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November 12,  in Key Largo
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce’s 34th Annual Cook-Off
November 12
The culinary competition, held at the Holiday Inn, mile marker (MM) 100 in Key Largo, is open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories include soups and chowders, appetizers, main dishes, sides and salads, and desserts. The event is to be held from 6 - 8:30 p.m., and public sampling starts at about 7 p.m. Awards are to be announced afterward. Sampling tickets are to be sold at the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce.
Contact: 305-451-4747

November 25 to December 20,  in Key West
Key West Holiday Fest
November 25 to December 20
Each year a wide range of seasonal celebrations takes place throughout Key West. Events include the lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, tours of historic decorated inns, a holiday parade and much more.

November 07,  in Florida Keys
No Hearts Apart Century Bicycle Tour
November 07
This special riding event is to honor rider Wendell Karcher, who passed away suddenly from a heart attack during a training ride. The ride, from Key Largo to Key West, has been organized in his memory. Entry fee $50 pp. Event proceeds are going to the American Heart Association.
Contact: Mark Terrill 305-395-1551

November 19 to December 12,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: Forever Plaid
November 19 to December 12
Forever Plaid is a wonderful off-Broadway musical revue of the close-harmony "guy groups" (The Four Aces, The Four Freshmen) that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s with songs like , "Three Coins in the Fountain", "Gotta Be This or That", Moments to Remember", "No Not Much", Sixteen Tons", "Perfidia", "Cry", "Lady of Spain", "Love is a Many Splendored Thing", and many others. Visit website for show times and matinees.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

November 21,  in Islamorada
Bay Day Jazz Fest
November 21
Islamorada Community Entertainment (ICE) and the Everglades Foundation present a day of jazz, between 2-6 p.m. Admission $10 at Founders Park, at the outdoor amphitheater. Afternoon musical highlights include Ira Sullivan, the Chicago and Miami jazz great, Brazil's Elin and the Araya-Orta Quartet, an acclaimed Latin jazz group.

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

November 11,  in Marathon
Dolphin Research Center Salutes Veterans and Military with Free Admission
November 11
To salute the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is offering free admission to veterans, current military service personnel and their immediate families in honor of Veterans Day. Personnel only need to show their military identification cards or other proof of military service when they arrive at the nonprofit facility, open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at mile marker 59 Overseas Highway on Grassy Key.
Contact: 305-289-1121

November 29,  in Key West
Old Stone Concert Series presents: Messiah
November 29
Organ, piano and timpani combine for a memorable performance to include several soloists. Starts 8 p.m., at Key West United Methodist Church, 600 Eaton St., at the corner of Simonton St.). Free admission.

November 20,  in Key West
Arts Council Members’ Show in the Gato Building
November 20
Florida Keys Council of the Arts announces its Annual Members' exhibit hosted in the Historic Gato building, 1100 Simonton St. Join the artists for an opening reception from 5 - 7 p.m. Themed Changing Tides, works from over 50 member artists feature their vision of the continuing ebb and flow of the arts spanning the Keys island chain. The water, the sky and island living challenges and joys exist in the many interpretations in diverse mediums including photography, fabric, acrylic and watercolors.
Email: director@keysarts.com

November 11,  in Florida Keys
In Honor of Veterans Day: Fee Free Day at Florida National Parks
November 11
The National Park Service is to honor all military veterans with special events and free entrance to all 401 national parks for everyone for Veterans Day, including Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park. At Dry Tortugas National Park, a variety of remarkable experiences await visitors who venture out to this remote national park, including camping, snorkeling, bird watching, or fishing. Visitors also enjoy exploring Fort Jefferson, the largest all-masonry fort in the United States. It was built between 1846 and 187 5 to protect the nation's gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. Ferry and Sea Plane operators will waive park entrance fees of $10.

November 04 to November 08,  in Key West
24th Annual Parrot Heads in Key West, Meeting of the Minds
November 04 to November 08
Several thousand fans of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, known as Parrot Heads, make an annual pilgrimage to the subtropical island that inspired many of Buffett's hits. Parrot Head club members focus on charitable, environmental, educational and humanitarian activities. Highlights include concerts by Buffett band members and friends, plus notable "trop" rockers. While most events are open only to registered Parrot Heads, the public is invited to the musical Margaritaville Street Fest set for 1 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 on famed Duval Street.

November 21,  in Islamorada
Mariners Hospital Gordon Present 10k/5k Walk/Run
November 21
This popular race combines a scenic route in the Florida Keys with a Wellness Fair with free cholesterol, glucose screenings as well as massage therapy. This race starts at 7:30AM from the Treasure Village Montessori School, MM 86.7 Islamorada. Proceeds benefit Center For Excellence in Nursing at Mariners Hospital. Register early, online.

