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

Calendar of Events for August, 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

the Florida Keys / August 03 to August 05
Special Museums and Attractions Weekend
Organized by WLRN, South Florida's National Public Radio affiliate, in partnership with the Florida Keys tourism council, the sixth annual Florida Keys & Key West Museum and Attractions Weekend event provides free or value-added admission passes to participating museums and attractions in the island chain. The program is essentially a cultural pass for South Florida residents and visitors to discover the history of the Florida Keys by offering free- or reduced-admission incentives to experience more than 20 participating museums and attractions. Register free online, download and print your pass.

Key West / August 09 to August 12
22nd Annual Key West Lobsterfest: A Crustacean Celebration!
Events include a Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations and a free concert, and a luscious lobster brunch Sunday. The festive feast celebrates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season.
Contact: 305-744-9804

Key West / August 12
Summertime at the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm!
Looking for a fun place to take the kids? Gather 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 / August 15 to August 19
Tropical Heat
The Key West Business Guild presents this all-male celebration that typically includes pool and dance parties, on-the-water adventures and a fashion show that raises money for a local non-profit organization.
Contact: 305-294-4603

Islamorada / August 16
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. Stroll through the Art District, sip some craft beers, eat local food, along a quarter-mile span 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.

Marathon / August 18
Support the Nationwide Annual Clear The Shelters Event!
The nationwide Clear the Shelters event is from 10am-6pm where we will be extending our hours to host an Adoption Event at BOTH our Key West and Marathon Campus. Adoption fees will be completely waived this day! Current adoption procedures & policies still apply. There will also be games, kids activities, a face painter, door prizes, food, a "Kissing" booth and fun for the whole family. Stop by either the Key West or Marathon shelter to meet some amazing animals and support the Florida Keys SPCA.
Contact: Key West 305-294-4857; Marathon 305-743-4800

Key West / August 18
HAVANA NIGHTS with Rolando Rojas, Fernando Vargas and Catalina Londono
Join the Havana spirit and Latin rhythms at the Key West Theater, get your tickets for this special night of dancing and listening to the sounds of old Havana. Cuba will provide the Mambo & ChaCha rhythms and the clavé beat. Rolando Rojas, Catalina Londono, and Fernando Vargas will provide the vocal energy. Mario Quintero, Luis Vera, Hiram Garzaro, and the one and only Kenny Fradley will provide the hot Latin music. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Key West / August 18
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Civil War-Era Forts
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. features learning about will learn about the garrisons through activities hosted by Fort Zachary Taylor State Park rangers. 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 / August 20
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents Historian Tom Hambright
Guest speaker will be Monroe County Historian Tom Hambright who will give a power point presentation on Keys History. Some of the Keys people Tom will talk about are: Commodore David Porter and the founding of Key West and his fight with the pirates, Count Karl Von Cosel and the corpse of his true love that he lived with for seven years and Legendary Keys politician Bernie C. Papy who served as State Representative from Monroe County for 26 years. In the tradition of the late, Paul Harvey, Tom will add a "Rest of the Story" to these historic events. Tom is from central North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian University in Boone, North Carolina with a degree in education and history. He served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years retiring in 1981 with rank of Lieutenant Commander. He then worked for the Key West Art and Historical Society as curator of exhibits until December 1985 when he became Monroe County Historian at the Monroe County Public Library in Key West. The presentation is free and open to the public. Held at Island Community Church starting at 6:30 pm.
Contact: Barbara at 305-393-0940

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / August 26
National Dog Day, Celebrate at The Perry Pup Wash
This National Dog Day, we're celebrating with our very own Perry Pup Wash. Come pamper your precious pooch and enjoy a day of good, clean fun next to Salty Oyster and The Perry's dog parks, featuring dog washes with soap provided by Key West Aloe, a Florida Keys SPCA meet and greet, Yappy Hour at Salty Oyster, and more! Proceeds go to PAWS Chicago and HOB Middle School.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / August 30
Barrel of Monks Beer Dinner
Don't miss Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar's Barrel of Monks Beer Dinner in the Grand Suite, as part of Key West Brewfest. Call to reserve your seat today! Seating is limited to 30 tickets.
Contact: Tickets 786-862-6640

Key West / August 30 to September 03
Ninth Annual Key West Brewfest
More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the offered activities.
Contact: 800-354-4455

Marathon / August 31 to September 02
Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend
Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key hosts an annual Heroes Salute program to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special Labor Day Weekend event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute, country music concert and fireworks show.
Contact: 1-877-484-9342