Florida Keys HAPPENINGS!
Join us this week for a whole host of activities in the Keys…Halloween and Hauntings plus Theatre in Key West…. this weeks happenings in the Florida Keys!
he Florida Keys / October 15 – May 15
Stone Crab Season
Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with mustard dip on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the Keys.
The Upper Keys:
In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has two exclusive locations –
Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn
Islamorada / October 27
This is a multi-species, inshore and offshore boat tournament, hosted at La Siesta Resort and Marina. The format allows anglers to register as an individual or as a team on either a local professionally guided boat or private boat. Awards are given in both divisions based on total points for caught fish. Registration includes captains meeting, breakfast at the dock before fishing, goodie bag, fishing in the tournament, BBQ and awards after fishing. There is also to be a raffle during the BBQ! Bring the whole family to celebrate the festivities.
Contact: Scott Giberson 305-389-9752
Islamorada / October 29
Howl and squeal with delight during the free, on- and off-the-water excitement of “Haunted Robbie’s” (MM 77.5). Islamorada’s family-friendly marina is to host an early evening spook-tacular from 6-8 p.m. for youthful costumed ghouls age 12 and under featuring a kids’ corner, candy, fun, food and refreshments. From 8-10 p.m., the excitement amps up for older souls, with harrowingly haunted canal rides, a scary maze haunted by ghostly pirates and Indians from neighboring Indian Key, food, wine tastings and more. In case of inclement weather, the event will place Tues., Oct. 30.
Islamorada / October 31
Dive into a deep sea trick or treat event for Halloween! From 4-6 p.m., bring your monsters, witches, warriors and clowns to the best party in town. Experience an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating and meet characters from diving history throughout the museum. Listen to spooky ghost stories every half hour in the library. Families are encouraged to come in full costume and bring a treat bag! A suggested $5 donation per family to the Museum is appreciated.
The Middle Keys:
In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon
Marathon / October 26
For some Middle Keys madness, step into Crane Point’s “Haunted Hammock,” featuring ghosts, ghouls, pirates and haunted hayrides scheduled from 6-8 p.m. The beautiful 63-acre Crane Point Hammock at mile marker (MM) 50.5 bayside in Marathon, takes a turn for the terrifying with spooky trails and lots of fun. Geared toward youngsters age 12 and under, the event is open to the public; entry fee is $5 per person, kids under six admitted free.
Marathon / October 31
Trick or Treat at Gulfside Village
Costumed goblins and ghouls can also trick-or-treat at the outdoor Gulfside Village shopping plaza, 5800 Overseas Highway. The annual community Halloween party is open to the public from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with refreshments and treats for young children, parents and grandparents to enjoy.
The Lower Keys:
In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals
Key West / January 01 to December 31
Enjoy a fabulous tour of Key West…with a twist. A gay twist that is! Get a unique tour of Key West and learn about our colorful history that includes the famous and the infamous. Departs from the City Hall Parking Lot, located on the corner of Angela and Simonton. Tickets $25. Can be purchased ONLINE or at the trolley, our G&L Visitor Center (located at 513 Truman), and many of our distinguished gay and lesbian guest houses.
Key West / March 17 – November 30
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). In a March kickoff event, anglers target 15 species and $5,000 in cash prizes is split between the top anglers.
Contact: Doris Harris 305-295-6601
Key West / October 18
Presented by Reef Relief, the theme for the festival this year is the “Climate of Change”. These beautiful, engaging and eye-opening films have a particular focus on climate change, as well as highlighting the change makers who are creating a more livable future. Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Reef Relief, tickets $10, show time from 7-9:30 p.m. at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street.
Key West / October 19 – 28
Days and nights of ghoulish delight are planned for the annual Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor; live “show” dates are set for Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 25, 26 and 28, a nightmarish celebration not suitable for mere mortals. Don your devilish attire for the Vampires Ball on Oct. 20 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tricks and treats for the little ones are planned for Kid’s Day on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entrance to the Kid’s Day is free with park admission. Admission to the Haunting event is $13 per adult, $8 for kids and $10 for military. Kids under age five are free. Hours are 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight on Halloween. Bring copy of $2 coupon. Event proceeds benefit the restoration of Key West’s historic Civil War fortress.
Key West / October 19 – 28
An outrageous, 10-day celebration, this year themed “A-Conch-Alypse,” featuring costume competitions, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade with marching groups and lavish floats.
Key West / October 20 – 23
The ultimate showdown of good vs. evil is upon us and it’s happening right here in paradise. “The Battle for Bone Island” is an epic burlesque quest to save Key West from impending doom. Pasties will fly and tassels will twirl in this risqué and raucous revue staring your favorite Key West Burlesque beauties and a few out of town favorites. Showtime at 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / October 23
This “over the top” contest includes an extravagant show with lots of Key West razzle dazzle, and is a competition “head and shoulders” above the rest with contestants judged from the shoulders up! Major cash prizes.
Contact: Rebecca Tomlinson at 305-294-4603
Key West / October 24
Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade
The wacky costume contest for domestic pets and their people is a highlight of the island city’s 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival. A magical carousel of frisky pets and playful owners delightfully disguised get ready to frolic for fame and fortune; registration for competition is at 4:30 p.m.; Show starts at 5:30 p.m.; FREE to watch; $25 to enter; benefits Lower Keys Friends of Animals; located at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St.
Key West / October 25
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. and the public is invited to enjoy this slightly off-center, but gorgeous art, as part of the show that starts Oct. 20, curated by Tyler Buckheim, an art consultant at the gallery. Works by Michael Costello, Lincoln Perry, and Lynne Bentley-Kemp explore the power of masks and costumes, as well as people engaged in fantasy play. Lucky Street Gallery is located at 540 Greene Street.
Key West / October 27
Open to the public, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is to host a safe trick-or-treat Halloween for the children. Bring your kids to the Garden in costume for plenty of treats and a few tricks too!
Islamorada / October 27
Key West / October 28
Fantasy Fest Children’s Day
Tens of thousands of revelers are expected in Key West during the island city’s annual Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration, and for kids, also is a spook-tacular event. The traditional children’s day is a family event featuring food, games, arts and crafts as well as a costume contest, and is held in Bayview Park, at Truman Ave. and Eisenhower Dr., from noon until 5 p.m.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / October 31
Trick or Treat Night
Put on your best costume and look for the orange pumpkin displayed in the window of participating businesses throughout the Big Pine Key’s Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza. Walton’s will be giving out candy to all children and pets dressed in costume, from 6-7 p.m. A fun night for all!
Contact: Artists in Paradise Gallery 305-872-1828
These are some of my favorite happenings this week and next in the Florida Keys. If you’re coming down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share some of your favorite experiences with us …
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