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Calendar of Events for April, 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 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 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 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

Islamorada / April 01
23rd Annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
Captain Spencer Slate, clad in a giant Easter Bunny suit and dive gear, will be hiding brightly coloured Easter Eggs for enthusiastic bounty hunters amidst a shallow reef. Participants in the underwater game of hide and seek are awarded prizes, including a particularly valuable goodie basket for the fortunate finder of a "Golden Egg." Both divers and snorkellers can participate in the event but space is limited. Check in is at 8 a.m. with boats leaving the dock at 8.30 a.m.
Contact: Reserve 305-451-3020

Key West / April 01
Key West Theater presents: John Sebastian
John Sebastian and his group The Lovin' Spoonful played a major roll in the mid-'60s rock revolution. You know the songs by heart: "Do You Believe In Magic?" "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice." "Daydream." "Younger Girl." "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?" "Summer In The City." "Rain On The Roof." "Nashville Cats." "Six O'Clock." "Dar-ling Be Home Soon." "Younger Generation." These songs did more than simply answer the British invasion, they carried the musical tradition into the future. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Key West / April 03 to April 26
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 / April 04
Key West Theater presents: Broadway Backwards
Your favorite local performers prove gender doesn't matter, but love does as they explore and embrace the great songs of musical theater with a twist: the men sing songs intended for women and vice versa without changing pro-nouns. All proceeds to benefit the Key West High School Drama Club & Key West Theater production of "Legally Blonde". Doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m.

Key West / April 05
Key West Theater and Rams Head Productions present: Keller Williams
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early '90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Williams' solo live shows—and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band—quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Key West / April 06
Key West Theater presents: The Outlaws
American southern rock and country rock band performing for over 40 years, best known for their 1975 hit "There Goes Another Love Song" and extended guitar jam "Green Grass and High Tides" from their 1975 debut album, plus their 1980 cover of the Stan Jones classic "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky". Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Key West / April 07
Key West Theater presents: Jimmie Vaughan
Founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie was one of the leading Austin, Texas guitarists of the late '70s and '80s, responsible for opening the national market up for gritty roadhouse blues and R&B. Influenced by guitarists like Freddie King, B.B. King, and Albert King, Vaughan developed a tough, lean sound that became one of the most recognizable sounds of '70s and '80s blues and blues-rock. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / April 07
Third Annual Putts for Paws Golf Tournament
Have fun while helping support your local Florida Keys SPCA animal shelter! Tournament held at Boondocks Grille & Draft House, MM 27, Ramrod Key. Cash, prizes and trophies will be awarded. Teams of 2 can enter. Register online or contact the Marathon Campus of FKSPCA.
Contact: Register a Team: 305-743-4800

Islamorada / April 08
BayJam 24
This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1. Attendees can savor the sounds from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay.

Key West / April 08
Key West Artisan Market presents: Ocean Awareness Edition
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; local artisans include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Key West Writer's Guild Author's Nook, live music, beer, wine and food concessions. In addition, meet Coastie and learn about boating safety from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-1 Key West, experience the Key West Aquarium's Touch Tank and learn about Mote Marine Labs reef restoration projects. Guests are encouraged to ride bikes or the bus which conveniently stops in front of the Restaurant Store. Parking is available in the Old Town Parking Garage at 300 Grinnell Street. Please bring your own bags.

Key West / April 13 to May 15
Collections, Key West presents: Visual Stories
Local artists and artisans of the Lower Keys are coming together for an end of the season show; Visual Stories. Lizzie Devries' figures made of historic shutters will mix with local exotic hardwood furnishings created by Jimmy & Karen Wray', while Craig Sasser tells nostalgic stories of the Keys. Pamela McLeod comes back to the art scene after an imposed halt by Ms Irma, she will be showing her jewelry and new sculpture designs. As a special treat, world traveler, Louis Wray will share with us his traversing talents via a photographic journey. Opening set for Friday, April 20 5-8 p.m., 6810 Front St., Stock Island.
Contact: Call for hours 305-923-4778

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / April 14
Shrimp Road Seafood & Craft Beer Festival
Join us on the Pier at Stock Island Marina Village, from noon - 5 PM, to taste the finest seafood the Florida Keys have to offer. We've assembled delicious treats from the best chefs in Stock Island, Key West and the Lower Keys. Check out our participating restaurants in the Food Section. We have also assembled a selection of the finest craft beers from favorites including Florida Keys Brewing, Wynwood, Cigar City, Oskar Blues, Funky Buddha, Due South, Founders, Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Left Hand, Victory, Southern Tier, Magic Hat, Saltwater and Tampa Bay Brewing. Enjoy music on the pier all afternoon, highlighted by local favorites, The E' Clairs on the pier stage from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Stick around for the after party at Salty Oyster Raw Bar, with acoustic music until 8:00 PM.

