Florida Keys
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June 15,  in Key West
FKCC Swim Around Key West
June 15
The officially sanctioned event is a 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West that is open to all age groups. Individual swimmers and relay teams can compete. The route takes swimmers through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, ending where they began at Higgs Beach.
Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809-3562
Email: aqualb@aol.com; lori.bosco@fkcc.edu

June 26 to June 27,  in Islamorada
IFC Captains Cup Dolphin Tournament
June 26 to June 27
Just three fish are all that's needed to capture the winner-take-all grand prize of up to $25,000, but the aggregate weight of the three dorado must be the highest in this boat team tournament.
Contact: Islamorada Fishing Club 305-664-4735
Email: fishing@theislamoradafishingclub.com

June 01,  in Marathon
Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival
June 01
The waters off Sombrero Beach are to be transformed into a swift racecourse for a day of dragon boat racing that involves 20 paddlers moving in unison a combination of strength and teamwork. Sombrero Beach provides a pristine setting and unique, direct-from-the-beach launch for the sleek, 40-foot-long race boats. The festival is free and open to the public. Food, beverages, merchandise and a variety of entertainment are to be available shoreside.
Contact: 813-426-3544
Email: joe@highfivedragonboat.com

June 15,  in Key West
Seventh Annual VFW Fishing Tournament
June 15
Sponsored by the Southernmost VFW Post 3911, this family oriented inshore and offshore tournament offers cash prizes for dolphin, wahoo, tuna, snapper and grouper, along with prizes for heaviest fish by a lady angler, heaviest fish by a juvenile angler, pee-wee, senior angler and active service member. The heaviest Dolphin: 1st-$3000.00; 2nd-$1000.00; and 3rd $500.00. Weigh-in at Murray Marine. All proceeds benefit VFW Relief Fund for Monroe County veterans, and local charities.
Contact: Pete Thomas 610 304 2392
Email: psty2k@yahoo.com

June 07 to June 08,  in Florida Keys
Fifth Annual Coralpalooza: Plant a Coral, Restore a Reef
June 07 to June 08
Enjoy a weekend dedicated to promoting awareness for our coral reefs, in honor of World Oceans Day. Dive program participants will join Coral Restoration Foundation on Friday for a presentation along with hands on training, followed by a day of reef restoration activities on Saturday, in Key Largo, Islamorada and Key West. Must be dive certified to participate in undersea activity, but there are many activities open to snorkelers and landlubbers as well, for a family-friendly day of land-based activities happening at the Exploration Center.
Contact: 305-453-7030
Email: info@coralrestoration.org

June 11 to June 13,  in Islamorada
42nd Annual Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament
June 11 to June 13
The Ladies Tarpon Fly is an all release, fly fishing challenge that has attracted many premier lady fly anglers and guides throughout its history. Whether your favorite species is tarpon or you are looking to put another feather in your cap, the tournament participants range from the expert to the novice who is trying to improve her fishing skills. Email Shandra Rummel to request your invitation!
Contact: Shandra Rummel
Email: allaboutthebites@gmail.com

June 07 to June 08,  in Islamorada
Annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament
June 07 to June 08
Hosted by the Florida Keys Elks Lodge, this sixth annual event welcomes female angler teams to compete for the highest aggregate weight of three dolphin fish, as well as junior anglers under 16 years of age. Cash and prizes are awarded to first- through third-place finishers, and for the largest dolphin caught. Registration form online.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com

June 21 to June 23,  in Key West
Key West International Guitar Festival: Bridges to Paradise
June 21 to June 23
The festival features a fusion of master guitarists performing classical, jazz, Latin, blues, folk & contemporary music in historic venues throughout the island, in a series of world-class concerts. Food and wine events are to be paired with music throughout the island offering a culinary and cultural experience highlighted by a special event, “Virtuoso Chefs of Key West.” Featured artists include Mateo, Belle, Rolando Rojas and Larry Baeder. Tickets on sale April 6, online.
Contact: Mateo 305-304-1437
Email: jampolmateo@gmail.com

June 21 to June 22,  in Islamorada
LLGF Screamin' Reels Tournament
June 21 to June 22
Intended for novice anglers, enjoy a weekend of learning and a non-intimidating, fun competition with the Ladies Let's Go Fishing university organizers. Species include legal inshore and offshore fish. Entry fee $85 per angler/adults, $35/teens age 13 and up, plus optional charter fees per person depending on boat type choice. Or, fish on your own boat. This is a casual tournament with prizes for heaviest offshore fish, longest inshore fish and drawings for prizes of those who caught fish, plus bonus drawings.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Email: info@ladiesletsgofishing.com

June 01,  in Key West
43rd Annual Swim Around Key West
June 01
The Annual Swim Around Key West is a 12.5-mile endurance swim clockwise around the entire island of Key West, started by founder Anna Fugina in 1977. The Annual Swim Around Key West is an independent and insured swim, permitted by the U.S. Coast Guard. There are three categories: solo swimmer, two-person relay team and three-person relay team. Presented by Key West Athletics Association.


