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Celebrate Earth Day

Every April, people all over the world celebrate Earth Day, raising awareness of our beautiful Mother Earth and all her splendor.  For the fabulous Florida Keys, surrounded by a national marine sanctuary and bordered by the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, the environment, and ecosystem is truly the lifeblood of this scenic island chain. While most of the world focuses its attention on April 22nd, Earth Day in the Florida Keys is a month-long celebration with fun and important events.

Earth Day in Florida

On April 9th, two Key Largo-area Florida state parks, John Pennekamp Coral Reef (Mile Marker 102) and Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical (Mile Marker 106) are hosting a Native Plant Day Earth Day event at Mile Marker 102.5, Oceanside, 9 AM to 2 PM. In addition to numerous community and environmental groups manning information booths and free donations of native plants for visitors to take home, there will be a variety of activities for Earth Day in the Florida Keys.  These include talks on how to propagate and care for native plants and how to plant butterfly gardens, nature walks, kids’ activities, exhibits, and presentations by biologists. The State Park entrance fee will be waived for this event.  For more information call 305-451-1202 or visit www.fla-keys.com.

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd, at The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.  Admission is free and it will be open to the public for three extra hours. Though the facility usually closes at 4 PM, it will stay open until 7 PM for visitors and families to picnic or enjoy the lush tropical surroundings. The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island, Mile Marker 5.

Earth Day Events

Florida Keys Earth Day events are being held by Marathon’s Dolphin Research Center from 4:30 to 5:45 PM. on Thursday, April 23.  Volunteers are needed to collect discarded trash, monofilament fishing line, and other debris at Tom’s Harbor Bridge, Mile Marker 62. Participants should wear hats, shoes, and clothes that can get wet or dirty and bring a reusable cup, bug repellent, sunscreen and a cutting tool.  The Dolphin Research Center will supply water, trash bags, and gloves. The cleanup will begin on the south side of the bridge. For more information, call Courtney Coburn at 305-289-1121, ext. 231.

Finally, Bahia Honda State Park, in the Lower Florida Keys, Mile Marker 36.8, is celebrating Earth Day, 9 AM to 2 PM, Saturday, April 25. There will be live music, food, and fun for the whole family. Local environmental groups will host exhibits and interactive activities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission plans to bring two marine touch tanks. Children can get their faces painted, participate in a sand sculpture contest and play games. The event is free with regular Bahia Honda State Park admission. For more information on the event, call the park’s Sand and Sea Nature Center at 305-872-9807.

Come to the fabulous Florida Keys to celebrate Earth Day and Mother Earth’s beauty this April.


Florida Keys Attractions in October 2015

The Florida Keys offers many attractions. What to do in the Florida Keys in late October? It’s time to celebrate a celluloid hero, frolic in fantasy and experience the eerie.

It’s all about Bogie for five days, October 21st to October 25th at Key Largo’s third annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival. John Huston’s 1948 film classic KEY LARGO, starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall, brought cinematic fame to this Florida Keys island paradise. Their son, Stephen Bogart, returns as festival host for the third straight year. Joining him is the “Czar of Noir,” Eddie Muller, an acclaimed novelist, biographer and film historian. The 2015 festival honors the very best of Bogie’s films and celebrates the life of his wife and frequent co-star, Lauren Bacall. Special guests include Monika Henreid, film documentarian and daughter of Bogie’s “Casablanca” co-star Paul Henreid, who played Victor Lazlo in the film classic. Events include indoor and outdoor screenings of Humphrey Bogart’s films, cocktail receptions, round table discussions, Saturday evening dancing and dining, and, finally, a closing brunch overlooking the breathtaking waters of the Florida Keys. In between catching a movie or attending an event, Bogie fans can take a cruise on the original African Queen, which makes its homeport in Key Largo, docked at the Holiday Inn at MM 100.

“All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show” is the theme of Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest, Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. It’s an annual party in paradise for grown-ups as fun-loving revelers from around the globe attend or compete at masquerade balls, costume contests, parties and uninhibited escapades. There are over fifty events this year, some free, some paid, all making Fantasy Fest the wildest extravaganza around! Fantasy Fest kicks off Friday the 23rd with the Bahama Village Goombay Festival, a free, family-friendly two-day event showcasing island arts and crafts, music, and food.

