Calendar of Events

April 2023: Florida Keys Events

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  • Apr 17, 2024 - Apr 17, 2024 Key Largo
  • LIONFISH JEWELRY WORKSHOP
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  • 98300 Overseas Hwy Key Largo FL 33037
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  • REEF Lionfish Jewelry Workshops encourage a consumer market that promotes lionfish removal. Workshop instructors will provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to make lionfish jewelry, while also giving an informative presentation on the invasive species.
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  • Jan 13, 2023 - May 21, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Art & Historical Society: Bahama Village - Relics of a Fading Community
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  • Bahama Village, in the westernmost portion of the city, was a neighborhood comprised of Black Bahamians and Black Cubans, Chinese, and other groups of color since the 1800s. In this exhibition, their history and stories are woven together through various events that shaped the Black and Indigenous cultures of Key West. “Bahama Village: Relics of a Fading Community" contains never-before-on-view objects that tell the inspiring history, culture and contributions of the island’s Black residents. Located at the society's Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.
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  • Mar 25, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023 The Lower Keys Arts & Culture
  • Connections Project: Mural on Display in Big Pine Key
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  • The Florida Keys Council of the Arts' Connections Project mural road show is underway in the Lower Keys. This year's mosaic of 300 small paintings by Keys artists celebrates the Keys' unique history and bicentennial with the theme "Pirates to Pineapples in Paradise - 200 Years in Monroe County." The mural will be on display at the Artists in Paradise Gallery at 221 Key Deer Blvd. in Big Pine Key through April 14.
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  • Mar 31, 2023 - Apr 1, 2023 Marathon Arts & Culture
  • Keys to Country at Hawk's Cay Resort
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  • Hawk's Cay Resort on Duck Key presents the "Keys to Country" concert and resort package starring Tyler Farr & Friends appearing live over two days. Headliner Tyler Farr has three No. 1 songs -- "Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in My Water,” and “A Guy Walks Into a Bar." Other artists in the lineup include Marti Frederiksen, Kylie Sackley, Shane Stevens, Karyn Rochelle, Ronnie Bowman and Clint Daniels. The two-day event is limited to resort guests who book the Keys to Country package.
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  • Apr 1, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Theater: Roaring Hot Jazz
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  • Key West’s “Roaring Hot Jazz” band presents “Legends of Swing” on Saturday, April 1st. The night begins with a tribute to Django Reinhardt–the father of Gypsy Jazz– before moving into a 1940’s Benny Goodman-style quintet with hits from the swing era. This dynamic evening will culminate in a special tribute to New Orleans and Sidney Bechet – the grandfather of improvisational jazz – with an eight-piece traditional jazz brass band. This will be an epic night of music history not to be missed. Doors open at 7; show starts at 8 p.m. Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street.
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  • Apr 1, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation Easter Egg Roll
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  • The sixth annual Easter Egg Roll at the Harry S. Truman Little White House is free to the public. Along with the traditional Easter Egg Roll, guests will enjoy arts and craft activities, refreshments, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Each child will be given a commemorative wooden Easter egg. 9 to 11 a.m. 201 Front Street.
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  • Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 2, 2023 Key Largo Arts & Culture
  • Vintage Dive Days
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  • Join the History of Diving Museum, dive historians, and NAUI for Vintage Dive Weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jules' Undersea Lodge to learn about vintage diving techniques with above water demonstrations and below water experiences. For $75, certified divers can embark on an underwater tour in the lagoon around the facility, using a double-hose regulator as seen in Sea Hunt and Jacques Cousteau’s Silent World. The underwater tour includes the chance to enter the lodge habitat and meet Dr. Joseph Dituri, who is in residence during his 100-day undersea research project. The weekend offers plenty of activities for all ages, with landslide passes available for $15. All activities take place at Jules’ Undersea Lodge, 51 Shoreland Drive, bayside in Key Largo.
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  • Apr 1, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Shakedown on the Green -- Key West Island Market
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  • All are welcome the first Saturday of every month for the new Shakedown on the Green Key West Island Market, located on the Sunset Green Lawn at 24 North Hotel, 3820 N. Roosevelt. This family-friendly, Key West Island Market features local goods, artists, food trucks and more. Free admission and free parking. $5 mimosas available.
