15. Saturday is race day, with team check-in beginning at 2 p.m. Race events begin at 3 p.m. and are free to enter and watch. Waterfront bars and restaurants offer excellent viewing areas for observing the race and enjoying a Keys sunset, with live music and more fun to follow.
Contact: 305-451-4502
Email: events@fkrm.com

August 20,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a very special event: "Journey to the Bottom of the Sea," presented by the museum's founder and Women's Diving Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Sally Bauer. The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: joe@divingmuseum.org

August 21,  in Key Largo
FL Keys 100 Fish ID Challenge: Identifying 100+ Fish Species on 1 Dive
Join Keys-based underwater photographers Carlos and Allison Estape in the quest to become a Century Club Diver, and identify 100+ species on 1 dive! Lecture will discuss fish biodiversity in the Florida Keys, how to do a Century Dive, the top fish biodiversity dive sites in the Upper Keys for a Century Dive, and a thorough dive briefing on how to do a Century Dive on Alligator Ledge. Free and open to the public,from 7-8:30 p.m. at REEF headquarters, in the median at MM 98.3.
Email: reefhq@reef.org

August 21,  in Key West
Walk on White Monthly Art Stroll
This regular neighborhood gallery stroll is perhaps the best known among art lovers, held on the island city's White Street from Southard to United streets and onto Truman Avenue the third Thursday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. The popular evening features exhibitions and receptions at galleries, shops and occasionally other venues. Highlight locations include Harrison Gallery; the quirky and inviting Stone Soup Gallery; and The Studios of Key West, offering regular exhibitions, performances, workshops and studio space in the style of America's leading artist communities. Each month's stroll highlights a different artistic genre.

August 21,  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. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com

August 22 to August 24,  in Islamorada
Dive Into History: Deep Diving into the Abyss
Part of the History of Diving Museum's new 'Dive into History' quarterly event series; this installment of the series is an excursion into oceanic exploration from William Beebe's record-setting Bathysphere dive descent to 3,028 feet and James Cameron's submersible Deepsea Challenger, made famous with his solo dive to the deepest spot in the world's oceans. Highlights include movie screenings, guest speakers, a 'sea creatures for kids' workshop and more.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: info@divingmuseum.org

August 22 to August 24,  in Florida Keys
Florida Keys & Key West Museums and Attractions Weekend
The event provides a cultural pass for South Florida residents and visitors to experience the rich history of Key West by offering free or reduced admission to more than 20 participating museums, including Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Pigeon Key, Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West Aquarium, Key West Art and Historical Society at Custom House and many more. Attendees must log onto www.wlrn.org and click on the "Florida Keys & Key West Museum & Attractions Weekend" banner to print out the free weekend pass.
Email: akennedy@wlrn.org

August 22 to August 23,  in Islamorada
6th Annual Spartan Fishing Tournament
Headquartered at La Siesta Resort & Marina, the one-day tournament is a family-friendly fishing event with backcountry and offshore divisions. Enjoy a BBQ, awards, raffle and silent auction to follow a day on the water. A Friday captains meeting is set for 8 p.m., fishing starts at 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Registration is available online.
Contact: Scott Giberson
Email: sgiberson@pacehs.com

August 24,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a steer, pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge and donations are appreciated. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300

August 28 to September 01,  in Key West
Fifh Annual Key West Brewfest
More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on to be tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the great activities on tap, including a Local Home Brew Head to Head Competition.
Contact: 800-354-4455
Email: info@keywestbrewfest.com

August 29 to September 01,  in Marathon
Heroes Salute
Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key hosts an annual Heroes Salute program to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special Labor Day Weekend event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute, country music concert and fireworks show.
Contact: 1-877-484-9342