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

Calendar of Events for April, 2017


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Islamorada / March 08 to May 24
Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Bloodline Mini-Binge
Each Wednesday the Center is to host a weekly Bloodline mini-binge, showing two episodes at 2 p.m., from seasons 1 & 2 of the popular Netflix original series. Free for members, non-members $5. Theater has limited seating (35).
Contact: 305-922-2237

Marathon / March 09 to April 08
Marathon Community Theater presents: Cabaret
Leave your troubles outside: In Here Life is Beautiful! Come to our raucous Kit Kat Klub in 1930 Berlin where the Emcee welcomes you to forget your troubles at the Cabaret. Come hear the music play: Cabaret, Mien Herr, Money Song, Maybe this Time.
Contact: 305-743-0994

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / March 24 to April 05
Arts Council Presents the Fifth Annual Connections Project 2017 Tour
The Connections Project innovative road show continues with a reception at Big Pine's Artists in Paradise Gallery featuring a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. The exhibit is open to the public. The large-scale mosaic mural features art by almost 400 Florida Keys residents and is touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and local cultural initiatives.
Contact: 305.295.4369

Key West / March 28 to April 15
Red Barn Theatre presents: Camping with Henry and Tom
Bristling with humor, this delightful play is fictionally based on a 1921 camping trip taken by Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and President Warren G. Harding. An easygoing satire of politics and history, it draws upon quotes and biographies to paint a realistic and far-from-sugar-coated picture of this trio, whose private personas often differed from the exemplary personalities known to the public.
Contact: 305-296-9911

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 01 to May 04
Cuban Master Photographer Raúl Corrales Exhibit of Rare Hemingway and Cojimar Images at SALT Gallery
Cuba's Master Photographer Raúl Corrales is best known for his profound images of the Cuban Revolution. But before the Revolution, Corrales embraced life in the tiny fishing village of Cojimar where Ernest Hemingway wrote of and fished for giant marlin. This rare portfolio of images, "Hemingway in Cuba," will exhibit during the month of April at SALT Gallery in Key West. The work will be hosted by Saúl Corrales, son of the late photographer, and curated by the renowned critic and historian of Cuba's photographic arts, Rafael Acosta. A special preview and reception will be held from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, April 1 at SALT Gallery's 830 Fleming Street location.
Contact: Jeffrey Cardenas 305-395-0799

Key Largo / April 01
Native Plant Day: An Earth Day Event
Sponsored by John Pennekamp Coral Reef and Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Parks in celebration of Earth Day, this event is to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, MM 102.5 Overseas Highway, oceanside. There will be informational booths from community organizations, concerned with the environment here in the Florida Keys. There will be butterfly garden tours, nature walks and children's activities.
Contact: Elena Muratori 305-451-1202

Marathon / April 01
36th 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

Islamorada / April 01 to April 02
26th Annual Florida Keys Island Fest
Music, art, food and fun complement this annual art show with nearly 100 artists and crafters, live music and a "Taste of the Islands" foodie competition. Free admission, festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder's Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. On-site parking for a $5 donation. Sponsored by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.
Contact: Chamber of Commerce 305-664-4503

Key West / April 02
Fourth 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 Largo / April 02
Ocean Conservation Seminars
Sponsored by the Coral Restoration Foundation, the 30-minute presentations are to highlight conservation initiatives from partner organizations throughout Florida. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with Coral Restoration Foundation team members and discover ways to get involved. Topics include "Restoring Reefs and Empowering Change"; "Coral: From Microscope to Telescope, the Most Cosmic Form of Life on Earth"; "Staghorn and Elkhorn Coral Restoration in the Upper Keys: Is it Doing Any Good?"; "Marine Debris: Impacts and Solutions"; and more. Presentations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Hwy (MM 102).

Key West / April 03 to April 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 West / April 04
South Florida Symphony presents: Untamed Spirit
Enjoy Peter Schickele: P.D.Q. Bach: of Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra. Featuring Jeffrey Biegel, piano. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Florida Keys Community College, Tennessee Williams Theatre.

Key West / April 04 to April 29
Key West Theater presents: Oklahoma Smith, A Choose Your Own Adventure Play
This new version of the hit play by Michael Marrero and Chris Shultz gets the musical treatment. The plot: famed explorer Oklahoma Smith and his trusty sidekick Beanpole set out to find the lost Book of the Dead and save the world from the evil Mistress Nefarious. The twist: the audience chooses how scenes play out. Does Oklahoma fight the demon ninja or jump the chasm? You decide. Does he take on the gunfight or go get a lap dance? You decide. Reboot!
Contact: 305-985-0433

Key West / April 05
Studios of Key West Studios presents: Catie Curtis
With 14 albums under her belt and over 20 years as a perennially popular headliner Catie Curtis has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the White House. Her friend Mary Chapin Carpenter writes: "Have you ever been to a show where you feel an invisible wall between you and the performer? Catie Curtis pulls the walls down."