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  • Apr 1, 2023 The Florida Keys Arts & Culture
  • Hemingway's Cocktails in the Stream: A Journey Through "Papa" Hemingway's Life in Key West & Cuba
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  • Join Hemingway Rum Co. Distillery and award-winning author and cocktail historian Philip Greene for a night of Hemingway history, storytelling and cocktails. Phil is to present details of Hemingway's storied life and times in Key West and Cuba, accompanied by hand-crafted Papa's Pilar cocktails including the Hemingway Daiquiri, the Cayo Hueso la Floridita, the Josie Russell and the Rum Collins. The event takes place in the Hemingway Library at the Rum Distillery, 201 Simonton Street, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets $54, available online. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Key West Art & Historical Society.
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  • Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 2, 2023 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • 31st Annual Florida Keys Island Fest
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  • Island Fest returns to Islamorada with a juried art show, live music, vendors, food and drinks, sand castle building contest, classic cars and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring the Taste of Islamorada competition. Event is outdoors at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside. Parking is available for a $5 donation.
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  • Apr 4, 2023 - Apr 9, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Red Barn Theatre: Short Attention Span Theatre
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  • One of Red Barn Theatre's favorites each year, “Short Attention Span Theatre” is a funny and fast-paced evening filled with pertinent and hilarious short plays, helmed by a group of directors guiding a big handful of favorite Key West actors. You never know what you’ll see next at "Short Attention Span Theatre!" Order tickets online or at the box office. Showtime 8 p.m. 319 Duval Street.
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  • Apr 5, 2023 - Apr 8, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Comedy Key West: Nick Griffin
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  • A comic for more than 25 years, Griffin's smart, sarcastic and hilarious style makes him one of the most well-respected in the business. Doors at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $25 per person. 218 Whitehead St.
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  • Apr 6, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • The Studios of Key West: First Thursday Open House
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  • The public is welcome for the April First Thursday Open House event, when The Studios keeps it lights on late and doors open to celebrate the newest work in all of its galleries. Stop in to say hello, relax with a glass of wine on the rooftop terrace, tour the third floor artist studios and see the just-installed April gallery exhibitions by artists Bria Ansara, Leif & Loren Ilvedson, David Berg and Horace O’Bryant Students. 6 to 8 p.m. 533 Eaton Street.
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  • Apr 6, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • The Studios of Key West: Robert Capa & the Hemingway Image
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  • Brian Carso explores the complicated relationship between preeminent war photographer Robert Capa and Ernest Hemingway, whom he met during the Spanish Civil War. Carso’s illustrated lecture offers compelling insights into the creation of the Hemingway image, both the recognizable pictorial image and the hyper-masculine reputation that informs the popular conception of Hemingway. Tickets $20 for the lecture, that takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Afterwards, stay for the monthly First Thursday open house to explore the new April exhibitions in the Studio's galleries. 533 Eaton Street.
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  • Apr 6, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Waterfront Playhouse: Three Tall Women
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  • The winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In this thought-provoking play by Edward Albee, the protagonist, a compelling woman more than 90 years old, reflects on her life with a mixture of shame, pleasure, regret, and satisfaction. 407 Wall Street at Mallory Square.
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  • Apr 6, 2023 Islamorada Environmental
  • Full Moon Yoga with Coral Restoration Foundation
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  • Relax and meditate during a yoga practice centered around how the moon affects our coral reefs, triggering coral spawning and the start of a new life for one of our planet's most precious ecosystems. Class takes place 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.on the deck at Postcard Inn, Islamorada, located at mile marker 84. $25 for non-guests of the resort.
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  • Apr 8, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Keys Concerts by Candlelight: "Classic Rock vs Classics that Rock"
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  • The concert, played by string quartet, is a unique musical experience that features classic rock songs by Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles, and David Bowie, and classical music by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and more. The intimate evening of music is led by Southernmost Chamber Music Society member and violinist, Irie Monte, and is hosted by comedian Steve Crane. Tennessee Williams Theatre Cabaret. 5901 College Rd.
