Florida Keys
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December 04 to May 13,  in Key West
Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden Guest Speaker Series
December 04 to May 13
Enjoy garden tours, as well as learn about the Florida Keys environment and how it affects gardening in a wide range of topics for discussion and education. Visit website for schedule of monthly lectures, typically scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., 5210 College Road.
Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org

May 17 to May 27,  in Key West
Fringe Theater presents: Shirley Valentine
May 17 to May 27
Shirley might as well talk to the wall for as much as anyone listens to her. So she does. Talk to the wall. Constantly. While wondering how the rebellious girl who was Shirley Valentine has become the invisible mother-wife Shirley Bradshaw. Don't miss this delightful celebration of life as an ongoing adventure. Performances at 7 p.m., May 17-20 and 24-27 at Parish Hall behind St Paul's Episcopal Church at 401 Duval Street.
Contact: 305-731-0581


May 06,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Christopher Cross
May 06
Enjoy smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit, "Sailing," and more from Christopher Cross' 1980 self-titled debut album with the lead single "Ride Like the Wind" rocketed to the #2 spot -- the massive success of the second single "Sailing" made Cross a superstar -- as well as a broad range of his latest work - the songs where his heart (and his art) truly lies.
Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: info@thekeywesttheater.com

March 08 to May 24,  in Islamorada
Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Bloodline Mini-Binge
March 08 to May 24
Each Wednesday the Center is to host a weekly Bloodline mini-binge, showing two episodes at 2 p.m., from seasons 1 & 2 of the popular Netflix original series. Free for members, non-members $5. Theater has limited seating (35).
Contact: 305-922-2237


April 01 to May 04,  in Key West
Cuban Master Photographer Raúl Corrales Exhibit of Rare Hemingway and Cojimar Images at SALT Gallery
April 01 to May 04
Cuba's Master Photographer Raúl Corrales is best known for his profound images of the Cuban Revolution. But before the Revolution, Corrales embraced life in the tiny fishing village of Cojimar where Ernest Hemingway wrote of and fished for giant marlin. This rare portfolio of images, "Hemingway in Cuba," will exhibit during the month of April at SALT Gallery in Key West. The work will be hosted by Saúl Corrales, son of the late photographer, and curated by the renowned critic and historian of Cuba's photographic arts, Rafael Acosta. A special preview and reception will be held from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, April 1 at SALT Gallery's 830 Fleming Street location.
Contact: Jeffrey Cardenas 305-395-0799


May 14,  in Key West
Celebrate Mother's Day at the Animal Farm Celebration
May 14
Bring the family and join the fun at the farm; the event is free of charge and offers something for everyone. Of course, you can visit with all the animals at the farm. The event takes place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.


May 27 to May 28,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Big Head Todd and The Monsters
May 27 to May 28
Big Head Todd and the Monsters are best known for their platinum-selling record Sister Sweetly, and from that record the hit song "Bittersweet," but have also been fans of blues music since their first days together playing music in high school. In 1997 they recorded a song with John Lee Hooker for their album Beautiful World, but it was in 2011 that the band really delved into the blues with their first Big Head Blues Club project, 100 years of Robert Johnson, which featured guest appearances by BB King, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musselwhite, Honeyboy Edwards, and more. That album led to a limited number of tour dates under the Big Head Blues Club moniker that same year. "The Songs of Willie Dixon," tribute is the next chapter in what seems to be becoming a new tradition for the band.
Contact: Tickets 305-985-0433


May 17,  in Islamorada
Immerse Yourself! FREE Presentation at History of Diving Museum
May 17
As part of the Dive Into History events, Honoring Military Transportation, the May Immerse Yourself! presentation will focus on the team that brought the Spiegel Grove to Key Largo and the environmental impact she has had on the area. Starts at 7 p.m.
Contact: 305-664-9737


May 20,  in Islamorada
Invasive Lionfish Awareness & Removal Day
May 20
Designated an annual event (the first Saturday after Mother's Day each year), this weekend is to be dedicated to statewide lionfish removal and awareness activities. Coastal counties around the state will be harvesting lionfish in an attempt to remove as many of the invasive critters as possible. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is encouraging all divers to remove as many lionfish on the weekend of May 20-21, no matter where they are in Florida.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030


May 10 to May 27,  in Key West
FOREVER PLAID
May 10 to May 27
Presented by Waterfront Playhouse. Forever Plaid is one of the most beloved musicals of our generation. One stormy night, four eager singers known as "The Plaids" meet their untimely ends. Miraculously they return from the afterlife to do the show they never got to perform. The boys deliver an unforgettable show that will have audiences tapping their toes to the great pop hits of the 1950s - including "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Heart and Soul," "Sixteen Tons," and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing." Performances at 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office (305-294-5015)
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

