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Calendar of Events for July, 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

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

Islamorada / May 28 to September 03
History of Diving Museum Salutes Military with Free Admission
The History of Diving Museum, will once again be participating as a Blue Star Museum. Since the programs' inception in 2010 HDM has collaborated with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, along with more than 2,000 museums across America. This unique platform offers free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel and up to five family members, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Over 1,500 individuals have benefited by visiting the History of Diving Museum alone.
Contact: 305-664-9737

Key West / June 29 to July 01
Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West
The officially sanctioned event (June 30) 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 30 to July 04
Sixth Annual Key Lime Festival
A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors during the annual Key Lime Festival. Four days of culinary events for every taste are planned, including favorites from past years like the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll, and new favorites for Key Lime lovers like The Key Lime Pie Hop.

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. 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
Rotary Club of Key West Annual 4th of July 5k Walk/Run
The Rotary of Key West civic group also stages a 4th of July 5k Walk/Run that begins and ends at the Edward B. Knight Pier, located at 1801 White St., from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pre-registration is $25, available online until 4 p.m., July 3. After 4 p.m., registration fee increases to $30 per person. Register online.

Key West / July 04
Rotary Club of Key West Picnic & Annual Fireworks Show
Now in its 33th year, the 4th of July Picnic is a Key West tradition for generations of locals and visitors alike. The Rotary Club of Key West will hold the picnic at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St., at 5 p.m., along with the Key West Fireworks Celebration at 9 p.m. at the Edward B. Knight Pier (White Street Pier). Live local music, the All-American Picnic, family friendly games, along with a spectacular view of the fireworks, makes the picnic the place for you! Attendees can purchase food, drinks, burgers and hot dogs to benefit the Rotary Club's scholarship funds. Admission and VIP tickets available.
Contact: Jessica Cranney 305-773-4016

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. 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

Marathon / July 04
Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show
For one of the Keys' largest and longest fireworks displays, families gather for a day of activities in Marathon including 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.
Contact: 305-743-5417

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.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 04
Celebrate Independence Day with a Party at the Perry
No entry fee, open to the public! Celebrate Independence Day at The Perry Hotel from 2-8 p.m. Splash around the waterfront pool, enjoy live music, and food and drink specials from both Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill and Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar. Inflatables, poolside games, 4th of July favors and more make The Perry the perfect pre-party for the entire family.
Contact: (786) 862-6636

Key West / July 05
Key West Theater/Rams Head Productions presents: Rebirth Brass Band
Whether seen on HBO's Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. In the wake of the sometimes- stringent competition amongst New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Key West / July 06 to January 06
Islands, Imagination and Instance: Florida Keys Folk Art Exhibit
Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates historic and contemporary folk artists of the Florida Keys and the islands' influence on their work. The new exhibit opens Friday, July 6, with a special reception held from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. Discover how folk artists Stanley Papio, Makiki, Mario Sanchez, Jack Baron, Ronny Bailey, Frank Balbontin, Papito Suarez, and others celebrated and expressed their cultural identity through community aesthetics, and view the paintings, sculptures and wood carvings that reveal how the flora and fauna (islands), the originality (imagination), and atmosphere (instance) of the Florida Keys have shaped them artistically.
Contact: 305-295-6616 ext 112

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 07
34th 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 Largo / July 10
Volunteer Fish Survey Project: Protecting Biodiversity through Citizen Science for 25 Years
In 1993, a group of pioneering conservationists took a slate on a dive in Key Largo, and started a program that would become the largest marine life sightings database in the world. Twenty-five years later, REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project (VFSP) is a valuable tool for studying the oceans. The project provides insight into the health and biodiversity of our oceans and is a key way that REEF members can make a difference in today's ever-changing marine environment. REEF Co-Founder, Paul Humann, and Director of Special Projects, Lad Akins, will discuss the past, present, and future of the VFSP by sharing a quarter-century's worth of engaging stories and photos. Social at 6:15 p.m., presentation from 7-8 p.m., at REEF Campus, MM 98.3 in the median. REEF Fish & Friends is a free, monthly seminar series that features engaging ocean-themed presentations from guest speakers. Snorkelers, divers, and marine life enthusiasts are invited to join informal discussions and mingle with members of our friendly, ocean-minded community. Complimentary appetizers and refreshments are provided. 
Contact: 305-852-0030

Key West / July 12 to July 14
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, with tours of salvaging vessels, raffle, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. Proceeds from these events are to benefit Wesley House Family Services, Inc.
Contact: 305-296-6533

Key West / July 15 to July 18
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 16
Retrospectacular's Mid-Month Murder Mystery Mondays Dinner
Help solve the mystery! Enjoy a 3-course meal, drinks, live Jazz-age entertainment, costume prizes and more. Interactive mystery theater staged from 6-8:30 p.m., at First Flight Restaurant & Brewery, 301 Whitehead St. Tickets $95 per person.
Contact: 305-570-3000

Key West / July 16
NEW DATES: Key West Theater presents: Howie Mandell (2 Shows!)
Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years. Mandel is executive producer of many shows through his production company ALEVY PRODUCTIONS, which has produced the series Take It All and Howie Do It for NBC, Deal With It for TBS and Mobbed for FOX, among others. He currently serves as a judge on NBC's hit summer talent competition series, America's Got Talent, now in its 11th season with this being Mandel's seventh season on the series. Shows at 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Key West / July 17 to July 22
Hemingway Days
The 38th 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 18 to July 21
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

Key West / July 19 to July 21
Sloppy Joe's 38th annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest
The look-alike challenge takes place at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., frequented by Hemingway when he lived and wrote on the subtropical island throughout the 1930s. The contest's preliminary rounds are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20, and the newest "Papa" is to be chosen during a final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

Islamorada / July 19
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, culinary 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.

Islamorada / July 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. 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. A monitor is located at the front of the trolley showing photos of the past as you see them as they are today. 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

Key West / July 21
26th 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

Islamorada / July 21
Celebrate PADI Women's Diving Day with History of Diving Museum
Enjoy a morning casual "Diving Divas" presentation by Dr. Sally Bauer, founder of the History of Diving Museum: What has been the popular image of women in diving? How has it changed? From mythical mermaids and a damsel in distress, to Ama pearl divers and well educated scientific divers. Then, it's an afternoon of fun dives along Florida Keys reefs with Islamorada Dive Center! Space is limited, register today.
Contact: 305-664-9737

Key Largo / July 26
FREE Fish Identification Class!
Want to improve your fish identification knowledge? Join REEF each month for a free fish identification class in REEF's Interpretive Center, led by REEF volunteers and professional underwater photographers, Carlos and Allison Estape. For this month's class, Carlos and Allison will be covering Gobies found in the Tropical Western Atlantic region. Starts at 7 p.m. at the REEF Campus, MM 98.3 in the median.
Contact: 305-852-0030