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  • Apr 9, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Artisan Market: Let's Get Hoppy Edition
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  • The "Let's Get Hoppy" edition of the Key West Artisan Market will be Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Higgs Beach,1801 White Street. The event will feature a fun easter egg hunt for kids with candy and prizes. The Slime Time booth with Trinity and Haven will be set up next to the info booth for hands-on fun. Guests may enjoy bloody Mary's and mimosas, along with a full bar from Great Events Catering, as well as coffee, juice and cut fruit, along with multiple food trucks and stalls offering eat-here or take-away. Shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Live music, free entry and free parking. Please bring your own shopping bags.
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  • Apr 9, 2023 Islamorada
  • Easter Sunday Underwater Easter Bunny Dive & Snorkel
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  • Want to dive with the underwater Easter Bunny? Then don't miss the 32nd Easter Sunday morning dive with Captain Slate's Scuba Adventures. It's a one-tank, one-location dive and snorkel charter in shallow water so divers and snorkelers can find plenty of eggs. Find the Golden Egg and win a prize. Everyone gets a goodie bag! Limited space available. Call 305-451-3020 to book. The dive shop is located at 90791 Old Highway, Tavernier, oceanside.
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  • Apr 9, 2023 Marathon
  • Easter Bunny Photos at Banana Bay Resort
  • The public is invited to hop on over to Banana Bay Resort in Marathon to meet and take photos with the Easter Bunny on Sunday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. Admission is free.
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  • Apr 9, 2023 The Lower Keys
  • Easter on the Sheriff's Animal Farm
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  • Easter on the Farm takes place Easter Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. featuring an East egg hunt and fun with the animals. Children should bring their own Easter baskets to collect eggs. There will be crafts, music and fun with the animals. Free, but donations are accepted. 5501 College Road on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
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  • Apr 12, 2023 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Keys History & Discovery Center Spring Lecture Series: Bob Rich - I Have Found Me a Home
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  • Guest lecturer Bob Rich is Senior Chairman of Rich Products Corp. and Chairman Emeritus of Cleveland Clinic. He was first exposed to the art of storytelling around campfires in northern Ontario. Growing up reading Hemingway, Melville and Cervantes inspired him to write. Living on the shores of Lake Erie and the Florida Keys provides him with a wealth of his own tales to tell. He is the author of five books "Fish Fights", "The Fishing Club", "The Right Angle", "Secrets of the Delphi Café", and "Looking Through Water", a novel being filmed now as the movie "Blood Knot" starring Michael Douglas. Bob lives in Islamorada with the love of his life, Mindy, and two dogs, Cookie and Migo. Please register in advance. Tickets $10 in-person, $5 virtual. Mile marker 82 at the Islander Resort.
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  • Apr 13, 2023 - Apr 15, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • The Studios of Key West: I Confess
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  • Inspired by "Confessional" by Tennessee Williams, Hurricane Alaina’s "I Confess" brings to light the things that we fear about ourselves, but often have in common with our neighbor. The result is exciting, funny, devastating and cathartic. For the Key West incarnation of her piece, Hurricane Alaina, co-producer of "The Tennessee Williams Project" weaves confessions from locals into her existing script. The philosophy of "I Confess" is that everyone has a secret, and the artists on stage are relying on the audience to hear the messages, in order to release them. Tickets start at $60. 8 p.m. showings Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. 533 Eaton Street.
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  • Apr 15, 2023 Key West Environmental
  • Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center Opening Celebration
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  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's Eco-Discovery Center in Key West re-opens on April 15 with a "Community Day'' celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring coffee with the superintendent at 9 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., then games and hands-on activities for kids along with tours of the re-imagined visitor center and exhibits throughout the day. There will be a "Mission: Iconic Reefs" presentation at 2 p.m. The event is free, just like admission to the Eco-Discovery Center itself, which is now open regularly on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find the center in Truman Waterfront Park at 35 Quay Rd.
