HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys! Stone Crab Season Continues, Florida Keys Dolphin Championship, Key Largo’s Original Music Festival and The Inaugural Air, Land and Sea Poker Run! – all with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas!
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 / May 16 – 18
This Keys-wide dolphin challenge allows anglers to fish one tournament from Key Largo to Key West, and weigh in at five locations. An unlimited number of anglers can join a team, in this boat/team event. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
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
Key Largo / May 15 – 18
Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Featuring “on the water” venues, unique entertainers and local musicians. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736
Islamorada / May 15
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 – formerly named Industrial Road – as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-9 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Islamorada / May 16 – 17
Headquartered at Bud N’ Mary’s Marina, the second annual one-day tournament includes a Friday night kickoff party and silent auction at 6 p.m. Fishing is to commence Saturday at 8 a.m., and weigh-in is set from 3-4:30 p.m. at the marina, MM 79.8. More than $5,000 cash and prizes are up for grabs; the combined weight of three Dolphin shall determine the winners. A “King of Fish” prize is to be awarded for the largest other species that includes Tuna, Kingfish or Wahoo, and a separate entry for the “bucket of bucks” is also available. The event benefits Gotta Luv Them Foundation, established by a group of Florida Atlantic University alumni to raise money to benefit the education of students in surrounding communities for them to receive higher education and become civic leaders.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Islamorada / May 18 – 21
Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
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 / May 8 – 24
Terry Adams is a name shared by a rare books librarian and a forgettable radiologist. One has booked the last room at the Drake Hotel in Chicago during a blizzard in the hopes of getting engaged. The other has reluctantly just gotten engaged and inadvertently celebrates a bit too much in the Drake’s bar. Mistaken identities, out and out deception, delayed planes, missed phone calls and too many well-intentioned friends popping by are all part of this romantic comedy. Show dates May 8-10, 15,16, 17, 18 (matinee), 22-24. Visit theatre’s website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
Key West / March 1 – June 30
Emerging local artist and graphic designer Marky Pierson is to exhibit new paintings and designs focusing on three distinct categories: ‘Conch Night’ Series featuring the Hemingway House, Custom House and Curry Mansion; ‘Squishy Femme’ Series explores soft, squishy and everything womanly; ‘Graphic Design’ Series features graphic posters of iconic Key West images and large format paintings inspired by vintage tourism posters. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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). 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
Key West / April 15 – July 31
The cost of admission to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden brings visitors an added value and wealth of beauty with 19 sculptures, each made of recycled materials, and some interactive, placed throughout the garden from local contemporary artists. Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Key West / May 6 – 24
This is the musical tail, uh, tale, of Roland, a 29-year-old career-driven lawyer looking for a wife. He follows the advice of his womanizing best buddy: get a dog for the summer as a ready-made conversation starter. When Roland adopts tiny (and invisible-to-the-audience!) Cupid, his world is turned upside down. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / May 6 – 31
A fresh assortment of 10-minute plays funnier and more thought provoking than ever! By Various Playwrights starring Various Actors! Directed by Mimi McDonald and Various Others! Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
Key West / May 15 – 18
Presented by the Florida Powerboat Club, fans and aficionados can join a motorsports event never before staged, as participants from around the United States can enjoy up to five days of motoring, boating and flying fun in tropical paradise. Featuring group rallies from Miami to Key West by air, land and by sea. Stopovers/checkpoints at Key Largo, Islamorada, Duck Key and Marathon. Destination: Key West. Details and registration online; Motor Bikes $295 (1 rider), Cars & Coaches: $495, Boat, Yacht, Airplane: $695.
Contact: (954) 545-1414
Key West / May 15 – 18
Kampers can enjoy a menu of land-and-sea adventures for grownup LGBT “happy kampers” in the island city renowned for its all-embracing diversity. Daily camp activities on the water range from snorkel and dolphin-watch excursions and sunset sails to guided kayaking, all-women charters, glass-bottom boat tours and all-male “sun your buns” snorkel cruises. Early-morning fitness boot camps are to be held as well and special events are planned each day.
Key West / May 16
On a nationwide tour in select cities across the U.S., Wines of South Africa has paired with renowned chef Hugo Uys for a culinary collaboration that showcases how traditional braai (“bry”) food compares with America’s smoke-tinged masterpiece BBQ. Presented by the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens, and hosted at the Key West Garden Club from 7-10 p.m., 1100 Atlantic Blvd. Features select grilled meats, seasonal salads, side dishes and desserts all paired with unique South African wines. Tickets are $25 per person, purchased online. Perfect for food lovers, travel junkies, BBQ fanatics and wine tasters.
Key West / May 16 – 17
Key West’s political history is highlighted in panel discussions, a reception and tours of the Little White House where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / May 16 – 18
Cash and prizes await anglers, also including first-place trophy to the angler who catches the 21st annual tournament’s largest dolphin. If the winning dolphin weighs more than 50 pounds, additional cash is awarded. While dolphin is the only species of fish eligible for cash awards, rods and reels are also to be presented for the heaviest wahoo and tuna caught. Presented by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. Entry fees are $150 for open and $50 for youth.
Key West / May 17 – 18
This Weekend, come celebrate a life of Good Times as a cast of world-class burlesque performers, aerial acrobats and incredible vocalists proclaim the four rules to live by if you want to have a fun filled life! Be yourself, free yourself, let it be and be happy are just part of the joyous and uplifting message that will have you singing the praises of hilarity and fun during Key West Burlesque’s newest creation. Whether you are a first time Key West Burlesque show attendee or have come to see this talented troupe several times, we consider it an honor to have you with us. We hope to inspire you to passionately pursue a happier, more fun life during this incredible new production. Show times Saturday, May 17 at 8 p.m. with a special matinee performance on Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m.
Contact: (305) 296-0458
Key West / May 17
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is free and free parking is available.
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 …