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

Calendar of Events for July, 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 / July 01 to July 04
Fifth Annual Key Lime Festival
A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors during the fourth annual Key Lime Festival. A Key Lime martini Sip and Stroll, Key lime rum sampling and distillery tour as well as a new Key Lime Pie Hop are among events to kickoff the four-day tasty fest.

Key West / July 01
Key West Theater presents: The Dan Band
Dan Finnerty caught America's attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the hit film OLD SCHOOL, performing his now-infamous foul-mouthed rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", as well as his other appearances in Todd Pillips movies, STARCHY & HUTCH and THE HANGOVER. Show starts 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 03
Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club's Pre-Independence Day Activities
On Big Pine Key, the Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club is to host pre-Independence Day activities beginning at 5 p.m., at Big Pine Community Park, mile marker 30. Attractions include vendors, food, beverages, games, family activities, 50/50 raffle and entertainment by the Prime Movers and Island Harmony Singers. Fireworks are scheduled at 9 p.m. Admission is free, but no coolers, pets or personal fireworks are allowed.
Contact: 305-923-5370

Key West / July 04
33rd Annual July 4 Beachfront Picnic and Fireworks Celebration
Event to benefit the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys Inc. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, for food, live music and beach dancing, family games, a silent auction and more. Fireworks are to begin at 9 p.m. A traditional All-American picnic buffet offers hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, watermelon and drink for $25 per adult, $15 per child ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger, admission included. General admission tickets, excluding food and beverage, are $10 per person. Also available are deluxe VIP beachfront seats priced at $150 per person with first-class service and a lavish buffet. The Casa Marina Resort is located at 1500 Reynolds St. on the Atlantic Ocean.
Contact: 305-320-0676

Key West / July 04
Rotary Club of Key West Annual Fireworks Show
Since 1976, the Rotary Club of Key West has presented the island's annual fireworks show. Staged from the Edward B. Knight Pier (formerly called White Street Pier) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where White Street meets Atlantic Avenue, fireworks are to begin at 9 p.m. Attendees can purchase food, drinks, burgers and hot dogs to benefit the Rotary Club's scholarship funds at a booth across from the pier on Atlantic Avenue.
Contact: 305-304-6963

Islamorada / July 04
Independence Day Celebration
In Islamorada, the village's Independence Day Celebration is to be held from 6 to 10 p.m., at Founders Park at mile market 87 with family fun, food and fireworks. Food and drinks are to be available for purchase. Vendors are to include Chef Drew's Island Catering, Craig's Restaurant, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, IL Pizzarello and Polar Ice. Beer, rum punch, soda and water can be purchased, with all proceeds to benefit the Upper Keys Rotary Foundation. A baked apple pie contest is set for 6 p.m. Live entertainment is to be provided by The Carousers and Leah Sutter. On-site parking is $5 per vehicle.
Contact: 305-664-4503

Key Largo / July 04
Annual July 4 Parade and Picnic
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and the Upper Keys Reporter are to host an annual July 4 parade and picnic from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The old-fashioned community event is to be held at Key Largo Community Park and includes vendors, hotdogs and beverages.
Contact: 305-451-1414

Key West / July 04
9th Annual 4th of July Harbor Walk
Join the Bar Stroll in Red White and Blue, honoring local active military and Key West's penchant for fun. Starts at noon; come early, meet and greet, enjoy the scenic Key West Harbor, and enjoy the entertainment. A $25 entry fee includes a commemorative t-shirt and a ticket to present at nine local establishments along the Harbor Walk for a free beverage or food item. Bar Stroll will begin at Lagerheads Beach Bar and Grill, 1 Simonton St, on the beach. Tickets sold there, or pre-register via email.
Contact: Rick Dostal 305-766-0239

Key Largo / July 04
Fireworks Show on Blackwater Sound
Blackwater Sound provides the perfect nighttime mirrorlike surface to make the annual fireworks display seem like a 3-D viewing experience designed to dazzle. The show is to take place on the bayfront in Key Largo at 10 p.m., July 4. The best seating can be found at Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill, Sundowners and Senior Frijoles restaurants, Caribbean Club and Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort, all located around mile marker (MM) 104 bayside. Reservations are suggested because seating is limited; contact restaurants directly.

Marathon / July 04
Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show
For one of the Keys' largest and longest fireworks displays, families gather for a full day of activities in Marathon for a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside) to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration features food, drink, kids' crafts and entertainment, capped off after dark with fireworks. Marathon is known as the Boating Destination of the Keys, and hundreds of boaters line up in front of the beach for a preferred view of the festivities.
Contact: 305-743-5417

Key West / July 06 to July 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 / July 06
Free Fish ID Class – Participate In The Great Annual Fish Count!
In July, participate in REEF's Great Annual Fish Count by learning how to ID fish seen on Florida Keys reefs and submitting a REEF fish ID survey. Join Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3) at 7 p.m. to learn how to ID fish seen on Florida Keys Reefs. On your next dive/snorkel trip, fill in a REEF Volunteer Fish Survey and become a citizen scientist by submitting your sightings to REEF's Global Fish Survey Database.
Contact: Allison Estape 305 794 5081

Islamorada / July 07 to July 09
Islamorada Summer Classic
A family-formatted boat tournament series is to feature nine target backcountry and oceanside species -- dolphin, grunts, jacks, shark, snapper, snook, tarpon, tuna & trout. Trophies are awarded to the top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel (non guided) and charter (guided) divisions. Open to adults, teens and junior anglers.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 08
33rd Annual Underwater Music Festival
The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The marine musical event is set 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and staged by Keys radio station US1 Radio 104.1 FM. The music is broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.
Contact: 305-872-2411