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  • Apr 16, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Jimmy Buffett Day at Margaritaville Beach House Key West
  • 305-292-9800
  • Celebrate Jimmy Buffett Day with a special evening of music, drinks, food, and fun and experience what it's like to be front row at a Jimmy Buffett concert! From 7 to 10 p.m., sing along, dance, and feel the good vibes while the resort streams a past Jimmy Buffett concert on the big screen under the Tiki! The concert screening is free and open to the public. Cheeseburgers in paradise, specialty margaritas, and other tropical treats will be available for purchase. Bring the whole family and enjoy backyard games and activities as you sway to the music under the palms. And yes, April 16 is officially "Jimmy Buffett Day" in Florida!
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  • Apr 17, 2023 Islamorada Arts & Culture
  • Matecumbe Historical Trust Presentation: The Keys Worst Hurricanes
  • An audio-visual presentation will be shown about some of the most destructive Florida Keys hurricanes, starting with the storm impacting the 1733 Spanish Treasure Fleet, the devastating 1935 Hurricane, Hurricane Donna in 1960, and Hurricane Irma in 2017. The free presentation is open to the public. It starts at 6:30 p.m.at Island Community Church, mile marker 82 bayside.
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  • Apr 18, 2023 Islamorada Environmental
  • "Ocean Invaders" Documentary Screening at Florida Keys Brewing Company
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  • Join REEF Environmental Education Foundation for this free screening of the NOVA Documentary "Ocean Invaders." Lionfish, long prized in home aquariums, have invaded the Atlantic and are now one of the ocean's most successful invasive species. See ocean explorer Danni Washington on a journey to discover how they took over, why they are doing so much damage, and what can be done about it. Florida Keys Brewing, mile marker 81, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
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  • Apr 18, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • The Studios of Key West: Jake Shimabukuro in Concert
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  • Jake Shumabukuro, the Hawaii-born virtuoso, is often called "the Jimi Hendrix of the 'ukulele." While versatility for any musician is impressive, what’s remarkable about Shimabukuro’s transcendent skills is how he explores his seemingly limitless vocabulary – whether it’s jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk or even classical – on perhaps the unlikeliest of instruments: the ‘ukulele. Tickets $60. Show starts at 7 p.m. in the Helmerich Theater. 533 Eaton St.
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  • Apr 19, 2023 Islamorada Environmental
  • Immerse Yourself: Crocodiles of South Florida
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  • Paul Evans, science writer and outreach coordinator with the University of Florida's Croc Docs research team, presents information about the threats facing the vulnerable South Florida American crocodile population and what conservation efforts are being done to help. The Immerse Yourself series is presented both in-person and on Zoom by History of Diving Museum, mile marker 82.9 bayside.
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  • Apr 20, 2023 Key West Environmental
  • Sunset Pier: Red Not Chili Peppers Concert to Benefit Reef Relief
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  • Enjoy a free show on Ocean Key Resort's Sunset Pier with Reggae Lou and the Kind Budz opening for the Red Not Chili Peppers, who pay tribute to the ultimate funk rock quartet – a band that has transcended three decades of chart-topping success as well as developed one of the largest die-hard followings in the world. Donations will be accepted to support Reef Relief and the work they do to support and improve our reefs throughout the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Show starts at 4:20 p.m on Sunset Pier at Zero Duval Street.
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  • Apr 20, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023 The Lower Keys Environmental
  • Reef Renewal USA & Capt Hook's: Coral Fragging Party & Earth Day Nursery Dive
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  • Learn about the proper technique for making coral fragments, which over time will be used to propagate and become a part of the re-planting efforts throughout the Looe Key area reef system. There are opportunities to join the coral fragging party April 20th, 21st and 22nd at Capt. Hook's Big Pine Key location on Big Pine Key at mile maker 29.5 bayside. If you're a diver, you will want to sign up for the Earth Day Reef Renewal USA Coral Nursery Dive on Saturday. All activities, including the coral nursery dive, are free! Please call Capt. Hook's for more details and to reserve your spot, 305-872-9863.
