2014 Events
Key West / August 31st
Once again, Azur is throwing the big street party to celebrate another year of great food, wine and friends! Admission is $15 and there will be sangria, wines, beer, and bubbly until its all gone! We look forward to seeing everyone!
Contact: 305-292-2987
Islamorada / April 18
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The History of Diving Museum continues its 2012 Immerse Yourself! series with a free special event: The Dark Realm, Cave Diving. This month’s seminar is presented by cave diver, Tracy Grubbs describing the history of cave diving. Learn more about how techniques and training have developed in this challenging sport. Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737
Key Largo / April 19
Can you recognize the most common fish in the Florida Keys? From 7-8:30 p.m. at the REEF headquarters at mile marker 98 in the median, join us to learn more about the 50 most common fish in the Florida Keys. Free and open to the public. This casual event includes an interactive presentation, chance to become a REEF member, and opportunity to join a guided dive or snorkel.
Pre-registration is recommended.
Contact: (305) 852-0030
Marathon / April 19
Celebrate Voluntourism & Earth Day in a Bridge Cleanup with Dolphin Research Center
Join Dolphin Research Center (DRC) in a volunteer effort to collect discarded trash, monofilament fishing line and other debris at the bridge over Toms Harbor Channel, mile marker 60.6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All participants should wear clothes, hats and shoes that can get wet or dirty and bring a water bottle. DRC is to supply trash bags, bug repellent, gloves and cutting tools. Participants can meet DRC staff and volunteers at the parking area on the south end of the bridge on the ocean side.
Contact: MeganAnn Cappucino 305-289-1121, ext. 638
Islamorada / April 19
Fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles are on tap at the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District walkabout that features national and local artisans showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82, as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-10 p.m. The theme of the April 19th event is “Pedaling Art,” and a raffle of five aluminum beach cruisers hand painted by local artists as well as an auction for “art bikes.” Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20, available at Gallery Morada, Matecumbe Studio Gallery and Backcountry Outfitters or during the Walkabout. Drawing at 9 p.m. with the live auction immediately after the raffle. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: Daniela Woody 305-664-9100
Key Largo / April 20 – July 20
Presented by Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, visitors are welcome to participate in the new Ocean Life Lecture Series; topics include Sea Turtles (April 20); Coral Reefs & Human Systems (May 18); World Oceans Day (June 8); Florida Everglades (July 20). Meet-and-greet- reception is at 6 p.m., lecture begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 per adult, students are free. Held at the theater inside the Murray E. Nelson Cultural Center, MM 102.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Islamorada / April 20 – 22
Former NASA astronaut Bruce Melnick, a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990 and flight engineer on the first flight of the Shuttle Endeavour, is to serve as celebrity host at this year’s event, and limited team entry slots still are available for the popular event that marks the annual migration of the mighty silver kings to Florida Keys waters. Anglers are to fish out of the Lorelei Cabana Bar & Marina, MM 82 bayside.
Contact: Gary or Susan Ellis 305-664-7882
Key West / April 20 – 29
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With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
Contact: 305-296-0213
Marathon / April 21
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A full field of 1,500 runners are to participate in the annual foot race across the longest segmental bridge in the world. Sponsored by the Marathon Runners Club.
Contact: 305-395-7040
Islamorada / April 21
A free, outdoor performance at Founders Park, mile marker 87, at 4 p.m. Performances are outdoors; please bring blankets or lawn chairs. Admission free for all concerts. This is the last performance of the season.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
the Florida Keys / April 21
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Carmen Rodriguez, Key West’s own conch diva, along with numerous guest stars, are to deliver music from the legendary composer/lyricist, Burt Bacharach. Show is to be held at the San Carlos Institute, 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / April 22
In honor of Earth, the Garden will be open from 4 – 8 p.m. Although usually closed at 4 p.m., you will find the Garden is especially pleasant at dusk this time of year. As the sun sets, the breeze often picks up and the migrating and resident birds settle down. Bring everything you need to enjoy a picnic in the Garden – and your binoculars. Entry is free for this special observation; we simply ask that you respect the environment and leave no trash behind.
Contact: (305) 296-1504
Key West / April 22
Starting at 1 p.m. through, enjoy an afternoon of hourly environmental films, presented by Project AWARE’s Shout Out for Sharks. Films and documentaries include National Geographic and Jean Michel Cousteau, exploring all things sharks. Eco Discovery Center is open at noon, last film begins at 5 p.m. Free admission.
Contact: 305-809-4755
Key West / April 23
Scores of area restaurants present mouthwatering samples of their cuisine to benefit AIDS Help Inc. The culinary celebration takes place at the Truman Waterfront overlooking Key West Harbor.
Contact: 305-296-6196
Key West / April 24 – May 12
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What do you get when you take a company of actors, directors and producers and mix in fresh, new ten-minute plays? This evening of shorts typically includes world premiers, also review Visit website for show times and tickets.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Key Largo / April 25 – 29
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The week-long family-friendly independence celebration is to showcase the unique historical and cultural characteristics of Key Largo. Event highlights: Conch Fritter Easting Contest (April 23); Conch Shell Blowing World Record Attempt (April 27); Closing Ceremonies with a Stiletto Strut, Key Lime Pie Eating Contest, Blowing of the Bridge (April 29).
Contact: 305-394-0205
Key Largo / April 28
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Presented by the Key Largo Rotary Club, this Craft Beer & Home Brewers tasting event is to feature more than 30 microbrews. Event is to be located at Rowell’s Marina grounds, at mile marker 106.8 bayside, from 12-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Scholarship Foundation. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $60 VIP tickets include T-shirt, priority parking and noon admission.
Contact: Ted & Laura Dreaver – 305-304-0554
Marathon / April 29 – May 2
Tarponian Tournament
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 at 215-542-1492
Key West / April 30
Migration Mania at Key West Botanical Gardens
Migration Mania continues, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with The Great Butterfly Bonanza theme. There will be a butterfly release, butterfly walk, butterfly life cycle station, life cycle movie, educational butterfly puppet show, butterfly crafts, games, bounce house, and butterfly costume contest. Admission $5 for adults and children, members free. Crafts, Games & More All Day!
Contact: 305-849-8733

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