Key West / April 14
Mote's 8th Annual Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration
Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to announce its 8th annual Ocean Fest from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at NOAA's Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and newly remodeled Truman Waterfront. Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, eco-travelers and families are encouraged to celebrate the marine environment as we explore conservation exhibits, view and purchase wares from local artists and vendors, experience touch tanks, and listen to live music all while raising funds for coral reef research and restoration. Art activities to be led by renowned marine artist Wyland.

Marathon / April 14
37th Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run
A field of 1,500 runners participate in the annual foot race across the longest of the 43 bridges that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Sponsored by the Marathon Runners Club. Bridge is to be closed from 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Contact: 305-395-7040

Key West / April 15
Fifth Annual Cow Key Channel Bridge Run
Feel like running across a bridge in the Florida Keys without waking up early or breaking a sweat? Join zany-dressed participants for the world's only Zero K across one of the shortest bridges in the Keys. The event is free to watch.

Key West / April 15
Key West Theater presents: The Sunday Ramble
An celebratory night of live local music featuring Key West favorite's Cliff Cody, Nick Norman, Cayman Smith Martin, and Din Allen along with Ramble band members Jeff Clark, Ericson Holt, Claire Finley, Robyn Whitehead and Michelle Dravis. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Key West / April 16
23rd 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 Mallory Square. The open-air gala traditionally spotlights indulgent edibles such as tropical and Caribbean-influenced cuisine, fresh-off-the-boat local seafood, vegetarian dishes and European specialties — all accompanied by a selection of wines from around the world.
Contact: 305-296-6196

Key West / April 17 to April 21
The Final Sail
This four-day challenge is the 'grand finale' of the 4-leg Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. Team cash prizes include up to $50,000 for first place and $18,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, plus trophies, respectively. Early entry fee is available.

Key West / April 17 to May 05
Red Barn Theater presents: Cry It Out
Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her funny and forthright neighbor, Lina, also a new mom, for coffee. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during nap times...while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie's yard. This comedy with dark edges takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. Show times and tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-296-9911

Key West / April 19 to April 28
Fringe Theater presents: Conch Republic Re-Visited, by Gayla Morgan & Monnie King
Ever wonder just how the Conch Republic was born? Four actors tell the tale in this fast-moving comedy that is filled with music, confetti, and flags - which actually IS a lot like how the Conch Republic WAS born! Find out why we seceded where others failed! Shows 7 p.m., 4/19-22, 4/24-28 at The Studios of Key West. 533 Eaton Street.
Contact: 305-731-0581

Islamorada / April 19
Treasures of NOAA Ark Kickoff Event
Treasures of NOAA's Ark opening at the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada, FL, explores the history of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and how the agency, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has impacted people across the nation and world. Artifacts like 18th-century maps and early scientific instruments highlight NOAA's legacy of science, service, and stewardship. Join the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center at The Islander Resort, 82100 Overseas Highway, from 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Open to the public. Treasures of NOAA's Ark will be on display through February 2019, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors. Children 13 and under are free.
Contact: Gena Parsons 305-809-4694

Marathon / April 19
Tom's Harbor Bridge Cleanup and Earth Day Celebration
Dolphin Research Center, MM 59 bayside on Grassy Key, is sponsoring a bridge cleanup for any interested volunteers who want to enjoy some time outdoors while giving back to the environment. Participants are to meet at Tom's Harbor Bridge, mile marker 60.6, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. The cleanup will begin at the parking area on the west end of the bridge on the ocean side. Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothes, hats and shoes that can get wet or dirty and bring a bug repellent, sunscreen and a cutting tool.
Contact: Courtney Coburn at 305-289-1121, ext. 231

Key West / April 19
South Florida Symphony presents: MW Series IV: Symphonie Fantastique
Symphonie Fantastique is an epic for a huge orchestra. Through its movements, it tells the story of an artist's self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman. Nimrod Borenstein's "If You Will It It Is No Dream", based on words of Theodore Herzl, was composed as a celebration Israel's 70th Anniversary. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theater, 5901 College Road.