Paid Fantasy Fest events include King Neptune’s Curse: Aliens vs. Coast Guard on the US Coast Guard Cutter Ingham at the Truman Waterfront where the fate of you and the ship hangs in the balance for seven nights. The King and Queen of Fantasy Fest are crowned at the Royal Coronation Ball at the Southernmost Beach Cafe on Friday during a two-hour stage show benefiting the non-profit, AIDS Help. Womankind’s Brazaar at the Studios of Key West on Wednesday, is a high-energy decorated bra auction featuring stunning women modeling outrageous artistic designs created by local artists to benefit Womankind’s free breast cancer screenings and exams. On Thursday, don’t miss the 33rd Annual Headdress Ball at the Truman Waterfront. The Key West Business Guild’s fundraising extravaganza features amazing designs and great entertainment.

Popular free Fantasy events include Tuesday’s Capt. Tony’s Saloon’s Party in Plaid that caters to all exotic lifestyles and fantasies. You’ll see a magic carousel of frisky pets and playful owners all delightfully disguised at the Pet Masquerade, Wednesday. They’ll stroll, dance and even skateboard across Casa Marina’s outdoor stage in a fun frolic for fame, fortune and to benefit the Lower Keys Friends of Animals. The Original Homemade Bikini Contest Thursday at Sunset Pier shows off the creativity and attention to detail of these works of art. A bevy of beauties display imagination and ingenuity as they vie for cash and prizes. Join the crowd of thousands parading Friday afternoon at the Masquerade March. It’s Fantasy Fest’s most all-inclusive street party as the march takes over the Southernmost City. At night, professional body painting artists take to the Ocean Key Sunset Pier stage at the 15th annual Living Art Airbrush Expo. Contestants will use the human form as a living canvas for artistic expression in competition for cash and prizes.

The grand finale of this wild ten-day spectacle is Saturday, Halloween night, at the 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade. 70,000 exuberant partygoers flock to Key West as glittering floats, outrageous costumes, and dazzling dance groups roll down Duval Street. Go to www.FantasyFest.com for festival information.

Last but not least in this late October things to do in the Florida Keys we visit the Middle Keys for Crane Point Hammock’s Creepy Carnival on Friday October 30th. Crane Point’s Haunted House will be inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and freaky characters to set a spooky tone for the year’s eeriest holiday. The fright-fest begins at 6 p.m., at the 63-acre Crane Point Hammock, located at MM 50.5 bayside in Marathon. Geared toward youngsters age 12 and under, the fright-filled fun is free to the public. For information, call 305-743-3900.



Jazz Concert Sunday, May 10 in Key Largo: The Marcus Strickland Trio

Marcus Strickland TrioJazz Concert in Key LargoThis one-night-only evening of jazz from the Marcus Strickland Trio is presented by the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online or at First State Bank locations at mile marker (MM) 97 and 81. The performance is to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Murray Nelson Cultural Center, MM 102.


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Key West Songwriters Festival

The 20th Key West Songwriters Festival takes place between May 6 and May 10. It will feature over 150 performers at more than 40 shows over the five day period starting with a kick-off party Wednesday, May 6 at the Ocean Key at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the event list at the Key West Songwriters Festival website.

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9th Annual Woman’s Hope Concert

Womans Hope Concert in Key WestVisiting Key West or the Lower Keys? If you enjoy top-notch singing in a caberet atmosphere, you’ll enjoy attending the 9th Annual Woman’s Hope Concert at the Tennessee Williams Theatre located on the Key West campus of Florida Keys Community College. You’ll hear everything from pop and standards to blues, jazz and Broadway! It features Kim Gordon, Susan Speidel, Melody Cooper, Bruce Moore, Traci Reynolds, Dave Bootle, Marie Putko, Dora Gholson, Adrienne Zolondick and Maj Johnson. Proceeds from this year’s concert will benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys. Tickets are available at www.Keystix.com or 305-296-1520


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Marathon Seafood Festival

Marathon Seafood Festival 2015If you’re visiting the Middle Keys area, you’ll want to visit Marathon’s annual Seafood Festival. It’s the 2nd largest Florida Keys event with over 21,000 attendees in 2014.