October 31 to November 07,  in Florida Keys
Bubbafest Bike Fest Tours
October 31 to November 07
Led by retired police sergeant and biking enthusiast Bubba Barron, the fully supported adventure takes cycling fans on a roundtrip journey from Key Largo to Key West along the scenic Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1) that connects the Keys with each other and the Florida mainland.
Contact: Bubba 321-759-3433
Email: bikerbubba@aol.com

November 28,  in Islamorada
Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park; American Salute
November 28
Enjoy live music for all ages at a family-friendly free outdoor community band concert as the season-opener for Pops in the Park honors veterans. Performance starts at 4 p.m. at the waterfront ICE Amphitheater, Founders Park, MM 87 bayside. Admission is free for the outdoor concert, bring lawn chairs or blankets. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com

October 23 to November 01,  in Key West
36th Annual Key West Fantasy Fest
October 23 to November 01
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers. The 2015 festival theme is "All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show."
Contact: 305-296-1817
Email: info@fantasyfest.net

November 08,  in Islamorada
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Family Fun Festival
November 08
Celebrate 25 years of protecting paradise with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary at this family friendly event, from 1-5 p.m. Visit the Conservation Village for family fun and games, or kick back and listen to live music while enjoying a pig roast. Kids can learn to fish at a free fishing clinic on the pier from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Guest speakers will share tales of the sanctuary's history of protecting coral reefs, seagrass beds, and other natural wonders for future generations to enjoy! Event held at Islander Resort, MM 82.1 oceanside.

November 28,  in Big Pine
Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival
November 28
Highlights of this holiday event include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: executivedirector@lowerkeyschamber.com

November 08,  in Key West
Monthly Artisan Market: Preserve Island Life
November 08
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held one Sunday each month, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.
Email: jill@dailyplan-it.net

November 28,  in Key Largo
Light Up Key Largo
November 28
Sponsored by the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, holiday happenings with live music, decorations, food and drinks are to spark the holiday spirit, from 6-9 p.m. The annual tree lighting is to be held at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, MM 102. Eggnog, caroling, holiday cookies and stocking stuffers are guaranteed to get everyone in the festive mood.
Contact: 305-451-1414

November 21,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Diving Detectives
November 21
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. Locate a shipwreck on a nautical chart. Go on an 'underwater' scavenger hunt. Follow clues from a message in a bottle. 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

April 04 to November 30,  in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament
April 04 to November 30
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

November 08 to November 15,  in Key West
34th Annual Key West World Championship Races
November 08 to November 15
Super Boat International returns with teams from all around the world who compete April through October in the National Series Points races and conclude in November for the famous Key West World Championships. High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West's longstanding tradition in this annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.
Contact: 305-296-6166
Email: superboatracing@gmail.com

November 18 to November 22,  in Key West
Fourth Annual Key West Film Festival
November 18 to November 22
Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling, the festival's lineup is to feature screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West, including the San Carlos Institute, Studios of Key West and Key West Theater. The four-day program is to include several films from multiple genres and categories as well as social events with filmmakers, actors and film lovers.
Contact: Brooke Christian (202) 841-9898

November 06 to November 08,  in Islamorada
Beach Road Trip Weekend
November 06 to November 08
Beach Road Trip Weekend, simply put, is a large group of people taking a road trip to party on the beach, night and day, for an entire weekend. The festivities consist of 6 uniquely themed all-inclusive (free drinks & food) parties across a 3-day span in the beautiful resort town of Islamorada in the upper Florida Keys. You pay 1 low price and get admission to all 6 parties.
Contact: 954-608-3131
Email: BRTweekend@gmail.com

November 13 to November 15,  in Islamorada
Ladies Let’s Go Fishing!” Annual Keys Fishing University for Women
November 13 to November 15
Female fishing fans can learn or polish angling skills during the award-winning weekend seminar. For nearly 20 years, approximately 7,000 female graduates have immersed themselves in a lighthearted yet skill-heavy curriculum to learn and hone skills in offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing, no matter what their experience level.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Email: fish@ladiesletsgofishing.com

November 12 to November 14,  in Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge & Spa All-American Backcountry Tournament
November 12 to November 14
Anglers compete for prizes and trophies in this annual event targeting snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. Proceeds benefit the Guides Trust Foundation. Highlights include a beachside barbecue and an awards banquet characteristic of Cheeca's casual elegance.
Contact: 360-288-2436 (PT)
Email: jolsen@cheeca.com

November 14,  in Key Largo
Seventh Annual Key Largo Bridge Run
November 14
The out-and-back foot race crosses the 65-foot-high, 1.25-mile-long Jewfish Creek Bridge and the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a segment of U.S. Highway 1 between Florida City and Key Largo. The 10k event in addition to a half marathon and 5k run/walk is open to all ages, and is held in conjunction with a health & fitness expo each year. Register online.
Contact: Eli Bailin 978-270-2026
Email: racedirector@greenstrideraces.com

