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May 21,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District Third Thursday Art Walk
May 21
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

April 29 to May 16,  in Key Largo
Key Players presents: "Red White and Tuna"
April 29 to May 16
Audiences will enjoy this rollicking comedy about "the third smallest" town in Texas as Tuna residents convene for a high school reunion over the Fourth of July. Performance is to be staged at Key Largo's Lions Club at 99353 Overseas Highway, MM 99 oceanside.
Contact: 305-453-0997

May 22 to May 25,  in Key West
Sunset Celebration Welcomes Tall Ships
May 22 to May 25
Visitors to Key West's famed Mallory Square can enjoy an attraction beyond the waterfront pier's famed nightly Sunset Celebration: touring the U.S.C.G.C. Eagle, a historic 295-foot sailing barque used as a Coast Guard training vessel. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. The presence of the Eagle, called "America's tall ship," highlights a long weekend blending seafaring tradition with performances, artistry and more. Friday through Sunday, the fun is to extend from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and feature free tours of the Eagle. Events are to conclude when the Eagle departs Mallory Square Monday, May 25.

February 06 to May 01,  in Key West
Then And Now: A Retrospective Show
February 06 to May 01
Enjoy viewing an exhibit showcasing the work of past and present Florida Keys recipients of the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship grants. The free exhibit runs through May 1 at the historic Gato Building,1100 Simonton St., Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening reception is Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m., and closing reception is set for May 1. Presented by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Contact: 305 295 4369

May 01 to May 08,  in Key West
The Connections Project
May 01 to May 08
The Connections Project, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts' moveable feast of small canvases comprising a 24-foot mosaic mural of six-by-six-inch fine art works, represents almost all media. This final stop on the road show is to be at the Gato Building, the council's home at Simonton and Virginia streets in Old Town. The mosaic is a signature project to promote the visual arts within the Florida Keys community, and a unique fundraiser to support arts programs that benefits Keys artists and cultural organizations.
Contact: (305) 295-4369
Email: director@keysarts.com

May 02,  in Key Largo
Dolphins Plus Celebrates 35 Years!
May 02
Dolphins Plus is celebrating over 35 years of marine mammal education, research and community outreach. Guests are invited free of charge for an afternoon from 1-4 p.m., of fun-filled family events, including dolphin meet and greets on the hour. Local organizations including REEF, the Turtle Hospital, FWC, Wild Bird Center, Marine Lab, NOAA, FIU, and Coral Reef Restoration Foundation will also provide educational opportunities and demonstrations.
Contact: 305-451-4060
Email: Katie@dolphinsplus.com

May 12 to October 30,  in Key West
"A Sense of Place - Richard Kemble 1932-2007" Exhibition at Historic Gato Building
May 12 to October 30
Creative audiences can enjoy an opening reception on Tuesday, May 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street. Parking is free. Exhibition is to be displayed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 30, featuring Kemble's Intaglio, Woodcuts, Sculptures, Ink on Paper, Collages and Oil Pastels.
Contact: 305-295-4369

April 15 to May 01,  in Key West
On the Rock Productions presents: Roshambo
April 15 to May 01
What if one game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" split your life into different directions, creating new parallel timelines? The people of Stock Island are about to find out that every game you play has consequences. Audiences delight in this original play exploring alternate timelines on Stock Island. Held at the Key West Theater. Showtime is at 8 p.m.; show dates are April 15-16, 18, 21-25, 28-30, May 1.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676

May 10,  in Key Largo
Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center presents: Marcus Strickland Trio
May 10
Enjoy an evening of jazz! Tickets are $20, available online or at First State Bank locations, mile marker (MM) 97 and 81. Performance at Murray Nelson Cultural Center, MM 102, show starts 7:30 p.m.

May 07,  in Key West
Fringe Theater presents: “Grand Dames” of Key West
May 07
Enjoy an evening of what developed from a 16-week "new" playwright workshop facilitated by renowned playwright Toby Amour. Aspiring playwrights unleashed their creative side and wrote a short play. This one-night-only showing is the first FREE rehearsed public reading as they bring their characters and stories to life. Starts at 7:30 p.m., at 411 Duval St. (rear), Parish Hall of St Paul's Church. Free Admission, a $10 theatre donation is suggested.
Contact: 305-407-6790
Email: caroline@fringetheater.org

May 12,  in Key Largo
REEF Fish & Friends
May 12
Join Scott Donahue, NOAA science coordinator, as he discusses "Science and Discovery Aboard a NOAA Research Ship in the Florida Keys." The presentation will delve into the ship-based research that has been done in the Florida Keys over the last decade. It will also describe the nuances of life at sea, and what it takes to safely accomplish research expeditions that are very (scuba) diving intense. Included will be video of some deeper ROV exploration done at Tortugas Bank last summer. Held at James E. Lockwood REEF Headquarters; MM 98.3 in the median; Social at 6:30 p.m.; presentation from 7-8 p.m.
Email: nancy@reef.org

May 14 to May 16,  in Key Largo
Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues Festival
May 14 to May 16
Mac Arnold is a legend in the Blues and television world. Mac played bass for BB King, is one of the last living members of the Muddy Waters Band, did the intro for Sanford & Sons television show, co-produced the Soul Train television show and played with Otis Redding at Leo's Casino the night before he passed away in a plane crash. Mac Arnold is world famous for the great tunes he puts out on his Gasoline Can Guitar built for him by his brother Leroy when they were kids. Bayside Grill at MM 99.5. Show start at 7 p.m. nightly.