  • Fresh local seafood including lobster tails, stone crab, fish, shrimp, etc.
  • Cheap beverages to quench your thirst from all that fresh seafood
  • Live music entertainment throughout 2-day event
  • Games for children, rock-climbing wall
  • Keys Artist Village & Art Show
  • Over 200 vendors selling jewelry, clothing, arts & crafts, and other great souvenirs
  • Raffle giveaways and other great prizes and games
  • Please no pets permitted within park grounds

Visit their website for more information, or call 305-743-5417


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“Brew On The Bay” Craft Beer Festival in Key Largo

Brew on the Bay Beer Festival in Key LargoBrew on the Bay is a 3 day event: January 9-11, 2015 at Rowell’s Marina, Key Largo. Over 100 beer vendors, live music

Rotary Club of Key Largo is hosting its 4th annual Brew on the Bay ending at sunset on the beautiful Florida Bay. Sample over 100 different beers while enjoying local seafood and live entertainment.

Friday, January 9th – Everglades Alligator Farm’s Homebrew Competition 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Location: Lion’s Club Key Largo, $25 includes unlimited sampling, appetizers and local band. Wine and margaritas available for purchase.

Friday, January 9th – Shipwrecks Bar and Grill (Shipyard Brewing Black IPA release party)
45 Garden Cove Drive, Key Largo, FL 33037
5p-8p, beer specials, giveaways, and more!

Friday, January 9th – Florida Keys Brewing Company’s Meet & Greet – VIP only, meet your favorite craft beer vendors, 8:30 pm-11:00 pm, Location: Bayside Inn, 99490 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo. food, beer & music on the beach!
Saturday, January 10th “MAIN EVENT” – Brew on the Bay Location: Rowell’s Marina Property, 104550 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, live music by The Regs and Cowboy Up.
General Admission 2:00-5:30 pm, $39.95 in advance $49 at the gate

Islamorada Beer Company’s VIP Admission 1-5:30, 1 hour early admission, priority parking, souvenir glass, specialty beer available in VIP tent, admission to Meet & Greet on 1/9, appetizers (Shrimp Cocktail, Guacamole & Chips, Caprese Salad, Chicken Skewers with Pineapple Rum Glaze) special seating close to band, bay & sunset. $69.95 before 1/10/15 $79 at the gate

Sunday, January 11th – SweetWater Brewing Company’s Hangover Brunch, 10 am – noon on Island Time Cruises.
Beer and Brunch Buffet included, Steel Drum Band, full bar available for purchase, boarding and bar opens at 9 am sharp.

More info at http://keylargobrewonthebay.com or in this week’s Florida Keys Free Press.

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New Year’s Eve – Schedule for Key West & The Florida Keys

Key West New Year EveThe Florida Keys is a fantastic destination in which to spend New Year’s Eve. We’re glad you’re here with us! There will be numerous points of celebration in Key West as well as Islamorada and Key Largo.

You’ll find a round-up of these activities at Fla-Keys.com, the official tourism site. The post is found at http://www.fla-keys.com/news/news.cfm?sid=9026
Key West @ Midnight on New Year’s Eve

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While You’re Spending the Thanksgiving Holiday in the Keys…

The International Sand Arts Competition will take place between November 26 and 30 at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West.  Watch as sand sculptors create intricate, amazing sculptures.  Info is available from info@sandisle.com.

Also, in Key West, the Art! Key West! 3-day festival throughout the Old Town area.  “Highlights include visual, performing, literary, film and musical events, performances, and exhibitions. Galleries are to have extended hours and exhibitions, and art and culinary pairings are to be offered at local restaurants.  There is a special event for kids and their parents on Saturday and Sunday!  More info at https://keywestartcenter.com/ or 305-619-9459

A little further up the Keys, the Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival will take place on November 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be live music, food, exhibit and booths featuring locally-produced arts and crafts.  To be held at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce grounds at milemarker 31 oceanside (31020 Overseas Highway).  Visit LowerKeysChamber.com or call 305-872-2411 for additional info.

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3rd Annual Key West Film Festival Underway

This takes place in Key West November 12–16
Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling and that capture Key West’s essence: Creativity, Diversity, Sustainability, and Beauty.The festival’s lineup features screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West, primarily the Tropic Cinema and San Carlos Institute. 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.  There’s also a series of free, late night events.  Its website is kwfilmfest.com/

Contact: 941-527-9385; 305-295-9112