May 14 to June 01,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Red Speedo
May 14 to June 01
Would you do anything to win an Olympic medal? What is the line in the high stakes world of modern sports? This is the dilemma posed in Red Speedo, a razor-sharp play about whether doping is acceptable in the pursuit of that elusive medal - and more importantly, when commercial endorsements are at stake. See website for show dates. Show times 8 p.m.
Contact: Box-Office (305-294-5015)
Email: Box-Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

June 28 to June 30,  in Key West
Mystery Fest Key West
June 28 to June 30
Renowned mystery writers, aspiring authors, true crime experts and fans meet in America’s southernmost city. The Fest features a who’s-who of award-winning and bestselling mystery/suspense authors and true crime experts, Mystery Fest Key West is a fun and fascinating meet-and-greet where writers can catch up with old friends and readers can meet leading authors, collect signed books and participate in workshops, panels, and presentations where the most devious of minds explain why—and how—they do it.


May 22 to June 01,  in Key West
Studios of Key West presents: Prime Time
May 22 to June 01
Blake Hunter has penned a new musical following a female TV Executive in the 1970s who fights to keep her variety show afloat, her star husband in check and temptation at bay. Under the direction of Murphy Davis, the script takes off, propelled by commanding performances and a whiff of classic TV nostalgia. Tickets $60 Preferred, $44, $35 mbrs. May 22–26 (Wed-Sun) and May 28–Jun 1 (Tue-Sat), 8pm showtime; at Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.


June 10,  in Key West
Studios of Key West presents: Twice Told Tales
June 10
The hit of Summer Stage returns for a third round of dueling mono- logues! Can the same words mean more than one thing? Twice Told Tales provides a fresh twist on a theatrical staple. Each monologue is presented by one director, but two actors, giving two wildly different takes on the material. Showtime 8 p.m., 533 Eaton St.


June 09,  in Key West
Key West Concerts presents: Slightly Stoopid
June 09
The Ocean Beach, California-based band formed by multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty has matured into a versatile musical ensemble consisting of drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran; percussionist Oguer “OG” Ocon; saxophonist Daniel “Dela” Delacruz; keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft; trumpet and trombone player Andy Geib, and an arsenal of guests that frequent the stage, most notably Karl Denson (Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars), Don Carlos, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) and Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band). Special guests include Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds and Hirie. Gates open 3:30 p.m., show states 4:30 p.m., Key West Amphitheater.


June 29,  in Big Pine
Bubbles & Bids
June 29
An evening dedicated to a great cause, held at the Perry Hotel Key West’s Salty Oyster from 4–6 p.m. Enjoy a silent auction featuring gift baskets, gift certificates, vacations, and more. All proceeds from silent auction and a percentage of special craft beers purchased are to be donated to the Domestic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys. Open to the public.


June 20,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Brian Imbus, Mentalist
June 20
Brian Imbus is an internationally recognized Mentalist that has performed for thousands of audiences for over 20 years. Brian has performed at over 3,000 professional engagements, has Hypnotized over 100,000 people. ‘Miracles of the Mind’ includes a unique blend of humor, psychological illusion, and hypnosis. Predic-tions will be made, minds will be read and one impossible finale will add an exclamation point to this award winning performance! Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.


June 29,  in Key West
Mango Fest Key West 2019
June 29
Mango Fest of Key West features all things mango including mango tasting, mango trees and mango daiquiris. The culinary competitions between local chefs and residents alike showcases the colorful abilities of what the mango, also known as the king of fruit, has to offer. The Vendor Village gives art collectors and foodies the experience of a festival atmosphere. Music is provided along with live radio broadcasts. From 10AM to 3PM, Bayview Park, 1400 Truman Ave.


June 01,  in Key West
Village with a Voice Historical Photo Collection
June 01
The public is invited to enjoy the historic photo collection's opening reception at Douglass Gym and Community Center, 111 Olivia St., Bahama Village, from 5-7 p.m. Donated by the Old Island Restoration Foundation to the City of Key West Art In Public Places Program this photo collection has now found a permanent home. Originally under art direction of Richard Moody in 1999, this collection of 29 photographs taken by Thomas Butler, Scott Wilcox and Richard Weatherwax capture not only a moment in time but reveal a glimpse of the rich history of Bahama Village. A visual presentation of oral histories documented by Mia Castillo and D. Phipps, inspired by this collection, will premiere at this event. Live entertainment by the Bahama Village African Dance Troupe and the Bahama Village Music Program, and light refreshments by Santiago’s Bodega, Johnson’s Grocery, Firefly and Blue Heaven.


June 03 to September 02,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum Salutes Military with FREE Admission
June 03 to September 02
History of Diving Museum is once again participating as a Blue Star Museum. Since the programs’ inception in 2010 HDM has collaborated with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, along with more than 2,000 museums across America. This unique platform offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and up to five family members, from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day. Over 1,500 individuals have benefited by visiting the History of Diving Museum alone.