Key West / April 20
Key West Burlesque presents: Hot Island Nights: A Tropical Delights
A tropical heat wave is headed this way as Key West Burlesque and Production Dujour present "Hot Island Nights: A Tropical Delight" at The Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. A star studded burlesque revue, the show is a tribute to the glory days of Latin and Caribbean time entertainment. Featuring a live Latin fusion band, Tropical Delights transports you to world of dazzling dancers and alluring entertainers. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: Tickets 305.985.0433

Key West / April 20 to April 29
36th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
With activities such as a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic's 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
Contact: 305-296-0213

Islamorada / April 21
Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park: Young Musicians Concert
A free season-closing 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. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band. Talented local students join the band!
Contact: 305-853-7294

Key West / April 21
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Spring Migration
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. features learning what birds visit the Florida Keys on their momentous journey north. A migration game, presented by Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Junior Birders and Nature Explorers, will teach about the challenges birds face and how they find nesting sites. Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: Register at 305-809-4750

Islamorada / April 21
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

Key West / April 21
Free Admission, First Day of National Park Week: Dry Tortugas National Park
National Park Service is offering free entrance in celebration of National Park Week. At Dry Tortugas National Park, please check in with our official providers of transportation to the park for schedules, prices, and reservations. (All transportation departs from Key West.) Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West will waive park entrance fees.

Marathon / April 21 to April 22
Earth Day Festival
Enjoy a two-day, Earth-centric event, hosted by Otherside Boardsports & Keys Cable Adventure Park, where the event is to be staged, 59300 Overseas Highway. Fun for all ages- face painting and Earth inspired kids crafts. Highlights include live music; performances by DJ Lance-o from Kulcha Shock and others. Watch mural installations come to life from South Florida artists, with the common theme, 'Human Effects on the Environment.' Shop the Pop-ups featuring conscious brands - clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and art. Wakeboarding, big-air demonstrations as well as flat rate, all day passes including free coaching. Driven 100% by solar energy. And MUCH more. Hours are Saturday, 4-8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: Shana 305-853-9728

Key West / April 21
Earth Day Jam with That Hippie Band
Revelers age 21 and older can celebrate Earth Day with a "fugitive band of hippies from the 1960s who have been hiding out and performing in Key West."  The "Earth Day Jam with That Hippie Band" is staged at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., with tickets priced from $25 to $35 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.  The band reunites Keys musicians to play favorites from the Age of Aquarius, popular 1960s bands such as the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Starship and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Contact: Box Office 305-985-0433

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / April 21
Big Pine & Lower Keys' Business WalkAbout & Auction
Sponsored by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Boondocks Grille and Draft House on Ramrod Key. The free-admission event will feature exhibitors/vendors, raffles, drawings and a silent auction, plus opportunities to enjoy great food and hospitality. The event is to be live on US1 Radio, and a perfect opportunity to learn about the Lower Keys attractions, businesses, organizations, artists, and more.
Contact: 305-872-2411

Key Largo / April 22
“Do One Thing for the Earth,” at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is to celebrate Earth Day with the theme, "Do One Thing for the Earth," at its visitor center and aquarium. The park also is to offer a ranger-led nature walk. Children can participate in crafts at the visitor center, which is offering extended hours on Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 102601 Overseas Highway at mile marker 102.5, Pennekamp was the first undersea park in the United States. Its mangrove swamps, coral reefs and wildlife offer visitors a unique state park experience.
Contact: 305-451-6300

Key West / April 25 to April 26
Tennessee Williams Theater presents: Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Show times 8 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theater, 5901 College Rd.

Key West / April 27 to April 29
Key West Yoga and Wellness Fest
Honoring body, mind and spirit, use the beauty and magic of the Keys as a muse to explore inner beauty, of each other and the world around us. The Festival brings together yogis and wellness-conscious individuals to share and learn from one another as we forge our own paths to living a full and joyful life. Four Festival events include the Main Event at the spectacular Truman Waterfront Amphitheater. The Fest closes with a celebration at the Southernmost Mansion. Exclusive travel packages, VIP passes and event tickets online.
Contact: (305) 587-9115

Islamorada / April 28
20th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival
Afro Roots Fest is coming to the Morada Bay Arts & Cultural District (151 Morada Way) to feature live music, African dance and percussion workshops, a global instrument show-and-tell program for kids and families, vendors, and more. From 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., live acts include Nag Champayons, Cortadito and Grupo Barrio Abajo. Suggested donation is $10; all-ages welcome. Co-sponsored by Keys ICE (Islamorada Community Entertainment), the Morada Way Arts Cultural District, and the Florida Keys Brewing Company.

Key West / April 28
Key West Paddle Classic
Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a 4-mile open race. Other events include a kick-off registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids.
Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259

Key West / April 29
Key West Theater presents: Kevin Nealon (2 Shows!)
Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds. Shows at 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.