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
|October 13 to December 19, in Marathon|
|Holiday Photos with a Dolphin at Dolphin Research Center
Visitors who participate in DRC's 'Meet the Dolphin' program can bring their own Santa hats, reindeer antlers or other accessories to use while posing. DRC's experienced photographers will shoot the pictures using high-resolution digital cameras guests go onto a floating dock to give backrubs and share a "flippershake" with a dolphin and have their photo taken.
|October 17 to October 31, in Key West|
|13th Annual Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor
Days and nights of ghoulish delight are planned for the Civil War-era fort beside Key West's Atlantic Ocean shore. This year three spooky sections of the enchanted citadel will be the stage for live "shows," treating visitors to otherworldly celebrations not suitable for mere mortals. Events will take place Oct. 17-19, 23-24, 26 and 30-31, and attendees are encouraged to don devilish costumes. Tricks and treats for the little ones are planned for Kid's Day, scheduled Sunday, Oct. 19, from 5-7 p.m. Kid's Day entry is free with park admission. Admission to the haunting is $13 per adult, $10 for military personnel, $8 for kids and free for children under age 5. Hours are 8-11 p.m. (midnight on Halloween).
|October 17 to October 26, in Key West|
|35th Annual Fantasy Fest
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers.
|October 18 to November 01, in Key West|
|Gallery on Greene presents: "Native Sons & Daughters"
"Native Sons & Daughters" is an exhibit of five local artists -- Andy Thurber, Wayne Garcia, Audra Paige, Mike Marrero and Linda Reike -- whose paintings and wood carvings express an unabashed appreciation for and connection to their surroundings.
|October 20 to October 31, in Key West|
|Pop Up Museums for Florida Communities: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum's newest traveling exhibit provides an overview of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It also features the stories and archaeology associated with the Key West African Cemetery and the slave ship Henrietta Marie, which sank off the coast of the Florida Keys in 1700. The public is invited to view the exhibit October 20 - 31 during normal business hours at the Gato Building, located at 1100 Simonton, and at the Florida Keys Community College Library, located at 5901 College Road. There is no admission charge.
|October 25, in Islamorada|
|Riding Dead for MS Fundraiser
The Riding Dead Fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, beginning at the Islamorada Moose Lodge at 5 p.m., mile marker 81, oceanside. Wear a costume and decorate your bike, stroller or wagon. It's a four-mile ride with prizes for best adult costume, best kid's costume and best wheels. $15 donation.
|October 25, in Key West|
|Screaming Green Halloween
Join the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden for the sixth annual event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to candy treats, little goblins can indulge in games, crafts and costume contests. There is an educational twist too, learning environmentally-friendly ways to reuse items for costumes, decorations and fun activities, all amidst the beauty of nature. Costume contest for ages 5 and under and ages 6 - 12. Admission $5/child or $10/family. KWBGS members $5/family.
Contact: (305) 296-1504
|October 26, in Key West|
|Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
|October 27 to October 28, in Big Pine|
|“PIT STOP PARTY, TOO!” Music Festival
The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL "Friend Club" of Howard Livingston & The MM24 Band, is presenting 2 full days of the BEST "TropRock" music from some of the BEST "TropRock" musicians from coast to coast as they travel into Key West for the Jimmy Buffett Parrot Head Convention called "Meeting Of The Minds" !! These performers will be playing LIVE on stage, selling merchandise, chatting, posing for pictures, and meeting their friends and fans! Live music ALL DAY LONG from 1-10 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday at BOONDOCK'S GRILL & ALE HOUSE, MM27 ½, RAMROD KEY.
|October 28 to October 30, in Big Pine|
|Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary presents: Zombie Asylum!
From 7-9 p.m., at the Community Park in Big Pine, this annual haunted house Halloween event is free admission for kids and adults. The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce will be serving ghoulish treats in the graveyard...
Contact: Steve Miller 305-349-1779
|October 29 to November 02, in Key West|
|23rd Annual Parrot Heads in Key West, Meeting of the Minds
Several thousand fans of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, known as Parrot Heads, make an annual pilgrimage to the subtropical island that inspired many of Buffett's hits. As well as sharing an appreciation for Buffett's music and the tropical lifestyle it promotes, Parrot Head club members focus on charitable, environmental, educational and humanitarian activities.
|October 30, in Marathon|
|Crane Point’s Haunted House
In the Middle Keys, Crane Point's Haunted House inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and freaky characters will set a spooky tone for the year's eeriest holiday. The fright-fest begins at 6:30 p.m., at the 63-acre Crane Point Hammock, located at MM 50.5 bayside in Marathon, and is free to the public. The entrance of the Haunted House is at the center of the property from the right-of-way.
|October 30, in Islamorada|
|NEW DATE: Last Mango Tango
A six-course art infused culinary celebration, complete with tableside service, sponsored by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District. 200 tickets are available to this creative, tasty and fun event, from 6-9 p.m., at mile marker (MM) 81.5, where the District's monthly Third Thursday Art Walk is staged. The annual outdoor dinner is a fundraiser for the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, a nonprofit organization that has transformed the Islamorada community through public art experiences, studio groups and performances.
|October 30, in Islamorada|
|Matecumbe Massacre Maze
Explorers' hair will likely stand on end while they weave through the Matecumbe Massacre Maze hosted at Robbie's Marina, MM 77.5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Islamorada's family-friendly marina is to stage a free "spook-tacular" show for costumed ghouls age 12 and under. Attractions include a kids' corner, candy, fun, food and refreshments. Starting at 7:30 p.m. the excitement amps up for older spirits with a costume contest, food and beverage specials. A live band is to play throughout the night's events.
|October 31 to November 09, in Key Largo|
|Little Shop of Horrors
The comedy horror rock musical is presented by Ginsberg Productions and the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, performances at Murray E. Nelson Govt. & Cultural Center.Showtimes are 8 p.m., and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. (Nov. 2 & 9). Tickets available online.
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913 Duval Street Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 296-4275
Toll Free: (800) 880-4275
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