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Calendar of Events for the Florida Keys

Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com - The Tourism & Development Councel of the Florida Keys

Calendar of Events for October
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March 21 to December 17,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: Immerse Yourself Free Speaker Series
March 21 to December 17
The History of Diving Museum presents the annual presentation series that spotlights a new topic the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m. Exhibits and museum store stay open late (normal museum admission applies).
Contact: 305-664-9737


October 11 to October 29,  in Key West
3rd Annual A Royal Retrospective: a Look Back at the Kings & Queens of Fantasy Fest
October 11 to October 29
Key West Art & Historical Society presents this annual event, in the lobby of the Custom House Museum. It is a look back at decades of Key West Fantasy Fest revelry, royalty and altruism via memorabilia, keepsakes, photographs, and posters, co-curated by Tennessee Williams Museum curator Dennis Beaver and Society curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. And one night only - Thursday, October 18 from 6-8 p.m. - the exhibit becomes the site for an all-candidate "Royal Retrospective" party open to the public, with a cash bar and light appetizer fare, with 100% of the $10 admission benefitting AIDS Help of Monroe County. Former Fantasy Fest Kings and Queens are encouraged to attend.


October 19 to October 26,  in Key West
Key West Burlesque presents: Madame DuJour’s Magical Game Show Experience
October 19 to October 26
Ladies and Gentlemen, come on down! You're the next contestants on Madame DuJour's Magical Game Show and Burlesque Experience! An astonishing, interactive event awaits as Key West Burlesque and world renowned magician, Nick Locapo, take to the stage in a production that is one part live Game Show, two parts theatrical burlesque performance, and all parts fun. Each night audience members have a chance to win prizes in the ultimate episode of miraculous amusement on stage at the Waterfront Playhouse. Doors open 7:30 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: Tickets 305-294-5015


October 19 to October 28,  in Key West
39th Annual Key West Fantasy Fest
October 19 to October 28
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant masquerade competitions including one for pets, a headdress ball, exuberant promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island-style bands and lavish floats.
Contact: 305-296-1817
Email: info@fantasyfest.net

October 19 to October 21,  in Islamorada
Ladies Let’s Go Fishing!” Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar & Fishing Fever Inshore/Offshore Tournament
October 19 to October 21
Female fishing fans can learn or polish angling skills during the award-winning weekend seminar. More than 8,000 female graduates have immersed themselves in the annual lighthearted yet skill-heavy curriculum to learn and hone abilities in offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Email: fish@ladiesletsgofishing.com

October 21 ,  in Key West
Zombie Bike Ride
October 21
A pre-Halloween tradition for visiting and local families and groups, the ride typically draws several thousand men, women and children — and even a few pets. Garbed in ragged costumes and frightening face and body makeup, they pedal along the island city's Atlantic Ocean shore in a deliciously scary spectacle. The wacky event is to begin at 2 p.m. when "Zombieland" opens at Fort East Martello Museum, a reputedly haunted historic site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.


October 22 ,  in Key West
Rams Head Productions presents: Michael Franti & Spearhead
October 22
Michael Franti is a musician, humanitarian, and filmmaker who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Franti believes in using music as a vehicle for positive change and is revered for his hi-energy live shows, inspiring music, and worldwide philanthropy efforts. Giving back has always been at the heart of Franti's mission. He has dedicated his life to spreading the joy of music and positivity to millions of people. Doors open 5 p.m., show starts 6 p.m. at Sunset Green Event Lawn, 3820 N. Roosevelt Blvd.


October 22 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: International Archeology Day, Taste of History Dining Event
October 22
Ryan Harke, professional archaeologist will present "The Southernmost Pre-Columbian Site" Stock Island's Connection with the Upper Florida Keys and South Florida" The Stock Island Site is large and an important archaeological site which was excavated by Irving Eyster and Robert Carr in the late 20th century. In this presentation, Ryan will discuss his ongoing dissertation research into the state collections from those excavations. His goal is to reconstruct the season(s) the site was inhabited from zoo archaeological (animal/food) remains, and thereby, determine if a year-round village was present there. In addition, he will discuss how the Stock Island peoples may relate to those of the Upper Keys and mainland Florida." Ryan's current research focuses on the Native Americans and the past environments of the Florida Keys. Dinner is $50.00 per person all inclusive of tax and gratuity. at the Islamorada Moose Lodge at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: RSVP Barbara at 305-393-0940


October 22 ,  in Big Pine
The Perry Hotel presents: Ringmaster's Pool Party, a Fantasy Fest Event
October 22
Join this one-of-a-kind spectacular for only $10 per person, and leave with an unforgettable Fantasy Fest experience featuring carnival games, strongman photo ops, circus-themed food and drinks, music by local favorite Patrick & The Swayzees, and more. No charge for hotel guests.


October 24 ,  in Islamorada
Keys History & Discovery Center presents: How Tall Tales Reshape Local History
October 24
This month's lecture series features guest speaker Brad Bertelli, Historian and Author. Lectures are held at Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82 on the property of the Islander Resort. Doors to the Discovery Center open at 5 p.m., one hour before the presentation to allow guests to view exhibits. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. Cost is $10. Reservations advised.
Contact: 305-922-2237
Email: info@keysdiscovery.com

October 24 ,  in Key West
Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade
October 24
The eccentric competition is likely to include canine, feline and avian critters strutting their stuff on an oceanfront stage. "Party animals" can compete for costume prizes and glory. You will see a magic carousel of frisky pets and playful owners, all delightfully disguised, stroll, dance and even skateboard across a stage in a fun frolic for fame and fortune! Think you and your furry, feathered or slithery friend have the perfect outfit? Four categories to enter, $25 each entry; benefits the Lower Keys Friends of Animals.
Email: petmasquerade@hotmail.com

October 26 to October 27,  in Islamorada
Fall Backcountry Fly Championship Series
October 26 to October 27
Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a challenge where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given to the grand champion and runner-up, and to the anglers who catch the largest snook and redfish. The field is limited to 30 boats.
Contact: Paul Tejera
Email: Captbackbone@gmail.com

October 26 ,  in Key West
Fantasy Fest Masquerade March
October 26
Famed as "the locals' parade," the march typically draws high-spirited revelers wearing everything from elaborate masks and costumes to offbeat creations inspired by the festival theme. Begins at the Key West Cemetery at Frances Street entrance but revelers can join the mad march anywhere along the two routes. Start marching at 5:30 p.m.; all are welcome; free admission.


October 27 ,  in Key West
Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade
October 27
The madcap merriment of Fantasy Fest is to culminate during the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West's historic downtown. Tens of thousands of spectators converge to cheer the parade's elaborately costumed marching groups, dancers in bright feathered costumes and dazzling motorized floats. Join thousands of exuberant partygoers! It doesn't get any wilder than this! Parade steps off at 7 p.m.; free to spectate.


October 28 ,  in Marathon
Third Annual Marathon's Fall Harvest at Crane Point Museum
October 28
From 4-8 p.m., enjoy some old fashioned harvest-time fun to bring in the fall season! Hay rides, trail mazes, face painting, crafts for kids, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, apple cider, caramel apples, baked goods & live music. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, free for ages 4 and under.
Contact: 305-393-9501


Calendar of Events for October
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All events are subject to change. Contact the event coordinators for the most current dates and times.

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