|June 02 to June 07, in Islamorada|
Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament
June 02 to June 07
The world's top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of will and muscle, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and either a 12- or 16-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the tournament benefits the Guides Trust Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation programs.
|June 07 to June 09, in Key West|
Fourth Annual Key West Bacchanalia
June 07 to June 09
A food and wine event with a twist - join Keys celebrity chefs as they face off in culinary competition with a great cause in mind. Benefits support the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. Visit site for details, schedules and tickets.
Contact: Aga and James Hilferty 305-766-3356
|June 14 to June 15, in Marathon|
Father’s Day Dolphin Derby
June 14 to June 15
The popular one-day tournament includes $3,000 for first place, in addition to other prize levels and cash awards. Benefits local fundraising and sporting groups. Mandatory Captain's Meeting at Lazy Days South, 6 p.m. Friday June 14, 2013. Tournament fishing day Saturday, June 15, 2013. Weigh station at Big Time Bait & Tackle 3-6 p.m. Entry fees $150 per angler (2 anglers min.) $200 per angler if fishing in a professional/charter boat. Min. 3 anglers per boat.
Contact: Jack Carlson 305-289-0199
|June 21 to June 23, in Key West|
Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby
June 21 to June 23
A grand prize of $5,000 cash is to be awarded the boat team with the largest aggregate weight in dolphin during the derby's two fishing days, with teams allowed to enter one qualifying fish each day. Second- and third-place teams will earn $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Individual anglers can compete for trophies, prizes and cash totaling more than $15,000 in the tournament's divisions for male, female and junior participants.
Contact: Tim Greene 305-304-0317
|June 29 to June 30, in Marathon|
13th Annual Dolphin & Blackfin Tuna Fun Fishing Tournament
June 29 to June 30
Top prizes of $700, $350 and $200 await individual adult anglers who catch the tournament's three heaviest dolphin, with additional cash awards for the heaviest blackfin tuna and wahoo. Headquartered at Burdines Waterfront, the challenge is open to adult and junior anglers.
Contact: Brenda Duff 305-743-5317
|June 17 to June 21, in Islamorada|
50th Annual Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament
June 17 to June 21
This prestigious tournament, whose founders include baseball great and avid fly-fisherman Ted Williams, pits 25 fly-rod anglers against the tenacious silver king for four full days of fishing. Experienced tournament anglers and novices are welcome to compete. Tournament proceeds benefit children's charities in the Keys.
|June 22 to June 23, in Key West|
Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West
June 22 to June 23
This United States Masters Swimming-sanctioned event is a 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West that is open for all age groups. A swim meet is held June 23.
Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809-3562
|May 31 to June 01, in Key West|
Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational
May 31 to June 01
In this challenge headquartered at Key West's Historic Seaport, more than $13,000 awaits the angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches. Many additional prizes await other top anglers, and there is no limit on the number of participating boats.
Contact: John Stuempfig 305-304-7674
|June 22, in Key West|
7th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream and Spectacle
Midsummer's Night Dream and Spectacle is a night of artistic expression, music, feasting, dancing, singing, and theatrical antics celebrating the art and artists of the Keys. Co-produced by Michael Shields' Java Studios and The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, the event benefits the Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Admission is $15 for adults; children under age 12 are admitted free. From 5 to 11 p.m., all ages welcome.
|June 28 to June 29, in Islamorada|
Third Annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament
June 28 to June 29
Hosted by Ray Lewis, this annual event invites you to fish with some of your favorite former 'Cane All-Stars! Cash prizes for the heaviest dolphin, a charity auction and more highlight the one-day tournament. Headquartered at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina. Entry fee $550 (after May 1) for up to four-angler teams; $100 per additional angler. Proceeds help benefit Upper Keys Habitat for Humanity and UMSHOF, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Contact: KC Jones 305-925-3660
|June 07 to June 08, in Islamorada|
Inaugural Ladies Dolphin Tournament
June 07 to June 08
The newly remodeled Florida Keys Elks Lodge located in Tavernier is to present this event. Ladies' teams compete for the highest aggregate weight of three dorado to determine the winning team. Prizes also are to be awarded for the largest fish. Proceeds from the event benefit local Elks charities.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
|June 05 to June 06, in Islamorada|
IFC Captains Cup Dolphin Tournament
June 05 to June 06
Just three fish are all that's needed to capture the $25,000 winner-take-all grand prize, but the aggregate weight of the three dorado must be the highest in the tournament.
