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Current Florida Keys Events

Due to the coronavirus crisis, many near-term special events in the Florida Keys have been, or are likely to be, canceled or adapted to virtual environments. Highest risk continues to be large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.

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  • Jan 20, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Fringe Theater 2021 Season
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  • Fringe Theater’s 2020-21 season was designed with three things in mind: safety, creativity and flexibility. One-person shows are to be presented online and in-person, and readings are free and online. Visit website for current productions and readings.
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  • Mar 30, 2021 - May 3, 2021 The Lower Keys Arts & Culture
  • Connections Project Mural: ‘A Mosaic of the Keys’
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  • The Connections Project mural, titled “A Mosaic of the Keys” is made up of individual 6-by-6-inch canvases that were decorated by local artists and creative residents, with the completed pieces arranged into the colorful mosaic. Art lovers can see the mural during a Keyswide “road show” tour, currently at Big Pine Key’s Artists in Paradise Gallery.
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  • Apr 1, 2021 - Apr 29, 2021 Key West
  • The Studios of Key West presents: April Exhibitions
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  • Four exhibitions fill the Studios’ galleries this month. Discover the creative works of Olga Manosalvas, known for her colorful paintings and sculptures; Former Artist in Residence and watercolor artist, Scott Ponemone; photographer Kyla Piscopink; and local author Rita Troxel. View galleries in person or online. Galleries open Tue-Sat., 12-4 p.m., free of charge.
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  • Apr 16, 2021 - Apr 25, 2021 Key West
  • Conch Republic Independence Celebration
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  • Fans and friends of the Florida Keys’ Conch Republic can celebrate the irreverent "nation's" 39th birthday with activities including a tall ship pirate adventure, traditional shrimp boil, sunset boat parade, tour of the USCGC Ingham floating maritime museum, "wearable art" fashion show benefit, street fair on Key West's Duval Street, "rum battle," sailing excursions, "Art of Wine" gallery stroll, gourmet dinner and absinthe tasting, sunset cruises and a sailing race that salutes the Florida Keys' seafaring heritage. The annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorates the Keys’ symbolic 1982 secession from the United States and reinvention as the eccentric republic. Organizers are to uphold coronavirus safety protocols throughout the festival, including mandatory masking and social distancing.
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  • Apr 17, 2021 The Florida Keys
  • Fee-Free Day at Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks to Commemorate National Park Week
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  • Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks will waive their entrance fee on this first day of National Park Week, part of a continued commitment to increase access, promote recreational opportunities, improve visitor facilities and conserve natural and historical treasures in national parks for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people.  Everglades National Park normally charges $30.00 per vehicle or vessel, $25.00 per motorcycle, and $15.00 per person for pedestrians, cyclists and paddle-craft, for a 7-day pass. Dry Tortugas National Park normally charges $15.00 per person over the age of 16, which is good for 7 days. Fees are ordinarily included in the ticket prices for ferry and seaplane tours, but they will not be included on fee free days.
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  • Apr 17, 2021 Marathon
  • 40th Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run
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  • The annual race is staged on the longest of 42 bridges along the Florida Keys’ renowned Overseas Highway. The unique race is one of the most popular running events in the southeast United States, having attracted runners from around the world.
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  • Apr 19, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth
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  • Presented by the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St., Key West artist Rick Worth returns with Painting Boot Camp, the class that invites you to paint along, step-by-step, creating your own masterpiece. This season, in order to allow for safe distancing, class will be held in the morning, outdoors in TSKW covered courtyard. Have fun, learn essential skills, and walk away with a brand-new painting each week. All levels, materials included. Classes available Mondays only, spaces limited. Class fee of $135 applies.
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  • Apr 21, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Afro Roots Fest Key West
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  • Afro Roots World Music is one of the longest-running events of its kind. The festival started at Tobacco Road, and has been staged at various locations throughout South Florida. Afro Roots, now regional, spans from Jupiter to Key West. At 5:30 and 9 p.m. each day, live music is to be staged at The Green Parrot - 601 Whitehead St.; musical acts include Cortadito with special guest Tomas Diaz (April 21); Guerra Grooves (April 22) FABI World Music with special guest ITAWE (April 23).
