The Second and Third Week of June 2017

The Upper Keys: Islamorada and Key Largo

Mar. 30, 2017 – Sep. 4–  History of Diving Museum: Spiegel Grove Exhibit
Enjoy a special exhibit celebrating and honoring the Spiegel Grove, intentionally sunk 15 years ago off Key Largo. This exhibits highlights all who served on this great ship, missions it participated in, the efforts in preparing her for sinking and the environmental impact the artificial reef has had on the area. The exhibit is to be on display through Labor Day.

Jun. 9, 2017 – Jun. 10, 2017
Fifth Annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament
Hosted by the Florida Keys Elks Lodge, this event welcomes female angler teams to compete for the highest aggregate weight of three dolphin fish, as well as junior anglers under 16 years of age. Cash and prizes are awarded to first- through third-place finishers, and for the largest dolphin caught.

Jun. 13, 2017 – Jun. 15, 2017
40th Annual Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament
Heidi Nute 917-607-8779
The Ladies Tarpon Fly is an all release, fly fishing invitational that has attracted many premier lady fly anglers and guides throughout its history. Whether your favorite species is tarpon or you are looking to put another feather in your cap, the tournament participants range from the expert to the novice who is trying to improve her fishing skills.


 Jun. 15, 2017
Third Thursday Art Walk
Third Thursday ArtWalks are held every month throughout the year, offering attendees live music on three stages, performance artists and, of course, original art and hand-crafted jewelry, as well as pottery, sculptures and more! This monthly event has become a focal point of artistic expression and cultural awareness to the Upper Keys. As the Art District’s business partners remain open during these Third Thursday Art Walk evenings, this indoor/outdoor street festival has become the talk of the Keys, drawing multitudes of people from all over South Florida and beyond each month. The crowds stroll through the Art District, which spans a quarter of a mile of the Old Highway between the historical 1935 Hurricane Monument and the iconic Green Turtle Inn and includes the intersecting street now known as Morada Way, between MM 81 and 82.


Jun. 16, 2017
Elbow Reef: Key Largo’s Ship Trap
Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Matthew Lawrence, an archaeologist of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will discuss the many shipwrecks off of Key Largo’s Elbow Reef. Beginning in 2016, NOAA resource managers, maritime archaeologists, and volunteers from the non-profit avocational archaeology organization, Diving With a Purpose, initiated collaborative field investigations on an unnamed shipwreck found on that reef. Historical and archaeological investigation thus far has tentatively identified it as the steamship Acorn, which was launched in 1881. In June 2017, the research team returned to Key Largo to continue mapping the sunken vessel for a resource management baseline and to interpret the shipwreck for divers and snorkelers. The Acorn along with three other shipwrecks; USS Arkansas, City of Washington, and Hannah M. Bell are the focus of an archaeological study to shed light on the work of Florida Keys wreckers. Presented by Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, the event is free and open to the public. Meet and greet at 6 p.m., program starts 7 p.m., at Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, MM 102.


Jun. 16, 2017 – Jun. 17, 2017
Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Offshore/Inshore Anyone Can Win Tournament!
Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Intended for novice anglers, enjoy a weekend of learning and a non-intimidating, fun competition! Species include legal inshore and offshore fish. Entry fee $75 per angler/adults, $30/teens and under plus optional charter fees per person depending on boat type choice. Or, fish on your own boat. This is a casual tournament with prizes for heaviest offshore fish, longest inshore fish and drawings for prizes of those who caught fish, plus bonus drawings.

Jun. 19, 2017 – Jun. 23, 2017
Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament
This annual challenge appeals to “tarpon addicts,” and both experienced and novice anglers can apply to compete. Held the third Monday in June each year, the event is limited to 25 anglers by invitation only. Proceeds are to benefit the Florida Keys’ fishing industry’s Guides Trust Foundation.

Jun. 21, 2017
Immerse Yourself! History of Diving Museum’s Free Lecture Series
This month’s presentation, “Florida’s Golden Galleons, Hidden History Beneath the Waves,” features marine archaeologist Robert F. Westrick, who has had the opportunity some only dream of.  Robert has over 25 years invested in numerous shipwreck projects wherein he has been able to track and preserve history and its artifacts. Just off of Little Conch Reef, nestled in our local Florida Keys waters rests El Infante, a 1733 Spanish Treasure Galleon that ran into a hurricane. Robert spent numerous hours documenting and researching the ill-fated El Infante and found other equally historical shipwrecks that succumbed to tumultuous weather.  Starts 7 p.m.

The Middle Keys-

Jun. 10, 2017
Marathon Community Theater presents: Tah Dance!
305-743-0994 W
Join an evening with the theater’s ninth annual community dance showcase. Performance starts at 8 p.m.


The Lower Keys-  Key West


Jun. 1, 2017 – Jun. 29, 2017
Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS
A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St

Apr. 6, 2017 – Jul. 31, 2017 
-Key West Art Garden 2017
 Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore a unique blend of sculptured art with Mother Nature that enhances both. The Key West Art Garden showcases local artist’s art work made mostly out of recycled materials displayed as part of nature within the beautiful grounds of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Art displayed throughout the garden allows visitors to reignite their sense of exploration finding each treasure and appreciating the workmanship in the nature and art. An opening reception to meet the artists and unveiling is to be held on Wed., April 26 from 4-6 p.m. with art walk to follow.

Apr. 7, 2017 – Nov. 30, 2017
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.

May. 19, 2017 – Aug. 11, 2017

Key Lime Pie-Making Class: Make Your Own Mini-Pie!
Go behind the scenes at Key West’s sweetest spot for key lime pie and learn to make Key Lime Pie Co.’s award-winning recipe of all-natural ingredients. In this class held each Friday, each participant will make his/her own mini key lime pie of graham cracker crust, key lime filling, and whipped topping—tasting encouraged! Experience pie making in our live kitchen—under the tutelage of one of our seasoned pie makers—where thousands of delicious key lime pies are made every week! After creating your mini pie masterpiece, you can pack it up for later or relax and savor right away. Class is approximately 1 hour in duration; $20 per person. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Jun. 16, 2017 – Jun. 18, 2017
Fourth Annual Mystery Fest Key West
Open to authors, aspiring authors and non-writing mystery-buffs alike—2017 headliners are John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest and author of ‘Strange Tribe,’ Keynote Speaker Clifford Irving, and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter past-President Randy Rawls. Lisa Black, James O. Born, Nancy J. Cohen and Heather Graham are the featured presenters among a criminally stellar hit-list of some two dozen high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts. Highlights include presentation of the 2017 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition and Award, a ghost tour hosted by Heather Graham and a panel on ‘How to Commit a Perfect Murder.’



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