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Event calendar courtesy of — The Tourism & Development council of the Florida Keys

Calendar of Events for June, 2017


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Islamorada / March 30 to September 04
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.
Contact: 305-664-9737

Key West / April 06 to July 31
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.
Contact: 305-296-1504

Key West / April 07 to 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: 305-923-5934

Key West / May 19 to August 11
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.
Contact: 855-SWT-PETE

Key West / June 01 to June 29
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.
Contact: 305-296-6706

Key Largo / June 02 to June 04
Third Annual Coralpalooza
Enjoy a weekend dedicated to promoting awareness for our coral reefs, in honor of World Oceans Day. Dive program participants will join Coral Restoration Foundation on Friday for a presentation along with hands on training, followed by a day of reef restoration activities on Saturday. Register online. Must be dive certified to participate.
Contact: 305-453-7030

Key Largo / June 02 to June 04
Third Annual Skippers Dolphin Tournament
This tournament is headquartered at Skippers Dockside Restaurant (former location of Coconuts), behind the Holiday Inn. Anyone, including captains and mates, are eligible to participate. Junior anglers must be under the age of 16 on the first day of the tournament. First-place team is awarded $20,000 cash. Prize monies are given the top six teams, including $10,000 to second place, $5,000 for third place, daily-angler, lady-angler, junior-angler cash prizes and more.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

Islamorada / June 02 to June 04
Second Annual Guitar Festival
Three virtuoso Florida Keys guitarists are to present concerts in three Keys locations June 2-4, intriguing audiences with performances in genres from classical to contemporary to Latin. During the Florida Keys Guitar Festival, the three masters will showcase their diverse Keys-influenced styles and play together to create a unique musical synthesis.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / June 02 to June 04
Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament
The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce presents its 24th annual event, where anglers contend for more than $35,000 in cash prizes and awards. A special cash prize of $20,000 is awarded for the largest dolphin over 50 pounds. Additional prizes await winners in the open, ladies and youth divisions.
Contact: 800-872-2411

Key West / June 03
Pride Follies
Key West's favorite variety show returns with the best (and worst) of Key West talent on stage! Starts 8 p.m., Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Purchase tickets online.
Contact: 305-985-0433

Islamorada / June 05 to June 10
Don Hawley Tarpon Fly Tournament
The world's top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of patience and finesse, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and 12-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the annual tournament benefits the Guides Trust Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation programs.

Key West / June 07 to June 11
Key West Pride
Key West shows its Pride every day, and this is your chance to be a part of the celebration! The five-day schedule includes daytime pool and beach parties, late-night drag shows, on-the-water adventures ranging from snorkeling and kayaking to glass-bottom boat tours, a street fair, a 10k relay for tutu-wearing runners and walkers, and pageants to select Mr., Miss and Ms. Key West Pride.
Contact: Matt Hon 305-294-4603

Key West / June 08
Key West Theater presents: Dave Mason
Fans can expect to hear such classics as "Feelin' Alright," "All Along the Watchtower," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "We Just Disagree" and "Only You Know and I Know," which appears on the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Alone Together album. Starts at 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433

Islamorada / June 09 to June 10
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.

Key West / June 10
Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West
The officially sanctioned event is a 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West that is open to all age groups. Individual swimmers and relay teams can compete. The route takes swimmers through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, ending where they began at Higgs Beach.
Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809-3562

Key West / June 10
Fifth Annual VFW Fishing Tournament
Sponsored by the Southernmost VFW Post 3911, this family oriented tournament offers cash prizes for dolphin, wahoo, tuna, snapper and grouper, along with prizes for heaviest fish by a lady angler, heaviest fish by a juvenile angler, pee-wee and active service member. Heaviest Dolphin is worth $2,500. Entry fee $200 per boat By May 19, 2017; $250 per boat after May 19, 2017. All proceeds benefit disabled and veterans in need throughout Monroe County.
Contact: Curly McGinn (305) 304-1182

Marathon / June 10
Marathon Community Theater presents: Tah Dance!
Join an evening with the theater's ninth annual community dance showcase. Performance starts at 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994

Key West / June 10
Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Finale
Regional winners from LGBT bars in 17 North American cities are to compete to create an original Key West cocktail that reflects the island's sunny community spirit. The hotly contested final round starts at 7 p.m. on an open-air stage in the 700 block of Duval Street, with national and regional celebrity judges.

Islamorada / June 13 to June 15
40th Annual Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament
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.
Contact: Heidi Nute 917-607-8779

Islamorada / June 15
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.

Key Largo / June 16
Elbow Reef: Key Largo’s Ship Trap
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.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000

Key West / June 16 to June 18
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.'
Contact: 305-587-9392

Islamorada / June 16 to June 17
Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Offshore/Inshore Anyone Can Win Tournament!
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.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068

Islamorada / June 19 to June 23
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.

Islamorada / June 21
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.
Contact: 305-664-9737

Key West / June 22 to June 25
Key West Africana Festival
Three-day destination retreat, festival and academic conference focusing on Thought, Culture and Wellness within the African Diaspora. Thought: Workshops on topics of cultural, physical and spiritual wellness. Culture: Music, art and cultural tourism, exploring Afro-Caribbean culture in Key West. Wellness: Workshops on healthy living, physical wellness and relationship wellness.
Email: 786 529 8624

Islamorada / June 23 to June 24
University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Fishing Tournament
This year's event is to be hosted by UM alumnus and NFL Hall of Famer Ted "The Mad Stork" Hendricks, who played 15 consecutive seasons for the Baltimore Colts in addition to seasons with the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. The high-energy tournament features both an offshore and an inshore division. It celebrates the accomplishments of former student athletes as well as allowing anglers to compete side by side with them while raising money for charitable causes.
Contact: Judy Layne 305-598-2525

Islamorada / June 24
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents "29 Points of Interest" Historic Trolley Tour
Enjoy an enlightening trolley ride through time. Guided trolley tours depart at 10 a.m. from the Islamorada Moose Lodge, MM 81.5. The one-hour, colorful and much acclaimed historical tours feature 29 points of interest on the islands of Islamorada. Tickets may be purchased on site or call in advance. Adults are $15, children six and under are free.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940

Islamorada / June 27 to June 28
Islamorada Fishing Club's Captain's Cup Dolphin Tournament
Up to $30,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs, based on a 30-boat field. Prizes for first- through third-place finishers. This is a boat tournament in which the combined weight of three fish determines the winners! Up to four anglers per boat.
Contact: Vinnie 305-664-4735