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April 06 to April 07,  in Islamorada
28th Annual Florida Keys Island Fest
April 06 to April 07
Music, art, food and fun complement this annual art show with nearly 100 artists and crafters, live music and a "Taste of the Islands" foodie competition. Free admission, festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder's Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. On-site parking for a $5 donation. Sponsored by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.
Contact: Chamber of Commerce 305-664-4503
Email: info@islamoradachamber.com

April 06,  in Marathon
38th Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run
April 06
A field of 1,500 runners participate in the annual foot race across the longest of the 42 bridges that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Sponsored by the Marathon Runners Club. Bridge is to be closed from 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Contact: 305-395-7040

April 19 to April 28,  in Key West
37th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
April 19 to April 28
With activities such as a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic's 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
Contact: 305-296-0213
Email: info@conchrepublic.com

April 12 to April 14,  in Islamorada
Redbone @ Large Sunrise/Sunset Celebrity Tarpon Tournament
April 12 to April 14
One of approximately 30 events held each year whose proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Highlights include a kick-off welcome reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction; daily continental breakfast and dockside lunch and beach buffet for anglers.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org

April 27,  in Islamorada
Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park: Young Musicians Concert
April 27
A free season-closing concert at the ICE Amphitheater at Islamorada's Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band. Talented local students join the band, and play-along instruments provided.
Contact: 305-853-7294
Email: keyscommunityconcertband@yahoo.com

April 06 to April 27,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust's “29 Points of Interest” Historical Trolley Tours
April 06 to April 27
Enjoy an enlightening trolley ride through time. Guided trolley tours depart at 10 a.m. from the Islamorada Moose Lodge at 81573 Old Highway in Islamorada.The one-hour, colorful and much acclaimed historical tours feature 29 points of interest on the islands of Islamorada. A monitor is located at the front of the trolley showing photos of the past as you see them as they are today. Tour dates: April 6, 13, 20 & 27. Tickets may be purchased on site or call in advance. Adults are $15, children six and under are free.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940

April 20,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Soaring on Wings – Birds of the Keys
April 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. Children can learn about birds of the Florida Keys. The Soaring on Wings program is hosted by Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Key West Wildlife Center. 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

April 09 to May 03,  in Key West
Arts Council Presents the Connections Project 2019 TOUR
April 09 to May 03
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts' seventh annual Connections Project Keyswide road show features a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. Currently at Royal Furniture in Key West, it moves May 3 to the Gato Building in Key West. Receptions with wine and hors d'oeuvres are open to the public. After connecting with the art, patrons can also collect art by making a $50 donation for one canvas or a $125 donation for three at any reception or online. Once the road show has ended, donors receive a randomly selected piece of the mosaic in the mail. Each work includes an artist statement providing insight into the origin of the work and the artist’s thoughts and inspiration. Proceeds from the Connections Project directly benefit Keys artists and arts organizations.

April 13,  in Key West
Mote Marine Laboratory's 9th Annual Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration
April 13
From 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at NOAA's Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and Truman Waterfront. Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, eco-travelers and families are encouraged to celebrate the marine environment as we explore conservation exhibits, view and purchase wares from local artists and vendors, experience touch tanks, and listen to live music all while raising funds for coral reef research and restoration.

April 21,  in Islamorada
24th Annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
April 21
Captain Spencer Slate, clad in a giant Easter Bunny suit and dive gear, will be hiding brightly coloured Easter Eggs for enthusiastic bounty hunters amidst a shallow reef. Participants in the underwater game of hide and seek are awarded prizes, including a particularly valuable goodie basket for the fortunate finder of a "Golden Egg." Both divers and snorkellers can participate in the event but space is limited. Check in is at 8 a.m. with boats leaving the dock at 8.30 a.m.
Contact: Reserve 305-451-3020

April 18 to April 20,  in Key West
21st Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival Celebrates Women in World Music
April 18 to April 20
For more than 20 years, the Afro Roots Fest has celebrated the evolution of African culture in our communities. To kick off the festival’s third decade, organizers are showcasing some of the premier female artists in world music today. The festival travels down U.S. 1 to Key West for a special celebration of Cuba. On the 18th with Miami Latin-funk band Electric Piquete’s debut at The Green Parrot (601 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040) at 9 p.m. On Friday, April 19, a screening of the documentary Eliades Ochoa: from Cuba to the World at The Studios of Key West (533 Eaton Street, Key West, FL 33040) will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Finally, Cuban folk act Cortadito celebrates Cuba with a performance also at TSKW on Saturday, 8 p.m., and then the Spam Allstars perform at the official closing party at the Green Parrot beginning at 10 p.m. 