Contact: Islamorada Fishing Club 305-664-4735
|June 10, in Key West|
Waterfront Playhouse Presents: Howard Livingston and the MM24 Band
Star of Key West Time, Howard Livingston and his Mile Marker 24 band will bring down the house with their legendary island tunes. Show time 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
|June 21, in Key West|
Viva 500: The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas, 1513-2013
On June 21, 1513, explorer Ponce de Leon and his shipmates discovered a group of islands they named Las Tortugas (The Turtles) for the scores of sea turtles there. On the 500th anniversary of that discovery, visit the seven tiny coral-and-sand islands now known as Dry Tortugas National Park, lying 68 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico, and learn about the archaeology and history of the remarkable spot during this special quincentennial event. Boat reservations to the Dry Tortugas can be made with Yankee Freedom. Admission to the park is included in ferry cost. Event is to be staged on the parade grounds of Ft. Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: Yankee Freedom 305-294-7009
|June 22, in Key West|
Viva 500: The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas
In celebration of the 500 years since Ponce de Leon's discovery, a series of archaeological lectures is planned at the Eco Discovery Center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 33 East Quail Road.
|June 20, in Key West|
Free Lionfish Safe Handling and Capture Workshop
Members of the dive public are invited to attend this free lionfish safe handling and capture workshop at 7 p.m. at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West (35 East Quay Road). Learn about lionfish biology, research, and safe capture and handling techniques. This free workshop is required for a Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary permit to remove lionfish from Sanctuary Preservation Areas with hand nets.
Contact: 305-809-4700 x230
|June 13 to June 16, in Key West|
Key West West Africana Festival
June 13 to June 16
Explore music, art, and Key West's Afro-Caribbean culture during a three-day destination retreat focusing on thought, culture and wellness. The festival is to integrate Key West's Bahama Village, the island's African refugee cemetery and the historic Henrietta Marie salvaged slave ship. Join scholars as they discuss their research and wellness experts present their practice areas. Conference headquarters is scheduled to be Crowne Plaza La Concha Hotel. Registration is $100 per person.
Contact: Chris Norwood
|June 20, in Islamorada|
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 - formerly named Industrial Road - as well as "culinary art" and live music from 6-9 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
|June 22 to June 29, in Marathon|
The Marathon Games
June 22 to June 29
Out-of-town contestants who have never been to the Florida Keys before are to be teamed up with local contestants - and they will all be competing in various water and land activities in the Marathon area. This week marks the first round of fun! There will be three weeks of competition. Each week will consist of five different pairs of contestants. Everyone will compete in Florida Keys activities - including fishing, snuba, parasailing, and other activities. The winners of each week will face off for a Final Week of competition to determine the overall winner of The Marathon Games TV Reality Show - 2013. Visit the website or Like the Games on Facebook.
|June 15, in Key West|
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Guard the Fort
Presented by the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center, this family-friendly and educational series invites kids in kindergarten through fifth grade from 10-11 a.m. to play games and make crafts while learning about a new topic of interest and the marine ecosystems of the Keys. 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. Admission is free and free parking is available.
|June 08, in Key West|
VFW Fishing Tournament
This is a family-oriented tournament with cash prizes for Dolphin, Wahoo, Snapper and Grouper, along with prizes for heaviest fish by a lady angler and heaviest fish by a juvenile angler. Heaviest Dolphin is worth $2500. The entry fee is $175 per boat (4 anglers) and includes 4 tournament tee shirts, 4 tickets to the captains meetings, 4 tickets to the awards barbeque and a chance to win some great door prizes. All proceeds benefit disabled and/or needy veterans in Monroe County. Hosted by VFW Post # 3911, and Oceanside Marine. Registration/rules are to be available at Key Bait and Tackle, Key West Marine Hardware, West Marine, Murray Marine, Oceanside Marina and VFW #3911.
