Florida Keys
Calendar of Events for August  
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August 08 to August 11,  in Key West
23rd Annual Key West Lobsterfest: A Crustacean Celebration!
August 08 to August 11
This annual flavorful festival celebrates the Aug. 6 start of the Florida Keys lobster season with a long weekend of tasty events, highlighted by an open-air lobster feast on the island’s famed Duval Street. 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.
Contact: 305-744-9804

August 23 to August 25,  in Florida Keys
Special Museums and Attractions Weekend
August 23 to August 25
Organized by WLRN, South Florida's National Public Radio affiliate, in partnership with the Florida Keys tourism council, the sixth annual Florida Keys & Key West Museum and Attractions Weekend event provides free or value-added admission passes to participating museums and attractions in the island chain. The program is essentially a cultural pass for South Florida residents and visitors to discover the history of the Florida Keys by offering free- or reduced-admission incentives to experience 20 participating museums and attractions. Register free online, download and print your pass.

August 30 to September 01,  in Marathon
Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend
August 30 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, live music concert and fireworks show.
Contact: 1-877-484-9342

August 29 to September 02,  in Key West
10th Annual Key West Brewfest
August 29 to September 02
Nearly 200 beers and micro-brews are on 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 (Aug. 31) are some of the offered activities.
Contact: 800-354-4455
Email: info@keywestbrewfest.com

August 17,  in Florida Keys
Support the Nationwide Annual Clear The Shelters Event!
August 17
The nationwide Clear the Shelters event is from 10am-6pm where we will be extending our hours to host an Adoption Event at BOTH our Key West and Marathon Campus. Adoption fees will be completely waived this day! Current adoption procedures & policies still apply. There will also be games, kids activities, a face painter, door prizes, food, a doggie "Kissing Booth" for donations, and fun for the whole family. Stop by either the Key West or Marathon shelter to meet some amazing animals and support the Florida Keys SPCA.
Contact: Key West 305-294-4857; Marathon 305-743-4800
Email: tammy@fkspca.org; tara@fkspca.org

January 01 to August 31,  in Key West
Key West Fishing Tournament
January 01 to August 31
Anglers of all ages and abilities can target more than 40 species of fish in the Key West Fishing Tournament, a free-entry multidivision challenge that takes place Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 2019. The tournament features divisions for men, women, junior anglers ages 10 to 15 and Pee Wees under 10 years old — making it ideal for extended families and multigenerational groups who want to share the angling experience.
Contact: Doris Harris 305-923-5934
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com

August 17,  in Key West
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Sharks and Rays
August 17
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. is hosted by the Key West Aquarium. Children will play games, color, and handle real shark jaws as they learn about the types of sharks and rays that live in Florida Keys waters. Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: Register at 305-809-4750
Email: FKEDC@noaa.gov

August 17,  in Big Pine
Bubbles & Bids at the Perry Hotel Key West
August 17
An evening dedicated to a great cause, held at the Perry Hotel Key West and Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar from 6–8 p.m. Enjoy a silent auction featuring gift baskets, gift certificates, vacations, and more. All proceeds from silent auction are to be donated to the Domestic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys. Open to the public.

August 03,  in Key West
Get Into Your Sanctuary Eco-Fair
August 03
Join Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for the Get Into Your Sanctuary Eco-Fair, hosted at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 35 E. Quay Rd. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., learn about the sanctuary’s underwater habitats and animals, coral reef restoration efforts, and how to responsibly enjoy the natural marine environment that drives the local economy and the unique way of life in the Florida Keys. Open to the public with free admission, this event is weather dependent. Located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: 305-809-4750

August 16,  in Big Pine
Sip & Shop at the Green Pineapple
August 16
Shop like a Florida Keys local during an evening of bubbles, light bites and shopping fun in conjunction with Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar, and Salty's Oyster Bar happy hours, from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy complimentary champagne, live music and merchandise highlighted in the Perry Hotel's onsite boutique for from a variety of local vendors including Amber Essential Elements, Bella Laine, Concrete Ship Mercantile, Ocean Blues Studio, and Zen by Karen Moore. Open to the public, located at 7001 Shrimp Road, Stock Island.

August 07,  in Key West
Sunset Social Drinking Club Soiree
August 07
Toast and taste for a great Keys charity! Experience the savory flavors of New Orleans cuisine at Wine-O Bar, inside the La Concha Hotel & Spa, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with celebrity chef, Dominique Macquet of ‘Bordeaux Nola.’ Embrace bold, natural flavors of contemporary French cuisine infused with fresh, local Keys ingredients, served alongside tempting wines. Chef Dominique’s menu is to include appetizers, specials and craft cocktails, cookbook signings, as well as a raffle and silent auction to benefit Luci’s Fund for homeless Key West pets. Open to the public.

August 04,  in Marathon
Summer Kilts in the Keys Party
August 04
Great food and drink, games for the whole family, raffle baskets, a free bounce house for kids and music from West of Galway. This is a great event that helps support the annual (January) Celtic Festival, which in turn helps support the Hammock House, a free after-school educational and nutritional program in the Florida Keys. At Herbie's Chowder House, 6350 Overseas Highway, starts at 5 p.m.

August 21,  in Key West
Plastic Oceans: Meet the Artist, Andreas Franke
August 21
To be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the 7 Artists Gallery, 213 Simonton St., check out the latest local art, including the work of artist Andreas Franke and his current The Sinking World exhibit, Plastic Ocean, that was recently removed from the hull of the Vandenberg. Hosted by Jennifer Badry, 7 Artists owner and curator, Andreas will be attending. Donations from the bar are to benefit the local Surfrider FlorIda Keys Chapter. This is a plastic-free event so bring your own drink cups.

August 31,  in Key Largo
Kids Marine Science Camp
August 31
Kids ages 5-12 years old will learn about the preservation of the Florida Keys ecosystem with hands on activities like dip netting, site explorations, seining, water quality tests and environmental awareness classes. They'll learn about local wildlife including sea turtles, sharks, dolphin echolocation and the island's stunning coral reefs alongside certified marine biologists. The camp, which is open to Baker's Cay Resort guests as well as local kiddos, will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is priced at $75 per child per session. Register online.

August 22,  in Key Largo
Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center presents: Ocean Life Series
August 22
Ocean Life Series events are free and open to the public. Meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., at Murray Nelson Cultural & Government Center, mile marker 102. Lecture series from 7-8 p.m.
Email: anduran@fiu.edu

August 21,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum's Immerse Yourself! Free Lecture Series: Anchors & Atolls
August 21
tropical Pacific with Dr. Jack Grove, as he presents on the atolls of the tropical South Pacific and the discovery of the wreck, Acadia that sank in 1889. Jack discovered the remains of the vessel in 1989. The following year, permission was secured from the Pitcairn Government to salvage the main anchor of the ship, now on permanent display overlooking Bounty Bay along with the remains of the HMS Bounty. Exhibits and Museum Store will be open until 6:45 p.m., with last exhibit tickets being sold at 6:15 p.m. Dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts, antiques and photographs relative to diving and its heritage, the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is a valuable educational resource through its “Immerse Yourself” free lecture series.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: programs@divingmuseum.org

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