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  • Apr 20, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Connections Project: Key West Opening Celebration
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  • The Florida Keys Council of the Arts' Connections Project mural road show is underway, and this location is its final stop. This year's mosaic of 300 small paintings by Keys artists celebrates the Keys' unique history and bicentennial with the theme "Pirates to Pineapples in Paradise - 200 Years in Monroe County." The mural debuts at the Florida Keys Council of the Arts headquarters at the historic Gato Building in Key West with a free opening reception Thursday, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. The mural remains on display at this location through May 5. 1100 Simonton Street.
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  • Apr 21, 2023 - May 5, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Connections Project: Mural on Display in Key West
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  • The Florida Keys Council of the Arts' Connections Project mural road show is underway, and this location is its final stop. This year's mosaic of 300 small paintings by Keys artists celebrates the Keys' unique history and bicentennial with the theme "Pirates to Pineapples in Paradise - 200 Years in Monroe County." The mural will be on display at the Florida Keys Council of the Arts headquarters at the historic Gato Building in Key West through May 5. 1100 Simonton Street.
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  • Apr 21, 2023 Key Largo Environmental
  • Dive Against Debris
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  • Join the crew members of Rainbow Reef, Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys and PADI AWARE® for the monthly Dive Against Debris. Orientation begins at 9 a.m. at Rainbow Reef, 522 Caribbean Drive, followed by a two-tank dive, departing from the Dive Center at 100 Ocean Drive at 12:45 p.m. Call 305-451-7171 to reserve your spot.
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  • Apr 21, 2023 Key West Environmental
  • Youth Making Ripples International Youth Film Festival
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  • To kick off Earth Day weekend, Mote Marine Laboratory is hosting the “Youth Making Ripples” International Youth Film Festival on Friday evening at the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary Eco-Discovery Center at 35 E. Quay Rd. in Key West. The film competition that debuted in 2014 is open to kindergarten through college students from around the world to display their creative talents to serve as a voice for our oceans. The films, all five minutes or less, range in topics from local marine threats or concerns to a specific call to action for marine conservation. Doors open for the event at 5 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Mote’s updated coral restoration exhibit inside the center, followed by the film festival at 6 p.m. in the center’s theater. Admission is free.
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  • Apr 22, 2023 The Florida Keys Arts & Culture
  • Conch Republic Drag Race
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  • The annual Conch Republic Drag Race is a playful parody of auto racing where entrants swap high-speed cars for high-heeled shoes and female drag “ah-tire” while dashing along an improvised racetrack. The race is to take place in the 700 block of Key West's "main drag," Duval Street and is free for spectators. The race runs from 3 to 4 p.m. with party central at the Bourbon Street Pub.
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  • Apr 22, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Tropic Cinema: Movie Under the Stars
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  • Tropic Cinema presents "Back to the Future" for the FREE April Movie Under the Stars cinema classic screening on Eaton Street. Limited seating available, but you're welcome to bring your own chairs or blankets. Concessions available inside the lobby. Screening starts a half hour after sunset -- approximately 8:15 p.m. 416 Eaton Street.
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  • Apr 22, 2023 Key Largo Environmental
  • Earth Day Celebration at Rowell's Waterfront Park
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  • The Key Largo Community Preservation Foundation hosts its inaugural Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rowell's Waterfront Park, mile marker 104.5 bayside in Key Largo. Attendees can explore exhibits from Upper Keys environmental and educational non-profit organizations and schools. Attractions are to include interactive activities and information from Mote Marine Laboratory, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, the I.CARE coral reef restoration group, MarineLab Environmental Education Center and Island Dolphin Care, which will have a touch tank filled with sea stars, sea urchins and hermit crabs. Food vendors are to be on hand as well. The event is free to attend.
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  • Apr 22, 2023 Key West Environmental
  • Key West Southernmost Runners: Earth Day 5k Run/Walk
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  • The Key West Southernmost Runners' 25th annual Earth Day 5k Run/Walk takes place Saturday at Key West’s Truman Waterfront Park at the end of Southard St. The start and finish line is near the U.S .Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum. Proceeds from the race benefit the Conch Republic Marine Army, a local non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to cleaning and restoring the shallow mangrove habitats of the Florida Keys. Registration is $25 per person (free for children under 5 with a parent). Participants can register online or in person at the race location from 4 to 6 p.m. April 21 and at 7 a.m. April 22 before the 8 a.m. race start.
