Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
The Tourism & Development Council of the Florida Keys
The 10th annual Key West ART in the GARDEN opens June 1 at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden with artistic expressions emphasizing harmony with nature. These works are earth-friendly in the selection of materials (including recycled and natural material) and themes. Sculptures by local artists accent the natural beauty of the conservation site on Stock Island through July 31, 2020, 10am-4pm seven days a week.
Up to 25 of the world's top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of patience and finesse, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and 12-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the tournament benefits the Guides Trust Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation programs.
Coralpalooza™ Digital 2020 will take place on a fully interactive digital platform where you can explore virtual booths, never-before-seen video and photo content, exclusive presentations and interviews, kids activities, and a digital treasure hunt to win CRF™ swag! Registration is to open soon; free to participate from anywhere in the world.
This annual challenge appeals to "tarpon addicts" and both experienced and novice anglers apply to compete in what is referred to locally as the "Wimbledon of tarpon fishing." Headquartered at the Lorelei Restaurant and Marina, the all-release event is limited to 25 anglers by invitation only. Partial proceeds benefit the Guides Trust Foundation of the Florida Keys.
Mango Fest Key West features all things Mango. The culinary videos presented by local chefs and residents alike showcases the colorful abilities of what the mango, also known as the king of fruit, has to offer. A Virtual Vendor Village gives any & all businesses the experience of a virtual festival atmosphere. Music is provided virtually along with live radio broadcasts. Proceeds to benefit Key West Police Athletic League.
Teams of up to four anglers compete for top prizes, and the total combined weight of three fish determines the winning team. If up to 25 boats register, first-prize cash winnings can reach $25,000.
Rescheduled from May, this is a fun and festive one day FUN fishing tournament for the heaviest dolphin. New and seasoned anglers of all ages are welcome! Over $8,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded in past events. All registration fees are tax deductible as allowable by law and will be used directly to build four new affordable homes in Marathon. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys. There are four angler categories: Pro, Weekend Warrior, Ladies, and Junior (16 and unde
Angling teams targeting dolphin fish can vie to "catch" cash and prizes totaling more than $35,000. Largest dolphin weighing over 50 pounds can win $20,000. Proceeds of this annual family-oriented tournament benefit the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce.
The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The marine musical event is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and staged by Keys radio station US1 Radio 104.1 FM. The music is broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well.
Writers, anglers and fans of the late author Ernest Hemingway's work are to converge on Key West for the annual Hemingway Days celebration. The festival honors the legacy of the American literary giant who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s.
Anglers ply the waters once fished by writer Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total.