Events in Key West
Event calendar provided with the courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
"Roberta Marks: a Retrospective," a cohesive exhibition of nearly thirty years of her mixed media work, is to be on display at the Custom House Museum. Marks, whose work has won many awards and is widely collected and featured at numerous museums and galleries throughout the country, creates mixed media pieces via photographs, paintings, collages and constructions that investigate the mystery of being. Her constructions, fabricated using found, bought or gifted objects and materials, are portrayed as stage sets, representing the artist's existence and personal landscape. The exhibit will open on Friday, April 8 from 6:00-7:30, with special member VIP entry at 5:30 pm.
Contact: 305.295.6616 x 112
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
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.; an opening reception is planned April 23 from 12-3 p.m., to meet the artists, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Art Garden, light refreshments. Entrance is free.
Key West shows its Pride every day, and this is your chance to be a part of the celebration! The five-day schedule includes daytime pool and beach parties, late-night drag shows, on-the-water adventures ranging from snorkeling and kayaking to glass-bottom boat tours, a street fair, a 10k relay for tutu-wearing runners and walkers, and pageants to select Mr., Miss and Ms. Key West Pride.
Contact: Matt Hon 305-294-4603
Renowned mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers are to infiltrate the island where Hemingway and Tennessee Williams found their inspiration. Open to authors, aspiring authors and non-writing mystery-buffs alike, MWKWF 2016 welcomes keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum, and special guest authors Timothy Hallinan, Heather Graham and James O. Born along with a criminally stellar hit-list of some two dozen high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts. Also featured is presentation of the 2016 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition award.
Maestra Sebrina Alfonso welcomes Excelsa Quartet as a guest artist headliner for the 2016 Summer Chamber Music Concert Series of the South Florida Symphony in the Keys, a much-talked-about innovative groups that promises to bring sweet summer sounds to South Florida. Excelsa Quartet fashioned its name from "Picca excels," a distinct species of Northern European spruce trees used to make the top panel of fine musical instruments. Showtime 7:30 p.m., tickets $35. Performance at The Studios of Key West.
This family oriented tournament offers cash prizes for dolphin, wahoo, tuna, snapper and grouper, along with prizes for heaviest fish by a lady angler, heaviest fish by a juvenile angler, pee-wee and active service member. Heaviest Dolphin is worth $2,500. All proceeds benefit disabled and veterans in need throughout Monroe County.
Contact: Pete Thomas 305-509-7244
Blues Hall of Famer Australian artist Michael Charles embarks on his ninth consecutive tour in 2016, the Coming Back Home Tour, which will once again take him to the far corners of the USA, Canada, and Australia. Charles has graced countless stages all over the world. Shows are set for 8:30 p.m. at Chicagos, 610 Greene St.
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) from 10-11 a.m. Learn all about clouds and the weather. June is the beginning of hurricane season and it is important for everyone to learn about the weather and forecasting. There will be games and hands on activities. 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.
The officially sanctioned event 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
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Looking for a fun place to take the kids? The Sheriff's Animal Farm is 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 the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Two great MainStage shows are planned for this sixth summer season, and more. "Bad Jews" is a hilarious off-Broadway smash hit, and "Water By The Spoonful" is a powerful look at family and redemption. Visit website for tickets and show times.