Florida Keys
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June 25,  in Big Pine
Tropical Fruit Fiesta
June 25
Bring the whole family for the biggest tropical fruit extravaganza in the Florida Keys. This FREE event is hosted at the Grimal Grove from 9 AM - 2 PM. Taste a variety of mangos, as well as rare exotic fruits. Fruits and tropical fruit trees will be available for sale, kids activities, acclaimed speakers, and a variety of activities, vendors, and plenty of food for sale. Ride your bike, bring your reusable bag and water bottle. Plenty of car parking is available as well. Proceeds of the event will to the Grimal Grove rain water catchment restoration project.

April 08 to June 07,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Roberta Marks
April 08 to June 07
"Roberta Marks: a Retrospective," a cohesive exhibition of nearly thirty years of her mixed media work, is to be on display at the Custom House Museum. Marks, whose work has won many awards and is widely collected and featured at numerous museums and galleries throughout the country, creates mixed media pieces via photographs, paintings, collages and constructions that investigate the mystery of being. Her constructions, fabricated using found, bought or gifted objects and materials, are portrayed as stage sets, representing the artist's existence and personal landscape. The exhibit will open on Friday, April 8 from 6:00-7:30, with special member VIP entry at 5:30 pm.
Contact: 305.295.6616 x 112

June 26,  in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
June 26
Looking for a fun place to take the kids? The Sheriff's Animal Farm is open 1 - 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the many animals at the farm. It is free of charge, but donations are welcomed because that is how the farm is sustained. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Open the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300

June 03 to June 04,  in Key Largo
Second Annual Coralpalooza Honors World Oceans Day
June 03 to June 04
Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is hosting its second annual Coral Plantapalooza in honor of World Oceans Day. CRF staff, interns, volunteers, and board members will work to plant staghorn corals on reefs in the upper Florida Keys in one day, with the help of participating recreational divers. Anyone who is open water certified and ready to learn about CRF an participate, dive groups are to range between Islamorada and Key Largo. An introductory workshop is to be held Friday afternoon, and dives are Saturday. Visit website for complete details. Free to participate, but donations to Coral Restoration Foundation are encouraged and welcomed.
Contact: 305-453-7030
Email: mari@coralrestoration.org

June 03 to June 05,  in Key Largo
Skippers Dolphin Tournament
June 03 to June 05
This tournament is headquartered at Skippers Dockside Restaurant (former location of Coconuts), behind the Holiday Inn. A kickoff and final registration party is planned Friday, June 3; fishing days are June 4 & 5; cash prizes over $60,000 include a first-place prize of $25,000. Prizes for top six teams as well as lady and junior anglers.
Email: ditournaments@aol.com

June 29 to July 31,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Key West Summer Stage
June 29 to July 31
Two great MainStage shows are planned for this sixth summer season, and more. "Bad Jews" is a hilarious off-Broadway smash hit, and "Water By The Spoonful" is a powerful look at family and redemption. Visit website for tickets and show times.
Contact: 305-296-9911

June 17 to June 19,  in Islamorada
Guy Harvey Outpost Inaugural Blazing Mako Tournament & Festival
June 17 to June 19
The event is to include a not-for-profit fishing tournament; innovative art exhibits featuring recycled materials, conservation organization displays and local vendors, all showcased in a 100 tent "Conchservation" Village to highlight 'trash-to-treasure' art exhibits and conservation efforts in the Florida Keys; a Rum Village and Kids Pier Fishing Tournament; fishing seminars and the traditional burning sculpture bonfire, a 15-foot mako shark design, beachside. The event will also aid in raising funds for marine sciences scholarships.
Contact: Christine Legris 954-524-2225
Email: clegris@guyharveypost.com

June 18,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: What Are Those Clouds?
June 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. Learn all about clouds and the weather. June is the beginning of hurricane season and it is important for everyone to learn about the weather and forecasting. There will be games and hands on activities. 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: 305-434-9377
Email: mary.tagliareniI@noaa.gov

June 05 to June 10,  in Islamorada
42nd Annual Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament
June 05 to June 10
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.
Email: GTrustFoundation@gmail.com

June 10 to June 12,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: Silver Bar Splash
June 10 to June 12
Celebrate with the HOD and Art "Silver Bar" McKee, the father of treasure diving. The weekend kicks off with a bingo game night at the museum, a divers' meeting and treasure dive on Saturday with Key Dives, and a family scavenger hunt with more free kids activities on Sunday. Call the museum for more details and to register.
Contact: 305-664-9737

June 20 to June 24,  in Islamorada
Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament
June 20 to June 24
With founders including baseball great and avid fly fisherman Ted Williams, this challenge appeals to "tarpon addicts," and both experienced and novice anglers can compete. The event is limited to 25 anglers and proceeds are to benefit the Florida Keys' fishing industry's Guides Trust Foundation.
Email: infodept@goldcuptt.com

June 18,  in Key West
Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West
June 18
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 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

