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August 22 to August 24,  in Florida Keys
Florida Keys & Key West Museums and Attractions Weekend
August 22 to August 24
The event provides a cultural pass for South Florida residents and visitors to experience the rich history of Key West by offering free or reduced admission to more than 20 participating museums, including Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Pigeon Key, Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West Aquarium, Key West Art and Historical Society at Custom House and many more. Attendees must log onto www.wlrn.org and click on the "Florida Keys & Key West Museum & Attractions Weekend" banner to print out the free weekend pass.
Email: akennedy@wlrn.org

August 28 to September 01,  in Key West
Fifh Annual Key West Brewfest
August 28 to September 01
More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on to be tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the great activities on tap, including a Local Home Brew Head to Head Competition.
Contact: 800-354-4455
Email: info@keywestbrewfest.com

August 16,  in Key Largo
Anything that Floats Regatta Race
August 16
Grab your oars and anything that floats and enjoy this family-fun festival - an on-the-water race of vessels crafted from items around the house - on Blackwater Sound, mile marker 104 bayside. A captains party is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15. Saturday is race day, with team check-in beginning at 2 p.m. Race events begin at 3 p.m. and are free to enter and watch. Waterfront bars and restaurants offer excellent viewing areas for observing the race and enjoying a Keys sunset, with live music and more fun to follow.
Contact: 305-451-4502
Email: events@fkrm.com

August 07 to August 10,  in Key West
Key West Lobsterfest: A Crustacean Celebration!
August 07 to August 10
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 03,  in Key Largo
Paddlin' and Pups
August 03
Bring your own paddleboard or kayak, or rent one with Florida Bay Outfitters Kayak & Canoe Center, who have teamed up with MarrVelous Pet Rescues for a Paddlin' With Your Pup event! Join the rescue for some fun on the water to paddle with your favorite four-legged companion or a furry friend up for adoption! From 10:30AM - 12:30PM, at MM 104 bayside, shoreside at the Caribbean Club. All proceeds benefit MarrVelous Pet Rescues.
Contact: 305-451-3018; Kat 305-451-1315


August 21,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
August 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. 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.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com

August 22 to August 24,  in Islamorada
Dive Into History: Deep Diving into the Abyss
August 22 to August 24
Part of the History of Diving Museum's new 'Dive into History' quarterly event series; this installment of the series is an excursion into oceanic exploration from William Beebe's record-setting Bathysphere dive descent to 3,028 feet and James Cameron's submersible Deepsea Challenger, made famous with his solo dive to the deepest spot in the world's oceans. Highlights include movie screenings, guest speakers, a 'sea creatures for kids' workshop and more.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: info@divingmuseum.org

August 20,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
August 20
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a very special event: "Journey to the Bottom of the Sea," presented by the museum's founder and Women's Diving Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Sally Bauer. 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.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: joe@divingmuseum.org

August 22 to August 23,  in Islamorada
6th Annual Spartan Fishing Tournament
August 22 to August 23
Headquartered at La Siesta Resort & Marina, the one-day tournament is a family-friendly fishing event with backcountry and offshore divisions. Enjoy a BBQ, awards, raffle and silent auction to follow a day on the water. A Friday captains meeting is set for 8 p.m., fishing starts at 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Registration is available online.
Contact: Scott Giberson
Email: sgiberson@pacehs.com

August 21,  in Key West
Walk on White Monthly Art Stroll
August 21
This regular neighborhood gallery stroll is perhaps the best known among art lovers, held on the island city's White Street from Southard to United streets and onto Truman Avenue the third Thursday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. The popular evening features exhibitions and receptions at galleries, shops and occasionally other venues. Highlight locations include Harrison Gallery; the quirky and inviting Stone Soup Gallery; and The Studios of Key West, offering regular exhibitions, performances, workshops and studio space in the style of America's leading artist communities. Each month's stroll highlights a different artistic genre.


July 29 to August 03,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Key West Summer Stage "The Whale"
July 29 to August 03
This is the story of a 650 pound, grief-stricken, guilt-racked man seeking reconciliation with his estranged daughter. At times hilarious, and others heart-breaking, the play stars one of Key West's comic gems, Chad Newman, in a rare but riveting dramatic performance, supported by Melody Moore, Quincy Perkins, Julia Tetreault, and Tammy Shanley. Winner of the Lortel, Obie, and Drama Desk Awards last year.
Contact: 305-296-9911


August 02,  in Big Pine
Reef Light Tackle Mini Season Shoot Out Fishing Tournament
August 02
This one day fishing tournament is to award a grand prize of $3,500 for the heaviest dolphin and $1,000 for the heaviest grouper. A rod & reel is awarded to the top junior angler in each category. Cash prizes are based on a 30 boat minimum participation. This is a winner-take-all event with all entry fees collected paid back to the winning teams. Just enter, fish and win! Entry fee is $150 per boat for up to four anglers (any additional anglers will be $30 per angler). Registration forms and tournament rules are available at: Reef Light Tackle, 29770 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 29.7 on Big Pine Key.
Contact: Terry Thomas or Donna Hart 305-872-7679
Email: reeflighttackle@bellsouth.net

August 21,  in Key Largo
FL Keys 100 Fish ID Challenge: Identifying 100+ Fish Species on 1 Dive
August 21
Join Keys-based underwater photographers Carlos and Allison Estape in the quest to become a Century Club Diver, and identify 100+ species on 1 dive! Lecture will discuss fish biodiversity in the Florida Keys, how to do a Century Dive, the top fish biodiversity dive sites in the Upper Keys for a Century Dive, and a thorough dive briefing on how to do a Century Dive on Alligator Ledge. Free and open to the public,from 7-8:30 p.m. at REEF headquarters, in the median at MM 98.3.
Email: reefhq@reef.org

August 10,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
August 10
Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a steer, pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge and donations are appreciated. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300


August 24,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
August 24
Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a steer, pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge and donations are appreciated. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300


August 01,  in Key West
First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll
August 01
Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United Street, to Truman Avenue. Including Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery, Island Arts, Kate's, The Southernmost Art Studio, De La Gallery & Cork & Stogie. From 6-9 p.m., free and open to the public.
Contact: 305-295-4639


August 29 to September 01,  in Marathon
Heroes Salute
August 29 to September 01
Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key hosts an annual Heroes Salute program to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special Labor Day Weekend event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute, country music concert and fireworks show.
Contact: 1-877-484-9342


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