November 06 to November 08,  in Islamorada
Robert James Sales Redbone Celebrity Tournament
November 06 to November 08
Celebrities join other anglers to catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series.
Contact: 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org

November 25 to November 29,  in Key West
International Sand Sculpting Competition
November 25 to November 29
This year's holiday season kicks off with art, music, food and drinks at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St. A professional sand sculpting competition is to bring the beach to life Thanksgiving weekend. Free for the public you can come by and watch the sculptors at work, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Don't forget to enter into the Mel Fisher Treasure Dig and take a chance to dig for amazing prizes.
Email: info@sandisle.com

November 21,  in Marathon
Aviation Day at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport
November 21
The Florida Keys Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association presents this family-oriented event that is free and open to the public at the airport, located at 9400 Overseas Highway bayside. As well as admission, parking for the event is free. Food and beverages are to be available for purchase.
Contact: Marathon Chamber of Commerce 305-743-5417

November 06,  in Key Largo
Ocean Life Series Lecture: Roseate Spoonbills, Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine
November 06
Ocean Life Series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages. This month Dr. Jerome J. Lorenz pulls together Audubon's 80-year record on spoonbill nesting patterns in Florida Bay; he tells the story of the endangered species and what impacts runaway development can have on our wilderness areas. Hosted by Florida International University's School of Environment, Arts and Society, as well as Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center.
Contact: 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org

November 15,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Winter Concert Series
November 15
Program features Deana Carter with local favorite Shastina Chiles. Carter is a multi-platinum, country music singer-songwriter who broke out in 1996 with the hit "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" Key West Theater located at 512 Eaton Street. Tickets sold online.

November 12,  in Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Brian Gordon Sinclair
November 12
As part of the KWAHS Distinguished Speaker Series, audiences can enjoy the farewell performance, The Last Words of Ernest Hemingway. Reception begins 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St.
Contact: 305-295-9493 Box Office

November 02 to November 03,  in Big Pine
Trop Rock Music Festival
November 02 to November 03
Castaways and Parrot Heads from all over the country coming to Key West for Meeting Of The Minds can enjoy some of the best Trop Rock musicians from across the U.S. as they perform LIVE! Plenty of FREE parking, and NO cover charge! Meet the musicians, take pictures, buy their CDs and merchandise, kick back and enjoy the best trop music all in one location. Held at Boondock's Grille and Draft House, Ramrod Key at MM 27. Noon to 10 p.m. both days. Presented by The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the official fans & friends club of Howard Livingston and the MM24 Band.

November 14,  in Key West
South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents: Masterworks Concert I
November 14
The South Florida Symphony tips a top hat to the glittering lights of Broadway musical theater, one of America's great indigenous art forms, in its magnificent salute "And The Tony Goes To..." Maestra Sebrina Alfonso leads a nostalgic musical journey of songs made famous across the decades. Show at 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theatre. Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m., Edwin Pitts. Tickets $25-75 at Keystix.com.
Contact: 305-295-7676

November 29,  in Key West
Monthly Artisan Market: Art in Key West
November 29
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. This is a special double feature for Nov. Market traditionally held one Sunday each month, during season (thru April) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.
Email: jill@dailyplan-it.net

November 14,  in Key West
Second Annual Culture Crawl 2015
November 14
To kick off the arts & culture season, join a moderately , difficult clever hunt through Key West's historic Old Town using a phone app where teams of 2 or 4 participate by receiving clues and photos of arts and cultural venues. Prizes are to be awarded the best-costumed, fastest "crawlers." Held from 3-6 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 313 Duval Street. Sign up online.
Contact: 305-295-4369

November 18,  in Islamorada
Keys History & Discovery Center Presents: Early Indian Life in the Upper Keys
November 18
Anthropologist Traci Ardren is to share "Upper Matecumbe Key Digs: Evaluating Early Island Life," as part of the Keys History & Discovery Center Presents lecture series. Ardren will discuss the similarities and differences between so-called Matecumbe inhabitants of the Keys and the contemporary people of the Everglades. She will share analysis of existing artifact collections as well as information about the earliest coastal inhabitants and their unique way of life. The Center opens at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. Cost for non-Discovery Center members is $25 and includes admission to the exhibit as well as light appetizers.
Contact: 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com

November 04 to November 14,  in Key Largo
Key Players presents: Who's in Bed With the Butler?
November 04 to November 14
It's a wild ride of a comedy. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. at The Lion's Club (behind Capital Bank), 5 Homestead Avenue, MM 99.5. The Key Players is the premier theatrical troupe presenting live theater in the Upper Keys. Our community theater is a non-profit organization. Visit website for show dates.

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