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  • Apr 22, 2023 Islamorada Environmental
  • Earth Day Sea Turtle Release
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  • Earth Day enthusiasts can celebrate with the Florida Keys–based Turtle Hospital by witnessing a planned release of two rehabilitated sea turtles at the Islander Resort, mile marker 82 oceanside in Islamorada. The Turtle Hospital ambulance is to arrive at 9:30 a.m. and the turtles will be released at 10 a.m.
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  • Apr 22, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade
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  • Creative recycling, offbeat artistry and energetic "people power" will entertain spectators during the Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade on Earth Day in Key West. The family-friendly promenade kicks off at noon outside the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. Colorful sculptural floats with moving parts, elaborately decorated bicycles and other mobile creations -- all crafted with repurposed or recycled elements -- proceed along Key West’s famed Duval Street.
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  • Apr 22, 2023 Marathon Environmental
  • Earth Day: History of Diving Museum & NASA Open House at Marathon International Airport
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  • Join NASA Earth scientists and representatives from the History of Diving Museum to learn learn about climate change research taking place in South Florida and how that relates to our reefs. Meet scientists and tour inside NASA's Blueflux aircraft that is being used to monitor mangrove ecosystems. Learn about the rich history of "the quest to explore under the sea" from History of Diving Museum, plus find information from other exhibitors including the National Park Service. To emphasize the connection between mangrove trees, which absorb atmospheric carbon, and the health of the Keys’ reefs and marine ecosystems, environmental organization Coastlove and FWC will lead a coastal cleanup and mangrove planting experience near the event site. Free to attend, but please register online, especially for the mangrove planting. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marathon International Airport, 9850 Overseas Highway, bayside. Attendees will receive a discount adult admission pass to Crane Point to visit "Dive Into Art: Edge of the Sea" traveling exhibit on Earth Day.
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  • Apr 22, 2023 The Florida Keys Arts & Culture
  • Pops in the Park: Keys Community Concert Band "What A Wonderful World"
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  • In honor of Earth Day, “What a Wonderful World,” is a free, outdoor concert from Keys Community Concert Band at Founders Park, mile marker 87, bayside, from 4 to 5 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and pack a picnic basket for a family-friendly concert of international music, story slams, poetry and narrative music celebrating our beautiful planet earth. Special guest for this final concert of the band's 2022-2023 season is the Upper Keys Drum Circle. You're invited to join in and bring your drum or use one of theirs.
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  • Apr 23, 2023 The Lower Keys
  • Sheriff's Animal Farm Open House
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  • The Sheriff's Animal Farm Open House is 1 - 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Come visit the animals at the farm, including miniature horses, a steer, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, a lemur, an alpaca, a skunk, a prairie dog, tortoises and turtles, snakes, new baby hedgehogs and many more. It is free of charge, but donations are welcomed because that is how the farm is sustained. 5501 College Road on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
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  • Apr 23, 2023 - Apr 26, 2023 Islamorada Fishing
  • Herman Lucerne Memorial Tarpon Cup
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  • The Islamorada-based Herman Lucerne Memorial Tarpon Cup is a catch-and-release tournament with fishing taking place within the boundaries of Everglades National Park. A limited field of both guided and unguided anglers compete for tarpon and other species. The tournament is sold out. Events take place at Islander Resort, mile marker 82 oceanside.
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  • Apr 23, 2023 Key West
  • Earth Day Fair at May Sands Montessori School
  • Celebrate our planet at the 2023 Earth Day Fair at May Sands Montessori School on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy live music, a bounce house, water play, face painting, games and recycled materials craft projects. Admission is $10 per child; adults admitted free. 1400 United Street. purchase on site. 1400 United Street, Key West.
