THE FLORIDA KEYS
Sep. 22, 2018
National Park Service’s National Public Lands Day: Free Park Admission
Website Florida Keys visitors can learn, discover, enjoy and be inspired by Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, both accessible from the island chain. Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West for the Dry Tortugas will waive park entrance fees per visitor. Car entrance fee for Everglades National park is to be waived. During fee-free days, the 124 national parks that charge entrance fees waive them for all visitors. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
THE UPPER KEYS
Sep. 28, 2018 – Sep. 29, 2018
Conch Scramble Charity Golf Tournament
Michelle Abramoff 305-509-0315 Website
Floating greens, golf boats and biodegradable fish food balls highlight the annual “par-tee” on the water during the popular Conch Scramble charity golf tournament. Fans of golf and boating can expect to have a “hole” lot of fun honing their swings and raising money for charity one shot at a time. Up to 50 teams can enter this one-of-a-kind golf experience.
Sep. 20, 2018 – Sep. 23, 2018 REEF Fest
Join Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in a celebration of marine conservation. Morning activities include ocean adventures of kayaking, snorkeling and diving, all alongside marine life experts. Afternoons feature free seminars from renowned experts in a variety of marine topics. Evenings boast food, drinks and fun with friends old and new. All events are open to the public.
Sep. 28, 2018 – Sep. 30, 2018
Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
Dennis Caltagirone 305-331-0525 Website For nearly 20 years this annual tournament has offered anglers the opportunity to win coveted trophies for trout, snook and redfish. A popular auction showcase and Sunday evening dinner are open to the public. Proceeds support local vocational scholarships for all ages, and Take Stock in Children scholarships for financially challenged Upper Keys students.
Sep. 20, 2018
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, culinary 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. Stroll through the Art District, sip some craft beers, eat local food, along a quarter-mile span of the Old Highway between the historical 1935 Hurricane Monument and the iconicGreen Green Turtle Inn and includes the intersecting street now known as Morada Way, between MM 81 and 82.
Sep. 22, 2018
Smithsonian Magazine’s Free Museum Day
Keys History & Discovery Center and the History of Diving Museum are to open their doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders. Keys History & Discovery Center is a world-class museum that preserves and shares the incredible history of our Upper Keys community and explores the unique ecology of the region. The HOD Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs, and oral history relative to man’s attempt to explore, understand and venture beneath the sea. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on Sept. 22. One ticket is permitted per email address.
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)
Sep. 21, 2018 – Sep. 23, 2018 Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship
Named after the man known affectionately as “Mr. Everglades,” the event is headquartered at the Islander Resort, located at mile marker (MM) 82.1. Anglers are challenged to target seven species of fish in two days during this one-of-a-kind tournament, staged in the boundaries of Everglades National Park, fishing areas that Lucerne favored.
Sep. 30, 2018
Rams Head presents: Louie Anderson (Two performances!)
Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the three¬-time Emmy Award® winner, is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics? named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand¬-Up Comedians of All Time.” His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling author, star of his own standup specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Showtimes 6:30 & 9 p.m.
Sep. 21, 2018 – Sep. 23, 2018
Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania Birding & Wildlife Adventure
Join the flock and explore more about the natural wonder of migration by attending one of the events offered by the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden College Road, Stock Island in partnership with the Nation Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key. Early Bird walks, bird and butterfly ID sighting tours, and Saturday September 22nd evening presentation by Dr. Kenneth D. Meyer, Ph. D., Executive Director, Avian Research and Conservation Institute on the topic – “Remote tracking as a research tool: Solving migration and hurricane mysteries to advance the conservation of imperiled birds” at the Key West Botanical Garden Nature Chapel. All activities $5 per person, Key West Botanical Garden Members are free.
July 6, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 Islands, Imagination and Instance: Florida Keys Folk Art Exhibit 305-295-6616 ext 112 Website Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates historic and contemporary folk artists of the Florida Keys and the islands’ influence on their work. The new exhibit opens Friday, July 6, with a special reception held from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. Discover how folk artists Stanley Papio, Makiki, Mario Sanchez, Jack Baron, Ronny Bailey, Frank Balbontin, Papito Suarez, and others celebrated and expressed their cultural identity through community aesthetics, and view the paintings, sculptures and wood carvings that reveal how the flora and fauna (islands), the originality (imagination), and atmosphere (instance) of the Florida Keys have shaped them artistically.
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