Key West / April 06 to May 12
Arts Council Presents the Fifth Annual Connections Project 2017 Tour
The Connections Project innovative road show continues with a reception April 6-17 at Royal Furniture, and April 18- May 12 at the Gato Building in Key West, featuring a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. The exhibit is open to the public. The large-scale mosaic mural features art by almost 400 Florida Keys residents and is touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and local cultural initiatives.
Contact: 305.295.4369

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 April 09
Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff
Traditionally, 15 target species and $5,000 in cash prizes await anglers. Participants vie for cash awards for catching the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt. In addition, cash awaits boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Awards also are presented each year in the junior division for anglers under age 15.
Contact: 305-294-8843

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 / April 08
Migration Mania & Great Egg Hunt
Age groups compete to find the hidden prize-filled eggs, including the special golden one. Kids enjoy games, arts & crafts, Nancy Forrester's exotic birds, butterflies from the Butterfly Conservatory, and a "selfie" corner with costumes. Of course, there will be a native plant sale, bounce house, prize drawings, and refreshments. Member families and children under 3 are admitted free; non-members are $5 per child over age 3 (their adult companions are free). Event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, 5210 College Road.

Key Largo / April 08
Pirates on the Water presents Dolphin Hoedown
Enjoy a fun, Western-themed benefit for Dolphins Plus Marina Mammal Responders. Live music, dancing, 50/50 raffle, sunset dolphin entertainment and more. Starts at 5:30 p.m., advance tickets $30 pp, $35 at the event. Located at Dolphins Plus bayside, MM 101.9.
Contact: Janet 305-394-3178

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / April 08
Second 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, including a Grand Prize ($900 value) that features a 2-night stay at Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, dinner for 2 at Lighthouse Grill, and spending cash. Teams of 2 can enter, for $80 through April 1. After 4/1, team registration fee is $100. Register online or contact the Marathon Campus of FKSPCA.
Contact: Register a Team: 305-743-4800

Key West / April 09
Annual Easter on the Animal Farm Celebration
Bring the family and join the fun at the farm; the event is free of charge and offers something for everyone. The Easter Bunny will be there and will be available for photos. A giant Easter egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. with a separate egg hunting area set up for very young children. Make sure to bring an Easter basket to hold all the goodies! There will also be music, face painting, Home Depot will be there with their arts and crafts booth and, of course, you can visit with all the animals at the farm. The event takes place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., so come join the fun.

Key West / April 10
Key West Theater presents: Lee Ann Womack
A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, she's also won the prestigious Album of the Year for There's More Where That Came From, plus a pair of Single of the Years for "I May Hate Myself in the Morning" and "I Hope You Dance." I Hope You Dance sold over 6 million albums; the title track topped multiple charts in multiple formats around the globe.
Contact: 305-985-0433

Key West / April 12 to April 29
GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire
Presented by Waterfront Playhouse. When Margie loses her job at the Dollar Store, she faces eviction and scrambles to make a break. She thinks an old fling, who's made it out of South Boston to become a successful doctor, might be her ticket to a new start. An insightful dark comedy, this recent Broadway hit asks why some people manage to escape from the situations into which they are born—and some don't. Funny and surprisingly touching. Performances at 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office (305-294-5015)

Key West / April 15
Earth Day 5k Run/Walk Benefits FAVOR and the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges
Earth-friendly recyclable awards are to be given to the top overall male and female, top masters male and female and first- and second-place runners in each age group ranging from age 9 and under to 70-plus. Additional awards await top 5k walk finishers. Starts at 8 a.m., runners can enjoy a morning race that starts and ends at McCoy Indigenous Park (at Atlantic and White streets) and runs along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Register online or in person from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 14 on site and 7-8 a.m. race day.
Contact: Nancy 305 731 6362

Marathon / April 15
Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop and Dive
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is to conduct a Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop + a free training dive for the first 15 participants to sign up. At the workshop, learn how to safely collect and handle lionfish, and in the afternoon go out as a class to practice skills on a lionfish removal dive, alongside professionals. Experienced and novice lionfish collectors are encouraged to attend. The workshop includes a background of the lionfish invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish, impacts and current research findings. Both the workshop and the dive are FREE, but workshop attendance is required to participate in the dive. Registration is required. Don't miss out on the fun, sign up today! Located at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., dive in afternoon with Dive Duck Key, 1 p.m.

