Florida Keys Calendar of Events
Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
|October 18 to December 22, 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. 'Meet the Dolphin' guests go onto a floating dock to give backrubs and share a "flippershake" with a dolphin and have their photo taken. The program is offered several times each day on a walk-in basis and costs $25 per person in addition to general admission prices. The photos are supplied on a flash drive for $20 for one person, and $35 for multiple people in the same shot. Quality prints are also available and print prices vary depending on number ordered. Group size is limited to four people.
|November 21 to December 14, in Marathon|
|Marathon Community Theater presents: Mama Won't Fly
Kick off the 2013-14 season with this ferociously funny, family-friendly show. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother's wedding. Savannah's problem: Mama won't fly. With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive across country with her equally willful mother, Norleen Sprunt, in Mama's vintage sedan. Show dates Nov. 21, 22, 23, 29 & 30; Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 (matinee), 12-14. Visit theatre's website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
|November 27 to December 31, in Key West|
|Key West “Bight' Before Christmas” Holiday Celebration
Live holiday music, games for the kids, holiday cheer and a chance for photos with Santa highlight this event along the historic harbor walk linking colorful seaport restaurants, bars and businesses at the Key West Bight. Created as a gift to the community, the gala is produced by the Key West Bight Preservation Association and tenants of the Key West Bight. Details also at keywestholidayfest.com.
|December 01 to December 14, in Big Pine|
|“A Little Keys Color” Exhibit at Artists in Paradise
Artists in Paradise,located on Big Pine Key, presents Joanne Sloan's original acrylic paintings on exhibit in their show window. This special two week exhibit features her smaller works with special pricing, just right for holiday or hostess gifting.Most of the paintings on exhibit are small enough to tuck into a suitcase but colorful enough to create a presence in any room. Joanne paints scenes typical to the Keys including conch homes, popular area restaurants, tropical flowers and fruit in her own impressionistic style. Many of these paintings are done en plein air and some evoke a nostalgic scene, a man feeding the gulls, brothers fishing together.Artists in Paradise, located in the Winn Dixie Plaza on Big Pine Key, is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
|December 04 to December 14, in Key West|
|Key West Fringe Theater presents: Cock
COCK, by Mike Bartlett, is a brilliant and blackly hilarious look at love, betrayal, and our desire to control and possess that which we love, especially when it seems threatened. Bartlett does a masterful job navigating the "love triangle" waters, approaching issues with wit, then rationale, and finally desperation, as the writing reaches a force that is shattering. The provocative title references the play's brute focus that suggests to-the-death battles of penned animals. Show time 8 p.m. at the Studios of Key West, 600 White Street. Visit website for dates and tickets.
|December 12, in Key West|
|Found Footage Festival
The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will make its first-ever appearance in Key West. The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Pickett and Prueher host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found. Festival begins at 7 p.m., at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street; tickets are $12 and are available at the door or online.
Contact: Nick Prueher 347-255-7350
|December 13 to December 15, in Islamorada|
|Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
Recreation for teens in the Florida Keys can mean learning from experienced local captains and mates to tie a bimini or rig ballyhoo. One weekend each year anglers aged 16 and younger can apply such lessons in this competition. A maximum of six anglers is allowed per boat. Proceeds help benefit Toys for Tots of Monroe County.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
|December 13, in Key West|
|Historic Lighted Inn Tours
Discover the history and holiday spirit of Key West by touring beautifully decorated historic inns. Participants can visit the inns on their own each evening or in conjunction with a holiday trolley tour presented by Old Town Trolley Tours. Visit website for ticket information.
|December 14, in Big Pine|
|Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Artists in Paradise presents a Holiday Arts and Crafts show at Out of the Blue, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MM 30 in Big Pine Key. Paintings in acrylics, watercolors and oils are to be offered as well as greeting cards, jewelry and much more. They will also feature their famous bake sale.
Contact: (305) 872-1828
|December 14, in Big Pine|
|Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
All boats are welcome to enter the Bogie Channel parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best recommended viewing is from Pine Channel Causeway or Parrotdise Waterfront Bar & Grille, 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
Contact: Steve Estes 305-923-5370
|December 14, in Key West|
|Schooner Wharf Bar 23rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade
Lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West's Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Parade is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport.
|December 14, in Marathon|
|Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
A middle Keys holiday kick-off event for more than 15 years; watch as dinghies, mega-yachts and anything in between turn the harbor into a sparkling procession along the parade route. Best viewing sites include Lazy Days South, Marathon Marina, Sombrero Dockside Lounge and Burdine's Waterfront. Starts at dusk, near 5 p.m.
