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July 16,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
July 16
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

July 02,  in Key Largo
Free Fish I.D. Classes with Keys Underwater Photographers: Cardinalfish & Squirrelfish
July 02
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

July 16,  in Key Largo
Free Fish I.D. Classes with Keys Underwater Photographers: Rays & "Others"
July 16
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

July 22,  in Islamorada
Keys History & Discovery Center Presents: Treasure Diving in the Keys
July 22
Capt. Carl Fismer, affectionately known as Capt. FIZZ, has more than 35 years of treasure search and salvage experience, with Spanish shipwrecks being his area of expertise, and shipwrecks in the Florida Keys, including the world-famous treasure ship, the Atocha. Fismer's presentation covers past shipwreck salvage operations and their challenges of today. The Center opens at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. Members are free. Cost for non-members is $25 and includes admission to the exhibit as well as light appetizers. Cash bar.
Contact: 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com

July 02 to July 30,  in Key West
Antonia's Dinner Concert presents Classical Guitarist Mateo
July 02 to July 30
Experience an intimate evening of hearing this virtuoso guitar soloist while enjoying the gourmet cuisine at Antonia's Dinner Concert. "World Class Concert..." (Miami Herald) Seating at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays. 615 Duval St. Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Contact: Reservations 305.771.0280

July 04,  in Key West
Rotary Club of Key West presents 40th Annual Fireworks and Cookout
July 04
Key West residents and visitors can again look forward to a fireworks show, cookout and a 5K race. Rotary Club of Key West/Crimestoppers 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of White St. and Atlantic Blvd. $25 pp, pre-register online. Daytime activities at Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park, across from the White St. Pier, at 2:30 p.m., food & beverages available. Beginning at 5 p.m., Rotary will be selling burgers, hotdogs as well as seafood by Pirate Seafood. Live music also highlights the event. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., synchronized with music.

July 04,  in Key Largo
Fireworks Show on Blackwater Sound
July 04
Blackwater Sound provides the perfect nighttime mirrorlike surface to make the annual fireworks display seem like a 3-D viewing experience designed to dazzle. The show is to take place on the bayfront in Key Largo at 10 p.m., July 4. The best seating can be found at Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill, Sundowners and Senior Frijoles restaurants, Caribbean Club and Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort, all located around mile marker (MM) 104 bayside. Reservations are suggested because seating is limited; contact restaurants directly.

July 03,  in Big Pine
Celebrate Fourth of July Fireworks
July 03
The Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club is set to host the annual Independence Day Fireworks at the Big Pine Community Park, located at 31009 Atlantis Road. Co-sponsored by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, activities include live music headlined by Haywire, food and ice-cold beverages accompanied by games and activities for both adults and kids. An expanded fireworks show is set to go off at nightfall or about 9 p.m. Admission is free, but no coolers, pets or personal fireworks will be allowed. Gates open at 5 p.m. and a rain date, if necessary, is scheduled for Sunday, July 5.
Contact: 305-872-2411

July 04,  in Marathon
Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show
July 04
For one of the Keys' largest and longest fireworks displays, families gather for a full day of activities in Marathon for a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside) to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration features food, drink, kids' crafts and entertainment, capped off after dark with fireworks. Marathon is known as the Boating Destination of the Keys, and hundreds of boaters line up in front of the beach for a preferred view of the festivities.
Contact: 305-743-5417
Email: info@floridakeysmarathon.com

July 11,  in Big Pine
31st Annual Underwater Music Festival
July 11
The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The marine musical event is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and staged by Keys radio station US1 Radio 104.1 FM. The music is broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com

July 21 to July 26,  in Key West
Hemingway Days
July 21 to July 26
The 35th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, Running of the Bulls, short story competition, fishing tournament, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.
Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 797-0579 (literary)

July 09 to July 12,  in Key West
Mel Fisher Days
July 09 to July 12
Mel Fisher fans, past and present crew members, Fisher family members and treasure-hunting enthusiasts celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fisher's discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha. Events include a treasure hunt on land with a $5,000 cash prize, a Rockin' Block Party on Duval St. with a free music concert, Pirate Pub Crawl and Ball, Bingo Brunch, Poker, Dock Party, Diver Reunion, Lifetime Achievement Award and more.
Contact: 305-296-6534

July 03 to July 05,  in Key West
The Key Lime Festival
July 03 to July 05
A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors during the third annual Key Lime Festival. A Key Lime Martini and Margarita Sip and Stroll will kickoff the weekend-long event.