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  • Apr 24, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Taste of Key West
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  • Coinciding in 2023 with Conch Republic Days, the 28th Taste of Key West features Key West and Lower Keys chefs specializing in seafood, Caribbean and Cuban flavors, European delicacies, Asian fusion cuisine, vegetarian dishes and more. This open-air event at Truman Waterfront Park promises an assortment of beverages and palate-pleasing small plates. Tickets range from $25 per person to the VIP experience for $125. Enter at 100 Southard Street. Limited parking, walking and biking is encouraged.
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  • Apr 25, 2023 - Apr 26, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • The Studios of Key West: Vance Gilbert in Concert
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  • Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 1990s when buzz started spreading in folk clubs about a former multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ‘em dead at open mics. His star has risen steadily since then, and he’s made an indelible mark on the folk and acoustic music scenes with his free spirited performances, powerful lyrics, and pop-friendly melodies. Tickets start at $40. Tuesday night in Helmerich Theater at 7 p.m.; Wednesday night at the Hugh's View rooftop at 8 p.m. 533 Eaton Street.
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  • Apr 25, 2023 - Jul 31, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden: Art in the Garden
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  • Visitors can spot 20 imaginative creations by19 Florida Keys artists surrounded by the 15-acre habitat’s rare and indigenous plants and trees. Continuing through July 31, the Art in the Garden exhibition features large outdoor pieces crafted out of natural and recycled materials, installed among the property’s boardwalks, trails, and hidden glades. Find the garden at 5210 College Rd.
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  • Apr 26, 2023 Islamorada
  • Florida Keys History & Discovery Center Lecture: Dr. Jim Kushlan - The Everglades Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
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  • Author of 12 books and over 250 articles, James A. Kushlan’s writing shares with a wide audience his perspectives on science, conservation, and natural history. An expert on the Everglades and its waterbirds, he has written extensively on the biology, natural history, and human history of South Florida. His recent book, Seeking the American Tropics, explores the stories of South Florida’s early naturalists. He and Kirsten Hines have co-authored three books on South Florida’s national parks, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and most recently, Everglades National Park. Please register in advance. Tickets $10 in-person, $5 virtual. Mile Marker 82 Islamorada at the Islander Resort.
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  • Apr 27, 2023 - May 13, 2023 Marathon Arts & Culture
  • Marathon Community Theatre: Scapino!
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  • An Italian menu – think minestrone, macaroni, ravioli - sung to a snappy tune opens SCAPINO!, a fun-filled adaptation of Moliere's ''Les Fourberies de Scapin." Set in contemporary Naples, Italy, the leading character, Scapino, devises a complex plot to help two pairs of lovers against parental opposition that, it turns out, does not even exist. Scapino, a fast-talking, quick-thinking scamp cleverly manipulates and cajoles everyone around him into doing what he intends them to do. Slap-stick, over-the-top hilarity ensues in this uniquely musical farce. Shows at 8 p.m. except for a Sunday matinee on May 7 at 3 p.m. Tickets $28, available online. 5101 Overseas Highway, oceanside.
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  • Apr 27, 2023 - Apr 28, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Afro Roots Fest - Key West
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  • The annual Afro Roots Fest in Key West is a cultural kaleidoscope of music that begins Thursday with performances at 5:30 and 9 p.m. by Tomas Diaz and the Nag Champayons at the Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead St. There is no cover charge and everyone 21 and over is welcome. Afro Roots Fest continues Friday at 8 p.m. with a concert at The Studios of Keys West, 533 Eaton Street, featuring Cuban folk band Cortadito. Tickets $50.
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  • Apr 27, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Conch Republic Days: World's Longest Parade
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  • Dress in your Conch Republic or pirate finest, or come as you are, for the annual World's Longest Parade. Gather from 6 to 7 p.m. for a free pre-party at Southernmost Point Guest House House, 1327 Duval Street. The parade begins at 8 p.m., working its down Duval Street from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The after-party and awards ceremony takes place at Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William Street, from 9 p.m. until late.
