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

Calendar of Events for November, 2018


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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

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / November 01 to November 03
Sugarloaf Showdown Inshore Fishing Tournament
Hosted by the Lower Keys Guides Association to benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, this new inshore two-person team tournament targets barracuda, bonefish and permit. Open to all anglers and guides. Headquartered at the Sugarloaf Marina, and social events at the iconic Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar.
Contact: Lisa Booker 850-688-3244

Islamorada / November 02 to November 04
Robert James Sales Redbone Celebrity Tournament
Celebrities join other anglers to catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Trilogy tournament series.
Contact: 305-664-2002

Key Largo / November 02
First Friday MM 104 Block Party
Join Key Largo's monthly, free-admission block party along the Overseas Highway at mile marker 104 in Key Largo, presented by the Upper Keys Merchants Assoc. Held the first Friday of each month, rain or shine, from 6-10 p.m., stroll among artists, street bites, gifts, eateries and more. Park at any of the MM104 businesses and walk along the bayside bike pathway.

Islamorada / November 03
Florida Bay Music Festival
Southern rock legends 38 Special and country star Chris Janson are to highlight the fundraising event at Founders Park, on Plantation Key, mile marker 87. Gates open 3 p.m., music starts at 5 p.m. General admission tickets to be sold online. Limited VIP tickets are available by calling. Event proceeds benefit Casting for Cats, Big Dog Rescue Ranch and Mangrove Mike's Everglades Education.
Contact: 305-664-2012 or 305-393-6174

Key West / November 03
Rams Head Productions presents: Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. What separates Robert Earl Keen, an Americana music pioneer, from other songwriters is that he matches this lyrical literature with irresistible melodies, resulting in music that attracts thinkers and dancers alike. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. at Sunset Green Event Lawn, 3820 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

the Florida Keys / November 03 to November 10
Bubbafest Bike Fest Tours
Led by retired police sergeant and biking enthusiast Bubba Barron, the fully supported adventure takes cycling fans on a pampered, roundtrip journey from Key Largo to Key West along the scenic Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1) that connects the Keys with each other and the Florida mainland. A NEW format includes two overnight stays in Marathon and four nights resort camping in Stock Island/Key West.
Contact: Bubba 321-759-3433

Key West / November 04 to November 11
37th Annual Key West World Championship Races
Super Boat International returns with teams from all around the world who compete April through October in the National Series Points races and conclude in November for the famous Key West World Championships. High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West's longstanding tradition in this annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.
Contact: 305-296-6166

Key West / November 04 to April 07
Key West Artisan Market
Browse among culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, live music, craft beer, wine and art and food concessions. Artisan Market dates have been set for Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every three weeks (except Easter), at a NEW location this year, at Higgs Beach. Bring your own bags. A fantastic, family-friendly, free event.

Islamorada / November 08 to November 10
Cheeca Lodge & Spa All-American Backcountry Tournament
War heroes compete with world class anglers for prizes and trophies in this annual event targeting snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. In honor of Veteran's Day, the event will host two war heroes to join the competition. The acclaimed event was inspired by 41st President George Bush, an avid Keys angler and a regular visitor to Cheeca. Proceeds benefit the locally based nonprofit Guides Trust Foundation (GTF) for Florida Keys guides in need.
Contact: Lisa Thornhill 305-712-7166

Key Largo / November 08
37th Annual Key Largo Cook-Off
The culinary competition sponsored by the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce is held at the Holiday Inn, mile marker (MM) 100 in Key Largo, and open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories include soups and chowders, appetizers, main dishes, sides and salads, and desserts. The event is to be held from 6 - 8:30 p.m., and public sampling starts at about 7 p.m. Awards are to be announced afterward. A limited number of sampling tickets are to be sold at the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, so get tickets early!
Contact: 305-451-4747

Islamorada / November 09
A Passion for Tarpon Presentation with Andy Mill
Learn the where, why and how of catching a tarpon on this fish-biting seminar by world-famous fly angler Andy Mill, a former Alpine ski racer and two-time Olympian. Tickets $25 pp, from 5:30 - 7 pm., at Cheeca Lodge & Spa.
Contact: RSVP 305-517-4512

Key Largo / November 10
A Night of Music with Scott Kirby
Join this musical fundraising event presented by the Garden Club of the Upper Keys held at the Murray Nelson Cultural Center, mile marker 101 bayside, from 7-10 p.m. Best known in trop rock circles, Key Wester Scott Kirby, a creative lyricist and accomplished finger style acoustic guitarist, is to perform. Proceeds from the event are to help replace the roof on the club's Francis Tracy Garden Center. Donations $35 and VIP $100.
Contact: 305-451-8137

Islamorada / November 10
Second Annual Night at the Museum: Bootlegger Bash
The clandestine evening, in speakeasy fashion, features live jazz, cocktails and gaming - a roaring good time! Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, a delicious surf-and-turf dinner and dessert, as well as an opportunity to bid on enticing trips, jewelry, personal indulgences, and much more in the live and silent auctions. Event benefits The Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation. Staged at Keys History & Discovery Center, located at the Islander Resort, MM 82, a world-class museum facility that preserves and shares the incredible history of the Upper Keys community and explores the unique ecology of the region. Permanent exhibits include Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railway, Legends of the Line, and First People, as well as offers a successful lecture series educating the general public through presentations from a variety of expert speakers, and a state-of-the-art theater to view documentaries.
Contact: Jill Miranda Baker at 305-922-2237

Key Largo / November 10
Key Largo Bridge Run
Runners can enjoy the sunrise where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico while participating in the 10k and 5k race that crosses a portion of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, including the Jewfish Creek Bridge. Register by Oct. 11 to save on entry fee.

Marathon / November 10
Eighth Annual Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest
The much-anticipated opening of Florida's stone crab season takes place Oct. 15 each year, and the season opening is followed by this tasty test of crab-consuming capacity. How fast can you crack and cleanly consume 25 stone crab claws? Test your munching mettle at this zany contest. Individuals must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Contact: 305-743-4985

the Florida Keys / November 11
In Honor of Veterans Day: Fee Free Day at Florida National Parks
The National Park Service is to honor all military veterans with special events and free entrance to all national parks for everyone for Veterans Day, including Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park. At Dry Tortugas National Park, a variety of remarkable experiences await visitors who venture out to this remote national park, including camping, snorkeling, bird watching, or fishing. Visitors also enjoy exploring Fort Jefferson, the largest all-masonry fort in the United States. It was built between 1846 and 1875 to protect the nation's gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.

Marathon / November 11
21st Annual Taste of the Islands
A family-friendly day of food, art, music and fun in the sun. No admission fee, taste tickets will be sold to sample culinary treats from area restaurants including a NEW smoked fish dip amateur competition, as well as enjoy craft & domestic beers and wines. Presented by the Marathon chapter of Business & Professional Women, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Marathon Community Park. Proceeds benefit local scholarships. Premier vendors and artists are to have their creations for sale.

Marathon / November 12
Dolphin Research Center Salutes Veterans and Military with Free Admission
To salute the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is offering free admission to veterans, current military service personnel and their accompanying spouses and children in honor of Veterans Day. Personnel only need to show their military identification cards or other proof of military service when they arrive at the nonprofit facility, open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at mile marker 59 Overseas Highway on Grassy Key.
Contact: 305-289-1121

Key West / November 14 to November 18
Key West Film Festival
Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling, the festival's lineup is to feature screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West, including the San Carlos Institute, Studios of Key West and Key West Theater. The four-day program is to include several films from multiple genres and categories as well as social events with filmmakers, actors and film lovers.
Contact: Beth Moyes 305-747-8563

Islamorada / November 14
Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Endangered Sawfish of the Florida Keys
Tonya Wiley, Marine Resources Researcher is to be this month's guest speaker. Lectures are held at Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82 on the property of the Islander Resort. Doors to the Discovery Center open at 5 p.m., one hour before the presentation to allow guests to view exhibits. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. Cost is $10. Reservations advised.
Contact: 305-922-2237

Marathon / November 15 to December 08
Marathon Community Theater presents: Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies
The play is set in the late 1950's in and around York, PA. Leo Clark and Jack Gable, two down on their luck British actors performing their tired mash-up of "Scenes from Shakespeare", have been booed off the Elk and Moose Lodge circuit and are down to their last dollar. As they ride the train out of town, they read about a dying, elderly woman living nearby, who has been searching for her long-lost sister's children, Max and Steve, who have been raised in England, in hopes of leaving them her multi-million inheritance. Leo and Jack concoct a scheme to pass themselves off as her British nephews, and are surprised to learn that Max and Steve are actually Maxine and Stephanie! Forging ahead with their plans, they rapidly swap their men's attire for ladies' stylish finery. Tickets are $25 pp.
Contact: 305-743-0994 Box Office

Key West / November 16 to November 17
The Avett Brothers at the Key West Amphitheater
Known for their live performances that blend bluegrass roots with the fierce fire of a rock show and an emotional, near-gospel spirit, The Avett Brothers are no strangers to major venues: for past summers, they have sold out three nights at Colorado's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. They're also a staple on the festival circuit, frequenting the likes of Bonnaroo and Shakey Knees. Gates open 6 p.m., shows start 7:30 p.m.

