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September, 2008

Sep 15 - Nov 15 Florida Keys Raptor Migration Project
The Keys are a great place to watch falcons and other raptors migrating south. The public can meet daily with scientists at Curry Hammock State Park, ...

November, 2008

Nov 02 - Nov 09 Key West World Championship
High-speed powerboats continue Key West’s longstanding tradition in a challenge described as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. ...
Nov 07 - Nov 09 Mercury Cheeca Redbone Celebrity Tournament
Anglers are to catch and release bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Trilogy. ...
Nov 21 - Nov 22 Islamorada Fishing Club Junior Derby
Islamorada / November 21 to November 22 All species are to count in this competition for young anglers, with the most points to be awarded for bon ...
Nov 29 Pops In The Park - American Family Celebration
Florida Keys Community Concert Band Presents its 2008-2009 season at Islamorada Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoo ...

December, 2008

Dec 01 - Dec 07 Pirates in Paradise 2008
Historic Key West and Fort Taylor transform into a pirates' stronghold with over 150 pirate entertainers. Tall ships, sea battles, arts and crafts, pi ...
Dec 01 - Dec 07 Nutcracker Key West
A beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet appears at the Tennessee Williams Theatre on Stock Island. ...
Dec 01 - Jan 01 Season's Greetings from the White House!
Presidential Christmas Cards and Christmas Ornaments on exhibit at this living museum and political retreat. Admission tickets $15, discounts for seni ...
Dec 04 - Dec 07 Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
This competition is to be the first leg of the triple crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series. The tournament is one of the oldest in the Flor ...
Dec 04 December “First Thursday” Art Walk
Caroline Street Art & Design District presents an evening of open houses from 6-9 p.m. in historic Key West Bight community, with art, coffee shops an ...
Dec 04 - Dec 06 "The Amorous Ambassador" at Marathon Community Theater
Romantic rendezvous and British hilarity combine together in this Michael Parker production. Showtimes 8 p.m., Sundays 3 p.m. matinees. ...
Dec 04 - Dec 06 Pre-Season Show, "Laughing Matters"
This comedy opens the 29th season at the Red Barn Theatre, located at 319 Duval Street, Rear. For tickets, visit the web site or call for details. ...
Dec 04 - Dec 07 45th Annual Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
The first leg of the triple crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series. The tournament is one of the oldest in the Florida Keys, and primary fund ...
Dec 05 - Dec 07 "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing" ~ postponed from September
An award-winning fishing seminar series where women learn to fish by doing! Held in conjunction by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissi ...
Dec 05 - Dec 06 Historic Lighted Inn Tours
Discover the history and holiday spirit of Key West by touring beautifully decorated historic inns. The tours include creative offerings by local chef ...
Dec 05 Florida Keys Holiday Festival
This extravaganza begins with a tree-lighting ceremony at Founders Park, MM 87. A holiday parade follows, featuring Santa, and continues with a holida ...
Dec 06 Key West Holiday Parade
Local leaders, civic clubs and churches share their holiday spirit by parading through historic Key West. ...
Dec 10 A Taste of Wine and Music
Enjoy a taste of the vine while strolling through the Key West Botanical Garden and listening to music by Key Wests finest performers. Wines featured ...
Dec 10 - Dec 11 Islamorada Fishing Club's Captain's Cup Sailfish Tournament
Anglers are to compete for a winner-take-all jackpot for catching and releasing sailfish. ...
Dec 11 REEF Environmental Education Foundation Open House
Grand opening of their retail store to pick up some fun fish holiday decorations, gifts and the acclaimed Reef Fish ID Books. Also learn more about RE ...
Dec 12 - Dec 14 Ninth Annual Captain Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic
This all-release tournament offers anglers a chance to pursue sailfish in honor of Captain Don’s memory. ...
Dec 12 - Dec 14 "Christmas Around The World" Pageant
A cast and crew of over 50 people present a powerful musical drama about the real meaning of Christmas for this great family event. Pre-pageant music ...
Dec 12 - Dec 14 Ninth Annual Captain Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic
This all-release tournament offers anglers a chance to pursue sailfish in honor of Captain Don’s memory. ...
Dec 13 Pops In The Park - Sounds of the Season
Florida Keys Community Concert Band presents an EXTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT at Key Largo Community Park, MM 99.6 Oceanside, at 4:00 p.m. Performance is outd ...
Dec 13 Holiday Boat Parade
Blackwater Sound will shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season. The best viewing and libations are t ...
Dec 13 Key West Lighted Boat Parade
Decorated and lighted boats cruise through Key West Harbor and the waters of the Historic Seaport. Musical guests Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24 ...
Dec 14 Free Christmas Concert
Presented by and held at the Marathon Community Theatre; free for the public. ...
Dec 14 Stand Up for Animals Holiday Mutt Strut Around Marathon Airport
Bring your own or borrow a shelter mutt (purebreds okay, too) to join the strut around the Marathon Airport & along Aviation Blvd., at 10 a.m. Strutte ...
Dec 14 Key Colony Boat Parade
Christmas lights on outriggers and displays on boat decks are part of the beautiful festivities during the Key Colony Beach Boat Parade, set to begin ...
Dec 19 - Dec 21 Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
Anglers through age 16 are to target sailfish for trophies. ...
Dec 19 - Dec 21 Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
Anglers through age 16 are to target sailfish for trophies. ...
Dec 20 Pops In The Park - Holiday Traditions
Florida Keys Community Concert Band Presents its 2008-2009 season at Islamorada Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoo ...
Dec 26 - Dec 27 49th Annual Key West Holiday House Tour
Tour five private Key West homes and gardens during the festive holiday season. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Admission ...
Dec 31 New Year's Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound
The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus' Grille at th ...
Dec 31 Key West New Year's Eve Celebrations
The Southernmost City celebrates with a conch shell drop at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St.; a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag quee ...