Contact: Greg 305-849-0285
|December 14, in Key Largo|
|Key Largo Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season; 55-foot yachts to single-person kayaks are to set sail at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing and libations are to be found at Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Boats are invited to deck their hulls, light up their boats and join in the fun. This year's theme is "Christmas Rocks." Entry is free with more than $2500 in cash and prizes up for grabs, including a $500 random cash raffle for all boat entries. Parade boats, captains and crews are invited to the Captains' Party on Friday evening December 13 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Senor Frijoles, featuring a free Mexican buffet, ditty bag and raffle prizes.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736
|December 14, 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.
|December 15, in Key West|
|Christmas on the Sheriff's Animal Farm
From 1-3 p.m., kids and adults can visit the furry, fluffy and feathered residents of the Animal Farm and get a photo taken with Santa. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm is situated at the county's detention center just outside Key West at 5501 College Road. This event is free and open to the public.
|December 15, in Key West|
|Southernmost Christmas Tree Celebration
Holiday revelers enjoy free conch chowder and then board Conch Tour Trains to proceed to the continental United States' Southernmost Point to set up the southernmost Christmas tree at sunset overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The event is an annual community thank-you party presented by the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens. The fun starts at 3 p.m., at 1401 Seminary St.
|December 18, in Islamorada|
|History of Diving Museum presents: Women Divers, Behind the Scenes
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "Women Divers: Behind the Scenes and Below the Surface," presented by Alyssa Engiles. 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.
|December 19, 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.
|December 21, in Key West|
|Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Rascally Wreckers
Presented by the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center, this family-friendly and educational series invites kids in kindergarten through fifth grade from 10-11 a.m. to play games and make crafts while learning about a new topic of interest and the marine ecosystems of the Keys. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is free and free parking is available.
|December 21, in Marathon|
|Marathon Community Theater presents: Holiday Concert
Two shows are slated to ring in the holiday cheer, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children. Visit website for ticket details.
|December 21, in Islamorada|
|Free Pops-in-the-Park; Holiday Happiness Concert
An extra special holiday concert, to be held at the amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside. The concert features traditional music of the holidays. Starts at 4 p.m. All seats are outdoors, chairs and blankets recommended to bring. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
|December 22, in Key West|
|Holiday Shopping at Monthly Artisan Market
Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Store parking lot, this monthly event is to give residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local as the parking lot at 1111 Eaton St. is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts and gifts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. Entertainment includes a singer and songwriter showcase, local authors, Key West Fringe theater performances, chef demonstrations, kid's activities and live street art murals. Guests will be able to taste and buy local specialties, and enjoy concessions, beer and wine. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bags).
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
|December 27 to December 30, in Marathon|
|Local's Art Show
The Locals Art Show, for years affectionately nicknamed the "Pigeon Poop Show" by local residents as an alternative to February's Pigeon Key Art Fest, returns to Marathon this year! The outdoor show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. One of the most popular features at this show is the cast of local characters our guests encounter, as artists are often found hard at work, painting and creating original works of art or perhaps even weaving palm fronds into hats right on site at their booths! This show features a variety of mediums with reputedly affordable prices ranging "from tens, to hundreds, of dollars" for the more discriminating buyer. Whatever your delight, you are sure to find something to enjoy at this colorful event. We hope to see you there! Admission and parking are free. Located at the K-mart Shopping Plaza, 5585 Overseas Hwy.
Contact: Glenn Lahti (305) 664-0001
|December 27 to December 28, in Key West|
|54th Annual Key West House & Garden Tours
Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. December tours are from 4-7 p.m., both evenings. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation's museums, collection and education, grant and scholarship programs.
|December 31, in Key Largo|
|New Year's Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound
The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus' Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Check website for details.
|December 31, in Key West|
|New Year's Eve: Pirate Wench Drop at Schooner Wharf
For piratical partiers, a New Year's Eve salute to Key West's rowdy seafaring roots is scheduled at the island's Historic Seaport. At midnight, a winsome pirate wench is to descend from the top of the mast of the tall ship America 2.0 as cannon blasts welcome 2014. A dove release is to follow. Scallywags in attendance can expect live music, dancing and festivities until 4 a.m., without a cover charge, at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.
|December 31, in Key West|
|New Year's Eve: A Key Lime Wedge "Drop"
At the Ocean Key Resort & Spa, 0 Duval St. on Key West Harbor, plans call for a huge replica of a Key lime wedge to splash down into a larger-than-life margarita glass as crowds welcome the new year on the property's Sunset Pier. VIP tickets are available that include entrance into a private dining area for an abundant buffet dinner and four-hour open bar. At 10:30 p.m., the public will be welcomed to enjoy a free performance by Key West's Big Bawdy Burlesque Show.
|December 31, in Key West|
|New Year's Eve: Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joe's
The arrival of 2014 is to be heralded on the island's Duval Street with the "drop" of a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval. Thousands of spectators gather on Duval for the annual gala, emceed by a rooftop host starting at 10 p.m. and featuring dancing in the street and a countdown to midnight recorded on a huge clock. At midnight, the shell descends and cheers erupt. Stellar Mojo Band is to perform on Sloppy Joe's indoor stage, rounding out the revelry. No reservations or tickets are taken, but a door charge is required to party inside the bar.
|December 31, in Islamorada|
|New Year's Eve Celebration
Revelers in Islamorada can find appealing New Year's activities at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, MM 82 oceanside, who is staging a New Year's Eve celebration and midnight fireworks display. Attractions include live music, dancing on the beach and a gourmet dinner. Contact Cheeca Lodge for more information, costs and reservations.
|December 31, in Key West|
|Key West Dachshund Walk
Frost-free Key West isn't a winter wonderland during the holiday season, but it may become a "wiener wonderland" when about 200 dachshunds and their owners take a New Year's Eve stroll through the island's picturesque downtown. The annual Key West Dachshund Walk, set for noon Monday, Dec. 31, provides an informal, family-friendly prelude to nighttime New Year's Eve revelry. Spectators can watch the fun and meet the canine participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets.