Events in Key West

Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

Events in Key West for October
Year: Month:   
April 06 - Nov 30, 2014, in Key West
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: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601
Email: kwft@comcast.net
October 03, in Key West
First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll
Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United Street to Truman Avenue. Including Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery, Island Arts, Kate's, The Southernmost Art Studio, De La Gallery & Cork & Stogie. From 6-9 p.m., free and open to the public.
Contact: 305-295-4639
October 09 - 13, 2014, in Key West
SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
Presented by Pat Croce's Rum Barrel, this event is one of a kind! Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half promises just that- 26.2 or 13.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. A full weekend of events include the race and a Sunday Paddle Board race for the Special Olympics of Monroe County.
Contact: 305-766-5284
Email: liz@somomarathon.com
October 10 - Feb 05, 2015, in Key West
The Small World of Ronny Bailey - Bumpus Gallery
Ronny Bailey, a 5th generation Conch, recreates city landmarks from locally salvaged materials and adds whimsical details to bring Old Key West to life. An opening reception is planned Oct. 10 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Exhibit at Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.
Contact: 305-295-6616
October 12, in Key West
South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents Tropical Beats I: Moonlight Treasures
Blue Door String Quartet will serenade you with music by Dohnányi and Beethoven at La Te Da Restaurant at 1125 Duval Street, in the new Crystal Room, outside breezeway and deck. Whitney La Grange (violin), Mario Gotoh (viola), and Arthur Cook (cello) will perform Dohnányi's Serenade for String Trio in C major, Op.10 and Beethoven's String Trio in C minor Op. 9. No.3 Delicious hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and special libations are included in this magical evening. Tickets are $85.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
October 12, in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
October 17 - 26, 2014, in Key West
35th Annual Fantasy Fest
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers.
Contact: 305-296-1817
Email: info@fantasyfest.net
October 17 - 18, 2014, in Key West
Goombay Festival
Held in Key West's historic Bahama Village neighborhood, the lively Goombay is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets.
Email: info@bahamavillagegoombay.com
October 17 - 31, 2014, in Key West
13th Annual Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor
Days and nights of ghoulish delight are planned for the Civil War-era fort beside Key West's Atlantic Ocean shore. This year three spooky sections of the enchanted citadel will be the stage for live "shows," treating visitors to otherworldly celebrations not suitable for mere mortals. Events will take place Oct. 17-19, 23-24, 26 and 30-31, and attendees are encouraged to don devilish costumes. Tricks and treats for the little ones are planned for Kid's Day, scheduled Sunday, Oct. 19, from 5-7 p.m. Kid's Day entry is free with park admission. Admission to the haunting is $13 per adult, $10 for military personnel, $8 for kids and free for children under age 5. Hours are 8-11 p.m. (midnight on Halloween).
October 18, in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Wrecked on the Reef
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, from 10-11 a.m. Discover the history of treasures lost and found as you learn about pirates, shipwrecks, and how the Keys' wreckers worked for a living. Make your own nautical flag to take home! Free admission, free parking. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West.
Contact: 305-809-4750
October 18 - Nov 01, 2014, in Key West
Gallery on Greene presents: "Native Sons & Daughters"
"Native Sons & Daughters" is an exhibit of five local artists -- Andy Thurber, Wayne Garcia, Audra Paige, Mike Marrero and Linda Reike -- whose paintings and wood carvings express an unabashed appreciation for and connection to their surroundings.
Contact: 305-294-1669
October 20, in Key West
Heroes and Villains 5k Run/Walk
Be super, be evil, be AWESOME and get your run on! Dress up as your favorite Superhero or Super Villain and run, walk or fly to the finish line. Prizes are awarded for most creative, best group, scariest and funniest characters. Winner medals and awards are to given for overall male and female winners, masters (40+) male and female winners. Register online. Race starts at 6 p.m. The race begins and ends at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and ends with a luau. Come for the run, stay for the fun!
Contact: Beth Moyes 305-747-8563
Email: beth@themeruns.com
October 20 - 31, 2014, in Key West
Pop Up Museums for Florida Communities: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum's newest traveling exhibit provides an overview of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It also features the stories and archaeology associated with the Key West African Cemetery and the slave ship Henrietta Marie, which sank off the coast of the Florida Keys in 1700. The public is invited to view the exhibit October 20 - 31 during normal business hours at the Gato Building, located at 1100 Simonton, and at the Florida Keys Community College Library, located at 5901 College Road. There is no admission charge.
Email: education@mfmm.org
October 21, in Key West
32nd Annual Headdress Ball
This "over the top" contest includes an extravagant show with lots of Key West razzle dazzle, and is a competition "head and shoulders" above the rest with contestants judged from the shoulders up! Major cash prizes including a $1,500 grand prize. Tickets sell out quickly! Held at the Southernmost on the Beach, 508 South Street.
Email: guyaross@kwbgonline.org
October 25, in Key West
Screaming Green Halloween
Join the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden for the sixth annual event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to candy treats, little goblins can indulge in games, crafts and costume contests. There is an educational twist too, learning environmentally-friendly ways to reuse items for costumes, decorations and fun activities, all amidst the beauty of nature. Costume contest for ages 5 and under and ages 6 - 12. Admission $5/child or $10/family. KWBGS members $5/family.
Contact: (305) 296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org
October 26, in Key West
Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff's Animal Farm
Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
October 29 - Nov 02, 2014, in Key West
23rd Annual Parrot Heads in Key West, Meeting of the Minds
Several thousand fans of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett, known as Parrot Heads, make an annual pilgrimage to the subtropical island that inspired many of Buffett's hits. As well as sharing an appreciation for Buffett's music and the tropical lifestyle it promotes, Parrot Head club members focus on charitable, environmental, educational and humanitarian activities.
Email: andrew.talbert@gmail.com

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