Anglers of all ages and abilities can target more than 40 species of fish in the Key West Fishing Tournament, a free-entry multi-division challenge that takes place Dec. 1 to July. 31, 2020. 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.
The 10th annual Key West ART in the GARDEN opens June 1 at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden with artistic expressions emphasizing harmony with nature. These works are earth-friendly in the selection of materials (including recycled and natural material) and themes. Sculptures by local artists accent the natural beauty of the conservation site on Stock Island through July 31, 2020, 10am-4pm seven days a week.
Celebrate Independence Day at The Perry Hotel’s waterfront Village pool from 1–4pm which will be open to the public (no entry fee). The Barrel House will reopen for this special afternoon for cocktails, live music on the expansive event lawn, food specials, and an IV Hydration Station for a quick immunity boost. Social distancing guidelines will apply, and are easy to follow with over 7500+ sq feet of open-air outdoor space!
Angling teams targeting dolphin fish can vie to “catch” cash and prizes totaling more than $35,000. Largest dolphin weighing over 50 pounds can win $20,000. Proceeds of this annual family-oriented tournament benefit the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce.
The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The marine musical event is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and staged by Keys radio station US1 Radio 104.1 FM. The music is broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.
Join the History of Diving Museum to celebrate PADI Women Dive Day. There will be a 10:30AM presentation with marine archaeologist Laurel Seaburn at the Museum. The cost to attend the presentation is $20 and includes admission to the Museum. HDM members are free! Later this evening, HDM and Key Dives will team together for a night dive followed by a toast to ladies in diving. Sunday, everyone is invited to participate in guided tours that will highlight the ladies that have shaped and continue to shape the diving world. Call or email to register for Museum events. Call Key Dives at 305-664-2211 to reserve space on Saturday, July 18, night dive.
Writers, anglers and fans of the late author Ernest Hemingway’s work are to converge on Key West for the annual Hemingway Days celebration. The festival honors the legacy of the American literary giant who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s.
Anglers ply the waters once fished by writer Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total.
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West's most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar. Visit website for more details.
Mini-Season dates are scheduled the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year. Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be at work during the Lobster Mini-Season to ensure that safe boating and lobster regulations are obeyed. Begins 12:01AM on day one and ends midnight on day two. Click link for important spiny lobster regulations for 2020 season, and for information about no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.