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July 04,  in Islamorada
Spirit of Islamorada July 4 Celebration
July 04
Founders Park, MM 87 on Plantation Key, is the site of an old-fashioned annual Fourth of July celebration co-sponsored in part by the Spirit of Islamorada July 4 Celebration committee, the Islamorada Village of Islands and the Upper Keys Rotary Club. Entertainment and activities for kids, teens, parents and dogs highlight the event from 6-9 p.m., followed by a fireworks show. Islamorada residents and visitors are welcome to attend. Guests staying at participating resorts are to receive admission-free wristbands to enter the event at 6 p.m. Nonresidents not staying at a participating hotel can be admitted for a $10 tax-deductible donation.


July 15 to July 17,  in Marathon
Key West Marlin Pre-Tournament
July 15 to July 17
The inaugural event is to be held at the Hyatt Place Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club. A $600 boat fee includes entry for two anglers. First- through third-place teams in the pre-tournament are to compete for marlin division trophies as well as fun fish awards for the three heaviest dolphin fish, wahoo and tuna (yellowfin, blackfin and skipjack). The top-scoring team in the pre-tournament is to be entitled to free entry (valued at about $2,000) into the following week's Key West Marlin Tournament.
Contact: 305-292-2710


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


July 02,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Gin Blossoms
July 02
Gin Blossoms exploded onto the music scene in the 90s with their quadruple platinum album 'New Miserable Experience' which yielded the radio mega hits "Found Out About You," "Hey Jealousy," "Allison Road" and "Until I Fall Away." They followed it up with another string of hits including "Follow You Down" and "Til I Hear It From You" (co-penned by Marshall Crenshaw). Gin Blossoms bring their infectious pop rock sensibilities to Key West. Showtimes 6 PM and 9 PM. Event is ages 21 and over.
Contact: 305-985-0433


July 03,  in Big Pine
Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club's Annual Fireworks
July 03
Co-sponsored by the Big Pine & Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, attractions include vendors, food and ice-cold beverages, games and activities for both adults and kids. An expanded fireworks show is scheduled 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. No rain date is scheduled. The happening spot is Big Pine Community Park, 31009 Atlantis Drive.
Contact: Sheila Cantler 208-709-6400


July 08 to July 10,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Summer Classic
July 08 to July 10
A family-formatted boat tournament series is to feature nine target backcountry and oceanside species -- dolphin, grunts, jacks, shark, snapper, snook, tarpon, tuna & trout. Trophies are awarded to the top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel (non guided) and charter (guided) divisions. Open to adults, teens and junior anglers.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com

November 04 to July 05,  in Islamorada
Florida Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Midweek Matinees
November 04 to July 05
Featured movies have been made in/about the Keys, and will include a brief historical introduction. Movies will be shown the first Wednesday of the month in the afternoon. Seating is limited (35) so get your tickets early!
Contact: 305-922-2237
Email: executivedirector@keysdiscovery.com

July 16,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Be A Wildlife Hero!
July 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. Join our special guests from the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Learn how to read animal footprints and how to protect Key deer. May and June is peak spawning season for Key deer. There will be a game of "What Made Those Tracks?" and other 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

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 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 09,  in Big Pine
32nd Annual Underwater Music Festival
July 09
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. All participants are encouraged to come in costume!
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com

July 19 to July 24,  in Key West
Hemingway Days
July 19 to July 24
The 36th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, 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 15 to July 16,  in Key West
Mel Fisher Days
July 15 to July 16
Come commemorate the anniversary of Mel Fisher's famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha and the discovery of its Motherlode. Friday Kick-off party at the Schooner Wharf Bar with salvage boat tours, raffles, drink specials and live entertainment! The Block Party is Saturday, 6pm-10pm, at Custom House on Front Street, and features a first-ever $2,500 T-Shirt Lottery, food and drink vendors, a free concert and a huge silent auction. 100% of net proceeds from these events are to benefit Wesley House Family Services.
Contact: 305-296-6533


July 02 to July 04,  in Key West
Fourth Annual Key Lime Festival
July 02 to July 04
A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors during the fourth annual Key Lime Festival. A Key Lime martini Sip and Stroll, and Key lime rum sampling and distillery tour are among events to kickoff the weekend-long event.


