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

Calendar of Events for November, 2017


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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: Doris Harris 305-923-5934

Key West / November 01 to November 05
26th Annual Parrot Heads in Key West, Meeting of the Minds
Several thousand fans of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, known as Parrot Heads, make an annual pilgrimage to the subtropical island that inspired many of Buffett's hits. Parrot Head club members focus on charitable, environmental, educational and humanitarian activities. Highlights include concerts by Buffett band members and friends, plus notable "trop" rockers. While most events are open only to registered Parrot Heads, the public is invited to the musical Margaritaville Street Fest on famed Duval Street.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / November 02 to November 04
Sugarloaf Showdown Inshore Fishing Tournament
Hosted by the Lower Keys Guides Association to benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, this new inshore two-person team tournament targets barracuda, bonefish and permit. Open to all anglers and guides. Headquartered at the Sugarloaf Marina, and social events at the iconic Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar.
Contact: Lisa Booker 850-688-3244

Key West / November 02 to November 30
The Studios of Key West presents International Art Show
The Studios of Key West kicks off its eleventh season of exhibiting the finest in local and international art by filling their galleries with work from around the world.On view at The Studios, 533 Eaton Street. Exhibitions can be viewed during normal gallery hours, Tues. through Sat. from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. A special opening events and a book signing will take place Thurs., November 2 from 6-8 p.m. during the First Thursday Gallery Walk.

Key West / November 04
Zonta Club of Key West's 25th Annual ABC 5K Walk/Run
This annual run raises money to provide free women's health screenings and services to uninsured or under-insured women in the Lower Keys. All funds raised stay in the Florida Keys community. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Salute on the Beach, 1000 Atlantic Blvd.
Contact: Nicole Belles 305-393-5200

the Florida Keys / November 04 to November 11
Bubbafest Bike Fest Tours
Led by retired police sergeant and biking enthusiast Bubba Barron, the fully supported adventure takes cycling fans on a roundtrip journey from Key Largo to Key West along the scenic Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1) that connects the Keys with each other and the Florida mainland.
Contact: Bubba 321-759-3433

Key West / November 05 to November 12
36th Annual Key West World Championship Races
Super Boat International returns with teams from all around the world who compete April through October in the National Series Points races and conclude in November for the famous Key West World Championships. High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West's longstanding tradition in this annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.
Contact: 305-296-6166

Key West / November 08
Key West Theater presents: Ottmar Liebert
With his engaging mix of subdued flamenco guitar and South American percussion, rock, jazz, and pop influences, German guitarist Ottmar Liebert's "attitude" actually suppresses the more challenging and "dangerous" aspects of flamenco in favor of the romantic and the stylish. His feel for the music's innate sensuality and a gift for creating memorable melodies helped to bring flamenco to the mainstream. Show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433

Key West / November 10
Key West Art Center presents: Think Pink
Flamingos, flowers, conch houses, and shells descend upon the Key West Art Center as local artists join together to *THINK PINK!* Come enjoy vibrant colors, delicate sweets, a prize raffle, and show your support as Florida Keys Artists paint it pink to benefit Womankind. Starts at 6 p.m.
Contact: 305.294.1241

Marathon / November 12
20th Annual Taste of the Islands
A day of food, art, music and fun. No admission fee, taste tickets will be sold to sample culinary treats from area restaurants. Presented by the Marathon chapter of Business & Professional Women, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Marathon Community Park. Proceeds benefit local scholarships.

Key West / November 15
South Florida Symphony presents: Great American Songbook
Celebrate the Great American Songbook with the South Florida Symphony and the magnificent voices of seven returning popular vocalists under the superlative baton of Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso in this first of two Pops Concerts marking the 20th anniversary season. Continuing the highly popular and successful Songbook series, the ambitious program combines brilliant complex and lush timeless melodies with sophisticated intelligent and accessible lyrics. Classic beloved songs from songwriters Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and many others make the rafters ring. Performance at Key West High School Auditorium, 2100 Flagler Avenue, at 7:30 p.m.

Islamorada / November 15
Keys History & Discovery Center Presents: Florida is a Land Remembered
Few, if any books, have captured the spirit and colorful history of Florida as has Patrick Smith's beloved novel, A Land Remembered. Here is an opportunity to get to know the author and his work better as Smith's son, Rick, takes the stage to delight audiences with a multimedia show about his father and the extraordinary life experiences that enabled him to write with such authority of Florida pioneers, the Seminoles, migrant workers, "river rats" of Mississippi, the social injustices of the South, the Merchant Marine in World War II and the challenges of the present. Doors open at 5 p.m., presentation begins at 6 p.m. , center is located on property of Islander Resort. Cost for non-Discovery Center members is $25 and includes admission to the movie and museum as well as light appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Reservations are recommended.
Contact: 305-922-2237

Key West / November 15
“Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway” Exhibit During Curator-Led Tour
From 10-11 a.m., Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will offer a special curator-led tour of the newly renovated Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum exhibit "Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler's Overseas Railway." Get a detailed look at some of the historic and unique treasures currently occupying the permanent exhibit including the original railroad car that debuted in the 2012 exhibit that transports visitors back to the early 1900s when Key West first connected to mainland Florida; and many more unique artifacts. Reserve online.
Contact: Cori Convertito at 305.295.6616 x112

Key West / November 15 to November 19
Key West Film Festival
Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling, the festival's lineup is to feature screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West, including the San Carlos Institute, Studios of Key West and Key West Theater. The four-day program is to include several films from multiple genres and categories as well as social events with filmmakers, actors and film lovers.
Contact: Beth Moyes 305-747-8563

Islamorada / November 16
Third Thursday Art Walk
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82, as well as "culinary art," beer tastings and live music from 6-9 p.m. A great pre-holiday celebration. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.

