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Calendar of Events for March, 2018


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Key West / January 01 to August 31
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: Doris Harris 305-923-5934

Key West / February 14 to March 03
Studios of Key West presents: Undying Love, A Key West Musical
Writer/musician/playwright Ben Harrison penned the definitive account of this true macabre love story in his nonfiction book, Undying Love, which earned him a spot in front of national audiences on the Howard Stern Show and This American Life. Originally performed at the Appelrouth Grill in 1999, Undying Love: The Musical distills the atmosphere of Key West in the 1930's, and perfectly melds the pathos of von Cosel's tale with Harrison's signature dry humor. Showtimes 8 p.m., check website for scheduled performances.

Key Largo / February 17 to March 03
Joe Cella Memorial Award, The Birds in Nature Art Show
Joe Cella was a well-known and well-liked artist who specialized in woodcarvings of birds in nature. Awards in the art show include oil painting, acrylic and photography. Original art is to be displayed by members of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles. Open to the public at Trade Winds Plaza, Public Library Community Room, MM 101.4 oceanside.

Key West / February 22 to March 10
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Hand to God
Sesame Street meets The Exorcist in this outrageous comedy. Hand To God tells the story of an awkward Texas teen named Jason, who spends his afternoons at his local church, practicing for the Christian Puppet Ministry run by his widowed mother. All hell literally breaks loose, however, when Jason's puppet Tyrone takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play, Hand To God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind.
Contact: 305-294-5015

Key West / February 26 to March 10
Red Barn Theater presents: Always ... Patsy Cline
The story of Patsy Cline told through the eyes of her pen pal, Louise Seeger. One of the most-produced plays in America, this down home musical features many of Patsy's hits and is a tribute to her, her enduring  music, and to friendship. Featuring Christine Mild and Joy Hawkins. Show times and tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-296-9911

Key West / February 28 to April 09
Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration
A kickoff party is to be staged at the home of the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt Feb. 28, and the festival, a 6-week commemoration of the literary icon who lived on the island for thirty-four years, is to continue into April and boasts a full roster of writing and painting contests, film and poetry forums, curator tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Avenue, a March 26th birthday party for the playwright, and 2 one-act theatre productions of the Pulitzer-Prize-winner's work. Presented by the newly-merged Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit and the Key West Art & Historical Society.
Contact: Shawn Cowles 305.295.6616 ext 1

Key West / March 01 to March 28
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: Tickets 305-296-6706

Key West / March 02 to March 30
Randy Roberts Live!
Female impersonator extraordinaire Randy Roberts brings a one man, all live tribute to some famous and infamous women of stage and screen. A Key West tradition for 18 years. Join Randy for an evening with "Bette Midler", "Cher", and Randy's signature lounge act. Hilarious comedy, gorgeous costumes, and voice that never fails to thrill! Open your eyes and mind and let yourself go with Randy Roberts LIVE! Show dates online.

Marathon / March 02 to March 04
12th Annual Sombrero Beach Run
Each year, several hundred racing circuit runners are attracted by a weekend filled with sunshine and athletic fun. Stocked with food, drinks, music and entertainment, the event is to be staged at Sombrero Beach at the end of Sombrero Beach Road, mile marker 50. Awards are given to overall finishers in the 10k run, 5k run and 5k walk.
Contact: 305-743-4582 or 305-289-9868

Key West / March 02
Key West Theater presents: George Winston
Self-described "rural folk piano" player George Winston was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the genre of contemporary instrumental music later dubbed New Age. Winston's legendary music continues to grow in popularity and influence, as he is presently concentrating on live performances playing solo piano concerts, solo guitar concerts, solo harmonica concerts, and solo piano dances (with R&B and slow dance songs).
Contact: 305.985.0433

Key Largo / March 03
Eighth Annual Vintage Everglades Day
This year's 8th annual celebration will highlight how the Everglades' rich history has been told through art, music, and literature. At Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center and Royal Palm Visitor Center at Everglades National Park near the Homestead entrance to the park, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Park info 305-242-7700

Key West / March 03
Conch Shell Blowing Contest
An island tradition for over 50 years, this unique contest celebrates the historic importance of conch in the Keys and features contestants in several age categories attempting to make "music" with fluted conch shells. Contest located in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, free and open to all ages. Registration begins at 10 a.m., contest starts at noon.
Contact: 305-294-9501