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  • Apr 28, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Key West Art & Historical Society: Out of the Box - The Art of the Cigar Label
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  • The Key West Art & Historical Society presents “Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar Label." The exhibition offers a compelling sampling and interpretation of 19th and early 20th century inner and outer cigar labels, showcasing more than 40 lithographs related to the Key West and Cuba cigar manufacturers. Included with museum general admission. Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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  • Apr 28, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Reenactment of the Great Sea Battle of the Conch Republic
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  • The highlight of the Conch Republic Days celebration, the battle pits the Conch Republic's military forces -- Air Force, Army, Navy and privateers -- against a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter. The good-natured foe represents the USCG Cutter Diligence, attacked on April 23, 1982, by the Schooner Western Union during the Keys' "secession" from the United States and establishment as the Conch Republic. Best free viewing is at Ocean Key Resort & Spa's Sunset Pier at Zero Duval Street and at Mallory Square.
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  • Apr 28, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023 Marathon
  • 7 Mile Offshore Grand Prix
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  • Race World Offshore is excited to bring offshore racing back to Marathon and showcase the world’s best and fastest boats, in this kick-off to the 2023 APBA National Race Series. On Friday night fans are invited to join race teams and organizers for the free, Race World Offshore and Conch Republic kick-off party starting at 5:30 p.m. at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, 11710 Overseas Highway, bayside. Saturday and Sunday, race boats will navigate a new 5.6 mile course in the Gulf of Mexico alongside the recently renovated Old Seven Mile Bridge. There is free admission to watch the races both days from the pedestrian-friendly bridge, with one section reserved for VIP ticket holders. Fans also have access to boats and teams at the dry pit areas at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport and San Pablo Catholic Church. The wet pits are at Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club. Parking for the races is to be available at Marathon Community Park, 200 36th Street Ocean (MM 49), with shuttle service to Sunset Grille at the base of the bridge. VIP ticket options are available at the Race World Offshore website.
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  • Apr 29, 2023 Key Largo Environmental
  • REEF Arts & Science Festival
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  • This free family-friendly event features numerous local artists and environmental organizations sharing hands-on activities that show how arts can connect the public to science and conservation. There will be interactive displays, activities and booths to attract and engage audiences with science, conservation, and the environment. Along with educational games and activities, REEF will provide "Make and Take" art kits for attendees to bring home to continue the experience. Located at the REEF campus in the median at mile marker 98.3.
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  • Apr 29, 2023 - May 6, 2023 Marathon Fishing
  • 36th Annual Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament
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  • This unique team tournament in the heart of tarpon season, with two to four anglers per team/boat, allows anglers to fish three of the four nights with three different captains at three different bridges: Bahia Honda, Long Key and the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge. Proceeds from the charity tournament benefit Ronald McDonald House. Tournament activities take place at Faro Blanco Resort, 1996 Overseas Hwy. bayside.
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  • Apr 29, 2023 Key West Arts & Culture
  • Conch Republic Bed Race
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  • The annual Conch Republic Bed Race, billed as “the most fun you can have in bed with your clothes on” is to trundle through downtown Key West Saturday at 3 p.m. as part of the 41st annual Conch Republic Days celebration. The race features decorated wheel-mounted beds, each propelled down Duval Street from Olivia to Southard streets. A team of four runners, some in outlandish costumes, is to race each decked-out bed while one fortunate rider lounges aboard. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bourbon Street Pub at 724 Duval Street. The competition is a fundraiser for the Sister Season Fund, providing financial assistance to hospitality and tourism workers in need.
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  • Apr 29, 2023 Marathon
  • Leadership Monroe Class 30 Graduation and Community Celebration
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  • Leadership Monroe County, in honor of its 30th anniversary, is holding a community celebration for the graduation of class 30 and a reunion of the graduates of all 30 classes. The public is invited to join in from 3:30 p.m. to sunset at Oceanfront Park, 9805 Overseas Highway, oceanside. There will be live music and entertainment along with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm, the City of Key West mounted patrol, the Marathon SPCA, and teams from the MCSO bomb squad, FWC, USCG, Army Special Forces, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NWS Key West, MarineLab, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, Mote Marine Laboratory and more. $10 entry includes either a hot dog or hamburger and beverage.
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