Key West / April 15 to April 23
Free Admission Weekends During National Park Week at Dry Tortugas National Park
National Park Service is offering free entrance days in 2017 in celebration of National Park Week, to include the weekedns of April 15-16, and 22-23. 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 20
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, at 4:30 p.m. The cleanup will begin at the parking area on the west end of the bridge on the ocean side and last until 6 p.m. 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 20 to April 23
Fringe Theater presents: Conch Republic, the Musical ... Re-visited!
You LOVED Conch Republic, the Musical. We did, too! So we're bringing it back, with a twist here and a tuck there. Learn the story of how the Conch Republic began. It will be an evening of song, dance, and plenty of flags -- which is in truth HOW the Conch Republic began! Join us as we celebrate our heritage. You can even sign-up for our Conch Republic Costume Contest - awards nightly! Performances at 7 p.m., The Studios of Key West at 533 Eaton Street.
Contact: 305-731-0581

Key West / April 21 to April 22
Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium
Key West's political history is highlighted in panel discussions, a reception and tours of the Little White House where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency. The 2017 theme is Harry S. Truman's Legacy on Latin and South America. Located at 111 Front St.
Contact: 305-294-9911

Key West / April 21 to April 30
35th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
With activities ranging from wacky bed race to 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

Key West / April 22
Earth Day with REEF: FREE Lionfish Collection, Handling Workshops and Collection Dives
At the workshop, you will learn how to safely collect and handle lionfish, and then we will go out as a class to practice your skills on a lionfish removal dive. Practice alongside professionals so you can help control the lionfish invasion every time you dive! Experienced and novice lionfish collectors are encouraged to attend. The workshops will also include background of the invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish, impacts, and current research findings. Both the workshop and the dive are FREE, but workshop attendance is required to participate in the dive. Registration is required. Don't miss out on the fun, sign up today.
Contact: Emily Stokes (305) 852-0030

Key West / April 22
Inaugural Earth Day Concert
In tandem with the 35th annual Conch Republic Celebration, enjoy a concert at Duval St., in the afternoon hours until the southernmost territory's world-famous sunset! Performers are to include C.W. Colt, R.B. Tolar, The Jones's, The Bubba System, the Rich in Spirit Band, among others. Visit event website for details.

Islamorada / April 22
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

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / April 22
22nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at Bahia Honda State Park
This free family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. features live music by various Keys favorites including the popular family band The Doerfels, a sand sculpture contest, fish printing, face painting, children's games and marine touch tanks. There will be a silent auction and a chance auction hosted by The Friends of Bahia Honda Inc.. Items to bid on include; a parasailing excursion, a weekend for two at the Marriot in Marathon, an all-inclusive overnight sail for two from Sail Florida Adventures, dinner for two at Latitudes, fishing trips, a kid's paddleboard and more. All proceeds from the auctions stay at Bahia Honda and go for park improvements. Environmental exhibitions by local groups are to include Marathon's renowned Turtle Hospital, Dolphin Research Center, the Florida Keys Astronomy Club and many more.
Contact: Sand & Sea Nature Ctr 305-872-9807

Key West / April 24
22nd 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 for the first time 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. Tickets available for purchase online.
Contact: 305-296-6196

Key West / April 25 to May 13
Red Barn Theatre presents: Short Attention Span Theatre
What do you get when you take a company of actors, directors, and filmmakers and mix in fresh, fun, 10-minute plays? Short Attention Span Theatre, that's what! This evening of shorts typically includes lots of laughs and incredible talent. A high-octane evening of fun for everyone!
Contact: 305-296-9911

Key West / April 25 to April 30
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 27 to April 30
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 Largo / April 27
Free Fish ID Class: Become A Citizen Scientist!
Learn how to identify Caribbean fish species by joining Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3, Key Largo) at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. Different fish species are reviewed each month to build your ID skills. Fill in a REEF Volunteer Fish Survey during your next dive/snorkel trip and become a citizen scientist by submitting your sightings to REEF's Global Fish Survey Database.
Contact: Allison Estape 305-794-5081

Islamorada / April 28 to April 30
Islamorada Spring Classic
A family-formatted boat tournament that features nine target gulf and backcountry species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. A junior release division is also planned for anglers up to age 10.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

Marathon / April 29 to May 03
Tarponian Tournament
For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.
Contact: David Breznicky 215-542-1492

Islamorada / April 30 to May 03
Cheeca Lodge and Spa Tarpon Invitational
A challenging new tournament, fly anglers use only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test to land tarpon that must measure at least 48 inches and up.
Contact: 305-587-1460