January, 2009

Jan 01 Village New Year’s Day Celebration
The annual 5k Run, Walk and Crawl is slated to start at 8 a.m. at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside in Islamorada. A day of festivities is to foll ...
Jan 02 - Feb 02 Bahamian Heritage Festival at Crane Point
A three-day celebration with a Friday Fish Fry dinner and weekend of Junkanoo parades, historical demonstrations, live music, cooking demonstrations, ...
Jan 02 - Jan 04 Key Largo Sailfish Challenge
Anglers are to pursue one of offshore fishing's greatest prizes during a season when the sailfishing is typically excellent. ...
Jan 02 - Feb 07 Celebrate Cuba Week
An entire week packed with Cuban-inspired entertainment and educational opportunities, culminating with Hot Havana Nights. Attend lectures by local an ...
Jan 02 - Jan 30 Bahamian Heritage Festival at Crane Point
A three-day celebration with a Friday Fish Fry dinner and weekend of Junkanoo parades, historical demonstrations, live music, cooking demonstrations, ...
Jan 03 5th Annual Orange Bowl Swimming Classic
Some of the best collegiate swimmers in the country are to compete at the Jacobs Aquatic Center, mile marker 99.6 oceanside, in an event that is a fac ...
Jan 08 - Jan 18 27th Annual Key West Literary Seminar
The 2009 topic is “Historical Fiction and the Search For Truth" featuring workshops, panel discussions and receptions with nationally and internationa ...
Jan 09 - Jan 10 Key West Symphony Orchestra - Master Concert No. 1
Features pianist Alexander Ghindin, and Jin Hi Kim, a highly acclaimed komungo virtuoso and Korean percussionist who has been instrumental in transfor ...
Jan 17 Florida Keys Seafood Festival
Presented by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association. Free admission, proceeds benefit FKCFA and student scholarships for children of fish ...
Jan 19 - Jan 23 Acura Key West 2009
Nearly 300 racing yachts compete for class championships in this international midwinter sailboat regatta. ...
Jan 23 - Jan 25 Hog's Breath King Mackerel Tournament
Anglers are to use fast boats to target the voracious king mackerel, also known as kingfish, for cash prizes. ...

February, 2009

Feb 02 - Feb 07 Celebrate Cuba Week
An entire week packed with Cuban-inspired entertainment and educational opportunities, culminating with Hot Havana Nights. Attend lectures by local an ...
Feb 06 - Feb 09 Islamorada Women's Sailfish Tournament
Women anglers are to challenge one of fishing's most famous tail-dancers to win trophies and prizes. ...
Feb 07 - Feb 08 15th Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival
Held at the Marathon Community Park, MM49, from 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fee: $7 adults, under age 12 free. Free parking and shuttle service, kids corner, ...
Feb 11 A Taste of Wine and Music
Enjoy a taste of the vine while strolling through the Key West Botanical Garden and listening to music by Key Wests finest performers. Wines featured ...
Feb 13 - Feb 15 Civil War Heritage Festival
Re-enactments, military parades, sea battles with schooner ships, and more await for this unique historical event. ...
Feb 21 - Feb 22 Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market
Hundreds of marine- and watersports-related vendors offer wares to thousands of buyers seeking deals on new and used boats, marine equipment, electron ...
Feb 26 - Feb 28 Backcountry Fly Championship
Anglers in this fly-fishing tournament are to compete to catch the largest snook and redfish in a region of the Keys that is famous for them. ...
Feb 27 - Mar 02 Gardenfest Key West
South Florida's top nurseries will show bromeliads, orchids, fruit trees, palms, tropical flowers and natives for the Botanical Gardens' annual plant ...
Feb 28 Pops In The Park - From Bach to Beatles
Florida Keys Community Concert Band presents its 2009 season at Islamorada Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; n ...

