The 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 drawn butter and mustard sauce 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 Florida Keys / November 2 – 9
Join a hugely popular biking and resort camping experience, from Key Largo to Key West. Lodging, meals and plenty of sunshine, scenery and memories included. Event limited to first 200 participants and fills fast. Visit website for details.
Contact: Bubba 321-759-3433
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 / November 1 – 3
Celebrities join other anglers to catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Key Largo / November 1 – 4
Become a citizen scientist and join a coral restoration program. Learn the importance of coral health, corals’ function in marine ecosystems and help protect this resource in the Florida Keys in a hands-on way. Scuba-certified participants go on a working dive at the coral nursery, an orientation dive at some of the restoration projects that have been completed and two dives to plant corals on the new restoration site. Accommodations packages at Amoray Dive Resort are available.
Contact: 305-451-3595; 800-4-AMORAY
Islamorada / November 1 – 3
History of Diving Museum presents this unique celebration as part of a new “Dive Into History” quarterly event series. The three-day commemoration is to include film screenings, reception parties, contests, special guests, children’s activities, educational opportunities and more. A Saturday treasure hunt is planned, for participants to hunt for clues at Islamorada landmarks and monuments; and, a Sunday “juniors” treasure hunt for kids of all ages. Art McKee is an important figure in Keys history as well a pioneer in the international field of shipwreck salvage and underwater archeology.
Key Largo / October 31 – November 1
Let’s Do The Time Warp Again … at The Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center! Located at mile marker 102 bayside. Ginsberg Productions is a non-profit, community based, theatrical organization. Show times and ticket information are available online.
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 18 – December 22
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. ‘Meet the Dolphin’ guests go onto a floating dock to give backrubs and share a “flippershake” with a dolphin and have their photo taken. The program is offered several times each day on a walk-in basis and costs $25 per person in addition to general admission prices. The photos are supplied on a flash drive for $20 for one person, and $35 for multiple people in the same shot. Quality prints are also available and print prices vary depending on number ordered. Group size is limited to four people.
Marathon / November 1 – 2
Celebrating 70 years of live community theater, this weekend’s annual fundraiser event is a tribute to the past; more than 68 cast members unite for favorites such as a reprise of bits from Me & My Girl, Kiss Me Kate and the Time Warp dance number. Tickets are $40, showtime at 8 p.m. nightly.
Contact: 305-743-0994 Box Office
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 / April 6 – 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).
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
Key West / September 13 – November 30
The exhibit, ‘Depicting Hemingway: Guy Harvey Sketches The Old Man and the Sea’?? is to feature 59 original pen and ink drawings which follow the story line of Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel, The Old Man and the Sea. Widely recognized today as one of the world’s finest marine wildlife artists, Guy Harvey combines his unique artistic talents with his background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler, to create magnificent marine wildlife art. Exhibit is to continue through November, at Key West Custom House, 281 Front Street.
Key West / November 1 – April 26
This stunning annual art exhibit showcases the work of leading contemporary sculptors at the 56-acre Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower. Contemporary sculptures enhance the land and seascapes. Visit Web site for more information.
Key West / November 1
Frangipani Gallery Artists’ Reception
From 6-9 p.m., a reception featuring new artists is open to the public. Celebrating its third season, Frangipani Gallery is located at 1102A Duval St. The group show features new work by Fran Decker, David Scott Meier, Susann D’Antonio, William Welch, Jessica Wilson, Paul Carmichael, Irene Stanton and more. Frangipani also welcomes two new ceramic artists, Marc Hacker and Sandy Kaster.
Key West / November 3 – 10
High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West’s longstanding tradition in this annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / October 27 – 30
Lower Keys Haunted Laboratory
From 7-9 p.m. nightly, at the Big Pine Community Park, located at 31009 Atlantis Drive, off Sands Road. Frightfully free admission! Spook-tacular event is sponsored by the Big Pine and Lower Keys Rotary Club and Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. The haunted laboratory of Dr. Doevil is opening on Big Pine Key Oct. 27 at the Big Pine Community Park. Dr. Doevil and his minions have but one thought on their undead minds, and that is to scare as many people as is inhumanely possible. And of course, they want you on their table, their gallows, and for their lunch. The event is open to all and is free to the community. You might want to think twice about bringing the little children, if Dr. Doevil and his minions can’t scare them, they might just eat them. The Haunted Laboratory is open Oct. 27 through Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Haunted Laboratory is filled with the mistakes of Dr. Doevil in his insane attempt to create the perfect subhuman. Part man, part animal minions roam through the dark passages of the laboratory, while witches and butchers ply their trade on unsuspecting guests. Once the guests have made their way through the maze unharmed (unlikely!) they will come face to face with Dr. Doevil himself. And that will be the end for some.
These are some of my favorite happenings this week and next in the Florida Keys. If you’re comig 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 …