This Week’s Happenings in Paradise, with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas!

Key West Fishing Tournament,  Underwater Pumpkin Carving and A Morada Way Art Walk… are just a few of the  “happenings” this week in the Keys with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas!

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 Events Calendar
Key Largo celebrates music and film with the Original Music Festival and the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival. Not your typical regatta, the Anything that Floats Regatta Race is great fun for participants and spectators. Search events by month for your visit to Key Largo.

Key Largo / October 21– 25
Humphrey Bogart Film Festival
The third annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is to screen a rotating selection of Bogie classics and a group of movies celebrating the life and films of the man the American Film Institute named “America’s greatest male screen legend,” as well as a look at the life of his wife, Lauren Bacall. The festival, hosted by the screen legend’s son, Stephen Bogart, is the only event of its kind, and is backed by the Bogart Estate. Special guests are to include Eddie Muller, an acclaimed novelist and film historian nicknamed “Czar of Noir,” and Monika Henreid, a documentary filmmaker and daughter of “Casablanca” star Paul Henreid, who played Victor Laszlo in the famed movie. Purchase special event tickets and get complete festival information online.

Key Largo / October 24
Underwater Pumpkin Carving
Divers become underwater artists as they turn pumpkins into Halloween masterpieces beneath the sea in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Prizes such as dive trips are awarded the most creative jack-o-lantern. Entry fee is $85 per certified diver for the 1 p.m. two-tank, two-location dive(s) including tanks, weights, snorkel equipment and pumpkin! Space is limited, contact Amoray Dive Resort to make reservations.
Contact: 305-451-3595

Islamorada Events Calendar
The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District hosts art walks showcasing local fine art, food and music. Islamorada is home to fishing tournaments throughout the year and concerts at the Founder’s Park amphitheater. Check out events taking place in Islamorada for your next trip.

Islamorada / October 21
History of Diving Museum presents: Lighthouses of the Florida Keys
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event, presented by local artist and advocate “Lighthouse Larry” Herlth, alongside Brenda Altmeier, specialist with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The History of Diving Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Enjoy the Museum’s exhibits before the event. A reception is planned between 5 and 6:45 p.m. to commemorate the museum’s 10-year anniversary.
Contact: 305-664-9737

Islamorada / October 21
Keys History & Discovery Center presents: The Matheson Family Legacy
Enjoy an evening at this community presentation learning the legacy of the Matheson family, whose influence spanned from Key Biscayne to Lignumvitae Key. Doors open at 5 p.m., presentation begins at 6 p.m. Light appetizers and cash bar. Free for members, $25 for non-members. Reservations suggested.
Contact: 305-922-2237

Islamorada / October 30– 31
Fall Backcountry Fly Championship Series
Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a challenge where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given to the grand champion and runner-up, and to the anglers who catch the largest snook and redfish. The field is limited to 30 boats.

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 Events Calendar
For more than 30 years, runners from all over the world have dashed across the Seven Mile Bridge for the annual run, which takes place in April. Dragon boat races take place off Sombrero Beach in Marathon. Find these and other family events for your next visit to Marathon.

Marathon / October 17– 1
Free Movie Night(s) at Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort
Enjoy a movie by the sea! Free movie nights are each Wednesday (adults) and Saturday (family/kids). Movie starts at 8 p.m. Free admission to the beach area; free popcorn. Food & beverages available for purchase at neighboring Cabana Breezes Dining & Bar. Arrive early to reserve a lounge chair, or bring your own chair & blanket. Come by boat, anchor off the beach!

Marathon / October 30
Crane Point Hammock’s Creepy Carnival
In the Middle Keys, Crane Point’s Haunted House inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and freaky characters will set a spooky tone for the year’s eeriest holiday. The fright-fest begins at 6 p.m., at the 63-acre Crane Point Hammock, located at MM 50.5 bayside in Marathon, The eerie event is to feature spooky special guests like the Bearded Lady, Crazy Clowns and Wolfman. Geared toward youngsters age 12 and under, the fright-filled fun is free to the public.
Contact: 305-743-3900

Lower Keys:
In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals

Lower Keys Events Calendar
The Underwater Music Festival takes place off of Looe Key and is a Lower Keys tradition for more than 30 years. Big Pine Key is also home to The Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament. Find events for your next visit to Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys.