June 03 to December 31,  in Islamorada
Diving With a Purpose, 15 Year Odyssey: Restoring Our Oceans, Preserving Our Heritage
June 03 to December 31
Multiple groups such as Diving With a Purpose, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Biscayne National Park, and more have spent 15 years working together to showcase cultural and natural resources throughout the country. They focus in the protection, documentation, and interpretation of African slave trade shipwrecks and the maritime history and culture of African-Americans. This new exhibit at the History of Diving Museum, mile marker 82.9, highlights several shipwrecks and aircraft and the archaeological processes used to study them.


June 15 to June 16,  in Florida Keys
Dive Into History Weekend
June 15 to June 16
Celebrate Father’s Day weekend by diving into some of the cultural and natural resources that are an important part of the Florida Keys. Start your Saturday with a 10 am presentation at the Museum which will be followed by an optional afternoon dive with Capt. Slate's Dive Center. During the trip to the reef, snorkelers and divers are invited to participate in a underwater scavenger hunt. Then on Sunday, head back to the Museum for special Father's Day guided tours at 11 am and 2 pm. The tours will focus on the pioneering "fathers" of diving. In addition to all of the fun activities, dads receive FREE admission on Father's Day, June 16! Call or go to our website for more details on pricing and how to sign up.


June 19,  in Islamorada
Immerse Yourself presentation: Is Diving for Dollars Worth the Risks Involved?
June 19
Dive back in time to the 1980's when the recovery of 95 gold bars, worth more than $80 million dollars, was brought back from the WWII ship, HMS Edinburgh. Capt. Dick Magaldi takes guests through the most daring underwater recovery of treasure at depths exceeding 850 ft! Some of these brave men sustained injuries that would remain with them the rest of their lives. Presented by Capt. Dick Magaldi, Maritime Historian. Immerse Yourself Lectures are free to attend, and held the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Exhibits and museum store open until 6:45 p.m., exhibit tickets sold until 6:15 p.m.


June 15,  in Key West
Native Plant Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest
June 15
The Nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale from 9AM to noon. Nursery volunteers have propagated 161 species of plants bringing the inventory to more than 1,500 plants which attract butterflies and birds. Many plants are on the State of Florida endangered species list. Sizes range from one-gallon to 15-gallon pots. Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15% discount. The Garden is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and all proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.


June 15,  in Key West
Full Moon Experience: Vogue
June 15
Self-expression and participation is what drives this event and you are encouraged be a part of it all! Vogue is the season finale of the Full Moon Experience and we invite you to come out looking fabulous and participate in our interactive fashion show and dance contest! Yoga kicks off the night at 7pm, followed by a dance party from 8pm to midnight. This event is fun for all ages and the best part is that there is NO COVER! Enjoy food and drinks all night, with a welcome drink provided by Papa's Pilar Rum, meet new friends, and leave with one of the best Experiences you'll ever have in Key West.


June 22,  in Key Largo
REEF's Citizen Science Saturday: Seagrass Monitoring Workshop
June 22
Seagrass meadows cover much of the seafloor in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and are a vital habitat in the Keys' coral reef ecosystem. They act as a nursery and feeding grounds for animals including manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, and a variety of reef fish and invertebrates. After a classroom lesson participants head straight to MarineLab for a short land-based survey practice and swim test, followed by a boat trip to conduct seagrass monitoring surveys while snorkeling. Afterwards, participants may join a seagrass data analysis workshop with MarineLab staff. From 9AM to 12:45, register online.


June 27,  in Key Largo
Free Fish ID Class
June 27
On the last Thursday of each month, underwater photographers and local naturalists Carlos and Allison Estape present a different informative and educational lesson about how to identify fish species found in the Florida Keys and throughout the Caribbean. Marine life enthusiasts of all levels are invited to attend. Class is free and open to the public. Starts at 7PM, REEF Interpretive Center, 98300 Overseas Hwy., mile marker 98.3 in the median.


June 17,  in Florida Keys
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: A History of the Basilica St. Mary Star of the Sea
June 17
Distinguished guest speaker Bob Bernreuter will offer stories and imagery on the only Catholic Church in Key West and its famed Grotto built by Sister Louis Gabriel containing the statues of Our Lady of Lourdes and Bernadette which was dedicated on May 25, 1922. Seeds of faith by 16th century missionaries in a new world were nurtured into a parish that survived the storms of nature and war, and ultimately would earn the attention of Rome. Though the original Saint Mary Star of the Sea on Duval Street was destroyed by fire in 1901, the new church on Windsor Street was completed within four years. The church’s construction embraced the island’s natural elements using stone blocks made from the oolitic limestone dug from the church grounds. Starts at 6:30 p.m. at Island Community Church, 83250 Overseas Highway.
Contact: Barbara at 305-393-0940


June 30,  in Big Pine
Mango Fest Key West, Matt's Sunday Brunch
June 30
As part of this year’s Mango Fest Key West, Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar is hosting a special Sunday Brunch with all of your breakfast favorites, plus a few mango-centric menu items. Festival fundraising directly benefits the local children involved with the Key West Police Athletic League, so you can feast guilt-free for a great cause. Make reservations online.


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