April 28 to May 02,  in Marathon
Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament
April 28 to May 02
This team tournament, with 2-4 anglers per team/boat, allows anglers to fish three nights with three different Captains at three different bridges: Bahia Honda, Long Key and the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge(s) in the heart of tarpon season. A charity tournament, the event's proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House charities.
Contact: Donna Vankirk 305-393-0699
Email: captdonna1@aol.com

April 04,  in Key West
Rams Head Productions presents: The Beach Boys
April 04
This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that The Beach Boys' songs have forever changed the musical landscape, profoundly influencing countless performing artists to follow. Doors open 6 p.m., show starts 7:30 p.m. at Sunset Green Event Lawn, 3820 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

April 13,  in Marathon
The Marathon Pentathlon - 2019
April 13
This year all five sequential events which make up the Pentathlon will be hosted at Banana Bay Resort, starting at 8 a.m. Events include a one-mile foot race, half-mile swim race in the Bay, a one-mile SUP race, one-mile kayak race and longest golf drive. Awards ceremony to be held at 1 p.m. The maximum amount of participants will be capped at 45 per each event.
Contact: 305-587-9830
Email: info@TheMarathonGames.com

April 04 to April 07,  in Key West
Key West Yoga & Wellness Fest
April 04 to April 07
Enjoy a weekend that combines the best of this legendary tropical island culture with whole body wellness - mind, body and spirit. From Friday evening's opening party to Sunday afternoon's breathtaking celebration, the Yoga and Wellness festival is one to savor. Attend individual events or a three-day VIP Festival Pass, which includes exclusive VIP access to all four festival events over three days, plus an exclusive VIP celebration and a goodie bag to enhance the mind and body experience.
Contact: 305-587-9115
Email: info@keywestyogafest.com

April 07,  in Key West
Key West Artisan Market
April 07
Browse among culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, live music, craft beer, wine and art and food concessions. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at a NEW location this year, at Higgs Beach. Bring your own bags. A fantastic, family-friendly, free event. Theme: Ocean Awareness.

April 06,  in Key West
The Revivalists at the Key West Amphitheater
April 06
The Revivalists, a band with heart and soul, welcome listeners on this journey with them as they set out with a newfound depth and ambition. A mainstream phenomenon, the song “Wish I Knew You” sky rocketed on the Top 40 and bubbled up on to the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Their hit “All My Friends” is driven by swaggering piano, boisterous horns and bluesy leads, among so many more. Gates open 5 p.m., showtime 6:30 p.m. at Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater.

March 07 to April 06,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: La Cage
March 07 to April 06
La Cage… is a bevy of sight, gags, wildly drawn characters, and rompery, truly the fabric of a farce. Here amidst the age-old triangle of mother, father and child we find a real family.  Georges and Albin, partners for over 20-years, learn Jean-Michel, Georges' son from a one-night fling, is engaged to be married to Anne. George and Albin are the owners of the infamously bawdy and risqué St. Tropez nightclub, La Cage aux Folles. When Anne's parents arrive to meet Jean-Michel’s parents, the farce and fun begins. Anne's father is the Director of the conservative ‘Tradition, Family, and Morality’ Party, and committed to closing down St. Tropez’s immoral businesses, one of which is La Cage aux Folles. Show times 8 p.m.

March 07 to April 06,  in Marathon
Florida Keys Watercolor Society presents: 37th Annual Judged Exhibition
March 07 to April 06
View over 60 paintings in watercolor, acrylic, mixed media and more. The artwork is for sale with 20 percent of sales going to Marathon Community Theater as a gesture of "Artists helping the Arts." The exhibit opens for daytime viewing on Thursday, March, 7 and can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday thru April 6, and during evenings before the curtain and during intermission of the Marathon Community Theatre's Performance of “La Cage aux Folles.” Take a chance on winning one of two original framed watercolors donated by acclaimed artists. Tickets are 6 tickets for $5- 13 tickets for $10- and 30 tickets for $20. Your ticket gives you a chance to win "Fading Away" by artist Nancy Murphree Davis and "The Guardian" by West Palm Beach Artist Charles Passarelli. Drawing is on Wednesday, April 10 and each paintings will be shipped free of charge anywhere in the USA to the 2 different winners, need not be present to win.