Contact: Pete Thomas 305-509-7244
|June 11 to June 13, in Islamorada|
Women's Spring Fly Tarpon Classic
June 11 to June 13
The Florida Keys Women's Fly Tournament Series includes both spring and fall angling challenges. This is an all-release, all-fly tarpon fishing tournament with trophy prizes to be awarded -- no photos are required, it is purely and honors event, and tarpon over 48 inches are eligible for release. Entry fee is $650 and includes all activities for guide and angler. Social tickets can be purchased for friends and family for additional cost.
Contact: Jodie Reece
|June 21, in Key Largo|
Ocean Life Lecture Series: Cuba, The Accidental Eden
Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Fernando Bretos will share stories from his 13-year effort in Cuba to study the marine resources shared between the U.S. and Cuba, particularly sea turtles and coral reefs. He will screen a short film by the PBS Nature television program that features his work in Cuba, and discuss why collaboration between the American and Cuban marine science communities is important to understanding our own marine and coastal natural resources. Free and open to the public, the popular Ocean Life Series runs from 6-8 p.m. at Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway (MM 102). Meet and greet at 6 p.m., program begins 7 p.m.
Contact: Linda Kaplan, 305-396-7000
|June 28 to June 29, in Key West|
Mercury Marine Ladies Dolphin Championship
June 28 to June 29
Female anglers have seven ways to win, and $10,000 cash and prizes await -- the one-day tournament offers a top boat prize and awards to the top five anglers. A $3,000 prize is awarded the heaviest single dolphin, second place receives $1,500 and third place $500. A boat prize of $2,500 is to be awarded the team for the heaviest aggregate weight of two dolphin. Entry fee is $400, and tournament proceeds benefit the Jose Wejebe Foundation.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364
|June 19, in Islamorada|
History of Diving Museum presents: The Search for the Pirate-Slaver Guerrero
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: Shipwrecks of the Keys & Underwater Archaeology, presented by Corey Malcom, Director of Archaeology for the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. The Havana-based Pirate ship, Guerrero, wrecked in 1827 on a reef near the Florida Keys with 561 African captives aboard. The story of the Guerrero includes a tale of ruthless, absconded pirates who rose up against their rescuers, hijacked them and continued their voyage to Cuba. The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.
|June 19, in Key West|
South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents: American in Paris
Celebrating Pride Month, this performance showcases violinists Whitney LaGrange and Benjamin Breen; Amy Kimball, viola; Arthur Cook, cello; enjoy an evening of string quartet. Performance begins at 7 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theatre. Tickets available at keystix.com.
Contact: Box Office 305-295-7676
|June 21 to June 22, in Islamorada|
Purple Isles Charity Dolphin Tournament
June 21 to June 22
This inaugural charity tournament is intended to draw anglers looking for a fun and affordable event, while helping to raise funds. Funds raised are to benefit the Good Health Clinic in Tavernier and Children of Fallen Soliders Relief Fund. More than $5,000 in cash & prizes to be awarded. Ladies, Junior divisions as well. Entry fee is $150 per angler OR $500 per boat/team of 4 anglers. Extra anglers may be added for $100 each and includes an extra tournament shirt and social bands for both days. There is NO maximum per boat. Each registered boat is eligible for general prizes.
|June 15, in Islamorada|
24th Annual Station Islamorada Dolphin Rodeo
Sponsored by the Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Assn., and Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08, this event is to award more than $900 in prize money, as well as hold a raffle and cookout after the weigh-in. Tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., entry fee only $50 per angler, including a meal ticket. Great family fishing event!
Contact: David Gross 305-906-0104; 305-664-8077
|June 04, in Key Largo|
REEF presents: FREE Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop
Learn about lionfish and obtain a permit to collect lionfish within the FKNMS SPAs (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Sanctuary Preservation Areas). Open to all divers and snorkelers, starts at 6:30 p.m. at REEF headquarters, MM 98.3 in the median. Workshop topics include the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, current research, collecting and handling, and more. Register online.
All events are subject to change. Contact the event coordinators for the most current dates and times.
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