Islamorada / March 03
Keys Community Concert Band presents: Florida Heritage in Story and Song
A free 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. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band. Musical highlights as well as poetry reader, and the Dulcimer Ensemble.
Contact: 305-853-7294

Islamorada / March 03 to March 31
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., 11 a.m. and noon. from the Islamorada Moose Lodge at 81573 Old Highway in Islamorada.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. Tour dates are March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940

Marathon / March 04
61st Annual Key Colony Beach Days
Participants and visitors can enjoy this family event set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds of Key Colony Beach City Hall, the day features vendors, food, live music and more. A Shriner's pancake breakfast starts at 8 a.m., a parade is set for 11:30 a.m. Free admission, free parking, old fashioned fun.

Islamorada / March 06 to March 09
Jim Bokor’s Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish & Redfish Shootout
Anglers vie for top-honor trophies for catches of bonefish and redfish in this newly formatted event, appealing to a broader spectrum of anglers. Divisions in the tournament's new format include bait, artificial and fly. Awards also are to be given for total release points for each species and to the high-point angler for each day. An overall grand champion is to be named for both bonefish and redfish in the three categories.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460

Key Largo / March 07 to March 10
Jimmy Johnson's National Billfish Championship
Hosted by Jimmy Johnson, two-time Super Bowl winning coach and former head coach at the University of Miami, this prestigious billfish championship benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a South Florida-based cancer-related research, diagnosis and treatment facility. All anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson's NBC Championship rings.
Contact: 305-255-3500

Key West / March 07
The Key West Celebration
Enjoy rum tasting, free Fuente cigars, live entertainment, island history displays, silent auction, and the unveiling of the restored, world's largest cigar sculpture. From 5-8 p.m., at Gato Village Pocket Park, behind First State Bank on Simonton St.

Islamorada / March 08 to March 25
Art Guild of the Purple Isles presents: 52nd Annual Members' Judged Show
View and cast your vote! Each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Florida Keys History & Discovery Center at The Islander Resort, MM 82, Islamorada, original works of art are to be displayed by local artists. Art Guild of the Purple Isles is the center for visual art activities in the Upper Keys endeavoring to make art a prominent part of the community. 

Key West / March 09 to March 10
Plein Air Key West
At 4 pm on Friday, Key West Art Center kicks off a Plein Air tradition ten years in the making with a demonstration by John Clayton. Linger after the demo to enjoy light refreshments, speak with the artist, and pre-register for Plein Air Key West. Artists of ALL levels are encouraged to participate. Saturday, Plein Air Key West begins as artist registration opens promptly at 8 am at the Key West Art Center. All participants must get their canvases stamped during morning registration before heading out to paint at the location of their choice. Friends, family, strangers, and artists alike are invited to enjoy a refreshing array of treats at the Happy Hour Show & Sale from 5 to 7 pm. Come share in the excitement as the winners are announced and CASH PRIZES awarded at 6:15 pm. All Plein Air paintings created that day will be on display and available for purchase. The artist participation fee for Plein Air Key West is $30 for Art Center Members, $35 for non-members.
Contact: (305) 294-1241

Key West / March 10
Studios of Key West presents: Artist Studios Tours
One of our most popular annual events, the Artist Studio Tours return to Old Town this season with a carefully curated collection of creative work spaces. Spend the afternoon peeking into the homes and studios of some of the island's most fascinating artists. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Key West / March 10
Food Trucks in Paradise 2018
From 12pm-8pm, Key West Art & Historical Society presents the 3rd annual Key West food truck festival, an event that transforms Fort East Martello's parade grounds into a family-friendly musical feast with the tasty delights of Key West's top-notch food trucks and the grooving tunes of local and international acts. Be sure to come hungry!
Contact: Shawn Cowles at 305.295.6616 x 111

the Florida Keys / March 10 to March 17
Third Annual Outdoor Fest
Nature, wildlife and adventure enthusiasts can discover the unique plant, bird and animal species and habitats that make up the Florida Keys ecosystem. The action-packed festival offers an up-close exploration of four Florida Keys national wildlife refuges, spotlighting species including the miniature Key deer found only in the Lower Keys. Most of the family-friendly outdoor adventures and experiences are offered free of charge.