July 18,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Cool Crustaceans!
July 18
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. With lobster season around the corner, it's a great time for kids to explore the life of lobsters, shrimp, and crabs. Play a game of Crab Soccer and make a lobster hat to take home! 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: rachel.pawlitz@noaa.gov

July 22 to July 25,  in Key West
Bacardi Oakheart Key West Marlin Tournament
July 22 to July 25
Anglers ply the waters once fished by novelist Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total. For anglers, the Key West Marlin Tournament provides a chance to emulate Ernest's passion for deep-sea fishing.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
Email: tim.greene@keywestmarlin.com

July 01 to July 25,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Key West Summer Stage
July 01 to July 25
The summer heats up in July as TheatreXP kicks off its 5th season of Summer Stage at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West.Highlights include A Streetcar Named Desire, Life and Death, a theatre symposium and the brande new Key West Radio Theatre, that brings to life some of the classic serials and programs of the golden age of radio live on stage.
Contact: Box Office 305-296-9911

July 04,  in Key West
31st Annual Hospice of the Florida Keys & Visiting Nurse Association Picnic
July 04
Benefits Hospice of the Florida Keys and the Visiting Nurse Association takes place at the luxurious Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Collection, located at 1500 Reynolds St. overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The celebration is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m., courtesy of the Key West Rotary Club. Live music, a silent auction and lots of children's games round out the fun-filled family festivities.
Contact: Casa Marina 305-294-8812

July 11 to July 14,  in Key West
Del Brown Permit Tournament
July 11 to July 14
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well.
Contact: Loren Rea 305-360-6969
Email: loren@keywestdesign.com

July 17,  in Key West
South Florida Symphony presents Chamber Music Series
July 17
Gracing the Key West stage with the last of four concerts in its Summer Chamber Music Series, the South Florida Symphony presents Svetlana Smolina and Friends in "Russian Soul". Features Smolina's brilliant mastery of the keys, joined by talented friends Yves Dharamraj playing the cello and Irina Schuck at the violin. Starts 7 p.m., at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
Email: info@southfloridasymphony.org

July 10 to July 12,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Dolphin Tournament
July 10 to July 12
Hosted by the Islamorada Charterboat Association, this annual event features $15,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Competition is open to all anglers and there is no limit on the number of anglers that can participate.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com

July 04,  in Islamorada
Independence Day Celebration
July 04
The popular Spirit of Islamorada July 4 celebration is to be held at Founders Park, MM 87 on Plantation Key. Hosted by the Village of Islamorada and the Upper Keys Rotary Club, the event features entertainment, food and drinks for kids, teens, adults — and even dogs. The party is to run 6-9:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks show. An admission fee of $10 is to be charged to nonresidents.
Contact: Founders Park 305-853-1685

July 04,  in Islamorada
Independence Day at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina
July 04
Independence Day's holiday weekend lineup at Islamorada's Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina at Holiday Isle, MM 84 oceanside, is expected to include live music at the world-famous Tiki Bar along with food, fun and frolicking. Revelers can party tiki-style into the night.

July 04,  in Key Largo
40th Annual Fourth of July Parade
July 04
The 40th annual Fourth of July parade co-sponsored by the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce gets rolling at 10 a.m. from the parking lot at Anthony's Clothing Store, MM 98.2 on the center median of U.S. Highway 1 in Key Largo, and ends at MM 100. Awards are to be presented for most original entry, most beautiful and best portrayal of the theme.
Contact: 305-451-1414 picnic; 305-852-3216 parade

July 12,  in Key West
South Florida Symphony presents Chamber Music Series
July 12
Enjoy the last concert of the summer solstice season with Russian Soul, to headline Svetlana Smolina and Friends, performing passionate trios of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Tchaikovsky displayed unusually wide stylistic and emotional range, from salon works to symphonies. Rachmaninoff portrayed one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Starts 7 p.m., The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street.
Contact: Box Office 305-295-7676
Email: info@southfloridasymphony.org

July 23 to July 25,  in Key West
Sloppy Joe's 35th annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest
July 23 to July 25
The look-alike challenge takes place at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., frequented by Hemingway when he lived and wrote on the subtropical island throughout the 1930s. The contest's preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

July 25,  in Key West
Hemingway 5K Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race
July 25
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West's most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727
Email: barb@keywestspecialevents.com

July 03 to July 05,  in Marathon
Super Boat International Offshore Race
July 03 to July 05
Powerboat racing events are scheduled Friday through Sunday. Race day is Sunday, along a course parallel to the Marathon shoreline near the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge. Enjoy free admission to view the boats and meet drivers and crews from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, through Sunday at the Race Village dry pits at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport. Wet pits, located at the marina docks behind the Hyatt Place Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, 1996 Overseas Highway, are to be open to the public Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: John Carbonell 305-296-6166

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