The Florida Keys
Monroe County Tourist Bureau brings us their calendar of events for this week
The Upper Keys
Apr. 28, 2018 20th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival Website Afro Roots Fest is coming to the Morada Bay Arts & Cultural District (151 Morada Way) to feature live music, African dance and percussion workshops, a global instrument show-and-tell program for kids and families, vendors, and more. From 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., live acts include Nag Champayons, Cortadito and Grupo Barrio Abajo. Suggested donation is $10; all-ages welcome. Co-sponsored by Keys ICE (Islamorada Community Entertainment), the Morada Way Arts Cultural District, and the Florida Keys Brewing Company.
Apr. 21, 2018 Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park: Young Musicians Concert 305-853-7294 Email Website A free season-closing concert at the ICE Amphitheater at Islamorada’s Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band. Talented local students join the band!
Apr. 22, 2018 “Do One Thing for the Earth,” at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park 305-451-6300 Website John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is to celebrate Earth Day with the theme, “Do One Thing for the Earth,” at its visitor center and aquarium. The park also is to offer a ranger-led nature walk. Children can participate in crafts at the visitor center, which is offering extended hours on Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 102601 Overseas Highway at mile marker 102.5, Pennekamp was the first undersea park in the United States. Its mangrove swamps, coral reefs and wildlife offer visitors a unique state park experience.
Apr. 19, 2018 Treasures of NOAA Ark Kickoff Event Gena Parsons 305-809-4694 Treasures of NOAA’s Ark opening at the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada, FL, explores the history of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and how the agency, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has impacted people across the nation and world. Artifacts like 18th-century maps and early scientific instruments highlight NOAA’s legacy of science, service, and stewardship. Join the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center at The Islander Resort, 82100 Overseas Highway, from 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Open to the public. Treasures of NOAA’s Ark will be on display through February 2019, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors. Children 13 and under are free.
Mar. 21, 2018 – Dec. 17, 2018
History of Diving Museum presents: Immerse Yourself Free Speaker Series
The History of Diving Museum presents the annual presentation series that spotlights a new topic the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m. Exhibits and museum store stay open late (normal museum admission applies).
The Middle Keys
Apr. 21, 2018 – Apr. 22, 2018 Earth Day Festival Shana 305-853-9728 Website Enjoy a two-day, Earth-centric event, hosted by Otherside Boardsports & Keys Cable Adventure Park, where the event is to be staged, 59300 Overseas Highway. Fun for all ages- face painting and Earth inspired kids crafts. Highlights include live music; performances by DJ Lance-o from Kulcha Shock and others. Watch mural installations come to life from South Florida artists, with the common theme, ‘Human Effects on the Environment.’ Shop the Pop-ups featuring conscious brands – clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and art. Wakeboarding, big-air demonstrations as well as flat rate, all day passes including free coaching. Driven 100% by solar energy. And MUCH more. Hours are Saturday, 4-8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apr. 19, 2018 Tom’s Harbor Bridge Cleanup and Earth Day Celebration Courtney Coburn at 305-289-1121, ext. 231 Dolphin Research Center, MM 59 bayside on Grassy Key, is sponsoring a bridge cleanup for any interested volunteers who want to enjoy some time outdoors while giving back to the environment. Participants are to meet at Tom’s Harbor Bridge, mile marker 60.6, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The cleanup will begin at the parking area on the west end of the bridge on the ocean side. Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothes, hats and shoes that can get wet or dirty and bring a bug repellent, sunscreen and a cutting tool.
The Lower Keys
Collections, Key West presents: Visual Stories
Call for hours 305-923-4778
Local artists and artisans of the Lower Keys are coming together for an end of the season show; Visual Stories. Lizzie Devries’ figures made of historic shutters will mix with local exotic hardwood furnishings created by Jimmy & Karen Wray’, while Craig Sasser tells nostalgic stories of the Keys. Pamela McLeod comes back to the art scene after an imposed halt by Ms Irma, she will be showing her jewelry and new sculpture designs. As a special treat, world traveler, Louis Wray will share with us his traversing talents via a photographic journey. Opening set for Friday, April 21st 5-8 p.m., 6810 Front St., Stock Island.
36th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
305-296-0213 Website With activities such as a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
Apr. 21, 2018Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center’s Discovery Saturday: Spring Migration Register at 305-809-4750 Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. features learning what birds visit the Florida Keys on their momentous journey north. A migration game, presented by Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Junior Birders and Nature Explorers, will teach about the challenges birds face and how they find nesting sites. Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Apr. 20, 2018 Key West Burlesque presents: Hot Island Nights: A Tropical Delights Tickets 305.985.0433 Website A tropical heat wave is headed this way as Key West Burlesque and Production Dujour present “Hot Island Nights: A Tropical Delight” at The Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. A star studded burlesque revue, the show is a tribute to the glory days of Latin and Caribbean time entertainment. Featuring a live Latin fusion band, Tropical Delights transports you to world of dazzling dancers and alluring entertainers. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
Apr. 21, 2018
Free Admission, First Day of National Park Week: Dry Tortugas National Park Website Apr. 21, 2018 Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center’s Discovery Saturday: Spring Migration Register at 305-809-4750 Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. features learning what birds visit the Florida Keys on their momentous journey north. A migration game, presented by Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Junior Birders and Nature Explorers, will teach about the challenges birds face and how they find nesting sites. Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.schedules, prices, and reservations. (All transportation departs from Key West.) Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West will waive park entrance fees.
Apr. 3, 2018 – Apr. 26, 2018
Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS
Tickets 305-296-6706 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.
Jan. 1, 2018 – Aug. 31, 2018 Key West Fishing Tournament Doris Harris 305-923-5934 Website 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.
Apr. 17, 2018 – Apr. 21, 2018
The Final Sail
This four-day challenge is the ‘grand finale’ of the 4-leg Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. Team cash prizes include up to $50,000 for first place and $18,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, plus trophies, respectively. Early entry fee is available.
Apr. 17, 2018 – May. 5, 2018 Cry It Out 305-296-9911 Website Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her funny and forthright neighbor, Lina, also a new mom, for coffee. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during nap times…while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie’s yard. This comedy with dark edges takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. Show times and tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Apr. 21, 2018 Day Jam with That Hippie Band Box Office 305-985-0433 Website Revelers age 21 and older can celebrate Earth Day with a “fugitive band of hippies from the 1960s who have been hiding out and performing in Key West.” The “Earth Day Jam with That Hippie Band” is staged at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., with tickets priced from $25 to $35 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. The band reunites Keys musicians to play favorites from the Age of Aquarius, popular 1960s bands such as the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Starship and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Apr. 25, 2018 – Apr. 26, 2018 Williams Theater presents: Kinky Boots Website Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Show times 8 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theater, 5901 College Rd.
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