Marathon / March 10 to March 11
Original Marathon Seafood Festival
One of the middle Keys' signature family events, delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual munch-fest at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. Sponsored by Organized Fishermen of Florida and Marathon Chamber of Commerce. Live music, vendor booths, sweets, treats and beverages make for a delectable weekend. An open-air boat show is to be staged at entrance to the festival.
Contact: 305-743-5417

Key West / March 11
Key West Impromptu Concerts presents: Eroica Trio
This will be Eroica Trio's second time to perform at Impromptu. The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. The New York Times writes, "They play chamber music for the concert hall. There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce." Show starts 4 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Key West / March 12 to March 15
March Merkin Invitational Permit Tournament
A charity flats-and-fly-only tournament with a twist - in addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish. Held at the Key West Yacht Harbor Marina on Stock Island.

Key West / March 14
Key West Theater presents: Mike Love
Meet Mike Love. No, not one of the Beach Boys! One of reggae music's rising stars. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to a musical family that spans generations, Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433

Key West / March 15 to March 16
Fringe Theater presents: Vincent Zito’s Bernstein on Broadway
Conductor Vincent Zito leads a stellar cast in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the birth of the beloved American composer, Leonard Bernstein. Performances by Bobby Nesbitt, Susie Speidel, Susan Powell, Richard White, Jono Mainelli and Vincent Zito. Two nights only! Shows 7 p.m., at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street
Contact: 305-731-0581

Key West / March 16 to March 17
58th Annual Key West House & Garden Tours
Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and interior design that complements each. February and March tours are offered 10 am to 4 pm each day. Transportation between homes is not provided. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on tour days. Proceeds benefit the foundation's Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs.
Contact: 305-294-9501

Key West / March 17
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Hosts St. Baldrick’s Block Party
Join the signature head-shaving event to raise funds for lifesaving childhood cancer research. Baldrick's Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. With a goal of raising $5,000, Lucy's, located at 320 Grinnell Street, will host its second St. Baldrick's Block Party on St. Patrick's Day. The event will be complete with face painting, food and drink specials, live entertainment, and a signature head-shaving event. From noon to 11 p.m.
Contact: (504) 304-7372

Islamorada / March 18
Third Annual Islamorada Seafood Festival & Art Show
A festival benefiting Moose charities, featuring delicious, inventive seafood samplings from local chefs, with libations, local craft beers available. Showcasing works by Keys artisans, live music and family fun - a festive day for adults and children alike, as well as being pet-friendly. Free admission. Seafood Samplings are cash only. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Islamorada Moose Lodge, at 81573 Old Highway.

Key West / March 18
Free Concert on the Beach: Pato Banton
Southernmost Beach Cafe presents Pato Banton, a free concert on the beach that starts at 7:30 p.m. Drink and food specials too! Located at 1405 Duval St., open to the public.
Contact: 305-295-6550

Key West / March 19
Remembering Lenny Bernstein: Larger than Life, the Documentary
Leonard Bernstein had a talent for wowing young fans with his flamboyant style and flair for pedagogy. His creative gifts knew few bounds, as he moved easily between podium, piano and television screen. Indeed, no other musician had ever captivated such a broad spectrum of the American public as Bernstein did.The movie, which is being sponsored by Kenny Weschler, is free and open to the public. Starts at 7:30 PM at the synagogue, 750 United St.

Key West / March 20 to April 07
Red Barn Theater presents: Native Gardens
Discover a hilarious new comedy of good intentions and bad manners. Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in the play blossoming in major theaters around the country. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a longstanding fence soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose. Featuring Bob Bowersox, Rebecca Gleason, Luis Febo, and Morgan Fraga. Show times anda tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-296-9911

Islamorada / March 21 to December 17
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).
Contact: 305-664-9737

Key West / March 23
Key West Theater presents: Three Dog Night
These legendary music icons are celebrating nearly 5 decades, and claim some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets. songs like "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Joy to the World", "Black and White", "Shambala" and "One" serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize THREE DOG NIGHT's continuing popularity. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Key West / March 23
11th Annual Florida Keys SPCA Spring Social
Enjoy a paw-tastic experience to help raise funds to benefit a Keys-based animal shelter; event is open to the public, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Key West Golf Course. Highlights include a VIP champagne reception prior to the main event, a first class dining experience with tables of food from restaurants all over Key West and parking provided at Florida Keys Community College with HTA Trolley service to and from the event. Also features a silent auction, live auction, raffles, complimentary beer & wine, music and more. VIP and General Admission tickets online at
Contact: Tiffany Burton (305) 294-4857

