Florida Keys
Calendar of Events for August  
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August 20 to September 23,  in Key Largo
Coral Spawning Night Dives
August 20 to September 23
Each year, corals spawn around the full moons of August and September. The exact spawning dates are unknown but these planned dives offer an opportunity to see this amazing spectacle of nature. Contact Amoray Dive Resort for departure times and prices. Dive dates are as follows: Aug. 20, Aug. 26, Sept. 17, Sept. 23.
Contact: 305-451-3595


August 13,  in Islamorada
Inaugural Florida Keys Poker Paddle
August 13
This year's event, from 9AM to NOON, will be open to everyone to participate in a "poker" paddle race for kayaks and stand-up paddle boards in beautiful Islamorada of the Florida Keys on August 13th. Essentially a "poker run" is an excuse to get together, have some fun and raise money and awareness for a great cause. This years Poker Paddle will be supporting two great veterans organizations Folds of Honor and Long Walk Home. Whether you are the fastest paddler out there and the last one to finish, you have the same chances of winning some great prizes. After the paddle we will have some great beer donated by some of our favorite local breweries as well as a cash BBQ. Register online.


August 20,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Forts, Cannons and Navies
August 20
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) from 10-11 a.m. Join our special guests from Ft. Zachary Taylor. Learn all about the forts built here and how the Navy has changed the Keys. Free admission, free parking. 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.
Contact: 305-809-4750
Email: lisa.symons@noaa.gov

June 04 to August 07,  in Florida Keys
Florida Keys Guitar Festival
June 04 to August 07
Throughout the Florida Keys. The Florida Keys Guitar Festival presents eight virtuoso classical and jazz concerts in Marathon (June 4 & 5), Key Largo (July 2) and Key West (Aug. 5-7). The inaugural festival is to feature five of South Florida's best guitarists including Matthew Jampol, Steve Ramos, Bob Hanni, Larry Baeder and Mike Emerson. Details to be posted online.
Email: jampolmateo@gmail.com

August 11 to August 14,  in Key West
20th Annual Key West Lobsterfest: A Crustacean Celebration!
August 11 to August 14
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 25 to August 28,  in Florida Keys
National Parks’ 100th Birthday Celebration: Free Park Admission
August 25 to August 28
The National Park Service reaches a 100-year milestone Aug. 25, 2016, kicking off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks. Florida Keys visitors can learn, discover, enjoy and be inspired by Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, both accessible from the island chain. Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West for the Dry Tortugas will waive park entrance fees of $10 per visitor. Car entrance fee for Everglades National park is normally $20 per car.


August 25,  in Key Largo
Free Fish ID Class: Become A Citizen Scientist!
August 25
Learn how to identify Caribbean fish species by joining Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3, Key Largo) at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. Different fish species are reviewed each month to build your ID skills. Fill in a REEF Volunteer Fish Survey during your next dive/snorkel trip and become a citizen scientist by submitting your sightings to REEF's Global Fish Survey Database.
Contact: Allison Estape 305-794-5081


August 13,  in Key West
A Night of Key West Soul with Lofton "Coffee" Butler & Friends
August 13
The Key West Theater will proudly present the long awaited encore performance of "A Night of Key West Soul" with the famous Lofton "Coffee" Butler. Born and raised in Key West, Coffee has performed here all his life retiring in 2005. Key West Soul artists all born and raised on the island include the smooth vocals of Cliff Sawyer will melt all over the stage. The "King of Key West Soul", Robert Albury will cover the famous sounds including his idol Louis Armstrong. Clayton Lopez and his talented sister Mina along with Calvin LopezDoors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.


August 21,  in Key West
Ramble Room "Live" with Finnegan Bell
August 21
Ramble Room Recording Studios at the Key West Theater will be hosting an exclusive concert experience featuring local and national artists that will showcase their original music in an intimate setting. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts 7 p.m.


August 06,  in Key West
10th Annual Midsummer Night's Dream & Spectacle
August 06
Celebrate the most magical night of summer at the historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd, in Key West. Come be a part of this playful and spontaneous celebration - a wonderland of costumed revelers, interactive art projects, feasting, dancing, and multiple stages featuring poets, musicians, storytellers and theatrical antics will celebrate the magic of summer and the power of dreams. $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door; children 12 and under admitted free.
Contact: 305-394-3804 Michael Shields
Email: javastudios@gmail.com

August 26 to August 28,  in Florida Keys
Special Museums and Attractions Weekend
August 26 to August 28
Organized by WLRN, south Florida's National Public Radio affiliate, in partnership with the Florida Keys tourism council, the sixth annual Florida Keys & Key West Museum and Attractions Weekend event provides free or value-added admission passes to participating museums and attractions in the island chain. The program is essentially a cultural pass for South Florida residents and visitors to discover the history of the Florida Keys by offering free- or reduced-admission incentives to experience more than 20 participating museums and attractions. Register free online, download and print your pass.


August 27,  in Key West
Conch Heritage Picnic Dinner
August 27
Enjoy a heritage dinner presented by The Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West featuring a cornucopia of classic Key West/Conch recipes. From 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the historic Key West Armory building, 600 White St. In addition to the dinner, attendees can enjoy classic conch games like bocce and dominoes along with a series of tasting competitions, featuring family recipes as prepared by local professionals and amateurs, with participants judging. Tickets are $35 per person, can be purchased online in advance.
Contact: KWAHS 305.295.6616 x 111


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