April 10,  in Florida Keys
Night Ranger at the Key West Theater
April 10
With more than 17 Million albums sold worldwide, Night Ranger has both epitomized and transcended the arena rock sound and style. Their popularity is fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks, including legendary titles such as "Sister Christian", "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", "When You Close Your Eyes", the anthemic "(You Can Still) Rock In America", along with "Sentimental Street", "Goodbye", "Sing Me Away", and "Four in the Morning". Doors open at 5:30 for first show at 6:30; second show, doors open 8:30 for a 9:30 performance. Key West Theater is located at 512 Eaton St. ?
Contact: Box Office 305-985-0433
Email: info@thekeywesttheater.com

March 31 to April 01,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Underwater, Two One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams
March 31 to April 01
Continuing to present lesser-known works by the great American playwright, KWAHS presents the rarely performed comedy Lifeboat Drill and steamy threesome Kingdom of Earth - two intriguing plays with characters trapped, both physically and metaphorically, by rising waters. With Alaina Albertson, Michael Catlege, Kitty Clements, Arthur Crocker and Jeffrey Johnson. Directed by Stephen Kitsakos. Tickets $60 Preferred, $45 General. Showtimes 7 p.m.

April 03,  in Key West
Studios of Key West presents: An Evening of Storytelling with Diana Nyad
April 03
Famed long distance swimmer Diana Nyad captured the heart of Key West in 2013 when she emerged on Smathers Beach, having completed her historic swim from Cuba to the US, Havana to Key West. As an athlete, author, former sports broadcaster, and fitness icon, Nyad’s life reads like a riveting collection of stories. The Courage to Fail gives audience members the opportunity to absorb the tales of an incredible public figure in an intimate setting. Tickets $60 Preferred, $44, $35 mbrs. Starts 7 p.m., Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.

April 11,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: The Spanish Presence in Florida from 1512 to 1821
April 11
Key West Art & Historical Society presents the Honorable Cándido Creis, Consul General of Spain in Miami for Florida, who will discuss “The Spanish Presence in Florida from 1512 to 1821” at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St., from 6-7PM. Cándido Creis, a career diplomat who has held numerous distinguished positions in the Spanish Foreign Office, will explain the establishment of Spanish La Florida in 1513 after the arrival of Ponce de Leon, the years when Florida was a territory of the Kingdom of Spain and the impact of that heritage today. Distinguished Speaker Series presentation tickets are $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members, and are available at kwahs.org, click ‘tickets.” Early ticket purchase is recommended.
Contact: 305-295-3366 x 115
Email: kcallaway@kwahs.org

February 22 to April 30,  in Key West
Artist Paul Arsenault Exhibit at Custom House Museum
February 22 to April 30
Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society, the work of artist Paul Arsenault is to be featured at a special opening reception on February 22 from 6–7PM in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. “Coastal Trade: Bounty, Booty, and Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West” is an exhibit of over 30 of Arsenault’s paintings that are a window into the pioneering days of southwest Florida’s maritime trading networks, presented along with artifacts from Arsenault’s personal collection and the Society’s archives. Exhibit runs through April 30.
Contact: 305-295-6616 x112
Email: cconvertitofarrar@kwahs.org

March 19 to April 26,  in Key West
'Visions of Cuba' Cuban Art Exhibit at the Gato Building
March 19 to April 26
This collective exhibition of contemporary Cuban Art, curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez, represents the artwork of more than 50 prominent Cuban artists who now live in cities throughout the world, many of whom attended the ISA, Institud Superior of Art in Havana, and have participated in the Havana Biennial. The Gato Building itself is steeped in Cuban Heritage, originally a Cuban Cigar Factory. “Visions of Cuba” showcases a variety of community artists, ranging from students to professionals, and promotes the significant cultural connection between Cuba, Key West, the Gato and artists. View the exhibit inside the Gato Building, open daily Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Contact: 305-295-4369
Email: info@keysarts.com

April 06 to April 27,  in Key West
Key West Burlesque presents: A Tribute to Prince
April 06 to April 27
Key west burlesque pulls back the purple Vail in an epic tribute to one of the greatest recording artists of all times! Erotic City: a burlesque tribute to the Artist Prince is a celebration of the life and music of this amazing musician. Tatah Dujour and the Key West Burlesque dancers take to the stage to perform to all his greatest hits in the Backroom of Sidebar, 504 Angela St., April 6, 13, 20 & 27. They are joined by a weekly rotating cast of favorites including Aurora Natrix, Moana Amour, Trixie Moon, and R Dynamite.

