Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
The Tourism & Development Council of the Florida Keys
Highlights of this holiday event include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside.
Enjoy live music for all ages at a family-friendly free indoor community band concert as the season-opener for Pops in the Park honors the Dreams of the American Family, with patriotic music as a special tribute to hurricane Irma recovery. Performance starts at 4 p.m. at the Island Christian Church, a first-ever indoor venue for KCCB.
The second Key West Artisan Market of the season will include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Key West Writer's Guild Local Author's Nook, live music by 104.9 The X, craft beer, wine and art in Garage Mahal and food concessions. Artisan Market dates have been set for Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every three weeks (except Easter), at The Restaurant Store. Bring your own bags.
For lectures, doors open at 5 p.m., with lecture starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 for non-museum members, which includes museum admission, light appetizers and cash bar. Free for museum members. All lectures are at Keys History & Discovery Center, 82100 Overseas Highway, MM 82 in Islamorada, on the property of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost.
The annual Festival of Trees is to take place at the Florida Keys Country Club. Holiday trees are festively displayed, and decorated by members of the Zonta Club of Marathon, a humanitarian service organization. Visitors and residents can bid to purchase the decorated trees.
The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series is the only tournament in the series to offer a junior division for anglers age 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel.
The crew at COAST — the Stock Island based artist and craftsman collective — has organized a two-day benefit concert festival, aptly named "Coast Is Clear", with the goal of raising money and spirits for the Florida Keys community in the wake of hurricane Irma. To date, the lineup includes national touring artists G. Love, Langhorne Slim, Rayland Baxter and Rorey Carroll. In addition, local favorites Patrick and The Swayzees and The Skank — among others — will add local flavor to the stages over
Frolick in a 30-ton magical mountain of snow at Founders Park at mile marker 87 during the 4-10 p.m., watch the ceremonial lighting of a 35-foot-tall tree and bid on a Keys-designed, one-of-a-kind creation during the popular ornament auction. Inspired by the Burl Ives song, the "Silver and Gold" themed parade is to usher in Santa Claus, amidst food, drink, music and kids' activities. A Santa Paws canine competition for dogs and owners awards the best doggone holiday attire.
Sponsored by the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, holiday happenings with live music, decorations, food and drinks are to spark the seasonal spirit. The annual tree lighting is to be held at the Murray E. Nelson Government Center and Key Largo Cultural Center, MM 102, from 5-9 p.m. Eggnog, caroling and an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus are virtually guaranteed to put everyone in a festive mood.
This event is one of a kind! Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half promises just that- 26.2 or 13.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. A full weekend of events including a 10k and 5k are planned.
Charming holiday spirit abounds in this annual parade in the southernmost city in the continental U.S. Local flavor prevails with marching bands, school groups, motorized and non-motorized floats and lively community participation. Catching the tossed candy is a highlight for kids. The route begins at Bayview Park and the best viewing spots are along Duval Street and Truman Avenue.
Hosted by Keys Animal Hospital. Santa is to pose for photos with pets from 4-8 p.m. The event supports the medical and special needs for the shelter animals at Florida Keys SPCA campus in Marathon. Cost of photos is free, although contributions of pet food, toys, beds or financial donations are welcomed.
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