May 04 to May 20,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: Bathroom Humor
May 04 to May 20
From the authors that brought you Love, Sex, and the IRS, comes a play that takes the fun, gossip and shenanigans at a house party away from Pictionary and cold pizza rolls and brings it to the bathroom. Wait until you see what really happens at a party full of co-workers, a down on his luck Elvis Impersonator, and an old man who just has to "go" in this hilarious farce.
Contact: 305-743-0994


April 30 to May 03,  in Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge and Spa Tarpon Invitational
April 30 to May 03
A challenging new tournament, fly anglers use only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test to land tarpon that must measure at least 48 inches and up.
Contact: 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

May 12 to May 14,  in Key West
Key West Co-Ed Mahi Masters
May 12 to May 14
In this challenge, cash prizes are awarded to the male and female angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. There is no limit on the number of participating boats.
Contact: Lee 305-296-0364
Email: lee@murraymarine.com

May 18 to May 20,  in Key West
Flying Carrs Circus "Around the World in 80 Minutes!" visits Key West
May 18 to May 20
This all-new show features seven performances at The Studios of Key West. Audiences are invited to make an ordinary day extraordinary and enjoy some of the world's most popular cultures, including a Samba Carnival, a Hawaiian luau, a Flamenco duel from Spain, a trip to Asia, Africa, and more in one action-packed and positively unforgettable celebration. Enjoy more than 20 circus acts from around the world, including Aerialists, Jugglers, Acrobats, Dancers, Clowns, and more.  


May 05,  in Key West
Sloppy Joe's Bar Celebrates 80 Years at Duval and Greene Streets
May 05
Sloppy Joes is a Key West landmark located at 201 Duval Street since May 5, 1937. The bar is on the National Register of Historic Places and was a favorite watering hole for the late author Ernest Hemingway. Live music is scheduled from noon to 2 a.m. Saturday. A giant birthday cake is to be served at 5 p.m. and attendees can enter drawings for Sloppy Joe's gift cards. Free admission.


May 05 to May 07,  in Islamorada
Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo
May 05 to May 07
A tournament honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, funds from this event benefit a namesake community scholarship fund. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, cash prizes and $25,000 to the angler with the dolphin that beats the state record. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, entry fee for adults is $185, $50 for juniors.
Contact: Marcia Panse 305-393-3733
Email: mpmanate@bellsouth.net

May 21 to May 24,  in Islamorada
Loop Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
May 21 to May 24
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

May 18 to May 21,  in Key Largo
Key Largo's Original Music Festival
May 18 to May 21
Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Multiple "on the water" venues feature Nashville's hit songwriters and musicians as well as unique local entertainers. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group.
Contact: 305-394-3736


May 12 to May 13,  in Marathon
11th Annual Mother's Day Dolphin Tournament
May 12 to May 13
This is a fun and festive one day fishing tournament for the heaviest dolphin. New and seasoned anglers are welcome! Over $8,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded in past events. Three entry levels: Pro, Weekend Warrior and Jr. Divisions. Come join us and "Fish for a Cause." All registration fees are tax deductible as allowable by law and will be used directly to build four new affordable homes in Marathon. Tournament proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.
Contact: 305-743-9828
Email: execdirector@habitatmiddlekeys.org

May 10 to May 14,  in Key West
Key West Songwriters' Festival
May 10 to May 14
The 22nd annual showcase of musical magic features America's foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings.
Contact: Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814
Email: kwswf@aol.com

May 05 to May 07,  in Key West
Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
May 05 to May 07
If one man's junk is another man's treasure, then the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio was a treasure hunter extraordinaire. Fans of "outsider art" can celebrate the renegade metal sculptor's legacy with a people-powered parade of mobile sculptures crafted in the spirit of his extraordinary creations. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade features colorful sculptural floats, tricycles with exotically costumed riders, fantastically decorated bicycles and other moving works of art — all powered by human effort alone — and are to follow a route along the length of Key West's Duval Street.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Email: mgieda@kwahs.org

May 29,  in Islamorada
Memorial Day Service
May 29
The Matecumbe Historical Trust will hold their annual Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument, Mile Marker (MM) 81.8 Overseas Highway. The monument was dedicated in 1937 to honor the Veterans and civilians killed in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Barbara Edgar, President of the Matecumbe Historical Trust will make the introductory welcome presentation followed by the invocation by Pastor Tony Hammon of Island Community Church, Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, presentation by Glenn Taylor, Guest Speaker Mayor Jim Mooney, a brief history of the Hurricane Monument, the laying of the memorial wreath. America the Beautiful and Proud to be an American will be sung by Country Western recording artist Dan Furmanik, followed by the benediction. The service is open to the public. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend in observance of Memorial Day.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940


April 29 to May 03,  in Marathon
Tarponian Tournament
April 29 to May 03
For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.
Contact: David Breznicky 215-542-1492
Email: dbreznicky@breznickyassociates.com