March, 2009

Mar 06 - Mar 08 11th Annual Capt. Leon Shell Memorial Billfish Tournament
Anglers are to pursue sailfish in honor of the late lure maker who made Key Colony Beach his home. The event raises funds for the local hospice in-hom ...
Mar 07 Sombrero Beach Run
Organized and Promoted by the Southernmost Runners Club, Key West. 10K Run 5K Walk Run, 8:00 a.m. Sombrero Beach, Marathon, FL. Runners from all over ...
Mar 07 47th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest
Grab your conch shells and join in the puckering fun! Held at Ocean Key Resort Sunset Pier, beginning at 1 p.m.. Free admission, conch shells availabl ...
Mar 09 - Mar 13 March Merkin Invitational Permit Tournament
This all-fly fishing tournament benefits Tarpon & Bonefish Unlimited as well as the Don Hawley Foundation. ...
Mar 13 - Apr 17 Migration Mania at Key West Botanical Gardens
Join us for a month long celebration of the wonders of migration. Presentations for the entire family will feature live animal shows, seminars, birdin ...
Mar 13 - Mar 15 Key West Fishing Tournament Kick-off
Targeting multiple species, this annual challenge starts a season-long tournament that awards certificates for outstanding catches and prizes in a hos ...
Mar 14 - Mar 15 33rd Annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival
Gourmet delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual event at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. Sponsored by ...
Mar 24 - Mar 27 Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament
Anglers are to compete to catch the ghost of the flats in the legendary shallows surrounding Islamorada. ...

April, 2009

Apr 01 - Apr 30 15th Annual Robert Frost Poetry Festival
The festival features poetry and haiku workshops and readings, and a poetry and haiku contest. Events are staged at the Robert Frost Cottage at the He ...
Apr 04 - Apr 05 Island Fest
Music, Art, Food & Fun at Founder's Park in Islamorada - Free Admission ...
Apr 14 - Apr 18 World Sailfish Championship
Three days of hard-fought fishing are to be complemented by three evenings of fabulous food, drinks, fun and entertainment, including a thank-you conc ...
Apr 20 14th Annual Taste of Key West
Scores of area restaurants present mouthwatering samples of their cuisine to benefit AIDS Help, Inc. The culinary celebration takes place at the Truma ...
Apr 25 28th Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run
An estimated field of 1,500 runners are to participate in the annual foot race across the longest segmental bridge in the world. Sponsored by the Mara ...
Apr 26 - Apr 29 22nd Annual Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament
Anglers are to tangle with silver kings in an event named for a famous Marathon resort, and which raises money for charities. ...
Apr 29 - May 03 Key West Songwriters’ Festival
The 14th-annual showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly isla ...
Apr 30 - May 02 43rd Annual Marathon International Tarpon Tournament
Anglers in one of the longest-running tournaments in the Keys are to catch and release mighty silver kings using 12- or 30-pound tackle. ...

May, 2009

May 03 - May 06 5th Annual Tarponian Tournament
Anglers are to pursue the mighty silver kings of the Keys. ...
May 08 - May 09 Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament
Dolphin fish are the target in this angling challenge to benefit Habitat for Humanity. ...
May 09 - May 10 33rd Annual Ladies Tarpon Tournament
Women compete to catch and release tarpon in one of the longest running tournaments in the Keys. ...
May 15 - May 17 Marathon Super Boat Grand Prix
World-class, high-speed powerboats compete in the waters surrounding Marathon and the historic Seven Mile Bridge in the Middle Keys. The event also fe ...
May 17 - May 20 15th Annual Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
This prestigious fly tournament for large tarpon benefits both CCFA and college scholarships for Keys students. ...
May 24 Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational
Experienced offshore captains are to lead the chase for the colorful and acrobatic dolphin fish and a hefty first prize. ...
May 31 International Game Fish Association Inshore World Championship Tournament
Tournament winners from around the world are to compete for one of the most prized angling trophies. The tournament features inshore fishing for permi ...