June 24 to June 25,  in Islamorada
6th Annual Univ. of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament
June 24 to June 25
Anglers can fish with some favorite former Miami Hurricanes All-Stars in the one-day tournament that features cash prizes for the heaviest dolphin. Other attractions include a charity auction and more.
Contact: Judy Layne 305-598-2525
Email: info@canesfish.com; judy@canesfish.com

June 11,  in Key West
VFW Fishing Tournament
June 11
This family oriented 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 and active service member. Heaviest Dolphin is worth $2,500. All proceeds benefit disabled and veterans in need throughout Monroe County.
Contact: Pete Thomas 305-509-7244
Email: psty2k@yahoo.com

June 03 to June 05,  in Big Pine
Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament
June 03 to June 05
The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce presents its 23rd annual event, where anglers contend for more than $35,000 in cash prizes and awards. A special cash prize of $20,000 is awarded for the largest dolphin over 50 pounds. Additional prizes await winners in the open, ladies and youth divisions.
Contact: 800-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com

June 24 to June 26,  in Marathon
Marathon Super Boat Grand Prix
June 24 to June 26
Offshore powerboat racing events are held 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 at the Race Village dry pits and wet pits.
Contact: John Carbonell 305-296-6166

June 10 to June 11,  in Islamorada
Fourth Annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament
June 10 to June 11
Hosted by the Florida Keys Elks Lodge, this event welcomes female angler teams to compete for the highest aggregate weight of three dolphin fish. Cash and prizes are awarded to first- through third-place finishers, and for the largest dolphin caught.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com

June 10 to June 12,  in Key West
Third Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest
June 10 to June 12
Renowned mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers are to infiltrate the island where Hemingway and Tennessee Williams found their inspiration. Open to authors, aspiring authors and non-writing mystery-buffs alike, MWKWF 2016 welcomes keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum, and special guest authors Timothy Hallinan, Heather Graham and James O. Born along with a criminally stellar hit-list of some two dozen high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts. Also featured is presentation of the 2016 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition award.
Contact: 305-587-9392
Email: info@mysterywriterskeywestfest.com

June 02,  in Islamorada
Clyde Butcher: Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary
June 02
Keys History & Discovery Center presents renowned black-and-white photographer Clyde Butcher as he shares his adventures and experiences photographing and creating the exhibit Nature's Places of Spiritual Sanctuary. Hear of the spiritual bond he has with natural places, from the redwood forests of California to the cypress swamps of Florida. Feel his sense of oneness with the land and the importance of nature's solitude as expressed in each image. Doors open at 5 p.m., Presentation at 6 p.m. A book signing will follow the presentation. Cost: $25 for non-Discovery Center Members, includes cost of admission to Center (located at mile marker 82). Light appetizers and cash bar available.
Contact: 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com

June 11,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: Tah Dance!
June 11
Join an evening with the theater's eighth annual community dance showcase. Performance starts at 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994

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

June 15,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum's Immerse Yourself! Lecture Series: Coral Restoration Foundation
June 15
Celebrate the museum's 10th anniversary by attending a free lecture series held at the museum, located at MM 82.9, every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Adventurers from treasure hunters to aquanauts help tell the story of mankind's attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea. The evening lectures are informal, informative and provide a valuable educational resource at the museum, an acclaimed facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of relics and artifacts related to diving and its heritage.
Contact: 305-664-9737

June 17 to June 29,  in Key West
Michael Charles in Concert at Chicagos Key West
June 17 to June 29
Blues Hall of Famer Australian artist Michael Charles embarks on his ninth consecutive tour in 2016, the Coming Back Home Tour, which will once again take him to the far corners of the USA, Canada, and Australia. Charles has graced countless stages all over the world. Shows are set for 8:30 p.m. at Chicagos, 610 Greene St.
Contact: 305-741-7891

June 10,  in Key West
South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents: Excelsa Quartet
June 10
Maestra Sebrina Alfonso welcomes Excelsa Quartet as a guest artist headliner for the 2016 Summer Chamber Music Concert Series of the South Florida Symphony in the Keys, a much-talked-about innovative groups that promises to bring sweet summer sounds to South Florida. Excelsa Quartet fashioned its name from "Picca excels," a distinct species of Northern European spruce trees used to make the top panel of fine musical instruments. Showtime 7:30 p.m., tickets $35. Performance at The Studios of Key West.
Contact: 954-522-8445

June 30,  in Key Largo
Free Fish ID Class: Become A Citizen Scientist!
June 30
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.

June 25 to June 26,  in Florida Keys
Get Into Your Sanctuary Celebration
June 25 to June 26
Divers are encouraged to dive with a purpose and give back to the environment alongside the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Blue Star dive operators. Reef cleanups are to be staged and open to all willing dive participants. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the most extensive coral reef ecosystem in the continental United States. Visit website for local operators and dive trip times.
Contact: 305-434-9377

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