May 05 to May 07,  in Marathon
Marathon Offshore Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament
May 05 to May 07
Over $30,000 is cash and prizes awaits the top anglers with the largest bull and cow combined, while other prizes are awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail.
Contact: Jack Carlson 305-481-0495
Email: carlson.jack@ymail.com

May 20,  in Marathon
Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival
May 20
The waters off Sombrero Beach are to be transformed into a swift racecourse for a day of dragon boat racing that involves 20 paddlers moving in unison a combination of strength and teamwork. Sombrero Beach provides a pristine setting and unique, direct-from-the-beach launch for the sleek, 40-foot-long race boats. The festival is free and open to the public. Food, beverages, merchandise and a variety of entertainment are to be available shoreside.
Contact: 813-426-3544
Email: joe@highfivedragonboat.com

April 25 to May 13,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: Short Attention Span Theatre
April 25 to May 13
What do you get when you take a company of actors, directors, and filmmakers and mix in fresh, fun, 10-minute plays? Short Attention Span Theatre, that's what! This evening of shorts typically includes lots of laughs and incredible talent. A high-octane evening of fun for everyone!
Contact: 305-296-9911


May 02,  in Key West
Fringe Theater presents: Portraits, a free play reading
May 02
Enjoy a free play reading at 7 p.m. at the Little Room Jazz Club, located at 821 Duval Street. The program, entitled Key West Portraits, features the short plays written during this year's Playwrights in Paradise workshop. There is no fee for attending the performance, no tickets required.


May 19 to August 11,  in Key West
Key Lime Pie-Making Class: Make Your Own Mini-Pie!
May 19 to August 11
Go behind the scenes at Key West's sweetest spot for key lime pie and learn to make Key Lime Pie Co.'s award-winning recipe of all-natural ingredients. In this class held each Friday, each participant will make his/her own mini key lime pie of graham cracker crust, key lime filling, and whipped topping—tasting encouraged! Experience pie making in our live kitchen—under the tutelage of one of our seasoned pie makers—where thousands of delicious key lime pies are made every week! After creating your mini pie masterpiece, you can pack it up for later or relax and savor right away. Class is approximately 1 hour in duration; $20 per person. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
Contact: 855-SWT-PETE


May 27 to May 28,  in Marathon
Fish With Heroes Community Fishing Event
May 27 to May 28
Fishing seminars, daily bridge fishing competitions for kids and adults, food, music, vendors and more. Adults $10, kids $5. Staged at Tom's Harbor Cut Fishing Bridge, MM 61-62, 9 a.m. to sunset daily. Each day the first 40 veterans receive free entry into daily fishing tournament, rod and reel, lunch and more.
Contact: Ron Zaleski 305-504-3795


April 06 to May 12,  in Key West
Arts Council Presents the Fifth Annual Connections Project 2017 Tour
April 06 to May 12
The Connections Project innovative road show continues with a reception April 6-17 at Royal Furniture, and April 18- May 12 at the Gato Building in Key West, featuring a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. The exhibit is open to the public. The large-scale mosaic mural features art by almost 400 Florida Keys residents and is touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and local cultural initiatives.
Contact: 305.295.4369


May 29,  in Key Largo
Memorial Day Celebration
May 29
The public is invited to join in the celebration to honor veterans and show appreciation for fallen heroes. The Florida Keys Elks Veterans Affairs is coordinating a parade-style decorated and flag-bearing convoy with military vehicles from Coral Shores High School at MM 89.9 to Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center at MM 102 bayside. Starts at 10 a.m., short ceremony to follow.
Contact: Capt John 305-791-8001


May 18,  in Islamorada
Third Thursday Art Walk
May 18
Third Thursday ArtWalks are held every month throughout the year, offering attendees live music on three stages, performance artists and, of course, original art and hand-crafted jewelry, as well as pottery, sculptures and more! This monthly event has become a focal point of artistic expression and cultural awareness to the Upper Keys. As the Art District's business partners remain open during these Third Thursday Art Walk evenings, this indoor/outdoor street festival has become the talk of the Keys, drawing multitudes of people from all over South Florida and beyond each month. The crowds stroll through the Art District, which spans a quarter of a mile of the Old Highway between the historical 1935 Hurricane Monument and the iconic Green Turtle Inn and includes the intersecting street now known as Morada Way, between MM 81 and 82.


May 20,  in Big Pine
Big Pine Key Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop and Dive
May 20
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is headed south to Big Pine Key to conduct a Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop + a free training dive for the first 15 participants to sign up. At the workshop, learn how to safely collect and handle lionfish, and in the afternoon go out as a class to practice skills on a lionfish removal dive, alongside professionals. Experienced and novice lionfish collectors are encouraged to attend. The workshop includes a background of the lionfish invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish, impacts and current research findings. Both the workshop and the dive are FREE, but workshop attendance is required to participate in the dive. Registration is required. Don't miss out on the fun, sign up today! Located at Big Pine Key Library, 213 Key Deer Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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