June, 2009

Jun 01 - Jun 05 34th Annual Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament
The world's best fly rod anglers are to pursue the mighty silver kings in one of the most storied tournaments in the Keys. ...
Jun 03 - Jun 04 Islamorada Fishing Club's Captain's Cup Dolphin Tournament
A winner-take-all tournament, where the combined weight of three Dolphin determines the winner. ...
Jun 06 - Jun 14 Pridefest 2009
Event honoring diversity, openness and freedom in the city that is consistently recognized as one of the world's top gay and lesbian vacation destinat ...
Jun 10 - Jun 12 Women’s Fly Series - Tarpon
This invitational fly tournament for tarpon, open to men and women, benefits children’s charities. ...
Jun 12 - Jun 13 Island Grill Blue Water Dolphin Tournament
This one-day dolphin tournament benefits Baptist Hospital’s Children’s Cancer Center. ...
Jun 26 - Jun 28 Burdine's Waterfront 9th Annual Dolphin & Blackfin Tuna Tournament
Tournament kicks off Friday with Captain's meeting, anglers fish Saturday and Sunday for top three prizes for dolphin, tuna and wahoo. ...
Jun 26 - Jun 28 Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby
Anglers are to compete to catch dolphin fish, a plentiful summertime treat off the Keys, to raise money for college scholarships. ...

July, 2009

Jul 04 Conch Republic Ladies' Dolphin Tournament
Women are to compete to catch dolphin fish for cash prizes. ...
Jul 10 - Jul 12 Holiday Isle/ Caribee Dolphin Tournament
Run-and-gunners take on the trollers in the Isle’s annual tournament for professional, amateur and junior anglers. This event targets dolphin fish, a ...
Jul 21 - Jul 24 Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament
Fly fishing for that other famous fish of the tropical shallows in honor of the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 ...
Jul 22 - Jul 25 Key West Marlin Tournament
Anglers are to hunt for the mightiest of the offshore species in the same waters plied by novelist Ernest Hemingway. ...
Jul 26 - Jul 27 Islamorada Fishing Club RedGhost Stalk
Anglers ages 11 through 25 are to compete to catch redfish and bonefish, the ghost of the flats. Winners qualify for the International Game Fish Assoc ...

August, 2009

Aug 07 - Aug 09 Islamorada Swordfish Tournament
Anglers are to compete to catch swordfish, a fish species that has recovered to healthy populations off the Keys. Modified release tournament benefiti ...

September, 2009

Sep 01 - Oct 31 Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival
The peak of the fall birding season, this event includes presentations,field trips focusing on education and conservation as they relate to Keys birds ...
Sep 08 - Sep 13 Womenfest
This lesbian-oriented festival features art shows, sailing and snorkeling, comedy performances and other activities. ...
Sep 11 - Sep 13 Mercury S.L.A.M. (Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters) Celebrity Tournament
In the first of the annual fall Redbone Trilogy events that raise money to fight cystic fibrosis, top anglers and celebrities target tarpon, permit an ...
Sep 15 - Sep 18 Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament
Some of the best anglers in the world compete to catch the famously-large Islamorada bones. ...
Sep 18 - Sep 20 Ladies, Let's Go Fishing
Female anglers polish their skills and fish in an event sponsored by the fishing education and advocacy group, Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! ...
Sep 24 - Sep 27 50th Annual Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
Some of the best bonefish anglers anywhere are to stalk the ghost of the flats in this all-release spin and fly event. ...

October, 2009

Oct 04 - Oct 09 Mercury Outboards Bonefishing World Championship/Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish Tournament
Some of the best bonefish anglers are to compete to catch and release the ghost of the flats. Proceeds are to be donated to local charities. ...
Oct 23 - Oct 31 31st Annual Fantasy Fest
An outrageous, 10-day celebration featuring costume competitions, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade with marching groups and lavish floats. ...

November, 2009

Nov 06 - Nov 08 Mercury Redbone Celebrity Tournament
Celebrities and other anglers catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Trilogy. ...
Nov 08 - Nov 15 Key West World Championship Race
High-speed powerboats continue Key West’s longstanding tradition in a challenge described as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. ...
Nov 27 - Nov 28 Islamorada Fishing Club Junior Derby
All species count for points in this competition for young anglers, with the most points awarded for bonefish and permit. ...

December, 2009

Dec 01 - Dec 31 Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship
Anglers are to pursue sailfish, the most plentiful billfish in the waters off the Keys, in a series of competitions. ...
Dec 03 - Dec 06 Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
This competition is the first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series. The tournament is one of the oldest in the Florida Ke ...
Dec 04 - Dec 07 Islamorada Fishing Club Captain’s Cup Sailfish Tournament
Anglers compete for a winner-take-all $25,000 jackpot for catching and releasing sailfish. ...
Dec 11 - Dec 13 Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic
This all-release tournament offers the ever-popular ugly sport coat award in honor of Captain Don. ...
Dec 12 - Dec 14 Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
Anglers through age 16 are to target sailfish for trophies. ...