Quiet this week…..

Key West Events Calendar
Key West is home to one-of-a-kind events you will not find elsewhere. From the Conch Shell Blowing Contest to the Ernest Hemingway Look-alike Contest, Key West celebrates its heritage and uniqueness with year-round events. Search events by month for your next Key West vacation.

Key West / April 4– November 30
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.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601

Key West / May 12– October 30
“A Sense of Place – Richard Kemble 1932-2007” Exhibition at Historic Gato Building
Creative audiences can enjoy an opening reception on Tuesday, May 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street. Parking is free. Exhibition is to be displayed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 30, featuring Kemble’s Intaglio, Woodcuts, Sculptures, Ink on Paper, Collages and Oil Pastels.
Contact: 305-295-4369

Key West / October 1– 29
The Studios of Key West presents: Cómo lo vemos a Usted Exhibition
The “How We See You” exhibition is the result of a project undertaken by American photographer Jeffrey Cardenas and Cuban photographer Yanela Piñeiro. The exhibition, which debuted at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana December 2014, highlights the diversity of Cubans living in the barrio of La Habana Vieja. The public can see the work and meet the photographers at the opening at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, from 6-8 p.m.

Key West / October 2– May 20
Key West Outdoor Movies
Enjoy free-admission outdoor movies at Bayview Park every first and third Friday from October-May. Starts at dusk (5:30 p.m.), bring lawn chair, snack and chair. Check website for upcoming movie events.
Contact: Jason 305-791-4375

Key West / October 15– 20
Key West Halloween Half Marathon and 5K Run
A Halloween-themed running event that encourages people to dress in their favorite costumes. The race day for the half marathon and 5K are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18. On the other event days, parties will be held at local restaurants and bars.

Key West / October 22– 30
“King Neptune’s Curse: Aliens vs. Coast Guard”
The historic U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham, docked at Key West’s Truman Waterfront and operating as a maritime museum, will host this interactive experience. The Coast Guard and attendees will battle “aliens” trying to take over the USCGC Ingham. Each compartment will have various challenges for attendees to complete to “protect” the ship. Shows are scheduled each evening Oct. 22-30 except Oct. 26 and 29. Tickets are to be on sale beginning at 7:30 p.m. and gates open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per adult, $10 per person for active military personnel and $8 per child age 12 and under. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Key West / October 23– 27
The Sexy Side of Star Wars: A Burlesque Parody
Key West Burlesque takes the classic characters of the beloved Star Wars franchise and drops them into the glittering, glamorous world of burlesque! Doors open 7:30 p.m., show starts 8 p.m., Waterfront Playhouse, Tickets available online for purchase.

Key West/October 23–November 13

6th Annual Key West Fantasy Fest.

This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers. The 2015 festival theme is “All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show.”Contact: 305-296-1817Email:
Key West / October 23– 24
Goombay Festival
Held in Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood, the lively Goombay is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets. Visitors can experience sights, sounds and flavors recalling Key West?s Bahamian heritage.

Key West / October 25
6th Annual Zombie Bike Ride
Join the wild run from Stock Island to Downtown Key West. Event starts at 2 p.m. at Fort East Martello, featuring a 4 p.m. concert and the bicycle ride departs at 6 p.m. for Duval St. Bikes available for rent, all bikes must be equipped with lights.

Key West / October 25
Screaming Green Halloween
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., candy, crafts, games, recycle ideas, food & more is to be spread throughout the garden. Kids in costume can hunt for tricks & treats. Costume contest with prizes! Ages 5 & under at 12:15 p.m., ages 6-12 at 1 p.m. *NEW* Group Theme Contest for kids (and adults) of all ages at 2 p.m. Special consideration for costumes made with recycled or green materials. Admission: $5/child; $10/family; KWBGS Members $5/family.

Key West / October 25
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff’s Animal Farm
Looking for a fun place to take the kids? The Sheriff’s Animal Farm is open 1 – 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including miniature horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, Kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, a skunk, an opossum, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge, but donations are welcomed because that is how the farm is sustained. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters complex. Open the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300

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