May 16 to May 17,  in Islamorada
Statewide Invasive Lionfish Awareness & Removal Weekend
May 16 to May 17
Designated to be an annual event (established to be the first Saturday after Mother's Day each year), this weekend is to be dedicated to statewide lionfish removal and awareness activities. Coastal counties around the state will be harvesting lionfish in an attempt to remove as many of the invasive critters as possible. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is encouraging all divers to remove as many lionfish on the weekend of May 16-17, no matter where they are in Florida. REEF joins the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle to host a removal event, May 16. More details on Facebook.

May 01,  in Key West
The Studios of Key West presents Larry Smith
May 01
Key West musician Larry Smith will showcase his talents as composer, accompanist, and arranger for a special evening at The Studios. His eclectic program includes his personal interpretations of jazz standards, his skillful accompaniment to guest singers and instrumentalists, and his prolific and artful composing abilities. Tickets are $25, showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-296-0458

May 31 to June 05,  in Islamorada
Don Hawley Tarpon Fly Tournament
May 31 to June 05
The world's top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of patience and finesse, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and either a 12- or 16-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the tournament benefits the Guides Trust Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation programs.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

May 01 to May 03,  in Islamorada
Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo
May 01 to May 03
A tournament honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, funds from this event benefit a namesake community scholarship fund, distributing nearly $90,000 to date. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, cash prizes and $25,000 to the angler with the dolphin that beats the state record. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, entry fee for adults is $150, $35 for juniors.
Contact: Marcia Panse 305-393-3733
Email: bernicedionne@gmail.com

May 17 to May 20,  in Islamorada
Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
May 17 to May 20
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

May 15 to May 16,  in Key West
13th Annual Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium
May 15 to May 16
Key West's political history is highlighted in panel discussions, a reception and tours of the Little White House where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency. The 2015 topic is "America's Great Health Care Debate: The Legacy of Harry Truman and National Health Care".
Contact: 305-294-9911

May 14 to May 17,  in Key Largo
Key Largo's Original Music Festival
May 14 to May 17
Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Multiple "on the water" venues feature Nashville's hit songwriters and musicians as well as unique local entertainers. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group.
Contact: 305-394-3736

May 22 to May 23,  in Key West
Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational
May 22 to May 23
In this challenge headquartered at Conch Republic Seafood Company, more than $15,000 awaits the angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. Many additional prizes await other top anglers, and there is no limit on the number of participating boats. Registration is Friday, at Conch Republic Seafood Co.,631 Greene St. Fishing Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contact: John Stuempfig 305-304-7674
Email: wave.whacker@hotmail.com

May 08 to May 09,  in Marathon
Mother's Day Dolphin Tournament
May 08 to May 09
This is a fun and festive one day fishing tournament for the heaviest dolphin. $15,000 in cash and prizes. Three entry levels: Pro, Weekend Warrior and Jr. Divisions. Come join us and "Fish for a Cause." All registration fees are tax deductible as allowable by law and will be used directly to build two new affordable homes in Marathon. Tournament proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.
Contact: 305-743-9828
Email: execdirector@habitatmiddlekeys.org

October 15 to May 15,  in Florida Keys
Stone Crab Season
October 15 to May 15
Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with drawn butter and mustard sauce on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the Keys.

May 06 to May 10,  in Key West
Key West Songwriters' Festival
May 06 to May 10
The 20th-annual showcase of musical magic features America's foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings.
Contact: Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814

May 16 to May 17,  in Florida Keys
Keys 100 Ultramarathon Race
May 16 to May 17
The eighth annual Keys 100 feature three ultra-marathon road races - an individual 50-mile, individual 100-mile and a 100-mile team relay - between Key Largo and Smathers Beach, Key West, including an added 50km race between Big Pine Key and Key West. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys. Keys 100 races are the only USATF Sanctioned 50 and 100 mile ultramarathons in South Florida.
Contact: Bob Becker 954-439-2800
Email: bob@ultrasportsllc.com

April 30 to May 03,  in Key West
Key West Paddleboard Classic
April 30 to May 03
During this ocean paddleboard race, participants enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race around Key West is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks. Other weekend beach and paddling activities are planned.
Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
Email: sue@lazydog.com

May 02,  in Key West
Keystock Music Festival
May 02
Crowds are expected to gather at Truman Waterfront for an evening musical event featuring the legendary musical group Grand Funk Railroad. Keystock is sponsored by Lazy Lakes RV Resort and Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band. Concert profits benefit Homes for Veterans Inc. VIP tickets, reserved seating, and general admission are to be available. No coolers or lawn chairs day of show.
Contact: Joe Cleghorn 305-292-7729
Email: jcleghorn@bellsouth.net