July 20 to July 23,  in Key West
Bacardi Oakheart Key West Marlin Tournament
July 20 to July 23
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 festival, 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.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
Email: tim.greene@keywestmarlin.com

July 04,  in Key West
32nd 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 09 to July 12,  in Key West
Del Brown Permit Tournament
July 09 to July 12
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 04,  in Key West
8th Annual 4th of July Harbor Walk
July 04
Join a celebratory Independence Day event honoring our local active military and Key West's penchant for fun! Bar Stroll will begin at Sunset Pier, Ocean Key Resort, 0 Duval St. on the Historic Harbor Walk in Key West, FL. A ticket booth will be open at noon for at-the-door sales and will-call tickets. Come early, enjoy the scenic Key West Harbor, and enjoy the entertainment. The $25 entry fee includes a commemorative t-shirt and a ticket to present at nine local establishments along the Harbor Walk for a free beverage or food item. Advance sales are only at Schooner Wharf Bar. Day of event sales at Sunset Pier only. $1000 in free entries to active, local military. Pre-register by email.
Contact: Rick Dostal 305-766-0239
Email: captrick@earthlink.net

July 20 to July 23,  in Key West
Sloppy Joe's 36th annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest
July 20 to July 23
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 21 and 22, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23.


July 23,  in Key West
Hemingway 5K Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race
July 23
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

April 15 to July 31,  in Key West
Key West Art Garden 2016
April 15 to July 31
Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org

July 07,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Robert Cray Band
July 07
For over 40 years, singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray's approach to writing, recording and playing music. He has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. Show time 8 P.M.
Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: keywesttheater@gmail.com

July 05,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
July 05
The band, cofounded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. After 23 years, 10 records, over 2700 live shows, and countless appearances in film and television, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down, and is looking forward to celebrating it's 25th anniversary in 2018. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: keywesttheater@gmail.com

July 11,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents The Return: The Ultimate Beatles Experience
July 11
The captivating, fun, and exciting spirit that came to be known as "Beatlemania" is alive again in The Return - the world's most authentic and entertaining Beatles tribute band. These four lads have carefully and skillfully recreated the Beatles experience by not only performing all the great songs of the original four, but also by sporting the same suits, boots, mop-tops, musical instruments, and gear. Show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: keywestheater@gmail.com

July 04,  in Key Largo
Upper Keys July 4 Parade
July 04
The Upper Keys Reporter newspaper is to co-sponsor its annual Fourth of July parade, an old-fashioned community event, with the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. The parade gets rolling at 10 a.m. from MM 98 along U.S. Highway 1 in Key Largo and ends at MM 100. Awards are to be presented to winning floats in categories including most original, most beautiful and best portrayal of theme. The Key Largo American Legion and Key Largo VFW sponsor a variety of military vehicles and will have food and beverages after. Gulf War Veterans and others are invited to stop by for a free membership to either or both groups. Call Capt John for details.
Contact: 305-394-1404; or Capt John 305-791-8001


July 28,  in Key Largo
Free Fish ID Class: Become A Citizen Scientist!
July 28
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.
Contact: Allison Estape 305-794-5081


July 23 to July 26,  in Key Largo
Lobster Mini Season Information Booth
July 23 to July 26
An information booth geared to help travelers coming to the Florida Keys for lobster mini-season is to open at Waldorf Plaza at mile marker 100, near the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. This year's booth is to be established 10 a.m-6 p.m., daily. Staffed by officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, these officers are to be on hand to show lobster enthusiasts how to properly measure their harvest, as well as information on the latest lobster-catching rules and regulations.


July 21,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
July 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.


July 04 to July 06,  in Islamorada
Poor Boys Tarpon Fly Tournament
July 04 to July 06
The tournament kick-off is to be held at the Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar, mile marker 81.9, on Monday, July 4 between 4 - 6 P.M. Complimentary appetizers are to be served registered anglers. Fishing will be Tuesday & Wednesday, July 5 & 6. Scoring is done at the Lorelei each afternoon. The winners will be announced at Lorelei following fishing on July 6. Complimentary food will be served. The registration fee is $200.00 per boat/2 anglers. Entry fee includes t-shirts. Extra anglers are $100.00.   
Contact: Diane Ambrogio 305-509-0253
Email: poorboystournament@gmail.com

July 10,  in Key West
South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents: Excelsa Quartet
July 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


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