Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
|April 06 to November 30, in Key West|
|Key West Fishing Tournament
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601
|May 16 to September 30, in Key West|
|Custom House Museum presents: Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism
The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit will explore the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Exhibit runs through September.
|June 01 to September 30, in Key West|
|Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Will Fernandez
For longer than a decade, Will Fernandez has been one of Key West's most enchanting artists. He paints and sculpts almost entirely from memory and makes his works quite humorous and whimsical. In this exhibition, he displays a number of his impressionistic-style paintings, as well as a selection of his distinctive sculptures in stone, wood, clay and more. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|August 22 to August 24, in Florida Keys|
|Florida Keys & Key West Museums and Attractions Weekend
The event provides a cultural pass for South Florida residents and visitors to experience the rich history of Key West by offering free or reduced admission to more than 20 participating museums, including Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Pigeon Key, Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West Aquarium, Key West Art and Historical Society at Custom House and many more. Attendees must log onto www.wlrn.org and click on the "Florida Keys & Key West Museum & Attractions Weekend" banner to print out the free weekend pass.
|August 22 to August 23, in Islamorada|
|6th Annual Spartan Fishing Tournament
Headquartered at La Siesta Resort & Marina, the one-day tournament is a family-friendly fishing event with backcountry and offshore divisions. Enjoy a BBQ, awards, raffle and silent auction to follow a day on the water. A Friday captains meeting is set for 8 p.m., fishing starts at 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Registration is available online.
Contact: Scott Giberson
|August 22 to August 24, in Islamorada|
|Dive Into History: Deep Diving into the Abyss
Part of the History of Diving Museum's new 'Dive into History' quarterly event series; this installment of the series is an excursion into oceanic exploration from William Beebe's record-setting Bathysphere dive descent to 3,028 feet and James Cameron's submersible Deepsea Challenger, made famous with his solo dive to the deepest spot in the world's oceans. Highlights include movie screenings, guest speakers, a 'sea creatures for kids' workshop and more.
|August 22 to August 25, in Key West|
|Living History Programs at Dry Tortugas National Park
Celebrate the birthday of the National Park System with living history demonstrations at Dry Tortugas National Park, located approximately 70 miles west of Key West, accessible by private or charter boats, ferry or seaplane which offer daily departures from Key West. Park Visitors will step back into 1861 as they explore the park and experience re-enactors scattered about the island engaged in activities typical of daily life at Fort Jefferson for residents of the island during the Civil War era. As an added bonus, Monday is a National Park fee-free day; entrance will be free August 25 in celebration of the 98th birthday of the National Park Service.
Contact: Ferry 305-294-7009; Seaplane 305-293-9300
|August 24, in Key West|
|Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a steer, pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge and donations are appreciated. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
|August 25, in Key West|
|Tour the Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) WPC-1110 RAYMOND EVANS
From 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the latest Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) WPC-1110 RAYMOND EVANS will dock at Mallory Square during training. While docked, they will offer tours to the public. The fast response cutter WPC-1110 RAYMOND EVANS is soon to be the fourth cutter to be commissioned in Key West, FL and is the namesake of the late Commander Raymond J. Evans.
|August 28 to September 01, in Key West|
|Fifh Annual Key West Brewfest
More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on to be tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the great activities on tap, including a Local Home Brew Head to Head Competition.
|August 29 to September 01, in Marathon|
Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key hosts an annual Heroes Salute program to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special Labor Day Weekend event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute, country music concert and fireworks show.
Wicker Guesthouse an Island Bed & Breakfast
913 Duval Street Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 296-4275
Toll Free: (800) 880-4275
Fax: (305) 294-7240