Calendar of Events for the Florida Keys
Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com - The Tourism & Development Councel of the Florida Keys
|April 06 to November 30, in Key West|
Key West Fishing Tournament
April 06 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).
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
|May 04 to July 31, in Key West|
Key West ART Garden
May 04 to July 31
Come enjoy large outdoor masterpieces made by local artists, located at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Each piece is crafted from recycled materials and fits into the natural beauty and backdrop of the Gardens. The special exhibit runs through July. Located at 5210 College Road.
|June 17 to June 21, in Islamorada|
50th Annual Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament
June 17 to June 21
This prestigious tournament, whose founders include baseball great and avid fly-fisherman Ted Williams, pits 25 fly-rod anglers against the tenacious silver king for four full days of fishing. Experienced tournament anglers and novices are welcome to compete. Tournament proceeds benefit children's charities in the Keys.
|June 21 , in Key West|
Viva 500: The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas, 1513-2013
On June 21, 1513, explorer Ponce de Leon and his shipmates discovered a group of islands they named Las Tortugas (The Turtles) for the scores of sea turtles there. On the 500th anniversary of that discovery, visit the seven tiny coral-and-sand islands now known as Dry Tortugas National Park, lying 68 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico, and learn about the archaeology and history of the remarkable spot during this special quincentennial event. Boat reservations to the Dry Tortugas can be made with Yankee Freedom. Admission to the park is included in ferry cost. Event is to be staged on the parade grounds of Ft. Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: Yankee Freedom 305-294-7009
|June 21 to June 23, in Key West|
Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby
June 21 to June 23
A grand prize of $5,000 cash is to be awarded the boat team with the largest aggregate weight in dolphin during the derby's two fishing days, with teams allowed to enter one qualifying fish each day. Second- and third-place teams will earn $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Individual anglers can compete for trophies, prizes and cash totaling more than $15,000 in the tournament's divisions for male, female and junior participants.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
|June 21 to June 22, in Islamorada|
Purple Isles Charity Dolphin Tournament
June 21 to June 22
This inaugural charity tournament is intended to draw anglers looking for a fun and affordable event, while helping to raise funds. Funds raised are to benefit the Good Health Clinic in Tavernier and Children of Fallen Soliders Relief Fund. More than $5,000 in cash & prizes to be awarded. Ladies, Junior divisions as well. Entry fee is $150 per angler OR $500 per boat/team of 4 anglers. Extra anglers may be added for $100 each and includes an extra tournament shirt and social bands for both days. There is NO maximum per boat. Each registered boat is eligible for general prizes.
|June 21 , in Key Largo|
Ocean Life Lecture Series: Cuba, The Accidental Eden
Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Fernando Bretos will share stories from his 13-year effort in Cuba to study the marine resources shared between the U.S. and Cuba, particularly sea turtles and coral reefs. He will screen a short film by the PBS Nature television program that features his work in Cuba, and discuss why collaboration between the American and Cuban marine science communities is important to understanding our own marine and coastal natural resources. Free and open to the public, the popular Ocean Life Series runs from 6-8 p.m. at Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway (MM 102). Meet and greet at 6 p.m., program begins 7 p.m.
Contact: Linda Kaplan, 305-396-7000
|June 22 to June 23, in Key West|
Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West
June 22 to June 23
This United States Masters Swimming-sanctioned event is a 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West that is open for all age groups. A swim meet is held June 23.
Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809-3562
|June 22 , in Key West|
7th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream and Spectacle
Midsummer's Night Dream and Spectacle is a night of artistic expression, music, feasting, dancing, singing, and theatrical antics celebrating the art and artists of the Keys. Co-produced by Michael Shields' Java Studios and The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, the event benefits the Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Admission is $15 for adults; children under age 12 are admitted free. From 5 to 11 p.m., all ages welcome.
|June 22 , in Key West|
Viva 500: The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas
In celebration of the 500 years since Ponce de Leon's discovery, a series of archaeological lectures is planned at the Eco Discovery Center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 33 East Quail Road.
|June 22 to June 29, in Marathon|
The Marathon Games
June 22 to June 29
Out-of-town contestants who have never been to the Florida Keys before are to be teamed up with local contestants - and they will all be competing in various water and land activities in the Marathon area. This week marks the first round of fun! There will be three weeks of competition. Each week will consist of five different pairs of contestants. Everyone will compete in Florida Keys activities - including fishing, snuba, parasailing, and other activities. The winners of each week will face off for a Final Week of competition to determine the overall winner of The Marathon Games TV Reality Show - 2013. Visit the website or Like the Games on Facebook.
|June 28 to June 29, in Islamorada|
Third Annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament
June 28 to June 29
Hosted by Ray Lewis, this annual event invites you to fish with some of your favorite former 'Cane All-Stars! Cash prizes for the heaviest dolphin, a charity auction and more highlight the one-day tournament. Headquartered at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina. Entry fee $550 (after May 1) for up to four-angler teams; $100 per additional angler. Proceeds help benefit Upper Keys Habitat for Humanity and UMSHOF, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Contact: KC Jones 305-925-3660
|June 28 to June 29, in Key West|
Mercury Marine Ladies Dolphin Championship
June 28 to June 29
Female anglers have seven ways to win, and $10,000 cash and prizes await -- the one-day tournament offers a top boat prize and awards to the top five anglers. A $3,000 prize is awarded the heaviest single dolphin, second place receives $1,500 and third place $500. A boat prize of $2,500 is to be awarded the team for the heaviest aggregate weight of two dolphin. Entry fee is $400, and tournament proceeds benefit the Jose Wejebe Foundation.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364
|June 29 to June 30, in Marathon|
13th Annual Dolphin & Blackfin Tuna Fun Fishing Tournament
June 29 to June 30
Top prizes of $700, $350 and $200 await individual adult anglers who catch the tournament's three heaviest dolphin, with additional cash awards for the heaviest blackfin tuna and wahoo. Headquartered at Burdines Waterfront, the challenge is open to adult and junior anglers.
Contact: Brenda Duff 305-743-5317
All events are subject to change. Contact the event coordinators for the most current dates and times.