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  • Apr 22, 2021 Key West
  • Earth Day at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
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  • Enjoy extended hours and free admission! The Garden is extending its closing time and offering free admission between the hours of 4 - 6 p.m. Earth Day is celebrated worldwide and the day is set aside to promote environmental protection and the concept of peace. The Key West Tropical Forest, established in 1936, is also celebrating its 86th Anniversary and is honored to be the steward of protecting the environment in its 15-acre endangered ecosystem. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.
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  • Apr 23, 2021 - Apr 25, 2021 Key Largo
  • REEF Annual Earth Day Lionfish Derby
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  • Are you an Apex Predator or a Reef Defender? Participating teams choose to compete in one of these two divisions for the prize category of Most Lionfish. The “Apex Predator” Division is for more competitive teams aiming for greater prize money. The “Reef Defender” Division is for the more casual teams. All teams compete together for prizes awarded to Smallest and Largest Lionfish caught. Minimum 2-person teams, up to 4 person teams eligible to participate. Early-Bird registration is $75 per team on or before April 10, 2021; $100 per team on or before April 23, 2021 by 4 p.m.
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  • Apr 23, 2021 Key West
  • Elton Live: The Ultimate Elton John Tribute
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  • The Ultimate Elton John Tribute Act offers the most complete and authentic reproduction of Sir Elton John’s sound and stage performance in the world. Their shows are the most accurate duplication that Elton John fans worldwide have come to love and enjoy. Does open 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. at Key West Theater, 516 Eaton St. Seating is limited and follows masking and social distancing protocols inside the theater.
  • Apr 25, 2021 - Apr 28, 2021 Islamorada Fishing
  • Herman Lucerne Memorial Tarpon Cup
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  • This is an old school, ‘downtown Islamorada’ kind of tournament, to be headquartered at the Islander Resort. True to the Herman Lucerne spirit of inclusiveness, the Tarpon Cup includes both a Guided and Unguided division. Teams are limited to 20.
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  • Apr 27, 2021 - May 1, 2021 Key West
  • Fourth Annual Mile 0 Fest Key West
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  • This annual fest brings the best of Americana and Red Dirt Music to the island paradise for five full days of bands, acoustic jams and songwriter swaps. Event organizers are to have safety protocols in place per COVID-19 guidelines.
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  • Apr 28, 2021 The Florida Keys
  • 'Delicate Balance of Nature' Lecture Series: The Florida Panther
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  • The elusive Florida panther is the apex predator for the southeastern United States. Dr. Frank Ridgley DVM, is the head of Zoo Miami’s Conservation and Research Department and a research associate at Florida International University. His talk will focus on the techniques used by state and federal agencies to unlock the secrets of this endangered big cat so that it can be better protected. He will also address some of the continued risks to its future survival. Sponsored by the Friends of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park (Citizen Support Organization). Presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. To attend this online event, registration is required. There is no charge to attend the lectures, limited to 100 participants.
  • Apr 30, 2021 - May 2, 2021 Marathon Fishing
  • Marathon Offshore Bull & Cow Dolphin Tournament
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  • Up to $30,000 in cash and prizes await top anglers, with several prizes awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin fish, wahoo, tuna and tripletail. A guaranteed grand prize of $10,000 cash is to go to the team that catches the largest bull and cow dolphin fish combined. However, according to organizers, the top prize payout increases as more boats register. 
  • Apr 30, 2021 - May 2, 2021 Islamorada Fishing
  • Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo
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  • Fishing for a cause! Honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, this tournament benefits a namesake community scholarship fund that has distributed over $170,000 to date. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, the event features cash prizes and $25,000 to the angler with a dolphin fish that beats the state record.
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  • Apr 30, 2021 Key West
  • Arbor Day at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
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  • The Garden is offering free admission all day. The Garden’s plant Nursery will be open for plant sales from 9am to Noon and will offer a 50% discount on Crabwood, Coffee colubrina and Princewood trees. A ceremonial "Arbor Day" tree planting will take place at 1pm. Guided Docent tours will be offered at 10:30am and 1pm. Groups will be limited to 10 people and masks will be required. Registration for the tours can be made in advance
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