April 27 to April 28,  in Marathon
Earth Day Festival at oTHErside Adventure Park & Keys Cable
April 27 to April 28
Join Otherside Boardsports & Keys Cable Adventure Park for a festival of Earth-centric activities and events serving up good food, music and vibes! Artisan cocktails with fresh, 100-percent organic pressed juices, local food & eats, eco-conscious and Earth-inspired pop-up apparel shops, including waterwear for a plastic-free ocean — swimwear and board shorts made of recycled plastic bottles. Other highlights include a fashion show, terrarium station, operation wildflower, one wheel course, wake boarding and so much more. Bring your own cup!

April 09 to April 11,  in Key West
Fringe Theater presents: Air Heart
April 09 to April 11
Fringe Theater takes flight with its presentation of Air Heart. The production, written and performed by aerial actor Mara Neimanis, is based on the life and flight of Amelia Earhart. Audience and performer will share the stage of the Tennessee Williams Theater, 5901 College Road, for this unique (and very Fringe-y) production to be presented each evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 general admission and $45 reserved seating. Tickets are available online.
Contact: 305-295-7676

April 20,  in Key West
Gospel Jazz Night
April 20
Founded in 1864 by free black community leader Sandy Cornish, the Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church is today a landmark in Key West. The Cornish Chapel was established for the island's African-American citizens and was designed to be a schoolhouse and a safe gathering place as well as a church. Intriguing architectural details include a distinctive double staircase leading to the main door. This special evening features Mr. Terance Young, recording artist, and is dedicated as a fundraiser to repair the large stained glass window in the sanctuary. Doors open 5:30PM, starts 6PM, Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 702 Whitehead St. Tickets $25
Contact: Rev. Rochelle Pearson 305-517-6611 o

April 22,  in Key Largo
Earth Day 'Dive Against Debris' Diving & Conservation Event
April 22
There will be an ENTIRE boat dedicated to picking up Debris out of our beloved Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. You must call to reserve your spot on this trip. Sponsored by Rainbow Reef Dive Resort, 100 Ocean Drive. STREAM2SEA will be joining by encouraging safe sunscreen usage and educating the public on the benefits of staying away from toxic sunscreens. Following the event, we will return to the dock for a celebration of our accomplishments! There will also be prizes! Event begins 11:30AM with live music and lunch at the dock. Check in for dives at 1PM, two-tank trip departs at 2PM. Call to reserve, space limited.
Contact: (305)-451-7171

April 20,  in Key West
Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration at the Key West Tropical Forest!
April 20
A full day of events! The Nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale from 9am to noon. Beginning at 1PM in the Toppino Nature Chapel, Key West Urban Forester, Karen DeMaria will be speaking on “The City of Key West Tree Ordinance-Fact vs Fiction.” Karen will explain the City’s tree ordinance and will also answer questions. Admission for the speaker is free for members, $5 for non-members. All proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program. Additional events and exhibits for the day will continue until 4PM including the Earth Day planting of trees and shrubs by the City with Master Gardner, Michelle Leonard-Mularz, explaining proper planting procedures in the Florida Keys; Bee-keeping Presentation & Honey Tasting; Home Brew Club; Key West Sea Turtle Club Booth & Activity and other Local Environmental Groups, Booths & Activities.
Contact: 305-296-1504

April 20,  in Big Pine
Shrimp Road Earth Day Clean Up
April 20
The Perry Hotel, Stock Island Marina and Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar invite the public to join the annual Shrimp Road Earth Day Clean Up from 8-10AM.

April 22,  in Key West
Earth Day Jam with That Hippie Band
April 22
Join the global celebration of the 49th Earth Day with Gary Hempsey and That Hippie Band. This Ralph De Palma Production, sponsored by the Schooner Wharf Bar, is at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Doors open at 7pm, music begins at 8pm. Bring your good vibes, harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding, and peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars. It will be like Woodstock without the mud!

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