Key West / November 16 to November 17
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Carmen by Request
Key West's own "Conch Diva" returns to grace to stage bringing along some of your favorite performers. Showtimes 8 p.m.
Contact: Box-Office (305-294-5015)

Key West / November 17
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Marine Life Rescues
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. is hosted by Reef Relief and includes a lesson on marine mammal and sea turtle rescues, plus, finger painting a dolphin or whale crafted from a handprint. 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

Key West / November 21 to November 25
International Sand Art Competition
Visitors can watch leading U.S. and international sand sculptors construct and display large-scale creations over Thanksgiving weekend on the Atlantic Ocean beach at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St. The competiton brings together incredibly talented sand sculptors from all around the world. The sculptors, each using seven tons of sand, have four days to create their works of art with just sand and water. Watch these artists at work, create your own sand castle, have a drink or two and enjoy live island music.

Key West / November 21
Lighting of the Key West “Harbor Walk of Lights.”
Projected to feature 61,000 lights, 1,900 feet of garland and 58 lighted palm trees, the eagerly anticipated event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Harbor Walk plaza at Greene and Elizabeth streets. An animated gumbo limbo tree on Lazy Way; lighted sculptures with animated sea life, tropical fish and birds; singers; and holiday ship anchors are new this year. Harbor Walk of Lights, lit nightly through New Year's Eve, stretches along the Key West Historic Seaport and Key West Bight Marina.

Key West / November 21 to December 31
Key West Holiday Fest
A merry range of celebrations during Key West's busy holiday season includes lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, Holiday Historic Inn Tours and a lighted boat parade with festively lit vessels and good cheer.

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / November 22
Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar Thanksgiving Dinner
This Thanksgiving, leave the stress of cooking behind and treat your family to something truly special at Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar. We're serving a family-style feast of hickory-smoked turkey breast, roasted brussel sprouts, pumpkin pie, and more. Located at The Perry Hotel, 7001 Shrimp Road, Stock Island. This is a ticketed event at $45 pp, open to the public. Call to reserve.
Contact: 305-294-3939

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / November 24
Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival
Highlights of this holiday event, set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year, include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside.
Contact: 305-872-2411

Islamorada / November 24
Keys Community Concert Band presents: Fun Family Favorites
Enjoy live music for all ages at a family-friendly free outdoor community band concert as the season-opener for Pops in the Park with patriotic music, clowns, an audience "conduct us" and play-along percussion provided. Performance starts at 4 p.m. at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87, bayside.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / November 25
Chef's Select Four-Course Tasting Event to Benefit Florida Keys SPCA
This special evening will show off Chef's culinary chops with several menu items to tantalize your taste buds, including vegetarian options. The event will also feature live music by Mateo (Florida Keys Guitar Festival 2018) and wine vendors representing their new wines for 2019 with great pairing options! Seating is limited to 50 seats at this exclusive event and tickets must be purchased in advance at the Florida Keys SPCA Marathon Campus located at 10550 Aviation Blvd. In addition, each ticket comes with a chance to win a fine bottle of wine, with multiple bottles of wine given away throughout the evening.
Contact: Tara 305-743-4800

Key West / November 28
Key West Theater presents: Kingston Trio Legacy Tour
The original Kingston Trio has evolved over the years and has now come full circle. Josh Reynolds, son of original founding member Nick Reynolds, has joined forces with two of Nick's closest kindred spirits, Mike Marvin, Nick's nephew and Tim Gorelangton, Mike's musical brother. Alongside Josh, Mike & Tim have re captured that original Kingston Trio magic with their energy, humor and crowd charming musical repertoire. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St.
Contact: Box Office 305-985-0433

Islamorada / November 28
Keys History & Discovery Center presents: The 1733 Spanish Galleon Trail
Della Scott-Ireton, Archaeologist is the quest speaker. Lectures are held at Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82 on the property of the Islander Resort. Doors to the Discovery Center open at 5 p.m., one hour before the presentation to allow guests to view exhibits. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. Cost is $10. Reservations advised.
Contact: 305-922-2237

Marathon / November 28 to December 01
Zonta’s Festival of Trees
The annual Festival of Trees is to take place at the Florida Keys Country Club. Holiday trees are festively displayed, and decorated by members of the Zonta Club of Marathon, a humanitarian service organization. Visitors and residents can view and bid to purchase the decorated trees between 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Islamorada / November 29 to December 02
Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series is the only tournament in the series to offer a junior division for anglers age 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel. Kick off is Nov. 29; fish dates Nov. 30, Dec 1 and 2. Awards ceremony Dec 2.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868