Key West / July 08 to July 11
Del Brown Permit Tournament
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released 513 permit on fly tackle off the Florida Keys in his lifetime. The tournament is based out of Hurricane Hole Marina.
Contact: Loren Rea 305-360-6969

Key West / July 08
Puddles Pity Party at Key West Theater
The "sad clown with the golden voice" has captivated audiences and media from around the world, including America's Got Talent. Today, the softhearted crooner continues to wander the world with melancholic pop anthems and free hugs for all the party people. Show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433

Islamorada / July 10 to July 12
Islamorada Fly Dolphin Tournament
This new two-day fly fishing event features three-person angler teams, competing for cash and prizes. Prizes for largest fish, combined weight, most releases and more.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh at 305-522-4868

Key West / July 13 to July 15
Mel Fisher Days
Come commemorate the anniversary of Mel Fisher's famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha and the discovery of the Atocha Mother Load . Annual Dock Party at Schooner Wharf Bar on Saturday, July 15th, with tours of salvaging vessels, raffle, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. Private tours of the Fisher Family Conservation Laboratory July 13 & 15. Contest: Enter to win an Atocha Coin July 13-15. Laboratory July 13 & 15. Contest: Enter to win an Atocha Coin July 13-15! Proceeds from these events are to benefit Wesley House Family Services, Inc.
Contact: 305-296-6533

Marathon / July 14 to July 16
Marathon Marlin Tournament
Teams will compete for marlin division trophies as well as fun fish awards for the three heaviest dolphin fish, wahoo and tuna (yellowfin, blackfin and skipjack). The top-scoring team in the tournament is to be entitled to free entry into the following week's Key West Marlin Tournament. The tournament is based at the Faro Blanco Marine Resort.
Contact: 305-304-0317

Key West / July 18 to July 23
Hemingway Days
The 37th annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and a birthday "party" commemorating Ernest's July 21st birthday.
Contact: (305) 296-2388 (Look-Alike); 797-0579 (literary)

Key West / July 19 to July 22
Havana Club Key West Marlin Tournament
Anglers ply the waters once fished by writer Ernest Hemingway, vying for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes. Held in conjunction with Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival, the event awards $25,000 to the first-place team. Teams can enter one fun fish (dolphin, tuna, wahoo or released sailfish) per day to add to their point total.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317

Islamorada / July 19
Immerse Yourself! Free Lecture Series
Every third Wednesday of the month, enjoy a free presentation! Starts at 7 p.m. This month's topic is Mooring Buoys and Benefits, featuring speakers John and Jody Halas. The History of Diving Museum is located at mile marker 83. Exhibits are open
Contact: 305-664-9737

Islamorada / July 20
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 West / July 20 to December 31
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 Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., 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 Largo / July 22
Join a Coral Restoration Workshop
Join the Coral Restoration Foundation and the Amoray Dive Resort to see  how coral reefs are being revitalized and restored through the "planting"  of threatened coral species. Your day will begin with a brief presentation and history of coral reef degradation and what the Coral Restoration Foundation and the Amoray Dive Resort are doing to help. Following the morning presentation, there will be on-land, hands-on practice and a 2-tank dive trip: the first location is to our expansive, acre-sized coral nursery in the open ocean, home to over 400 coral "trees". The second location is to visit restored reefs to collect valuable data, or to plant corals, for restoration on select reefs!  Whatever you do, you will play an important role in an unprecedented, large-scale restoration effort in the Florida Keys! Space limited.
Contact: 305-451-3595

Key Largo / July 22 to July 26
Information Booth for Spiny Lobster Sport Season
Located at Key Largo's Waldorf Plaza, mile marker 100 oceanside near the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Planned hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Wednesday, July 26, in front of Divers Direct. The plaza is located on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 1. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are to demonstrate how to properly measure harvested lobsters and provide the latest lobster-catching rules and regulations, which includes a limit of six lobsters — each with a carapace measuring larger than three inches — per person, per day. Daily limits in the Keys and Biscayne National Park differ from those in other parts of Florida.

Key West / July 22
25th Annual Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West's most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Barb Wright at 305-240-0727

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 25
Bahia Honda State Park's Lobster Palooza
Touch tanks, kids' crafts, kids' fishing & lobster games, as well as Florida Keys marine conservation groups such as Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Reef Relief, Turtle Hospital and more are on tap for families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Calusa Beach near the marina. Learn tips for properly measuring and harvesting daily limits of lobster.

Key Largo / July 27
Free Fish ID Class – Participate In The Great Annual Fish Count!
In July, participate in REEF's Great Annual Fish Count by learning how to ID fish seen on Florida Keys reefs and submitting a REEF fish ID survey. Join Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3) at 7 p.m. to learn how to ID fish seen on Florida Keys Reefs. On your next dive/snorkel trip, fill in a REEF Volunteer Fish Survey and become a citizen scientist by submitting your sightings to REEF's Global Fish Survey Database.
Contact: Allison Estape 305 794 5081

Key Largo / July 28 to July 29
Lionfish Derby for Divers
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. The Upper Keys derby is held at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit REEF website to register; teams of up to four people can join. Divers can participate in a derby from their own private vessel or join a professional dive operator's charter.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030