Key West / November 17
Irma Benefit Concert featuring Norbert Leo Butz
The charismatic star of the Netflix original series "Bloodline" appears with his country and rock 'n' roll band - musicians Jason Laughlin and James Leahey - for one night only, 8 p.m., at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street. Proceeds benefit Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the extensive areas of the Keys that are still struggling to recover. Tickets $50 pp, $100 pp VIP, to be sold online. A silent auction w/ Bloodline and Jimmy Buffett memorabilia to be featured as well. All contributions received by The Studios in conjunction with this event will be disbursed through the FL Keys Emergency Relief Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys.

Key West / November 17 to November 18
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Triple Threat
An Evening With Vicki Roush, Laurie Breakwell & Danny Weathers. The Waterfront Playhouse will open their 78th Season with a trio of musical theater forces.
Contact: 305-394-7445

Key Largo / November 18
Island Dolphin Care presents: 'I Do Care' Ninth Annual Fundraiser
Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, music, silent and live auctions, all to benefit the care of the dolphins as well as assist children, families, veterans and military personnel to attend Island Dolphin Care's therapy programs. Event staged at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa. Call for tickets.
Contact: 305-451-5884

Key West / November 21
Tropic Cinema presents: “Down and Dirty: The Johnny Winter Story”
Enjoy this film presentation's screening, from Grammy-winning guitarist, producer Paul Nelson. A near constant presence at the side of rock and blues legend Johnny Winter in the last decade of his life, Paul Nelson is widely credited with helping Winter find himself again, and for prompting a remarkable resurgence in the aging star's career after the 1990's found him in deteriorating health and performing far beneath his potential. "Down and Dirty" documents a year on the road with Johnny Winter during his re-emergence, a period leading up to the star-studded 70th birthday bash in Times Square which would be his last. Tickets available online. Open Reception with Paul Nelson at 6p.m./ Screening at 6:30 p.m. with Q&A following.
Contact: (877) 761-3456

Key West / November 22
Lighting of the Key West “Harbor Walk of Lights.”
The eagerly awaited pre-Thanksgiving event is to take place at 6 p.m. at Greene and Elizabeth streets, with the lighting of a holiday tree made from plastic foam trap floats, a fresh pine nautically decorated Christmas tree and a lobster trap tree along the Key West Historic Seaport's Harbor Walk. The Harbor Walk is lit nightly through New Year's Eve.

Key West / November 22 to December 31
Key West Holiday Fest
Each year a wide range of seasonal celebrations takes place throughout Key West during the month of December. Events include the lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, tours of historic decorated inns, a holiday parade and much more.

Islamorada / November 25
Keys Community Concert Band presents: Salute America
Enjoy live music for all ages at a family-friendly free indoor community band concert as the season-opener for Pops in the Park honors the Dreams of the American Family, with patriotic music as a special tribute to hurricane Irma recovery. Performance starts at 4 p.m. at the Island Christian Church, a first-ever indoor venue for KCCB.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / November 25
Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival
Highlights of this holiday event include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside.
Contact: 305-872-2411

Key West / November 26
Key West Artisan Market: Preserve Island Life Edition
The second Key West Artisan Market of the season will include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Key West Writer's Guild Local Author's Nook, live music by 104.9 The X, craft beer, wine and art in Garage Mahal and food concessions. Artisan Market dates have been set for Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every three weeks (except Easter), at The Restaurant Store. Bring your own bags.

Islamorada / November 29
History of Biscayne Bay, with Jim Kushlan and Kirsten Hines
For lectures, doors open at 5 p.m., with lecture starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 for non-museum members, which includes museum admission, light appetizers and cash bar. Free for museum members. All lectures are at Keys History & Discovery Center, 82100 Overseas Highway, MM 82 in Islamorada, on the property of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost.
Contact: Reserve 305-922-2237

Marathon / November 29 to December 02
Zonta’s Festival of Trees
The annual Festival of Trees is to take place at the Florida Keys Country Club. Holiday trees are festively displayed, and decorated by members of the Zonta Club of Marathon, a humanitarian service organization. Visitors and residents can bid to purchase the decorated trees.
Contact: Charlotte Quinn 305-393-9501

Islamorada / November 30 to December 03
Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series is the only tournament in the series to offer a junior division for anglers age 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / November 30 to December 01
COAST presents: The Coast is Clear
The crew at COAST — the Stock Island based artist and craftsman collective — has organized a two-day benefit concert festival, aptly named "Coast Is Clear", with the goal of raising money and spirits for the Florida Keys community in the wake of hurricane Irma. To date, the lineup includes national touring artists G. Love, Langhorne Slim, Rayland Baxter and Rorey Carroll. In addition, local favorites Patrick and The Swayzees and The Skank — among others — will add local flavor to the stages over the two-day event. Thursday (11/30) performances are to take place in the Bahama Village neighborhood with events shifting between Blue Heaven, Green Parrot and The COAST Outpost (803 Whitehead Street). Friday (12/1) shows will take place on Stock Island at Hogfish and COAST — both located on Front Street.