May 07 to May 23,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: The Fox on the Fairway
May 07 to May 23
The president of the Quail Valley Country Club is in a difficult position. His newly hired hand is in love with the waitress at the club house. But, more important to him, the golfer he thought would play for his club was recruited by his cocky and arrogant opponent and the huge bet he foolishly wagered is now likely to be lost. Another great farce by Ken Ludwig.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

May 30,  in Key West
Key West Ladies' Dolphin Championship
May 30
Female anglers can vie for $10,000 in cash and prizes during the 2015 Mercury Marine Ladies Dolphin Championship. Scheduled Saturday, May 30, the event offers prizes for the winning boat team and top five individual anglers. The angler who catches the heaviest dolphin during the daylong tournament earns a $3,000 cash purse. The second-place angler is to receive $1,500 cash, while $500 awaits the third-place finisher and prizes reward the fourth- and fifth-place participants. Proceeds are to benefit the Jose Wejebe "Spanish Fly" Memorial Foundation.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364
Email: lee@murraymarine.com

May 18,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: History of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
May 18
Free and open to the public, a powerpoint presentation crafted by Elena Muratori, Park Services Specialist, shares a brief history of the Unites States' first undersea park, from its inception to the present day. Starts at 6:30 p.m., at Island Community Church, MM 83.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940

May 14 to May 17,  in Key West
Key West Air, Land & Sea Poker Run
May 14 to May 17
Presented by the Florida Powerboat Club, fans and aficionados can join a unique motorsports event as participants from around the United States can enjoy up to five days of motoring, boating and flying fun in tropical paradise. Featuring group rallies from Miami to Key West by air, land and by sea. See the cars, boats and motorbikes on display at the Poker Run Village, located at the Conch Republic Seafood Company, Friday 4 - 10 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free to the public.
Contact: 954-545-1414
Email: admin@flpowerboat.com

May 03,  in Key West
The South Florida Symphony presents Summer Solstice
May 03
As part of the summer's Chamber Music Series, audiences can enjoy uplifting dances by pianist Svetlana Smolina. This Chamber Music Concert II "Dances From The Heart" is certain to uplift the spirits. At Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre, 5901 College Road. 7 p.m. $35 reserved; $30 general admission.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
Email: info@southfloridasymphony.org

May 25,  in Islamorada
Memorial Day Service
May 25
The Matecumbe Historical Trust will hold their annual Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument, Mile Marker (MM) 81.8 Overseas Highway. The monument was dedicated in 1937 to honor the Veterans and civilians killed in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. The ceremony will begin with an introductory presentation, followed by the invocation by Pastor Tony Hammon of Island Community Church, Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, a brief history of the Hurricane Monument, the laying of the memorial wreath and a benediction. The service is open to the public. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend in observance of Memorial Day.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940.

May 16,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Nesting Ninja Turtles
May 16
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. Our special guests the Turtle Hospital will help teach you to become a turtle ambassador! Play a game of Turtle Doctor, and learn about the life of a turtle. Dig in to find sea turtle "food." 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

May 03 to May 06,  in Marathon
Tarponian Tournament
May 03 to May 06
For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.
Contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492
Email: dbreznicky@breznickyassociates.com

May 01 to May 03,  in Marathon
Marathon Offshore Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament
May 01 to May 03
A $10,000 first prize awaits the angler with the largest bull and cow combined, as well as prizes awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail, grouper and snapper.
Contact: Jack Carlson 305-481-0495
Email: carlson.jack@ymail.com; bigtimetackle@comcast.net

May 15 to May 17,  in Florida Keys
Florida Keys Dolphin Championship
May 15 to May 17
This Keys-wide dolphin challenge allows anglers to fish one tournament from Key Largo to Key West, and weigh in at five locations. An unlimited number of anglers can join a team, in this boat/team event. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
Email: fishnkw@aol.com

April 29 to May 16,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Me and Jezebel
April 29 to May 16
When Bette Davis shows up at a Connecticut household, her one-night stay turns into a month of hilarious chaos. "The story is delightful, the writing is entertaining, and what comes out of Bette's mouth is priceless." (New York Post) Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

May 24,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Here's To Us
May 24
The grand finale of the 75th Season Celebration will feature a cast of 20 performing numbers from the Waterfront's hit musicals over the years; a tribute to great moments from Waterfront Playhouse musicals. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

May 15,  in Key Largo
Ocean Life Lecture Series: Aquarius, To Live and Work Beneath the Sea
May 15
The Ocean Life series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. Hosted by Florida International University's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the series features interdisciplinary experts from FIU and the Keys. This series is free and open to the public.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org

April 29 to May 23,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Venus in Fur
April 29 to May 23
This smash Broadway hit is a laugh-out-loud study of the politics of sex that's guaranteed to mesmerize. An actress comes late to an audition for a less-than impressed director, but she soon turns the session into a tango for dominance.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

May 16,  in Marathon
Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival
May 16
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: Christine Canevari 813-426-3544
Email: christine@highfivedragonboat.com

May 24,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
May 24
Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300

May 20,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: Diving for a Living
May 20
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "Diving for a Living" presented by Kerry Dillon. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7 p.m. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: programs@divingmuseum.org

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