Islamorada / March 24 to March 25
27th Annual Florida Keys Island Fest
Music, art, food and fun complement this annual art show with nearly 100 artists and crafters, live music and a "Taste of the Islands" foodie competition. Free admission, festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder's Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. On-site parking for a $5 donation. Sponsored by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.
Contact: Chamber of Commerce 305-664-4503

Key Largo / March 24
Keys Community Concert Band presents: Florida Heritage in Story and Song
Musical highlights as well as poetry reader, and the Dulcimer Ensemble. A free concert at the Murray Nelson Gov't & Cultural Center, MM 104. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band. Musical highlights as well as poetry reader, and the Dulcimer Ensemble.
Contact: 305-853-7294

Key West / March 25
Key West Impromptu Concerts presents: Jose Franch Ballester & Michael Brown
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet; Michael Brown, piano The New York Times has declared Michael Brown "a young piano visionary," praising him for ""a magnificent performance" and a "powerful technique and a vivid imagination." The multi-award-winning Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester is considered one of the best classical soloists and chamber music artists of his generation. This collaboration will feature Leonard Bernstein's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. Written in Key West in 1941, this Sonata is one of Bernstein's first published pieces of music. Show starts 4 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Key West / March 25
Easter at the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm!
Looking for a fun place to take the kids? Take a photo with the Easter Bunny at the Sheriff's Animal Farm, open 1 - 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the many animals at the farm. 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 house is held the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300

Key West / March 27 to March 28
Key West Impromptu Concerts presents: Remembering Lenny
A performance of Bernstein's CONCH TOWN, an unfinished ballet written during Leonard Bernstein's first stay in Key West. The piano four hand version, recently discovered, will be performed with a discussion of how CONCH TOWN was the foundation of so much music that Bernstein wrote throughout his career followed by several people who knew Lenny sharing personal remembrances. The evening events are to be held at The Studios of Key West. 

Key West / March 28
Tennessee Williams Theater presents: Little River Band
Bringing their vocal and musical energy along with some cool arrangements to their timeless classic hits, each show creates new memories for the audience. Through the '70's and '80's, LRB enjoyed huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and chart topping hits like: "Reminiscing,"  "Cool Change," "Lonesome Loser," "The Night Owls,"  "Take It Easy On Me,"  "Help Is on Its Way,"  "Happy Anniversary,"   "We Two,"  "Man On Your Mind,"  "The Other Guy,"  and "It's A Long Way There." Show starts 8 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theater located at 5901 College Road.

Key West / March 29 to April 04
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Avenue Q
Once is never enough with Avenue Q! Since the show was such a tremendous hit in the 2016/17 season, the Waterfront is bringing back this monster hit for 3 weeks only. Avenue Q is the winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad. He and his friends struggle to find decent jobs, stable relationships and a purpose in life in a musical that is hilariously timeless.
Contact: 305-294-5015

Key Largo / March 30 to March 31
REEF Lionfish Derby for Divers presented by Whole Food Markets
Teams of up to four divers compete for cash and prizes. Derby divers who successfully remove invasive lionfish from sanctuary waters can win for most, largest and smallest lionfish. Friday, March 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., REEF HQ 98300 Overseas Hwy. Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains, and all team members are encouraged to attend. Sunrise, Saturday, March 31 at Sharkey's Pub & Galley, teams may begin collecting lionfish. All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station by 5 p.m., scoring and public lionfish tastings, and Awards will immediately follow scoring.     
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030

Key West / March 30
Studios of Key West presents: Ellen Cherry, Portraits in Song
The soulful and charismatic "song and story alchemist" - a 2014 Studios Artist in Residence - returns to Key West for a performance that unveils a series of portraits of powerful women in history. Show starts 8 p.m.

Marathon / March 31
Easter Egg Hunt at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Free with admission. Limit five eggs per child, for children through age 12, with adult supervision. Starts at 9 a.m., and ends when all eggs are found! FKAE offers guided tours, a coral reef tank experience, touch tanks, turtles, sting rays and so much more! A perfect day of fun for the entire family.
Contact: 305-407-3262

Key West / March 31
Studios of Key West presents: ImprovBoston
New England's leading comedy school and theater for 30+ years, ImprovBoston's alumni have been featured on The Daily Show, America's Got Talent, and Last Comic Standing, to name a few. They show you what the big deal is, and play a bit with the locals, fresh off their workshops this week. Show starts 7 p.m.